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What we believe

Scriptures

The King James Bible, including both Old and New Testaments, is the inerrant, infallible and inspired Word of God. These Scriptures are the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. The Bible reveals God, the fall of man, the way of salvation, and God’s plan and purpose in the ages. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21)

Sovereign God

God is a Person, eternally existing as a Trinity in unity -Father, Son and Holy Spirit – three persons and yet, but one God. (Deut. 6:4; Mt. 28:19; I Cor. 8:6)

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is co-equal, co-eternal and co-essential with the Father and Son. He is a person who has personality and possesses all of the attributes of Deity. The Holy Spirit has always been involved in the afairs of mankind. The ministry of the Holy Spirit includes convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgement. The Holy Spirit also regenerates, liberates, seals, indwells and assures those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. (John 3:5-6; Ro. 8:2; 8:9; Eph. 1:13-14; Ro. 8:14-16)

Son

Jesus Christ, eternally existing, is the only begotten Son of God, who became a man totally apart from sin, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, and is the true God and true man. (Lk. 1:30-35; Jn. 1:1-5; Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 1:15)

Sin

Man was created in the image of God but fell through sin, bringing not only physical death but also spiritual death, separation from God. Now all mankind is totally depraved, having inherited a sinful nature, bent toward sinning, and has become sinners by practice in thought, word and deed. (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:16-17; 3:19; Ro. 3:10-23, 6:23)

Sacrifice

The Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, He arose from the dead in the body in which He was crucified; He ascended into Heaven in that glorified body where He is seated at the right hand of God the Father as Head of the Church, making intercession for the saints, as our High Priest. (Lk. 24, Acts 1:9-11; Ro. 5:8-10; Eph. 1:20-23; I Peter 3:18)

Salvation

Man is lost and must be born again to enter the kingdom of God. Salvation is by grace alone through personal faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. The believer is thus eternally secure. (Jn. 1:12; 3:3-7; Eph. 2:8-9)

Church

We believe the church was founded by Christ during His personal ministry and the church has had a continuous existence unto this day. We believe that the church is a local, visible body of believers, scripturally baptized and united on the principles of God’s word for the purpose of making, baptizing, and teaching disciples. (Mt. 16:18; 28:19-20; Eph. 3:21)

Second Coming

The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is coming again in the air at any moment to catch up his saints and reward their service; the unbelievers left will go through a period called the tribulation, after which Christ will return visibly to the earth to set up His millennial Kingdom of one thousand years of righteous rule. After this, the unbelievers of all ages will stand at the Great White Throne to be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire, separated from God for ever, while the believers spend eternity in the fullness of the joy in Heaven with the Lord. (Mt. 24:29-42; I Thess. 4:16-18; Rev. 19:11; 20:15)

 

Simply Put

After three years in Bible College and seven years serving in church as a layman, I’m still nowhere near as literate as I should be.  I often read Statements of Belief and have a hard time truly understanding what the church believes.  I hope what is posted above gives a clear view of what we believe but to be clear.

1.  I am King James Only.  I believe it is the only Bible for use in any form in an English speaking church.

2.  I do not support Calvinism in any form.  I am not a 5 point, 3 point or even a 1 point Calvinist.  I can see how they interpret many of the passages they do to support their viewpoints but I believe as a whole, the Bible argues against each point.

3.  I do not use or support CCM in any form.  I was 35 before I got saved and even after throwing away all my old music, it still has a massive pull for me.  Music is a powerful tool of satan and the beat and rhythm of CCM takes me back quite easily to my old forms of music.  We can not mix worldy music with Godly words and produce anything clean.

4.  I try to live and teach my family to live a separated lifestyle.  If what we have is no different from what the world has, the world has no need of what we have.  We were saved by a Holy God from hell.  We owe Him our very best every day.

-I believe every single person no matter how deeply in sin, no matter what they look like, should feel welcome in Church or around believers.  We are called to show Christ’s love to the world.  However, I do feel that their sin, the Holy Spirit and our lifestyle should never make them feel comfortable.  Welcome and invited in?  Yes.  Comfortable enough to not feel a need to change?  No.

5.  I give tithe and offerings to and am under the authority of my local church.  I work with a mission board because of the experience and services they provide but my sending church has the final authority over myself and my family.

6.  I believe the local church was started by Christ prior to Acts and has been in existence since then.  I do not believe in a Universal Church.

This is not a complete list but covers the things I get asked about most often on Missionary Questionnaires.  These are also the things I try to look at when researching a church before I call it to try and schedule a deputation visit.  If you have any questions about what is (or is not) posted here, please e-mail me at ToTheUSMilitary@gmail.com and I will try to answer your question as best I can.  I may even include it here.  Thank you and God Bless.