Statement of Beliefs/Core Values

THE BIBLE: The Bible is the supreme source of the truth for Christian beliefs and living, it is the final authority for Christians concerning doctrine, truth, and conduct for the Believer in Christ. The Bible is God’s Word. It is given by inspiration of God and it is infallible and accurate. It is our perfect guide in all matters of life.2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 12:6, Psalm 119:105, Psalm 119:160; Proverbs 30:5


GOD: God is the Creator of the universe, He is one God, who exists in three Persons — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is loving, holy and just. Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19;John 14:16; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14


JESUS CHRIST: Jesus Christ is both God and Man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He led a sinless life, worked miracles, raised the dead, healed all who came to Him, He was our perfect substitute, took all our sins upon Himself, died and rose again. He was God manifest in the flesh, He was the perfect representation of our loving and faithful FatherToday, He is seated at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest and Mediator. Matthew 1:21 ; Luke 19:10; Acts 4:12; Romans 5:8;Ephesians 1:7; John 3:16-14, 14:6; 1 John 5:12


THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is our Comforter. He guides us in all areas of our lives. He also blesses us with spiritual gifts and empowers us to yield the fruit of the Spirit. The Spirit provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance. All believers in Christ have the Holy Spirit dwelling them at the moment of salvation. He is the seal and guarantee of our salvation. The baptism of the Spirit occurs at the moment we receive Jesus as Savior, wherein God's Spirit baptizes us into the Body of Christ. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is for believers after receiving the Lord, upon simply asking in simple trust, Jesus baptizes the believer into the Holy Spirit which empowers the believer to witness and to be a conduit for God to work through. This is accompanied by the believer receiving a prayer language which is greatly beneficial in devotion and relationship with the Lord. It is not a requirement for salvation and is not a sign of maturity or a superior walk over other believers.2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13; Acts 2:1-4, Acts 10:43-46, 1 Corinthians 14. Matthew 3:11


MANKIND: We are all created in the image of God, but sin has separated us all from God, and that only through Jesus Christ can we be reconciled to God. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23


SALVATION: Salvation is the gift of God to man. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ can we be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal Life begins the moment we exchange our life for His. This gift is effected by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and it produces works pleasing to God. Theories of universalism, inclusion, trinitarian theology inclusionism, ultimate reconciliation are false concepts that seduce many by enticing words, these theories are unsubstantiated by the Scriptures. Romans 5:1, 6:23, 10:9; John 11:25, 14:6; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 1:13, 2:8 -9; Galatians 2:20


IDENTITY IN CHRIST : Solely by receiving Christ by faith, and not dependent upon my works (Ephesians 2:8-9), through the Finished Work believers have EXCHANGED (Luke 9:24) their life for life in Christ, Christ did this for us in His once for all sacrifice, (Galatians 2:20). Believers are a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), freed (Galatians 5:1) and forever forgiven, approved and pleasing to God. We are made the very righteousness of God in Christ, just as righteous as Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21)


ETERNAL SECURITY: God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ. Because of this and the Finished Work, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by self-effort, therefore we cannot lose it. God says, "I will never leave you, never forsake you." We are preserved until Christ returns for us. Once a believer is saved they are always saved. Hebrews 13:5,7:25, 10:10; John 6:37, 10:29;2 Timothy 1:12; 1 Peter 1:3-5


THE CHURCH: The church is the body of Christ and the family of God. It is made up of believers in Christ, those who've received Him by simple faith. The Church has received the authority of Christ to enforce the New Covenant on Earth. The enemy satan and demons have no authority or power over us. The enemy has been defeated by the Lord Jesus Christ, we enforce that defeat through agreeing with God and His Word. Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Hebrews 10:25; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20


BAPTISM: Water baptism is an outward act that demonstrates a believer's identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Mark 1:9; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:38-39; Acts 2:41; Colossians 2:12
COMMUNION: Holy Communion is a celebration of Jesus’ death and our remembrance of Him. It is not a time to reflect on our failures or shortcomings but a time to celebrate the Finished Work of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:21-26


HEALING: Healing was purchased for the believer in the broken bruised body of Jesus Christ in the Finished Work. It is always God's will to heal because the Finished Work procured our healing and wholeness. Isaiah 53:4-5;Matthew 8:17;1 Peter 2:24; 3 John 2

THE GOSPEL: God will is for us to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news of His Grace to all the nations of the World.

