We are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who have personally received Him as our Savior. He is the most excellent and enjoyable Person. We love Him and endeavor to give Him the first place in all things. We rejoice to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus, God’s Son, born again of the Father’s divine life, and filled with the Holy Spirit.
We highly treasure the Holy Bible as God’s revelation of Himself and of His eternal purpose.
We hold the common faith which is revealed in the Bible and is common to all genuine believers.
As is true of all believers in Christ, we are members of His one Body, the church. In order to practice the oneness of the Body with all the Christians in Huntsville, we meet as the Church in Huntsville. We are in fellowship with thousands of local churches worldwide to express the one Body of Christ.
As individual believers in Christ, we seek to live a life that glorifies our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, denying ungodliness and putting off the “old man” to live according to the life and nature of Christ who indwells us.
As members of the body of Christ, we seek to live a corporate life by laying aside all distinctions and divisive practices, expressing the one, universal body of Christ in a practical, local way but in fellowship with all the local churches on the earth. We have been especially helped, both individually and collectively, by the ministry of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee, and wholeheartedly recommend their ministry to all seekers of the Lord.
Our Beliefs and practices
In 1978 the co-workers in the local churches published a booklet entitled The Beliefs and Practices of the Local Churches. This booklet is reproduced on this site in its entirety. Please refer to the booklet’s Table of Contents on the Below menu.
We hold the faith which is common to all the believers: ()
- The Bible is the complete divine revelation inspired word by word by God through the Holy Spirit ( , )
- God is uniquely one, yet triune – the Father, the Son, and the Spirit ( , )
- The Son of God, even God Himself, was incarnated to be a man by the name of Jesus Christ ( , )
- Christ died on the cross for our sins, shedding His blood for our redemption ( , )
- Christ resurrected from among the dead on the third day ( )
- Christ ascended to the right hand of God to be Lord of all ( , , )
- Whenever any person repents to God and believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, he is regenerated (born again) and becomes a living member of the one Body of Christ ( , , , )
- Christ is coming again to receive His believers to Himself ( )
- The local churches stand on the Holy Scriptures, not according to any traditional interpretation, but according to the pure Word of God.
- The local churches stand on Christ, the living rock, the foundation stone, the Head of the Body, and the life and reality of the church.
- The local churches stand on the genuine unity of the Body of Christ. We are not sectarian, nor denominational, nor nondenominational, nor interdenominational.
- The local churches stand on the ground of the oneness of all believers in each locality; we recognize all the blood-redeemed and Spirit-regenerated believers in Christ as members of the one church in each city.
- The local churches preach the gospel of grace and of the kingdom to sinners that they may be saved.
- The local churches minister the life supply to believers that they may grow in Christ.
- The local churches establish the church in each city that the believers may become a local corporate expression of Christ in practicality.
- The local churches release the living and rich word of God from the Holy Scriptures that the believers may be nourished to grow and mature.
- The local churches build up the Body of Christ so that the Bride may be prepared for the coming back of Christ as the Bridegroom.
- The local churches hope that as many as are ordained by God to eternal life will believe in the Lord Jesus.
- The local churches hope that all regenerated Christians will seek the growth in life, not the mere increase of knowledge.
- The local churches hope that all seeking Christians will see the vision of the church and come into the practical church life in their locality.
- The local churches hope that the Lord will have a remnant of overcomers that His Bride may be prepared.
- The local churches hope that the coming back of the Lord will be hastened by our growth and that we may participate in the blessed rapture and in His coming kingdom.
CONCERNING THE RECOVERY
- The word “recover” means to obtain again something that has been lost, or to return something to a normal condition. “Recovery” means the restoration or return to a normal condition after a damage or a loss has been incurred. To say that God is recovering certain matters means that in the course of church history they have been lost, misused, or corrupted and that God is restoring them to their original state or condition.
- Because the church has become degraded through the many centuries of its history, it needs to be restored according to God’s original intention. Concerning the church, our vision is governed not by the present situation nor by traditional practice, but by God’s original intention and by His unchanging standard as revealed in His Word. We regard the New Testament revelation of the church not merely as a historical antecedent, but as the norm for church practice in the present day.
- God’s recovery did not begin in the twentieth century. Although it is difficult to fix an exact date for its beginning, it is convenient to set it at the time of the Reformation. The recovery has gone through several stages since the Reformation, passing through the partial recovery of the church life in Bohemia under the leadership of Zinzendorf, moving on to the unveiling of the many precious Bible truths through the Plymouth Brethren, and then going on to the genuine experience of the inner life. Now it has reached its present stage with the establishment of genuine local churches as the expression of the Body of Christ.
- In His recovery today the Lord is doing two things. He is recovering the experience of the riches of Christ – that is, the enjoyment of Christ as our life and our everything – and He is recovering the practice of the church life. These two matters go hand in hand, for the practical church life is the issue of the enjoyment of the riches of Christ. We in the Lord’s recovery today testify that Christ is unsearchably rich, that He is the all-inclusive One for our enjoyment. Furthermore, we testify that the Lord has burdened us for the practice of the church life according to the revelation of the pure Word of God.
- In Christ God has provided for man a full and complete salvation. This full salvation includes our whole being: spirit, soul, and body. In God’s salvation, man’s spirit is regenerated, his soul is being transformed, and his body will be transfigured.
- In order to be saved, one must have a living faith in the Person and work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Every genuinely saved one has what the Bible calls the “common faith” (Titus 1:4), which includes what we must believe in order to be saved: we must believe that the Bible is the complete divine revelation wholly inspired by God; that there is a unique Triune God, the Father, the Son, and the Spirit; that Jesus Christ is the Son of God incarnated to be a man; that Christ died on the cross for our sins, shedding His blood for our redemption; that on the third day He was bodily raised from the dead; that He has been exalted to the right hand of God and made the Lord of all; and that He is coming again for His own and to set up His kingdom on earth.
- Eternal salvation is by grace through faith, not by our works.
- In order to be saved, one must have a living contact with Jesus Christ. Therefore, in bringing unbelievers to salvation, we emphasize prayer and calling on the name of the Lord. According to Romans 10:9 and 10, if a man is to be saved, he must believe in his heart and confess with his mouth.
- Once a person has been saved, he may have both the assurance of salvation and the security of salvation. Once we are saved, we are saved forever