Beliefs of The Holy Christian Church
There is one true and living God, the Father, who matchlessly reigns in majesty and glorious splendor! God, who is spirit is without beginning and ending. He is creator of the heavens and the earth, the giver and sustainer of life, the maker of mankind and of all things which are seen and unseen. He is Holy in all His ways and Righteous in all of His works, infinite in love, perfect in judgment and unchanging in mercy. The all seeing, knowing, and powerful God, exists eternally exclusively in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit;
Jesus Christ, the second person of the Godhead, is God, Savior, and Lord. He is God’s Son incarnate, born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, and fulfilled all the Old Testament declared concerning the Messiah and His coming. Jesus Christ, who was, and is, and is to come, is unquestionably the Messiah for the Jew and Gentile. He died for the sins of all, taking upon Himself the punishment for sin yet He is without sin, redeeming all from Spiritual death and the curse of the law. In His physical body he literally rose from the grave and after forty days ascended to Heaven. He is seated at the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us. He is THE ONLY Way to God, and is King of kings and Lord or Lords forever and ever;
The Holy Spirit is God, the Comforter, and the Third Person of the Godhead or Trinity. He was in the beginning with the Father and the Son, was active in the Old and New Testaments, and is yet present and active in the world. He was given to the church in His fullness on the day of Pentecost and dwells within those who love Jesus Christ and keep His commandments. He does not act upon His own accord but according to the will of GOD. He glorifies Jesus Christ by making known what He's seen and heard from Him (to the Church). He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He indwells and sanctifies believers unto Holiness and righteousness, empowering them to be witnesses unto Christ. He is the Spirit of Christ, without which one does not belong to God. By Him Christ lives in His church and within the believer; by Him vessels are Anointed to proclaim the gospel with power; by Him the Church is given Spiritual gifts to edify one another; by Him the believer is given insight and discernment and the kingdom of God is manifested in the world;
The sixty-six book Holy Bible from Genesis to Revelation is THE Word of God, Divinely inspired, The Truth, inerrant, plenary, without error in all it affirms, and Authoritative in both the Old and New Testaments. These Scriptures are the rule of faith and practice for the Church, the Body of Christ. Although presented in historic and modern translations, its original manuscripts are trustworthy and profitable for doctrine, reproof, and instruction in Righteousness. The Holy Spirit preserves God’s Word in the church today and by it speaks God’s truth to peoples of every age
Human beings were created in the image of God. Humans fell from this image through the sin of Adam and Eve which brought about Spiritual death and eternal separation from God. God, in His Grace, reconciled all mankind to Himself through the atoning crucifixion, shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through faith in Jesus Christ by the message of the Gospel which calls one to repentance, mankind is cleansed and forgiven of all sins, born again by the Spirit of God, restored to the image of God, and reconciled to fellowship with Him
The Christian Church is the body of Jesus Christ, wherever she is established in local assemblies throughout the world, where Jesus Christ is the head and founder of the Church. She is visible in the world wherever believers, in obedience of faith, hear the Word, receive the sacraments, live as disciples, and carry out Christ's mission. She is also referred to in Scripture as His (Christ's) Bride (awaiting and preparing). She exists to Glorify and worship God the Father, Evangelize the lost, and making disciples of Jesus Christ of all nations according to the Scriptures.
The sacraments are those sacred outward rituals instituted by Christ our LORD, entrusted to the Church, where grace is inwardly imparted to the recipient. Because they were commanded by Christ to be observed, they are intrinsic to our weekly worship, next to honoring the Godhead and hearing the Word. In liturgy the people and the clergy joyfully rehearse, reflect, and receive this means of His Grace. The two sacraments which were instituted by Jesus Christ are the Eucharist (or the LORD’s supper) and water baptism;
Salvation, according to the Scriptures, is a loving act of God’s Grace, where He saves people from sin through the blood of His Son Jesus the Messiah. This unmerited act brings all into right relationship with GOD. This faith experience comes because the gospel of Jesus Christ has been rightly preached, taught, or divinely communicated to a seeking soul. Upon conviction of sin, the seeker confesses their sin and faith in Jesus Christ, surrendering to His Lordship over their life. The seeker is subsequently baptized in water and receives the gift of the Holy Spirit
evidence of salvation
The evidence of Salvation is a surrendered heart to Christ which is progressively and practically displayed by: a loving obedience to God and a love for people; a passion for the Spiritual disciplines of prayer, worship, and study of Scripture; a willful belonging to the local Church and her congregational fellowship, and desire to engage full participation and support of its ministries; an abandonment of the old life of sin and embracing of the new life in Holiness, Sanctification, AND Righteousness. These characteristics are descriptive of the faith journey of the believer, strengthening as the believer grows accordingly. This evidence is fueled exclusively by the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, guided by Scripture, and cultivated by prayer and the ministry of the local Church. In addition, those who are filled with the Holy Spirit, after receiving Scriptural knowledge of the early Church’s experience, will also speak with tongues as the Holy Spirit gives utterance. We believe speaking in tongues is a Heavenly sign consistent with Scripture that God bestows to them who believe on Jesus Christ however; tongues are not the primary evidence of Salvation. A heart yielded to GOD through exclusive worship of Him, obedience to the Scriptures, and a love for people is THE primary evidence of Holiness and peace—without which no man shall see the Lord
