What We Preach And Teach
The New Testament church worldwide has changed since Christ initially established it, no doubt. While physical change and modernization can be used for the Lord's glory, we believe God's Word is in every way, "off limits" to change. The main focus of this ministry is to preserve and proclaim the Truth which can only be accomplished by preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified under the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. We preach and teach that it is one's faith in the person of Jesus Christ and His finished work on the Cross that gives the Holy Spirit latitude to not only regenerate an individuals spirt at Salvation but also operate within a saint so that God's will can be done in them on a daily basis. Simply put, proper faith in God's Grace is necessary for both the salvation of the sinner and the sanctification of the saint. The moment one places their hearts attention or faith in a religious formality, organization, activity or function to accomplish anything for the Lord, the Holy Spirit has no choice but to withhold His working power and favor. It is not until Christ again becomes the center object of our hearts attention that the Holy Spirit will work in His church the way He desires to work. There is no salvation for the unbeliever or sanctifying power for the saint without the operation of Holy Spirit. There is no operation of the Holy Spirit without proper faith in Jesus Christ. Any failure to heed God's prescribed order of victory will result in some level spiritual dryness, struggle with sin, and in worse cases spiritual death. The single most important thing in this life for us to understand is who Jesus is, His character, His love, and of course what He did for us at the Cross.
While Satan has managed to hardened religious hearts and outright attack other Biblical Truths, there are at least five main Truths that the Church of Jesus Christ must endure to preach. Regardless of a church's size, denomination, financial status, or geographical location, Christ's church must not be ashamed to preach the following:
1. Salvation is obtained by simple faith in the precious Blood of Jesus and His blood alone. ( The word "alone" is important here because one must not place any amount of faith in religious effort, activity, fad, function, etc. to be saved) First, one must realize they are lost without God, then repent of their life of sin against God. This is done by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. Immediately following repentance, one must believe that Jesus Christ is the only hope for them being saved. If faith is placed in Christ and His death properly, the Holy Spirit will then regenerate the person and declare them Justified before God. This salvation experience qualifies one for Heaven and is always accompanied by changes in the persons life. Sin that used to be no big deal will now begin to bother and grieve the child of God because they have been given a new heart and nature.
2. Sanctification is God's desire for every believer to experience freedom from sin that so easily harms and hinders us from walking in God's perfect will for our lives. Sanctification is obtained by faith in the Blood alone which gives the Holy Spirit latitude to perform this work in a person. This promise of deliverance ought to be at the forefront of every believers heart. Much of the modern day church believes God's greatest promises are material or financial. We believe God's greatest promise to His children is freedom from the sin nature and intimacy with Christ. How can anything be better than that Christ?
3. Divine Healing by faith in the Blood alone. Despite what the religious say, Jesus Christ has not lost His power or willingness to heal the sick, physically or spiritually. God heals directly by His working power, through nature or time, or even through doctors and medicine. However He chooses to heal His people, He gets the glory. While God does not always heal His people here in this life, every child of God receives their healing eventually when they enter Heaven. Considering this fact, we proclaim our God heals every disease sin or the devil ever brought our way. Jesus conquered sickness at the Cross! If we have to wait until we see heaven to get our healing, we are going to get our physical healing!
4. The Baptism of The Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking with other tongues DOES NOT SAVE ANYONE but is the sign given by God that one has received an anointing to evangelize the lost on an entire different level than mere human ability. It is the same anointing Christ commanded His Apostles to receive before leaving Jerusalem to preach the gospel. It is the same baptism the Apostle Paul had a few years after the day of pentecost. It is widely believed that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit was given to the early church only and that God does not give it to the church today. However, there is no scriptural evidence that this theory is valid. If the early church needed this power, what makes us think we do not need it today? Are we better Christians than the apostles than the early church? Aside from the Cross, this particular truth may be the most mocked, misused, and rejected truth of God's word today. The fact that Satan has gone through such lengths to debunk it proves its validity. We admit, there are many people today faking the speaking of tongues in churches all over the world, however, just because some are faking it does not make the real thing any less real. If this power God has available to His church is not real, Satan wouldn't waste so much time mimicking and confusing peoples minds over it.
5. The Rapture of The Church is a promise given by Christ Himself to His believers. It is not an event to be feared, it is something all children of God should anticipate. There is a saying we like to say in our church "If you aren't looking forward to the rapture, you are looking to stay". We will all understand the Cross in a greater measure after we are taken home to Glory.