adonai international THEOLOGICAL college & seminary
Education for Christian Leadership and Theological Excellence
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: We believe that the Judeo Christian Bible is the inspired Word of God equally in all parts and without error in its original manuscript, absolutely infallible, and our source of supreme revelation from God. We believe that the Bible is superior to conscience and reason, though not contrary to reason; and it is therefore our infallible and authoritative rule of faith, doctrine, and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrew 4:12; Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:22).
THE ONE TRUE GODHEAD: We believe that Scripture teaches that there is one true and living God, Who is self-existent, and the eternal “I AM,” the creator of heaven and earth and the redeemer of mankind (Deuteronomy 6:4; Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 43:10-l 1; 44:6; 45:18, 21; Jeremiah 10:10; Hosea 13:4; Mark 12:29; ). We therefore believe in the one True Godhead, Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1-27; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16,17) who has revealed Himself in three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-l 9; Luke 3:22; John 1:1-3, 14; Acts 5:3,4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; I John 5:7;). The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all co-eternal, equal in nature, attributes and perfection; and all stand equally superior to time, free from the temporal distinctions of past and future. The Triune God is immutable, omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent; He is perfect in love, holiness and all other virtues; and to Him is due our worship and obedience (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah Malachi 3:6; 1 Timothy 1:17; John 4:24; Job l1:7; Psalms 19:1, 2; 145:10; 150:6).
The Eternal FATHER - Genesis 12:33; Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:1, 2; 102:27; 1 Timothy 1:17.
The Eternal SON - John 1: 1-2; 8:58; Hebrew 1:8; I John 1:2; Micah 5:2; Revelation 1:8.
The Eternal SPIRIT - Hebrew 9:14.
The Eternal GODHEAD - Romans 1:20
THE PERSON OF CHRIST: We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Godhead. We believe that He came into the world to reveal the Father, and was the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Creator of all things, for by Him, through Him and for Him all things were made. We also believe that in Christ dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and that He was fully God and fully Man (John 1:1-3, Colossians 2:15-17; 1 John 1:1,2; John 1:14; Hebrews 1:3; Isaiah 40:5; 1 Timothy 3:16). We further believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God and the Messiah of Israel, and the only Saviour of all mankind (John 3:16; 1:41,49; 8:24; Matthew 16:16; Acts 4:12).
THE LIFE AND WORK OF CHRIST: We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and worked many miracles (Matthew 1:18, 20; Luke 1:26-35; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; 1 Peter 2:22; Hebrews 4:15; 7:26; Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 4:23; 11: 4, 5; Mark 1:34; John 3:2; 11:47; Acts 2:22; 10:38). We believe that He came into the world to save men from the guilt and condemnation of sin (John 3:16), offering His blood as an atonement (I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21) and making it available to all who exercise faith in Him. We believe in His substitutionary death on the cross, bodily burial, bodily resurrection from the dead, and bodily ascension into heaven (Matthew 20:28; 28:6; Luke 24:39; John 1:29, 36; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; 1 Peter 1:18,19; Acts 2:23, 36; 13:38, 39; Romans 4:25; Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-55; John 19:38-42; Acts 13:29; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Matthew 12:39, 40; 28:1-15; Mark 16:1-14; Luke 24:1-43; John 20:1-20, 24-29; 21:1-14; Acts 2:24,31,32; 4:33; 1 Corinthians 15:4-8; Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9). We believe that He is exalted to the right hand of God – that He is presently seated at the right hand of God the Father, interceding for His redeemed (Acts 1:9, 11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-l 1; Hebrews 1:3; 7:25). We also believe that His divinity is proved from His titles, His attributes, and His works (John 1:14; Luke 1:26-35; Acts 4:12; Acts 16:31). We further believe in His Lordship – that is we acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord over all things in heaven and in earth, and under the earth (Philippians 2:9-11; John 13:13).
THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. We believe that the Scriptures ascribe to the Holy Spirit the acts and attributes of an intelligent being. We believe that He guides, knows, moves, gives information, commands, forbids, sends forth, reproves, as the instrumental segment of the God Head in the liberal dispersion of spiritual gifts, and can be sinned against (John 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:11; Genesis 1:2; Acts 10:19; 13:2; 16:6; 13:4; John 16:8; Mark 3:29; Acts 7:51; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 12). We believe that the works of God are ascribed to the Holy Spirit; creation; inspiration, giving of life, and sanctification (Job 33:4; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 Corinthians 6:11). We believe that the Holy Spirit completes the work of sanctification, is the process by which, according to the will of God, we become partakers of His holiness – that it is begun at regeneration, and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the continual use of the appointed means especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer (1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 John 2:29; Romans 8:5; Philippians 2:12-13).
CREATION: We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be interpreted literally, that all things were created by God. We believe that all plants and animals were created by a direct and immediate act of God. We believe that man was also created by a direct and immediate act of God; that God created man in His own image and likeness; and that "God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and he became a living being". We also believe that God established His law that His living creation should reproduce, and that they bring forth only after their own kind. We further believe that God has shown man all he needs to know about Him through His creation; that man did not evolve from a lower form or that he is an end of a process as evolution assumes (Genesis 1; 2; 5:1, 2; 3:23; Exodus 20:11; 31:17; Job 26:7-8; Psalms 8:3-8; 19:1; 24:1-2; 33:6; 90:2; 95:5; 136:5-9; Jeremiah 4:23; 10:12; 31:35; Matthew 19:4; John 1:1-5, 10; Acts 17:24; 1 Corinthians 10:26, 28; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:2; 11:3; Revelation 3:14).
