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"ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN."
STATEMENT OF FAITH
IN THE BIBLE
the inspired Word of God (1 Timothy 3: 16). There are many translations of the original manuscripts, written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. A knowledge of these old languages helps us interpret and better understand the message conveyed.
GOD IS ONE
and Undivided, the Father and only true God, Creator of the heavens and the earth (1 Corinthians 8: 6, Deuteronomy 6: 4, John 4: 24). 1 Timothy 1: 17 says, “He is the King of ages, immortal, invisible and only wise”. He is called the Father of lights (James 3: 17 and 1 John 1: 5) and He is Love (1 John 4: 8, 16).
IN JESUS CHRIST
God’s only begotten Son, who came from heaven to declare the Father and to accomplish God’s eternal purpose of redemption (John 1: 18, John 3: 16). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary and He is called the Word of God (Matthew 1: 23, Isaiah 7: 14, John 1: 14). He is the expressed image of the Father (Colossians 1: 15, Hebrews 1: 1-3).
IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
the Breath of God, present at creation (Genesis 1: 2). He is the Promise of the Father (Acts 2: 3-4, Joel 2: 28-29, 2 Corinthians 2: 11-14, Isaiah 11: 2, 32: 15, 61: 1). He is the Agent of Regeneration (John 3: 5, Romans 8: 15).
IN ANGELIC BEINGS
created by God to assist men in their assignment on the earth. There are good angels worshipping God, but God also has an enemy, called Satan, His opponent, who fell out of heaven because of pride (Isaiah 14: 12-15 and Ezekiel 28: 12-19). He fell on planet earth and took angelic hosts with him, who defiled themselves and became evil. (Jude 6 and 2 Peter 2: 4). Satan is called the Serpent of Old, the father of lies, the murderer from the beginning (Revelation 12: 9, Genesis 3: 1 John 8: 44, John 10: 10).
THAT GOD CREATED MAN
in His own image and likeness to have dominion and subdue the earth (Genesis 1: 26-28, Psalm 8: 3-8). They were created with purpose to face God’s enemy and bring him in his final destination, the pool of fire and brimstone (Isaiah 30: 33, Matthew 25: 41, Revelation 20: 10). God gave the earth to the children of men (Psalm 115: 16). God created people to worship Him (Isaiah 43: 7), to enjoy His goodness and rule over all things that move on the earth (Ecclesiastes 12: 13, Genesis 2: 15, Psalm 100: 2-3).
THAT MEN WERE SEPARATED FROM GOD
Genesis 3 recounts the moment when Eve and Adam listened to the serpent and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Because of it they gave to Satan their right of dominion and rule over the earth and became slaves of Satan and his powers. From that moment on sin and death began to reign in the earth. God, who sought relation with His creation, was now distanced from mankind; the access to the dimensions of God were closed off, yet with the promise of redemption (Genesis 3: 15).
THAT IN ADAM ALL DIED BECAUSE ALL MEN SINNED
and fell short of the glory of God (Romans 3: 10-18, 21-23 and Romans 5: 15). Death began to reign from Adam even over those who did not sin in Adam’s manner (Romans 5: 12-14). Adam was created as a living soul and God intended to see Adam grow in spiritual stature and become a spiritual being ruling over evil (1 Corinthians 15: 45). The symbolic of the Garden of Eden shows us the presence of Satan (the tree of the knowledge or desire of good and evil) and Jesus (the Tree of life, Revelation 2: 7, 22: 1-3). Before Adam could eat from the Tree of Life, God’s enemy required that Adam would first face him and show himself stronger than him! We conclude this from Matthew 4: 1-11 where Jesus was on earth and before He began His ministry He was tempted by the devil, who wanted proof of His obedience to God. In the same manner, Adam was tempted but he listened to the serpent and died, which meant that he was separated from God and God blocked the access to the Tree of Life until the time of redemption (Genesis 2: 16-17, 3: 22-24), because God did not want Adam in his fallen state to eat and have eternal life; it was a protection rather than a punishment.
WE DO NOT BELIEVE
THAT PEOPLE ARE BORN IN SIN
Sin is not transferred through conception, because marriage and reproduction are a divine command in Genesis 1: 28, 9: 1, 7, and Mark 10: 6-9, and therefore it cannot be sinful. Sin comes rather because of Satan’s rule over the earth (1 John 5: 19). God commanded Cain to rule over the sin that tried to enter his life (Genesis 4: 7). Sin is therefore a choice, but without God’s help, nobody is able to resist the evil powers (Matthew 26: 41, Mark 14: 38, James 1: 13, Romans 7: 18, Paul’s testimony before his conversion). The gift of grace and righteousness enable us to rule in life through Jesus Christ (Romans 5: 17).
