STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
2. We believe that the Old and New Testaments, as originally written, are the verbally
inspired Word of God. We accept them as the supreme and all-sufficient authority in faith and life.
3. We believe that man was created in the image of God, but man sinned and thereby incurred not only physical but spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God. Each human being is born with a sinful nature and cannot by his own efforts please God. However through the blood of Christ, we can be redeemed unto the Father; through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can overcome sin and walk in the Spirit. We believe that we are children of the King -- sons and daughters in the Kingdom of God as we govern our lives according to Kingdom precepts and principles.
4. We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, was born of the Virgin Mary, and is both true God and true man.
5. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins as our vicarious sacrifice in accordance with the Scripture. All who believe in Him are cleansed of their sins by His shed blood, and are justified before God.
6. We believe that all who by faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and so become the children of God, to live with Him through all eternity. We believe both in the baptism of water and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We believe in both the active fruits and the active gifts of the Holy Spirit.
7. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there as our High Priest and Advocate.
8. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just
and unjust; the eternal blessedness of the saved; and the everlasting, conscious
punishment of the lost. We believe in the bodily resurrection
of both the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life in the presence of
the Lord and the other to everlasting damnation in an eternal hell. [Matthew
25:46, John 5:28-29 and 11:25-26, Revelation 20:5-13]
believers who ask may receive His Baptism after the same manner recorded in the Word. [John 14:16-17, John 16:5-15, Acts 2:1-4, I Corinthians 12:9-12, I Corinthians 14:1-12]
9. We believe in the personal, visible and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ to this earth. We believe that we will one day rule and reign the nations in the Kingdom of God, and that every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord of all.
10. The gift of tongues.
Who gave us tongues? The gift of speaking in a spiritual language came from God Himself, which Jesus told us would come (as written in Acts 1:8).
What does it mean to have a spiritual language or to "speak in tongues"? A spiritual language is simply a way of communication from man to God. It is also a way of guidance to the church as a whole. We are made in the image of God. Just as the Godhead is three in one (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) so are we a spirit that has a soul and lives in a body. That fleshly body is of corruptible seed and enmity against God. The Apostle Paul tells us we are new Christians when we are born again of the spirit. He tells us we are to learn to walk after the spirit and not after the flesh. Scripture also tells us that all good gifts come from God, and that He desires to communicate with us as He is a Spirit. Our prayer language is a vehicle in which we can allow the Holy Spirit to make perfect intercession to God through our spirit man, without the carnal flesh inhibiting that intercession. Tongues are a gift, given supernaturally from God. When we speak in tongues, we speak to God and not to men (1 Cor. 14:2). Tongues are also a sign to the unbeliever.
Tongues should also be interpreted for all to understand if in a corporate setting (1 Cor. 14:13). There are times that your prayer language is simply between you and God in your private prayer or worship, to bring intimacy in your relationship and edification to your spirit man, as well as glory to God. When the enemy begins to attack your spirit, heart, or mind, it serves as a reminder that the power of the Holy Spirit dwells in you. It serves as a reminder of the power given to you as a spirit-filled Christian, to take authority over the spirits and principalities against which we fight in the spirit. Speaking is tongues is simply a gift you receive by asking for it. It is not the sole evidence of the filling of the Holy Spirit. Your salvation is not contingent upon your having received a prayer language or not. It is simply one of the many gifts of the spirit that may empower a Christian to live in righteousness, fulfilling his or her purpose and destiny in the Kingdom of God.
Where and when did tongues come to us? In the second chapter of Acts, the disciples had returned from Mount Olive to Jerusalem and gathered the 120 in the upper room. This was about the year A.D. 33. In Acts 2:1-4 we can read the actual account of cloven tongues of fire or the Holy Ghost resting on them. Some would say that tongues is not for today, but cannot deny this account. We have to ask ourselves the same question Christ asked the Pharisees as He healed the sick. If it brings life and draws people closer to God, how can it be evil? If God sent it once and it strengthened the church, why would He then remove the gift? If I love God with all my heart, and this gift touches other lives and strengthens me to live in righteousness, how can it not be for today, since a Kingdom divided against itself cannot stand? The filling of the Holy Spirit is not even close to that of demonic possession -- in fact it is just the opposite. When you speak in your prayer language, the Holy Spirit does not override your conscious will. You have to make a conscious decision to yield to the Holy Spirit and not be moved by carnal understanding. To deny the power of the Holy Spirit is to have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof.