SATAN: We believe in the reality and personality of Satan; that he is a personal spiritual being who was created by God, an angel; that he was the highest ranking angel, the original archangel; that he was originally a part of the order of angels call cherubim, and that his name was Lucifer. We believe that he lead a rebellion against God with a host of the angels, fell from his original state and cast out of heaven with his angels (demons). We believe that Lucifer became Satan, the Devil, the originator of sin, the supreme ruler of evil, the enemy of God and the people of God. We also believe that he led our first parents into transgression, thereby accomplishing their moral fall and subjecting them and their posterity to his own power; that he is the enemy of God and the people of God opposing and exalting himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped; and that he who in the beginning said, "I will be like the most High," in his warfare appears as an angel of light even counterfeiting the works of God by fostering political and religious movements and systems of doctrine, which systems are characterized by such as the denial of God, the person and work of Christ as the God-man substitute or salvation by grace alone. We further believe that Satan is not omniscient, omnipresent, nor is he omnipotent. We believe that Satan will be bound before the millennial reign of our Lord Jesus Christ; and that he will be ultimately cast into the lake of fire and brimstone (hell) to suffer everlasting punishment, where he will join the beast (the Antichrist) and the false prophet, and also his angels (the falling angels -- demons) (Matthew 25:41). This is the final doom of Satan and he is very aware of it. (Genesis 1:1, 31; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Ezekiel 28:12-19; Isaiah 14:12-17; 27:1; Revelation 12:7-10; Genesis 3:1-5; 1 Chronicles 21:1; Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Daniel 10:13; Zechariah 3:1, 2; Matthew 4:1-11; 12:24-26; 13:19, 38, 39; 16:22-23; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13; 8:12; 10:18; 11:15, 17-18; 22:31; John 8:44; 12:31; 13:2, 26-27; Acts 5:3; 10:38; Hebrews 2:14; Ephesians 2:2; 4:27; 6:12; 1 Corinthians 7:5; 2 Corinthians 2:11; 4:4; 6:15; 11:3, 12:7; 14-15; 1 Thessalonians 2:18; 3:5; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; 1 Timothy 3:6, 7; 2 Timothy 2:26; 1 Peter 5:8; John 17:15; 1 John 5:18-19; Jude 9; Revelation 2:9, 13, 24; 9:11; 12:3-4, 7-17; 13:2; 16:13; 20:1-3, 7-10; John 12:31; Matthew 25:41).
ANGELS, FALLING (DEMONS) AND UNFALLEN: We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless, spiritual beings known as angels. We believe that man was made lower than the angels and, that in His incarnation, Christ took for a little time this lower place that He might lift the believer to His own sphere above the angels (Psalm 8:4-6; Hebrews 2:6-10). We also believe that one, "Lucifer, son of the morning," the highest in rank, sinned through pride thereby becoming Satan; that a great company of the angels followed him in his moral fall, some of whom became demons and are active as his agents and associates in the prosecution of his unholy purposes, while others who fell are "reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day." We further believe that while some of angels fell along Satan and became demons, a great company of them (angels) kept their holy estate and are before the throne of God from whence they are sent forth as ministering spirits to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; Luke 15:10; Ephesians 1:21; 1 Timothy 3:6; Hebrews 1:14; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Revelation 12:3-4; 7:11-12).
MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION: We believe that man was created by a direct and immediate act of God, and that he was created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:7). We also believe that man by transgression fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created, into total spiritual depravity, a state of death in trespasses and sins in which he is held as a slave of sin and separated from God his Creator (Genesis 3:17-24). We further believe that man is unable to attain divine righteousness by his own efforts, but must be redeemed and delivered by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Galatians 3:10-14).
THE NEW BIRTH AND ETERNAL LIFE (SALVATION): We believe that man is saved by grace through faith and faith alone in Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Acts 4:12; Romans 5:1-2, 6-8, 9-21; Galatians 3:10-14, 19-29; Ephesians 2:8). We believe that all men are sinners by nature and subject to eternal judgment. We believe that man is a free agent to choose for himself, but salvation is offered to all who will repent from sin, turn to God and exercise faith in Jesus Christ, and be forgiven for their sins through the merits of Christ, and be born again (spiritually regenerated) (John 3:5), and given eternal life (John 3:16). We believe that man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, and that salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by Grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. We also believe that a child of God knows he's saved, but must endure to the end. We further believe that the emphasis for continuous walk in grace should be heart righteousness and purity believing in the keeping power of God walking after the Spirit and not after the flesh in a lifestyle that demonstrates the character, standards and convictions of Jesus Christ, not being conformed to the world (Romans 4:1-5; 8:25; 12:1,2; 1 Corinthians 5:17-21; Galatians 5:16-26; Jude 24).
The Need for Salvation – Romans 3:9,10,23; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Isaiah 53:6; 1 John 1:8; Romans 6:23.
The Means of Salvation – Romans 5:12-21; 10:9,10; John 3:3,5; 1 John 1:9; John 6:37; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2:38; 4:12; 16:31; 20:20,21; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 6:1.
The Evidence of Salvation - Romans 8:16; 1 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12; 1 John 2:5; John 13:35; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:24.
The Final Result of Salvation - Ecclesiastes 12:7; Luke 23:42, 43; II Corinthians 5:8.
REPENTANCE: We believe that repentance is a gift from God. It is simply not true that a person can repent at anytime. Repentance is dependent upon the convicting action of the Holy Spirit in the lives of sinners and believers. We believe that the conviction of the Holy Spirit, which often accompanies the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, will result in revelation of sinfulness of self which should lead to godly sorrow. Remorse or worldly sorrow, is a feeling of deep regret, hopelessness or even despair, and does not lead to constructive change. On the other hand godly sorrow, which may at times be mistaken for worldly sorrow, produces repentance which causes us to turn away from sin and selfishness and to receive faith for change. Worldly sorrow is destructive, but godly sorrow is constructive, and leads to repentance which is life giving. Repentance changes the way we feel and act about sin, self and God. We also believe that repentance is a total change of heart, mind, attitude, emotions, will, action and lifestyle flowing from the turmoil and sorrow of Holy Sprit conviction of sin (1 Corinthians 7:10; Psalms 51; Acts 11:18; 2 Timothy 2:25-26; Genesis 6:3; Romans 1:18-32; Matthew 9:12-13).
JUSTIFICATION: We believe that repentance and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ produces the work of justification in the believer. Through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, he is justified and made a partaker in the death of Christ. This is the initial step of salvation. (Rommans 5:1,9; Luke 22:20).
Section 13. GRACE: We believe that "by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9) We further believe that the emphasis for a continuous walk in grace should be the emphasis of heart righteousness and purity, believing in the keeping power of God, walking after the Spirit and not after the flesh in a lifestyle that demonstrates the character, standards and convictions of Jesus Christ, not being conformed to the world (Jude 24; Romans 8:25; Galatians 5:16-25; Romans 4:1-5; 12:1-2).
SANCTIFICATION AND HOLINESS: We believe that sanctification leads to holiness (Romans 6:22), and that the Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation; that the Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Corinthians 1:30). We believe that Christians are to be sanctified, set apart, and separated from sin, the Devil, and the world, and dedicated unto God (Romans 12:1-2; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). We believe that sanctification is God's will (1 Thessalonians 4:3; 2 Corinthians 6:17), and we therefore must be holy (Leviticus 11:44, 45; 19:2; 20:7-8, 26; 1 Peter 1:15, 16; Hebrews 12:14; Matthew 5:8). We believe that by the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command: “Be ye Holy, for I am Holy” (I Peter 1:15, 16). Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection and by faith reckoning daily upon that fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6: l-l1, 13; 8: l-2, 13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 12:12-l 3; I Peter 15). We further believe that we are to be sanctified in our spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Romans 8:7; 2 Corinthians 7:1).