THE RETURN OF CHRIST: Jesus will visibly, physically return in triumph. We await the great day of the return of Christ.


Core Values


Jesus is full of grace (the unmerited favor of God) and truth (the reality of who God is). If anyone wants to know what the Father is like, he can simply look at Jesus. His grace is greater than all our sin. Where sin abounds, grace superabounds. (John 1:14-17; Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 1:15; Romans 5:20)


SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH


We are saved by the grace of God through faith alone in Jesus Christ. Each person must believe in Jesus Christ and receive the free gift of Christ’s righteousness to be saved. (Romans 3:21-27; Ephesians 2:4-8; Acts 13:38-39; Romans 10:9-10; John 14:6; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21)


FINISHED FORGIVENESS


We are forgiven of all sins past, present, and future. We are not forgiven as we go or some time in the future. All our sins have been paid for by the blood of Jesus. The wages of sin is death, and that has been accomplished through the body and blood of Jesus once for all.  (Romans 6:23; Hebrews 10:12; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 2:13)


RIGHTEOUSNESS


Through faith in Christ we become the perfect righteousness of God as a gift. We did not do anything to earn our righteousness so we can’t do anything to lose it. (Romans 3:21,22; Romans 5:17; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9)


UNDER GRACE, NOT LAW


The believer has been released 100% from all old covenant law and has come into the new way of the Spirit - the New Covenant. The old covenant law has no place in the life of a New Covenant believer. We live by the power of Christ’s life from within. The law makes everyone guilty and brings consciousness of sin. Grace makes us righteous and brings consciousness of Jesus. (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 2:13-15; Romans 7:1-6; Galatians 3:24, 25; Hebrews 8:6, 7:18,19; Romans 3:19-20; Romans 5:19)


NEW NATURE


The believer has been fully circumcised of his sinful nature and has been given a new nature - God’s nature. At the core of his identity, the believer no longer has a nature to sin, and he has full dominion over sin because he is under grace, not under law. Every believer is joined to the Lord and is one spirit with the Lord for eternity. (Colossians 2:11; Romans 6:6; 2 Peter 1:4; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:14; 1 Corinthians 6:17)


CLEANSED, SANCTIFIED, JUSTIFIED


Every believer has been cleansed (washed of their sins), sanctified (made holy), and justified (made righteous) through the blood of Jesus once for all. These verbs are in a tense that means a one-time action, never to be repeated. The progressive nature of the Christian life is the progressive manifestation of this inward reality. (1 Corinthians 6:11-12; Revelation 1:5-6; Hebrews 10:10-12)


COMPLETE IN CHRIST


The believer’s reborn spirit is now perfect and complete in Christ. Completeness is not our goal. Completeness is our spiritual reality. The moment we are born again, we receive the fullness of the Godhead because we are in Christ. As Jesus is, so are we in this world. The more we behold Him, the more we will experience an outward transformation of Christian maturity. (Hebrews 10:14; Colossians 2:9-10; 1 John 4:17; 2 Corinthians 3:18)


JUDGMENT


There is no judgment and no condemnation now or ever for the believer in Jesus Christ. The new covenant says that God does not count our sins against us or even remember our sins. Why? Because the judgment and punishment that we deserved fell on Jesus Christ for our sakes. (1 John 4:17-18; Hebrews 9:28; Romans 5:9; John 3:16-18; Romans 8:1; John 5:24; Romans 4:6-8; Hebrews 8:12-13)


SONSHIP

Every believer is forever a son of God and a joint-heir with Christ.  (Romans 8:15, 29; Galatians 4:5-31; Romans 8:17)


(core values from Life springs church we share the same values, statement of faith adopted from various ministries with whom I share similar or same beliefs.)

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