Statement Of Faith

Christ for all Nations Ministries stands firmly in mainstream historical Christianity. It takes the 66 books of the Bible (Old and New Testament canon) as its all-sufficient source of faith and practice and subscribes to the historic creeds of the universal Church. In common with historical, evangelical Christianity, it emphasizes Christ as Savior and coming King. These are nonnegotiable tenets of faith that Christ for all Nations Ministries adhere to.

1. The Bible

The Bible is the absolute, true Word of God given to all mankind.

We believe that only the Bible is the complete, perfect, authoritative and inspired Word of God. It is infallible and inerrant in its original writing revealing to all mankind God’s commands. The Bible is the final authority for all doctrinal truths and there is no higher authority to judge than the Bible. The Word of God is spirit and truth; it is living and active, sharper than a double-edged sword. The Holy Scriptures reveal the absolute will of God for Himself and all of creation and they cannot be broken. God, who is without error, is bound and measured by His Word because what He has perfectly spoken, has become law to Himself by the conditions He has established. The books from Genesis to Revelation that make up the Bible canon are the complete written word and are the absolute truth. The writings of the Bible are confirmed by the Holy Spirit and can be trusted in all they have to say and everything that does not agree with the Scriptures is in error.

(Psalms 12:6, 119:1-176; Proverbs 30:5; Isaiah 55:11; Matthew 4:4, 5:17-20, 22:29, 24:35; John 1:1-3, 14, 6:63-65, 10:35; Romans 15:4, 16: 25-27; Galatians 1:7-10; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3: 15-17; Hebrews 1:3, 4:12-13; 2 Peter 2: 19-21; Revelation 22:18-21)

2. Jesus The Christ

Jesus Christ is God who is Lord and Savior; salvation is found only in His name.
We believe Jesus the Christ is God. He is the promised Messiah (anointed one) as it is written in the Old Testament, for the redemption of all mankind. Jesus is the only Way, the only Truth and the only Life. No one can come to God the Father without Jesus. The role of Jesus in the Trinity is that of God the Son who came to this earth from heaven, was supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect sinless life, died on the cross as the atoning sacrifice for each man’s sins, rose again from the dead on the third day and now sits in glory at the right hand of God. Salvation and eternal life is available only in the name of Jesus; He is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other means for salvation.

(Isaiah 9:6, 53: 1-12; John 3:31-36, 7:14-39, 8:14-18, 58, 10:30, 14:6, 20:28; Acts 4:12; Romans 9:5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:20; 1 Timothy 2:5, 3:16; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:1-4, 2: 8-18, 4:14-17; 1 Peter 1:18-20; Revelation 19:11-16)

3. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit

There is only one living and true God and there are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And each Person of the Trinity is fully God.

We believe there is only one true, living God who has eternally existed as three distinct persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit among which is perfect unity, equal power and equal glory. Each person of the trinity is fully God, and possesses all the characteristics and attributes of God. God has revealed Himself in perfect love, holiness, and righteousness. God is the creator of everything, He holds everything together and He governs everything. There is no other God.

God the Father, the first person of the Trinity, who is all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipresent, eternal and complete. God is a personal spirit that has infinitely existed, lacking nothing, in perfect communion among the persons of the Trinity. He chose to create the spiritual world and physical world not because of need but because He willed to. God is the God of perfect love, holiness, power, wisdom, righteousness, who is just in everything He does. God who willed to create man so that He might have children for Himself, created man with free will who can freely choose to love Him or reject Him. He is not a distant or apathetic God; He is concerned about every living person and all of His creation. Though man is sinful, God has shown grace and mercy to all people so that they may come to the knowledge of the truth, to be saved from punishment and one day be with Him in heaven for eternity.

