Werest our faith wholly on the Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation, believing in the teaching and practices of the word of God as the basis for the great principles on which the Body of Christ stands. In order to identify ourselves as conservative in theology, evangelical in spirit, and spiritual in ministry, we set forth the following general statement of foundational beliefs.
Bible: We believe the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, God’s revelation of Himself to humankind, given and preserved for all generations, and the supreme authority in all matters of faith, conduct, practice and opinion (Deut 4:1-2; 2 Tim 3:15-16; 2 Pet 1:19-21). We also believe we need God the Father to give believers the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of our understanding being enlightened (Eph. 1:17-18; Luke 24:44-46).
God: We believe that there is one and only one living and true God (Deut 6:4), eternally existent Creator (Gen 1:1; 1 John 1:3), and Sustainer (Heb 1:3; 2 Tim 4:18), Judge of His universe (Heb 12:23);who revealed Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19).
Christ: We believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Son of God, His supernatural birth (Matt 1:23; 1 Tim 2:5), His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, His revelation in power and glory, and that it is by His name man is saved (2 Pet 1:3-4, Acts 20:28; Acts 4:12).
Salvation: We believe that the new birth is absolutely essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man, and that, upon belief in the resurrection of Christ from the dead and confession of Jesus as Lord, one becomes partaker of the divine nature and recipient of eternal life (John 3:3,5,16; Rom 3:23; Rom 10:17). We believe that such faith comes from God, is received by hearing and believing and is manifested by good fruit/works in the believer’s life (Matt 7:16-20; Gal. 5:22; James 2:26). We believe that one day, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God (Philippians 2:10-11).
Ordinances: We believe in observing the New Testament ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These ordinances are observed in obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ, as acts of love and devotion (Rom 6:6; I Cor 11).
Holy Spirit: We believe in the Holy Spirit who regenerates and spiritually baptizes believers into the Body of Christ (Tit 3:5; Eph 4:30;1 Cor. 12:13) and by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (1 Cor 2:4-5), led by the Spirit’s ongoing ministry of enlightening, comforting and energizing the believer in prayer, worship and service (Eph 5:18-21). It is the Spirit by which the believer is endued with power from on high, (Luke 24-28; Heb 6:4-5), empowered for witness and ministry (Acts 1:8), and enabled to participate in the practice of spiritual gifts as the Spirit leads (1 Cor 12:5-8) including the laying on of hands for healing and personal ministry (Heb 6:2; Mark 16:18).
Ecclesiology: We respect the autonomy and authority of each local church and its apostolic stream (denomination or relationship networks) to work out government and structure according to Biblical conviction under Christ's headship. We believe that Christ gave leadership gifts to equip and prepare the saints for ministry and works of service (Eph 4:11-12; I Cor 12:28). God’s program is local churches manifesting the universal united Body of Christ on earth. We believe local church leaders are commanded to love and serve one another (John 13:14, 34-35) and together preach the gospel to the poor, orphan, widow and outcast as they manifest the one new man in Christ (Eph 2:15). We believe in the centrality of the Kingdom of God, the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, and the outworking of God’s sovereignty in the course of history. We believe that God’s Kingdom has come in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 1:14-15), who is ascended/exalted to the throne of the Father (Acts 1:11;2:30-33). His rule and reign continues to come in the ministry of the Spirit through the Church (Colossians 1:13-18) that will result in an increasing global harvest at the end of this age, and will be consummated in the glorious, visible and triumphant appearing of Christ.
Final Eschatology: We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, a final time of ultimate judgment, the judicial dealing of God toward the unbelieving and unfaithful, and the everlasting blessedness of the saved (John 5:24-27; Rom 14:10; Heb 9:27; II Pet 2:9; Rev 20:11-15). We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its right end, bring about the destruction of all evil, and the final fullness of the New Heavens and the New Earth. Christ will bring about the final defeat of Satan and all his minions and works (Rev 20:10), the resurrection of the dead (I Cor 14:51-52), and rule in the final judgment (John 5:28-30; Rev 20:11-15). The final consummation will involve the destruction of death (I Cor 15:25) when all things are brought under the feet of Christ and He delivers the kingdom to God the Father that God may be “all in all” (I Cor 15:24-28).
3/2/14 Luke 2 (part 1)
3/9/14 Luke 2 (part 2)
Panel: Troy Skinner is occasionally invited to preach in the area. These two shows contain the audio recording from a recent example of this.
3/16/14 Prophecy, Israel and the Church (Part 1 of 4)
3/23/14 Prophecy, Israel and the Church (Part 2 of 4)
3/30/14 Prophecy, Israel and the Church (Part 3 of 4)
4/6/14 Prophecy, Israel and the Church (Part 4 of 4)
Panel: Jonathan Switzer, Senior Pastor at Crossroads Valley Church. Dr. Richard Fredericks, Senior Pastor at Damascus Road Community Church.
4/13/14 Remaining Charismatic vs. Leaving the Charismatic Movement
4/20/14 Church government: Apostolic versus Presbyterian
4/27/14 Do people chooe God or does He choose them?
5/4/14 Are people totally depraved?
Panel: Jonathan Switzer, Senior Pastor at Crossroads Valley Church. Micahel O'Halloran, Member at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda.
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A Harmony of the Four Gospels in English By Edward Robinson http://tinyurl.com/34fvwc (available as text or pictures)
The NIV Harmony of the Gospels
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