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What The House of Faith Church Believes

    The Bible in its original text, is the divinely inspired and only infallible and authoritative written Word of God. A revelation from God to men, the inerrant rule of faith and conduct, and superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason. God has revealed His existence and power in created order, and in the Person of His Son, the incarnate Word. God is a speaking God who, by His Spirit, has disclosed Himself in human words through scripture, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, which are both a record and means of His saving work in the world. These writings alone are the inspired Word of God, which is without error in the original writings, complete in revelation of His will for salvation, sufficient for all that God requires us to believe, and final in its authority over every domain of knowledge to which it speaks. (I Thessalonians 2:13; Psalm 19:1-4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Matthew 4:4; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 119; Luke 24:27; I Corinthians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Proverbs 30:6; John 1:14)
    The one living and true God (Yahweh) has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent, self-revealed “I AM,” eternally co-existing as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is an infinite, all-knowing Spirit, perfect in all His attributes. He is the immortal and eternal Creator of all things, both visible and invisible. He sovereignly rules over all things and is providentially at work redeeming and restoring His fallen creation. (Luke 3:22; 1 Peter 1:20-21; I Corinthians 2:13; II Corinthians 13:14; Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 6:3; Isaiah 43:10, 11; Romans 1:19-20; Matthew 5:48; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Colossians 1:16; 1 Timothy 1:17; 1 John 4:8; 1 John 5:7; Revelation 4:11)
    Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God, the Word made flesh, born of a virgin, representing deity and humanity in indivisible oneness and sinless life, so that He may reveal God through teaching, life and miracles and redeem man through His atoning death and bodily resurrection. Doing so as our representative and substitute. He did this so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. He has ascended to the Right Hand of God the Father, where He will return from to earth in Power and Glory to Rule. (Hebrews 1:1-2; John 1:1-4,14; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; I Corinthians 1:27-30; I Corinthians 15:3-5; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 1:19-22; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Timothy 2:5; John 5:23; John 10:36-38; John 14:9-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Ephesians 2:13-18; Revelation 19; Revelation 20)
    All who accept Christ as Lord has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who acts as comforter, Guide, and Advocate of God’s people until the end of this present age. Salvation, attested in all scripture and secured by Jesus Christ, is applied to His people by the Holy Spirit. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and by His powerful work, regenerates spiritually dead sinners. It is by the Holy Spirit one may live a godly life. In Him they are baptized into union with the Lord Jesus, such that they are justified before God by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. By the Holy Spirit, believers are renewed, sanctified, and adopted into God’s family. The Holy Spirit is Himself a down payment (promise of the Father) of our coming inheritance. This regeneration is essential for personal salvation. All believers should also expect and earnestly seek the gifts for the use in ministry come, which is sometimes distinct from and after the experience of new birth. (Galatians 5:16-23; Matthew 9:13; John 1:12-13; John 3:3-8; John 7:37-39; John 16:7-14; Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 2:4-5; Titus 3:5; Acts 2:4; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 19:1-7; Romans 6:3-14; Romans 8:1-2; Romans 8:11; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 11:14-16; Acts 15:7-9)
    Mankind was created human beings, both male and female, good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness.” Both male and female are created equal in worth and value and have equal access to God through faith in Jesus Christ. Human life is sacred from conception to its natural end. Following Christ’s example, every person should be treated with love, dignity, and respect. Man, by voluntary transgression, fell, and because of the fall, all mankind everywhere is lost and face the judgment of God. Mankind’s only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, and being justified by Grace, becoming heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. (Genesis 1:26-31; Genesis 3:17; Genesis 9:6; Exodus 20:13; Romans 5:1; Romans 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:8-9; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 12:30-31; Galatians 3:6-19; Galatians 3:28; Titus 2:11; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 10:13-15; Luke 24:47; Romans 1:18; Romans 3:23; I Thessalonians 1:10; Isaiah 43; I Corinthians 2:14)
