ABOUT US

Build one another. 

- 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Core Values

 

WORSHIP

We are called to be true worshipers in spirit and in truth.

IDENTITY

It is vital to know who God is, who you are and who the enemy is.

COVENANT

Standing in covenant with one another is what makes a family of God.

EXCELLENCE

We strive to always have the spirit of excellence in us.

 

Statement of Faith

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We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God.

In order to fully comprehend God’s message, we need to have a thorough insight into the original languages in which the Word was breathed-in (1 Timothy 3: 16). Although most of the Bible is based on divine inspiration, there are also parts of the Scriptures, which are culturally based (See 1 Corinthians 11: 2-16) and/or the result of men’s experiences (2 Timothy 4: 13, 19-21; Titus 3: 12-14).

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We believe the translated Bible contains flaws,

which need to be verified in the light of the best possible available Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek copies of the Word of God. Depending on men’s insight, interpretation and influence of church father’s creeds, we need to look at alternative translations, without violating the full meaning of God’s message to His people. A good comparison, using various translations of the Bible will also help us find the truth. Jesus says, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Read John 8: 32).

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We believe that God is One

(Deuteronomy 6: 4); the Hebrew word “’echad” means one, a unit, united, or unity (Strong’s *229, New Kings James, Word Wealth). We believe in the Godhead, one God, manifesting Himself in Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They were the agents of creation in Genesis 1:1-3; God, Elohim, the plural form of the Godhead was represented in both the creation of the world as in the re-creation. All through the Word of God we find the manifestations of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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We believe that God created the heavens and the earth

(Genesis 1: 1). Verse 2 states the condition of the earth being without form and void (Compare Isaiah 45: 18). Everything God creates is perfect and good. As the earth was without form and void, it means that it was a chaotic mess. This chaos probably refers to the fall of Lucifer from heaven onto the earth (See Isaiah 14: 12-21 and Ezekiel 28: 12-19, also John 10: 10). We believe creation to be a process of multiple years, based on the fact that Genesis 1: 1 is apart from verse 2; thus an original creation literally in a beginning (K.D. Goverts, Genesis, Hebrews “beresjit” literally “in a beginning”.  There is no article in the Hebrew otherwise it would have been “ha beresjit” or contracted as “baresjit”), and a re-creation after Lucifer’s fall. Considering the sun and the moon to be created on the fourth day, it is clear that the Bible speaks about symbolic days rather than our natural perception of seven 24-hour days. Moreover the concept of a beginning justifies the belief that God is eternal, without beginning and without end. God is “El Olam”, the eternal God (Genesis 21; 33, Psalm 90: 1=2, Isaiah 46: 9-10a; 57: 15; 1 Timothy 1: 17).

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We believe in God, the Father, dwelling in the highest heavens

(Matthew 6: 9; Acts 7: 49 and 2 Chronicles 2: 6), infinite in His love (Ephesians 3: 17-19, Jeremiah 31: 3; 1 John 4: 9-10), compassion and mercy (2 Corinthians 1: 3, Exodus 33: 19; Exodus 23: 6; Psalm 86: 15; Psalm 103: 8; Luke 6: 36) towards mankind. His power is unrivaled (2 Samuel 22: 33; Matthew 22: 29; Romans 1: 20; Hebrews 1: 3; Colossians 2: 12; 2 Peter 1: 3; Revelation 11: 17), His wisdom (Romans 11: 23, Romans 16: 27, Psalm 92: 5; Isaiah 55: 9; Jeremiah 10: 12) and knowledge (1 John 3: 20, Psalm 147: 5, Isaiah 40: 28) are beyond human comprehension; His righteousness (Psalm 119: 137; Deuteronomy 32: 4; Psalm 48: 10; 97: 2; 119: 142; 145: 17; Jeremiah 12: 1; Psalm 71: 19) is unparalleled; His plans and purposes are established from the foundation of the earth (Ephesians 1: 3-4; Romans 8: 28; Isaiah 46: 3-11; Hebrews 4: 3; Ephesians 3: 10- 11).

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We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God

(John 1: 1-3; John 1: 14; Matthew 1: 23, John 20: 26-28;; Matthew 16: 16-17), Creator of all things (Colossians 1: 16; John 1: 3; 1 Corinthians 8: 6; John 1: 10); He was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7: 14; Luke 1: 26-37; John 1: 1, Matthew 1: 12). He is the expressed image of the Father (Hebrews 1: 1-3; Colossians 1: 15; 2 Corinthians 4: 4); full of mercy and grace (Titus 3: 5; John 1: 17; 2 Corinthians 8: 9; Matthew 9; 36; Matthew 14: 14; 15: 32). His message was bringing truth (John 1: 17; John 17: 17; John 14: 6; John 8: 32) to the world, giving a thorough exegesis of the Father (John 1: 18; John 17: 26; John 14: 8-9) and exposing the works of the enemy, the Devil (1 John 3: 8; John 8: 44; 10: 10; 12: 31; 16: 11; Colossians 2: 15). He paid the price for our redemption (Galatians 3: 13-15; 1 Peter 1: 18-19; 1 Corinthians 6: 20; 7: 23; Titus 2: 4; 1 Timothy 2: 6). He did not die to satisfy God’s wrath (Dr. I. Maat, And Yet God is Different; Christianity Without the Religion, Plain truth Ministries, Did Jesus’ crucifixion satisfy God’s wrath?), but rather redeemed mankind from the power of Satan, bearing our sins and sicknesses on the tree (1 Peter 2: 24; Isaiah 53: 5), He laid down His life (John 15: 13; John 10: 11-18) and stripped Satan off the keys of death and hades (Revelation 1 18, Matthew 16: 16-19). He went into Hades to preach to the spirits of those who died in the expectation of Messiah (1 Peter 3: 18-20) and rose again on the third day (Luke 24: 1-8, 1 Corinthians 15: 4; Matthew 16: 21), taking with Him, those who were held captive (Ephesians 4: 8; Psalm 68: 18).

