Our Beliefs Stand On The WORD OF GOD.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

Statement
of Faith
Section
1. Of the Script
We
believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally
inspired; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its
matter; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the
only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the
true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all
human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

1.

By
“The
Holy Bible”
we
mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation,
which does not only contain and convey the Word of God but IS the
very Word of God. We believe that the Authorized King James Bible is
the perfect Word of God in English and that each language should have
as perfect a translation as possible based upon reliable manuscripts,
i.e. the Hebrew Massoretic and the Received Text in Greek.

2.

By
“inspiration”
we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old
as they were moved by the Holy Spirit in such a definite way that
their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free
from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be
inspired.
II
Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25; Psa. 119:160;
Psa. 119:105; Psa. 119:130; Luke 24:25-27; John 17:17; Luke 24:44-45;
Psa. 119:89; Prov. 30:5-6; Rom. 3:4; I Pet. 1:2-3; Rev. 22:19; John
12:48; Isa. 8:20; Eph. 6:17; Rom. 15:4; Luke 16:31; Psa. 19:7-11;
John 5:45-47; John 5:39.
Section
2. Of the True God
We
believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an
infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven
and earth, inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all
possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead
there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost,
equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but
harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Ex.
20:2-3; Gen. 17:1; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; John 4:24; Psa. 147:5; Psa.
83:18; Psa. 90:2; Jer. 10:10; Ex. 15:11; Rev. 4:11; I Tim. 1:17; Rom.
11:33; Mark 12:30; Matt. 28:19; John 15:26; I Cor. 12:4-6; I John
5:7; John 10:30; John 17:5; Acts 5:3-4; I Cor. 2:10-11; Phil. 2:5-6;
Eph. 2:18; II Cor. 13:14.
Section
3. Of the Holy Spirit
We
believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the
Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in
the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He
restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He
convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness; that He bears
witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that
He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides,
teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.
John
14:16-17; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Gen. 1:1-3;
II Thes. 2:7; John 16:8-11; John 15:26; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6;
Eph. 1:13-14; Matt. 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 11:16;
Luke 24:49; John 16:13; John 14:26; Rom. 8:14; Rom. 8:16; II Thes.
2:13; I Pet. 1:2; Rom. 8:26-27

