CHURCH OF GOD
JESUS EXALTED MINISTRIES
Statement of Faith
As a body of New Testament believers, We adhere to the following declaration of the things which are most surely believed among us. (St. Luke 1:1).
SCRIPTURES The Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God,
(2 Peter 1 :21.) presenting to us the complete revelations of God’s will for the salvation of the souls of men, the Old and New Testament our only rule of Christian faith and practice
( St. Matthew 28:19-20). We stand for the whole Bible rightly divided, in unity.
(2 Timothy 2:15.)
THE VIRGIN BIRTH
Faith in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ as taught in the Bible is the very keystone of our Christian arch of Faith. The expression “Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ” simply means the birth of Jesus Christ from a human mother, wholly apart from, and without, a human father. (St. Matthew 1:18-25; Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; St. John, 1:14; 3:16-18.) Born of the Holy Ghost.
DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, and that he arose again according to the Scriptures (I Corinthians 15:3; St. Matthew 20-18; 26:28: Romans 3:25; 5:10-11;Isaiah 53:4-6.)
The Bible emphatically and unequivocally teaches the union of three persons in the Godhead, correctly called in theology, the Trinity. These persons are God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. We believe the confusion surrounding the doctrine is generated by people who, either are ignorant of plain language, or are being used of evil spirits to sidetrack the people from the clear teaching of the Scriptures.
(I John 5:7-8; St. Matthew 3:16-17; St. Luke 3:21-23; St. John 1:33-34; Acts 10:38; St. Matthew 3:16-17: II Peter 1:16-18; Acts 7:54-60: Daniel 7:9-14; St. Matthew 28:19-20).
In connection to the above statement on the Trinity, we believe that Christian water baptism is to be Scripturally administered, and therefore must be in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost as commanded by Jesus Christ in St. Matthew 28:19-20.
We are aware that some teach that these are not names and that they are mere titles, but such teaching demonstrates ignorance of human language and contradicts the word of God. Our dictionaries and grammars call such words “Nouns” or “substantives” and say that all such nouns are Names. It is true that not all such are always proper names or names of certain individuals. The usage in any particular instance shows whether it is applied as a name to a certain person or not.
In St. Matthew 28:19, it is definitely the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Jesus Christ, in the great Commission recorded in St. Matthew 28:19-20, commands water baptism to be administered in the Name of "the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost."
To do anything in the "Name" is to do it "by the authority that we baptize at all. Therefore, it is by His (Jesus Christ's) authority that we baptize in the Name of or by the authority of all three persons in the Trinity. This explains and helps us to understand Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, and 19:5. We are authorized by Jesus Christ to recognize the Father and the Holy Ghost as well as Himself in baptizing Christians in water.
Consider this! At the water baptism of Jesus Christ, the Trinity was manifested or recognized. There was Jesus Christ, the second person, in the water. God, the first person, spoke out of Heaven: and the Holy Spirit, the third person, came down and anointed Jesus Christ. Thus, the Trinity of Persons in the Godhead was honored at the baptism in the water of Jesus Christ. (St. Matthew 3:16-17: Acts 10:38). We, therefore, believe that one should honor all three members of the Trinity in the ceremony of water baptism of Christians. We recognize no other way of baptizing Christians in water except in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
in the name of Jesus Christ.
Salvation-deliverance from sin and placed into fellowship with God and is made possible through the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Holy Spirit conviction is working Godly sorrow for sins, causing one to repent, turning from sin trusting in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and being born again. The New Birth is absolutely necessary to become a Child of God. (St. John 3:1-8, Titus 2:11-14, 3:5-7; ROMANS 10:9-10, 10:13-15).
THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is in the life of every born-again child of God. (St. John 14:15-17, Rom 8:9, 8:14-16, Gal. 4:4-6). We further believe that the presence of the Holy spirit in the born-again believer works real holiness, i.e. real biblical sanctification in and through that believer; thus making for real Christian living which is the out-living of the in-living Christ. The fruit that the in-living Christ produces by the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian is Love, Joy,Peace, Long-Suffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness and Temperance. (Gal. 5:22-23). We believe that the fruit of the spirit should be manifested through every believer.
THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is an experience from God promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers and is received following the New Birth John 6:7. (St. Matthew 3:11, St. John 14:16-17, Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-4, 2:38-39, 10:44-48, 19: 1-7). We believe that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Bible doctrine, a Scriptural experience and an endowment of power from on high to give Christians power for service. We also believe that the reception of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit should be in harmony with Acts 2:4, 10:46, and 19:6. This same Spirit also keeps the believer, His child, through His shed blood.
THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 is for Character, whereas the gifts of the Spirit listed in I Corinthians 12:7-11 are tools for the Christian to work with. We believe that one should "covet earnestly the gifts."
(I Corinthians 12:31).
We believe that tithing - the giving of at least one-tenth of one's increase or the first fruits of one's increase to the Work of the Church - is God's plan for the spreading of the full gospel. (Proverbs 3:9, Mal. 3:8-10)
We believe that tithing is the minimum, or least, that one should put in the work of the ministry of the Gospel. We further believe that Christians should give serious and prayerful consideration to putting the tithe plus liberal offering into the Work of the Lord.
ETERNAL HAPPINESS FOR GOD'S PEOPLE
The future of born-again Children of God is bright. We will be with Him and in Him. (St. John 14:1-6, I Thessalonians 4:16-17, Revelations Chapters 21 & 22, Romans 6:22-23, St. John 10:28, St. Luke 18:30; I John 5:11-13).