Statement of Faith

 In Spirit -

Having the Word, or Truth, is not enough.  The Pharisees & Sadducees had the Word.  But because they viewed, understood, and practiced the perfect Law, by the spirit of Man (human reasoning & the wisdom of Man), they ended up making the Word of no effect and perverted the spirit, heart, and purpose behind the Word.  The wrong spirit behind the Word, will make the Truth no longer the truth.  If God's plan was to just give us a set of rules to follow and obey, then He would have stopped at the Law of Moses.  If He just wanted to set up Jesus as the earthly King for all to love, honor, and obey His decrees, then He would not have taken Him to Heaven and sent the Holy Spirit.  God's eternal purpose was to dwell not only among His people, but as one IN His people; complete Oneness with Him, by His Spirit.


When we as the Church neglect the reality of the presence of the Spirit of the Lord not only in our doctrinal studies, but in our services, in our day-to-day living, and in our idea of what basic, fundamental Christianity is, then we thwart the very heart of God's eternal purpose.  Christianity then just becomes another ideology in the marketplace of world religions.  Without the Christian having the MANIFESTED presence of God in our lives and in our gatherings, we only have self-help principles and sets of rules and standards to offer the world, by which one can have clean living and a higher-set moral compass (which is at the heart of most all other religions), which is NOT biblical Christianity.


In Truth -

Having the Holy Spirit alone is not enough.  Even though we are promised by Jesus that "the Spirit of Truth will lead and guide you into all truth", the shortcoming is not with the Holy Spirit... it is with us.  The Spirit can and will do this, but can we always hear Him?  If we do hear Him, do we recognize that it is Him and not ourselves?  And if we do hear Him clearly, will we obey? 


The connection and relation between the soul and the spirit can be quite complicated and convoluted for us.  To clarify this for us (what is Him, what is us), God has given us His Word to help give us a foundational baseline from which to measure and digest all of our experiences.  He tells us stories to show us how and what He thinks in various life situations -- this is one of the primary ways by which we learn how to know Him and His character.  The Scriptures help to teach us to know Him and ourselves.  It is the launching pad, guideline, and measuring stick for all of our life-in-the-Spirit with Him. 


The Spirit & Truth Are Really One and the Same -


They do not contradict one another because they are the same person.   Jesus Christ is "the Word that became flesh" & "the living Word".  Truth is not a "what", it is a "Who".  The Spirit is called, "the Spirit of Truth" & "the Spirit of Christ" so it is impossible to separate the Holy Spirit from the Word of God without falling into error.  Whenever we separate them or honor one at the expense of the other, we make it/Him of no effect and miss the heart, spirit, and purpose of what He is saying.


According to Jesus' words in John 4:23-24, God is seeking those who will worship Him and walk in the fullness of BOTH the Spirit & the Truth.  In fact, He states that a "true worshiper" MUST do both.  Once the Church at large gets this revelation, we will become the Bride that is ready for her Bridegroom -- without spot or wrinkle and all of Creation will see the "manifestation of the Sons of God" for which it is groaning.

CHURCH & MINISTRY EQUIPPING SEMINARS

OUR MISSION

Spirit & Truth School
  1. To train, equip, and empower the Body of Christ for the furtherance of God's Kingdom in Spirit and in Truth.





Spirit and Truth

 

"But the hour is coming, and now is,
when the true worshipers will worship the
Father in spirit and truth;  for the Father
is seeking such to worship Him. God is
Spirit, and those who worship Him must
worship
in spirit and truth." 
John 4:23-24

 


We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible, authoritative Word of the Living God.  The Bible is the final authority on all matters of life, faith and practice. The maxim of interpretation is "Scripture interprets Scripture."

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons (Tri-une): Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of Christ, in His Virgin Birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of God, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful humanity, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential, and that repentance from sin and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the only way to come into a relationship with God.


We believe that salvation is an act of God's saving grace by the work of the Holy Spirit in regenerating and converting the hearts of men by His free gift of saving faith.


We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ, to set up His literal earthly Kingdom.  We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation -- a literal Hell.


We believe in the present ministry and manifestation of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life; we further believe His power and gifts are available to believers today, through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit subsequent to salvation, in order that they do the works that Jesus commanded all of His followers to do.


We believe it is important to uphold the scriptural practices of the early church. Therefore, we hold to the practice of water baptism and the regular taking of Communion. We do not believe that either of these practices is essential for salvation, but that they serve as a demonstration of our living faith in Christ.


We believe that there is but one Head of the church, the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is the responsibility of the church and its institutions to maintain His Lordship over their activities, and not to submit that right to any individual, corporate body, governmental agency or head of state.

We believe that every area of life is to be subject to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We adhere to a world and life view which seeks to make the Lord Jesus Christ preeminent in all things.

We further express that God the Father is our Creator and our Sustainer in life; that Jesus Christ the Holy & Only Begotten Son of God is our Redeemer, and we submit to His Lordship; that the Holy Spirit is One who reveals and guides us personally and professionally in our ministries & lives; and that the Holy Bible is the infallible authority in matters of faith and conduct.

These biblical standards guide us as we apply the life-giving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our ministry. The application of these standards of faith and conduct indicates that we demonstrate a respect for and value of every person as a being created in the image of God and deserving of His love.