God the Son, Jesus Christ, is the second person of the Trinity who, in relation to the Father, has eternally existed as God’s one and only Son-Jesus Christ. Jesus is not an exalted angel or created being, but God, and is infinitely existent in perfect relationship among the other persons of God. He has also functioned as the Word of God and played an important role in the speaking forth of all creation, and the instruction of the Holy Scriptures. Jesus Christ’s mission was to restore the relationship between God and man by His atoning death on the cross. He humbled Himself and came to this earth, willingly, at the right time in history to offer salvation. Jesus is the promised Messiah, confirmed by the power of God’s Kingdom through miracles, signs and wonders; to be a blessing for all nations. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, being born of a virgin, with no man’s seed involved. Jesus was one hundred percent man and one hundred percent God; He was tempted in every sin and is able to sympathize with our weakness but could not and did not sin. He was absolutely perfect and did not sin at all. After His death, Jesus rose again on the third day in a new, glorified body by the power of the Holy Spirit because death had lost it’s power. It could not hold Him down because He was sinless. Jesus became human so that by His death He could destroy Satan who held the power of death and could offer freedom by faith in His name to all. Jesus ascended into heaven as the great High Priest, and He intercedes for us by His blood. Because of Him, we can approach the throne of God with confidence and assurance. Jesus will one day come again to fully restore God’s Kingdom on earth and rule the world in righteousness.

God the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity who has come to this earth sent by God the Father and God the Son to prepare the bride of Christ, which is the Church, for the complete manifestation of the Kingdom of God at the second coming of Jesus. The Holy Spirit has come to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. It is the role of the Holy Spirit to make people who turn to Jesus, born again. Every born again Christian becomes a temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in them. The Holy Spirit directs believers in all truth, He is their Counselor, Helper, Gift-Giver and Teacher. Once a person is born again, he is joined to the body of Christ as the Holy Spirit enters the new Christian at conversion. Yet the Spirit’s power for holy living, service in the Kingdom and fellowship with God must be sought and activated by faith because the Spirit does not force a person to do anything. The Holy Spirit is not a mystical force or concept. He is a person and can be grieved by believers who pervert the truth, do not follow God’s will and who return to a lifestyle of sin. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin which can eternally separate a person from God. It is very important to obey the Holy Spirit as He teaches us by His anointing and instructs us in all truth according to the Scriptures.

(Exodus 34:5-7; Deuteronomy 1:39, 5:6-11, 6:4-6, 32:1-43; Psalm 103:1-22; Proverbs 30:1-6; Isaiah 43:10-12, 45:22; Matthew 3:16-17, 12:30-32, 28:19; Luke 3:22; John 4: 13-16, 6:32-68, 10:25-28, 14:9-11,15-31, 16:5-16; Acts 5:3-4; Ephesians 2:1; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9-10; Hebrews 1:3, 9:14; James 2:10; 1 John 2:20-29, 4:13-16; Jude 24-25; Revelation 1:12-18, 4:2-11, 11:15-19)

4. Man

Created in the image of God, man willingly sinned and fell from the glory of God; mankind’s only hope for eternal life is by becoming a new creation through Jesus Christ.
We believe man is a finite, triconomy, which is a personal living spirit who possesses a soul and lives in a body created by God in the likeness and image of God for the glory of God. Man was created perfect, sinless and eternal. Man is the climax of God’s creation and all human life is valuable and sacred. A person comes into existence once the seed of man comes into contact with the seed of a woman. When Adam, the first man, voluntarily disobeyed (sinned) God and perverted the good, which God had created, he was banished from paradise in the Garden of Eden. Adam became deprived of God’s original blessings and caused the curse of sin and death to enter his children all mankind. All people are born sinful and each person’s heart is inclined to sin. This leads to every person’s physical death and then, spiritual death which is eternal suffering in hell if that person is not saved. The gap between God and man can only be fixed by accepting the sacrifice of Jesus in our place and truly repenting of sin. Each person who believes in Jesus has been born of God’s Spirit and becomes a new creation. He is no longer a child of wrath.

(Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22, 3:1-24, 9:6; Psalms 8:4-8, 32:1-5, 51:5, 58:3, 90: 10, 139:13-16; Isaiah 6:5, 64:6, Jeremiah 17:5-9; Zephaniah 3:16-17; Matthew 16:26; John 6:44; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 3: 9-31, 5: 12-21, 7:16-25; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31, 15:19-22,42-49; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 3: 27-28; Colossians 1:21-22, 3:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Titus 1:5)

5. Eternal Hell and Judgment Seat

All mankind will stand before God’s judgment seat and will be judged for works either good or bad and all those who did not receive God’s grace in Jesus Christ will be cast into eternal punishment in hell.

We believe hell was originally created as a prison of fury for the fallen angels. For Satan and his demons who chose to rebel against God. Hell is a real place of eternal judgment in which people who are ungodly, unrighteous, unrepented of their sins and did not accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord will be punished with the demons for eternity in the bottomless pit of utter darkness, absolute loneliness, and scorching fire with no chance of ever getting out forever. Hell is an eternal place of conscience punishment of the wicked forever. Hell is separation from the mercy of God, and it is the place where the anger of God is fully expressed against the children of wrath. God will judge the whole world after the millennial Kingdom and final rebellion of the devil after which he will be thrown in the lake of burning sulfur where he will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Jesus Christ will be the Judge and God will judge all mankind justly in righteousness according to their deeds. And every sin of both believers and unbelievers whether sinful desire, deed, word, or motive will be exposed. Every person will stand before the great white throne judgment seat of Christ. God will judge Christian believers who will receive different degrees of rewards which are due them for deeds done in the body whether good or bad. God will also judge unbelievers according to their deeds and they will receive degrees of punishment. Everyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life will receive in themselves the due punishment for their sins, and be cast into the lake of fire, which is the second death. The final judgment is necessary to declare publicly before all of mankind the glory of God in a visible way, which will exalt His holiness and righteousness on one hand and His grace and mercy on the other. At the final judgment the divine wisdom and priceless value of the cross will be manifested and every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

(Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 5:46, 6:2-6,16-24, 10:28-29, 11:22-24, 12:36-37, 19:28, 25:31-46; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 6:22-23, 8:17, 12:1-59, 14:13-14, 16:19-31, 20:47; Acts 17:30-31; Romans 2:5-7,11, 16, 3:19-20, 9:17-24, 12:19, 14:10-12; 1 Corinthians 2:22-25, 4:4-5, 6:2-3, 13:3; Galatians 2:21, 6:7-10; Philippians 2:8-11; Colossians 3:23-25; 1 Timothy 6:18-19; Hebrews 6:4-6, 9:27, 10:26-39, 11:10,14-16,26,35; 1 Peter 1:4,17, 4:3-5; 2 Peter 2:1-20, 3:3-7; 2 John 1:8; Jude 1:6; Revelation 11:18, 14:9-11, 19:19-21, 20:11-15, 21:8, 22:11-12)

6. New Birth Regeneration Salvation Born Again

Becoming born again by the Holy Spirit through repentance and acceptance of Christ’s death for their sin and the sin of the world is the most important experience in a person’s life.

We believe that the new birth is the most important experience in a Christian’s life. At conversion when repenting and receiving Jesus Christ’s forgiveness, the Holy Spirit enters a person’s spirit to regenerate and make them alive to God. Salvation is a free gift of God and does not result from good works or anything man can do but the evidence of a saved person is good works. A person who is born again manifests the fruits of the Spirit in his life, so his faith cannot be hidden. The Scriptures teach that regeneration is the impartation of God’s divine new nature into the heart of every repentant believer, causing him to become a new creature in Christ. Reconciliation, redemption, and justification are subsequent changes in our relationship with God that happens in our lives once we have become regenerated, or born-again. Regeneration causes reconciliation, which is the bringing together of God and man on the grounds of Christ’s redemptive work. This reconciliation brings the believer into a state of fellowship and communion with God. Redemption is another result of the new-birth; the Scriptures teach that redemption is that act of God whereby through the death of His Son, He paid the price that His own holiness demanded for the release of fallen men. Justification is another result of the new-birth which is an act of God’s free grace where He absolves the sinner of all the guilt of his past transgressions and from the damnation of the depravity into which he was born. This free pardon and forgiveness of all past sins is granted solely on the grounds of repentance and the saving faith of God through the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ; and upon this basis, man enters into peace with God.

