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Our Beliefs

Further  Beliefs of Word of Truth Church

 

  1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant, Word of God. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21).

 

  1. We believe there is only one God, eternally exis­tent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30).

 

  1. We believe in the deity of Christ (John 10:33), His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew: 1:23; Luke 1:35); His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15; 7:26); His miracles (John 2:11); His vicarious and atoning death (I Corin­thians 15:3; Ephesians 1:7;  Hebrews 2:9); His resur­rection (John 11:25; I Corinthians 15:4); His ascen­sion to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19); His personal return in power and glory (Acts 1:11; Reve­lation 19:11).

 

  1. We believe in the absolute necessity of regenera­tion by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature; and that people are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and that only by God's grace and through faith alone we are saved (Jn 3:16-19; 5:24; Rm 3:23; 5:8-9; Eph 2:8-10).

 

  1. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrec­tion of life; and they that are lost unto the resurrec­tion of damnation (John 5:28-29).

 

  1. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8:13-14; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19-20; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18).

 

  1. Our church does not mandate what Bible version a person should read or bring to church. We like the KJV, NKJV and ESV, but do not tell others what version to use. However, we believe that some contemporary translations have been altered by liberal theologians, and hence their reliability has been compromised.

 

  1. We believe the doctrinal contents of the entire Holy Scriptures, both of the Old and the New Testaments, are made up of two doctrines differing fundamentally from each other, namely, the Law and the Gospel. True distinction between the Law and the Gospel not only affords the correct understanding of the entire Holy Scriptures, but without this knowledge Scripture is and remains a sealed book. Many preachers/teachers confuse or intermingle the teachings of Law and Gospel to the confusing and spiritual harm of its members.

 

  1. We believe the law of God still has a place in defining for God’s people right from wrong. Salvation is by grace alone. Yet in the thirty-first verse of Romans three, Paul asks: Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid, yea, we establish the law. Hence, for the Christian, the law still has a place telling us what is right and wrong in the eyes of God. Even before the Fall, our first parents did not live without Law, instead they had the Law of God written into their hearts.

 

  1. We believe that the Biblical account of a Christian family is very specific by nature and design (Genesis 2:23-24; Matthew 19:4-5; Mark 10:6-8); that family is the basic unit of society, and that God's will for the family does not include co-habitational rela­tionships or homosexual marriages (I Corinthians 6:9-10; 22:6; 29:17; Hebrews 13:4).

 

  1. We believe in local church membership for the following reasons: 1) the exhortation in Scriptural (Hebrews 10:25), 2) the public witness it entails, 3) the example it sets for our children. We live in a time where many people offer attendance of convenience without any commitments. Yet we believe one should establish a church home, receive instruction in the church’s practices and teachings, make a public profession of faith and then commit their time, talent and treasure to a local body. Church membership brings both privileges as well as responsibilities.

 

  1. We believe that membership in the Masonic Lodge or other secret societies are contrary to Scripture, and that such membership should be terminated. “No man can serve two masters.”

 

  1. We believe that some Christian churches have become excessively tolerant and compromising of cultural unrighteousness (II Tim. 3:5). We further believe this trend must be reversed if we are truly going to stand as the “salt” and “light” (Matthew 5:13-14). This reversal must include every aspect of the believer’s lifestyle.

 

  1. We believe in personal holiness (Heb. 12:14). Our Savior would have us to live for Him. While we are not saved by our holiness, in whole or in part, it does show our love for God and our desire to do what is pleasing unto Him. We esteem the early church model of life and practice where it is consistent with Scripture.

 

 

  1. We believe in striving for moral purity by establishing a strong, biblical moral perimeter. Purity can be maintained as we: a) Memorize appropriate Scriptures; b) Set up safeguards for our mind, heart and eyes with regard to the opposite gender and societal moral contaminants; c) Secure godly accountability. We encourage Christians to enlist two or three fellow believers, share with them their struggle, and set up clear lines of accountability (James 5:16); d) Avoid flirting with temptation, but rather run from it as Joseph did. Christians should not desire to stay close to the moral line, nor think they have what it takes to resist temptation.

