"The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law." (Deut 29:29)

At Household of Faith, we hold tight to the Bible as God's holy and complete word.  We love expository preaching - that is, taking a book from the Bible and studying it, week after week, verse after verse, until we've carefully examined and understood it in it's entirety.  Having a grasp of the whole book is incredible - we are able to humbly learn wonderful things from God's incredible gift to us: His Word. 

In light of this, we also embrace what we call The Essential Reforms - core beliefs that define not only who we are as members of Household of Faith, but give foundation and direction to our studies both in our "church time" and in our homes as we devote ourselves to the Scriptures with our families (Acts 2:42).

You can learn more about our core beliefs by following any of the links below or read our Statement of Faith.

We are:

Reformed in doctrine...

"Reformed in Doctrine" basically means that we rejoice in the sovereign grace of God in our salvation. However, in doing so, we do not deny human responsibility before God. In this as in many other areas of doctrine, there is "a ditch on both sides of the road." ... read more

Charismatic in ministry...

This means we believe that the supernatural power and gifts of the Holy Spirit continue to operate in and through Christ’s church today. We are not "cessationists" like some who believe that the gifts "ceased" to operate after the first century.

"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. ...But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. … the word of wisdom … the word of knowledge … faith …gifts of healing … effecting of miracles, … prophecy, …distinguishing of spirits, …tongues, … interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. ...For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, … and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. … (1 Cor. 12:4-13 & 31) ... read more

Evangelical in mission...

This means that fulfilling the Great Commission, Christ’s command to take the Gospel to all those who have yet to hear it, takes priority in all of the life-style decisions of every Christian, not just for those few who serve God in some vocational ministry. This Great Commission, given by Christ just prior to ascending into heaven, is found in Matt. 28:18-20

"And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" ... read more

Responsible in our liberty...

This means that we rejoice in the liberty God has given us under the Lordship of Christ. We have real liberty to live as we believe is most pleasing to Him. "For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another" (Gal. 5:13). Our liberty is not freedom to serve ourselves only, but to pursue our highest joy in God by loving one another. We have no liberty to do what the Bible defines as sin ... read more

We worship in spirit and truth...

What does it mean to "worship the father in spirit and truth?" This is one of the clearest and most important statements concerning worship found anywhere in the Bible. Our Lord Jesus spoke these words, not to some doctor of theology, but to a common woman encountered at Jacob’s Well in Samaria. It is a statement He intended to be understood by all who would be the kind of worshippers that the Father is seeking. And yet, there has been more controversy and confusion about this passage than any other on the subject of worship. How should we understand Christ’s words? What did He mean? ... read more

Devoted to ministry hospitality...

Biblical hospitality is an expression of worship toward God as we honor and serve those He has created in His own image. In hospitality our devotion to God is expressed by sharing our time and possessions with others. Far more than mere social recreation, biblical hospitality is central to all that it means to be members of Christ’s Body in a local church, and ambassadors for Christ in a lost and dying world. As hosts we renounce our fear and greed in order to lay down our lives in love for our guests.
This is the love that Christ commands. "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35) ... read more

Complementarian in gender roles...

We believe that even though men and women are equal before God in value and purpose, they are designed by God to be different from one another in nature and in roles so as to complement one another in every area of life.  God has ordained that men fill the headship roles in marriage and the eldership roles in the local church ... read more

Respectful of the jurisdiction of God's kingdom...

We recognize four distinct jurisdictions within the kingdom of God:  the individual, the family-household, the local church and the state, each with its own distinct privileges and obligations which support one another in God’s kingdom purposes.

Household-like in structure...

We organize the structure, culture and activities of our local church along the natural lines of a loving, well-ordered, age-integrated family-household.  This allows the ministry of the church to be a lifestyle of love instead of an institutional program.

Faithful in finances...

We give priority to those church expenses that have the clearest biblical mandates (3 Ms) – to meet the needs of our Ministers, our Members and our Missions, and we avoid any financial obligations that cannot be met by the normal giving of our membership.

Full accord in community...

When the elders of our church identify a ministry opportunity that they believe merits the full participation of all our members, we endeavor, as one body, to respond enthusiastically to their leadership as one person.

Plurality of co-equal elders...

Christ alone is the Chief Shepherd of each local church and elders, as His under-shepherds, are always plural in number and co-equal in authority, though differing in influence and responsibility according to the measure of grace given to each.

Exemplary in leadership...

Though exemplary leaders have not achieved sinless perfection, they are to be clear examples of what God intends others to become in Christ. All church leaders, whether they be Elders or Deacons, must be far enough along in the process of personal sanctification that the congregation can safely give heed to their Bible teaching and follow their example in all areas of life ... read more

Reproductive in growth...

We endeavor to grow into a regional cluster of congregations in order to maintain the quality of our body life and to create new contexts in which new leaders may emerge.  With this goal in view, we assume that we will all be involved in the planting of a new church at least once in our lives.

 




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