The Means of Sanctification – 1 Corinthians 1:30; Hebrews 13:12; John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26; 2 Timothy 2:11.
Worldliness Forbidden – Romans 12:12; John 17:15; 2 Corinthians 6:14; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17.
Crucifixion of the Flesh – Romans 6:6; 12:1; Galatians 2:20; 5:19, 24; 1 Corinthians 3:16.
WATER BAPTISM: We believe that water baptism is an essential and necessary part of the Doctrine of Baptism (Hebrews 6:2), performed only upon repentant believers (Matthew 3:1-6; Mark 1:4-5; Acts 2:38; 8:36-38; 10:48), in the name of the Father, and of the Son -- the Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit, for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). We believe that this act is done by immersion. We also believe that it is the means whereby we receive the new covenant sign of circumcision of heart (Romans 2:28-29; Colossians 2:9-13). We further believe that water baptism is the identification with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection, a sign to everyone of ones conversion.
Water Baptism is:
A Bible Command: Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 10:48.
A Witness to the World: Romans 6:3, 4; Colossians 2:12; Matthew 3:14-15.
Should be done Soon after Conversion: Acts 2:41; 16:33; 19:5.
Should be Performed by a Minister: Mark 1:4; Acts 8:12; 19:4,5.
Should be Done by Immersion: Matthew 3:5-6; John 3:23; Acts 8:38-39.
HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM: We believe that the Holy Spirit was promised to all believers (Luke 24:49; John 15:26; Acts 1:4-8). We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:6; that it is the seal of the New Covenant relationship (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; 2 Corinthians 1:22) and that speaking in other tongues is an accompanying sign of receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Mark 16:17; Acts 2:4; 10:44-46). We believe that the real evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is one's response to the Word of God (John 16:13), a Christ-like life, showing forth Christ's character, nature, experiencing and manifesting the fruit of the Holy Spirit (John 15:26; 16:14; Galatians 5:22,23). We also believe that there are hindrances to receiving the Holy Spirit, which are: wrong teaching, scriptural ignorance, or neglect (Acts 19:2; Luke 11:13). We also believe that Holy Spirit baptism comes after salvation, and in some instances one can receive salvation and the Holy Spirit simultaneously. We therefore believe that one can receive the Holy Spirit baptism during or after salvation, which is totally determined by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4; 38-39; 8:14-16; 10:44-47; 19:2,6; Ephesians 1:13). We believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was the normal experience in the early Christian church. We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit comes with the endowment of power for life and service, and the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5; I Corinthians 12:1-31).
THE SPIRT FILLED LIFE: We believe that having received the initial filling, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the believer should experience a continual renewing of the power from on high; that the Holy Spirit is as gentle as a dove, easily grieved and wounded by coldness, prayerlessness, idle conversation, worldliness, and a judging and criticizing spirit; therefore, it is the will of God that every believer walk and abide in the Spirit (Acts 4:31; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; Galatians 16-25 Ephesians 4:30-32; 5:18; 1 John 2:6).
THE MINISTRY, GIFTS AND FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the ministry and gifts of the Holy Spirit and the operation thereof in the body of Christ (the Church) as manifested in the early Church. We believe that for the edification of the saints and up-building of the Church of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit has been following gifts to bestow upon the individual believer: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues, dividing to every man severally. We believe that all believers should seek the gifts of the Holy Spirit and exercise them in the spirit of love. We believe that the nine gifts of the Spirit must be and should be operative in the Church today in order for the Church to enjoy the fullness of God. We also believe that these gifts are imparted by the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit, and He works when, where, how, and through whom He wills. We further believe that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; and against such there is no law. Therefore, every believer must seek the ministry, perfect the gifts, and cultivate the fruit of the Holy Spirit in his life (1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 31; 14:12, 13, 26; Galatians 5:22-23; John 15:4, 5).
THE LORD'S SUPPER (COMMUNION) AND FEET-WASHING: We believe in the commemoration of the Lord's Supper, also called Communion. We believe that the elements of the Lord's Supper, which consist of bread and fruit of the vine (unfermented wine) represent the broken body and shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, our passover Lamb. We believe that this ordinance was instituted by Jesus Christ Himself as a memorial of His death and prophecy of His Second Coming. We believe that He will officiate this ordinance again at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Himself), when He assembles us (the Church) together with Him in heaven. We believe that unbelievers or apostates are not to partake of this ordinance, that it is strictly limited to born again believers. We believe that all believers regardless of denomination, association, or local church affiliation, may partake of this ordinance; and this should be celebrated as often as practicable, perhaps twice or at least once a month (Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8,11; 10:16,17; 11:20-34; 13:5). We also believe in the rite of feet-washing for all believers as the means of removing the defilement of this world from one another. We further believe that by doing this we are following the Lord's instruction, and shall keep ourselves humble before Him (John 13:3-15).
THE GREAT COMMISSION: We believe that the Great Commission is a command from our Lord Jesus Christ to all believers to proclaim His Gospel to the whole world. The Great Commission is a command for world evangelism and discipleship, and that each believer in the body of Christ should carry on this Commission as commanded by Christ (Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15-18; Luke 24:47.
THE FOUNDATION STONES (THE BELIEVER’S MATURITY): We believe that each believer must lay a foundation of biblical truth and experience upon which he builds his life. These foundation stones are: repentance from dead works, faith toward God, doctrine of baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment, all of which are prerequisites to going on to perfection (spiritual maturity) (Hebrews 6:1-3; 9:14). We believe each Christian is called and chosen in God to be a priest unto God to offer up the sacrifice of praise (the fruit of the lips), to give of his time, strength, and material possessions to the service of the Lord. All believers have been purchased with the blood of Jesus Christ and are no longer their own, but belong to the Father to be used for His glory; and as possessions of the Lord, must give themselves to serving Him, finding their place in the church, His body, and making themselves available by being present when the church comes together, that they might be able to minister their gifts and talents for the building up of the Body of Christ (John 15:16; Ephesians 1:4-5; I Corinthians 6:20; 12:18; Hebrews 13:15; I Peter 2:5,9). We believe that the whole purpose of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Therefore, we believe in the act of praising and worshipping God with one’s total being as set forth in the Holy Scriptures. We also believe that praising God is a form of spiritual warfare (Psalms 149; 150; Mark 12:29-31; Ephesians 5:18-21).
