Since its inception in 1980, in which a handful of workers were led of the Lord to come together to provide a Sunday School for thirty-four inner-city children who had been excluded from another church and placed on a “waiting list,” the Straitgate Church has been given a unique mission characterized by a place, a people, a purpose, and a principle.
This purpose can only be achieved by a common commitment to the highest standards of personal separation and a high level of commitment to the work of the church. Those who are unwilling to defer in matters of questionable activities to accommodate the highest common denominator will not be happy here. Those who view the church as a resource only and view its meetings as optional will find the program difficult. Preparation for the work of ministry requires intensive exposure to those for whom, and with whom, ministry is done.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
1. We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of his will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
2. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
3. We believe that Jesus Christ is true god and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate and died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.
4. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.
5. We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost and can obtain salvation only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
6. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God.
7. We believe that believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper are to be observed by all Christians. They are not, however, to be regarded as means of salvation.
8. We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ, of which He is the head.
9. We believe that born-again believers should work together for the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ but that this organic unity does not necessitate organizational unity.
10. We believe in the personal, premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
11. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord in heaven, of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment in hell.