Statement of Faith
- The Scriptures Inspired . The Bible is the revealed Word of God to man; the New Testament is our sole rule for discipline and government (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21).
- The One True God. The triune God-head consists of one true God the Father, Jesus Christ His Son, and the Holy Ghost the third person of the Godhead (Matthew 3:16-17 John 1: 1-3 10:36; 14:26; 20:21 1John 5: 7).
- The Fall of Man. Man was created good and upright; for God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness! However, man by voluntary transgressions fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:17; 3:1-6; Romans 5:12-19).
- The Salvation of Man. Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
- Conditions to Salvation. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith
- The evidences of Salvation. The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Mark 1: 14-15; Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:7-15;Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7). Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12; 1 Peter 1:14-16).
- Sanctification. Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1,2; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). Sanctification is obtainable as a second definite work of grace, received by faith in the blood of Christ. Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-13; 8:1,2,13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12, 13.
- The Baptism in the Holy Ghost. All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ by asking (Luke 11:13). The Bible evidence of the baptism in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance (Acts 2:4; 10:46; 19:6). This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:1- 31; 13:1; 14:2, 4:14-19). With the baptism in the Holy Ghost comes such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8 Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost (Mark 16:20).
- The Ordinances of the Church. [A] Baptism in Water. The ordinance of baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47, 48; Romans 6:4). [B] Holy Communion. The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements – bread and fruit of the vine – is a type and a symbol of what Christ came to do for us sacrificing His life for our sins and the sincerity and truth that we should now walk in (1 Corinthians 5:7-8. The Bread represents His body (1 Corinthians 11:24; Isaiah 23:5) the fruit of the vine in the cup represents His blood in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 11:25; Matthew 26:39; Luke 22:15-20) a memorial of His suffering and death (I Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (I Corinthians 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers till He comes!
- The Church and Its Mission. The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her 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 (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23). Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshiped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority reason-for-being part of the Church is: (A: To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20; mark 16:15-16). (B: To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (Philippians 3:3) (C:To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11-16; I Corinthians 12:28; I Corinthians 14:12).
- The Ministry. A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the three-fold purpose of leading the Church in: (1) Evangelization of the world and making disciples (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 10:14-15; Acts 14:22-23 (2) To glorify God (Romans 15:5-6 (3) Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11-10.
- Divine Healing. Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14-16; 1Peter 2:24).
- Deliverance from demons. Casting out demons is a part of the great commission for all believers to follow. It brings freedom through the Name of Jesus that many otherwise would never experience (Matthew 17:15-18; Mark 16:17; Luke 8:26-33; 10:17-20; Acts 10:38; 16:19-18).
- Prosperity. We believe prosperity is an integral part of the gospel. We believe God wants his people to prosper in every area of their life. (III John 2; Psalms 35:27; Job 36:11; II Corinthians. 8:9).
- Tithes and Offerings. The needs of the New Testament Church, its varied ministries along with its God ordained leadership are to be met by the tithes and offerings of the believers (Malachi 3:10; I Corinthians 16:1; II Corinthians 9:6-7). It is also God’s way of prospering and blessing you. (Matthew 23:23; Heb. 6:20, 7:1-3).
- The Blessed Hope. The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church (I Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 15:51,52).
- Seven years of tribulation upon Earth. As born again believers we are not appointed to wrath therefore after our catching away/translation/rapture God’s wrath will come upon the earth for two segments of 42 months (3 1/2 years totaling 7 years) (1Thessalonians 5:1-11; Revelation 11:1-12; 13:1-18).
- The Battle of Armageddon. Jesus and His saints will return to the Earth. Jesus will destroy all the armies of the Earth who will be arrayed in the battle against Israel (Revelation 19:11-20; Isaiah 34:1-8; Joel 2:1-11; Zep 1:14-18; Zechariah 12:9-11, 14:1-21).
- The Millennial Reign of Christ. The Word of God promises the catching away of the prepared and waiting saints. Followed by the great tribulation and then the return of our Lord with His saints and holy angels in power and great glory to reign on earth a thousand years. (Revelation 20:4-6). This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel (Ezekiel 37:21,22; Zephaniah 3:19,20; Romans 11:26,27) and the establishment of universal peace (Isaiah 11:6-9; Psalm 72:3-8; Micah 4:3,4).
- The Final Judgment. There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, and the beast and false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Revelation 20:7-15; 21:8).
- The New Heavens and the New Earth “We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:22).
- Women in Ministry. THERE IS NEITHER MALE NOR FEMALE IN CHRIST JESUS. (“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for yeare all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28; “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14). In Ephesians 4:8 when they say, “gifts unto men” the Greek word “anthropos” is used, it means man, a generic name in distinction from God and the I.
NEW TESTAMENT WOMEN IN MINISTRY
- Anna: (Luke 2:36), prophetess
- Priscilla: (Acts 18:26; Romans 16:3; I Corinthians 16:19), teacher pastor
- Phebe: (Romans 16:1), deaconess
- Other Women: (Philippians 4:3)
OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETESSES
- Miriam: (Exodus 15:20; Number 12: 1,2)
- Deborah: (Judges 4:4-9)
- Hulduh: (II Kings 22: 14-20; II Chronicles 34:22)
- Noadiah: (Nehemiah 6:14)
- Isaiah’s wife: (Isaiah 8:3,4)
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