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We believe that Jesus primarily came to bring judgment

on the nation of Israel for rejecting God’s commandments and statutes (John 9: 39, Matthew 23: 35-39; Luke 21: 24; John the Baptist already announced it in Luke 3: 9, Matthew 3: 10), killing the messengers and prophets (Mathew 23: 35, 37; Matthew 21: 35; 22: 6. Luke 13: 34, Acts 7: 52), who came in the name of the Lord. Jesus Christ was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 15: 24; Matthew 10: 6); He was the stone, which the builders rejected, but has become the chief cornerstone (Psalm 118: 22, Matthew 21: 42; Luke 20: 17; Acts 4: 11; 1 Peter 2: 7).

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We believe in the Holy Spirit

(Genesis 1: 1-2; 1 Corinthians 12: 13; Ephesians 1: 13-14; Isaiah 11: 2; Psalm 139: 7-10; 2 Samuel 23: 1-2; Ezekiel 2: 2), Whom Jesus announced would come after His ascension back to the Father (John 14: 15-21; John 7: 39; John 16: 7). The Holy Spirit is the agent of regeneration (John 3: 5; Ezekiel 36: 25- 27; Romans 8: 15), coming in the hearts of all those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3: 16; Romans 8: 9; John 15: 26), confessing their sins and repenting of the same. The repentance of sins is men’s decision (Matthew 4: 17; Luke 5: 31-32; Acts 3: 19; Acts 20: 21; Romans 2: 4; 2 Corinthians 7: 9-10); the regeneration is the result of the heart’s decision (James 4: 8; 2 Corinthians 5: 17), bringing about change, breathing life into our dead spirit (Romans 8: 2; 6-13; John 6: 63) and making us the children of God (Romans 8: 16; John 15: 26; 1 John 3: 24; Hebrews 10: 14-17; Galatians 4: 6).

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We believe that every born again Christian should be baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ,

as a public confession of their conversion (Acts 2: 17, 33, 38; 10: 45-48; Mark 1: 10; Acts 8: 38). The baptism by full immersion is a symbolic action of being buried with Christ and raising up in newness of life (Romans 6: 3-7; Colossians 2: 12). It is a public confession to God, the powers of darkness and people of being registered in heaven, translated from the realm of darkness into the Kingdom of God (1 Peter 3: 21; Hebrews 10: 22; Colossians 1: 13; Acts 26: 18; Hebrews 12: 23; Luke 10: 20).

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We believe in the baptism in the Holy Spirit

(Acts 1: 4-5, Matthew 3: 11; Luke 24: 49), as a separate impartation and empowerment (Acts 19: 2; Galatians 3: 2; Acts 1: 5, 8), enabling the believer to speak in other tongues (Acts 2: 1-4; Acts 19: 6; Mark 16: 17; 1 Corinthians 14: 23; 1 Corinthians 12: 8-11) and receive both the gifts of Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12: 8-11; Acts 2: 38; 1 Corinthians 14), the power to witness (Acts 1: 8; Acts 4:31-33; Mark 13: 9-11; Luke 24: 47-48; 1 Thessalonians 1: 5; 2Timothy 1: 7) as well as allowing the fruit of the Spirit to develop in one’s life (Galatians 5: 22; Ephesians 5: 9; 2 Peter 1: 5-7).

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We believe that God does not agree with or approve Satan’s devices

(2 Corinthians 2: 11; 2 Timothy 2: 15; Ephesians 6: 11) or that He gives permission to the

Devil to tempt people (James 1: 13 also Job 1: 12, with this understanding that the Hebrew original sentence is written without a verb. The translation has put the verb “is” in italic meaning it has been inserted. A sentence without verb in Hebrew is a statement or fact, not an approval or consent. God did not give permission to Satan but stated a fact, namely that the earth and all that is on it, was under Satan’s domain. The same happens in Job 2: 6.

