Our Lifestyle Statements
Beliefs are not worth much unless they are translated into actions. Based on what the Bible teaches, we feel very strongly about the following seven practices:
1. The Bible is our sole AUTHORITY.
"The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us to do what is right." 2 Tim. 3:15
Since God's Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is "What does the Bible say?" We practice daily Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
2. Autonomy of each local church.
"Christ is the head of His Body, the church. He is the source of the Body's life..."
Col. 1:18 (GN)
Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, group, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any denominational control.
3. Priesthood of every BELIEVER.
"Christ loves us, and by His death He has freed us from our sins and made us a kingdom of priests to serve God... " Rev. 1:6 (GN)
"You are. ..the King's priests. ..God's own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God." 1Pet. 2:9 (GN)
The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to "full time" Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading.
4. Tithing to the local CHURCH.
"A tithe of everything you produce belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord."
Lev. 26:30, Malachi 3:10
At Believers Fellowship we practice tithing for the support of Christ's body, the church, as God commands. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the Biblical standard of giving. If every Christian practiced tithing to the local church, there would be no limit to what the church could do in the community in the name of Jesus Christ.
5. Spirit-led LIVING.
(Jesus said), "/ am the Vine, you are the branches, if you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; but apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5
We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God's power within us. So we seek to practice a daily dependence on God's Spirit to enable us to do what is right. (Phil. 2:13, Eph. 5:18)
6. Telling others about CHRIST.
"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." 1 Peter 3:15
It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News with those with whom God brings us into contact. We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting friends to church.
7. Being ACTIVE in a small group every week.
"You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house." Acts 20:20
The Israelites in the Old Testament worshipped in large groups and met in small groups. Jesus spoke to large groups of thousands, and he met privately with a small group of twelve men. Christianity is most effective when it meets in large groups for celebration and worship, and in small groups for Bible study, fellowship, prayer and ministry. We hope every member will attend a worship service and get involved in a small group of Christians every week.