Touched by Grace Statement of Faith

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God

1) God is a person Who has revealed Himself as a Trinity in unity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - three Persons and yet One God. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The one true God. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 8:6)

Bible - Word

2) The Bible, including both the Covenant (Old Testament) and New Covenant (New Testament known as the Apostolic Scriptures), is a divine revelation, the original autographs of which were verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit. We believe that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God,” by which we understand the whole Bible is inspired in the sense that holy men of God “were moved by the Holy Spirit” to write the very words of Scripture. We believe that this divine Inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings - historical, poetical, doctrinal, and prophetical --- as appeared in the original manuscripts. We believe that the whole Bible in the originals is therefore without error. We believe that all the Scriptures center about the Lord Jesus Christ in His person and work in His first and second coming, and hence that no portion, even of the Old Testament, is properly read or understood until it leads to Him. We believe that all Scriptures were designed for our practical instruction. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21; Mark 12:26, 36; 13:11; Luke 24:27, 44; John 5:39; Acts 1:16)

Jesus Christ - (Yeshua Ha- Mashiach) Annointed One (Yeshua Ha Melech Ha Olam) King over all the Earth

3) Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha Mashiach) is the image of the invisible God, which is to say He is Himself very God; He took upon Him our nature, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary; He died upon the Cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sin of the world; He arose from the dead in the body in which He was crucified. He ascended into Heaven in that body glorified, where He is now our interceding High Priest; He will come again personally and visibly, to set up His Kingdom and execute vengeance; to comfort all who mourn. (Col. 1:15; Phil. 2:5-8; Matt. 1:18-25; 1 Pet. 2:24, 25; Luke 24; Heb. 4:14-16; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 4:16-18; Matt. 25:31-46; 2 Cor. 5:1; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; Isaiah 61:1,2)

Man

4) Man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word, and deed. (Gen. 1:26, 27; Rom. 3:10; 5:12, 14, 17; 6:23; 1 Cor. 2:14; 15:22, 23; John 3:3, 16; Acts 4:12; 13:38, 39; Matt. 25:46; 2 Cor. 5:1; 2 Thess. 1:7-10)

Satan

5) Satan: We believe in the existence of Satan, the deceiver, who is still working in the world to destroy the souls of men and that he and all his angels and all who receive not Christ as their Savior will perish in the lake of fire. (Isa. 14:12-14; Luke 4:6, 7; John 8:44; 10:10; 1 John 3:8)

Atonement

6) Atonement: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood. (Matt. 20:28; Rom. 8:3; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19; 1 John 2:2; 4:10)

Body of Messiah

7) The body of Christ is an elect company of believers baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body; its purpose is to witness to its Head, Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha Mashiach), preaching the Gospel among all nations; it will be changed in a twinkling of an eye, to meet the Lord when He comes to set up His Kingdom. (Acts 2:1-4; 41; 15:13-17; Eph. 1:3-6; 1 Cor. 12:12, 13; Matt. 28:19, 20; 1 Thess. 4:16-18; Gen. 1:2; John 16: 7-14; 2 Pet. 1:21)

Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh)

8) We believe in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the trinity, who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He is the life of the believer, and He empowers the preaching and teaching of the Gospel through all the manifestations and giftings as described in the word. (Acts 2:1-4; 41; 15:13-17; Eph. 1:3-6; 1 Cor. 12:12, 13; Matt. 28:19, 20; 1 Thess. 4:16-18; Gen. 1:2; John 16: 7-14; 2 Pet. 1:21)

9) We believe in the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation. Romans 7:7-12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Legalism / Traditions of Men

10) We believe in the Torah / Tanak (teachings) God gave Moses. We do not believe in the legalism surrounding the teachings. Matthew 5:17-19, Acts 24:14, Romans 7:22, Galatians 3, Galatians 4:4-5,

God’s Appointed Times and Seasons

11) We believe in the Festivals that God ordained in His calendar. We believe that Jesus fulfilled them because He is our Messiah and that we have much to celebrate when we participate in them. We do not believe in man-made traditions and holidays that attempt to exalt themselves above the Word of God. Leviticus 23, I Corinthians 5:8, Passover: Matthew 26:17-19, Mark 14:12-16, Luke 2:41-42, Luke 22:1, Luke 22:7-20, John 2:13, John 2:23, John 6:4, John 13:1-30, I Corinthians 11:23-29, Acts 20:6; Pentecost: Acts 2:1-21, Acts 20:16; Feast of Trumpets/Rosh Hashana: Matthew 24:30-31, I Thessalonians 4:16-17, Revelation 11:15; Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement: Acts 27:9; Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot: John 7:1-14, Zechariah 14:16-19; Chanukah: John 10:22

Sabbath

12) We believe in the Sabbath.  We believe that God created a day of rest for a reason and that "Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy" means the 7th day of the week. We can worship God all day, every day and that is the desire of His heart for me to do. We do not believe this day of rest changed anywhere in the Bible. Genesis 2:1-3, Leviticus 23:3, Exodus 20:8, Deuteronomy 5:12, Matthew 12:8, Mark 2:27-28, Hebrews 4:4-11

 

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