February 21, 2011
PRIORITY CONVICTIONS OF PASTOR TIMOTHY MANN
Biblical Conversion and Assurance – A biblical understanding of regeneration and conversion has been lost by the modern church. Salvation requires hearing the Gospel accompanied by the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit (John 3:1-8, Ephesians 2:5). This supernatural work, called regeneration, produces repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:20-21). The truly saved person perseveres in faithfulness (Philippians 1:6, Matthew 7:16-20). This perseverance is the basis of assurance. The man who walks in a continual state of carnality with no divine discipline can have no assurance of sonship (Hebrews 12:8), no matter how adamantly he professes Christ.
Biblical Evangelism – It is the duty of every believer to evangelize the lost. I adamantly stand against cold, unevangelistic hyper-Calvinism on the one hand and "hoop-jumping" easy believism on the other. We are committed to preach the Gospel to every creature and to implore ALL men to repent and believe. I believe that whoever believes in Christ will be saved. At the same time, I recognize that neither repentance nor faith can be produced by manipulating the emotion or coercing the will. They are the result of the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit.
Personalized World Missions – The Great Commission is a great command. Personal involvement in world missions is not a suggestion or an option, but it is demanded of every true believer. The entire local church family should be personally and strategically involved in world missions, mobilizing laborers, prayer, and finances to the end of glorifying God among all peoples. We are either called to go down into the well (be a missionary) or to hold the rope for those who are going down (support missionaries). Either way, our dedication must be costly and enduring.
Bible Saturated/Thoroughly Biblical – It is my desire to be thoroughly biblical in the totality of my life and in the life of the church that I lead. Our purpose, our methods, and our goals must be from sound, biblical teaching. I reject the modern concept that biblical goals can be achieved by man-centered, man-empowered methods. Our theology must dictate our methodology.
Christ-Honoring – God is most glorified through the Person and work of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. By His unrivaled character and work (merit), He has redeemed for Himself a people (the Church). As His church, we strive above all things to know Him, love Him, praise Him, and serve Him. It is by, through, and for Him that we exist. It is my goal to keep Him the honored center of all that we say and do! “In all things He must have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18).
Glory of God Focused – The glory of God is everything! The centerpiece of the universe for time and eternity is for God to be seen and praised for His matchless perfections! For all eternity, those in hell will bring Him glory as they suffer eternal wrath under His perfect justice (Revelation 15:1-4). Those in heaven will bring Him glory as they inherit paradise as trophies of perfect grace. Every individual Christian and every local church family must have a continual, intentional, and passionate focus on the glory of God! (1 Corinthians 10:31, Ephesians 3:21)