Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

 

THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is profitable for all things both in this life and in the life to come (Numbers 23:19; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23, 25; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

THE HOLY TRINITY is composed of three separate and distinct personalities, eternally co-existent, eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent; with all power vested in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The triune Godhead is the Father, the first person of the Godhead; Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead; the Holy Ghost (or ‘Holy Spirit’), who is in the earth today as the Comforter and Teacher of the Church, is the third member of the Godhead (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Matthew 28:19; Luke 1:35; Luke 3:22; John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

THE SALVATION OF MAN is necessary, for although man was created “in the image and likeness of God” (Genesis 1:26-31), he fell through voluntary transgression (Genesis 3:1-7). Man’s only hope of redemption is through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:12-21). Through repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ, man is saved by the washing of regeneration, whereupon he is born again, and being justified by grace through faith, he becomes an heir of God (John 3:3-7; Romans 10:8-10; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7). The inward evidence of salvation is a witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence of salvation is a life of righteousness (1 John 1:7; 3:23). Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not our human efforts, however our works will follow our faith and will determine our rewards in eternity (2 Corinthians 5:10). Entire sanctification is the will of God for all believers (1 Thessalonians 4:3), and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word (1 John 2:3-6).

BAPTISM IN WATER should be observed as an act of obedience to God’s Word subsequent to the born again experience. By doing so, believers in Jesus Christ declare to the world that they have identified with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:3-4).

THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST is for every believer and should be received according to the command of the our Lord Jesus Christ. The baptism of the Holy Ghost comes with the initial evidence of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, and by the subsequent evidence of spiritual power in public testimony and service, including the nine spiritual gifts and special anointings for ministry (Luke 24:49; John 14:16-17, 26; John 15:26; John 16:7; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Acts 10:44-48).

HEALING IS IN THE ATONEMENT, for Jesus “Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:17), and “…by His stripes we were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). It is our privilege to “lay hands on the sick and anoint them with oil in the Name of the Lord” and “the prayer of faith shall save (or heal) the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up” (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-15).

TOTAL PROSPERITY IS GOD’S WILL. This includes spiritual prosperity (John 3:3-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10; 13), mental prosperity (2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3), physical prosperity (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; Romans 8:11; 1 Peter 2:24) financial prosperity (3 John 2; Malachi 3:10-12; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-12; Deuteronomy 28:1-14, and social prosperity (Psalm 5:12; Proverbs 3:4).

THE RESURRECTION and glorification of our physical bodies is a literal fact, just as the crucified body of our Lord was raised and glorified (Daniel 12:2-3; John 5:28-29; Acts 2:22-24; 1 Corinthians 15:2-8; Romans 8:34; Revelation 20:4-5).

THE BLESSED HOPE is that Jesus Christ is coming again to gather His saints to Heaven. The church will be raptured (or “caught up) to meet Jesus in the air, be delivered from the Great Tribulation, and to reign with Christ upon the earth for a thousand years (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1; Jude 14-15; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:1-7).

HEAVEN AND HELL will both last forever. Heaven is a place of eternal bliss and happiness, and is the reward for the righteous. Hell is a lake of fire made for the devil and his angels, but must also be suffered by those who have refused the offer of eternal salvation through Jesus Christ (Mark 9:41-48; Luke 16:19-25; Revelation 2:8; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:10-15).

THE CHURCH is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for its Great Commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the Firstborn which are written in heaven (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23). A divinely called and scripturally qualified ministry has been provided by our Lord for the evangelizing of the world, and the edifying of the Body of Christ (Mark 16:15-20; Ephesians 4:11-15).

THE LORD’S SUPPER is an ordinance commanded by Jesus, and therefore should be observed frequently (Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

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