(John 1:12-12, 3:3-10, 6:44-65, 20:19-23; Acts 16:13-15; Romans 1:16-17, 3:23-26, 5:1, 9-11, 8:30, 10:9-18; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21, 6:1-2; I Corinthians 6:20; Galatians 2:16, 3:13-14,24; Ephesians 1:7, 2:1-10; Colossians 1:21-23; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:22, 11:1-6; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:18-23; 1 John 1:3, 3:9-10, 5:1; Revelation 3:20, 5:9-10)

7. Water Baptism and Communion Two Sacraments

Water baptism by immersion and the Lords Supper are two ordinances to be practiced by each person who submits and receives Jesus as Lord.

We believe and practice two sacraments which are water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These are the ordinances that must be observed by the Church in the present age. These sacraments are not a means of salvation, however all true believers must try to fulfill water baptism and participate in the Lord’s Supper. Water baptism is done by a single, full immersion under water soon after becoming a Christian. Since the Lord commanded it, we believe it is subsequent to regeneration. The step of baptism is a testimony to all the seen and unseen world of submission to Christ’s Lordship and is an outward sign of an inward work. It is symbolic of death to sin and resurrection to new life.

Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper) is symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation. By participation in this holy ordinance we are expressing: our faith in the New Covenant, which was brought about through His shed blood our participation by faith in the body of Jesus Christ and also our spiritual communion with Christ and with all those who make up His spiritual body. All true believers and only believers should share in it.

(Matthew 3:13-14, 26:26-29, 28:19; Mark 16:16; Luke 22:14-20; Acts 2:41, 8:12, 23-32, 16:29-34, 22:16; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 11:22-32; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21)

8. Baptism in the Holy Spirit

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is receiving God’s power with speaking in tongues as the initial evidence of this experience.

We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit, with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, first happened at Pentecost and happens after a person is born again in order to empower that believer to preach the full gospel to the ends of the earth. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is commanded by Christ to the disciples in Acts, but is not a requirement for salvation and does not make that believer superior to those who do not have or accept this experience. When a person receives Christ, the Holy Spirit enters him and he is born again. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is another experience or infilling after salvation. This happens after the new birth and is when a person receives the power of the Holy Spirit. Speaking in tongues always follows the baptism of the Holy Spirit and is the initial sign and gift to operate in a person’s life for personal edification so that the believer may have power to edify the Church and preach the gospel. We also encourage Christians to eagerly desire all nine gifts of the Spirit to manifest in their life and also to experience fresh infillings of the Holy Spirit as the first Christians.

(Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Luke 11:13; John 7:37-39, 20:21-23; Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-21, 38-39, 5:32, 8:12-25, 9:17-19, 10:44-48, 11:15-17, 19:1-7; Romans 8:26-28; 1 Corinthians 14:1-40; Galatians 3:2-5; Ephesians 6:18; Jude 1:20)

9. Sanctification – Holiness

A truly born again person, who has been sanctified by God, grows in holiness and becomes more like Christ as he draws near to God.

