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STATEMENT OF FAITH
AWFSM FUNDAMENTAL BELIEFS
► BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED, & ONLY INFALLIBLE, AUTHORITATIVE, WORD OF GOD and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
(Matthew 5:18; John 1:14; 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
► BELIEVE THERE IS ONE GOD, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, YHWH; Son, Yeshua HaMashiach; and Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh.
(Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 3: 14)
► BELIEVE IN THE DEITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, in His virgin birth, His sinless life, & His miracles; that His vicarious & atoning death, through His shed Blood, is efficacious as the basis for reconciliation between God and sinful man. Believe in His bodily resurrection.
(Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 53:5-6; 1 John 2:2; Matthew 28:6; 1 Peter 1:3; 1 Cor.15:1-5, Galatians 1:8-9)
► BELIEVE IN CHRIST’S ASCENSION, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, His high-priestly intercession, through His Blood, for His own, keeping us in the Faith He gave, and in His personal & visible return to earth in power & great glory.
(Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:35)
► BELIEVE THAT ALL PEOPLE ARE BORN IN SIN, and that conviction of sin and belief in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (redemption from judgment and the death of sin among other truths) is absolutely essential for salvation.
► BELIEVE SALVATION IS A FREE GIFT OF GOD, solely by His grace & by faith God through the Holy Spirit convicting the sinner to repent: a change of mind and recognition of our sin given by conviction thru His Spirit, and then unto belief that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. Salvation will be identified in our life as an ongoing demonstration of becoming Holy unto God & a life lived in the faith that we received, and seen in the fruits of the Spirit and the spiritual gifts for ministry in His love.
(Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 11:1; 11:6; John 10:30; 20:28; Acts 4:12)
► BELIEVE IN THE PRESENT MINISTRY OF GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT, who has come to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, of judgment, & by whose baptism we are born again. Believe by whose indwelling the Holy Spirit enables a Christian to repent (ongoing) and hate their sin & live a Godly life. Believe that once every believer is sealed & occupied by the Holy Spirit and our salvation is secure in Christ.
► BELIEVE IN THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, these spiritual gifts are supernatural empowerments given by the Holy Spirit to the followers of Christ so that they can do the work of building up the body of Christ and to extend the Kingdom of God throughout the world. Spiritual gifts are not natural talents, but are empowerments that the Holy Spirit gives to a believer to minister to the body in ways that were not possible by mere natural effort. Lord also can supernatually bless and use the natural talents of any believer for His Honor & Glory. Some may believe that the gift of tongues is the 'initial, physical evidence' of being filled with the Holy Spirit, and we affirm speaking in unknown tongues or called a heavenly language, is a valid gift for today, but the Scripture do not support tongues as the only evidence of the filling of the Holy Spirit.
► BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION OF BOTH THE SAVED & THE LOST, they who are saved unto the resurrection of life - first fruits and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
(1 Corinthians15:20; Matthew 27:52-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 20:4; Luke 14:14; John 5:29; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 20:5-6)
► BELIEVE THAT THE SOULS OF BELIEVERS ARE AT DEATH ABSENT FROM THE BODY & PRESENT WITH THE LORD, where we await our resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord.
► BELIEVE THAT THE SOULS OF UNBELIEVERS REMAIN AFTER DEATH, in conscious misery until their resurrection when, with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne judgment & shall be cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer everlasting punishment.
(Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15)
► BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY HEAD OF HIS CHURCH, and that all true believers are united as members of His body into the family of God by the Holy Spirit.
► BELIEVE THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL TO BE PROCLAIMED BY ANGELS DURING THE LATER PART OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION, and of judgment upon the wicked. It is good news to suffering believers (Jew & Gentile) during this period as it heralds their coming deliverance & reward. Believers can rest easy who are in Christ before the 7 year tribulation begins, since any believer will not be present on earth during that time table. It is a terrible time of judgment and God's wrath. The church (bride) is not appointed to wrath, nor judgment. They will be called up by Christ as promised.
(Revelation 14:6-7; John.14:1-3; Revelation 3:10; Titus 2:13)
► BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM THAT WILL BE PREACHED DURING THE TRIBULATION BY SAVED ELECT OF ISRAEL, and the gentiles they convert, and the Kingdom that God will set up through Christ on earth according to His promise to David. Christ’s Kingdom will be centered in Jerusalem.
(Book of Revelation)
► BELIEVE IN THE VISIBLE and BODILY RETURN OF CHRIST TO THE EARTH WITH HIS SAINTS TO ESTABLISH HIS PROMISED MILLENNIAL KINGDOM, This kingdom will be ruled by Christ and last 1000 years. The elect who come back with Him will assist in establishing His Kingdom during and will dwell in New Jerusalem, the Golden City built by our Lord.
► BELIEVE THAT AFTER THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH AFTER THE SEVEN-YEAR LONG TRIBULATION, AFTER THE WAR OF ARMAGEDDON & THE RESURRECTION OF THE SAINTS, JESUS CHRIST WILL RULE ON THE EARTH FOR ONE THOUSAND YEARS,the purpose of the Millennial Kingdom is to establish Christ as King in Jerusalem, seated on the Throne of David and to fulfill the promises YHWH God Almighty has made to Israel. They will bless the other nations, fulfilling the Abrahamic Covenant and they will take control of the promised geographical borders, fulfilling the Palestinian Covenant and they will experience forgiveness & a renewed relationship with God, fulfilling the Davidic Covenant.
(Revelation 20:4-6; Luke 1:32-33; Genesis 12:1-3; Deuteronomy 30:1-10; 2 Samuel 7:10-13)
AMEN & MARANATHA!
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