ALL MEN NEED REDEMPTION
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who came in the flesh, in His full humanity (Philippians 2: 5-11) to save men from the oppression of sin (Matthew 1: 21, John 3: 16, Acts 4: 12, Titus 2: 11-12). He paid the price for our salvation (Matthew 20: 28, 1 Corinthians 6:20, 1 Peter 1: 18-19). Faith is the basis of our redemption; we are saved by faith and not by any works or efforts that we might have done, it is the grace of God (Ephesians 2: 8-9, Romans 10: 9, Galatians 2: 16).
THAT JESUS PAID THE PRICE TO SATAN
When Adam and Eve sinned, they gave over their right of dominion to Satan, who became the ruler of this world (John 14: 30, John 12: 31-33, Ephesians 2: 1-3) See also Matthew 4: 8-9 and Luke 4: 5-6 where Jesus does not deny Satan’s right of rulership over the kingdoms of the earth (1 John 5: 18-19). Jesus came to pay a ransom, a legal price to free us out of Satan’s domain and convey us into the Kingdom of God (Colossians 1: 13). 1 Corinthians 2: 8 states that the powers of darkness did not realize what they did when they crucified the Lord of glory. Because Jesus never sinned, death could not hold Him captive and thus He conquered death and freed those who were enslaved under the demonic claims (Acts 2: 24, 1 Corinthians 15: 3-8). His blood was the perfect sacrifice to cleanse us from all sin (Hebrews 9, 24, 10: 22 and Colossians 2: 13-14).
THAT ETERNAL LIFE IS A FREE GIFT OF GOD
(Romans 6: 23, John 5: 24). Eternal life is knowing the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ (1 John 5: 20, John 17: 3). Receiving God’s life also means that we have access to Him through the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10: 19-22, Ephesians 2: 18).
THAT BEING BORN AGAIN IS THE CONDITION TO ACCESS GOD
We must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God (John 3: 1-21, 1 Peter 1: 22-23, 1 Peter 1: 2-4, 2 Corinthians 5: 17, Titus 3: 5). To be born again is the spiritual experience that one receives after confessing sins and believing in Jesus Christ for salvation (John 3: 3). God creates light in our dead spirit and makes us spiritual beings through the Spirit of Life (2 Corinthians 4: 6, 1 John 1: 7). The new birth means that we become babes in Christ in need of growth through the milk of the Word (1 Peter 2: 2, 1 Corinthians 3: 2, Hebrews 5: 12). The Word is the Seed that prevents people from sinning (Psalm 119: 9, 1 John 3: 9).
WE BELIEVE IN WATER BAPTISM
The water baptism is a result of an inward change that has taken place in a born-again Christian (Romans 6: 3-4, Acts 2: 38, 1 Corinthians 12: 13). The baptism in water witnesses our dedication to live for God and be joined into His body, the church. The symbol of baptism is being buried with Christ in His death to be raised with Him in newness of life (Colossians 2: 12, Romans 6: 4-5, Galatians 3: 27). We are baptized in the Name of Jesus (Acts 2: 38, 4: 12, Acts 10: 48).
WE BELIEVE IN THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the Promise of the Father. He withdrew from men in Genesis 6: 3 and only came on people, specially called for a divine purpose (Numbers 11: 17, Judges 6: 34, Judges 14: 6, 1 Chronicles 28: 12). Peter refers to the prophets who were searching when the Spirit moved in them (1 Peter 1: 10, 2 Peter 1: 21). The Holy Spirit was announced through the life of the prophets (Ezekiel 36: 27, Isaiah 11: 1-5). Jesus spoke about the coming of Holy Spirit in John 7: 37-38. After His death and resurrection, the disciples were instructed to wait in Jerusalem until they would be endowed with power from on high (Acts 1: 5. 8, Acts 2: 1-13). The book of Acts testifies that people receiving new life in Jesus were baptized in water and then they received the Holy Spirit (Acts 8: 1-15, 10: 47-48, 19: 1-7). The baptism in the Holy Spirit is not a one-time experience but a daily necessity to be filled (Ephesians 5:18).
WE BELIEVE IN SPEAKING IN TONGUES
Tongues is the gift that is given to edify ourselves in our most holy faith (1 Corinthians 14: 2, Acts 2: 1-4, Isaiah 28: 11, Joel 2: 28-29, Jude 20 and Ephesians 6: 18). Tongues glorify God (Acts 2: 11)), they are meant to be a direct access to God, they give rest and refreshment and are an instrument of spiritual warfare. Other gifts of the Spirit are listed in 1 Corinthians 12: 8-10. They are given to edify the Body of Christ and function according to God’s will (! Corinthians 12: 11).