 

  1. We believe that the husband is called to be head of his household, the spiritual leader of his family, and the spiritual role model for his home. We further believe that a woman should not assert herself in any church role that puts her in an authoritative position over a man (I Cor. 14:34-35).

 

  1. We believe that, after God, our family relationships should to be our top priority. Therefore, as a church we encourage, support and reinforce family life in every way possible.

 

  1. We further believe that the local church should not follow the methods of the world in its ministry efforts. Therefore, we resist the routine Sunday segregation and sub-division of the family at the front door.

 

  1. We believe in training our children to be quiet and attentive during the service and consider every Sunday an opportunity towards that objective (Prov. 22:6).  We realize children are not perfect, and some will need more work than others. We believe parents should train their children to remain seated and relatively calm until the service is over.

 

  1. We believe that outside of God and our family, the next most-prized relationship should be with fellow believers, especially those in one’s church family.  We encourage church attendees to spend time together in Word and prayer, but also in Christian fellowship.

 

  1. We believe in personal witnessing. And one of the best ways to bring someone to the Lord is by building a relationship with them.

 

  1. We believe the central part of the church service should be the preaching of the Word, following the pattern of the early church. Our theology is God-oriented; not man or seeker oriented. God, not man, should always be the focus.

 

  1. We believe in keeping our worship standard high and solidly Biblical. Modern church worship is increasingly centered on one’s feelings, experiences, and longings; hence, we believe that worship methods, all hymns, choruses and songs should be used selectively, with biblical discrimination and godly taste. Many churches celebrate experience rather than doctrine; the personal rather than the corporate; the mythic and dreamlike over the cognitive; soft, and caring images of deity over hard, impersonal images. We believe it is not by looking within, not through ecstatic worship, not following a set of spiritual rules, but by looking outside ourselves and our own experience, to the sight of Christ crucified, that our heart can find peace with God. We encourage worship that lifts up the nature and character of God.

 

  1. Like the early church, we believe that the primary purpose of the worship service in not to serve as a witnessing tool, but a means to minister to the body of Christ.  While any seeker of truth is welcome to attend, we do not tailor our service to be a crusade or have its central focus on winning the lost. We believe there are better and more effective forums for that purpose.

 

  1. We believe in accountability to spiritual leaders and mutual accountability to our brothers and sisters in Christ. When it comes to the Christian life, there is no place for such words as “It is none of your business.” Our life should be an open book, not a closed vault. True believers are to experience a relationship or bond that is far more than mere church membership; it includes accountability.

 

  1. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is precious and one of the privileges for those who make the commitment of membership. We believe that one should receive basic instruction and be of sufficient understanding to properly examine oneself before partaking of Holy Communion.

 

  1. We encourage all believers to seek out godly counsel from mature brothers and sisters in Christ before making major decisions in life. This may include decisions on marriage, family trials, choice of occupation, a geographic move, major purchases, personal health concerns and struggles with sin.

 

  1. We believe that abortion is murder (Ps. 139:13-16; Ex. 21:22-25; Amos 1:13), that homosexuality is sin (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Rom. 1:26).

 

  1. We believe in discipleship within the body of Christ (Matt. 28:18; Acts 6:7). We are committed to intensive, Biblical training one-on-one and family-on-family. For this reason, new members and/or families may be paired with mature Christians for a reasonable amount of time for discipleship training.

 

  1. We believe in the Titus two principle of older men teaching the younger men, and older women teaching the younger women (Titus 2:1-10).

 

  1. We believe in the Deuteronomy six method of education, which requires direct parental involvement in their child’s education. Home schooling is one way to carry out the Deuteronomy six mandate, though not the only way. However, we support and encourage home schooling for those led to do so.

 

  1. We believe in living a life of servanthood. Jesus said, The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many (Matthew 10:28). Also in Galatians 5:13 we are told by love serve one another. We do not live for ourselves, but to serve God and others.

 

  1. We believe it is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error. It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills. It is not love and it is not friendship if we fail to declare the whole counsel of God. It is better to be hated for telling the truth than to be loved for telling a lie. It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated. It is better to stand alone with the truth than to be wrong with a multitude. It is better to ultimately succeed with the truth than to temporarily succeed with a lie. (Titus 1:1; II Pet. 1:12; 2:2)