We believe that holiness is an ongoing process in a Christian’s life that is walked out as a person becomes more like Christ. Though God’s righteousness is given to each Christian as a free gift, each believer should strive for a life of holiness. The Scriptures command us to be holy as God is holy and they teach us that without holiness, no man shall see God’s face. Positional sanctification is that state of holiness that results from the initial imputation of Christ’s righteousness. It is the new holy standing of the regenerated person before God. This standing is based upon the imputed holiness of Christ to all who believe. While positional sanctification has to do with the believer’s standing before God at the moment of regeneration, experimental sanctification has to do with the spiritual quality of the believer’s daily life thereafter. Since the attainment of experiential sanctification is possible only through the power and leadership of the indwelling Spirit, it is subsequent to regeneration and to positional sanctification. It is the work of the Holy Spirit enabling the believer to live outwardly what the Spirit has made him to be inwardly. It manifests itself in a spiritually transformed daily lifestyle and is experienced progressively as the believer walks in the light of the Word and in the Spirit. Christians are to have faith in the redemptive, sanctifying work of Christ, accept God’s promises, carefully study the Scriptures, seek God in prayer and fasting, earnestly follow after peace, unity and purity, strive to fulfill God’s will by preaching the gospel and walk in the fear of God. All these are signs of a life of holiness.

(Matthew 5:48; John 15:2-3, 17:17-18; Romans 6:17-22, 8:12-13, 12:1; 1 Corinthians 1:30, 6:11; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, 7:1; Ephesians 1:7, 4:22-24; Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 3:13, 4:3-8, 5:23-24; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 2:11, 10:10,29, 12:14; 1 Peter 1:2, 15-17)

10. Gifts and fruit of the holy spirit

God has given the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the Church to confirm the preaching of the gospel and to build up the Church, while the fruits of the Spirit are evidence of a born-again believer who is maturing in faith.

We believe that spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit are for the Church and are active today. The fruit of the Spirit is distinct from the spiritual gifts of grace. The fruit of the Spirit is the outward manifestation of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the new nature. Spiritual gifts are supernatural provisions in the born again person enabling him to minister and to contribute properly, fully and spiritually to outreach, nurture, and direction of the church. The fruits of the Spirit are more important in the life of the believer than are the gifts, because they are the manifestation of the true character of God. Whereas the spiritual gifts are an impartation of wisdom, knowledge, and power from God. The Scriptures teach that during the entire Church age, Christian believers may seek and experience the operation of the nine-fold ministration of the Holy Spirit known as spiritual gifts. The Scriptures indicate the following points regarding these spiritual gifts. They are operated and directed solely by the Holy Spirit when and where He deems fit. Since the spiritual gifts operated by the Holy Spirit are spontaneous, they are never the personal possession of any believer. Their operation through a believer is not to be taken as an indication that the person has reached some new degree of spiritual perfection. Christians in all stages of spiritual development are encouraged to follow after and desire spiritual gifts. Their very names indicate their purpose in the life of the believer, in his ministry among the lost, in his ministry to other believers, and in his personal prayer ministry. Their operation both privately and publicly must always conform to the Scriptural order outlined. Believers should earnestly seek and look forward to being divinely enabled to meet the spiritual challenges that may confront them, and also to be used of the Holy Spirit in the manifestation of these spiritual gifts for the effective preaching of the gospel.

(John 15:1-17; Acts 14:3, 21:8-14; Romans 1:11, 12:3-8, 15:18-19; 1 Corinthians 2:2-4, 12:1-29, 13:1-13, 14:1-40; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:16, 5:8-21; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1: 5-16; Hebrews 2:4; 1 Peter 4:10-11)

11. Repentance and Confession

At conversion a person must truly repent of all sin to become born again, he must also live a life style of repentance and confession of sins before other Christians needs to be practiced in order to receive and walk in the full blessing of God.

We believe that repentance from sin and confession of sin are important to the life of all Christians and must be practiced today. The Scriptures teach that repentance is the complete turning away from sin to God in submission and faith. We believe that a godly sorrow brings about repentance, but that sorrow in itself is not necessarily repentance. Repentance must become the lifestyle of a Christian. Confession is a Biblical method for Christians to support, correct and disciple each other. True confession before other Christians will help a person, and result in healing and deliverance. Confession is seen differently by believers because of abuses by some Churches, stuck in man made forms and tradition. Cultural Christianity has done harm to Biblical practices and terminology. However the practice of Confession is taught clearly in the Scriptures and is a sound Biblical practice. Confession is a practice given to help restore and build up believers and not to manipulate or control. Confession helps Christians fully repent of their sins, be accountable to other believers, be under spiritual cover of their leaders and as a result fulfill God’s will for their life. Christians should use such tools as confession to overcome the control of the devil and walk in the full victory that God has in store for them.

