We Believe

STATEMENT OF FAITH AT PRAISE CHAPEL MINISTRIES

  • THE HOLY SCRIPTURES – WE BELIEVE the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, are the Holy Inspired Word of God. We accept it as the infallible, authoritative rule for matters pertaining to faith, conduct, and doctrine. (2Tim 3:16, 1Thess 2:13, 2Peter 1:21)
  • THE ETERNAL GODHEAD – WE BELIEVE God is Triune, the unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as three distinct, co-equal Persons in One Godhead. (Mt 28:19, JN 15:26, 2Cor 13:14, 1JN 5:7, 1Pet 1:2)
  • THE LORD JESUS CHRIST – WE BELIEVE in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal future return to this earth in power and glory to rule a thousand years. (Jn 20:28, Jn1:1, Mt 1:18-25, Heb 4:15, 1Jn 3:5, Jn 11:1-44, Mt 20:28, Lk 24:36-43, Acts 1:9-11, Eph 1:19-23, Phil 2:5-11, Rev 19:11-21, Rev 20:1-6)
  • THE FALL OF MAN – WE BELIEVE man was created in the likeness and image of God, but by voluntary disobedience, man fell from perfection and sin came into the world. The result of this was not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. (Gen 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:6, Rom 5:12-19)
  • THE PLAN OF SALVATION – WE BELIEVE that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Man’s only hope for redemption is through the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed at the Cross. (Rom 5:8, Eph 2:16, 1Pet 1:18-19)
  • SALVATION THROUGH GRACE – WE BELIEVE Salvation is a gift of God to man. It is not something one can earn or work to achieve. Eph 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
  • HOW TO GET SAVED (BORN AGAIN) – WE BELIEVE for true salvation to take place, a person must repent (change the way he thinks) and realize that he is a sinner in need of a Savior. He must confess his sins and turn from his life of sin. He must confess that Jesus is Lord, believe that He died on the cross for the sins of the world, rose from the grave on the third day, and receive Him into his heart as Lord and Savior. Once a person has done these things from his heart, he is saved! He is born again! He has become a child of God! He has become a citizen of the Kingdom of God! He is indwelt and sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise! He is granted eternal life, and completely forgiven of all his sins! (John 1:12, 3:3-8, Colossians 2:6, Acts 3:19, Romans 3:23, 10:9-13, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 John 1:9, Ephesians 2:19, Philippians 3:17- 20, Ephesians 1:13-14, John 3:36)
  • WATER BAPTISM – WE BELIEVE that baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures and is only for believers. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism is an outward sign of an inward work. (Mt 28:19, Rom 6:3-5)
  • HOLY COMMUNION – WE BELIEVE in the commemoration of the Lord’s Supper by the symbolic use of bread and the fruit of the vine. 1Cor. 11:23-25 says, “…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 also 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.” The Lord’s Supper looks back in remembrance of His death and forward to His Second Coming.
  • BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT – WE BELIEVE the moment a person gets saved, simultaneously his or her body becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit. WE BELIEVE the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a separate experience of the Spirit in a believer’s life than that from the new birth. Now, a person can experience both salvation and be baptized with the Holy Spirit at the same time, as was the case with Cornelius, his relatives, and close friends (Acts 10:34-48). But in most cases, as seen throughout the Book of Acts, most believers have two separate experiences. John the Baptist taught Jesus is the Baptizer of the Holy Spirit. WE BELIEVE when someone gets baptized with the Spirit, it should be expected that they will begin to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gives them the utterance (though in some cases it happens at a later time) because it’s the most common outward sign seen throughout the book of Acts, but not the only sign. WE BELIEVE the greatest evidence that a person has been baptized with the Holy Spirit is a changed life. A person can’t get filled with the Holy Spirit and stay the same. They will walk with greater boldness, power, holiness, and love for God and people—and they will see more of the fruit of the Spirit in their character, the gifts of the Spirit manifest through their life, and be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit! WE BELIEVE the primary purpose of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is to endow believers with power for the work of ministry. (Mt 3:11, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-4, 10:44-46, 19:1-7, Eph 1:13-14)
  • DIVINE HEALING – WE BELIEVE Divine Healing is provided for in the atonement of Christ and is the privilege of all believers. WE BELIEVE in the power of Christ to heal the physically sick in answer to the prayer of faith in Jesus’ name and by the laying on of hands. (Is. 53:4-5, Mt 8:16-17, Mk. 16:18, Jam 5:14-15)
  • GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – WE BELIEVE the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in 1Cor 12:8-10 are still for the church today as they were in the early church. 1Cor 12:7 reveals the purpose for them “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all” WE BELIEVE these gifts are manifested as the Holy Spirit wills. 1Cor 12:11 says, “But one and the same Spirit works all these things distributing to each one individually as HE WILLS”.
  • THE RAPTURE – WE BELIEVE when this event takes place the resurrection of the dead in Christ will occur, then the believers that are living will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. The word “rapture” is derived from a Latin word raptu, which means “caught away or caught up”. This Latin word is equivalent to the Greek word “harpazo” translated as “caught up” in 1Thess 4:17. 1Thess 4:16-17 describes what will take place at the Rapture “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord”. (1Thess. 4:16,17, 1Cor 15:51-53)
  • THE RETURN OF CHRIST – WE BELIEVE following the Tribulation, Jesus will return to the earth physically and visibly with His saints. He shall return to earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Mt 24:29-31, Acts 1:9-11, Rev 19:11-21)
  • FINAL JUDGEMENT AND LAKE OF FIRE – WE BELIEVE those who die in their sins without accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are eternally lost. WE BELIEVE together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet those whose names are not found in the book of life (unbelievers) will be cast into the Lake of Fire at the final judgment. (Rev 19:20, 20:10-15)
  • THE NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH – WE BELIEVE the final judgment will also bring the fiery destruction of the heavens and the earth, but believers according to the promise of God, look forward to a New Heaven and a New Earth, in which righteousness dwells. (2Pet 3:10-13, Rev Chapters 21 and 22)
  • TITHES AND OFFERINGS – WE BELIEVE the method God ordained to support the local church and the spreading of the gospel throughout the world is by the giving of tithes and free-will offerings. (Mal 3:10, 2Cor 9:7)
  • GREAT COMMISSION – WE BELIEVE preaching the gospel of the Kingdom and making disciples are the most important responsibilities of the church. WE BELIEVE the divine pattern and strategy for discipleship was revealed through the relationship of the Lord Jesus and His twelve disciples. WE BELIEVE that pattern is to be continued in the local church through “hands-on” practical training. Jesus said in Mt 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples…” (Mt 24:14, 28:19-20, Mk. 16:15)