Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

The human phraseology employed in this statement is not inspired nor contended for, but the truth set forth is held to be essential to a full Gospel ministry. No claim is made that it contains all the truth in the Bible, only that it covers orthodox fundamental matters.

Holy Bible
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).

The Fall
Humankind was created in the image of God to know and enjoy Him yet we willfully rejected the Lordship and glory of God for which we were intended. Because of this, sickness, death and judgment entered the world and now creation experiences the effects and consequences of sin (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:17; Romans 5:12-21).

Trinity
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).

Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary's womb; therefore, He is the Son of God. He is the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (Matthew 1:18, 25; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27-35; John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 2:5, 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6).

Redemption
Man was created good, upright, and to have dominion over the earth, but by voluntary transgression he fell and lost his authority; his only hope of redemption and restoration is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

Salvation
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).

Repentance
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9).

 Sanctification
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and renewing of the mind that the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; Romans 8:29, 12:1-2; Hebrews 2:11).

Jesus' Blood
The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (I John 1:7; Revelation 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29).

Jesus Christ Indwells All Believers
Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to him thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead (John 1:12, 14:17, 23, 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20).

The Cross
The victorious redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides freedom from the power of the enemy–sin, lies, sickness and torment and restored to believers everything that was lost in the Fall (Colossians 2:13-15; 1 John 3:8; Hebrews 2:14-15; Romans 5:8-11; I Corinthians 15:16-17; Ephesians 1:18-23; Revelation 1:17-18).

Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6).

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible’s lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters. (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 : 4-8; Ephesians 4:16; I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6-7; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10).
 
 The Church
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the necessity of believers to meet regularly together for fellowship, teaching, prayer, and the breaking of bread. (Matthew 16:18,19; Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23; Acts 2:42).

Equality
There is only one race, the human race. We all have the same color blood and we are all broken and infected with sin. God cares about people regardless of their gender, ethnicity, nationality, or social status and wants to unite peoples of all genders, nations, tribes, and tongues in Christ. God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. We were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body and anything, including racism and sexism that divide us is sin (Genesis 1:26-28; Acts 10:34-35, 17:26-27; Deuteronomy 10:17-19; 1 Corinthians 12:13; James 2:9; Romans 3:9-12, 21-25; Ephesians 2:13-16; 2 Corinthians 5:16-17; Colossians 3:9-14; Revelation 7:9-10)

Healing of the Sick
Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus' work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29).

God's Will for Provision
It is the Father's will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on Earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others.
  • Spiritual (John 3:3-11; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10)
  • Mental and Emotional (II Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3).
  • Physical (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24).
  • Financial (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19).
Resurrection
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).

Heaven
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5: 12, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4).

Hell
After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).

Death
As a result of original sin, all mankind is subject to the death of the body. The soul does not die with the body, but immediately after death enters into God’s presence or is eternally separated from God based on his rejection or acceptance of the Savior (Romans 5:12; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Philippians 1:23; Luke 16:19-31).

Giving
Biblical giving is the giving of self and wealth to God and His work, and doing so voluntarily and out of love for God and His work. (Matthew 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 16:1-3; 2 Corinthians 8-9; Galatians 6:6-8; Philippians 4:10-19, 1 Timothy 5:8, 17-18; 3 John 5-8).

Helping the Poor
We believe that it is the intent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to feed the hungry, to care for the poor, and to care for the widows and orphans. We further believe that such ministry should be toward His name to both saints and unbelievers (Matthew 19:21, 25:34-40; Isaiah 58:7-8; Psalm 112:9; II Corinthians 9:6-9; James 1:27; Hebrews 6:10).

Ordination
The Bible relates that those who are chosen by God to a specific work should be recognized by appointment and ordination to the work (Mark 3:13-15; I Corinthians 7:17; Titus 1:5; I Timothy 2:7).

Free Will
God gave mankind free will, the right and ability to make choices, good and bad (Genesis 2:16-17; Isaiah 1:16-20; Acts 17:27, 30; Galatians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:9; John 7:17).

Sexuality
God created man and woman in His image as unique biological persons made to complete each other. We believe God’s plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage. God ordained and instituted monogamous marriage between a male and a female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female. We affirm and agree with the Nashville Statement. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9).

Evangelism and Discipleship
The ministry of evangelism (sharing and proclaiming the message of salvation only possible by grace through faith in Jesus Christ) and discipleship (helping followers of Christ grow up into maturity in Christ) is a responsibility of all followers of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15; 1 Peter 3:15).

Second Coming
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7).

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