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Statement of Faith

What We Believe!

WE BELIEVE that there is one God, creator of all things; He is infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three manifestations known as the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 43:10-11; Genesis 1:1; Ephesians 4:5-6).


WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.  The Word of God (Bible) declares His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death, resurrection, and ascension to the right hand of the God the Father (Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 1:8).


WE BELIEVE that man was created in the image of God but as a result of sin is lost, powerless to save himself, spiritually dead and separated from God (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).


WE BELIEVE that the only hope for man is to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ by faith through grace; that Jesus was born of a virgin, the Son of God who died to take upon Himself the punishment and penalty of sin for mankind, rose from the dead so that by receiving Him as Savior and Lord, man is redeemed by His shed blood and his relationship with Jesus Christ is demonstrated through the action of repentance (John 3:3; Ephesians 2:8).


WE BELIEVE in sanctification, the act of separation from that which is evil and dedicating oneself to God, that which is good, upright, and morally pure (Leviticus 20:7; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Peter 3:15).


WE BELIEVE that water baptism by the immersion in water, after accepting Jesus Christ as Savior, is a public declaration and testimony to the death of sin in ones’ life and the resurrection to a new life in Christ (Acts 2:38; 2 Corinthians 5:17).


WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit indwells those who receive Jesus Christ for the purpose of enabling them to live a righteous and holy life (Romans 8:11).

 

WE BELIEVE the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, to convict men of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer(John 14:15-17).


WE BELIEVE in the Baptism of the Holy Spiritgiven at Pentecost, which is the promise of the Father and available to all believers; the Holy Spirit was sent by Jesus after His ascension to empower the Body of Christ to preach the Gospel message world-wide; that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is accompanied by speaking in other [unknown] tongues (Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-4).


WE BELIEVE in the ministry of deliverance whose purpose is to guide people into the victory that Jesus Christ died to give them and set them free from spiritual vices and/or demonic oppression to bring about victory and freedom (Matthew 10:8; Luke 4:18).


WE BELIEVE in divine healing, the miraculous intervention to heal one from serious or even fatal conditions physically, mentally and/or emotionally; divine healing is God’s execution of His power and love towards His creation so that they will know that He is omnipotent (Mark 6:13; James 5:14-16).


WE BELIEVE that the Holy Bible is the only divinely inspired, infallible written Word of God and is the only authoritative source of Christian doctrine and belief (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).


WE BELIEVE that the church is the Body of Christ, representative of Jesus on earth and is composed of all those who, through their belief in Christ, have been spiritually regenerated by indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:27; 2 Corinthians 5:20).


WE BELIEVE that the mission of the Church is worldwide evangelism and the nurturing and disciplining of Christians, new Christians and those desiring to be Christian (Matthew 28:16-20).


WE BELIEVE in the biblical definition of marriage, that marriage is between one man and one woman (male and female). ELDMI nor its leadership will perform or allow any marriages to be conducted in/at their facilities between a couple that is not joining as a born “male” and born “female” together as one in Holy matrimony (Genesis 1:26-28).


WE BELIEVE in the “Blessed Hope” and “Second Coming” of Jesus Christ which includes the resurrection and rapture of all Christians where the “dead in Christ” rise first, those that are “alive and remain” are caught up to meet Him in the air, and that He will return to earth with His saints for a one thousand-year reign (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52).


WE BELIEVE that there will be a bodily resurrection of all the dead in final judgment where all men/women will appear before the judgment seat of Christ receiving the things done in the body whether good or bad; the true believer will have everlasting life with the Lord in heaven, and the unbeliever everlasting conscious punishment in hell (Matthew 25:46; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 21-22).