(Psalm 32:3-5, 51: 16-17; Proverbs 28:13; Isaiah 55:6-7; Luke 7:36-50, 19:1-10, 22:54-62, 24:46-47; Acts 3:19-21, 8:22-23, 17:30, 20:19-21; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:9-11; Hebrews12:15-17; James 2:18-19, 5:15-16; 1 John 1:8-10)

12. God’s Will for Believers & the Commandment of the Tithe.

God is a good Father who blesses His children and wants to bless them more by allowing them to follow certain conditions He has established so that His will may be done.

We believe that God wants to pour out showers of His blessings on us and that every good and perfect gift comes from Him. We live in a fallen, evil world that is in the hands of Satan, the thief, for a period of time. Yet God is able to bless us if we walk in obedience to His commands. It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. Yet because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on earth. Still that fact, should never prevent believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to serve others. Here are some areas of our lives in which we experience Gods benefits.

Spiritual (John 3:3-11; Romans 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21).

Mental and Emotional (Isaiah 26:3; Romans 12:2; Philippians 4:7-8; 2 Timothy 1:7, 2:11)

Physical (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24)

Financial-The Commandment of Tithe

We believe that the method ordained by God for the support and spread of His cause is by the giving of tithes and free-will offerings. Scripture is clear on the reason God has given us the commandment to tithe. All of God’s commandments are given for a reason: as we obey them, the Lord is provided with opportunities to bless us. One of God’s greatest desires is to bless His children in the area of financial provision; thus, His commandment to tithe. As we bring our whole tithe (literally a full 10% of our gross income), the first fruits of our labors to God, the windows, doors, and floodgates of heaven are thrown open for the blessings of God to pour into our lives. In actuality, our tithe is what we bring to God in recognition and thanksgiving of past and present blessings, whereas our offerings and vows of faith are what we plant as seeds for future blessings.

We believe that it is very unwise to rob God of His desire to see His children go forth in victorious and abundant living. Our Lord’s promise of abundant life includes financial provision, as we are consistently obedient to honor Him in the tithe.

(Deuteronomy 8:18, 26:12-16, 28:1-14; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Malachi 3:6-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:1-15; Philippians 4:10-19; Hebrews 7:8)

13. Family & Marriage

Marriage and Family are sacred institutions created by God that must be cherished and preserved.

We believe in the sanctity of marriage and family commitment. Marriage is the relationship between only one man and one woman in a covenant of commitment for a lifetime. It was established by God in the Garden of Eden. The Biblically modeled and ordained family is God’s foundational institution of human society and governmental unit and is to be nourished, served, and preserved as such. Fundamental to this value is the sanctity of marriage, Biblical sexuality, and human life.

The husband is the head of the wife, but both are of equal worth before God since both are created in God’s image. Children are a blessing and heritage from the Lord and are living human beings from the moment of conception. Christians are allowed to have only one spouse and divorce or remarriage is only possible in the death of a spouse or sexual unfaithfulness. Biblically modeled sexual relations are allowed only in the confines of marriage between one man and one woman. All other forms of sexual behavior are sin and are called wickedness or an abomination in the Bible and will send a person to hell unless he/she repents.

(Genesis 1:27, 2:15-25, 5:1-2; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 19:1-12; Acts 18:1-4, 24-26; Romans 1:21-27, 7:2-3; 1 Corinthians 7:1-40, 11:2-16; Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 5:22-32, 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-19; Titus 2:5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7)

14. Healing and Deliverance – Spiritual Warfare

Healing and deliverance is provided for believers as part of the atonement and also provided as a sign for confirming the gospel.

