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- Last Updated on 10 September 2014
Even though we are an inter-denominational ministry, we deem it necessary to declare our commitment with regards to our beliefs and profession of Faith. These have been categorically spelt out below as follows:
We unreservedly believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we unreservedly accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. (2Tim. 3:16, 1Thess. 3:13, 2Pet. 1:21)
We unreservedly believe that our God is one, but manifested in three persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal. (Phil. 2:6)
We unreservedly believe that God the Father is greater than all; the sender of the Word (logos) and the begetter. (John 14:28, John 16:28, John 1:14).
We unreservedly believe that the Son is the Word flesh covered, the one begotten and who has existed with us from the beginning. (John 1:14, John 1:18, John 1:1)
We unreservedly believe that the Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal. (John 15:26)
Man, His fall and redemption:
We unreservedly believe that Man is a created being made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. “…all have sinned, and come short of the glory…” As it is written, “there is none righteous, no not one”. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God. (Rom.5:12, Rom. 3:23, Rom. 3:10, I John 3:8).
We unreservedly believe that salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God. (Eph.2:8)
Eternal Life and the New Birth:
We unreservedly believe that for a person to be born again, they must consciously believe in their heart that God has raised Jesus from the dead and must confess with their mouth that Jesus is Lord. (Rom 10:9 – 10)
We unreservedly believe that man’s first step towards salvation is godly sorrow that worketh repentance, and that the new birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced, produces eternal life. (2Cor. 7:10, John 3: 3-5, 1 John 5:12)
We unreservedly believe that every Christian should be baptized in water to fulfill all righteousness. (Mat. 3:13 – 16)
The ministry however, does not baptize its members, but since water baptism is a command from our Lord Jesus (Matt.28:19), we encourage our members to get baptized in their mother churches.
Baptism in the Holy Spirit:
We unreservedly believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the new birth. We unreservedly believe that this experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance. (Matt. 3:11, John 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 19:1-7, Acts 2:4)
We unreservedly 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 at Christ’s return. (Heb. 12:14, 1Thess. 5:33, 2Pet. 3:18, 2 Cor. 3:18, Phil. 3:12-14, 1 Cor. 1:30)
Signs and Wonders:
Through insight into New Testament mysteries (Mk. 4:11, 1Cor. 2:10) we unreservedly believe and accept signs and wonders. These could come through such means as:
Laying of hands to impart the gifts of God (2 Tim. 1:6, Deut. 34:9)
Holy communion (1 Cor. 11:23 – 26)
Anointing people with oil (Mk. 6:13, Jm.5:14 - 15)
Prophetic utterances (Isa. 44:26, Mk 11:23)
We unreservedly believe that healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. We also unreservedly believe that it is provided for, in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the Body of Christ today. (John 5:14-15, Mk. 16:18, Isa. 53:4-5, Matt. 8:17, 1Pet. 2:24)
Resurrection of the Just and return of our Lord:
The angel said to Jesus’ disciples, “…this same Jesus, who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven”. We unreservedly believe His coming is imminent (Acts 1:10 -11). When he comes, “…the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air...” (Acts 1:11, 1THess. 4:16 – 17).
Hell and Eternal Judgment:
We unreservedly believe that anyone who physically dies in their sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire, and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the gospel or repenting. We unreservedly believe that the lake of fire is literal, and that the terms “eternal” and “everlasting”, used in describing the duration of punishment of the damned in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God (Heb. 9:27, Rev. 19:20). “Jesus, who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven”. We unreservedly believe when He comes, “...the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air…” (Acts 1:11, 1THess. 4:16-17).