WE BELIEVE IN THE
INDWELLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The indwelling of the Holy Spirit produces fruit in the lives of those who grow in Him. Galatians 5: 22-23 and Ephesians 5: 9 list the fruit growing from within, producing the true character, well pleasing to God. Like a tree is planted by the water (Psalm 1: 3), so Holy Spirit will yield His fruit, which will become visible through our words and actions. It has nothing to do with our own efforts to produce fruit, it is inherent to the work of God’s Spirit in us (John 15: 1-8).
WE BELIEVE IN THE CHURCH AS THE BODY OF CHRIST ON EARTH
Jesus purchased the church with His own blood (Acts 20: 28 and Galatians 3: 13-15). The church is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1: 22-23; Ephesians 4: 4-6 and Colossians 1: 18). Jesus said that He was building His church on the rock, which is the revelation that Peter received (Matthew 16: 18 “on this rock (revelation) I will build My church). The church is not a stone building, but a people called out from the world and placed within the body of Jesus Christ for the purpose to edification and instruction (Acts 2: 42; 1 Timothy 3: 15). The church is called the Lamb’s Woman or Wife (Ephesians 5: 23, Revelation 21: 9 Bride or Woman). Although every believer is called to be the church of Jesus Christ, yet we also need the fellowship of the saints as explained in Acts 2: 42. Paul speaks about the church being God’s mystery revealed, where Jews and Gentiles profess their faith, worship God and strengthen each other through the gifts of Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 14: 26).
WE BELIEVE IN FUNCTIONS IN THE CHURCH, NOT IN POSITIONS
We are all equal in the sight of God (Galatians 3: 28, Colossians 3: 9-11). There is no ladder to climb in the Kingdom of God (Philippians 1: 15; 2: 3-4), everyone has received a gift or talent to function in it for a season or for life (Ephesians 2: 10, 1 Corinthians 12: 5-6, Romans 12: 3-8). Grace and faith are granted enabling the person to function in his/her gift (1 Corinthians 4: 7); there are gifts of the Father (Romans 12: 3), gifts of Jesus (Ephesians 4: 7-16) and gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12: 7-11). The principle of the church is servanthood (Matthew 23: 11; 1 Peter 4: 10), submitting to one another in the fear (reverence) of the Lord (Ephesians 5: 17-21).
WE BELIEVE IN SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY IN RELATION TO GOD'S CALLING
Authority and rule are always in the spirit realm and never meant to be toward people. The New Testament commission to rule is a result of growth in our spiritual communion with God but is also connected to the specific grace, which God gives upon a person (Genesis 1: 26-28, Psalm 115: 16; Matthew 16: 19-20, 18: 18-20, Romans 5: 17, 6: 14). The Holy Spirit in us is stronger than the one who is in the world (1 John 4: 4 and John 16: 33). Our true enemy is Satan and his powers, and our fight is therefore in the spiritual spheres (Ephesians 6: 10-18). Paul received authority to edify and not to break down (2 Corinthians 13: 10, 2 Corinthians 10: 8).
WE BELIEVE THAT THE DEVIL IS STILL ACTIVE ON EARTH
Both the teachings of Jesus and the various epistles of the New Testament show us the reality of the spiritual dark world, still going around on the earth in order to tempt, deceive and pull people away from the faith in God. Therefore, we are engaged in a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6: 10-18). Peter warns against the devil still going around like a roaring lion (1 Peter 5: 8-9). We have to resist the devil (James 4: 7). Jesus conquered the devil, shook him off Himself (Colossians 2: 15) and gave us the example, that we should walk in His footsteps (1 Peter 2: 19-24). It is now up to the church to finish the work that Jesus began (John 10: 15, 27, Mark 16: 15-16, Romans 1: 16, Acts 16: 10, 20: 24). Acts 1: 1 speaks of the things, which Jesus began to teach and do, the Acts of the apostles show us the continuation of the commission to bring the Kingdom of God on earth and expel darkness from it.
WE BELIEVE THAT SUFFERING IS PART OF THE GOSPEL
The message of the Kingdom of God means that we are engaged in a battle. It shows the need to make choices, which are not always easy. 1 John 2: 16 displays the contradiction between pleasing God or the desires of the flesh (Ephesians 2: 3 and 1 Peter 2: 11). Paul writes about crucifying the flesh with its passion and desires (Galatians 5: 16-17 and Romans 8: 5). Moreover, the proclamation of the Gospel will bring resistance, which we have to endure (Romans 5: 3-4, Matthew 5: 10, Colossians 1: 24, James 1: 2-4 and 1 Peter 4: 13-14). In all this we should rejoice because God works all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8: 28, Genesis 50: 20).
WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT GOD ALLOWS THE ENEMY TO OPERATE
God is always on man’s side. He will not cooperate with the devil; it is His enemy (2 Corinthians 2: 11; 2 Timothy 2: 15; Ephesians 6: 11). Satan is the thief, the murderer and the destroyer (John 10: 10), he goes around seeking whom he may destroy (1 Peter 5: 8-9). He demands that people be sifted as wheat (Luke 22: 31). God is with us and seeks ways to escape his temptations (2 Corinthians 11: 14; 1 Corinthians 10: 13). God does not tempt anybody (James 1: 13, Job 1: 12 and Matthew 6: 13 “do not let us be victim of temptation”). God is light in Him there is no darkness (1 John 1: 5). He gives grace to overcome any obstacle (1 Peter 5: 10, 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10).
WE BELIEVE IN DIVINE HEALING AND MIRACLES
Just like Jesus quoted Isaiah 61: 1, we have the same commission to heal the sick, set the captives free and bring hope to the brokenhearted (Luke 4: 18-19). Divine healing is part of the price, which Jesus paid as He bore our sicknesses and diseases on the tree (1 Peter 2: 21-24; Mark 16: 15-18, James 5: 14). Jesus even promised His disciples to do greater things (John 14: 12).
WE BELIEVE THAT GOD'S WILL MUST COME ON EARTH
Not everything on earth is according to God’s will. The will of God has been fully displayed through the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1: 14, 18, Matthew 6: 10, Romans 12: 1-2, Jeremiah 29: 11; 1 Thessalonians 5: 18). We are to understand the will of God (Ephesians 5: 17). Jesus called us friends because He has revealed all things (John 15: 14-15; 17: 25-26), there are no secrets in God and therefore we are able to know His perfect will through the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2: 10-16).
WE BELIEVE THE WE ARE CREATED TO WORSHIP GOD
Jesus explains that the true believers will worship the Father in spirit and truth (John 4: 21-24). Worship comes from the heart as an expression of our love for God. God did not want Israel to worship idols because the Bible explains that we become what we worship (Psalm 135: 15-18; Isaiah 44: 9-20). God created us in His image and likeness; the more we worship Him, the more we come back to God’s original creation (Genesis 1: 26-28). As we commune with God we are being transformed into His image (2 Corinthians 3: 18, Colossians 3: 10, Hebrews 13: 15, Psalm 100: 1-5).
WE BELIEVE IN GROWING SPIRITUALLY THROUGH COMMUNION WITH GOD
Being a believer is not just going to church but building a personal spiritual relationship with God. The word of God must dwell richly in us; we must learn to grow in our faith and experience God’s voice in our spirit. Sons of God are led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8: 14, Colossians 3: 16, Jeremiah 29: 13, 1 Kings 19: 12, John 10: 4, 27). God’s voice will always be in line with His written Word (2 Timothy 3: 16, Psalm 138: 2).
WE BELIEVE IN CONQUERING DEATH THROUGH THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN US
Death is called the last enemy and needs to be defeated through the church of Jesus Christ. Jesus has the keys of death and Hades (Revelation 1: 18) and through Him we should resist death and push it back until it reaches its final destination. Through the Spirit of life in us, lifespan has been extended back to 120 but Romans 8: 11 suggests even more. See also Psalm 103: 1-5, Isaiah 40: 31 and 1 Corinthians 15. God is the God of Life and Jesus came to give us abundant life (John 10: 10). God’s will is for us to live and be fruitful on earth.
WE BELIEVE IN TITHES AND OFFERINGS AS A SERVICE TO GOD
Tithing teaches us to put God first in our lives. It shows that we conquer Mammon and serve God about all else (Matthew 6: 24; Deuteronomy 26: 1-2). Giving exposes the heart (Matthew 6: 20-21; it is a privilege and a blessing (2 Corinthians 8: 2-4, Malachi 3: 10). The Scriptures explain giving in the principle of sowing and reaping (2 Corinthians 9: 6, Matthew 13: 24).
WE BELIEVE IN MARRIAGE AS A GODLY INSTITUTION
God instituted marriage in the very beginning of creation (Genesis 2: 24). It is meant to be a holy union between a man and a woman (Genesis 1: 27-28, Ephesians 5: 25, Mark 10: 9). Love is the banner of a good marriage (Song of Solomon 8: 6-7). God as witness of the marriage forms a cord of three strands (Ecclesiastes 4: 12; Proverbs 18: 22). Marriage is a symbol of the union between Christ and His church (Ephesians 5: 25-33). God created woman as a helper comparable to the man, never meant to be under the man but next to him. Christ restored this relationship reversing the curse of sin (Genesis 2: 18, Genesis 3: 16, Romans 8: 21, Galatians 3: 10-14; Revelation 22: 3). Marriage must be a union of like-minded faith and conviction (Amos 3: 3; 2 Corinthians 6: 14-18).
We are called to be true worshipers in spirit and in truth.
It is vital to know who God is, who you are and who the enemy is.
Standing in covenant with one another is what makes a family of God.
We strive to always have the spirit of excellence in us.