OUR FOUNDATIONAL BELIEFS:
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO EXPERIENCE BREAKTHROUGH?
- Life instead of death.
- Righteousness instead of sin.
- Grace instead of law and legislation.
- Freedom instead of religion.
- Presence instead of distance from God.
- Love instead of fear.
- Active faith instead of dead works.
- Joy instead of sadness.
- Victory instead of defeat.
- Knowing God's provision instead of poverty.
- Being fruitful instead of fruitless.
- Functioning in the Holy Spirit's anointing instead of our own natural ability.
- Knowing we belong in God's family instead of living in rejection and isolation.
We believe in one God who exists in three persons - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus is the perfect picture of what God is like. Jesus revealed that God wants us to call Him, “Abba!” which means Father God. Abba is perfectly pure in His heart, wonderfully just, overwhelmingly compassionate, a consuming fire, loves mankind with an unbending love which He demonstrated beautifully by sending Jesus for us, and wants you to know Him intimately.
(Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4)
We believe the Bible is God’s written Word. God’s Word is God’s will. Every single word is inspired, intentional, meaningful, accurate and profitable. God’s Word divorced from Jesus is empty and vain. Everything in the Bible is a picture of God’s Son, Jesus. The written word is an arrow to the living Word.
(Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 3:16)
Jesus is one hundred percent God and one hundred percent man. He entered the creation He made, became a man by putting on human flesh, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He was the only man whose blood was not tainted by sin (because He was conceived by the Holy Spirit who has no sin). He lived a perfectly sinless life in both action and thought. He took all of the world’s sins and its curse by becoming our sin and curse at the Cross. God poured out all of His wrath and righteous vengeance against all sin and ungodliness (past, present, and future) in His body. Jesus yelled, “Finished!” right before He died meaning that every sin had been perfectly paid for. He was buried in a tomb and God rose Him from the dead three days later. He left your sins in the grave. He defeated death with death. Today, He is at the right hand of God. He is the head of the church and we are His body. We are flesh of His flesh and bone of His bone. He is the church’s bridegroom and we are His bride.
(Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 22:70; 24:46-47; John 1:1, 14; 10:30; 11:25-27; 17:1-5; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 8:1-3; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Gal 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15; 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16)
The Holy Spirit is equally God. He convicts the world of sin, which is unbelief in Jesus. He convicts the believer in Jesus of their righteousness in Christ and witnesses that “by no means will God ever count your sins against you”. This does not mean he doesn’t discipline us and lead us away from sin. He wants us to be free! He convicts the believer that the devil has been judged and defeated at the Cross. The Holy Spirit indwells you when you receive Jesus and doesn’t ever leave you. He does all the work of the Christian life in and through you as you rest in the finished work of Jesus. He always leads you into life and produces love, joy, and peace in you. Because of the Holy Spirit we can access God's presence today. The Holy Spirit does not draw attention to Himself and is always magnifying Jesus.
(Genesis 1:2; Psalm 51:11; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Luke 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21)
Gifts of the Spirit.
The gifts of the Spirit are given by the Holy Spirit to believers for the purpose of building up, encouraging each other, and expanding the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus was cool, calm, and collected in all his ministering and yet He walked in great power and displayed perfect love. This is how the gifts of the Spirit should operate in the body of Christ. You can tell when they are being abused when they do not exalt and glorify Jesus. You can tell when they are being used well when they exalt and glorify Jesus. They are all amazing gifts and we should earnestly desire to receive them.
(Mark 16:17-18, 1 Corinthians 12:1-5, 1 Corinthians 14:1-5)
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is freely available to every believer, comes after salvation, but is not required for eternal salvation. Upon receiving Jesus, the Holy Spirit indwells you and you become one forever. This is being born again. At the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit becomes precedent over you to empower you for specific ministry. In Scripture, this is a distinctly different experience than salvation and is always accompanied by the outward sign of speaking; either in tongues or prophesying. You do not have to qualify for this baptism. The fact that Jesus is at the right hand of the Father is your confidence to receive the baptism of the Spirit. God wants you to receive this amazing anointing that Jesus brought for you.
