What we Believe
1. The HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired, inerrant Word of God, the final authority for faith and practice, infallible and God-breathed. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
Matthew 5:17-18, Luke 24:44-46, John 5:39, Romans 15:4, 16:25-26, II Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 1:1-2, 4:12, II Peter 1:19-21.
2. The GODHEAD
We believe there is one, and only one living and true God, who reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5, II Corinthians 13:14.
3. GOD the SON
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men.
John 1:1-2, 14, Luke 1:35.
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
Romans 3:24-25, Ephesians 1:7, 1 Peter 2:24.
We believe He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the one mediator, fully God, fully man, who effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:19, Luke 24:46-47, Acts 7:55-56, I Thessalonians 4:14-17,
I Timothy 2:5-6.
4. GOD the HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ, and convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Matthew 3:16, Luke 4:1, John 16:8-11, Acts 2:38, Romans 8:9-11, I Corinthians 2:10-14, 12:11-14, Ephesians 1:13-14, I Timothy 4:1-2, 2 Peter 1:21.
5. The DEPRAVITY of MAN
We believe man was the special creation of God made in His image. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Genesis 1:26-30, 3, Acts 17:26, 31, Romans 1:19-32, 3:22, 23, 5:12, 19, Ephesians 2:1-22, Colossians 1:21-22, 3:9-11.
We believe salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is the work of God's grace whereby believers become
new creations in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through
conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.
B. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness
of all sinners who repent and believe in Jesus Christ. Justification brings the believer into a
relationship of peace and favor with God.
C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.
D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed. Once saved, believers are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ Jesus forever.
Matthew 1:21, Luke 1:68-69, 2:28-32, John 1:11-14, 29, 3:3-21,36, 5:24, 10:28-29, 15:1-16, Acts
2:21, 4:12, 17:30-31, 20:32, Romans 1:16-18, 2:4, 5:8-10, 6:1-23, 8:1-18,29-39, 13:11-14,
I Corinthians 1:18,30, 6:19-20, II Corinthians 5:17-20, Galatians 2:20; 5:22-25, Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-22, 4:11-16, Philippians 2:12-13, Colossians 1:9-22, 3:1-25, I Thessalonians 5:23-24,
II Timothy 1:12, Titus 2:11-14, Hebrews 2:1-3, 5:8-9, 9:24-28, James 2:14-26, I Peter 1:2-23
I John 1:6, Revelation 22:5.
We believe all the redeemed through Christ Jesus should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. They should exemplify His personal and Godly attributes by living a life of separation from all religious apostasy, worldly sinful pleasures, practices and associations that are contrary to Biblical teaching.
Romans 12:1-2, II Tim. 3:15, II Corinthians 6:14, 7:1, Ephesians 4:29, 5:1-17, Philippians 2:14-15, II Timothy 2:19, Titus 3:1-7, I Peter 2:11-12, II Peter 1:3-8,
I John 2:15-17, II John 9-11.
8. EVANGELISM and MISSIONS
We believe it is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ, and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man's spirit by God's Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. Therefore it is the duty of every child of God to constantly seek to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.
Genesis 12:1-3, Isaiah 6:1-8, Matthew 9:37-38, 10:5-15, 22:9-10, 24:14, 28:18-20,
Mark 16:15, Luke 10:1-18, 24:46-53, John 14:11-12, 15:7-8,16, 20:21, Acts 1:8, 10:42-48, 13:2-3, II Corinthians 5:19-20, Romans 10:13-15.
9. The CHURCH
We believe the church, as the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again believers of this present age. The church is also an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel of Jesus Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Jesus Christ as Lord. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor or overseer is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.
Matthew 18:15-20, Acts 2:41-42, 5:11-14, 6:3-6, 20:28, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 5:4-5, 7:17, 9:13-14; 12,
II Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-22, 5:22-32, Colossians 1:18, 1 Timothy 2:9-14, 3:1-15, 4:14, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Revelation 2-3, 21:2-3.
10. BAPTISM and the LORD’S SUPPER
We believe in water baptism by immersion of the believer in the name of the Father, the
Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. Water baptism in no way adds to salvation by faith.
The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, and anticipate His second coming.
Matthew 3:13-17, 26:26-30, 28:19-20, Mark 1:9-11, John 3:23, Acts 2:41-42, 8:35-39, 16:30-33, Romans 6:3-5, 1 Corinthians 10:16, 21, Colossians 2:12, I Peter 3:21.
11. The LORD’S DAY
We believe the first day of the week, (Sunday) is the Lord's Day, and should be sanctified to the Lord. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should include exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private.
Exodus 20:8-11, Matthew 12:1-12, Mark 2:27-28, 16:1-7, Luke 24:1-3, I Corinthians 16:1-2,
12. The FAMILY
We believe God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment between each other and God, for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ an d His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church, and gave Himself for her. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values given to us in God’s Word, and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth, and teaching. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15-25, Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Joshua 24:15, 1 Samuel 1:26-28, Psalms 78:1-8, 127, 128, 139:13-16, Proverbs 1:8, 5:15-20, 6:20-22, 12:4, 13:24, 14:1, 18:22, 22:6,15, 29:15,17, 31:10-31, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, 9:9, Malachi 2:14-16, Matthew 5:31-32, 19:3-9, Mark 10:6-12, Romans 1:18-32, 1 Corinthians 7:1-16, Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4, Colossians 3:18-21, 1 Timothy 5:8, Titus 2:3-5, Hebrews 13:4, 1 Peter 3:1-7.
13. The SECOND COMING of CHRIST
We believe God, in His own time and in accordance with His perfect will, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
Isaiah 2:4, Matthew 16:27, 19:28, 24:27, 30-31, 36, 44, 25:31-46, Mark 8:38, Luke 16:19-26, 17:22-37, John 14:1-3, Acts 1:11, 17:31, Romans 14:10, 1 Corinthians 4:5, 15:23-28, 35-58,
2 Corinthians 5:10, Philippians 3:20-21, Colossians 3:4, 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18, 5:1-28,
2 Thessalonians 1:7-12, 2, 2 Timothy 4:8, Hebrews 9:27-28, 2 Peter 3:7-18, 1 John 3:2, Revelation 3:11, 20:1-15.
In subscribing to this Doctrine Of Belief, we by no means set aside, or undervalue, any of the scriptures of the Old and New Testament, but we deem the knowledge, belief and acceptance of the truth as set forth in our Doctrinal Statement to be essential to sound faith and faithful practice, and therefore requisite for Christian fellowship with Perfect Peace Ministries Incorporated.
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