The greatest truths are often found in tension. We are all prone to create false dichotomies, to think in terms of “either-or.” But what the Bible often calls us to is “both-and.” We believe depth and width, evangelism in word and deed, and missional and attractional ministry, are not opposites to choose from but tensions to embrace. (John 20:21; 1 Cor 14:16-23; 1 Pet 2:4-9; John 1:14)
The Great Commission is accomplished through multiplication. Jesus chose to change the world by preaching to many while investing more in a few. By multiplying disciples, leaders, and churches, we’ll see the gospel advance beyond our wildest dreams. So we’re committed to planting churches that will plant churches in strategic cities and among unreached peoples in Zambia and beyond. (Matt 28:18-20; Matt 25:14-30; Rom 15:20; 2 Tim 2:2)
We believe the Bible, both Old Testament & New Testament, is Holy Scripture. The verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, and is inerrant & infallible in the original writings. (2 Tim 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matt 5:18; John 16:12, 13).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Eph 2:8–10; John 1:12; Eph 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19).
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. (John 1:1–2, 14; Luke 1:35).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Rom 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Eph 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3–5).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Heb 9:24; Rom 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2). We believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5; Rom 14:9; 2 Tim 4:1).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8–11; 2 Cor 3:6; 1 Cor 12:12–14; Rom 8:9; Eph 5:18).
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion. It is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. The filling of the Holy Spirit may occur many times in the life of believers as they commit to a surrendered lifestyle.
We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience (1 Cor 12:7, 11, 13; Eph 4:7–8).
We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15). We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him (Rom 12:1–8; 1 Cor 13; 1 Peter 4:10–11).
We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons (Eph 1:22, 23; 5:25–27; 1 Cor 12:12–14; 2 Cor 11:2).
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Tim 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11)
We believe in the autonomy of local churches, free of any external authority and control (Acts 13:1–4; 15:19–31; 20:28; Rom 16:1,4; 1 Cor 3:9, 16; 1 Cor 5:4–7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1–4). However, our leaders willfully submit themselves to being "audited" by trans-local giftings [Eph 4] from outside our local church.
We recognize believers' baptism and the Lord’s supper as a scriptural means of testimony for the church (Matt 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 18:8; 1 Cor 11:23–26).
Church is a big deal to Jesus and to us.
We think it is pretty awesome to be part of a spiritual community. It is where care, growth and change happen. Jesus even calls it his body and his bride! Get to know us better by checking out our web site or get in touch if you have more questions.