Statement of Faith

GOD’S WORD: The Word of God is the divinely inspired expression of the will of God. Perfect in its original transmission and without error, the Bible is sufficient and com­plete in the canon of the Old Testament and New Testament in all things pertaining to life and godliness, faith and practice, which include but are not limited to family, marriage, financial stewardship, giving, and grow­ing spiritually as disciples of Jesus Christ. We are also called to be diligent in rightly dividing the Word of truth.  2 Peter 1:20-21 / 2 Timothy 2:15

GOD: There is only one true God, who is the Creator of the heavens and earth, the Alpha and Omega, the great “I AM,” the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, having no beginning and no end. We believe that God, being omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing),and omnipresent (able to be anywhere and at all places at the same time), chose to express himself in the three persons of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, one God manifested in three Persons. John 1:1,14 / Colossians 2:9 / 1 Corinthians 12:4-6

JESUS CHRIST: Jesus is divine in nature- He is the only begotten Son of God; He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; the only way through which man is saved and reconciled to God; He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, freely laid down his life as a full atonement for our sin, was crucified and buried in a tomb; He rose bodily from the tomb on the third day, was seen by over 500 people, ascended into the heavens and is seated at the right hand of God, interceding for the saints – those born again in Christ Jesus. There is only one redeemer and one mediator between God and man, Jesus Christ. (We don’t accept unbiblical teachings of co-redeemers or a co-mediatrix.) Matthew 1:18-25 / John 10:18 and 14:6 / 1 Corinthians 15:6 / 1 Timothy 2:5

MAN’S CONDITION: Man is born into sin, needing redemption-Adam& Eve willingly chose to sin through disobedience; ushering into the world evil and death, both physical and spiritual. It is only by the finished work of Jesus Christ that man can be reconciled with God. This redemption is not based on our striving for perfec­tion, but on the perfect and completed work of Jesus Christ at Calvary. Ephesians 1:7  / Colossians 1:13-14  /  Galatians 4:5

SALVATION: Any person can be reconciled to God – Salvation comes only through grace and not as a result of our works. Salvation is a free gift; this gift of grace empowers us to respond to His calling by faith. Salvation comes through confessing that we are sinners in need of a Savior, repenting of our sin (reject and abandon our sinful lifestyle),asking God through Jesus to forgive us of all our sin, receiving His forgiveness, and inviting Him by our free will to reside in us as Savior and Lord. Ephesians 2:8-9 / Romans 5:11 / 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 / Mark 1:14-15

SANCTIFICATION: This initially occurs at salvation – and means not only that a believer is holy in God’s eyes through what Christ accomplished, but also that he or she is called to be set apart from unbiblical and worldly behaviors and lifestyles. All have sinned and are in need of God’s mercy and grace; we all have been tempted and are tempted in various ways and times. Thus it is not the thoughts that we are affronted with that are sin, but the embracing and acting out on such thoughts. Therefore, we recognize marriage only as the union of one man who was born male and one woman who was born female. We believe that any form of sexual relationship or lifestyle outside of this description to be contrary to the heart and will of God as Sovereign Creator and Holy God. 2 Corin­thians 5:17 / John 10:27 / Matthew 26:41 / Genesis 2:24 / Romans 1:26-29 and 3:23 / 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 10:13 / 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 / Hebrews 13:4

ORDINANCES: There are two ordinances for the Church (called the Body of Christ) – (1) Adult water baptism by immersion after repenting of one’s sins and receiving Christ’s gift of salvation. This is an outward testimony of an inward transformation that we have been spiritually crucified and resurrected with Christ, and we are new creations in Christ, our Lord and Savior. (2) Holy Communion (also called “the Lord’s Supper”) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation. We do not accept the unbiblical teaching of tran­sub­stan­tia­tion. Communion declares the finished work of Christ on Calvary, where Jesus declared, “It is finished!” Acts 10:48 and 11:15 / 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

SERVANT LEADER GIFTING: This gifting and equipping is for those called to be Servant Leaders in the body of Christ – This role and responsibility is neither a religious title nor a “denominational” position, but an empowerment given specifically by the Holy Spirit to help the body of Christ mature and grow. The Servant Leader anointing gives supernatural flow and abilities to: caringly pastor the body of Christ; to preach the Gospel of Christ with power; to teach the Word of God with clarity; to evangelize the lost supernaturally; to prophetically bring to the church from the Holy Spirit: doctrine (scriptural Christianity),reproof (addressing areas of error or sin in the Body of Christ) and correction (scriptural re-direction to get back on track). Mark 10:45 / Ephesians 4:11-12 / 2 Timothy 3:16-17

ETERNAL LIFE: All will have eternal life after death – At the end of the 1000 year period, there will be a resurrection of all who have ever lived that were not resurrected in the rapture. These individuals and those who remained after the rapture will appear before the Great White Throne Judgment. Those who have rejected Christ will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in the lake of fire. Those who received Christ, as well as those who died for Christ during the tribulation, will enter into their reward along with the raptured saints; they will live and dwell with Him forever in a new Heaven and new earth. (We reject the unbiblical doctrines of soul sleep & purgatory.)  Reve­la­tion 21:1-4 / John 3:16 / Matthew 25:46 / Jude 1:7 / 2 Thes­sa­lon­ians 1:6-9 / Philip­pians 3:20-21

GIVING: Giving is not only a privilege but is scriptural– Giving is a form of praise and worship to God and a powerful component in the vitality of the believer’s walk in relation to God and to the body of Christ as a whole. We greatly appreciate those who give to P.A.R. to help us in our mission. We believe that giving should never be out of guilt, shame, or religious compulsion, but as one is led by the Holy Spirit. Thus we encourage you to always pray first seeking the Lord, that you not be compelled or limited in the flesh, but directed by the spirit of God. Luke 6:38 / 2 Cor­in­thians 9:7 / Matthew 25:40

CIVIL GOVERNMENT: We believe that God has ordained and created all authority, consisting of three basic institutions: (1) the home, (2) the church, and (3) the state – Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific biblical responsibilities and balanced those respon­sibil­ities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective biblically assigned spheres of respon­sibility under God. We believe that we must obey the state unless it requires us to act contrary to our faith, at which time we must obey God rather that the state. Matthew 22:15-22 / Acts 5:29 / Romans 13:1-7 / Ephe­sians 5:22-25 / Titus 3:1-2 / Hebrews 13:17 / 1 Peter 2:13-14

LAWSUITS BETWEEN BELIEVERS: We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes – We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company, as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander.  Matthew 18:15-17 / 1 Cor­in­thians 6:1-8 / Ephe­sians 4:31-32