Moreover the verse in Matthew 6: 13 “Do not lead us into temptation” could also be translated as “Do not let us be victim of temptation” (See The New Linguistic and Exegetical

Key to the Greek New Testament, Cleon L. Rogers Jr. & Cleon L. Rogers III, page 13). Satan

is described as a thief, a murderer and a destroyer (John 10: 10; a thief, a murderer, a destroyer do not ask permission to come in but just do what they have purposed in their hearts. We must remember that Satan is God’s opponent, God’s enemy, not God’s

partner! Read also 1 John 1: 5), going about seeking whom he may destroy (See also 1 Peter 5: 8; he seeks whom he may devour! Peter shows the work of the devil, going about seeking to harm believers; in verse 9 Peter states that the same sufferings are experienced by the brotherhood in the world. These sufferings do not come from God, but from the devil because verse 10 gives us the contrast when it states that God has all grace to elevate us after every attempt of the devil. This is also what God says to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10, notice “a messenger of Satan”. There are situations in our life, which we have to go through; even God cannot stop this. We have to prove to Satan that we are stronger than him! This is also what Jesus had to prove in Matthew 4: 1-11. Read further on this subject I. Maat “And Yet God is Different”, Transactions in the spirit). He urgently demands for

people to be sifted as wheat (Luke 22: 31). We believe that the earth has come under Satan’s dominion because of Adam (Genesis 3: 17, Romans 8: 20-22; Hebrews 6: 8), who submitted the earth to him (Romans 8: 20-21. Him refers to Adam, who submitted himself to Satan instead of subjecting the earth to himself (Genesis 1: 26-28). Despite the fact that God gave dominion to Adam (Genesis 1: 26-29), he lost it by heeding the serpent’s voice (Genesis 3: 1-7), instead of trusting God (Genesis 2: 15-17). From that day on, Satan became the ruler (Ephesians 2: 1-3; Ephesians 6: 12; John 14: 30-31; 1 John 5: 19), the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4: 4). Jesus does not deny Satan’s right of dominion over the earth (Matthew 4: 8-9; Luke 4: 7; Mark 1: 12-13), but He came to restore men into their original position of authority

(Hebrews 2: 5-8; Psalm 8: 4-6; Isaiah 59: 15b-17; Romans 5: 17-19; Matthew 28: 18;

Ephesians 2: 6 and Romans 8: 17; Matthew 16: 19; 1 John 5: 4; 1 John 4: 4; Matthew 11: 12;

1 Thessalonians 2: 18; Ephesians 4: 27). Satan goes around seeking for

opportunities to come in (1 Thessalonians 2: 18; Ephesians 4: 27), as believers give

him space (Ephesians 4: 27-30; John 14: 30; Ephesians 6: 11, 16; 2 Corinthians 2: 10-11);

but Satan is also a thief and a murderer coming into territories, which he

should not enter (John 10: 10). God is with us, faithful to seek with us a way of

escape (2 Corinthians 11: 14; Galatians 1: 8; 1 Corinthians 10: 13); He looks for

possibilities to elevate His people after every humiliation, temptation or

persecution (1 Peter 5: 10; Job 42: 12; Genesis 41: 37-44; Philippians 2: 9; Acts 4: 12) that

the enemy puts on our way. God is never the Author of any of these (1

Corinthians 14: 33, Romans 15: 33; The Greek word translated as “confusion” is the word “ákatastasía”. It means instability, confusion, tumult, disorder or commotions of war. All

these are never the work of God, but of the enemy!), but they are the work of the opponent. Did Jesus not conquer Satan? Jesus conquered Satan with this understanding that He paid the price for our redemption (1 Corinthians 6: 20, Galatians 3: 13-15, 1 Timothy 2: 6; Mark 10: 45), shaking off Himself the powers of darkness (Wikipedia “Ransom means to buy back. This ransom theory originated in the early Church (Irenaeus and Origen)”, who tried to overwhelm and even to enter

Him (StudyLight.Org: Colossians 2: 15 – English Revised Version “having put off himself the principalities and powers; Bible in Basic English – Cleon Rogers Jr. & Cleon L. Rogers III, The New Linguistic and Exegetical Key to the Greek New Testament: The verb “ápekdusómenos” aorist middle deponent participle from ápekduomai (#588), to strip off, to put off as one puts off a garment. Christ divested Himself at the cross of the evil power,

which had struggled with Him to abandon the pathway of the cross (Johnson, 20; Dunn). Jesus never sinned! He was never infected by sin (Mark 15: 33, Matthew 27: 45 and Luke 23: 44-45; Colossians 2: 15, Psalm 22: 12, 13 and 16). He paid to Satan the

price (2 Corinthians 5: 21, Biblehub.com, interlinear, literally “the (one) not having known sin, for us sin he carried, that we might become righteousness of God in him” Blueletterbible.org “poiéo” Greek verb translated do, made, bring forth, commit, cause,

work, show, bear...” That Jesus bore our sins is clear from Isaiah 53: 4 and 1 Peter 2: 24), which the enemy demanded in exchange of people’s freedom (Revelation 5: 9,

2 Peter 2: 1, “And Yet God is Different”, Jesus paid the price to Satan. See also Matthew 12: 29. Satan demanded the blood of animals as an exchange for the sinner’s life. God never wanted these sacrifices (Jeremiah 7: 21-23, Amos 5: 21-24, Micah 6: 6-8; Psalm 40: 6-8). In Isaiah 43: 3-4 God exchanges nations for Israel, so Jesus paid the ransom in order to free us from the curse of the law). While Jesus voluntary went into death (He had the power

to lay down His life and to pick it up again. See John 10: 11-18), and without realizing what actually happened, Satan made the biggest mistake ever (1 Corinthians 2: 8)! Jesus conquered death; giving us the power to have dominion over sin

(Romans 6: 14; 1 John 3: 8-9) and to complete the work Jesus began (Jesus gave us the words (John 17: 8), Jesus told us to do the same works and even greater than these (John 14: 12; Titus 1: 9; 2 Timothy 1: 13, 3: 14-15.)! That’s why Jesus gave us the commission to go into the whole world preaching the Gospel and establishing the Kingdom of God on the earth (Acts 8: 12, 19: 8, 28: 30-31, Colossians 4: 11, 1 Corinthians 4: 20 and Isaiah 52: 2, also Luke 17: 20-21 and Matthew 11: 12).

