Thursday, December 22, 2016

STATEMENT OF FAITH

WHAT WE HOLD TO BE BIBLICALLY TRUE AND SCRIPTURALLY SOUND

In time past, God has always taken the initiative and revealed revelation of Himself to us, His creation. He injecting Himself into our reality and revealing Himself.  Without giving us a way to know and understand Him, there is none.  God has manifested Himself as Jesus Christ, the final and ultimate understanding of revelation.   He has revealed and relayed  the revelation of Himself through His Apostles, as it is recorded in the Holy Bible.
Having said that,the following statement of faith,not exhaustive, is what we have come to know as true and right:

Statement Of Faith
1. GOD
We believe in one Infinite and Eternal self existing God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, distinct and eternal in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is eternally and ever Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent. In Him belongs all cosmic preservation, regulation and governing preserves, regulates, governs and directs all things so that nothing in the world happens without either his causation or permission. God is the author of good but not of evil. Yet, ultimately, even evil is governed by God inasmuch as God limits it to an end fitting with his overall plan and purpose.
2. THE BIBLE
We believe the Scriptures as originally given by God, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, spiritually infallible, entirely trustworthy, and the supreme, final authority in all matters of faith, understanding and conduct.
 



3. JESUS CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for all sinners. He payed the price for our sin and resurrected bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father. He will return personally and visibly at the end of the age to fully establish God's Kingdom. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and his resurrection were provided for the salvation of all people, but is effective only for those who believe. Christ's death and resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation, and only those who believe and continue in Jesus Christ become born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.


4. THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ, convict saints and sinners, enable sinners to believe, regenerates the repenting sinner, indwells, reveals, guides, instructs, and empowers the believer for ministry and godly living and service.

5. THE GRACE OF GOD AND SALVATION
We believe that humanity was created in the image of God but fell from its original sinless state through willful disobedience and Satan's deception, resulting in eternal condemnation and separation from God. In and of ourselves apart from the grace of God in the world (what some may call “prevenient faith”)  human beings can neither think, will, nor do anything good, including believe. But the grace of God extends to, prepares and enables sinners to receive the free gift of salvation offered in Christ and his gospel. Only through the grace of God can sinners believe and so be regenerated by the Holy Spirit unto salvation and spiritual life. It is also the grace of God that enables believers to continue in faith, so that all good deeds, intents, spiritual growth and blessings that can be had, can only be obtained and sustained by the Spirit of God and must be ascribed to the grace of God. We believe that salvation is God’s grace, and is through grace and grace alone. No manner of work is capable of obtaining or maintaining salvation.  It is all of grace through faith in the substitutionary death of Christ Jesus, and that upon repentance and confession of Christ as Lord and savior, one is brought into a relationship with the father and obtain eternity in His presence.



6. THE RAPTURE
While we don't subscribe to a pre trib rapture, we know that God is returning for His Church. Therefore, we live lives of holiness, growing in the biblical faith of Christ,  rooted in God and His word in preparedness to have to endure through the tribulation.
We believe in the visible second return of Christ and the bodily resurrection of the dead and of believers to eternity in the presence of God, everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and the resurrection of unbelievers to judgment and eternal punishment.
We believe in the day when the Lord shall descend from heaven, and the saints of God shall be caught up together in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (The Rapture) and Jesus will take His people to Heaven.
We do not believe that day is Imminent (His return with no sign), but will come with signs that will precede His arrival;
We do not believe that the rapture will be before the tribulation but  after and will be visible to all.

But,  whether pre-trib, mid-trib or post-trib, Jesus Christ is coming back, and He's coming back  for a people faithful, prepared and looking for His return. We need to play an active role in building up our faith right where we are by abiding in Him.

We reject:
(1) “Positive confession” of the “Word of Faith” movement, that teaches that God can be commanded to heal or work miracles according to man’s will. This also places our desires and wants above those of God’s.

(2) Human prophecy that supersedes the Scriptures,

(3) The incorporation of humanistic, secular psychology and philosophy into Biblical teaching,

(4) The over-emphasis of the spiritual gifts, experiential signs and wonders to the exclusion of Biblical teaching.

(5) That one can live a lifestyle of self-centeredness, sensuousness, promiscuity or homosexuality and still be saved. This is not to say that you lose your salvation because you sin, have a weakness or addiction, but those who consistently, willingly,habitually and unashamedly maintain a lifestyle contrary to the will and the Word of God can not be a child of God.


In Christ’s Service