11. The gift of prophecy.
Overview. Jubilee Fellowship is a Prophetic Church. One of many aspects of our vision is to restore the Voice of God to the Church, and to teach the people how to hear His voice with Godly wisdom and discernment. To have an intimate relationship requires two-way communication. Since the beginning, God never wanted our relationship with Him to be one sided. When God gave Moses the law, He wanted to speak to all the people, but the people did not want to hear His voice because of the hardness of their hearts. Instead they told Moses to go hear God's voice for them. In the early church, God gave the five-fold ministry (Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists, Apostles, and yes... Prophets). Each office of the five-fold ministry had a specific purpose and function, to keep a balance and focus within the church. Then the church decided they no longer needed the prophet and the Voice of God was silenced. The people were left to simply follow the whims of man instead of hearing from God for themselves, and they lost God's vision for their lives and His purposes.
For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. (1 Cor. 14:31)
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. (1 Cor. 14:1)
Having then gifts different according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith... (Romans 12:6)
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. (1 Cor. 13:9)
…but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:19-21)
Personal prophecy to youth will be done only in the presence of the pastor, youth pastor, house prophet, an elder, or parent of that youth.
Congregational prophecy will be reviewed by the house prophet, pastor, or an elder of the local church prior to delivery to the congregation.
The level of prophetic liberty is developed as relationship, trust, and maturity in the gift is built between the persons desiring to step out in this area and the leadership of the local body who have prophetic oversight and responsibility of the congregation.
Who were prophets? In the Old Testament of the Bible there were sixteen prophets; four of whom are the greater prophets which are: Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Daniel. The other twelve are called the Minor Prophets.
What is prophecy? Prophecy is speaking forth the mind and counsel of God. It is speaking or declaring that which cannot be known by natural means (Matt. 26-28??). Early prophets were called seers (1 Sam. 9:19) and prophecy came from those upon whom God’s spirit rested (Num. 11:17-29; 12:2; Amos 3:7-8). Prophecy also gives a foretelling of the future (Matt. 15:7; John 11:51; 1 Peter 1:10; Jude 14). God has always used man to speak His will for things to come in the Kingdom of God. Old Testament prophecy was for correction, judgment, and direction. New Testament prophecy was for preparing the way for Christ, establishing doctrine, and building the church. Prophecy today is for edification, exhortation, comfort, direction, sometimes warning, perfecting of the saints, teaching the saints to hear the voice of God for their lives, and to make God real to the people and draw them closer to Himself.
Where and when did prophecy originate? Even as early as Joseph talking to pharaoh, (Gen. 41:16) the spirit of God in Joseph revealed interpretation of dreams. Even today God does nothing except He reveal it to His prophets (Amos 3:7).
Why do we have prophecy? Prophecy is a gift from God (Rom. 12:6) which is used for guidance through our journey through life, thus preparing us for the Kingdom of God. In Exodus 3:14 God told Moses, I AM that I AM hath sent you to the people. In verse 15 God told Moses to tell the people that the God of their fathers had sent him forever and unto all generations after.
Jesus asked Peter, "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered Him, "Thou art the Son of God." Jesus then replied, "Man has not revealed this to you but the Holy Spirit has. Upon this rock will I build my church." The rock He was referring to was Himself and the revelation of the Holy Spirit. The one ingredient that makes anything we do (in and for the glory of God) prophetic is that of divine revelation through the Holy Spirit. It does not matter if it is in worship, dance, music, preaching, or spoken prophetic words. What takes it beyond man’s skills, talents, abilities, and understanding is when the Holy Spirit begins to bring revelation through it, and the glory of God begins to fill it.
12. The gift of healing and laying on of hands.
The scripture tells us that there are diversities of gifts and diversities in the operation of those gifts (1 Cor. 12:4-6). It also tell us that God has set them in the church and in an orderly manner (1 Cor. 12:28). Among these gifts is the gift of healing. We are also told that the miracles and things Jesus did, we shall do also, and even greater works than these after the Holy Spirit has come to us (John 14:12).
As well as teaching us about the gifts and their purpose and intent to bring glory to God, scripture also tells us how to operate and administer these gifts. We are told who is to do so, and even where.