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We believe all men sinned because they live in a world oppressed by the powers of darkness

(1 John 5: 19). Men are not born sinners (The teaching of the inherited sin is not found in the Bible; the Jews do not have the teaching either; it is based on dogma and interpretation of Scripture. Some Scriptures have been used to defend the theory, but these same verses can be explained in a different way, looking at the context. In Genesis 4: 7 God tells Cain to rule over sin; it lies at his door; it is thus outside of him and not inside. The verse from Psalm 51: 5 “and in sin my mother conceived me” needs to be examined in the light of the history and context of David’s life, which shows that he seems to

be an illegitimate) because sin is not transmitted through a biological process, making marriage and reproduction a sinful act, while it is a most holy

institution and commission of God Himself to mankind (Genesis 1: 28, Genesis 9: 1, 7; Psalm 127: 3, 5; Genesis 2: 22-24; Mark 10: 6-9; never does it state that reproduction would be sinful!. See also Hebrews 13: 4). Not one person is able to resist sin without the indwelling power of Holy Spirit (Matthew 26: 41; before his conversion, Paul declares that nothing good came from his flesh, see Romans 7: 18 and Job 18: 10). The spirit of men is weak and easily attracted to Satan’s enticing approaches (Mark 14: 38; James 1: 13). Therefore everyone needs salvation and remission of sin through Jesus Christ (Romans 1: 16, Acts 4: 12; John 3: 16, Acts 2: 21; Titus 2: 11; Ephesians 1: 7).

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We believe that no man can attain to righteousness by works of the law

(Romans 3: 20, 28, Galatians 2: 16, Acts 13: 39). Righteousness is a gift from God and

is received by faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 5: 17; 2 Corinthians 5: 21, This verse, with this understanding that God did not make Jesus to be sin for us, but Jesus bore our sins on the tree. Jesus never sinned! See also Romans 3: 22, Romans 1: 17, Galatians 3: 11). We believe that man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1: 27, Genesis 5: 1-3; 9: 6; Colossians 3: 10, Ephesians 4: 24, James 3: 9) and the New Covenant makes it possible to grow back into the original purpose of God with mankind (Romans 8: 28, 2 Peter 1: 3-8, 1 Peter 1: 2; 1 John 4: 17).

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We believe that whosoever believes on the Lord Jesus Christ shall not perish but have everlasting life

(John 3: 15-17; John 11: 25-26; 1 John 5: 10-13). Eternal life in the presence of God is reserved only for those who confess the Lord Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior (Romans 10: 9; John 3: 16; Romans 6: 23; John 14: 6). Eternal damnation is prepared for the devil and his powers (Ezekiel 28: 18; Matthew 25: 46; Mark 9: 43-48; Revelation 19: 20; 20: 11-15) but also for all those

denying the faith in Jesus Christ (Matthew 13: 49-50; Revelation 21: 8; Matthew 8: 12; 13: 41-42; 22: 13; 23: 15; 25: 30, 33; Luke 13: 27; Revelation 21: 27; 22: 15; 2 Thessalonians 1: 8).

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We believe eternal salvation to be conditional to a dedicated life as a true believer

(Matthew 7: 16-23; 1 Timothy 6: 10; Jude 1: 1-3; Hebrews 6: 4-6 and 10: 26-27). We believe in the possibility of loosing one’s salvation (Hebrews 6: 4-8; Hebrews 10: 26-29; 2 Peter 2: 20; 1 Corinthians 6: 9; Galatians 5: 19) by backsliding or denying the powers of God and the works of Holy Spirit (Hebrews 6: 4-8). There is a sin leading to death (1 John 5: 16-17), which is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3: 28-29; Matthew 12: 31-32 and Luke 12: 10). This sin cannot be forgiven (1 John 5: 16b; Acts 5: 1-11).

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We believe the church represents the Kingdom of God on the earth

(Matthew 12: 32; Luke 12: 10), having the commission to fill the earth with the knowledge

of the glory of God (Matthew 16: 18-19; 18: 17-18; Romans 14: 17; Revelation 1: 4-6, 9; Ephesians 2: 22; 1 Corinthians 4: 20; Ephesians 2: 19; Colossians 4: 11; Matthew 6: 10 and Habakkuk 2: 14). The church of Jesus Christ needs to influence every area of society (Acts 1: 8, 9 “to he ends of the earth”; Acts 17: 7-8 “turn the world upside down”; Matthew 28: 19 and Ephesians 4: 11; Revelation 11: 15 and Ephesians 3: 10), pushing back darkness (Ephesians 6: 12; Isaiah 28: 5-6; Isaiah 34: 4; 1 John 4: 4; 17; Revelation 12: 10-12; Romans 13: 12), bringing light into the lives of as many people as possible (Matthew 5: 14-16; Philippians 2: 14-16; John 1: 9; 1 Peter 2: 9; Isaiah 49: 6; Acts 13: 47; 1