We believe that divine provision was made for the physical, mental, and spiritual healing and deliverance of the believer through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Demonstrated in the life and ministry of Jesus who healed and delivered many people of all kinds of sicknesses, diseases, and demons; He commissioned His disciples to do the same. It is also given as a sign to accompany believers in the spreading of the gospel. Healing is a blessing provided by God to Christians through Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice which was not only for the forgiveness of our sins, but also for all areas of a believer’s life. The reality of the invisible realm of demons demands Biblical confrontation through spiritual warfare by prayer and ministry with discernment and love. We believe in healing and deliverance; however we encourage ethical medical science and do not condemn it. Christians should practice healing and deliverance so that that the triumph of the Cross is not minimized, but applied by such means.

(Isaiah 53:4-6; Matthew 8:17, 10:22-37, 12:22-37, 43-45; Mark 1:40-42, 5:1-43, 6:5-6, 7:25-30, 9:14-32, 16:17-18; Luke 4:18-19, 10:18-20, 11:23-26, 13:10-17; John 5:13-15; Acts 3:4-6, 5:12-16, 8:5-8, 10:38, 13:9-12, 16:16-24; James 5:13-16; 1 Peter 3:24)

15. The Christian

Christians are believers who are part of the Church and bear Christ’s presence in their lives.

We believe a person may be called a true Christian only after real Biblical regeneration and manifestation of the fruits of the Spirit. The title “Christian” was first given to believers at Antioch, where Apostle Paul was ministering. It was used to describe someone who believes in Jesus Christ and means follower of Christ. Because of watered-down, nominal, cultural Christianity and degradation of many Christian denominations and numerous growing sects in the world, it is important to recognize the aspects of an authentic Christian. True Christians believe in the absolute authority of the Bible, bear the fruits of the Spirit in their lives and live in godly holiness and fear. They believe salvation is by grace alone for good works and that salvation is only found in the name of Jesus. People who call themselves Christians but live in sin are deceived and cause Christ’s name to be mocked. Every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in his own life and in human society. The Christian should be active in preaching the gospel and opposing, in the spirit of Christ, every opposition to Biblical truth.

(Matthew 10:17-42; John 6:38-40, 10:27-29; Acts 11:21-26; Romans 8:1-39; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 5:1-12, 6:1-20, 12:12-26; 2 Corinthians 2:14-17, 5:11-21; Ephesians 5:1-8; Philippians 1:27-30; Hebrews 12:1-13; James 2:1-25)

16. The Church and Ministry

The Church was created by Jesus Christ to spread His Kingdom.

We believe that the Church is the body of Christ of which He is the head. It is a self-perpetuating spiritual organism comprised of all those who have been regenerated through the Spirit since the Church began. The New Testament tells us the Church is Christ’s global and local body of baptized believers. Jesus Christ is the Lord and head of the Church and every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs. Membership in the local Church will be offered only to those who have become members of the one true Church of Jesus Christ. It is our sacred duty to identify ourselves with the visible Body of Christ. The unity of the Church is to be earnestly sought and unselfishly served, that this value, for which Jesus prayed, may find its answer in our attitudes and commitments. The Biblical purposes of the church are worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship and ministry. Christ established offices of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers in the Church for the maturing and unifying of believers. Ministry leaders in the Church are divinely called and scripturally ordained to serve and build up the Church. Those who serve in the Church, or some Christian ministry, are to be supported and receive payment for their ministry. The Bible teaches that each member of the Church must commit to bring others to faith to worship Christ with other believers. The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day; it exalts the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be used for worship with other believers and personal spiritual devotion. Christians should not give up in meeting together as a Church but must support each other as they wait for the coming of the Lord.

