Kingdom Change seeks to be in obedience to God as he has revealed himself through Scripture in all that we do. The following statement is a concise expression of our understanding of the core of Scriptural Christian belief. We believe in:
- The Bible: We believe the Scriptures are the Word of God, and the final authority for all matters of faith and practice (1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
- The Trinity: We believe God exists in three eternal persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (John 14:1-36; Eph. 2:18).
- Free Will: We believe God loves the lost and is not willing that any should perish but that all would repent and believe in Him (John 3:16; Col. 1:6, Lk. 13:34; 2 Pet. 3:9).
- The New Birth: We believe our natural separation from God is due to selfish desires and pursuits. We believe that we must die to self in order to be, through the cross, raised to life in Christ’s desires and pursuits (Matt. 10:38-39; Rom. 2:5, 6:4; Gal. 6:14).
- The Goodness of God: We do not believe God is the ultimate cause of pain, sickness, or problems; we believe He is the answer (Mk. 5:1-20; John 10:10, 14:14; 1 Pet. 5:7-9)
- Jesus, the only way to Heaven: We believe salvation is by faith in Christ alone, and that apart from God, man is incapable of any good work (Is. 64:6; Acts 4:12; John 3:3; Eph. 2:8-9; 2 Tim. 3:15).
- Increasing Sanctification: We believe in complete forgiveness and freedom from sin through the power of Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross (Acts 10:43; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13; Eph. 2:13-17; Col. 1:19-21).
- A Holy Life: We believe that those who are born again will turn away from sin and towards a life of godliness (1 Cor. 6:9-10; 2 Cor. 6:13-15; Gal. 5:16-26; 1 John 1:5-7).
- Believers Baptism: We believe water baptism is for believers and should be administered as soon as possible after conversion (Mt. 28:19-20; Acts 8:36-38; 1 Pet. 3:21).
- Holy Spirit Baptism: We believe in the baptism in the Holy Spirit as a divine empowerment to do the works of Christ (Acts 1:5; Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-31). And that those who have been baptized in the Holy Spirit are able speak in other tongues (1 Cor. 14:6-19).
- The Judgment: We believe in a final Judgment where the deeds of both the believing and unbelieving will be reviewed (John 5:28-29; Rom. 2:5-16; Rev. 20:11-15).
- Heaven and Hell: We believe that those who are saved will have eternal fellowship with God in heaven, and that those who are lost will spend an eternity in hell; we believe heaven and hell are both literal (Mt. 25:31-46; Lk. 16:19-31; John 17:2).
Principles of Leadership
Those who lead within the Body of Christ are called to a higher standard than those who simply participate. Recognizing that there are there are variety of trends within the Body of Christ which undermine its fundamental mission, effectiveness, and credibility, we have adopted a statement of leadership principles. These are the principles we seek to operate by, working together for the ultimate health of the Body of Christ at large.
- Saving the Lost: We believe the primary mission of the Church is to reach lost people. We believe that it is the duty of Christian leaders to support taking the gospel to the ends of the earth. (Is. 45:22; Mt. 28:19-20, 2 Cor. 10:12-18; Rev. 14:6)
- Servant Leadership: We commit to making leadership decisions in the best interest of those we lead, not our own interest. We refuse to ask people to lift burdens we ourselves would not carry. Instead, we lift burdens from others which they cannot carry. (Mt. 11:28-30; Lk. 11:46, 2 Cor. 11:9, Gal. 6:2)
- Helping the Poor: We believe that it our Christian responsibility to help the disadvantaged of society. (Is. 61:1; Mt. 11:4-5, Lk. 3:11)
- Developing Spiritual Power: We will encourage the operation of the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit and actively develop them in the lives of all believers. (Mt. 10:8; Rom. 1:11; 1 Cor. 14:1-40)
- Financial Transparency: We commit to administer finances in transparency with the goal of maximal Kingdom impact, especially with regard to personal salaries. (1 Cor 9:4-18; 1 Tim. 6:3-10, 17-19)
- The Priority of the Kingdom: We accept the sacrifice associated with the call of the gospel. On the other hand, we do not believe that sacrifice gives us license to neglect the fundamental needs of our families. (1 Cor. 9:5; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; 1 Tim. 5:8)
- The Pure Gospel: We believe unbelievers are drawn to God by the Holy Spirit and truth, not by cultural accommodation or “watering down” the gospel. (1 Tim. 4:1-2; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; 2 Pet. 2:1-3)
- Intimacy in Worship: We believe that worship is a time with the Lord which should be marked by intimacy and reverence. (Mt. 2:11; Heb. 9:1-3; Rev. 19:1-6)