What We Believe
We are a non-denominational Christian ministry seeking to serve Christ, His church, and the lost. International Christian Denominations that we, as much as we can tell, identify with include, but may not be limited to are The Evangelical Presbyterian Churches, as they adhere to the reformed doctrines of the faith, the belief in the operation of the spiritual gifts and gift-based rather than gender-based ministry and service (all believers are called to be disciples and have had gifts poured out on them according to God's will and purpose). Another group we strongly identify with is: Everynation.org. There are others we identify with minus this or that, but our intention here is just to give you an idea of our heart and belief system by identifying a few other groups we flow with. For example, we identify with the Assemblies of God and Foursquare Gospel in most of their tenets such as their views that spiritual gifts are still in operation today, and that women should be serving in the church side by side men according to how Christ has gifted them, unhindered by gender. We adhere to many of the Westminister Catechism of Faith, with some exceptions such as: The puritan belief that one assurance of salvation is not a consequence of faith and that the Pope is the anti-christ. More detailed statements of our belief system follow:
We believe there is one living and true God, infinite in glory, wisdom, holiness, justice, power and love, one in His essence but eternally substantial in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This doctrine is commonly referred to as The Trinity.
The books which form the canon of the Old and New Testaments as originally given are plenarily inspired and free from all error in the whole and in the part. These books constitute the written word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
It is important to understand Scripture in its context and in light of its cultural and historical setting before we can understand the messages' application to our lives today. When honorable exegesis (what was this saying to them then) and hermeneutics (what is this saying to us now) are applied to our study, we will find harmony in the Scriptures of which is not present in interpretational error.
God soverignly created the world out of nothing, so that His creation, while wholly dependent upon Him, neither comprises part of God, nor conditions His essential perfection.
God created man in His own image, in a state of original righteousness, from which he subsequently fell by a voluntary revolt, and as a consequence is guilty, inherently corrupt, and subject to divine wrath. The unregenerate are totally depraved and do not possess a will free from the dominion of the sin nature.
Jesus Christ, the eternal son, possesses all the divine excellencies, being co-substantial and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. In His incarnation, He united to His divine nature a true human nature and so continues to be both God and man, in two distinct natures and one person, forever. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, fulfilled the requirements of the law by His sinless life, suffered under Pontius Pilate, poured out His blood as a vicarious and propitiatory atonement for sin in satisfaction of divine justice, and on the third day was raised from the dead in the same body, now glorified. He ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father interceding in Glory for His redeemed.
The Holy Spirit, eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son, through the ministry of regeneration and progressive sanctification applies salvation, guides and comforts the children of God, directs and empowers the church in fulfillment of the Great Commission, and convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
Salvation consists of the remission of sins, the impartation of the righteousness of Jesus Christ, the gift of eternal life and the concomitant blessings thereof, which are a free gift of God, and received by faith alone apart from human works of merit. as well as the redemption and restoration of "oneness" and "community" in loving relationship with God and one another as found in the Creation account.
We believe that even the ability to believe is the gift of God. This blessing in no way relieves men of their responsibility to repent and believe. After repentance towards God and faith towards the Lord Jesus Christ, the believer is to publicly proclaim his identity with Christ by immersion in water baptism, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Lord Jesus Christ baptizes regenerated believers in the Holy Spirit. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an empowering work of the Spirit which is distinct from the regenerating work of the Spirit which is offered to every Christian. The consequence of speaking in tongues is made available to persons through this experience.
All nine gifts of the Spirit as listed in I Corinthians 12:4-11 continue to be expressed in the church today and are subject to the order prescribed by Scripture.
Communion is to be taken frequently and offered to all believers. The communion elements are symbols of Christ's body and blood and are useful to the exercise of faith in the person of Jesus Christ as the only means of absolving guilt, shame, and punishment of sin.
The Kingdom of God is a present reality and a future hope, forcibly advancing through the agency of the church.
The biblical truth that all believers—without regard to gender, ethnicity or class—must exercise their God-given gifts with equal authority and equal responsibility in church, home and the world (Galatians 3:28).
There is a spiritual unity of believers available in our Lord Jesus Christ. This unity is only available as we live by Galatians 3:28 and change our attitudes to attitudes of servanthood and equality rather than hierarchical and patriarchical mindsets as were introduced into the world after the Fall, and unfortunately, still exist in some church communities.
At death, the souls of the redeemed are made perfect in holiness and immediately enter into the presence of Christ, enjoying conscious fellowship with Him, there to wait the resurrection of the body.
The Lord Jesus Christ will return bodily, visibly, and personally to conform believers to His own image. He will judge the quick and the dead and will effect a final separation of the redeemed and the lost, assigning unbelievers to eternal punishment and believers to eternal glory.