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SALVATION: We believe that each and every person will be judged by God in this world and in the world to come. That since a person is a sinner and has broken the commandments of God; they must pay for the penalty of sin. We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins. He died to pay the penalty for us. That faith in Him and a turning away from sin will save a person. A person must be Born Again fully trusting in Jesus. In return this faith will produce a person to do the things they need to for God despite their struggles. A person who does not give their life for the service of God will be judged as a sinner before a holy and righteous God.
Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, John 3:3, Romans 10:9 Rom_3:9; Rom_3:19; Rom_1:28-32; Rom. 2:1-16; Ecc_7:20; Gal_3:22; 1Jo_1:8-10;
THE CHURCH: We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ and representative of Christ on earth. We believe the church is not the building but the people of God. We believe in the universal church in the sense that all true believers in Christ even thou not in denomination, but common in the gospel, are part of the church. We believe in the local church government that it is essential that all true believers are part of a local church body governed by either or all; apostle, prophet, pastor, teacher, and/or evangelist. Those who do not belong to a church body due to rebellion or slumber are not part of the universal church body. We believe the church is the body made up of many members not just 1 member. All Christians are commanding by God's word to be part of a local body church.
Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 4:4-6, Ephesians 4:11-13, 1 John 2:18-19,
1 Corinthians 12:13-14, Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12
GOD: We believe in One God. God is Spirit. The creator of heaven and earth. He is the Father in Creation. Prior to that He was Spirit. His role of creating He became Father. We believe in Jesus Christ the incarnation of God, God in the Flesh. The Son of God for Salvation and for the dying of the cross. We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten and was God in the flesh. Prior to his incarnation Jesus Christ did not exists as the Son of God, but rather Jesus Christ is God in the Flesh. 100% man and yet 100% God. The Body of Jesus though God in the flesh was seperate than the Spirit that dwelt in Him which was God. When Jesus Christ died, God did not die, but the Body of Jesus Christ died. The Son was not the Father and the Father was not the Son. The Spirit of God in the Flesh is the Son and the Spirit of God in creation is the Father. One God and yet 2 different persons. We Believe that God who is Spirit is eternal and has always existed. We believe when Jesus refers to the Father he does not refer to another person as He is but rather the Eternal Glory. Once the end has come, Jesus Christ who is God in the flesh will no longer exist as the Son of God and will become one with God as in the beginning. We believe the Comforter who is the Holy Spirit is also God and has a seperate and distinctive role as the Son and the Father. The Holy Spirit also refered to as the Holy Ghost is the purest of all forms of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit has always been and always will be. It is the essence and substance of the Father and the Son and yet seperate in person and role. We believe in the Trinity not as three different people but 3 different roles and yet seperate and distinct from each other. That is why the Scriptures interchange the words when referring to them but never interchange the roles.
John 4:24, Genesis 1:1-2, Ephesians 4:4-6, John 1:1-14, Colossians 1:15-20, Colossians 2:8-9, John 14:10-18, Matthew 1:18, Acts 5:3-4,
1 Corinthians 6:19, 2 Corinthian 6:16
CHRISTIANITY: We believe Christianity is not a new religion but the continuance of Judaism. That Christ did not come to establish a new religion but to fulfill an old one. Those who have faith in Jesus Christ the promised messiah enter into the religion of Judaism. Those who do not believe in Christ fall out of Judaism. That is why the Bible says that a Jew is not one outwardly but one who is circumcised inwardly that is of the heart. So a real Jew is one who has continued in the faith of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by believing in Jesus Christ. We believe the modern term for this faith is Christianity. Judaism is the prologue or preface to Christianity. It seemed to be God's plan to save man by Christ from the beginning (Gen 3:15, 1 Pet 1:20) and therefore Judaism (or more precisely the Law of Moses) was an instructor to bring us unto Christ (Gal. 3:24), a shadow of good things to come (Hebrews 10:1) and powerless to set free (Rom 8:3-4). Christ has always been the foundation of God's kingdom and so in this Biblical context Christianity has always been the only true way to God (Heb 9:11-15).
Matthew 5:17, Romans 11:20-22, Romans 2:28-29, Galatians 3:16,
THE CHURCH & ISRAEL: We believe that the chosen people of God are not the bloodline of the Jewish people or those who are in Israel. We believe that it is the church. The church is the Body of Christ and the chosen of God. The people of Israel were chosen to bring the Messiah. Now that the Messiah Jesus has come, those who have faith in God become the chosen of God. A true Jew or child of God is one who believes in Jesus. That is why Jesus says to the Jews who do not believe, “Your father is of the devil.” The bible tells us it is not the bloodline that makes you heirs but it is those who have faith in Christ. The church is considered the chosen of God and the Israel of God. The church is the true Israel.