THE CHURCH (THE BODY OF CHRIST) AND THE MINISTRY: We believe that the church is the body of Christ expressed as the church individual, the church local, and the Church universal and invisible (all the saints of all places and all times united together under one Lord). We believe that the local congregation of Christian believers is divinely instituted and is the chosen instrument of God for the furtherance of God’s work here on Earth. While appreciating the work of para-church groups, we believe that the local church is God’s chosen vehicle for world evangelization and the nurture of Christians. We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers and in working together with others who believe in salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ for the causes of evangelism, missions and benevolence (Matthew 16:16-l 8; John 17:21; Ephesians 1:20-23; 4:3-10; Colossians 3:14-l 5). The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission and purpose. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the church of the firstborn, whose name is written in heaven. As such, the Bible reveals that we are covenant fellowship partners one of another and the basis of our fellowship is in Christ in the power of the Spirit (Ephesians 1:22; 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23). We believe that a divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the three-fold purpose of leading the Church in: (1) Evangelization of the world, (2) Worship of God, (3) Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (I Chronicles 16:29; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 14:23; John 4:23-24; Ephesians 4:11-l6; Colossians1:28). We believe the church to be more than just a building or a gathering of people. It is a body living in relationship and harmony under the direction of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:15; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Romans 16:5; 1 Peter 2:4-5; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 4:11-15). The local church is an expression of the community and fellowship of God. As the body of Christ in the earth it is an intimate community of people that is devoted to apostolic teaching, to fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer. The local body will meet together regularly (Hebrews 10:25) as a whole and in smaller groups in the homes of members of the congregation. We consider the fellowship of the saints together in the private homes of the members to be an essential expression of the life of faith and of the church. Indeed to this end, the word of God frequently refers to the church as a "household" (Matthew 16:13-20; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 1 Peter 4:17; 1 Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 2:19; 1 Peter 2:5; Acts 18:8; Romans 16:5; 10, 11; 1 Corinthians 1:11, 16; 16:15, 19; Philippians 4:22; Colossians 4:15; 2 Timothy 1:16; 4:19). We believe that Christ Himself is the foundation of the Church (1 Corinthians 3:11), the builder thereof (Matthew 16:15-18), and believe that He is the Head of the Church, which should be called by His name (Ephesians 5:23-25; Colossians 1:18). We believe that the Church is made up of every born again believer (Romans 12:4; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27) and all earthly distinctions of race, class, etc. are dissolved (Isaiah 56:7; Galatians 3:28; Romans 15:7; Acts 10:34). We believe that the church must be unified (John 17; Ephesians 2:21,22). As it is obviously impractical for all believers of one large city to gather indoors or outdoors into one congregation (as in the days of the early apostles), God has led us to form local churches to regularly come together for public worship of God; and Christ glorified in every assembly where two or three believers are gathered together in His name (Matthew 18:20) and attendance at every assembly or gathering is enjoined by example and precept (Luke 4:16; Acts 3:1; 2:46; Psalms 84:4,10; Hebrews 10:25), and any day is suitable for meetings (Romans 14:5). We also believe there are three functions of the church: the upreach (John 4:24; Psalms 6:2), the inreach (Malachi 3:16; 1 John 1:7; Acts 2:42; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Colossians 3:16; 1 Peter 4:8), and the outreach (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 10:2; Act 1:8). We further believe that a divine theocracy in the church is worked out between the pastor, elders or leaders, other officers and the congregation in mutual submission (Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:5).
LOCAL CHURCH ELDERS: We believe in the ministry, and necessity, of the Local Church Elders. Their qualifications are the same as for the five fold minister. They are not recognized as a “Trans local elder,” a “Traveling elder,” a “Ruling elder,” or a “Five fold minister,” but are recognized and trained to serve in the local church. Elders were set aside to “rule” over 1000’s, 100’s, 50’s and 10’s. 70 of those elders were “called out.” They [sharing Moses’ anointing], were the equivalent of the “five fold Ministry.” The remaining elders would be the equivalent of the local church elder, with varying degrees of anointing. It is possible that at a later time, when his/her ministry and gifting has more fully developed, he will be recognized and ordained as five fold minister (Exodus 18:13-26. Num. 11:14,17; and 24, 25; Deut 1:15). As such we recognize that those called to this office will function in a manner to lead by example in, prayer, worship, teaching, laying on hands, prophesying and performing the sacraments.
ORDAINED MINISTRY: We believe a divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry is provided by our Lord Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, for the two-fold purpose of the evangelization of the world and the edification and oversight of the body of Christ (Mark 16:15-20; Matthew 28:19; Luke 24:47; Colossians 1:23, 25; Acts 20, 28; Ephesians 4:11-15).
ORDINATION AND COMMISSIONING: The Bible relates that those who are chosen by God to a specific work should be recognized by appointment and ordination to the work (Mark 3:13-15; I Chronicles 9:22; I Corinthians 7:17; Titus 1:5; I Timothy 2:7). Thus are those to be set in order in their function as ministers, and so those in the church might know and receive those who have a position in the work of the ministry. We believe the local church has the right to Ordain the Five Fold Ministers, and Commission Local Church Elders, as a recognition and separation of a specific gifting of God. We believe that God calls men into specific ministries as Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. God calls. Man can only recognize the call and acknowledge it. Ordination is on the basis of that recognition of God's gifting. Men and women called to a specific office by God and ordained or commissioned by the church will have the right to participate in the traditional sacramental and ordinal functions of the church such as marriage, funerals, baptisms, and the like. They shall also be expected to function in the spiritual gifting of their office and to demonstrate the reality of their calling. We reject the efficacy of ritual and the concept of a separate priestly class. We recognize the priesthood of believers and the serving ministry of the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher with government by these Elders. As such, we recognize that those called to these offices will function in a manner to lead by example in prayer, worship, preaching, teaching, laying on of hands, and prophesying and that such actions on the part of those ordained and commissioned by the church are equivalent to the sacramental function of the priesthood in traditional sacramental churches. Apart from the educational qualification, all candidates for ordination must meet the biblical qualifications as set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-7.
DEACONS: We believe in the servant ministry of the Deacons (Acts 6:1-7; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:8-13), as those recognized, able and appointed by the elders, as a ministry of Helps; Servants; Administrators (1 Corinthians. 12:28 Amp.), and to lead in Music and Worship (1 Chronicles 23:1-5).
CHURCH GOVERNMENT: We believe in the New Testament order for the local church in its government, structure and worship. Five-fold ministries: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers (Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:28 ); Elders (Titus 1:5-9; 1 Timothy 3:1-7); Deacons (Acts 6:1-7; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:8-13); Helpers, Administrators (1 Corinthians 12:28); those able and appointed to lead in Music and Worship (1 Chronicles 23:1-5); and Pastoral accountability and authority (Hebrews 13:17).
