Our Beliefs

This is our statement of faith in Jesus Christ and these are the truths that we hold near and dear to our hearts and teach to all those we disciple and raise up within this ministry and throughout the Body of Christ.

We Believe That:

 

God is 3 expressions in 1, He exists in perfect unity. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19, Deuteronomy 6:4, John 10:30, 1 Peter 1:2, 2 Corinthians 13:14) 

 

God has no beginning and no end. He is I AM. (Genesis 1:1,26, Revelation 1:8, Psalm 90:2-4, John 8:58)

 

The Bible has absolute authority as the true Word of God in all things. (Matthew 24:35, John 10:34, Psalm 138:2, Psalm 19:7, Psalm 119:142, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Luke 16:27-31, Romans 10:17, 2 Corinthians 3:14-16)

 

In the beginning God created the heavens and earth. God created humanity (Adam and Eve) in His image for relationship with Himself as well as to establish His dominion on earth by commissioning them to rule over what He created and by multiplying His image across the earth through the family unit. (Genesis 1:1, 26-31)

 

Satan took on the form of a serpent and tricked Eve into eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil which God had commanded them not to eat of or they would surely die. Adam heeded his wife when she offered him fruit from that tree and ate it instead of obeying God. This resulted in the Fall of Man and because of Adam’s sin we inherit the curse and the bondage which came through sin and this produced death in us and separation from God. We were removed from the garden of fellowship with God. (Genesis 3, 2:16-17)

 

Through the fall we lost our God given nature by taking on the nature of Gods enemy, the devil, and this resulted in selfishness, sin, and wickedness entering the earth. However, when God cursed man because of sin in Genesis 3 he also made the promise that a savior would come through the offspring of a woman that would crush Satan's head and bruise His heal, thereby redeeming mankind. (Genesis 3:15)

 

God foreshadowed the coming of Jesus Christ by choosing Israel as a nation in covenant with Himself by calling a man named Abram out of the land of Ur and telling him to leave there. God renamed him Abraham and promised him that He would make him a great nation and all the people of the world would be blessed through Him. This foreshadowed that Jesus the Messiah would come through the offspring of Abraham and by placing our faith in Jesus we become Abraham’s spiritual offspring. (Genesis 12:2, Genesis 17, Genesis 18:17-18)

 

When the fullness of time had come Jesus the Savior of humanity who is God humbled himself and took on the form of a human and was born as a baby through a young woman named Mary. Jesus had no human Father. Jesus was born as the Son of God by the power of the Holy Spirit overshadowing Mary and this was announced by the angel Gabriel. (Galatians 4:4, Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 1:26-38)

 

Jesus walked in perfect holiness and was tempted at all points yet never sinned by dependency on His father by the Holy Spirit. After 3.5 years of ministry He was betrayed, beaten, and nailed to a cross and He took the curse of sin upon Himself because the word says cursed is anyone who hangs on a tree. Gods Judgement and wrath was poured out on sin upon Jesus and in His death the wages of sin was paid in full. Jesus was then placed in a tomb and after 3 days He was resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit. Through His resurrection and victory over death and the grave He took back the authority over creation Adam lost in the beginning through sin. Because of this God gave His Son Jesus full authority over the heavens and the earth to become Lord of Lords and King of Kings. He then ascended to sit at the right hand of the Father in heaven as our mediator as Lord and Savior until He returns again. (Hebrews 4:15, Galatians 3:13-14, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 6:3-10, Matthew 28:18, Philippians 2:8-11)

 

We as sinners have the ability to experience new birth by the Spirit of God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and asking Him to be Lord of our life. Placing our faith in Him means believing what He accomplished through His finished work on the cross to redeem us from the curse of sin by His blood and restore us back to His image. This keeps us from being condemned to an eternity in the lake of fire. We believe that hell is very real and those that don't receive Jesus as Savior will be forever separated from Him in an eternal punishment. We believe once we receive Jesus as Savior and are spiritually born again, we begin our new creation life by spiritually sharing in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus through water baptism and then by the Holy Spirit we live free from the power of sin, are conformed to His image, and fulfill the destiny He has for each one of us.  (John 3:16, John 3:18, John 20:22, Romans 5,6,7,8, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 5)

 

Water baptism is full immersion in water after placing your faith in Jesus Christ as a testament to genuine repentance and identifying with Jesus as He was immersed into death and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Water baptism carries not only the symbolism of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus but it also carries grace or empowerment as we come into obedience and agreement with it. That grace empowers us to put to death the old way of living as we are immersed in the water and come up out of it empowered to live as a new creation in Christ through His resurrection life. (Romans 6:2-11, Matthew 3:13-17, Luke 3:3, Acts 8:36-39)

 