Water baptism is an outward expression of an inward reality. At this baptism, you identify with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Our old nature was crucified and buried with Christ. His death was our death too! When our body goes beneath the water, we were buried with Him and it is no longer us who lives. When we raise from the water, we are declaring that we are a brand new creation with a new nature. We are now one with Christ in His resurrection and life. Our new identity is in Christ.
(Romans 6:3-4, Colossians 2:12-13, 1 Peter 3:21)
Salvation is a rich word. It means deliverance, wholeness, preservation, and healing. In the context of eternal salvation, it means you are saved from the wrath of God towards sin. This happens by Jesus becoming your sin substitute on the Cross. Jesus was condemned for the sins you committed. This is not getting what you deserved. And further, you receive Jesus’ righteousness so that you share the same right standing with God as Jesus. This is getting what you don’t deserve. Upon resting in what Christ did for you at the Cross, you are born again. This eternal salvation only happens one time when you receive Christ and is not based or maintained on your obedience, but rather, faith in Christ. You cannot maintain by effort what you received by grace. Because you are now one one with Christ, you will never lose this salvation.
(1 Corinthians 1:30, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9, Titus 3:5)
Jesus’ finished work on the Cross provided physical and emotional healing that we receive by grace through faith. Surely Jesus has taken all of our pains, sicknesses, and distresses at the Cross. He took all the the curses of the law (Deut. 28) on the Cross and redeemed us from the curse of sickness. Jesus healed people everywhere he went and still does today.
(Psalms 147:2-4, Matthew 4:2, James 5:14-16, 1 Corinthians 12:28, 1 Peter 2:24, 3 John 1:2)
The Holy Communion should be done as often as you want to remember Jesus’ death for you. Communion has a purpose and it has power. When you receive communion, it is not a time where you focus on sin, become self-introspective and feel unworthy. Rather it is a time to shift your mind on remembering all that Jesus has accomplished for us. To take the communion in a worthy manner is to take without condemnation in your heart because there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ. The Scriptures explain that it is for one reason that many in the body of Christ are weak and sick and falling asleep before their time: not discerning that the Lord’s body was broken for their physical health. Discern that Jesus’ body was broken for your physical and emotional wholeness. By Jesus’ stripes you are healed. Discern that His blood was for the forgiveness of all your sins. Communion is a celebration of the amazing finished work of Jesus on the Cross.
(Ephesians 2:13, 1 Corinthians 11:24, 1 Corinthians 11:27-30, 1 Peter 2:24)
Women in Leadership.
Women in ministry and leadership are essential in God’s plan and design for his Church. God’s original design in Genesis 1-3 shows the beautiful equality and co-partnership between men and women to reign together over the garden, soon to be skewed by the fall. We see all over the New Testament Jesus empowering and raising up women. He allowed women to be discipled by him, and showed tremendous respect to women on so many occasions far different than the current culture did. He was the first Rabbi in history to allow a female to sit at his feet and learn from him, the position of a disciple. Examples of women exercising authority and leadership in the Old Testament; Miriam who was a prophet and in leadership , Deborah who was a judge/ presidential leader, Huldah an esteemed prophet, and many more. In the New Testament; Phoebe who was a deacon, and Priscilla who was called by Paul “a coworker in ministry”, Junia who was an apostle, and more. God created women with gifts, and parts of his heart that cannot be found in men and vice versa. Men and women together make a dynamic duo for the kingdom, and we simply need both and what each gender carry. Women bring a nurturing and caretaking side of God, and also an emotional intelligence to the church that is so needed. The two main scriptures used to keep women from their rightful place in church leadership is found in 1st Corinthians 14:34, and 1st Timothy 2:11-12, and these versus are taken severely out of context and meant for the current culture and time in the cities of Corinth, and the church of Ephesus. In the full context of these scriptures it’s actually empowering women for what they needed then, not silencing them now.
(Judges 5:1-31, Judges 4:4, 2 Kings: 22, Romans 16:1-2, Romans 16:3, Romans 16:7)