Thessalonians 5: 5). The church is not the building (Ephesians 2: 19-22; 1 Peter 2: 9-10; 2 Samuel 7: 11 “The Lord Himself will build a house”; Matthew 16: 18, 1 Corinthians 3: 16; 6: 19), it is about the people, coming together to worship (1 Corinthians 14: 26; Ephesians 5: 19; Psalm 22: 27; Psalm 68: 32), be trained into the principles of the Word of God (Acts 2: 42; Colossians 3: 16; 1 Thessalonians 5: 11; 1 Corinthians 14: 26; Ephesians 4: 11-16), and being the church wherever they are and whatever they do (Genesis 28: 10-19 “Jacob on his way, receiving revelation and explaining: this is the house of God; 2 Corinthians 5: 20; 1 Peter 2: 9; Ephesians 5: 1-33; Ephesians 4: 1-3; Ephesians 2: 10; John 15: 16; Matthew 5: 14-16; Revelation 5: 10).

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We believe that the will of God has been revealed in the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ

(John 1: 14, 18; John 14: 9; Hebrews 1: 3; Colossians 1: 15, 17; John 6: 40; Matthew 7: 21; Matthew 6: 10; John 17: 25-26; 1 John 1: 1-4) and apostles, inspired to write the Holy Scriptures (2 Timothy 3: 16-17; 2 Peter 1: 20-21). The will of God is good, acceptable and perfect (Romans 12: 1-2; Jeremiah 29: 11; 1 Timothy 2: 3-4; 1 Thessalonians 5: 18; 4: 3; 1 Peter 2: 15 and Ephesians 5: 15-20). God has no more secrets, everything has been disclosed and is available to receive through the indwelling of Holy Spirit in our hearts (1 Corinthians 2: 10-16; John 16: 12-15; 1 Corinthians 3: 16, 6: 19; 2 Timothy 1: 14; 1 John 2: 27). Jesus has called us friends because He has revealed all things (John 15: 14-15; John 17: 25-26; Matthew 11: 25), which the Father has declared to Him (John 16: 15; John 1: 1, 14; John 14: 9). The Spirit Himself seeks the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2: 10; Ezekiel 36: 27; John 14: 26; John 16: 13; Psalm 42: 7; Ephesians 3: 19), longing to declare these to the believers.

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We believe that our great commission is to establish the Kingdom of God in the earth

(Matthew 28: 19-20; Acts 1: 6-8; Luke 22: 29; 2 Corinthians 5: 20; Acts 1: 8; 1 Corinthians 4: 20; 1 Corinthians 2: 4-5; Acts 8: 1, 4; Acts 20: 25; Acts 28: 31; Matthew 6: 10).

Everything in Scriptures has been fulfilled (David Chilton, Olivet Discourse is a prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. The book of Revelation is not about the second coming of Christ, but about the destruction of the temple in Israel and Christ’s victory over His enemies in the establishment of the new covenant temple. The main focus of Revelation is upon events, which were soon to take place. See also iet@711online.net “Has

Bible prophecy already been fulfilled?” by Thomas Ice); everything is available by faith (Mark 9: 23; Mark 11: 24) and nothing is unattainable or impossible to those who believe (Matthew 19: 26; Luke 1: 37; Philippians 4: 13; Mark 10: 27; Matthew 17: 20). In the first beginning of the church in the book of Acts, the spreading of the

Gospel made a tremendous impact in the known world of those days (Acts 1: 8; Acts 2: 41; 47; Acts 6: 7; Acts 11: 1, 19; Acts 19: 20 also Acts 17: 6; Colossians 1: 6, 23; Romans 1: 8; Acts 17: 6; Matthew 24: 14l). In 70 A.D. the temple of Jerusalem has been destroyed (Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 teachings were addressed to the first

generation of believers. Matthew 24: 3, the disciples asked Jesus when and what about the temple; Jesus answered their question, speaking of events that would soon take place. Luke 21: 24, Luke 21: 20-36 When you (disciples) see “Jerusalem surrounded by armies”; Matthew 24: 34 and Luke 21: 32) and judgment came on the nation of Israel (Matthew 23: 37,

38 – see planetpreterist.com), making a final end to the Old Covenant (Luke 22: 20, Hebrews 9: 16-17; 8: 7, 13, Luke 16: 16). It enhanced the full inauguration of the New Covenant (Hebrews 8: 10-13; Hebrews 10: 15-20; Hebrews 9: 14-16), having abolished the wall of separation between the Jews and the Gentiles (Ephesians 2: 14-15). God in His mercy is always looking for a remnant to be saved (Romans 11: 5; Isaiah 65: 8; Romans 9; 27; Isaiah 10: 20, 21); many Jews have received Christ as their Messiah (Acts 2: 41; Acts 4: 4; Acts 6: 14; 26: 22-23; Romans 1: 16) and have joined the church of Jesus Christ worldwide (Ephesians 2: 11-22; Colossians 3: 11).

