March 12, 2017

Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

We believe that:

The Bible is the Inspired Word of God, given by the Holy Spirit. Through the Bible we learn how to receive Salvation. It teaches us the Truth and shows us what is wrong in our lives, so that we can be trained to live righteous lives, being prepared and equipped to serve (2 Timothy 3:15, 16) It is the infallible Word of God given to us by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:19-20) It is therefore the authoritative Word of God. The principles that we live by are contained in the Bible.

Man is created in Gods Image (harvestGenesis 1:26) and God created us for His Glory (Isaiah 43:7) therefore Gods ultimate purpose for man is for us to Glorify him. All men have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God (Romans 3: 23) and are lost and we can’t save ourselves and therefore we need a personal savior.

There is one God, not three, who created everything (Isaiah 45: 18) He is eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (John 1:1 and Matthew 3: 16, 17) He is a Just God and must punish sin (Romans 1:18) He is also a merciful God and Loves man and does not want to punish us. (Titus 3:4, 5) and that’s why God the Father sent God the Son in the Power of God the Holy Spirit to become flesh (John 1:14) Jesus Christ was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18) and died on the cross (Romans 4: 25) to pay the penalty for our sins (His Atoning Sacrifice) so that we may inherit eternal life. He rose from the dead and now sits on the right hand side of the Father and intercedes for us (Romans 8:34)

Salvation is received by Grace (Gods unmerited Favor, which is a gift and can’t be earned or deserved), through Faith (trusting in Jesus Christ alone) (Ephesians 2:8, 9) this is justification (just as if we never sinned) by faith (Romans 3:28)

The Church is the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27) made up of individuals. She is God’s chosen vessel to minister to the saints and to bring in the harvest (John 4:35) the mission of the Church is missions. Every believer should be involved in missions, not necessarily in the same function but with the same goal: To bring in the harvest.

Every believer is called to make disciples not just converts (Matthew 28:18-20). This necessitates team work. We all have differing functions and should work together to fulfill the Great Commission. We need to have a holistic approach to people in need. We need to minister to the whole man spirit, soul and body not just the spiritual side. (Matthew 25:35) We believe that the Holy Spirit dwells within all believers (Romans 8:9) and through him signs and wonders follow us, we cast out demons, speak in new tongues and heal the sick. (Mark 16: 17) The time of miracles has not yet passed.

He rose from the dead (Mark 16:6) ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9) and sits on the right-hand side of the Father and makes intercession for us (Romans 8:34) One day He will return to fetch His Church (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17).