Voice of God Ministries

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Statement of Faith

There is only one God, who exists eternally in three persons, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. He is unchangeable in His holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the Almighty Creator, Savior, and judge who sustains and governs all things according to His Sovereign Will.

The Lord Jesus Christ
He is fully God and Fully Man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all His Words are true. He lived earthly life for all human beings, His birth, baptism, preaching of the Kingdom of God, miracles, serving, sufferings, death at cross, burial resurrection are all for us. On the cross He died in the Place of Sinners, bearing punishment for their sin and redeeming them by His blood. He rose from the dead and, in His resurrection body, ascended in to heaven where He is exalted Lord of all. He now intercedes for His people in the very presence of God.

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third part of God. He has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply Christs work of Salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life, and gradually gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all true believers, not just a particular section of them but seals forever, bringing an eventual assurance of salvation and increasing likeness to Christ. The Holy Spirit empowers for fivefold gifts. He builds up the church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission. According to the New Testament the Holy Spirit magnifies Christ, but does not magnify Himself. The Holy Spirit seals the believers and works through them rest of their lives.

The Bible
God reveals Himself to us through the Bible, which consists of Old, and New Testaments, and nothing further. God inspired every Word even though transmitted through purely human authors. The Bible, as originally given, is in its entirety the Word of God and is fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible speaks with authority, which is final and is sufficient in matters of belief and practice.

The Human Race
All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity. Their greatest purpose is to approach God in Faith, coming to worship and adore Him. As the result of the original fall of our first genuine spiritual life and stand condemned under Gods law, until they become joined to Christ.

Salvation is entirely a matter of God’s grace and cannot be merited nor earned by us! It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered through the Christian Gospel. God, in His love, forgives sinners whom He calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Jesus Christ are justified by faith alone. Good works result from this work of God, but they ate the result-not the cause-of God’s grace. Believers are adopted into the family of God (the Kingdom of God) even in this present life. They enter the presence of God at death, and at the time of the resurrection fully inherit Eternal Life.

The Church
The Church should be seen as the invisible or spiritual Church of all time. Even now in the heaven God sees His church as one body. This body is made visible, mainly, through local congregations where the Word of God is preached and converts are added. The church also upholds the two signs. The duty of the church is to feed the flock and to take the Gospel to the world. True fellowship can only exist between various congregations where all are faithful to the Gospel.

The Signs (or, Ordinances)
There are baptism, gifts of the Holy Spirit and communion, which Jesus stated. We should not add to these because of ever-present danger of legalism entering the Body. Baptism is an important and meaningful symbol of entry in to the church. Baptism should be given as Jesus was baptized (by immersion) and commanded in the name of the Father and Son and the Holy Spirit according to the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit is special gift for the believers. Communion, or The Lord’s Supper, commemorates Christ’s sacrifice but it is not regular re-sacrifice since the sacrifice at cross is perfect and sufficient for all time. All the blessings of these signs are only received by faith and are meaningless for any not truly in the body.

The Future
The Lord Jesus Christ will return in full glory to this earth. He will raise the dead, and the great judgment of live and dead will commence. The New Heavens and New Earth will follow in which the saved will enjoy Eternal life. Those who reject Jesus Christ will be condemned to Hell.