(Matthew 7:15-28, 10:1-42, 16:13-20, 18:20; Mark 6:6-13, 9:38-41, 11:12-17; Luke 9:46-62; John 14:12-14, 21:15-19; Acts 2: 42-47, 4:23-37, 5:1-16, 6:1-7, 10:30-48, 11:19-30, 13:1-3, 15:1-35, 16:5, 11-15, 19:8-10, 28:30-31; Romans 10:14-17, 12:9-21; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15, 12:27-31; 2 Corinthians 8:1-15, 11:1-15; Galatians 6:1-10; Ephesians 1:20-23, 3:1-10, 4:11-13; 1 Timothy 3:1-13, 5:17-21; 2 Timothy 2:4-7, 4:1-5; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 10:25; James 2:1-7, 3:1-2; 1 Peter 2:9-10, 5:1-4)

17. Soul Winning and Discipleship

Soul winning, evangelism is the duty of every Christian and discipleship must be provided for every believer.

We believe that soul winning and discipleship are the most important responsibilities of the Church. The Great Commission is given to all Christians and Churches. It is a privilege to go seek and save the lost by preaching the gospel of salvation to the entire world and making disciples of all nations. Evangelism must be the lifestyle of all Christians who must constantly reach out to the lost. Consolidation of a newly saved soul must be practiced by the Church to faithfully protect, connect and strengthen those being saved. Discipleship is a very important aspect of the Great Commission and must be concretely practiced in the New Testament pattern set by Jesus and the apostles. Those saved must be made into disciples of Jesus so that then they can also be sent into the world to win souls and make disciples. The Scriptures teach us to store up treasures in heaven and the most valuable things to God on earth are the souls of people and not things. Christians are responsible to preach the gospel to any person God sends their way. Unbelievers cannot hear the truth unless they are taught, and if a believer is silent, then the blood of that person is on his head. Christian’s sow and water the seed of the gospel which God is then able grow. Salvation is strictly the work of God, but He has given believers the great responsibility of preaching the truth. In heaven, before the judgment seat, we will be able to bring only our soul and the souls of those we lead to Christ. Christians who can and do not preach the gospel have lived fruitless and unproductive lives. All Christians must be faithful in their witness and also eagerly desire God’s spiritual gifts for effective preaching so that the gospel message may be confirmed by His power.

(Proverbs 11:30, 14:28, 24:11; Ezekiel 18:1-32, 33:1-9; Matthew 9:35-37, 28:18-20; Mark 13:10-11, 16:16-20; Luke 24:46-49; John 4:34-38, 21:15-17; Acts 1:8, 4:29-31, 16:9, 28:31; Romans 1:14-17, 10:14-15, 11:25-32, 15:17-22; 1 Corinthians 3:6-9, 4:20, 9:16-27; 2 Corinthians 2:14-17, 5:11-21; 1Timothy 2:3-7; Hebrews 6:1-6; James 4:13-17, 5:20; 1 Peter 1:9, 3:15-16)

18. Rapture – Second Coming End Days Millennial Reign

In the end days, Jesus will come to rapture His Church and to establish His Millennial Reign on earth.

We believe in the blessed hope when Jesus raptures His Church prior to His return to earth (the second coming). At this future moment in time, all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air. Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever. Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures and this will be known as the Millennial Reign of Christ-when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. At that time, many in the nation of Israel will recognize and accept Him as the Messiah, the Savior who died for them and all mankind.

(Micah 4:1-7; Zechariah 14:1-9; Matthew 24:1-51, 26:63-64; Mark 13:1-37; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:12-14; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:7-9; Jude 14-15; Revelation 1:7, 19:11-21, 20:1-15, 22:7-21)

19. Resurrection

Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead and all mankind will also be resurrected for the final judgment.

We believe Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. As a result, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected—they that are saved to the resurrection of life, and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation.

(Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 2:19-21, 20:1-28, 21:4-12; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:42,44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:20-21)

20. Heaven

Heaven is an eternal and literal place prepared by God for His children to whom His saving grace was given.

We believe and look forward to the perfect New Heaven and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all saints, of all time. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth.

(Matthew 5:3,12,20, 6:19-24, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; Acts 7:55-56; 1 Corinthians 2:9-10; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, 5:1-10, 12:3-5; Ephesians 2:6; Hebrews 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4; 2 Peter 3:11-13; Revelation 7:9-17, 21:1-27, 22:1-6)