Faith, Freedom and Fellowship: The Congregational Way
The Congregational Way is following Christ by faith. Led by the Holy Spirit, we seek to grow through studying the Bible, openness to God’s leading, and prayer, as well as caring for one another. We administrate our own church affairs through democratic governance within the congregation by elected Boards and committees, with no outside interference or oversight by a national organization.
The freedom of the Congregational Way is not freedom from responsibility, but freedom to follow Christ as the Spirit calls us. We are bound by love, not law, to other members of our local church and to other churches. We understand that each church is ultimately accountable to God.
The heart of any church is fellowship—a bonding of spirit between one another and a unity of spirit between each member and the Lord. Each church is gathered as a covenant community: promising to encourage and strengthen one another in faith.
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired
Word of God. The final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings,
infallible, and God-breathed.
(2Tim. 3:16,17; 2 Pet. 1:20,21; Matt. 5:18; John 16:12,13)
We believe in the triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit – Co-eternal in being co-identical in nature, co-equal in power, and glory
and having the same attributes and perfections.
(Deut.6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14)
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
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 men.
(John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind as a
representative and substitutionary sacrifice to accomplish the redemption and
justification of all who trust in Him, and is assured by his literal and physical
resurrection from the dead.
(Romans 3:24, 25; 1 Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet 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 of
representative, intercessor, and advocate.
(Acts 9:11; Heb. 9:25, 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 1:2)
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of
righteousness, and of judgment; and that 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. 1:6; 1Cor. 12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13, 14)
We believe He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth, and that it is
the privilege of all saved to be filled with the Spirit.
(John 16:13; 1 John 2:20, 27; Eph. 5:18)
THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in
Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God,
and that man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost
(Gen 1:26, 27; Rom. 3:22, 23; Eph. 2:1-3, 12)
We believe that we are called to repentance, turning away from sin and turning to
God, that we may receive forgiveness and a remission of sin.
(Matthew 4:17; Mark 1:15; Luke 3:3; Acts 2:38; Hebrews 6:1)
We believe that salvation is a gift of God brought to man by grace and received by
personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on the
cross at Calvary for the forgiveness of sins.
(Eph 2:5-10; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19)
THE GREAT COMMISSION
We believe it is the responsibility of every believer in Jesus Christ to grow in the
knowledge and wisdom of the Lord by fulfilling the Great Commission of “Making
disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all things that Jesus has commanded us.”