Romans 11, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, John 8:43-45, Galatians 3:28-29,
Galatians 6:16, Gal_3:7-9; Hos_1:10; Rom_2:28-29, Rom_4:12; Rom_9:6-8; Phi_3:3; 1Pe_2:5-9;
RESURRECTION: We believe that the Lord upon His return will raise the living and the dead for judgment. This will not happen until these events occur: 1) The apostasy (a large turning away from the faith) 2) the anti-christ is revealed. When this happens the dead and living shall be judged. Those who believe in Him both living and dead at the sound of the last trumpet will ascend to be with the Lord. Those who are damned will rise from the dead for judgment into damnation. This is the only and final resurrection.
Matthew 24, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 1 Corinthians 15:51-53, Daniel 7:25-27
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, Rev_8:2; Rev_8:13; Rev_9:13-14 Revelation 20:6;
JUDGMENT: We believe that Judgment of the Living and the Dead is done at the end of time. That once a person dies he is in a place of rest until the Lord returns for judgment. He does not enter judgment until the end of time. When the Lord returns he will place the saints on the right to welcome them into heaven and the unbelievers to the left to send them to judgment. At the end of time God will bring judgment and reward and not sooner.
John 5:28-29, 1 Corinthians 15:51-53, Matthew 25:31-46, Matthew 24:29-31, John 6:38-39; John 12:48; Revelation 22:10-12
SATAN: When the scriptures speak of Satan or the Devil it means none else than sin, enemy, adversary, or opponent. These could come in the form of physical or spiritual entities. This is the true biblical interpretation to the word “satan” or “devil”. We do not believe in the fallen angel theory. We do not believe that there is a god of evil and a God of good and they are both fighting each other. We believe there is only ONE God who is in control of all. We believe that God uses for His purpose and Will all things.
Hebrews 2:14-15, James 4:7-8, Isaiah 45:5-7, Revelation 2:10, Hebrew & Greek Concordances & Dictionaries. 2 Samuel 24:1.. vs. 1 Chronicles 21:1..
EVIL SPIRITS: We believe in evil spirits. We believe they are created spiritual beings that are under the spiritual laws of God and are limited by time and space. That these beings were created for the purpose of God, as was the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. We believe that there will be a time when the Lord will return to earth and remove such entities.
Isaiah 45:5-7, Matthew 8:28-32, 1 Kings 22:20-23, Isa_29:9-14; Joh_12:39-43; Rom_1:21-25; Rom_1:28;
SPEAKING IN TONGUES: We believe in the gifts of the speaking in tongues. We believe that not all believers have this gift neither is it a necessity. We believe the gift of speaking in tongues is to be used in 2 ways: 1) If spoken in public it must be accompanied by interpretation or the person is to be silent. 2) If spoken in private a person needs not an interpretation but becomes a prayer language between them and God.
I Corinthians 14
BAPTISM: We believe that baptism is an essential symbolic witness of a person’s salvation. That a person does not need to be baptized to be saved but should be baptized INTO the church to show that they are saved. It is a witness to the church and elders that a person has made a commitment to God. It follows the example set by Jesus Christ.
Acts 2:41-42, Matthew 3:13-16, 1 Corinthians 1:17
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift and work of God. That a person is not always baptized in the Holy Spirit but can become, or has become, or can be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit Baptism happens when one is so overwhelmed with the Spirit of God that they become sensitive to the things of God. A feeling of Euphoria and a sense of Peace with God are best described when baptized in the Holy Spirit. These feelings do not always remain but are intermittent in a persons walk with Christ. The frequency of these feelings depends on the will of God and the person’s worship of God.
Acts 2:4, Acts 4:31, Luke 3:16
GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the gifts of the Holy Sprit. We believe in miracles, healing, tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophesy, and such like. We believe that God gives these gifts accordingly and not everyone has every gift. We believe these are gifts and are not earned or bought or merited. We believe that the greatest of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit is Love, which can be attained and should be attained by every true believer.
1 Corinthians 12:3-11, 1 Corinthians 13, Romans 12
These are biblical truths. These beliefs are biblical and are held under the strictest guidelines. These guidelines are such:
1) IS IT IN THE BIBLE?
2) IS THIS WHAT IS TAUGHT IN THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS?
3) CAN IT BE UNDERSTOOD WITHOUT EXTRA INTERPRETATION?
If the answers is yes to these (?’s) then it becomes truth. All doctrines that needs additional commentary by man is considered but not adopted to be truths of God.
All questions are welcomed on the beliefs. No person is required to believe every point in order to become a part of THE CHURCH. The birth, mission, life, death, burial, resurrection and deity of Jesus Christ are necessary to become a part of
THE LORD'S CHURCH.
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