Tenets of Faith
Word & Prayer Ministries and Word & Prayer Fellowship
The King James Bible is used exclusively for all preaching, teaching, and pulpit readings in our church, Sunday School,
and in any outside ministry sponsored by our church.
(1) We believe that every word of Scripture (and not merely the ideas expressed by the words) is Divinely inspired (II Tim. 3:16-17; I Thess. 2:13; II Pet. 1:21) and has been Divinely preserved (Isa. 40:8; Matt. 24:35; Ps. 119:89; I Pet. 1:25).*
(2) We believe that the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments should be the Christian’s final authority on all doctrine and in all matters of conduct (John 8:31; II Tim. 3:16-17), and that they will provide the standard by which God will measure each person at the final Judgment (John 12:48).
(3) We believe that there is one God Who is eternal (Gen. 21:33; Ps. 90:2), infinite (I Kings 8:27; Jer. 23:24), self-existent (Exod. 3:14), omnipresent [everywhere at once] (Ps. 139:7-12), omniscient [all-knowing] (Heb. 4:13), omnipotent [all-powerful] (Jer. 32:17, 27; Matt. 19:26), and immutable [unchanging] (Mal. 3:6; Jas. 1:17).
(4) We believe that God is one God (I John 5:7) Who is revealed in three separate Persons—God the Father (Eph. 4:6), God the Son (John 1:1; 20:28; Acts 20:28), and God the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4; II Cor. 3:17).
(5) We believe that since the fall of Adam all have sinned (Rom. 3:10-18), and that no person is able to recover himself from sin or restore himself to God by good works (Eph. 2:8-9), through personal righteousness (Isa. 64:6), or by adhering to any religion (Acts 4:12).
(6) We believe that God has provided for man’s restoration, but only through the substitutionary death of His Son, Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Col. 1:14; Rom. 5:8), and that He has made this salvation available to all (I Tim. 2:4; I John 2:2).
(7) We believe that to become saved, one must repent of his sins (Acts 3:19) and by faith receive Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour (John 1:12; Rom. 10:8-9). We further believe that salvation is not pre-decided by God but left to the choice of each individual (John 3:15-16; 12:46; Acts 2:21; 10:43; Rev. 22:17), and that this salvation can be lost due to sin, neglect, or adherence to false doctrine (Rom. 11:21-22; I Cor. 9:26-27; Gal. 5:4; Heb. 6:4-6; 10:26-30; Rev. 2:5; 3:5, 16).
(8) We believe that those who become Christians are pardoned (Col. 2:13), redeemed by Christ’s blood (I Pet. 1:18-19), justified [or made righteous in God’s sight] (Rom. 5:1), sanctified (I Cor. 6:11), adopted by God and made His children (Rom. 8:15-16), made heirs of God and joint heirs of Christ (Rom. 8:17), made members of Christ’s body (I Cor. 12:13-27), and in the next life, as a collective body of believers, will become Christ’s eternal companion and Bride (Rom. 7:4; II Cor. 11:2).
(9) We believe that the responsibilities of a Christian are to love God above all (Mark 12:30), to achieve the most intimate relationship with Jesus (Phil. 3:10), to pattern his life after Jesus (I John 2:6), to conduct all aspects of his life in faith (Heb. 11), to pray and study the Scriptures fully and regularly (I Thess. 5:17; II Tim. 2:15), to obey the Scriptures (II Tim. 3:16-17), to live a holy life and to separate from the world (II Cor. 7:1; Heb. 12:13; I Cor. 6:14-18), to progressively mature as a Christian (Eph. 4:11-16), to love others as himself (Mark 12:31), to assist other Christians and to minister to them through the gifts and abilities God has given him (Rom. 12:4-10), and to do all that he can to reach the lost through his witness (Acts 1:8; 8:4), his example (Matt. 5:16), and his intercessory prayers (I Sam. 12:23; I Tim. 2:1).
(10) We believe that the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 12:8-10) are for today (Mark 16:17-18), are assigned to those who the Holy Spirit chooses (I Cor. 12:11), and are to be desired by all believers (I Cor. 12:31). We also reject any manifestations credited to the Holy Spirit that cannot be identified with those assigned to the Church or that were designated for her use in the New Testament (John 16:13; II Tim. 3:16-17).
(11) We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 3:11; Acts 1:5) is evidenced by speaking in other tongues (Acts 10:45-47; 11:15-16), is for believers today (Acts 2:38-39; 10:45-47; 11:15-17), effectively assists prayer (Rom. 8:26-27), provides power for service (Luke 24:49; Acts 2:4), and promotes personal spiritual growth (I Cor. 14:4). We further believe that tongues may be spoken in an unrecognizable language (I Cor. 14:2); when spoken in an assembly, tongues must be accompanied by an interpretation (I Cor. 14:5-28); and when accompanied by an interpretation, tongues promotes the spiritual growth of the assembly (I Cor. 14:5).
(12) We believe that the return of Christ for His Church is imminent (Matt. 24:42-44). We believe that this event will be followed by a seven-year Tribulation on Earth (Rev. chapters 6-19), the visible return of Christ and the establishment of His Kingdom (Rev. 19:11-20:6), the final Judgment (Rev. 20:11-15), and the eternal state of the redeemed in the New Heaven and the New Earth, and the lost in the lake of fire (Rev. chapters 20-22).
* Just enough Bible references are given both here and in the following items to establish the fact of the item—they by no means exhaust the available references.