The faith has been given once for all to the saints (Jude 3). It does not change from generation to generation. Yet, each of those generations must discover faith for itself. What is it that makes us truly glorify God? What is it that changes our lives by bringing into them God’s glory and holiness?
It is a mistake to treat the Bible as a collection of rules for right behaviour; it is also a mistake to treat the Bible as a compilation of hero stories whose example we are called to follow. The Bible is not a guidebook to lead us through life. In fact, the Bible is actually not even mainly about humanity. First and foremost, God’s Word is a book in which God reveals Himself to mankind. It is the story of what God has done in the person of Christ to save sinners. All of the Old Testament is focused on the future coming of Christ and all of the New Testament is built on the foundation which is Christ. In this revelation, we find that He created us to live by His strength and for His glory. It is our passion that Jesus Christ be in the center of all that we do. We pray to the Father through Jesus Christ, we preach Jesus Christ, and we sing of Jesus Christ.
We are not preaching some new teaching that was unknown to previous generations of the people of God. Our goal is to confirm and teach the truth given to the church through the apostles and prophets who wrote down the Holy Spirit-inspired Scriptures. We desire to stand shoulder to shoulder with those Christians who throughout all of church history defended and are defending the true gospel of Jesus Christ. At the same time, we believe that each generation of Christians is responsible to communicate to the world the unchanging truth of the Word of God in a way that is understandable to contemporary culture.
God has promised to bless His church, which is manifested in local congregations. Although Christian associations, foundations and publishers can play an important role, they cannot replace local churches. God’s plan is that each Christian would mature through the teaching, discipline, and fellowship of a local church. This biblical model of discipleship cannot be replaced by even the best of Christian conferences, camps or web sites. We do not want to replace local churches, compete with them, or in any way undermine their authority. It is our desire to encourage Christian leaders as they serve in their local churches.
One of the widespread errors in the church before the Reformation and which unfortunately is still found in the contemporary church is over-emphasizing man’s role in salvation. This sort of teaching will find a following since man is eager to hear about himself and what he can achieve through effort and hard work. However, we find that both Protestant history as well as nearly every page of the Old and New Testaments emphasize the work of God as more decisive than the work of man. Therefore, instead of teaching how man can find God, we will teach about what God has done to seek and to save the lost. Instead of focusing on man’s decision to follow Jesus, we will accent God’s decision to be gracious toward undeserving sinners. We believe that focusing on God and emphasizing His sovereignty turns our attention away from ourselves and toward the One who loved us and gave Himself for us. This is the posture which will glorify God and is helpful and even necessary for our spiritual health.
Before the Reformation, the preaching of the Word of God was not the central element of the gathered church. One of its key reforms was returning the Word of God to its rightful place. The reformers’ goal was not to exchange Roman Catholic teaching for Protestant teaching, but to emphasize the importance of the Word of God over the word of man. Our passion is to teach the Word of God and to teach it in the correct way, expositionally, wherein the source of the sermon is Scripture. Specifically, that means that the Bible passage itself determines the subject, content and structure of the sermon. Preaching at its worst is when the preacher himself determines the subject, content and structure of the sermon using Scripture simply as a crutch to support his own ideas and theories. The contemporary church needs preachers who exposit what God has spoken and not their own ideas.
In recent years, various trends have been pouring into the church turning our attention away from the Gospel and turning our focus toward methods, strategies, programs and therapies. Numerical growth and visible success has become a greater priority than faithfulness to the truth. We believe that the best reaction to this current problem in the church is an honest and uncompromised return to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our desire is to proclaim this gospel to lost people all around us, to our neighbors, colleagues at work, friends, and family. We pray that the Holy Spirit would begin a work through us for God’s glory that would draw many people to salvation in Jesus Christ.
But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22 NKJ)
We are convinced that true Christianity is a way of life. We are also convinced, that the acceptance and practice of basic biblical rules (or life-values) – mentioned below – are a natural consequence of confessing the true faith.