We take communion in remembrance of the Lord Jesus and His blood shed for our redemption and His body broken for our restoration on the cross as laid out in the Lord’s Supper that Jesus shared with His disciples at the Passover meal before His crucifixion. This was to establish the new covenant in His blood. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Luke 22:14-20, Matthew 26:26-29)

 

God has ordained covenant marriage as the foundation of the family unit and is between one male and one female only. We believe pure sexuality is to be within covenant marriage as an expression of union in love as well as the vehicle for the birth of children who are a wonderful gift from God. We also believe that divorce is not in the heart of God for marriage but that His desire is for us to live united as one for our entire life on earth and to co-labor together to fulfill His will. (1 Corinthians 6:9, Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:3-9, Mark 10:2-12, Ephesians 5:22-33, Psalm 127:3-5, Malachi 2:15)

 

Abortion is not in the heart of God and that life begins in seed form. We believe life begins at conception when the seed of a man fertilizes and joins with the egg of a woman. We believe every life has value even if it was conceived in sin because our God is a God of redemption. He can take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it around for His glory. (Genesis 8:22, Genesis 18:14, Genesis 50:20, Matthew 13: 31-32, Leviticus 18:21)

 

We as individual believers under the lordship of Jesus Christ have been commissioned by Him to preach the gospel of the kingdom and the finished work of the cross to all creation with signs and wonders following. We believe as a body of believers we are commissioned to disciple nations and to extend and establish the Kingdom of God across the earth through the hearts of people with the purpose of freeing the oppressed and filling the earth in the knowledge of the Glory of God. (Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:14-20, Acts 1:1-8, Numbers 14:21, Habakkuk 2:14, Isaiah 61:1-7, Acts 10:38, John 20:21)

 

The born again experience is that of John 20:22 when Jesus breathed into the disciples and said “receive the Holy Spirit” which joins us to Christ and seals us for the day of redemption. This is our new “breath of life” just as when God breathed into Adam and life came into Him in the beginning. We believe that there is a subsequent experience of empowerment called the baptism, immersion, or filling of the Holy Spirit where we receive greater power for intimacy with God and victory within life and ministry. Jesus Himself had the Holy Spirit from birth but did not begin ministry until the Holy Spirit came upon Him to carry out His mission. (Ephesians 4:30, 1 Corinthians 6:17, John 3:1-21, Acts 2:4, Matthew 3:11, Acts 4:23-31, Luke 4:18-19, Acts 10:44-48, Joel 2:28, Acts 19:2-6, 1 Corinthians 12, Galatians 5:22-23)

 

Jesus gave us as gifts the governmental delegated authority of the five-fold ministry of the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers for the purpose of equipping and empowering the saints to carry out the ministry of reconciliation in the love, purity, and power of Jesus Christ. We believe that man does not choose them and that they are called, confirmed, trained, and commissioned by God. We believe that these offices have and will continue until we have all been united in the faith and are built up together into a perfect man into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:1-16, Romans 1:5, 1 Corinthians 4:1-13, Galatians 4:19)

 

We won’t know the exact time but we can know or have a sense of the season or era of the end times through scriptural prophecy. We believe that in the last of the last days which began at Pentecost in Acts 2:4 the Bride of Christ will arise and shine without spot or wrinkle by making herself ready for the coming of her Lord. We also believe before His return the Church will be victorious and we will fulfill our mandate to disciple nations and the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord will fill the earth as the waters cover the seas. We believe these events will beckon the second coming of Christ to consummate the marriage between the Church and Himself, where we will then co-reign with Christ over the new heavens and the new earth. (Matthew 24:14, Ephesians 5:22-27, Habakkuk 2:14, Revelation 19:7-9, Revelation 22:17, Revelation 21:1-27, 2 Timothy 2:12, Ephesians 2:4-6, 1 Corinthians 6:3, Daniel 7:18)

Creeds:

We also hold to the doctrine stated in the Apostles and the Nicene creeds of the early church fathers.

Apostles Creed:

Nicene Creed:

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

Amen

(Note* The term "catholic" Church in these creeds refers to the whole body of Christ and not to a single denomination. The word "catholic" in this context means "universal" or "general".)

I believe in one God the Father almighty, 
maker of heaven and earth, 
And of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only begotten Son of God, 
begotten of his Father before all worlds, 
God of God, Light of Light, 
very God of very God, 
begotten, not made, 
of one substance with the Father, 
by whom all things were made; 
who for us men and for our salvation 
came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, 
and was made man, 
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. 
He suffered and was buried, 
and the third day he rose again 
according to the scriptures,
and ascended into heaven, 
and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. 
And he shall come again with glory 
to judge both the quick and the dead;
whose kingdom shall have no end. 
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, 
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceedeth from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son together
is worshiped and glorified, 
who spake by the prophets. 
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. 
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. 
And I look for the resurrection of the dead, 
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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