Scriptures on which Word of Life Family Fellowship is Established
Article I. The Authority of the Scriptures
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, correction, and for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16
We believe and affirm the Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is the only infallible and inspired Word of God. It must not be added to, taken away from or superseded by man in any way. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. It contains all the wisdom needed for guidance in every matter of life. The Bible, the Word of God, is the final authority as the source of all knowledge and wisdom as it pertains to all mankind and all of his creation. The Word of God is the final authority in the life of one that has received and honors Jesus as Lord and Savior of their life.
Article II. The Trinity
For there are three that bear witness in heaven; the Father, the Word, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and these three are one. 1 John 5:7
The testimony of the Bible, God the Father and the New Testament church is that there is only one God and that he is eternally existent in three persons; the Father, the son Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
- God the Father – Genesis 1:1 2
God the Father is the creator of all things and all of creation is held together by his Word. He created man in his own image. All commands proceed from the Father. The Father is the architect and designer of all creation. Genesis 1:12
- The Son Jesus – John 1:1- 3
In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, Jesus, and without him nothing was made that was made. John 1:1-3Jesus was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning and through him all things were made. He left heaven to become man by the power of the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary; since then Jesus is forever God and man in one person. Jesus carries out the Father’s design in all things.
- The Holy Spirit – 2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17The Holy Spirit is God, the Lord and giver of life. He operated in the old covenant and has been given to the church in the fullness at Pentecost. He convicts the world of the sin of not believing in Jesus Christ. He causes the church, the body of Christ, to know that the person who receives Jesus as Lord and Savior has been made righteous, that is to be in right-standing with God the Father. The Holy Spirit makes known to us that Satan, the ruler of the world system, has been judged, disarmed and stripped of all authority. The Baptism with the Holy Spirit, following receiving Jesus is Lord and Savior releases the fullness of the Holy Spirit as evidenced by the gifts of the Spirit operating in the life of a believer. (John 16:7 – 11)
Article III. The Cross of Calvary – Colossians 1:20 – 22
It pleased the Father that through Jesus, He reconciled all things to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of the cross. And you who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now he has reconciled to Himself in the body of Jesus through death, to present us holy and blameless and above reproach in His sight. Colossians 1:20-22
Jesus Christ’s death on the cross paid the required penalty for the sins of the whole world; however the only ones who partake of the benefits provided by the Cross of Jesus are those who receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Healing and wholeness, spirit, soul and body, and all of Father God’s provision for the members of the body of Christ, His church, are provided for by the blood of the cross. These must be appropriated by faith.
Article IV. Salvation – Ephesians 2:8
For by grace you have been saved through faith and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8
The Word of God declares that salvation is the free gift of God based totally on the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. It is received into each person’s life by faith. The benefits of salvation are received by anyone who repents from dead works, a person’s own effort to save oneself through their own works, a person’s effort to establish their own right-standing with God based on their good works. Therefore, we believe that Father God through Jesus has provided all of salvation as a free gift to us. It is Jesus Christ’s work alone by which we are saved.
…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
Article V. Baptism into Christ Jesus – 1 Corinthians 12:13
For by one spirit we were all baptized into one body whether Jew or Gentile whether slave or free and have all been made to drink into one spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13
…but now Father God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.
1 Corinthians 12:18.
It is Father God’s will that all are to be fitly joined in the church according to His plan for each member of the Body of Christ.
Upon receiving Jesus as Lord, the believer is now placed in Christ Jesus, the body of Christ. The body of Christ is the church on earth today. Therefore each believer is now a member of the church, the body of Christ. Then that believer is placed in a local church as a member as Father God pleases.
Article VI. Water Baptism – Matthew 3:13; Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47
When Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God like a dove coming to rest on him and remaining. Matthew 3:13
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Spirit as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Acts 10:47
Water baptism is releasing faith through the outward act of submersion in water by which the believer completes the inward righteousness received through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is releasing faith that our old sin nature was crucified with Christ and that we are raised with him to walk in the newness of life.
Article VII. Baptism with the Holy Spirit – Matthew 3:13; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8
When Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him. Matthew 3:13
Jesus said, “I am going to send what my Father promised; but stay in the city until you have been endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:49
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8
The gift of the Holy Spirit is an added grace from the Father after receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior and receiving the divine nature of God from above. Those who are born-again see and enter the Kingdom of God.
Article VIII. The Church – Ephesians 1:22 – 23; Ephesians 3:10, 21; Ephesians 5:23 – 25; Ephesians 527, 29, 32; Acts 2:47; 1 Corinthians 11:18
The Church is the Body of Christ on the earth. The church has the fullness of God within it. The Church has been given full authority to rule and reign in this life. The Church consists of those who answer the call, worldwide, regardless of nation or culture. They are called out ones from the world, the flesh, and the devil. The church is not national or international, denominational, non-denominational, sectarian or non-sectarian. The Church is one new man created in Christ Jesus. The Church is Father God’s people called together in order to listen and act for God in the earth by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Article IX. Lord’s Supper / Communion – 1 Corinthians 11:23 – 26
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which he was betrayed took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, take, eat; this is my body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same manner he took the cup after supper, saying this cup is the new covenant in my blood. This do as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
We come to the Lord’s table in faith believing…
- We come in remembrance of our Lord Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection.
- We come with Thanksgiving. (Luke 22:17)
- We come discerning the body and the blood of Jesus, both His physical body and spiritually, the church, the body of Christ. (1 Corinthians: 11: 27 – 30)
- We come in unity as a body of related believers honoring Jesus as Lord.
- We come receiving healing, health wholeness, life, strength, and liberty. (1 Peter 2:24; Psalm 105:37; Isaiah 53:4 – 5; Matthew 8:17)
Article X. Eschatology
We affirm the personal second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the Saints, the millennium, and the final judgments. Final judgment will determine the eternal status of both the Saints and the unbelievers. This is determined by their relationship to Jesus Christ. We affirm with the Bible the final state of the new heavens and the new earth.