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Throughout the ages the church has lost both power and truth because of the institutionalizing of it

(First Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325 – 1 Timothy 4: 1-2; 2 Timothy 4: 3; 2 Timothy 3: 1-5). Church fathers have argued about many dogmas, accusing and persecuting those standing for the truth (Christianity, History and

dogmas of the Christian religion. A dogma is men’s interpretation of Scripture. See Proverbs 21: 2. Persecutions were seen in the first century AD 64 under Nero, the Roman Catholic Church Persecuting Christians “Fox’s Book of Martyrs”). Territories gained by the power of the first church have been lost and since the reformation of Martin Luther we see a reclaiming of truths (Martin Luther’s 95 theses, Reformation of 1517. See also www.historytoday.com), such as salvation (Romans 1: 17), healing by faith (F.F. Boaworth, “Christ the Healer”), baptism by immersion (Anabaptist movement in 1525, First Baptists in 1612 in Britain), baptism in the Holy Spirit (1906 Azusa Street, in America. Pentecostal Pioneers, William J. Seymour. See Apostolic Archives International Inc.), charismatic expression of our faith (Charismatic Movement since 1960) and a renewed awareness of our purpose on the earth (Revelation 21: 2-3 – Wright, N.T., “On earth as in Heaven”. See also Romans 8: 21, back to Genesis 1: 27; Luke 4: 18-19). Step by step the church has to restore what was lost and often pay the price to regain lost territory (Matthew 11: 12). This is the reason that we see so much suffering and losses because the enemy is often resisting and requiring proof of our faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 14: 22, John 15: 20, 1 Peter 4: 12, 2 Timothy 3: 12). But through the power of Holy Spirit we will prevail against every power of darkness (1 John 4: 3-4; Ephesians 6: 10-18; 1 Peter 5: 7-10; Matthew 4: 1-11; John 15: 20; 13: 16).

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We believe in the restoration of the fivefold ministry

(Ephesians 4: 11), gifts of Jesus to the church (Ephesians 4: 7-10; we find gifts of the Father Himself in Romans 12: 6-8; gifts of Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12: 8-11; and gifts of Jesus. Paul also lists gifts to the church in 1 Corinthians 12: 28 and Peter in 1 Peter 4: 11) equipping the saints to the work of ministry (Ephesians 4: 12-13; Titus 3: 1, 8 and 14 and Hebrews 10: 24-25). We believe that the apostles and prophets are the revelatory offices (1 Corinthians 4: 1-2; Romans 16: 25-26; Ephesians 3: 4-5), bringing order and direction to the church (Acts 14: 21-23; Titus 1: 5, 1 Timothy 2: 2; Acts 2: 42); apostles also having a mandate and authority to release people into ministry and protect them in the spirit realm (2 Corinthians 13: 10). Apostles and prophets are the foundation layers of the church (Ephesians 2: 19-22; 1 Corinthians 3: 9-11), as they teach revelation and impart anointing into the congregation (Isaiah 10: 27; Galatians 5: 1-2; 2 Corinthians 1: 21; 1 John 2:26-27). The other ministries, such as the evangelists, pastors and teachers, are working under the first two, administrating and helping the people understand God’s plan for their lives (Apostles are mentioned as “first” in rang order, prophets “second” in 1 Corinthians 2: 28;

other ministries like Philip, the Evangelist Acts 8: 5-8, but Peter and John were called to administer the Holy Spirit to them (Acts 8: 14-25); Acts 21: 8 Philip’s daughters prophesied, but Agabus was prophet. Timothy did the work of an Evangelist (2 Timothy 4: 5), pastors and teachers (1 Timothy 3, verse 2 “able to teach”) and also Romans 12: 7).

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We believe that everybody is equal in the sight of God

(Galatians 3: 28, Acts 10: 34, Romans 10: 12; John 3: 16; Colossians 3: 9-11); there is no striving or climbing of a ladder in the Kingdom of God (James 3: 16, Galatians 5: 19-21; Philippians 1: 15 and 2: 3-4) in the sense of outperforming one another but there is rather a striving to enter God’s rest (Hebrews 4: 10-11). Everyone has received a gift or talent to function in it for a season (Ephesians 2: 10; 1 Corinthians 12: 5-6; 1 Peter 4: 10-11; Romans 12: 3-8 and Matthew 25: 14-30. The faithful ones increase their talents or function). It is not a matter of position but rather of function. According to the function, there is grace and faith given to do the work (Romans 12: 3; Romans 1: 5; Romans 12: 6-8, 1 Corinthians 15: 10; Ephesians 4: 7-12, 13, 16; 1 Corinthians 4: 7; 1 Corinthians 12: 7-11). God distributes as He pleases (1 Corinthians 12: 11; Romans 12: 6-8; Hebrews 2: 4); it is His will to do so and believers have to submit to God’s way of working

(Psalm 143: 10, Matthew 12: 50; Romans 12: 2, Ephesians 6: 6; Hebrews 13: 21).

