We believe the bible to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.
We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His substitutionary death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His high priestly ministry, and His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that man is sinful by nature, that the basis of the Christian faith is to know God through repentance for sin, receiving a free gift of God’s grace, by a personal faith in Jesus Christ, an intimate relationship with Him, and being conformed into His image, generated by the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is sealed until the day of redemption, and by whose filling, the believer is empowered to live a godly life.
We believe a servant’s heart is necessary for every believer to empower others; every believer is called of God to minister to others in order to build up the body of Christ.
We believe that because all power and authority in heaven and on earth has been given to the Lord Jesus Christ, He has sovereignly directed His church (the Body of Christ) to evangelize (preach His gospel of Good News) and edify (make disciples of) people of every nation. It is therefore the work of every member of the Body of Christ to carry out this great commission.
We believe that the Love of God is the greatest force in the universe, because God is Love and His Love never fails. And His church learns to speak the truth in His Love, build itself up in the Love of God, and walk in the sanctified life of Christ in the Love of God; people will be drawn to Jesus Christ. It is the “loving kindness” of the Lord that brings men to repentance.
We believe that spiritual unity, relationships, and the rest of the Body of Christ, together are essential in building God’s Kingdom.
The beginning of the ministry know as “The Body” simply began after two men came to the conclusion that God was calling them to pull away from the traditional church and embark in a ministry that would meet and minister primarily in the home. Pastor Brad Dennis and his friend Dana Fry, with the support and backing of their wives, heeded God’s call to obedience in the fall of 2007. They plunged into ministering to those who found it very difficult to enter the doors of traditional church.
They started meeting in Brad and Laura’s home on Friday nights to worship and study the Word together. Almost immediately they worried that they were going to outgrow the house and have to divide and start meeting in two houses. But after some time, people began missing the traditional style church and soon returned to the more familiar.
From the beginning, God spoke to the group through His word. His instructions were for The Body to come to the aid of the orphans, the widows, the aliens and the destitute. Not quite knowing where to start, the small home ministry soon found itself almost automatically following God’s will in each of those areas. Immediately, this little ministry began feeding the homeless, clothing those in the cold, giving assistance to widows and financial aid to those without a job. But they soon came to realize that their ministry wasn’t going to have just a local influence.
By God’s providence they had the special privilege of visiting two different orphanages in Mexico. Out of the tithes and offerings of The Body, they were able to supply them with a substantial amount of food and household supplies. The flip side of the blessing is having the privilege to spend time with the children – with no shortage of hugs going around!
To be able to be the hands and feet of Christ has been such a special blessing. It has truly been an awesome experience to feed the local Mexican day laborers posole, and to see the smiles on the faces of the children we play with in Mexico. But the greatest satisfaction comes in just knowing that we are being obedient to the call of Christ on our lives. So, whether it’s paying someone’s electric bill that’s about to be shut off on the coldest day of the season, or praying for the elderly man with cancer in the Home Depot parking lot; we know that we are just being useful as a part of the Body of Christ, and that makes Him pleased.