To Follow the Pattern God Gave Us
God instructs us, through Paul, to follow the pattern of teaching and behavior that was given to us through the apostles, Philippians 3:17, 4:9. He also clearly states that no one can teach or follow a different pattern of doctrine, Galatians 1:6-10. This teaching was given at one time to all people and cannot be changed by an angel or even an apostle, Jude 3; Galatians 1:8. As a result we study the Bible in order to discover and follow the pattern that God reveals to us in the Bible. We know that there is a pattern of lifestyle, worship, and salvation that all must follow in order to be saved, 2 Timothy 1:13; Romans 6:17; John 4:23-24; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
To Have Biblical Faith
We believe that we are saved by grace through faith and not by works, Ephesians 2:8-9. There is nothing anyone can do to earn salvation, Romans 3:23, 6:23. However, we do believe that to have faith one must believe what God says, Galatians 3:6; Romans 10:17. Abraham is a great example of biblical faith because he believed and obeyed the words of God, Genesis 22:18; Hebrews 11:8. Today, Jesus is the author of salvation to all who obey Him, Hebrews 5:8-9. Those who do not obey God do not know God, 1 John 2:3-6. To be saved one must know God and obey His gospel, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9. As a result we teach and follow the examples of salvation, lifestyle, and worship that are revealed to us by God's word. The gospel that saves is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. To be saved one must obey the gospel by dying to sin, being buried in baptism, and rising to walk in newness of life, Romans 6:3-6. Peter taught people how to be saved in Acts 2. This same promise of salvation is offered to us today, Acts 2:39. Peter encouraged people to save themselves by believing, repenting, and being baptized for the forgiveness of their sins, Acts 2:38-40. Those who accepted God's teaching were baptised and added to the church, Acts 2:47. Those who did not believe were not baptized, Acts 2:41. After this initial salvation Christians must remain faithful until death by repenting, confessing their sins, and worshiping together with the church, Revelation 2:10; Acts 8:22; 1 John 1:7-10, Hebrews 10:23-26. We are saved by the grace of God through our biblical faith in God, Ephesians 2:8.
To Be True Disciples of Christ
Our aim is to continue in the words of Christ so that we can be true disciples of Christ, John 8:31-32; Luke 14:26-35. Jesus told us to make disciples by teaching, baptizing, and continuing to teach all that He commanded, Matthew 28:18-20.
"...We also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men..." (2 Corinthians 5:9-11).