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We believe in man’s free will to choose

(John 7: 17; Joshua 24: 15; Mark 8: 34; Revelation 3: 20; Romans 10: 9-10; Genesis 2: 16-17). God has a plan and purpose for each person (Philippians 2: 12-13; Romans 8: 28; 2 Timothy 1: 9; Jeremiah 29: 11; Hebrews 13: 20-21), but this can only find fulfillment after someone has dedicated his/her life to accomplish the works, which He has prepared (Ephesians 2: 8-10; Romans 12: 1; Colossians 3: 17; John 6: 29; James 2: 14-26). God does not know everything beforehand (Genesis 3, Adam and Eve’s choice; Genesis 22: 12 “Now I know”; 1 Samuel 15: 11, 28; Jeremiah 2: 21, Isaiah 59: 16, 64: 5, Jeremiah 5: 30, 18: 13 - God is amazed, surprised, appalled and even horrified) but adapts His plans according to the decisions, people are making (James 3: 17; Genesis 6: 6; Exodus 32: 14; John 3: 4; Jeremiah 26: 19; Amos 7: 3, 6). Election is always connected to calling (2 Timothy 1: 9; Ephesians 1: 18; Ephesians 4: 4; Romans 8: 28; Romans 1: 7; Romans 11: 29; 1 Corinthians 1: 9; Philippians 3: 14; 1 Peter 2: 9; Galatians 1: 15) never to salvation (John 1: 12-13, Acts 13: 48; John 3: 16; 1 Timothy 2: 4; Romans 6: 23). Calling is subject to man’s obedience to walk the road (Psalm 78: 10; 1 Samuel 13: 14; Joshua 5: 6; Jeremiah 12: 17; Jonah 1: 1-3), but God will always seek ways to lead people in the right direction. He never forces anything upon us (Philemon 1: 14; Jeremiah 29: 13; 2 Timothy 2: 22-26; Isaiah 1: 18-20; Luke 8: 37).

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We believe that, because of Satan’s dominion over the earth, not everything, which happens on the earth,

is according to God’s will

(Matthew 6: 10; Ephesians 5: 15-17; Mark 3: 35; Hebrews 10: 25-39; Romans 12: 1-2; Romans 8: 27-31; Colossians 4: 12; 1 John 2: 15-17). His will must come on the earth by means of the church of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4: 12-13; Acts 1: 8; 2 Corinthians 10: 5; 1 Peter 3: 15; Isaiah 52: 7), pushing back darkness and establishing the light of the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven (Ephesians 6: 12; Isaiah 60: 2; Acts 26: 18). Although Christians have the assurance that God watches over their life (Psalm 121: 5-8; Psalm 32: 8; 1 Corinthians 10: 13; 2 Thessalonians 3: 3; Psalm 91), they are not freed from enemies’ attacks (Luke 22: 31-34; 1 Peter 5: 8-9; Ephesians 6: 12; 2 Corinthians 11: 14; 1 John 5: 19-21). Yet they have the authority to withstand and overcome every onslaught following Jesus’ footsteps (1 Peter 2: 21; John 16: 33; Ephesians 6: 13; 1 John 5: 4; Romans 8: 31-32; Revelation 12: 11).

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We believe men to have received authority to rule and steward their own lives

(Genesis 1: 26-28; John 14: 11-14; Matthew 16: 19-20; Matthew 18: 18-20; Psalm 23: 5; Romans 5: 17). A lot of challenges in life are related to our own responsibility (1 Timothy 4: 12; Ephesians 4: 29; Colossians 3: 8), knowing that the Spirit of the Lord in us is stronger than any power that is in the world (1 John 4: 4; John 16: 33).

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We believe that a born again Christian, filled with the Holy Spirit is able to live without sin

(1 John 3: 6; Matthew 5: 48; Romans 6: 14; 1 John 3: 9; 1 John 5: 18). Sin is not an abstract thing, residing in people (1 Corinthians 15: 33; Genesis 4: 7; Ephesians 2: 1-3; 2 Corinthians 4: 4), but is rather connected to demonic powers, harassing people from the outside (Ephesians 4: 25-26; 2 Corinthians 2: 10-11; 1 Peter 5: 8-9; 1 Timothy 4: 1; 1 John 3: 8); making every effort to enter people and make them sin even unto death (1 John 5: 16-17; Acts 5: 1-11; 1 Corinthians 11: 28- 32, 1 Corinthians 5: 5). Powers of sin influence wrong desires, looking for every opportunity to make people sin (James 1: 14-17; Genesis 3: 6; Job 15: 35; Psalm 7: 14; Proverbs 11: 19; Micah 2: 1). Christians though have the power to resist the devil and he will flee from them (James 4: 7; 1 John 3: 9, 10); they have the ability to rule over sin, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (1 John 4: 4; Romans 6: 14, Romans 5: 17; 1 John 3: 6, 9).

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We believe death to be the last enemy that must be conquered

(1 Corinthians 15: 25-26; Isaiah 25: 8; Revelation 20: 14). Death does not belong to God or to the Christian, death is called a ruler, a king (Romans 8: 1-11; Luke 20: 38; John 11: 25-26; Romans 5: 17; John 8: 44 “Satan is the murderer”); it is a result of the curse, which Jesus broke (Hebrews 1: 14-15; 1 Corinthians 15: 57; 2 Timothy 1: 10; Galatians 3: 10; Colossians 2: 11-14; Revelation 1: 18). God is not the Author of death but of life eternal (John 5: 26; John 14: 6; Mark 12: 27; John 1: 4; Psalm 36: 9). Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18: 21; Deuteronomy 30: 19; Jeremiah 21: 8). Besides the fact that the enemy is a murderer, taking lives without consent, the Christian has the authority to choose and determine the moment of translation from natural life into eternal supernatural life (John 8: 44; John 11: 25-

