Our Statement of Faith
This is the statement of Bible doctrine as believed and taught by Apostle Thabo. This statement of faith has its source in the Bible and is in total agreement with the foundation principles of the doctrines of Christ.
- We believe that the Bible contains the inspired and infallible Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
- We believe that there is only one God eternally existent in three persons; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 4:5-6; Genesis 1:26; Matthew3:16-17)
- We believe in the deity of Christ. (John 1:1-4; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:1-5)
- He was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:30-35)
- He was conceived of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:30-35)
- He died (John 19:30-35)
- He rose again from the dead bodily (John 20:25-29; Luke 24:36-40)
- He ascended into heaven bodily (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Matthew 29-30)
- We believe in the rapture of the church and the second coming of Christ. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Matthew 29-30)
- We believe that the only means of being cleansed from sin is repentance and faith in the precious blood of Jesus (Acts 3:19; Luke 24:47; Ephesians 1:7)
- We believe that when an individual receives the Holy Ghost, he receives divine enablement for Christian service and witness. (Acts 1:8; 2:4; 3:1-26; 4:5-12)
- We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost. (Romans 15:16; 1 Corinthians 6:11)
- We believe in the final resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the former to eternal life and the latter to eternal judgement. (Revelations 20:1-15; 1 Corinthians 15:12-23)
Our message is based on the following fact: 1 Timothy 3:16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of goodliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angles, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
- God was manifest in the flesh (John 1:14 God became flesh in the person of Jesus, 1 John 1:2 that Jesus is eternal life which was manifested which was with the Father)
- Justified in the Spirit (Matthew 3:16 When He was baptized, the heavens were opened unto him, and the Spirit of God descended upon him like a dove and lightening. Romans 1:4 Jesus was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.)
- Seen of angels (Matthew 28:2 “And behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.” Therefore, we believe that Jesus died and he rose again, and that he is alive forever more. Mark 16:5 “And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right-hand side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.”
- Believed in the world (Colossians 1:6,23 “Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world…” Jesus is for all nations. He is the answer to the problems of the people of this world.
- Received up into glory (Luke 24:51 “And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.”
What We Believe
The Bible 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 matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (2Tim. 3:16; 1Thess. 2:13; 2Peter 1:21).
Our God is one, but manifested in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal (Phil. 2:6). God the Father is greater than all; the Source of the Word (Logos) and the Begetter (John 14:28; John 16:28; John 1:14). The Son is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1; John 1:14; John 1:18). The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal (John 15:26).
Man, His Fall, and Recreation
Man is a created being made in the likeness and the 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…” (Rom. 3:23) and “As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one…” (Rom. 3:10). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and He gave His life and shed His blood to restore man back to God (Rom. 3:23; 1John 3:8). Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Eph. 2:8).
Eternal Life and New Birth
Man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that produces repentance. The new birth is necessary to all men, and when fulfilled, produces eternal life (2Cor. 7:10; 1John 5:12; John 3:3-5).
Baptism in water 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 Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36-39).
Baptism in The Holy Ghost
The Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the new birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of the speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Act 19:1-7; Acts 2:4).
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 (Heb. 12:14; 1Thess. 5:23; 2Peter 3:18; 2Cor. 3:18; Phil. 3:12-14; 1Cor. 1:30).
Healing and Divine Health
Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the Church today (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-16; 1Peter 2:24; Matt. 8:17; Isa. 53:4-5).
Resurrection of the Just and the Return of Our Lord
The angels said, “…this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11). His coming is imminent. When He comes, “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and 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: and so, shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1Thess. 4:16,17). Following the tribulation, He shall return to earth as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Rev. 20:6).
Hell, and Eternal Retribution
The one who physically dies in his sin without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire, and therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God (Heb. 9:27; Rev. 19:20).
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