Statement of Faith
I will base my Statement of Faith for Elisha Harvest as basis for belief, fellowship and cooperation according to Pentecostal studies. This Statement of Faith sets forth truth as our essential doctrines.
1. We believe that the scriptures both in the Old and New Testaments are inspired by God, and being the revelation of God to man are infallible, authoritative rules for our faith and conduct and Christian living. 2 Timothy 3:15-17.
2. We believe in the Oneness, with God, as the Eternal Godhead. He is eternal, the self-existent One and has revealed Himself as triune God in the persons of Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19). Hence we believe in God the Father as the first person of triune Godhead, who is the Alpha and Omega, the Creator of Heaven and earth, the Giver of the Law and Commandments to whom all things will be subjected so that He may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:28)
3. We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the second person of the triune Godhead who was and is the eternal Son of God that He became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary. We believe in His sinless life, miraculous ministry, substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, the triumphant ascension and abiding intercession (Isaiah 7:14, Hebrews 7:25-26, Acts 10:38). We believe in the Holy Spirit the third person of the triune Godhead, who proceeds from the Father and the Son and is ever present and active in the work of convicting and regenerating the sinner and sanctifying the believer into all truth (John 14:26, 16:8-11, Romans 8:14-16)
4. We believe that mankind was created good (Genesis 1:31) but due to voluntary transgression, he is alienated from God thereby subject to physical and spiritual death which separates him from God (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:6, Romans 5:12-19)
5. We believe in the salvation of man through faith in Christ Jesus who died for our sins, was buried and raised on the third day from the dead. By the atoning Blood of Christ which was shed upon the Cross, through the sacrifice of Christ, salvation has been provided for all humanity. This is known as the new birth and is instantaneous and complete operation of the Holy Spirit where the believing sinner is regenerated, justified and adopted into the Family of God and is now a new creation in Christ Jesus and heir of eternal life. (John 3:5-6, Romans 10:8-15, 3:4-7 and 1 John 5:1)
6. Divine Health: We believe in divine health and that deliverance from sickness is provided in the atonement and is the privilege of all believers. (Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:16-17, James 5:14-16).
7. The Church and the Mission: We believe the Church is the Body of Christ and the habitation of God through the Spirit, and witnesses to the presence of the Kingdom of God in the present world and universally includes all who are born again (Ephesians 1:22-23, Romans 14:17-18, 1 Corinthians 4:20).
8. We believe the Mission of the Church is to proclaim the Good News of Salvation to all mankind, to build up, empower, restore to eternal relationship with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit and to equip believers for spiritual ministry, praise the Lord through worship and demonstrate Christ’s love and compassion to all who are in distress. (Matthew 28:19-20, 10:42, Ephesians 4:11-13.)
9. The Ordinances of the Church: Baptism in water – We believe that baptism in water by immersion is expected from every born again believer who repented and believed. In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.
10. Holy Communion: We believe the Lord’s Supper is a proclamation of the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, to be shared by all believers until the Lord returns (Luke 22:14-20, 1 Corinthians 11:20-34)
11. Sanctification: We believe that sanctification is necessary. It is to set apart to be holy as our God is holy. We believe it is by sanctification that we are separated from evil and dedicate to God. In experience, it is both instantaneous and progressive. By sanctification, every believer appropriates the power of Christ’s blood and risen life through the person of the Holy Spirit. He draws the believer’s attention to Christ, teaches him through the Word and produces the character of Christ within him (Romans 6:1-11; 8:1-2, 13; 12:1-2; Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 10:10, 14).
12. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit: We believe that baptism in the Holy Spirit is the impartation of power for life and service for Christ. This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the new birth, which is received by faith, and is accompanied by the manifestation of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance as the initial evidence (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 8:15-19; 11:14-17; 19:1-7).
13. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit We believe in the present day operation of the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12) and the ministry gifts of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13) for the edification and expansion of the church.
14. The End of Time: We believe in the pre-millenial, imminent, and personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to gather His people unto Himself. Having this blessed hope and earnest expectation, we purify ourselves, even as He is pure, so that we may be ready to meet Him when He comes (John 14:1-3; Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 1 John 3:2-3; Revelation 20:1-6). We believe in the bodily resurrection of all mankind, the everlasting conscious bliss of all who truly believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, and that everlasting conscious punishment is the portion of all whose names are not written in the Book of Life (John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 15:22-24;)