To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; (1 Cor 12:9)
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:18)
And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. (Acts 28:8)
13. Yielding to the Holy Spirit.
Yielding to the Holy Spirit is simply your response to the presence of the Holy Spirit. Some people respond in weeping, some responding with shouts of joy, others may respond by what is commonly referred to as "falling out in the spirit" or being "slain in the spirit". Often, this is simply yielding your spirit to that of the Holy Spirit that He may minister life to you. For some it may be a learned response but this does not make it a negative one. Could the Holy Spirit actually "knock" one off their feet? We find in Scripture where Jesus knocked the Apostle Paul off his horse (Acts 9:1-6). This response when at will is an act of humility, trust, release or total abandonment of self will to that of the Holy Spirit.
14. Dancing, tambourines, and instruments in worship (Expressive Worship).
The Scripture tells us that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Cor. 3:17). God also tells us that He would restore the tabernacle of David and the worship therein (Acts 15:16). What he meant by rebuilding the tabernacle is that you and I would become sons, daughters, and priests of the Most High. He meant that we would become His dwelling place, and that we could now come boldly into the throne room of God, and His glory dwell in us. When the scripture refers to David, it is referring to his heart of worship and reverence for the presence of God. David danced before God (2 Sam. 6:14). His heart cried out out to God:
Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp (Ps. 149:3);
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs (Ps.150:4).
If that is not enough, we find instances all through Scripture where God’s people danced and played tambourines and other instruments in reverence, praise, worship and honor of Him:
And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. (Exodus 15:20)
And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter. (Judges 11:34)
And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to their number, of them that danced, whom they caught: and they went and returned unto their inheritance, and repaired the cities, and dwelt in them. (Judges 21:23)
And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David the king of the land? Did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands? (1 Samuel 21:11)
Is not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands? (1 Samuel 29:5)
15. Generational Transfer.
Understanding how to apply Kingdom Principles is essential to the development of an effective youth ministry as well as the future of any church. God is looking for men and women to lead each generation in the establishment of His Kingdom (Ps. 145:13; Ps 100:5; Ps 105:8). We must have leaders who can teach generations how to apply these principles to every aspect of their lives and make these principles real and applicable to their generation (Deu. 32:7: 11:19).
God is both a god of covenant and a generational god. His covenants last for generations (Deu. 7:9; Ps. 33:11; Ps. 89:4). The children of Israel were led by Moses and Aaron, and saw first-hand the miraculous provisions of God. The next generation heard the stories of old, kept the faith, entered the Promised Land and were governed by God’s law under the leadership of Joshua (Joshua 22:27). The third generation turned from God’s law, refused His leadership and returned to bondage and captivity. Young people are looking for leadership. They will look to sports, music, and gangs if the church will not provide it. God is not looking for another meeting; He is looking for a movement. He desires a mighty revival of commitment among generations. Leaders are needed -- leaders to disciple and mentor generations in developing personal and intimate relationships with God. These generations will go forth and impact the nations (Ps. 89:1; Isaiah 58:12; Isaiah 61:4; Ps. 2:8).
And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (Deu. 11:19)
16. Apostolic Ministry.
God has given us a vision. Ours is but to be obedient to fulfill it. God tells us that the fields are white with harvest but the laborers are few. The labors are few because the church has strayed from her foundation of apostolic and prophetic responsibility of equipping and perfecting of the saints to do the work of the harvest (Eph. 4:10-12).
Now what is needed more than ever is an apostolic advance and a prophetic impartation. We now need the same anointing as the early church.
As the local church we must not fail to disciple
people in the local church. This is God’s original intent for the church. We
must disciple people to disciple people to disciple people. It must be built
upon the apostolic principles of "SAVE THEM – DISCIPLE THEM – SEND THEM TO SAVE
AND DISCIPLE THEM" (Save the Lost – Disciple the Nations – Feed the Sheep).
It is the church’s responsibility to make God’s people competent for the work of the ministry. It is the church’s responsibility to equip them with understanding, wisdom, and discernment in using the gifts God has given them.
The Lord is restructuring the church within this generation. He is developing a new perspective and strategy for the mobilization of Christian ministry. He is restoring not only the power and anointing in the church (as that of the early church) but also returning us to the foundations upon which it was built. That foundation is apostolic leadership and discipling, prophetic revelation and knowing of His voice, and the cornerstone of the person and character of Jesus Christ.