CHURCH DISCIPLINE: We believe in church discipline administered in the church in a spirit of meekness and confidentiality. The Bible sets forth three grounds for discipline: unscriptural conduct that obscures the truth of God by false teaching or doctrine in an area of cardinal truth; unscriptural conduct that mars the holy character of God and His church by unholy, immoral living, action or lifestyle; and unscriptural conduct that hinders the work of God by bringing confusion or division to the body. The purpose of church discipline is to restore the one subject to the discipline and/or the purification of the church. The steps of discipline are one-on-one private confrontation, private confrontation with witnesses, and finally, exposure to the church for judgment leading to restoration or separation (Matthew 18:15-20; Romans 16:17; Galatians 6:1; 1 Corinthians 5; 2 Corinthians 2:6-8; 1 Timothy 5:20).
WORSHIP: We believe in the practice of worship with one's total being (singing; lifting of hands; bowing down; in the dance; the use of instruments) as set forth in the Word of God; and we believe that those who worship God must worship Him in spirit and in truth (Psalm 95:1-7; 100; 111:1; 150; John 4:23, 24; Acts 24:14; Ephesians 5:18-19).
FAITH: We believe that faith without works is dead. We do not believe, as a matter of the fundamental beliefs and doctrines of the Church that any matter can be believed without there being an accompanying and corresponding action. Our faith is an active faith that requires doing of acts in the world. We believe that faith is not a passive or complacent system of intellectual belief or assent to doctrine, but is an active force in our lives that requires and results in actions being taken. A living, active faith will be manifested not only in belief and mental assent but in actions expressing and based upon that belief. If a belief is truly held it will be acted upon. The act is as much a fundamental aspect of our faith as the belief upon which the act is based (Matthew 5:16; 7:21, 24-27; 16:27; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:14-26; Revelation 2:23; 22:12).
DIVINE HEALING: We believe that divine healing is the power of God to heal the sick and afflicted. We believe that divine healing is for the physical, emotional and psychological ills of the human body, mind and soul (the whole man); that it was provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of all believers. We believe that through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands as practiced in the New Testament (accompanied with the anointing of oil for the healing), one can receive divine healing. We also believe that divine healing is the heritage and privilege of every born again believer, and that God is willing to, and does heal the sick today (Exodus 15:26; Psalm 103:1-5; Malachi 4:2; Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16- 17; Mark 16:17-18; Luke 5:15; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24).
DELIVERANCE: We believe that there is an occasional need for deliverance. Deliverance is manifested by an inability to be free from a bondage: e.g., mental (emotional), physical, or spiritual, normally associated with demon activities. It is God's desire to bring deliverance to His people (Job 5:19; Psalm 91:3; 2 Timothy 4:18; Hebrews 2:15; 2 Peter 2:9). We have been granted authority in the name of Jesus to bring deliverance to others ( Mark 16:17; John 14:12; 1 Corinthians 12:8-11). We must understand that our warfare is with the forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12), our weapon is the Word of God, our authority and power is from Jesus Himself (Mark 16:17; Acts 1:8), and that the battle is first of all in the spiritual realms (Ephesians 6:10-18; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Romans 8:9; Galatians 5:22-23).
DEATH: We believe that as a result of the original sin, all mankind is subject to the death of the body. We believe that the soul does not die with the body, but immediately after death enters into a conscious state of happiness or misery according to the character he possessed either by rejection or acceptance of the Savior. We also believe that the it is appointed unto man once and thereafter the judgment; that all men are subject to death and judgment (Genesis 2:17; Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:21, 22; Ecclesiastes 3:1-2; 12:7; Philippians 1:23; Hebrews 9:27).
THE LEADERSHIP OF THE SPIRIT: We believe that in all matters concerning the Body of Christ, in its direction, discipline, ministry and functioning; that specific guidance, 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, and we are confident in basing decisions and actions upon such faith and direction (Acts 13:1-3; 1 Timothy 1:18; Romans 8:14; 1 Timothy 5:22; John 16:13-15; 1 Corinthians 5:3).
LAYING ON OF HANDS: We believe in the laying on of hands as a biblical practice. The laying on of hands was first practiced by the Levitical priesthood (Numbers 8:10-l 1, 27:22-23). Jesus practiced it in Mark 10:13-16 as a blessing, it has been used by Him and others for healing (Mark 5:22-23; 16:18; Acts 14:3; 19:11-l 2; 28:8; Luke 4:40), conferring office (Acts 8:16-l 8), receiving spiritual gifts (1 Timothy 4:14) and for ordination (2 Timothy 1:6). We believe in the laying on of hands for the ministry of healing (Mark 5:22-23, 41, 28-34; 16:16; Acts 28:8; Acts19:11-12); for the confirming of believers in the faith (Acts 14:22); to confer office or for the ordination and official recognition and setting apart for ministry (Acts 6:2-6; 13:2-3; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6); to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:16-17); for the impartation of spiritual gifts or to believe words spoken, to receive anointing, and cultivate the anointing (1 Timothy 4:14); for appointment to eldership (1 Timothy 4:14); for the confirmation of one's call (Acts 13:2-3; 1 Timothy 4:14); for the blessing and dedication (setting apart) of children instead of baptism (Mark 10:16). We further believe that, in obedience to the Holy Scriptures, we should lay hands on no man suddenly, but that the laying on of hands confirms a ministry which is already observable and has been proven (I Timothy 5:22).
VISIONARY AND GOVERNMENT: We believe that there is always a person who is the presiding leader in any church government raised up by God; that person will be the first among equals. We believe that this person will be an ascension gift, not necessarily a pastor, although Pastor or Senior Pastor is the title given to this person in the local church. The Pastor or Senior Pastor will be the person through whom the main vision of the church is received, articulated and developed. He will be the one with the final responsibility and decision making authority in all matters concerning the church because he is the one who will be ultimately accountable to God for the church. He will be recognized by the grace, anointing, ability and vision given to him by God (Numbers 27:15-22; 1 Corinthians 12:18; Ephesians 4:11; Acts 13:1). God will raise up elders and other ascension gifts to function with and in relationship to the Senior Pastor. We believe that there will be mutual submission and accountability within the government of the church. There will be submission and accountability of the Pastor or Senior Pastor to the others in the governing leadership and there will be submission and accountability of the others to the Senior Pastor. We believe that they are to seek the mind of God together for the church in all areas of its affairs, spiritual and temporal.
