THESE PARAGRAPHS WILL GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT TO EXPECT IN OUR MEETINGS. IT IS NOT A CLEAR CUT SCIENCE BUT WILL SHOW YOU WHAT PARAMETERS WE OPERATE IN. IF THIS IS NOT YOU THEN WE DON'T WANT TO WASTE YOUR TIME. WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO GET COMMITTED INTO A CHURCH SOMEWHERE. WE ARE A SMALL ASSEMBLY AT PRESENT AND HAVE BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR TEN YEARS. PLEASE PRAYERFULLY READ THESE PARAGRAPHS AND COME AND VISIT US IF YOU HAVE NO HOME CHURCH.
We carry out the great commission to go into all the world and preach the non-compromising gospel. The message is: " repent for the kingdom of God is at hand!" "This is the responsibility of every Christian, to either preach or witness for Christ! As such, we encourage all believers to be active in outreach and invite those whose testimony is godly to join us in that endeavour. We engage in open air preaching, tract distribution, and any other godly method to reach the lost. (Matt. 28:19; Acts 3:19)
We practice free expression of worship. This may include raising hands, hand clapping, praying and singing, etc. This expression must be controlled by the believer and should not draw attention to one-self and be too overbearing. The gifts of the prophets are subject to the prophets. The focus of the meeting should be a clear communication of the gospel to non-believers and edification and encouragement to the believer. Therefore hyper-charismatic manifestations (i.e. uncontrollable laughing, shaking, being slain in the Spirit, fleshly prophecies, excessively loud tongues), are not encouraged. Although we do not want to quench the Spirit, we also do not want to foster chaos. (1 Cor.12,13, 14)
We practice voluntary financial giving. Donating financially is left to the discretion of each believer as they are led by the Holy Spirit. Financial giving should be anonymous, cheerful and generous as the Holy Spirit leads. (2 Cor. Chapters 8 and 9) We take up no collections but donations may be placed in a box on the wall. Donations are managed by appointed, trustworthy, and godly elders and take care of the maintenance of the building. There are no staff on salary. (Acts 6:1-7; Matt.6:1; Luke 6:38)
We practice church autonomy and are independent. We do not submit to higher ecclesiastical pyramids (denominational headquarters) but to the Lord Jesus Christ! We believe that God's model is that the pastor is ruled by the Lord and aided by the appointed elders to discover the mind and will of Jesus Christ for His church. Therefore, accountability is derived from elders submitting to one another who are in close fellowship, walking together in the Spirit. Elders must rebuke open sin within the assembly and submit one to another in the fear of the Lord. If one elder (or pastor) sins and it's proven by at least two witnesses he must be publicly rebuked by the other elders or pastor in the assembly. The false covering doctrine is not taught in our assembly. (Gal. 2:6; 1 Thess.1:5; 1Tim. 5:20; 1 Peter 5:1-3)
Elders are selected from those who qualify morally, and spiritually (prayer life and able to refute and teach doctrine), and who agree with Gospel Truth Outreach Beliefs and Practices. A one year period would be essential to qualify candidates for eldership. At any time if there is a moral decline, doctrinal differences, or obvious contrary spirit with Gospel Truth Outreach vision and beliefs, elders will be asked to step down from serving. This applies to positions of preaching, teaching, home group leadership, music ministry as well as any other obvious leadership role. All members are encouraged to be good Bereans (Acts 17) and know their scriptures. They are encouraged to reject what is not biblical.
If you are in agreement with our Doctrines and Practices then we welcome you to attend a number of our meetings to determine if you want to join us to reach the lost and build up His church here in Cornwall, Ontario. We are not attempting to draw anybody away from their own fellowship. Please do not leave your church if you have unsettled issues. Please don't run from any problems that need to be ironed out first. However, if you have no church that is meeting your spiritual needs, then consider our meetings to see if we are like-minded. We are looking for people "cut from the same cloth". We do not hold formal membership, however, your commitment and involvement will show us that you are serious about helping to carry out the great commission and we will do our best to discern your place in this body and use each member in whatever capacity is fruitful. Our overall vision is two- fold: save the lost and draw like-minded people together to help in that cause. Again, we are not seeking for church hoppers who are uncommitted and transient. It will take committed people to bring about a godly revival. If that is you then come check us out. All are welcome. Our doors are open to all.