17. Covenant Relationship.
Who makes covenant? God made covenant with Abraham (Gen. 15-18). Covenants are made between men, starting as early as in Gen. 31:44-46 by Laban and Jacob. The earliest covenant goes back to before the creation of man, when scripture tells us that God looked for someone to swear by and make covenant and could find no one so He swore by Himself. There are many covenants found in Scripture such as: The Adamic, Abrahamic, the covenant God made with Noah, Moses, Joshua, and David. There is also the blood covenant God made with mankind for the redemption of sin through Jesus Christ. There is also the covenant of marriage and Christ’s covenant with His church.
What is covenant? Covenant is a contract between men, and between men and God. Some covenants are made by dividing things or eating salt (Num. 18:19). The most significant covenant between God and man was the crucifixion of Christ (Heb. 13-20).
Where and when do you need a covenant? A covenant is used to make good on promises either for human or divine purpose (Gal. 3:15-17). Covenant was used for God’s people in Israel (Isa. 59-21).
Why covenants? Covenant is used to show righteousness with the Ten Commandments (Ex. 28-34). God uses covenant to bond relationship with man and to prove His word. Man makes covenant to hold each other accountable and fulfill God’s purposes in each others lives. Covenants are not agreements, arrangements, or contracts. Unlike these, covenants cannot be broken. Covenants are for life. Covenants are not to be entered into lightly or without full understanding of what a covenant really is and involves. For example, when Joshua entered into a covenant with the deceiving enemy, he did not realize he had also entered into a covenant with whoever they had made covenant with. A more practical example would be that if two men made a covenant, the covenant extends to each of their wives, children, and children’s children to come. Therefore, a covenant cannot be broken even by death. It extends for all generations and is not subject to opinions, feelings, hurts, rejections, etc. The best example is that even as we rejected God and often continue to rebel or offend His love, He still keeps His covenant with us. Covenant relationships are built on Loving as Christ Loved, Trust, and Kingdom Commitment. Covenant relationships are tested and proven by time, adversity, promotion and loyalties.
Gensis17:7-9 states, "I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me, you, and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you… As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come."
The covenant God made with Abraham is everlasting even to our generation and beyond. He made a promise to be our God and the God of our children. It is up to us to stand on this promise, to claim it for our family – our children and our children’s children. Let us not merely consider it a possibility for God to keep His promise. Rather we must expect God to do all He has promised to do, and like Abraham, we must do all He has commanded. Let Abraham be our example for parenting, not Eli, of whom God said that he had esteemed his sons above God and did not hold them accountable unto righteousness. There is an awesome responsibility and commandment given to us as parents. That command is to write the precepts and principles of God upon the hearts and minds of our children. We are to set the example in righteousness. Our first responsibility of evangelism is to our own children. It is the church’s responsibility to reinforce the impartation of generational concepts (Biblical/Kingdom precepts and principles). If parents are lacking, the church is to instruct the parents. It is the parent’s responsibility foremost to instruct their children. It is also the church’s responsibility to provide supportive accountability. It is expected of each and every parent of the church community to instruct their children in the precepts, principles and disciplines as set forth in Scripture. It is also the church’s obligation to provide assistance to parents who need help building Godly character and behavior in their children. It is the church’s obligation to provide assistance to parents who need help with the restoration of parental relationships. In the Kingdom, relationships are not built on just rules, but on precepts that instill principles and tell us something about the person who established the precept.
19. Marriage covenant.
Marriage is a covenant ordained and instituted by
God. We first find such a covenant made when God presents Eve to Adam. We find a
stronger understanding when God illustrates this covenant through the giving of
His Son Jesus Christ:
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (Eph. 5:25)
Marriage is not to be taken lightly. It is a lifetime commitment to be entered into with the understanding that there are no options out except that of death. It is total giving of oneself to another for the purposes of God in each other’s life. It is two made one in the spirit, as God is three in one (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Even as God is one, each of the trinity has distinctive characteristics and responsibilities. So it is in the body of Christ and so it is in a marriage. The two become one with Christ as the bond or glue fitting them together for His purposes in the Kingdom of God (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:5; Mark 10:7; Eph. 5:31). In this union there is not to be a little "i" and a big "I" but Christ as the focal point. We believe that the Biblically ordained institution is strictly between one adult man and one adult woman as God defined marriage in Genesis.
