STATEMENT OF FAITH
A. We believe the Scriptures to be the Inspired and Inerrant Word of God, and as such they are Revelation from God to Man, the Infallible Rule of faith and Conduct (II Tim. 3:16; I Peter 2:2).
B. We believe in one God, Eternal and Self-existent, Self-revealed and Manifested to Man as Father, Son and Holy Ghost. (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matt. 28:19).
C. We believe that Jesus Christ is True God and True Man, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost and Born of the Virgin, Mary. (I John 1:1,14; Matt. 1:18; Luke 1:26-27; Luke 2:7; I Tim. 2:5.).
D. We believe that Jesus Christ Died on the Cross and Shed His Blood as a Sacrifice for our Sins; He Arose Bodily from the Dead, Ascended into Heaven, and is Seated at the right hand of the Majesty on High. (I Peter 2:24; Heb.911-14; I Cor.15:3-8; Acts 2:32-36; Heb. 10:12).
E. We believe in the Ministry of the Holy Spirit to Glorify Christ, to Convict Men of Sin, Righteousness and Judgment; and to Empower the Believer. (John 15:26; John 16:8, 14; Acts 1:8).
F. We Believe that Man was Created in the Image of God, but fell into Sin. (Gen. 1:26-31; Gen. 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-21).
G. We believe that Man can be Justified only by Grace through Personal Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 4:11-12; Rom. 3:24-28).
H. We believe that Water Baptism identifies us with the Death and Burial of Jesus Christ; and that we SHOULD arise to walk in Newness of Life. (Rom. 6:3-9; I Pet. 3:21).
I. We believe that the true Church is composed of such Persons who, through THE Saving Faith in Jesus Christ, have been Regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (I Pet. 2:4-5; Eph. 2:19-22).
J. We Believe in the Personal, Literal Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ; to Judge both the Living and the Dead. (1 Thes.4:16; Heb. 9:27; 1Cor. 15:51-52; Rev. 20:11-15; Acts 24:15).
K. We Believe in the Body Resurrection of all the Dead (Acts 24:15;1Cor. 15:35-44; Rev. 20:11-15).
L. We Believe in Everlasting Blessedness for the Believer; with Judgment, and Everlasting Punishment for the Unbeliever (Mat. 7:21-23; Rev. 20:11-15; John 5:29).
M. We Believe that, Jesus Christ wants the Members of His Body, the Church to Carry the Gospel into the World (Mat. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).
N. We Believe that the Holy Spirit is at Work Today within the Church, the Body of Christ, through His Gifts, fruits and Anointed Ministers (Acts 2:39;Rom.12:6-8; 1 Cor.121-11; Gal.5:22-23;Eph.4:11; 1Cor. 12:28).
O. We Believe that, the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to
Every Believer and need to be Activated and Exercised to fulfill their Divine purposes of Blessing the Body of Christ through Ministry! (Acts 2:39; 2 Tim. 1:6).
P. We Believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit wherein the Spirit is Sent to gift each Believer with their Own Private Prayer/Praise Language used to edify themselves, and that such a Baptism Empowers the Believer to be effective for Christ (Acts 1:8; Acts 2:39; 1 Cor. 14:2; Jude 20:1; 1 Cor.14:18; Acts 19:1-6).
Q. We believe in the Divine Healing of the Body as part of the Atoning Work of Jesus Christ. This Healing can be Received and also Ministered to others by various Gifts within the Body of Christ. (I Cor. 12:8-10; Matt. 8:16-17; I Pet. 2:24).
R. We believe in the Full Function of the Five-fold Ministry; which was given to Perfect and Equip the Saints, so they can enter into the Work of their Calling and Ministry, thereby Edifying the Whole Body of Christ. (Eph. 4:11-16; I Cor. 12:28.).
S. We believe in the Present Day Ministries of the Apostle and Prophets, which Christ has Set in the Church as Foundational and Revelational Ministries. We Believe these Two Ministries to function in Full Power and Authority before the Literal Second Coming of Christ (Eph. 2:20; Acts 3:21).
