Position Statements

  • Roles of Men and Women

    We affirm that the scriptures reveal a pattern of complementary order and differences between men and women, created equal in the image of God and that this order is itself a testimony to the Gospel, even as it is the gift of our Creator and Redeemer. We affirm that all Christians are called to service within the body of Christ, and that God has given to both men and women important roles and responsibilities within the home, the church, and in society. We affirm that the pastoral office of the Church is assigned only to those men who are called of God in fulfillment of the biblical teachings and that men are to lead their homes as husbands and fathers who fear and love God.  We deny that the distinction of roles between men and women revealed in the Bible is evidence of mere cultural conditioning or a manifestation of male oppression or prejudice against women. We also deny that this biblical distinction of responsibilities excludes women from meaningful ministry in Christ’s kingdom.

    (Genesis 2:18-24, 3:1-19; 1 Corinthians 11:3, 8-12; Ephesians 5:23, 6:2,4; 1 Timothy 2:11-15, 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9, 2:1-6; 1 Peter 5:1-4)

  • Marriage

    We affirm that the Christian marriage ceremony witnesses to God’s order and design for the union of a man and a woman to a lifetime commitment of love and fidelity, and was part of the created order, and vows are affirmed. The marriage is celebrated in the context of the congregation, which are called to support the couple in their life together. Christ’s covenantal, self-sacrificing love for the church and the church’s loving response is the model that husband and wife are to follow.

    We deny that marriage between any coming together of two members of the same sex, two men or two females, is consistent with the claims and truths of the Gospel.

    (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6, 8; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-19; 1 Peter 3:1-7)

  • Homosexuality

    We affirm that as a church we are called to lovingly minister to those who practice a homosexual lifestyle, calling them to repent of their sin and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We affirm that those who practice homosexuality can overcome this sin through the power of the Gospel and discipleship. We also affirm that we are called to support those seeking to have victory over their past.

    As a matter of conviction based on the Bible we denounce any attempt to legitimize homosexuality as an alternative life-style through legislative or executive action.

    We deny that homosexual behavior is a natural function (sexual relations) approved and acceptable to God.

    (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)