26; Philippians 1: 22-25; John 7: 1; John 8: 59; 2 Timothy 4: 6-7; 2 Peter 1: 14; Genesis 25: 8, 35: 29 “full of days”; John 21: 18-19; Philippians 3: 8-11 “Paul desired to pass the stage of death” Greek “exanastasis”, literally attaining to the out resurrection from among the dead

(Preceptausting.org, Philippians 3: 11). Paul longed to skip the grave and immediately receive his glorified resurrected body. John probably skipped the stage of death and may have been taken up into heaven (John 21: 22-23), Hebrews 11: 35, 1 Corinthians 15: 55-57; 2 Timothy 1: 10).

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We believe that the return of Jesus Christ has already taken place in A.D. 70

at the moment of judgment on the nation of Israel

(Romans 13: 11; 1 Corinthians 10: 11; Hebrews 1: 2, 9: 26-28; 10: 25, 37, James 5: 7-9; 1 Peter 1: 20, 4: 7, 17; Luke 21: 20; Matthew 10: 5-6, 23). Jesus spoke to His disciples and explained to them what

would happen in their generation (Matthew 10: 23; Matthew 16: 27-28; Matthew 24: 29-34 “in that generation”’; Revelation, 10 times expressions like “things must shortly come to pass”, “at hand”, happen “quickly”, “no more delay”. Josephus, Zondervan Publishers, in

his book he describes the destruction of Jerusalem). The expression “end times”

should be “end of the Mosaic period” (Matthew 23: 34-39; Matthew 24: 2; Matthew 24: 24; Matthew 24: 34; Mark 13: 30; Luke 21: 32; 1 Corinthians 10: 11; Hebrews 1: 1-2; 1 Peter 1: 20; See also David A. Green, 101 Preterits time indicators

(www.preteristcosmos.com)). There came an end to the temple and to the natural Jerusalem (Matthew 24: 1-2; A.D. 70, The Romans invaded Jerusalem and destroyed the temple. See Josephus, Wars V, VI), inaugurating the new era of the Kingdom of God and the spiritual Israel that would arise, consisting of Jews and gentiles (Luke 17: 21; Ephesians 2: 14, Ephesians 2: 11-19; Acts 15: 1-35. Galatians 2: 7-8; Acts 11: 1- 2), who would accept Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord. God is always looking for a remnant to be saved (Romans 11: 5, Romans 9: 29; Haggai 1: 12-14). After the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, the apostles first preached to the Jews and continued to do so, in order to gather the first fruits of the harvest (Romans 8: 23; 1 Corinthians 15: 20-23, James 1: 18; Romans 11: 16; Jeremiah 2: 3; 2 Thessalonians 2: 13).

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We believe that Scriptures related to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ

have all been fulfilled in the first century of the church

(2 Thessalonians 4: 15-18; 2 Thessalonians 5: 1-11. We clearly read that Paul was expecting the coming of the Lord in his generation, also 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-12. The first generation church believed that the Emperor Nero, originally called Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, was the anti-Christ. He unleashed a heavy persecution against Christians. His number was 666 (Revelation 13: 18, 2 Thessalonians 2: 4; Daniel 9: 27). There is also discussion about the timing of the writing of Revelation. Some suggest it was written before A.D. 70 because John described events that took place in his lifetime (See preteristcentral.com, Dating the Book of Revelation). His

coming was imminent, even Jesus spoke about it in the book of Revelation (Revelation 22: 12, 20; Matthew 10: 23; 16: 27-28; 21: 33-45; 23: 34-39; 24: 3, 30, 34, 26:64. Acts 6: 14, 1 Corinthians 1: 8, 7: 29, James 5: 7-8, 1 Peter 1: 5). The Greek words used in all these passages are all pointing to an urgent and immediate return and cannot mean thousands of years (Revelation 1: 1, 3; 2: 5, 16, 25; 3: 3, 11; 15: 15, 22: 5, 10, 12, 20. Mark 1: 15, Mark 8: 38, 9: 1, Luke 9: 26-27). Throughout all ages Christians have still expected the coming of Jesus in their lifetime, forsaking the great commission to go out and fill the earth with the glory of God (Habakkuk 2: 14; Psalm 57: 5, Numbers 14: 21; Matthew 6: 9-10; Psalm 149: 6-9).

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We believe the end of all oppression and demonic dominion to be the moment when the heavens will be rolled up

(Isaiah 34: 4; Revelation 6: 14) and there will be an open communication between the heavens and the earth (Genesis 28: 12; John 1: 51; Acts 7; 56, Acts 10: 11; Revelation 4: 1; 19: 11; Genesis 3: 8-9; Hebrews 12: 22-24). Death will be no more and God will not only be in us through the Holy Spirit, but the Father will come home to the earth to dwell among people (2 Corinthians 6: 16; Revelation 21: 3; Exodus 29: 45; Ezekiel 37: 26-27; 1 John 4: 12; Zechariah 2: 11), and the glory of the Lord will fill the whole earth, as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2: 14; Isaiah 60: 2; Isaiah 11: 9; Isaiah 6: 3; Habakkuk 3: 3).

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