Courtship and dating are not the same. The idea of courtship is radical in our culture today. However, just like most things in the Kingdom of God it is radical and totally opposite of worldly thinking. Instead it is a Kingdom perspective on romance from the principle of covenant relationship.
The whole principle of courtship comes from the way we define love and romance. Either we define them according to God’s definition and examples, or according to the world’s. It also is built upon the thinking that I am not my own but God’s, and I seek first and foremost His will in my life, and I trust Him with even my intimacy and love life.
We are commanded by God to teach our children His ways, yet we live in a culture that teaches the concept of dating which is basically wanting to experience intimacy without making any real commitment. By this definition dating is something we should actually be doing after the commitment of marriage. As another contradiction to Kingdom thinking, dating teaches us how to play the game of manipulation and self, as well as how to practice a series of short-term, taste test relationships. However, courtship is built upon Biblical Kingdom concepts and principles of covenant and righteousness where both are seeking first the will of God in each other’s life for each other.
Scriptural References for Love, Relationships, Purity, and Trust: Matt. 5:28; 6:33; 10:29; 16:24; Luke 12:2; I Thes. 4:5-6; Eph. 4:22-24; John 13:34-35; 15:13; I John 2:16; Eccl. 3:1-8; I Cor. 7:32; II Tim. 2:21-22; I Tim. 6:6; Phil. 4:11-13; Jer. 29:11-13; Prov. 7:25-27; Col. 3:5; James 1:14-15.
God commanded to us what is known as the "Great Commission" (Matt. 28:19-20). He also knew that there would be many in the church who would not do as He commanded. He stated that the "harvest is plenty but the laborers are few". In resolve to this He then gave us another command:
Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field. ( Matt. 9:37-38).
As a result there are four primary precepts God has given which we must do for effective evangelism:
Pray, Pray, Pray;
Let them see Christ in us as we live our lives daily;
Feed and clothe the poor, take care of the orphan and widow;
Share the good news to them and teach them the precepts and principles of God.
The first of these precepts is to pray. He said to pray for the harvest, pray for the laborers, pray for the lost, pray with the lost, pray for the sick, pray for the nations, pray, pray, pray. The early church advanced on it’s knees. The interceding church will become the harvesting church. Little prayer results in little blessing; much prayer, much blessing; great volumes of prayer, revival and people movements toward Christ Jesus.
The second precept is to let the world see the love, peace, and joy of Christ in our lives. More than what you say it is what they see in you. The fruits of the spirit working in our lives allow the gifts of the spirit to operate in and through us, allowing the Holy Spirit to make the difference in other’s lives. Biblical Evangelism brings abundant joy. Evangelism was a way of life for the early church. Every apostle, deacon, elder and rank-and-file Christian witnessed. It is the responsibility of all.
The third precept is to practice active love. Notice everywhere Jesus went, He fed people physically that they might receive spiritually. He met their basic human needs so that they might be receptive to truth. Faith without works is dead faith. Love without action is an empty promise and hope deferred.
The fourth precept is the act of presenting truth, thus allowing the lost the opportunity to receive Christ as Savior. Evangelism is the glorious business of delivering sinners from Satan, sin, and eternal death. Evangelism is communicating the good news of Salvation to men and women everywhere, giving them a valid opportunity to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and to become faithful, responsible members of His church. Expect God to do great things in your generation and in your place of life and service -- things that will go far beyond your wildest dreams.
WIN - BUILD - SEND
SAVE THE LOST - DISCIPLE THE NATIONS - FEED THE SHEEP
22. Kingdom Principles.
A kingdom is a set of precepts (commandments) and principles by which a people govern themselves. As God’s people we are called to govern our lives according to the precepts and principles of God. We must do this in every area of our lives, from the way we think and perceive, to the governing of our families (children and marriages), to finances (personal & business), and even political and educational issues. In all things we are to look at them through the eyes of God and measure them according to His righteous standards. There are many Kingdom principles that apply to every area of our lives such as stewardship, courtship, tithes, sonship, accountability, discipling, covenant, fatherhood and many more. Our goal at Jubilee Fellowship is to teach you these Kingdom principles as God commanded.
