TheKingdom

Paradigm

Core Convictions

  • HOLY SCRIPTURE: We believe in the verbal (Exodus 34:27), plenary (Deuteronomy 8:3, Proverbs 30:5), Holy Spirit inspiration of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21) as given in the original languages encompassing the 39 books of the Old Testament recognized by the Jewish people as the Tenach, and the 27 books of the New Testament, collectively know as “The Holy Bible”.  The Holy Bible is the sole authority for Christian doctrine, life and practice, and serves as a corrective to church tradition that departs from it.  It is the Word of God.
  • ONE GOD: We believe in One God revealed as three Persons, the Father, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named (Ephesians 3:14,15), the Son, who is Jesus the Messiah/Christ, Incarnate Word of God (John 1:1,14), and the Holy Spirit who inspired the Holy Scripture, all co-equal and co-eternal. (Isaiah 48:16-17) 
  • GOD’s NAME:  We believe God has revealed His name to be Yahweh (as transliterated into English from the Hebrew), equally applied to all three persons of the one Godhead. The Son, Jesus (Yeshua) in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9), is the name above every other name (Philippians 2:8-11), and the ONLY name given by which humans can be saved (Acts 4:10-12). 
  • THE FALL: We believe humans, collectively known in scripture as the “Children of Adam” are descended from the first two humans, Adam and Eve, who were created in God’s image and likeness. (Genesis 1:27)  The sin and disobedience of Adam and Eve, known as “the fall”, resulted in spiritual, moral, and eventually physical death, and this death is passed to all humanity. (1 Corinthians 15:22)  
  • THE NEW BIRTH: We believe the Holy Spirit convicts the hearts of fallen humanity, and draws them to Christ. (John 16:7-11)  When complete faith is placed in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ for salvation with confession of and submission to his absolute “Lordship” (he is Yahweh), (Romans 10:9) then one becomes born again in spirit by the Holy Spirit and is translated from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Christ, and becomes a true child of God. (John 3:3,6-7,16-21)  This is the only way a person can become a Christian; it is not through infant baptism, adult baptism, nor being born into a Christian family.  Water baptism should follow the new birth as an act of obedience and identification with Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38) The new birth is open to all people everywhere who repent of their sins and believe the gospel of Christ’s death on the cross, burial, and bodily resurrection.
  • THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8, John 1:33) the promise of the Father through Christ (Acts 1:3-5), with accompanying gifts including the evidence of speaking in other tongues (Acts 2:4, 10:46, 19:6, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 14:5), to be the surety and down payment of the powers of the world to come (2 Corinthians 1:22, 5:5, Ephesians 1:14, Hebrews 6:5).  The Holy Spirit is the life breath of the Church.
  • BODILY RESURRECTION:  We believe in the bodily resurrection (Daniel 12:2) of the just (redeemed in Christ) and the unjust (those who have rejected Christ and are damned). (John 1:12, 3:16-18) The resurrection of the just to eternal life with Christ (Revelation 20:4), and the resurrection of the damned to everlasting torment with Satan and his angels. (Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20:10-15)
  • THE RETURN:  We believe in the visible return of Jesus Christ to rule on earth for one thousand years (Matthew 24:27, Acts 1:11, Revelation 20:4).  At His return the dead in Christ will rise FIRST, and then those who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17), and will live and reign with Christ during the one thousand years, know as the millennium. (Revelation 20:4)
  • THE CHURCH:  We believe the church is the assembly of all who have been born again (Acts 2:47, Hebrews 12:14).  The local church is an assembly of the same, wherever two or more are gathered together in Jesus’ name. (Matthew 18:20)  The church is the family, the "household" of God (Eph 2:19), individually and collectively his earthly temple/dwelling place (1 Cor 3:16, 6:19-20, 1 Tim 3:15), and Christ’s active body on earth, being indwelt by His Spirit (Eph 1:22-23; 5:30, Col 1:18).  The ongoing mission of the church is to actively proclaim the gospel of Christ’s kingdom with signs following, and make disciples of all nations until His glorious return. (Mat 24:14; 28:19, Mark 16:15-18)
  • APOSTACY:  As wheat and tears grow together in the same filed, so today there are elements in Christian denominations and ecclesiastical organizations called “Churches” that have rejected or are in the process of rejecting portions or all of God’s word, the revelation of Jesus Christ and all that entails, and the Triune Godhead.  This process of falling away is called apostasy, and is a sign of the end of the age (2 Thessalonians 2:3); repentance toward faith is the only recourse to forestall the judgment of God on what is termed his house. (Revelation 2:5,16, 3:3,19)  A few signs of apostasy among the “churches”
    • Rejection of the full divinity of Christ (John 1:1)
    • Rejection of the virgin birth of Christ (Luke 1:26-35)
    • Acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle and gay marriage (Romans 1)
    • Rejection of the holy scriptures as the revealed word of God (2 Timothy 3:16)
    • Endorsement of the formation of a global government by man apart from the personal, supernatural, presence of Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:3, Revalation 13)
    • Accepting abortion as a form of birth control (Psalms 139:13-16, Isaiah 44:2,24, Exodus 20:13)
    • Endorsing euthanasia (Exodus 20:13)
    • Acceptance of naturalistic evolution to explain the origin of the material universe (Genesis 1)
    • etc...
  • APOSTLE’S and NICENE CREEDS:  The creeds know as the Apostle’s Creed, and the Nicene Creed are accurate restatements of Biblical, Apostolic truth, and the memorization and meditation on these statements is to be encouraged.

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