What to Expect

We are a Non-Denominational Ministry and We Believe…

 

What2Expect-PgImgThe Scriptures
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 accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine.
(II Timothy 3:16; I Thessalonians 2:13; II Peter 1:21)

The Godhead
Our God is One, but manifested in three persons: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
(Philippians 2:6; Matthew 3:16-17)

  • God the Father is greater than all, the Source of the Word, as depicted in our logo, and the begetter. (John 14:28; John 16:28; John 1:14)
  • Jesus is the Son of God, one with the Father, the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten and has existed with the Father from the Beginning. (John 1:1; John 1:18; John 1:14; John 10:30)
  • The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal. (John 15:26)

Salvation
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.
(Ephesians 2:8)

Eternal Life and New Birth
Man’s first step towards salvation is Godly sorrow that worketh repentance. The new birth is necessary to all men, and when fulfilled, produces eternal life.
(II Corinthians 7:10; I John 5:12; John 3:3-5)

Water Baptism
Baptism in water is by immersion; it is a direct commandment of our Lord, is for believers only and is done in the Name of Jesus, according to Acts 2:38. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection.
(Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39)
The Following recommendation regarding the water baptismal formula is adopted, to wit:

“On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost, I baptize you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of all sin, and you shall receive the promised gift of the Holy Ghost. Amen.”

Baptism in the Holy Ghost
– The Baptism in the Holy Ghost is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to those who are believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the new birth.
– This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives the utterance.
(Matthew 3:11; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4)

Sanctification
The Bible teaches that without Holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definitive, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation.
(Hebrews 12:14; I Thessalonians 5:23; II Peter 3:18; II Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:12-14; I Corinthians 1:30)

Divine Healing
Healing is for the physical and emotional ills of mankind and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, it is the privilege and right of every child of God and any individual who will operate in faith towards God.
(Mark 16:18; James 5:14-20; I Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:17; Isaiah 53: 4-5)

The Return of Christ and the Resurrection of the Just
– The Angel said, “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.”
This has to do with His second advent to earth. (Acts 1:11)

– “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout… Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.”
This speaks of the translation (rapture) of believers who have accepted the infilling of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in Tongues. (I Thessalonians 4:16-17)

Following the tribulation, He shall return to earth as The King of kings and The Lord of lords and together with his saints who shall be kings and priests. He shall reign a thousand years. (Revelations 20:6)

Hell and Eternal Retribution
The one who physically dies in his sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or for repentance. The lake of fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting”, used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in noting the duration of joy and ecstasy of the saints in the presence of God.
(Hebrews 9:27; Revelations 19:20; Hebrews 6:1-2)

Communion: The Lord’s Supper
We partake of the Lord’s death till he come.
(I Corinthians 11:23-31)

The bread symbolizes the Lord’s broken body.
(Isaiah 53:5; I Corinthians 11:24)

The cup represents the new covenant in His blood, which provides us forgiveness and relationship with God.
(Hebrews 9; I Corinthians 11:25)

We judge ourselves as Righteous based upon God’s acceptance and affirmation of us as Sons of God; therefore, if we receive it (The Lord’s Supper) unworthily or choose not to accept it, we disqualify ourselves from the atoning blood of Jesus Christ and our acceptance into the family of God.
(I Corinthians 11:27-34)

Laying on of Hands
– A simple belief that power or anointing or any other necessary quality can be transmitted from one person touching another.
– Laying on of hands was practiced by the Levitical Priesthood. Jesus practiced it in Mark 10:13-16 as a blessing and is our grounds for baby dedication instead of baptism.
The following forms of Laying on of Hands are representative of what we believe and practice:

  1. Laying on of Hands for Healing – (Mark 5:22, 23, 41; Mark 5:28-31; Acts 28:8; Acts 19:11-12).
  2. Laying on of Hands to confer office (Acts 6:2-6).
  3. Laying on of Hands to receive the Holy Ghost – (Acts 8:16-18).
  4. Laying on of Hands to believe words spoken, to receive the anointing and to cultivate the anointing – (I Timothy 4:14).
  5. Laying on of Hands for Ordination to consecrate and receive the necessary ministry tools – (I Timothy 4:14).
  6. Laying on of Hands (general scope) for Outreach to the unsaved, the “unchurched” or those without a Pastoral covering – (Luke 10:1-9- The 70; Mark 16:15-20- The Last Great Commission; Luke 9:1-6- The 12).
  7. Laying on of Hands for the saved and those with a Pastoral covering – (James 5:13-15).

Prayer of Salvation
Romans 10: 8-11 (See Chapter 12-13)