There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers that were conversant among them. (Joshua 8:35)
23. Nouthetic Counseling.
Nouthetic Counseling is defined as "confrontation with the Word of God for the purpose of Change." It is true Biblical counseling that is led by the Holy Spirit. Unlike much Biblical counseling today that is really eclectic, Nouthetic counseling is based upon Kingdom principles and precepts of dying to self, putting Christ on the throne, accountability, responsibility, and covenant. It is allowing God and the Holy Spirit to make the change in the heart and not just behavior modification through humanistic methods or approaches.
The Apostle Paul said that when we become Christians, we become new creatures; the old is passed away and all things become new. He stated that when Christ enters our lives, we then begin to take on the mind of Christ. We are in a battle for the way men think. We are to ensure that our children learn to think as the mind of Christ and in terms of Kingdom perspectives. Moses also was commanded by God to write the precepts and principles of God upon the hearts and minds of the children. Therefore, the education of our children and God’s people is a mandate by God. We are not to educate them according to the world’s standards, so that they may receive the world’s recognition and learn to survive in the world’s system, trusting in the world’s intellect. Instead we are to trust in God and let the instilling of God’s precepts, principles, and righteousness be our first priority.
25. Anointing with Oil.
We find the use of special fragrances and oils when the wise men and kings brought them to Jesus at His birth. Another instance is when the prophet Samuel anoints young David with the oil to become a king (1 Sam. 16:3). We find another time when the disciples used oil to anoint clothes and send them out to be given to the sick and they were healed. We also find in Scripture where David cries out to God and states that, "Thou anoints my head with oil." In Leviticus we find that the priest used the oil for sacrifices and anointing of the people (Lev. 21:10). And finally, we find where after the Holy Spirit had come upon the disciples they went and anointed the sick and oppressed and they were healed and delivered.
They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them. (Mark 6:13)
26. The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the true, immutable, steadfast, authoritative, written Word of God; that they were written by men of old as they were moved upon and inspired by the Holy Spirit. These scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and life. [2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21]
27. The Eternal Godhead
We believe there is one true and living God eternally existent in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, and possessing the same glorious attributes; all executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. [Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, John 14:10 and 26]
28. The Deity of Christ: We believe in the deity of the
Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in
His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to
the right hand of the Father, in His personal future return to this earth in
power and glory. [Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6, Luke 1:35, John 1:1-2, Acts 1 :9-10, Ephesians 1:7,
Philippians 2:5-8, Hebrews 9:24]
29. The Personality of Satan: We believe that Satan is a literal being, the author of sin, and the ultimate cause of the Fall of Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and, that he along with the angels from heaven that rebelled, shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire which was prepared for them. [Job 1:6-7, Isaiah 14:12-17, Matthew 4:2-11 and 25:41, Revelation 20:10]
30. The Fall of Man - We believe man was created in
the image of God, before Whom he walked in holiness and purity; then, by
voluntary disobedience and transgression, he fell to the depths of sin and
iniquity . As a
consequence, all mankind became sinners sold unto Satan; sinners by choice not
coercion, alienated from God, shaped in
iniquity and utterly void by nature of the holiness required by the Law of God, inclined to evil, guilty
without excuse, earning the condemnation of a just and Holy God, and , of
himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26-27; Romans
3:22-23, 5:12, 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3, 4:17-19)
31. The Plan of Redemption
We believe Christ, perfect and just, died for the unjust; freely and by divine appointment of the Father, vicariously taking the sinner’s place, bearing his sins, receiving his condemnation, dying his death, fully paying his penalty, and signing with His life’s blood the pardon of everyone that should believe upon Him; moreover, that our justification is made sure by his literal, physical resurrection from the dead. [Acts 2:18-36, Romans 3:24-25, Ephesians 1:7, 1 Peter 1:3-5 and 2:24]
32. Salvation by Grace
We believe the salvation of sinners is wholly by grace through repentance of sin and faith in the precious blood of Jesus; that we have no righteousness or goodness of our own wherewith to seek divine favor, and must come, throwing ourselves upon the unfailing mercy of God, pleading the merits and righteousness of Christ the Savior as a free gift of His love. [John 1:12, Ephesians 1:7 and 2:8-10, 1 Peter 1:18-19]
33. Sanctification by the Holy Spirit
We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; that, by His indwelling, the Christian is enabled to live a holy life; and that, He enters the life of a believer at the point of salvation to regenerate, renew, edify, exhort, and bring comfort to Him. [John 16:8-11, Romans 8:9, 2 Corinthians 3:6, Ephesians 1:13-14]
34. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the in-filling of the promised Comforter, poured out to endue the believer with power from on high and thus enabling him for these purposes: to glorify and exalt the Lord Jesus, to give inspired utterance in known and unknown languages, to access supernatural gifts, to foster a life of prayer and holiness, and to be equipped for practical, effective, soul-winning. We believe that we live presently in the dispensation of the Holy Spirit and, therefore, all believers who ask may receive His Baptism after the same manner recored in the Word. [John 14:16-17; John 16:5-15; Acts 2:1-4; I Corin. 12:9-12; I Corin. 14:1-12]
35. Healing Power
We believe the redemptive work of Christ provides power for both spiritual and natural healing; that through the blood of the Lord Jesus, believers can obtain complete healing for their human body and mind as an answer to believing, faith-filled prayer. [Isaiah 53:5, Matthew 10:8, Acts 14:9, James 5:16]
36. The Eternal State of Man
Return of Christ.