T. We Believe that the Church of Jesus Christ is Godís Instrument, ORDAINED to Establish and Extend Godís Kingdom until the Literal Coming of Christ to reign over ALL the Earth. (Rev. 11:15).
U. We Believe in the Full Restoration of the Corporate Body of Christ (Acts 3:21). We Believe in Proclaiming Present Truth, for the Purpose of establishing Dynamic, Growing Local Churches, Building on the Foundational Ministries of the Apostles and Prophets. We Believe in the Autonomy of each Local Church; and that, Itinerant Ministries should be based out of, and related to a Local Church with Accountability to a Senior Minister (Acts 13:1; Acts 15).
V. We Believe that the Church is the Body of Christ Expressed as the Church Individual, the Church Local and the Church Universal and Invisible. As such, we Believe the Church to be more than just a building or a Gathering of people. It is a Body or Living Organism, living in Relationship and Harmony, under the Direction of the Head, Jesus Christ. (I Cor. 6:15; II Cor. 1:1; Rom. 16:5; I Pet. 2:4-5; Eph. 2:19-22; I Cor. 12:12-31; Rom. 12:4-5; Eph. 4:11-16).
W. We Believe in Church Discipline, administered within the Relational Group; in a spirit of Meekness and Confidentiality. The purpose of such discipline is the Restoration of the offender in question; Subject to the Discipline and / or the Purification of the Relational group. The Steps of Discipline are: One-on-One Private Confrontation, Private Confrontation with Witnesses; and finally, Exposure to the Relational Group for Judgment, leading to Restoration or Separation. (Matt. 18:15-20; Gal 6:1; Rom.16:17; II John 9:11; I Cor. 5; II Cor. 2:6-8; I Tim. 5:20).
X. We believe as Members of the same Body of Christ, Baptized by one Spirit into ONE Body, that we must endeavor to keep the UNITY of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace; and as such, that we should not bring a Lawsuit against another Christian Individual or Ministry; unless all Scriptural principles have been EXHAUSTED OR complied with, through efforts of mediation. We believe that all such Disputes should be resolved within the Body of Christ, without taking them before unbelievers for judgment. (I Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:3-6).
Y. We believe that God speaks today. There are at least five avenues or Channels of Prophecy by which God speaks to His people today. They are the Office of the Prophet, Prophetic Preaching, Prophetic Presbytery, the Gift of Prophecy and the spirit of Prophecy. All Five Avenues are received and encouraged in our local churches and Ministries, locally and internationally. We Believe that, Hearing from God, both Individually as Members, and Corporately as a Church and association or Network of Churches, through Prophecy or any other Biblical means chosen by God to communicate, is essential to our Faith and Walk with God. Prophecy and Prophetic utterance is only one method of Discerning Godís Will and Direction; and it is recognized that none of the methods or avenues of Prophecy will always be 100% accurate; and therefore, ACTIONS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN on the basis of Prophetic Words alone, WITHOUT other confirmations! We Believe the Prophetic Presbytery serves the Purpose in the Body of Christ in activating, Establishing, Releasing, Commissioning and Ordaining the Saints/Gifts into the Office, Function and Place of Relationship and Leadership (1Cor.!4:3; Eph. 4:11; Eph.2:20; 1Tim. 4:14; Acts 13:1-3; Titus 1:5; Rom. 12: 6; 1Peter 4:10; 1Cor. 14:39; 1Cor. 14:1; 1Thes. 5:19-21; 1Tim.5:22; 11Tim.1:6).
Z. We Believe that in ALL matters concerning the Body of Christ, in its Direction, Discipline, Ministry and Functioning, that Specific Guidance and Instruction, Revelation and Discernment of Truth from Falsehood, is available by the Leading of the Holy Spirit; who ENABLES us to know spiritual things by the Spirit. (Acts13:1-3; I Tim.1:18; Rom.8:14; I Tim.5:22; John 16:13-15; I Cor. 5:3).
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