TENETS OF FAITH
Our beliefs and foundation for our Christian journey can be summed up in a more User Friendly way.
These following paragraphs are a summation of the TENETS you can read below.
We believe God is the Creator and He created the earth and man and a whole lot more than we can comprehend.
God is our Father in Heaven. Jesus taught us to pray, "Our Father which is in Heaven…" We believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and He came to earth through the virgin birth. Jesus was crucified and died for our sins, so He is our salvation. We believe Jesus is the way to the Father. In fact He is the ONLY way to God. Jesus taught and said of Himself, "No one comes to the Father, but by Me." Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
We believe Holy Spirit is the third part of the Godhead, (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Holy Spirit still speaks today and HE did not become mute somewhere between Genesis and Constantine. Some didn't hear Holy Spirit back then and some can't hear Holy Spirit today, but He is still speaking to those who have ears. Enough said! We believe the Baptism in Holy Spirit gives believers the power to operate in the Gifts of the Spirit, and that God is restoring the Five Fold Ministries to function properly today!
We believe that Prophets walk the earth today, along with Apostles, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers, and someday they will unite together for one last God Event in the earth. We believe that Prophetic Ministry is flowing today and bringing Kingdom Order to the House of God. We believe God speaks through His Prophets today, and people can hear God also by reading the Bible.
We believe Jesus is coming back, but we don't know when. The Bible tells us we will know the Season of Jesus' coming back, and if you hadn't noticed we are in that Season NOW! No one knows the Day or the Hour of Jesus' coming back. God is the Only one with Jesus' Itinerary!
We believe Christians are the Body of Christ and need to be busy about the Kingdom of God, and not just busy bodies. Kingdom Order is more than a fast food order, and Spiritual Alignment is necessary to keep our spiritual tires from wearing out before we finish the journey.
Well, that's the User Friendly version.
Hope that clears up any Exegeses Hermeneutical Theological Doctrinal confusion you might have had.(smile)
If you are at a Theological crossroad don't forget the important stuff, like.... love your neighbor as yourself, and Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem.
Interested in what we believe? Read Below or read the User Friendly version above. (smile)
God bless you for wanting to know.
TENETS OF FAITH
9.01 The Scriptures all Sufficient. This body accepts the Holy Scriptures as the revealed will of God, the all sufficient rule of faith and practice.
9.02 The Scriptures Inspired. The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
9.03 The One True God. The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent "I AM," the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:16,17).
9.04 The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:
(a) His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35.
(b) His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22).
(c) His miracles (Acts 2:22, 10:38).
(d) His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
(e) His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 2 Corinthians 15:4).
(f) His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3).
9.05 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 transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).
9.06 The Salvation of Man. Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
(a) Conditions to Salvation. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10: 13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11, 3:5-7).
(b) Evidences of Salvation. The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12).
9.07 The Baptism in the Holy Spirit. All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. 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, 1Corinthians 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 1: 14-16; 15:7-9). With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His works (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost (Mark 16:20).
9.08 Recognized Standard of Discipline For Board Members, Officers and Employees. The recognized standard of discipline be patterned after the Scriptural example:
(a) I Corinthians 4-5 - Discipline within the body
(b) Matthew 18:15-17 - Jesus' standard of discipline in the body
(c) Ephesians 5:21 - Submission to each other
(d) Hebrews 13:17 - Loyalty to leaders
9.09 Observances. We believe in the outward observance of those things taught in the Scripture and demonstrated by Jesus including but not limited thereto.
(a) Baptism in water. Romans 6; Matthew 28, 19
(b) Holy Communion. I Corinthians 11; 23:32; Matthew 26:19-30
(c) Washing of Saint's feet. John 13
(d) Fasting. Matthew 6
9.10 Sanctification. Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1-2; Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). The scriptures teach a life of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14) By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: "Be ye holy, for I am holy." (1 Peter I:'15-16) 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. Therefore, we espouse the belief in the pursuit of holiness. (Romans 6:1-11, 13; 8:1, 2, 13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12, 13; 1 Peter 1:5).