1. The Word of God:
– We believe that the Bible is God’s written revelation to humanity, and thus the sixty-six books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute the complete (inspired equally in all parts) Word of God (Jeremiah 23:28-29; 1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
– We believe the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31-32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32).
2. The Trinity:
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. (Genesis 1:1, 26; John 1:1, 3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19-2 0; Ephesians 4:5-6).
3. Salvation through Christ:
– We believe in the deity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension into heaven and in His personal future return to the earth.
– We believe that the only means of being free from the sins is through faith in the death, resurrection and sacrifice of Jesus Christ followed by repentance of sins (Titus 3:4-7, Romans 10:9-10, Romans 12:1-2).
There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life (1 Cor 15:20–23), for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment of death and eternal punishment (John 5:28–29).
5. Church Ordinances:
– We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church; baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
– We believe that Christian baptism after salvation is the full immersion of the accountable believer in water into the name of the triune God.
– We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death and should be celebrated on a periodic basis of at least once a month.
– We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. We do not believe these ordinances are necessary unto salvation but are to be done as commanded by God (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
We believe in marriage as it is defined by God in scripture (Mark 10:6-9). Therefore Truth Ministries will not perform any marriage ceremonies for atheists, unequally yoked couples (2nd Cor 6:14), or two people of the same sex (Romans 1:26-27).
7. End Times:
– The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be conducted in two stages; Rapture and Revelation.
– The Rapture of the church will precede seven years of Tribulation followed by the revelation (return) of Christ to set up His kingdom on the earth for 1000 years.
– Following the Millennial reign of Christ will be the Great White Throne judgment before a final restoration of a new heaven and earth.
It is the position of this church that God created and sustains the universe and everything in it.
9. Women in Ministry
This church believes that God has established the husband to be the spiritual head and covering of his wife and children (Ephesians 5:23).In accordance with 1st Timothy 3, the church is to be managed in similar fashion to the family. Elders and deacons are to be men who meet the guidelines listed in the above scripture.This church recognizes and welcomes women who are gifted in teaching, leading worship, leading other ministries or edifying the body of believers as long as it is in line with biblical church authority (1st Timothy 2:12).
10. Spiritual Gifts
– We believe in all of the Spiritual gifts listed in the Bible but we also emphasize church order. We realize that the use of many of said spiritual gifts come with specific biblical guidelines in which to follow.
– The outreach design of our church attracts many unbelievers and new believers. There has been a history of these people being turned away from the church due to past incidents of speaking in tongues. 1st Cor 14:23 says, “Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?: Due to the nature of our church’s purpose of outreach and due to the history of uninterpreted messages in tongues (1st Cor 14:28) followed by a mass of confusion, it is the position of this church that we be more concerned for the salvation of the lost rather than the edification of the saved through a message in tongues (1st Cor 14:4). For this reason, we would ask that any speaking of tongues would be done privately and quietly in conjunction with 1st Cor 14:33.
11. The Doctrine of Salvation
– We believe in cases of apostasy such as the example given in Hebrews 6:4-6, a person who has committed their life to Christ may fail in fulfilling that commitment.
– In such a case of apostasy, it is not a punishment from God taking the gift of salvation away as “the gifts and callings of God are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29), but rather the surrender or “walking away” by the former believer from his or her faith before they were judged by God.
– It is not the position of this church to promote losing one’s salvation as the completed work of salvation will take place in heaven and at that time can never be lost (Phil 3:20-21). In this life, we strongly encourage our members to “endure till the end” as instructed by Jesus in Matthew 24:13.
12. The Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit
– This church believes that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a person’s born again experience into the Body of Christ (Matt 3:11, Acts 8:16).
– Baptized is not the same as being filled with Holy Spirit (Acts 8:16-17) as baptized means “submerged” which happens on the outside, while “filled” is something that happens on the inside. Although the two are separate events, we believe they can be simultaneous (Acts 10:44-46).
– Being filled with the Holy Spirit is a supernatural endowment of God’s power for the sole purpose of being a more effective witness for Christ (Acts 1:8). The initial evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit may be a renewed compassion, prophesying, boldness (Acts 4:31), supernatural faith, wisdom and many other gifts that would enable a person to more effectively reach the lost. There should not be any one gift that is sought as an evidence of this endowment of God’s power.
– This church believes that God fills us up with this power from on high at certain times in our lives and we seek Him for it. We do not remain Spirit-filled every second. Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit on different occasions as the witness for Christ necessitated it (Acts 2:4, 4:8).
– This church will love, welcome, and treat people equally regardless of their faith, race, appearance, marital status, age, or gender.
– We will also love and welcome anyone regardless of their sexual orientation, their ideology, or any other factor.
– At the same time, we are a church that believes in accountability, and we will love people enough to encourage repentance, and to live a life of purity and Biblical Truth.
– Truth Ministries will not support or encourage sinful behavior in any way.