    A “born-again” Christian believer can cease being a follower of Christ Jesus if they stop believing. A Christian can stop being a Christian and turn his back on Salvation and become “lost” once more. The Bible reveals numerous persons who were at one time within the Grace of God, but who subsequently fell from Grace. After their fall from Grace, these individuals became “lost.” The Bible clearly states that we are saved by Grace through faith. We are also told the just shall live by faith. Salvation is given to the believer, not by works or acts of righteousness, but as a gift through the act of faith. It is maintained in the same manner. All who are saved should live a life of holiness and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God. Church discipline on matters of habitual sin among believer’s is given to use in Matthew 18:15-20. (Ezekiel 28:12-19; Matthew 25:41; Genesis 1:26-31; Luke 3:38; Leviticus 10:1-2; James 5:19-20; Ephesians 2:8; Hebrews 10:38; Romans 12:1-2; Romans 14:13; John 2:15-17; 2 John 1:9-11; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1)
    Jesus Christ died in the place of men, for their sins, the efficiency of this death freeing the believing sinner from the punishment, penalty, power, and one day presence of sin. (Romans 3:25; Romans 5:8-9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18)
    The inward evidence of Salvation to the believer is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit. The outward evidence of Salvation to all men is a life of holiness. (Romans 8:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7; 2 Timothy 1:9; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22, 24; 1 john 2:6)
    If a believer should wander from the truth, turn their back on Salvation, belief, or faith, whoever brings that person back from the error of their way will save them from death (spiritual) and cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20)
    The church is the holy Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Each believer is an integral part of the church, and their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of life. Divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a two-fold purpose: Firstly, to evangelize, going into all the world, and secondly the edification of the Body of Christ. (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:17; Matthew 16:18; Philippians 2:5-9; Matthew 28:20; Mark 16:15; John 13:35; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 21:2, 9-10; Ephesians 4:11-13)
    BAPTISM IN WATER Baptism by immersion demonstrates, and is, an outward expression of faith and obedience to Christ while depicting union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. This should be observed by all who have repented of their sins and, in their hearts, believed in Christ as their Savior and Lord. In doing so, they declare that they have been released to walk with Him in the newness of life. (Romans 6:1-6; Matthew 28:19) THE LORD’S SUPPER (COMMUNION) The Lord’s Supper, or communion, is to be taken together by followers of Christ Jesus in a regular manner as commanded by Christ. The elements (bread & fruit of the vine) are symbolic of sharing in a memorial to His suffering and death, as well as a commitment and agreement entering us into a covenant with Him as described in the New Testament, the Church being the bride and Christ the Bridegroom. (Luke 22:14-28; I Corinthians 11:23-28; John 6:48, 51, 53-57) ORDINATION OF MINISTERS Only the Spirit of God can ordain. However, it is the responsibility of the local church to "make disciples" and "teach them to obey all that Christ commands." From the spiritually mature (not a new convert) within the congregation, they may choose Deacons by "vote" and Elders who are chosen by the leadership of the local church. Both must meet the criteria according to scripture. (Acts 6:6; Acts 13:3; Acts 14:23; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Timothy 5:22; 2 Timothy 1:6; Titus 1:5)
    The Rapture of the church (Christ’s Bride) is coming. The resurrection of both those who have “fallen asleep” (died physically) in Christ, and those who are alive and remain unto the Lord. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Romans 6:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52;)
    The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven, the salvation of the national Israel, and the millennial reign of Christ on the earth are scriptural promises and our hope. The scriptures teach a millennial reign of Christ with His saints on earth following His literal return. Following the millennium, this kingdom will be merged into the eternal kingdom. (2 Thessalonians 1:7; Revelation 19:11-16; Romans 11:25; Revelation 20:1-7; Isaiah 2:1-4; Isaiah 11:1-12; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Ezekiel 37; Amos 9:9-15; Zachariah 14; Matthew 19:28; Acts 1:6; Acts 3:19-21; Revelation 20:4-6I Corinthians 15:22-28)
    In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the just will receive everlasting life and eternal blessedness in the presence of Him who sits on the throne and of the Lamb, in the New Heaven and the new Earth, the home of righteousness, and the lost to everlasting damnation of eternal conscious punishment in Gehenna (Hell), as the Lord Himself taught. The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:5-6, 10-15; Matthew 16:27; 25:31-34; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; Ephesians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Revelation 1:7)
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