THE TOTAL PROSPERITY OF GOD: We believe that the Word of God is His absolute answer to man’s total need and prosperity, if they are obedient to His word (Job 36:10-12; Psalm 35: 27; 3 John 2):
1. Spiritually - John 3:3, 11; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9, 10
2. Mentally - II Timothy 1:7; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3
3. Physically - Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24
4. Financially - Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14
5. Socially - Proverbs 3:4; I Samuel 2:26; Romans 14:18; II Corinthians 8:21
CHURCH (CONGREGATIONAL) MEMBERSHIP: We believe that the Church, by its very composition, is a membership organization. The local church is the manifestation within our society of the Church. All believers are members of the Church. Each local church exists for an express purpose in God's plan. We believe that every born again child of God should identify himself with the visible church of Jesus Christ (the local church), and should labor diligently, and contribute his temporal means toward the spreading of the Gospel. We believe that the Lord will set some of those members of the Church into this local congregations as members as it pleases Him. As members of our congregations they are given into the care and oversight of the leadership, which must give an account to God for their souls (Hebrews 13:17). The elders of the church shall have the right to determine who will attend church meetings and functions. Our churches are owned by the Lord Jesus Christ who has entrusted the care of the flock to the leadership He has raised up. The church is not a place of public accommodation, nor is it a public institution, and its property is not a public place, but is rather, private property belonging to the church (Psalms 111:1; Acts 2:47; 16:5; 20:28-31; Hebrews 10:24-25; Romans 12:5; 2 Peter 2:1-3; Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 5:1-3; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15; 1 Timothy 1:18-20; 6:3-5; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; Titus 3:8-11; 2 John 9-11).
MEETING IN PRIVATE HOMES: As the Body of Christ in the earth it is an intimate community of people that is devoted to apostolic teaching, to fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer. The local body will meet together regularly as a whole and in smaller groups in the homes of the members of the congregation. We consider the fellowship of the saints together in the private homes of the members to be an essential expression of the life of faith of the church. Indeed to this end, the Word of God frequently refers to the church as a “household.” Matthew 16:13-20, 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 1 Peter 4:17; 1 Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 2:19; 1 Peter 2:5; Acts 18:8; Romans 16:5, 10, 11; 1 Corinthians 1:11, 16; 16:15, 19; Philippians 4:22; Colossians 4:15; 2 Timothy 1:16; 4:19.
TITHING, OFFERINGS, AND GIVING OF ALMS: Both Old and New Testament scriptures teach tithing as God’s financial plan for the support of His work (the work of the ministry). We believe that these are to be practiced continually by all believers and are outward expressions of the unity of the church, the Body of Christ, as it joins together in support of the work of the Lord. We also believe that all believers, regardless of position in society or the ministry, should support the church in tithes and offerings for the up-building and furthering of the work of the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ; and that the giving of such contributions to the church also blesses the believer in return (Genesis 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Hebrews 7:1-10; Malachi 3:8-12; Proverbs 11:24, 25; 14:21; 29:7; Matthew 6:19-21; 23:23; Luke 6:38; 11:41, 42; 12:33, 34; I Corinthians 16:2; II Corinthians 9:6-10).
BENEVOLENCE TO THE NEEDY: We believe that the Scriptures are clear concerning helping those in need. We also believe that it is the intent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to feed the hungry (Matthew 25:34-40; Isaiah 58:7-8); to care for the poor (Matthew 19:21; Psalm 112:9; II Corinthians 9:6-9); and to care for the widows and orphans (James 1:27). We further believe that such ministry should be toward His name to both saints and unbelievers (Hebrews 6:l0). We are commanded to do good to all people as we have opportunity, with a special emphasis upon caring for those who profess to be fellow Christians, especially those of our own fellowship of believers. We are commanded to be generous and willing to share, laying up treasure for ourselves in the coming age by the kindness and generosity in this life. This is true for the church as well as for the individual members of the church. Therefore, in accordance with the biblical commands, as a fundamental aspect of the practice of our faith, we will share of our material goods with those in need and will minister to them to the best of our abilities, whatever the need (Proverbs 25:21; Isaiah 58:10; Galatians 6:10; 1 Timothy 6:18-19; Hebrews 13:16).
DISCIPLESHIP: We believe that discipleship is one of the mandates of the Great Commission. We believe that every born again believer must be discipled to maturity; that he must come to the point where he himself is also able to disciple young believers. We believe that one who disciples must be well discipled and established in the faith himself (Matthew 28:19,20; Luke 6:40; John 21:15, 16, 17; Hebrews 5:12-14; Colossians 1:9-11, 28; 2:5; 1 Thessalonians 1:5-7; 3:12-13; Ephesians 4:11-12). We also believe that the scriptures clearly define that members of a congregation can seek out advice, consultation, direction, purpose, resolution, and guidance from amongst the shepherds, elders, mature men and women, and Five-Fold Ministry Gifts within the Body of Christ (1 King 1:12; Psalms 55:13-14; Proverbs 11:14; 27:9). We further believe that consultation and instruction is applicable by the scriptures through sessions, a company of persons in close deliberation set together, to lay a foundation, set in place and give wise counsel. This also provides safety, defense, rescue and freedom from trouble (Psalms 55:13-14; Proverbs 1:11-14; Proverbs 12:15). The personal care of the saints is the sanctification of the whole person, body, soul and spirit, (1 Thessalonians 3:13; 5:23) through the love that flows from faith, patience, hope, and the redemptive power of the Cross of Christ (Romans 3:25; Luke 9:23); the atoning blood of Jesus (Ephesians 2:13-16; 1 Peter 1:18-19); the transformation of the soul through the Word of God (Romans 12:1-2); the denying of the old nature (Galatians 2:20, 5:24; 1 Peter 1:13-15); salvation through grace not works (Ephesians 2:1-8); and the promise of the resurrection (John 3:16, 10:25-26), are the effective working mechanisms that characterize pastoral care ministry. Such ministry is foundational to the practice of our faith.
BIBLICAL MEDIATION AND LAWSUIT: 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 we are discouraged from bringing a lawsuit in a civil court against any person who professes to be a Christian or against a Christian ministry. We believe that all such disputes must be resolved within the body of Christ in the form of a biblical Christian mediation, without taking them before unbelievers for judgment (1 Corinthians 6:1-8; Ephesians 4:3-6). In the event of personal injury, occurring on church property, activities or vehicles, resulting in medical bills to the member or his dependents, the injury may require the church insurance company to cover those medical expenses. In no event shall the member ever bring a lawsuit to request or accept an award of punitive damages.
MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE: We believe that marriage was instituted by God; sanctioned by our Lord Jesus Christ, and was commanded by the apostle Paul to be honorable among all men. We believe that marriage covenant is between one man and one woman (male and female). The marriage covenant requires the married parties to be faithful, loving and helpful to each other as long as they both shall live. Those who God has directed to be joined together shall, after counseling with the pastor concerning what God requires of them, be joined in Christian marriage. We believe that a Christian believer should not marry an unsaved person (an unbeliever), and if they do, they must stay together. Two individuals (male and female), having being united as one in holy matrimony, and as long as they both shall live, neither of them shall be free to remarry, except for “adultery,” “abandonment,” or “death.” We believe that divorce, in the beginning, was never a part of God's will for a married couple. Divorce was permitted by the Prophet Moses out of the hardness of man's heart, which was ratified (sanctioned) by our Lord Jesus Christ, and further expounded by the Apostles Paul and Peter. We also believe that marriage must be honored by both husband and wife. The husband is to be the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the Church, and must love her as he loves his own body, and nourish and cherish her; the wife must also love her husband and be submissive to him as she is to Christ (that's why it's best that both husband and wife are saved). The husband and wife must walk together in the spirit of oneness, and must walk with Christ (Genesis 2:21-25; Deuteronomy 24:1-4; Matthew 5:31-32; 19:3-9; Luke 16:18; Romans 7:2-3; 1 Corinthians 7:10-15; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5: 22-29, 33; Colossians 3:18, 19; 1 Peter 3:1-7).