God graciously justifies and regenerates all who trust in Jesus Christ, after repentance and believing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This justification makes one right with God, removing the guilt and penalty of the sin condition inherited from original sin, and eradicates the sins practiced by the repentant person. The Lord breaks the powers of satan’s hold on the life of the repentant, and liberates them from sin’s bondage in spirit, soul, and body. Upon acceptance of this justification, believers become children of God and begin to live in holiness through faith in Christ, the Scriptures, and the sanctifying work of the Spirit
ASSURANCE OF BELIEVERS
All believers are assured that they are children of God by the inward witness of God’s Spirit with their spirit, by faith in the gracious promises of God’s Word, and by the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. This assurance is not a license to practice sin or an exclusive guarantee of ultimate salvation aside from persevering in one’s faith. The sons of God who have the hope of living eternally with Christ purify themselves, even as He is pure
baptism of the holy ghost
God commands all believers to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, where “baptism” signifies the initial possession or abiding of the Spirit in one’s life. Thereafter, the Holy Spirit continually “fills” the seeking believer to empower, encourage and enlighten them for life, ministry, worship, and witness. This necessary or mandatory baptism is the seal of redemption, verifying persons have repented and possess genuine faith in Jesus Christ and the Gospel. He only comes because the believer has a heart to love God and keeps His commandments. He gives the believer power to be a witness of the resurrection and testimony of Jesus Christ. The Spirit’s empowerment keeps the believer from the practice of sin and the tendency of human rebellion toward God. He sheds abroad God’s love in the heart causing the believer to love Christ and love one another. He illumines one’s understanding of Scripture and reminds the believer of the Words of Christ. It is possible that those who are baptized with the Holy Ghost will have occasional faults, flaws, sin, or mistakes. However, the Holy Spirit empowers the believer to recognize error and overcome these things through prayer, repentance, and the blood of Jesus Christ. He causes the believer to model God’s way as the standard of living, thereby breaking the acceptance of the practice of sin. Believers must live daily by faith in the forgiveness and cleansing provided for them in Jesus Christ
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GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The gifts of the Spirit, as outlined in Scripture, are given by the will of God to members of the Body of Christ as He wills; not by the request or zeal of the individual. These gifts are vibrant and valid for today’s Church and shall remain until Christ’s return. The Scripture outlines nine gifts, of which all are for ministry to the seeker and edification of the believer. The flow of these gifts should be operative in the church and her ministries. The continuous exercise of these ministry gifts is to be received only when the vessel with the gift is faithfully connected to the local Church and verifiably a vessel of Holiness
fIVE fOLD mINISTRY
The fivefold ministry gifts of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher were given by Christ to perfect the Church for the work of the ministry and prepare her for His return. These Spiritual gifts are also contemporarily valid, and, are never an exclusive ministry apart from the local Church and its accountability. They are both descriptive of the types of ministry gifting a minister may possess and are ministerial offices which GOD has set to build and edify the Church. Those who are called to these offices are valid, whereas they are not novices whom have been recognized and affirmed by the local Church and her leadership. Their assignment is to assist the local church in carrying-out Christ’s plan, according to the Spirit’s leading, which is always in accordance with the Scriptures;
return of christ
In the personal return of Jesus Christ, as promised by Him and prophesied in the Scriptures. He will come to catch away His bride, who without spot or wrinkle, shall be “caught up” to meet Him when the first trumpet sounds. In this, the dead in Christ shall rise, putting off all corruption and mortality and shall meet Jesus first before those who are alive when Christ returns. In the end, there shall be a final judgment for all, the small and the great. Whosoever’s name is not written in the Lamb’s book of life shall be eternally damned, and shall eternally burn in hell or the place of torment. Those whose names are written shall be eternally saved, and will enter in the Kingdom of Heaven eternally. The eternal destination of the believer is predicated upon how one lives in the earth, either for or against God’s will.
God’s ultimate victory over Satan shall culminate when the devil and his angels are cast into a lake of fire and brimstone to be tormented for forever. The Saints throughout history, shall eternally live with the Lord and will live in perfect peace and joy in the Kingdom of Heaven which was prepared for them who love Him.