Statements of Faith

 

 

WHAT WE BELIEVE AT JOY CHRISTIAN CENTER

 

THE SCRIPTURES

The Bible, containing both Old and New Testaments, is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in the matters pertaining to conduct and doctrines (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thess. 2:13; Heb 4:12;  2 Peter 1:21).

 

ONE TRUE GODHEAD

Our God in one, but manifested in three persons -- [The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, being co-equal (Phil 2:6)]. God the Father is greater than all, the sender of the Word (Logos), and the Begetter (John 14:28, 16:28, 1:14). The Son (Christ-The Messiah) is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1, 1:18, 1:14). The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal (John 15:26).

 

MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION

Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." As it is written "There is none righteous, no not one." Jesus Christ (Messiah) the Son of God, was manifested to destroy the works of the devil, and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Rom 5:14, 3:10, 3:23; 1 John 3:8). Salvation is the gift of God to man, separated from works and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Messiah), producing works acceptable to God (Eph 2:8-10).

 

ETERNAL LIFE AND THE NEW BIRTH

Man's first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that works repentance. The New Birth is necessary to all, and when experienced, produces eternal life (2 Cor 7:10; 1 John 5:12, John 3:3-5; 1 Peter 1:23).

 

WATER BAPTISM

Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian's identification with Messiah in His death, burial, and resurrection (Matt 28:19; Rom 6:4; Col 2:12; Acts 8:36-39, 10:47).

 

BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST

The Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Messiah to all believers in this dispensation, and is received subsequent to the New Birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance (Matt 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8, 2:4, 2:38-39, 8:12-17, 10:44-48, Acts 19:1-6).

 

SANCTIFICATION

The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation and Messiah's return (Heb 12:14; 1 Thess 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18;2 Cor 3:18; Phil 3:12-15; 1 Cor 1:30).

 

DIVINE HEALING

Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the redemptive sacrifice of Messiah Jesus, and is the privilege of every member of the Church today (Mark 16:17-18; James 5:14-20; 1 Peter 2:24; Matt 8:16-17;Isa 53:4-5).

 

PROSPERITY OF THE CHURCH

Financial prosperity is provided for in the redemption provided by Messiah and is therefore the will of God for all believers and the privilege of every believer today (2 Cor 8:9; Rom 8:32; Ps 35:27). The purpose of prosperity is to establish God's Covenant in the earth, by demonstrating God's “Blessing” upon His people, and by providing the financial means to preach the Gospel (Gen 1:28, 9:1, 12:1-3;Deut 8:18, 28:1-14; Joshua 1:8; 2 Cor 9:6-15). The foundation for financial prosperity is tithing, which predates the law and is confirmed in the New Testament (Gen 14:18-20; Heb 7:4-8). The tithe belongs to God and is to be brought to the local church (Lev 27:30-33; Deut 26:1-19; Mal 3:8-12; 1 Cor 16:2; Heb 7:8). Scripture also teaches that we are to give offerings over and above the tithe; we should give in faith, expecting a harvest (Prov 3:9-10, 11:24-25; Mal 3:8;Luke 6:38; 2 Cor 9:6-15; Gal 6:6-10; 1 Tim 6:17-19).

 

RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD

The angels said to Jesus' disciples, "This same Jesus shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven."  (Acts 1:11)  His coming is imminent. When He comes, the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we, which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thess 4:13-18; 1 Cor 15:50-57; Rev 1:7, 4:1-2).  Following the Tribulation, Jesus shall return to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords, together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests (Rev 1:4-6).  Jesus shall reign on earth for a thousand years and His saints shall reign with Him (Rev 19:11-16, 20:1-7).

 

HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION

The one who physically dies without Christ - The Messiah (without being saved) is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire, and therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel and repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms "Eternal" and "Everlasting" which are used in describing the duration of the punishment in the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence that is used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God (Heb 9:27-28; Rev 19:20, 20:6-15, 21:8).

 

NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH

Following the thousand year reign of Jesus and His saints upon this earth, the devil (satan), and his demonic angels (demons), along with all the people who did not receive Jesus as Lord, and death and hell itself, are cast into the Lake of Fire (which is the second death). Then there will be a New Heaven and New Earth with a magnificent and glorious Holy City of God. This “New Jerusalem” will be 1,500 miles long, wide, and tall, to be inhabited by God the Father, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit, and the saints - the family of God - who serve God and reign with Him for ever and ever, Amen! And of His Kingdom there shall be no end! (Rev 21:1 - 22:5; Luke 1:30-33; Heb 1:8; Isa 9:6-7; Dan 2:44, 7:13-14, 27; Micah 4:7).

 

ARE YOU SAVED ?YOU CAN KNOW FOR SURE !

The Bible says a person can know they are saved, with eternal life, and headed for heaven (1 John 5:11-13). To activate the saving grace of God one must:

·Repent of the past (be truly sorry for their sinful life) and be willing to turn to God, wholeheartedly, and live for Him and obey His Word - The Bible. (Mark 1:14-15, 6:12; Luke 13:3)

·Sincerely believe in your heart that Jesus sacrificed Himself for all of our sins, sicknesses, diseases, anxieties, worries, poverty, and all the things of the devil, on the cross and in hell, so we could be free from all evil. Also truly believe that God raised Jesus from the dead - both from hell and the grave - so that we could be born again (born anew, spiritually), and live for God, and serve with God throughout eternity (eternal life). (John 3:3-7; Isa 53:3-11; Heb. 9:14, 28, 10:10, 12:2, 13:12, 20-21; Rom 10:9-13)

 

·Confess to God that you believe the above truths by praying like this:

Dear Heavenly Father, I admit I am a sinner and need to be forgiven and saved. I am sorry for my past and I “repent” - I turn away from all sin - I renounce satan and all evil, and I now ask Jesus to be my Lord, Master and Saviour. “Jesus”, I am calling on You to save me now. I give You myself and I receive You. Thank You Lord Jesus for saving me. Because of Your grace, by faith, I declare that I am now a born again child of God - a Christian. Jesus, please fill me to the full with the Holy Spirit, who will lead me and help me live for You. I am determined with all my heart to live for God, from now throughout eternity! In Jesus’ Name, Amen! Praise the Lord!

 

(Rom 10:9-10; Prov 18:21; Mark 11:24-26; John 6:37; Rom 8:9-17; Heb 12:14;

2 Cor 5:17-21)

 

Now be sure you attend a good Spirit-filled Bible teaching church. Ask the Holy Spirit to direct you to where He wants you to worship, study, grow and serve. For more information on salvation, please click on “Resources” and also “Bible Study/Links Links to Ministries”.

 

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