THE BIBLICAL DEFINITION OF FAMILY AND HOMOSEXUALITY: We believe in the creation and God as the Creator. We believe that God created man and that He created them male and female (Genesis 1:27; 5:2; Matthew 19:4). As such He created them different so as to complement and complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family, the basic structure of human society. We believe that the Bible, which is the infallible Word of God, our authoritative rule of faith, doctrine, and conduct, speaks out strongly in condemnation of sin and unrighteousness in all forms. The Scriptures explicitly pronounce judgment on sexual deviancies, which includes homosexuality. For this reason homosexuality is unnatural, sinful, and unacceptable to God, it is an abomination before God (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Deuteronomy 23:17; Romans 1:24-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-6; 1 Timothy 1:9-11; Titus 3:3; 1 Peter 2:6; Jude 1:7). Nevertheless, we must remember that all men regardless of their offenses need God's love as manifest in Jesus Christ. Therefore, we resolve: (1) To stand firm in the belief that the Holy Scriptures condemn practicing homosexuality, and give no basis for approving this as an acceptable lifestyle. (2) To extend the healing ministry of the entire Christian community (the Church), with the love of Christ, to individuals who seek the forgiveness of God and deliverance from the sin of homosexuality and all other sexual sin. No person shall be certified, licensed, ordained or commissioned in THE ALLIANCE who is an homosexual and/or approves of same-sex relationships; and no church or ministry shall be accepted into membership as an affiliate which approves homosexuality or same-sex relationships.
CHRISTIAN MODERATION: We believe that our moderation should be known to all men. The believer should be at peace with all men, sober, well balanced, and seasoned with love. His zeal should be governed by godly wisdom (Philippians 4:5; Ephesians 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 13:5; Colossians 3:12-13).
WORLD EVANGELISM: We believe that we were commanded by Jesus Christ to evangelize the world before His coming. We believe that as long as condition indicate that the coming of Jesus Christ draws near, we, the Church, His redeemed, should put forth our utmost efforts to the promulgation of His Gospel to every man, family, tribe, race, people and nation on earth; that soul winning is the chief mission of the Church upon the earth. Therefore every hindrance and hairsplitting doctrine, which would tend to quench or dampen the flame of world evangelism, should be cut off and cast away as falling short of the Church's Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 4:35-37; Acts 1:8; 2 Timothy 2:4:1-2; Ephesians 5:16; Proverbs 11:30; Ezekiel 3:17-18).
WORLD MISSIONS: We believe that the Great Commission given to the Church by our Lord Jesus Christ, to carry His Gospel message to the whole world is literal, imperative, and binding; that we were commanded by Him to carry out world missions. We also believe that the supreme privilege and duty of the Church of Jesus Christ is to stress the cause and importance of world missions. We further believe that the very life and strength of the home church depends on its wholehearted sacrifice for, and support of the world missions program (Matthew 9:38; 28:19-20; John 4:35-37; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:13-15; James 5:20; Revelation 5:9).
ADVISE, GUIDANCE AND BIBLICAL COUNSEL: We believe that the scriptures clearly define that members of a congregation can seek out advice, consultation, direction, purpose, resolution, and guidance from amongst the shepherds, elders, mature men and women, and Five-Fold Ministry Gifts within the Body of Christ. (1 Kings 1:12; Proverbs 11:14, 27:9; Psalm 55:13-14.) We further believe that consultation and instruction is applicable by the scriptures through sessions, a company of persons in close deliberation set together, to lay a foundation, set in place and give wise counsel. This also provides safety, defense, rescue and freedom from trouble. (Psalm 55:13-14; 73:24; Proverbs 1:11-14, 12:15; 20:5.) The personal care of the saints is the sanctification of the whole person, body, soul and spirit, (I Thessalonians 3:13; 5:23) through the love that flows from faith, patience and hope, and the redemptive power of the Cross of Christ, (Romans 3:25; Luke 9:23). The atoning blood of Jesus, (Ephesians 2:13-16; 1 Peter 1:18-19). The transformation of the soul through the Word of God, (Romans 12:1-2) the denying of the old nature, (Galatians 2:20, 5:24; 1 Peter 1:13-15) salvation through grace not works, (Ephesians 2:1-8) and the promise of the resurrection, (John 3:16, 10:25-26) are the effective working mechanisms that characterize pastoral care ministry. Such ministry is foundational to the practice of our faith.
ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO: We believe that every born again child of God should keep himself free and clean from the abuse of drugs and alcohol, and the use of tobacco products; and that he should keep himself from the very appearance of evil. He must live a lifestyle most becoming for a Christian; that he must live a lifestyle that characterize our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that the Bible speaks out strongly against drinking alcoholic beverage and all filthiness of the flesh, which includes tobacco and substance drug. We also believe that a child of God must set a godly example for others; that he must live a godly lifestyle before all men (believers and unbelievers), and all that he does should be to the glory of God (Proverbs 20:1; 23:31-32; Habakkuk 2:15-16; Romans 13:13; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; Philippians 4:5; 1 Corinthians 5:11; 6:12; 10:31; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Peter 4:3).
RELATIONS OF CHURCH AND STATE: We believe that God has entrusted the church the solemn biblical responsibility of being the conscience of society, culture and government. Specifically, the church in the tradition of the prophets, is required to call government to account before God for actions taken by the government, with the view toward keeping the government in its proper role and relationship as a steward under God of the resources of the nation (1 Kings 18:18; 2 Chronicles 15:1-4; Matthew 5:13-14; Acts 12:23; 1 Samuel 15:14-35). We believe that the church has a divine mandate to practice its religion as dictated by God. We also believe that the whole earth and everything in it belongs to the Lord (Psalms 24:1); that the Church is the blood-bought bride of Jesus Christ of whom He is the Head, the Lord and the only Master. As such we categorically reject any and all claims by the state to headship or sovereignty over the church. When earthly governments leave their God-ordained sphere of responsibility and seek to restrain, hamper or limit the church's obedience to Christ in all areas of life, then the church must and will obey God rather than man, and must also confront the government with its error and call it back to its proper place under God (Exodus 8, 9, 10; Daniel 3, 6; Acts 4:19; 5:29). We further believe that civil government is ordained of God, for the interests and good order of human society; that civil authorities are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; and that every born again child of God should be subject to the laws of the land, except those contrary to the revealed will of God -- the Holy Scriptures (Roman 13:17; Matthew 5:39-48; Hebrews 12:14).