Section 4. Of the Devil or Satan
We
believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but
through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after
him a host of angels-, that he is now the malignant prince of the
power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be
man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser
of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power
back of the present apostasy, the lord of the anti-Christ, and the
author of all the powers of darkness-destined however to final defeat
at the hands of God’s Son and to the judgment of an eternal justice
in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
Isa.
14:12-15; Ezek. 28:14-17; Rev. 12:9; Jude 6; II Pet. 2:4; Eph. 2:2;
John 14:30; I Thes. 3:5; Matt. 4:1-3; I Pet. 5:8; Zech. 1:3; I John
3:8; Matt. 13:25, 37-39; Luke 22:3-4; Rev. 12:10; II Cor. 11:13-15;
Mark 13:21-22; I John 4:3; II John 7; I John 2:22; Rev. 13:13-14; II
Thes. 2:8-11; Rev. 19:11, 16-20; Rev. 12:7-9; Rev. 20:1-3; Rev.
20:10; Matt. 25:4 1.
Section
5. Of the Creation
We
believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be
accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that man
was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness;
that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary
changes of species, or development through interminable periods of
time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life
was made directly, and God’s established law was that they should
bring forth only “after their kind.”
Gen.
1:1; Ex. 20:11; Acts 4:24; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 11:3; John 1:3; Rev.
10:6; Rom. 1:20; Acts 17:23-26; Jer. 10:12; Neh. 9:6; Gen. 1:26-27;
Gen. 2:21-23; Gen. 1:11; Gen. 1:24.
Section
6. Of the Fall of Man
We
believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker,
but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state,
in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by
constraint, but of choice and therefore under just condemnation
without defense or excuse.
Gen.
3:1-6, 24; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 5:19; Rom. 3:10-19; Eph. 2:1, 3; Rom.
1:18; Ezek. 18:19-20; Rom. 1:32; Rom. 1:20; Rom. 1:23; Gal. 3:22.
Section
7. Of the Virgin Birth
We
believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a
miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever
or can ever be born of woman; and that He is the Son of God, and God
the Son.
Gen.
3:15; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Mark 1:1; John 1:14; Psa.
27; Gal. 4:4; 1 John 5:20; I Cor. 15:47.
Section
8. Of the Atonement for Sin
We
believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the
mediatorial offices of the Son of God who, by the appointment of the
Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the
divine law by His personal obedience; and by His death made a full
and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted
not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the
voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just
dying for the unjust, Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own
body on the tree; that, having risen from the dead, He is now
enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest
sympathies with divine perfection. He is every way qualified to be a
suitable and compassionate and all-sufficient Saviour.
Eph.
2:8; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24; John 3:16; Matt. 18:11; Phil. 2:7; Heb.
2:14; Isa. 53:4-7; Rom. 3:25; I John 4:10; I Cor. 15:3; II Cor. 5:21,
John 10:8; Phil. 2:8; Gal. 1:4; I Pet. 2:24; I Pet. 3:18; Isa. 53:11;
Heb. 12:2; I Cor. 15:20; Isa. 53:12; Heb. 9:12-15; Heb. 7:25; I John
2:2.
Section
9. Of Grace in the New Creation
We
believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that
the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is
instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the dead in
trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and
receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is
brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture,
not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by
the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as
to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper
evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and
newness of life.
John
3:3; II Cor. 5:17; Luke 5:27; I John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 2:41; Acts
16:30-33; II Pet. 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1; II Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:13;
John 3:8; John 1:12-13; Gal. 5:22; Eph. 5:9.
Section
10. Of the Freeness of Salvation
We
believe in God’s electing grace that the blessings of salvation are
made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all
to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that
nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but
his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel;
which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
I
Thes. 1:4; Col. 3:12, I Pet. 1:2; Titus 1:1; Rom. 8:29-30; Matt.
11:28; Isa. 55:1; Rev. 22:17; Rom. 10:13; John 6:37; Isa. 55:6; Acts
2:38; Isa. 55:7; John 3:15-16; 1 Tim. 1:15; 1 Cor. 15:10; Eph. 2:4-5;
John 5:40; John 3:18; John 3:36.
Section
11. Of Justification
We
believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such
as believe in Him is Justification; that Justification includes the
pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of
righteousness; that it is bestowed not on consideration of any works
of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the
Redeemer’s blood, His righteousness is imputed unto us.
Acts
13:39; Isa. 53:11; Zech. 13:1; Rom. 8:1; Rom. 5:9; Rom. 5:11; Titus
3:5-7; Hab. 2:4, Gal. 3:11; Rom. 4:18; Heb. 10:38.
Section
12. Of Repentance and Faith
We
believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations, and also
inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of
God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger,
helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God
with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at
the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly
confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Saviour.
Acts
20:21; Mark 1:15; Acts 2:37-38; Luke 18:13; Rom. 10:13; Psa. 51:1-4;
Psa. 51:7; Isa. 55:6-7; Luke 12:8; Rom. 10:9-11.
Section
13. Of the Church
We
believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized
believers associated together by a covenant of faith and fellowship
of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His
laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in
them by His Word; that its officers of ordination are pastors or
elders and deacons whose qualifications, claims, and duties are
clearly defined in the scriptures; we believe that the true mission
of the church is found in the Great Commission; First, to make
individual disciples; Second, to build up the church; Third, to teach
and instruct as He has commanded. We do not believe in the reversal
of this order; we hold that the local church has the absolute right
of self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of
individuals or organizations; and that the one and only
superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is
scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in
contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that
every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and methods of
its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of policy, of
government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local
church is final.
Acts
2:41; Acts 2:42; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 4:11; I Cor. 12:4,
8-11; Acts 14:23; Acts 6:5-6; Acts 15:23; Acts 20:17-28; I Tim.
3:1-7; I Tim. 3:8-13; Matt. 28:19-20; Col. 1:18; Eph. 5:22-23; I Pet.
5:14; Acts 15:22; Jude 3-4; II Cor. 8:23-24; I Cor. 16:1; Mal. 3:10;
Lev. 27:32; I Cor. 16:2; I Cor. 6:1-3; I Cor. 5:11-13.
Section
14. Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We
believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a
believer in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
with the authority of the local church to show forth in a solemn and
beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen
Saviour with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new
life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation
and to the Lord’s Supper in which the members of the church, by the
sacred use of unleavened bread and fruit of the vine, are to
commemorate together the dying love of Christ, preceded always by
solemn self-examination.
Acts
8:36-39; Matt. 3:6; John 3:23; Rom. 6:4-5; Matt. 3:16; Matt. 28:19;
Rom. 6:3-5; Col. 2:12; Acts 2:41-42; Matt. 28:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-28.
Section
15. Of the Perseverance of the Saints
We
believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end,
that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which
distinguishes them from superficial professors, that a special
Providence watches over their welfare, and that they are kept by the
power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.
John
8:31-32; Col. 1:21; I John 2:19; Matt. 13:19-21; Rom. 8:23; Matt.
6:30; Psa. 121:3; Heb. 1:14; I Pet. 1:5; Phil. 1:6; John 10:28; John
10:29; John 16:8; Rom. 8:35-39.
Section
16. Of the Righteous and the Wicked
We
believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the
righteous and the wicked, that such only as through faith are
justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit
of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as
continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and
under the curse and this distinction holds among men both in and
after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the
everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
Mal.
3:18; Gen. 18:23; Rom. 6:17-18; Prov. 11:31; I Pet. 4:18; Rom. 1:17;
I Cor. 15:22; Acts 10:34-35; I John 2:29; I John 3:7; Rom. 6:16; I
John 5:19; Gal. 3: 10; Rom. 7:6; Rom. 6:23; Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25;
Matt. 25:34-41; John 8:21; Luke 9:26; John 12:25; Matt. 7:13-14.
Section
17. Of Civil Government
We
believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the
interest and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be
prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed, except only in
things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only
Lord of the conscience and the coming Prince of the kings of the
earth.
Rom.
13:7; II Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:21-22; Acts 23:5; Matt. 22:21; Titus 3:1;
I Pet. 2:13-14; I Pet. 2:17; Acts 5:29; Acts 4:19-20; Dan. 3:17-18;
Matt. 10:28; Matt. 23:10; Rev. 10:6; Phil. 2:10-11; Psa. 72:11.
Section
18. Of the Resurrection and Return of Christ and Related Events
We
believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at
their face and full value. Of the Resurrection, we believe that
Christ rose bodily “the third day according to the Scriptures;”
that He ascended “to the right hand of the throne of God;” that
He alone is our “merciful and faithful high priest in things
pertaining to God;” “that this same Jesus which is taken up from
you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go
into heaven” – bodily, personally and visibly; that the “dead
in Christ shall rise first;” that the living saints “shall all be
changed in a moment, in the twinkling of’ an eye, at the last
trump;” “That the Lord shall give unto Him the throne of His
Father David;” and that “Christ shall reign a thousand years in
righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet.”
Matt.
28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2,
4-6; Acts 1:9; Acts 1:11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb.
8:1; Heb. 12:2; Heb. 8:6; I Tim. 2:5; I John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; Heb.
5:9-10; John 14:3; I Thes. 4:16; Matt. 24:27; Matt. 25:13, Jas. 5:8;
Matt. 24:42; Heb. 9:28; I Thes. 4:16; I Cor. 15:42-44; I Cor. 15:52;
I Cor. 15:51-52; I Thes. 4:17; Phil. 3:20-21; Luke 1:32; Isa. 9:6-7;
I Cor. 15:25; Isa. 32:1; Isa. 11:4-5; Psa. 72:8; Rev. 20:1-4; Rev.
20:6.
Section
19. Of Missions
The
command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and
this Commission was given to the churches.
  Matt.
28:18-20:
“And
Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in
heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the
Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the
world. Amen. “
Mark
16:15:
“And he
said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to
every creature.”
John
20:21:
“As my
Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

Evangelist Mike Bradford from: CONSUMING FIRE GLOBAL MINISTRIES





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