We believe in the personal and imminent return of Christ, our blessed hope; that He will descend from Heaven in clouds of glory with the voice of the Archangel and with the trump of God; and that at this time, which no man knows beforehand, the dead in Christ shall arise; then the redeemed which are alive and remain shall meet together with them in the heavens to forever be with the Lord and rule and reign the nations of His Kingdom. [Matthew 24:30-31, 1 Corinthians 15:23 and 51-53, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 5:1-11]
38. The Local Church
We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born again persons; that its establishment and continuance is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. Local churches are designed by God to be autonomous and self-governing, built and structured with order and legislature, but free of any external authority or control. [Acts 13:1-4 and 15:19-31, Romans 16:1, I Corinthians 3:9, 2 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 1:22-2 and 5:25-27, Titus 1:5-11, 1 Peter 5:1-4]
39. World Missions
We believe that God has given the church a Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to all people so that every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group can have the opportunity to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ, we must use any available means to carry the good news of salvation and the church to the world. [Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:46-48, John 20:21, Acts 1:8, 2 Corinthians 5:20]
40. Civil Government
We believe that God has authored and ordained all authority existent in three basic institutions: 1) The Home, 2) The Church, and 3) The State. Every person is subject to all of these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and ultimately governed by His Word. We believe that the home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. [Romans 13:1-7, Ephesians 5:22-24, Hebrews 13:17, 1 Peter 2:13-14]
41. Human Sexuality
We believe God has commanded that no individual should engage in intimate sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and woman. We further believe that fornication, adultery, pornography, homosexual activity, and other ungodly interactions are sinful perversions of God’s precious gift of sex, and that such practices directly sabotage the family, God’s first institution for man. [Genesis 2:24 and 19:5, Leviticus 18:1-30, Romans 1:26-29, 1 Corinthians 5:1 and 6:9, Hebrews 13:4]
42. Divorce and Remarriage
We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one spouse is deceased. We hold that marriage is a covenant made before God and the breaking of that covenant is sin outside of the precepts set forth in God’s law; however, we also believe in the forgiveness and unending grace of God and that those who have experienced this difficult situation may be restored. [Malachi 2:14-17, Matthew 5:32, Matthew 19:3-12, Romans 7:1-3, I Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:6]
We believe that human life begins at conception and that an unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused, and unnatural disposal of human life and must be regarded as murder. We reject any teaching or counsel that sanctions abortions in the event of rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or mental instability of the mother. The advice of a medical doctor should be considered in the event that birth endangers a mother’s life. [Job 3:16, Psalm 51:5 and 139:14-16, Isaiah 44:24 and 49:1-5, Jeremiah 1:5 and 20:15-18, Luke 1:44]
44. Lawsuits Between Believers
We believe that Scripture prohibits Christians from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or against the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between its members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. [1 Corinthians 6:1-8, Ephesians 4:31-32]
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of the portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated by Scripture to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made. [Genesis 14:20, Proverbs 3:9-10, Malachi 3:8-12, Acts 4:34-37, I Corinthians 16:2, Galatians 6:6, Ephesians 4:28, I Timothy 5:17-18, I John 3:17]
This Doctrinal Statement does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Holy Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible, and therefore, is binding upon all members.