THE RESTORATION OF THE CHURCH: We recognize and believe that the Church in these last days has been and is in a revival of restoration because much truth was lost from the Church during the medieval times (also known as the Dark Ages). We maintain that God, in this hour is moving to restore the Church to the complete and full New Testament pattern, power and practice, but shall not be limited to just this. We therefore shall examine all new doctrinal concepts in the light of the full revealed Word of God, and if they shall be found to be in harmony with the scriptures they shall be accepted, taught and practiced. We believe that a complete revelation and truth of God is already written and contained in the scripture and that its progressive unfolding will only add to and not take from what God has already restored to the Church. (Acts 3:21; 15:15; 2 Peter 1:20; Ephesians 3:1-6; Revelation 10:6-7).
THE SECOND COMING: We believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ, and that there are two phases of this second coming:
A. THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH (THE BLESSED HOPE): We believe in the pre-tribulational rapture of the Church, which is the blessed hope; that it is the first phase of the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that the Church, both the living and dead in Christ will be raptured up to meet our Lord Jesus Christ in the air. We also believe that during the rapture, Christ will not come to the earth physically, but will remain up in the air; that the world will not see Him at this time, but the Church only. We further believe that Christ’s coming will be at an uncertain time, and will take place before the seven-year tribulation. We therefore must be ready for our Lord’s coming, and must do all we can to reach the world with His Gospel, that they may become a part of the Church and look forward to the rapture – the blessed hope (John 14:1-3; Matthew 24:36-44; Mark 13:32-37; Luke 18:26-37; 21:34-36; Titus 2:13a; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:2, 4, 6; Revelation 3:10, 11; 16:15).
B. THE REVELATION OF CHRIST (THE GLORIOUS APPEARING): We believe in the pre-millennial revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is the glorious appearing; that it is the second phase of the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ will return to earth physically and bodily, and this will be His final return to earth; that the whole world will see Him as He is; and that He will return with the Church and the saints of old. We also believe that this phase of the second coming will end the tribulation and begin the millennial kingdom (Psalms 5, 6, 9; Zechariah 14:3-5; Joel 3:12; Acts 1:9-11; Matthew 24:27-31; Mark 13:24:27; Luke 18:24; 21:25-28; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Titus 2:13b; 1 Peter 1:13; Jude 14, 15; Revelation 1:7; 19: 11-16).
THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD: We believe in the resurrection of the dead, both saints and sinners; that there are two resurrections:
THE FIRST RESURRECTION (THE RESURRECTION OF THE SAINTS): We believe that the first resurrection is for the saints of all time. We believe that the first resurrection begins with the Old and New Testament (Church Age) Saints immediately before the Rapture of the Church, and ends with the Tribulation Saints at the Revelation of Christ, at end of the tribulation (Daniel 12:2-3, 9, 13; Psalm 50:5; Isaiah 26:19-21; Ezekiel 37:12-14; John 11:25; Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-55; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 6:9-11; 14:13; 20:4-6).
THE SECOND RESURRECTION (THE RESURRECTION OF SINNERS): We believe that the second resurrection is for sinners – the unbelieving and abominable, all those who did not believe in Jesus Christ, but rejected Him as Lord and Saviour while they were alive on earth (Daniel 12:2; Revelation 20:11-15).
THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST (BELIEVERS JUDGMENT): We believe that every born again believer will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account of his life and work. We believe that the outcome or result of this judgment is not condemnation, but rewards or lost of rewards; that each believer will be judged and rewarded, or not rewarded, for the deeds he has done, good or bad. There will be many rewards on that day (2 Corinthians 5:9-10, Romans 2:6, 16; 14:10-13; Psalms 62:12; Proverbs 24:12; Galatians 6:7; Ephesians 6:8).
THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF CHRIST: We believe that Jesus Christ will reign on earth for a thousand-year with His saints. We believe that He will establish his Millennial Kingdom, when He returns to earth at the end of the tribulation (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27, 30; Revelation 1:7; 19:1l-l 4; 20:1-6). This millennial reign will bring the salvation of the national Israel (Ezekiel 37:21-22; Zephaniah 3:19-20; Romans 11:26-27) and the establishment of universal peace (Isaiah 11:6-7; Psalm 72:3-8; Micah 4:3-4).
THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT (SINNERS JUDGMENT): We believe that the Great White Throne Judgment is for sinners, all those who practice lawlessness and abomination, and all those who do not repent of their sins, who reject Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and continue in a lifestyle of evil; that this judgment is to determine their doom. We also believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will be the judge; that all those who will be in the second or sinners’ resurrection, will all be judged according to their deeds in this life; and that the outcome or result of this judgment is eternal damnation in hell, the lake of fire burning with brimstone (Psalms 1:6; Daniel 7:10; Revelation 20:11-15; 2 Peter 3:7).
HELL, THE LAKE OF FIRE (ETERNAL STATE OF THE UNGODLY): We believe in the reality of hell, that it is the lake of fire burning with brimstone, a literal place of outer darkness, bitter sorrow, remorse and woe; that it was not prepared for man, but for the Devil and his angels. We also believe that the unbelieving, abominable, murderers, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters, liars, and all those who have rejected Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, whose names are not written in the Book of Life, will be cast into hell, the lake of fire and brimstone; that they will join Satan, his angels, the beast (Antichrist) and the false prophet, where they will all suffer eternal damnation as a reward for evil. This is the final doom of all evil -- Satan, his company (falling angels -- demons), and all sinners (Matthew 25:41, 46; 13:40-42; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 14:9-11; 19:20; 20:10, 14-15; 21:8).
NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH (ETERNAL STATE OF THE GODLY): We believe that there will be a re-creation of heaven and earth, a new heaven and a new earth. We believe that the new heaven, like the current one, will be the habitation of the living God, and that the new earth will be a part of that heaven; that it is what Christ has gone to prepare for His children, His Church, His redeemed -- every born again believer in Christ; and where they shall all dwell eternally in peace and happiness with Him. We also believe that sinners cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven, unless they repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (John 14:2-3; Matthew 25:34; Mark 10:35-40; 1 Corinthians 2:9; 6:9-10; Colossians 1:4-5; Psalms 37:28-29; Proverbs 2:21-22; Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 3:12; 21; 22:1-5; Matthew 3:2).