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Statement of Faith 

1. The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the verbally inspired, infallible Word of God.

  • "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

2. There is one God manifested in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

  • "The Lord our God is one Lord" (Deuteronomy 6:4).
  • "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:19).

3. Man was created perfect in the Garden of Eden but fell from grace.

  • "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Genesis 1:26).
  • “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).

4. Christ is the eternal Son of God.

  • "Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:23).

5. The Redeemer was prepared from the foundation of the world.

  • “…the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8b).
  • "Father, I will that they also, whom thou has given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou has given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world" (John 17:24).

6. All humans have sinned and are in need of redemption.

  • "There is none righteous, no not one" (Romans 3:10).
  • "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

7. God provided redemption and eternal life for all sinners.

  • "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).

8. Sinners can be saved through faith and repentance by confessing Jesus as Lord.

  • "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hat raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved, For with the heart man believeth until righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Romans 10:9-10).

9. All believers are called to receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire.

  • "…tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high" (Luke 24:49).
  • "But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you" (Acts 1:8).
  • “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:1-4).

10. Two ordinances of the church are water baptism and the Lord's supper.

  • “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 always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:19-20).
  • "And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me" (I Corinthians 11:24-25).

11. Divine healing is provided in the atonement of Christ.

  • “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infimities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:17).
  • "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 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 16:17-18).

12. The church is now awaiting the glorious rapture, the "catching away of the saints, to be forever with the Lord.

  • "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and 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: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thess. 4:16-17).

13. The Lord Jesus Christ shall return in bodily form to the earth in a second coming.

  • "Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.  And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south" (Zechariah 14:3-4).

14. The Lord Jesus Christ shall return to earth for the Millennial Reign of Christ, and His saints shall return with Him to reign for a thousand years.

  • "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years" (Revelation 20:6).

 

• Featured Article •

A New Beginning
by Gene Easley

 “…When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God…then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it…come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.” (Joshua 3:3-4)  

“And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.” (Joshua 3:17)

Joshua 3:4 shows Israel on the brink of change: “…ye have not passed this way heretofore.”  Joshua and the children of Israel were to pass for the first time across the River Jordan into Canaan’s land.  It always feels good to get out of the rut and go somewhere you haven’t been before.  It is a relief when we are not going in circles any more but are moving forward in God to a new experience.

Many churches and individual Christians have spent years in a rut.  They need someone to lead them to a new experience in God with a new vision and a new burden.  We know we are headed to an eternal promised land, but there are also promises here of victory and blessing for this present time into which many may never go.

I have witnessed God’s Spirit being poured out in abundance and lives being transformed.  I have also heard and read the testimonies of saints of an earlier era, who spoke of the all-night prayer meetings where great healings and deliverances came with power.  I have heard the stories of the Spirit being poured out and the tabernacle of God being saturated with His eternal glory.  My prayer is, “God get us out of our rut.  Renew the church with a fresh visitation of God’s divine presence.  Move us forward into the promised land of victory, where our lives can be meaningful and our service to God effective.”

God was leading Israel to a land where they had never been before—to a land flowing with milk and honey.  Israel had experienced the cruelty of Egyptian bondage.  They experienced the hardships, the testings and trials of the forty-year wilderness journey.  Most of the group who crossed the River Jordan had been born in the wilderness and had never known anything else.  Canaan would be a new experience.  They would eat the fruit of the land in which they had sown nothing.  They would inherit homes they had not built.  It would be a blessing and gift from God.

The church needs the gifts of God to operate again in believers’ lives and in the sanctuary.  A new beginning does not start with our turning over a new leaf.  It starts with God pouring out His blessings.  A new beginning does not begin with the institution of new programs but rather with a new outpouring of God’s Spirit bringing instant transformation.  If we forsake one program and start a new one, we will still be in a rut.  Nothing will really change.  Only the Spirit of God will bring worthwhile change.  He will launch us out into a new and effective avenue of service.

I have been at the altars of prayer where the presence of the Spirit of God was so real that no one wanted to leave the sanctuary.  Some were crying with many tears; others were rejoicing; some were speaking in unknown tongues as the Spirit moved on them and gave the utterance.  Some were singing, and musicians were providing the appropriate music.  No one wanted to leave.  Times like those are when one can feel the heart being renewed and victory infused over all the bondage and battles that plague our lives.

A new beginning can be found at the altar of prayer.  My prayer is that God will not allow us to be satisfied with a powerless church—with no souls being saved, with no lives being transformed, with no saints being filled anew with the power of the Holy Spirit.  When the Spirit fell on the Day of Pentecost, it marked a new beginning for the work of God on planet Earth.  The 120 believers in the upper room had prayed for ten days.  Their hearts were ready for the outpouring of His Spirit. 

May God lead us back to the altars of prayer and prepare our hearts and lives for a new visitation from on high.  May God give the church a new beginning!    

 

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