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Beliefs

What we believe at Open Door Church about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church

Our Beliefs

THE SCRIPTURE INSPIRED

The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 [KJV/NIV

1 Thessalonians 2:13 [KJV/NIV

2 Peter 1:21 [KJV/NIV]

THE ONE TRUE GOD

The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent "I AM," the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Deuteronomy 6:4 [KJV/NIV]

Isaiah 43:10,11 [KJV/NIV]

Matthew 28:19 [KJV/NIV]

Luke 3:22 [KJV/NIV]

THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative, and applicable to our everyday lives.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:


His virgin birth,

Matthew 1:23 [KJV/NIV

Luke 1:31 [KJV/NIV

Luke 1:35 [KJV/NIV


His sinless life,

Hebrews 7:26 [KJV/NIV

1 Peter 2:22 [KJV/NIV


His miracles,

Acts 2:22 [KJV/NIV

Acts 10:38 [KJV/NIV


His substitutionary work on the cross,

1 Corinthians 15:3 [KJV/NIV

2 Corinthians 5:21 [KJV/NIV


His bodily resurrection from the dead,

Matthew 28:6 [KJV/NIV

Luke 24:39 [KJV/NIV

1 Corinthians 15:4 [KJV/NIV


His exaltation to the right hand of God.

Acts 1:9 [KJV/NIV

Acts 1:11 [KJV/NIV

Acts 2:33 [KJV/NIV

Philippians 2:9-11 [KJV/NIV

Hebrews 1:3 [KJV/NIV]

THE FALL OF MAN


Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness." However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.

Genesis 1:26,27 [KJV/NIV

Genesis 2:17 [KJV/NIV

Genesis 3:6 [KJV/NIV

Romans 5:12-19 [KJV/NIV]

THE Salvation of man

Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.


Conditions to Salvation

Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life.

Luke 24:47 [KJV/NIV

John 3:3 [KJV/NIV

Romans 10:13-15 [KJV/NIV

Ephesians 2:8 [KJV/NIV

Titus 2:11 [KJV/NIV

Titus 3:5-7 [KJV/NIV


The Evidence of Salvation

The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit.

Romans 8:16 [KJV/NIV


The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.

Ephesians 4:24 [KJV/NIV

Titus 2:12 [KJV/NIV]


THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH

BAPTISM

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.

Matthew 28:19 [KJV/NIV

Mark 16:16 [KJV/NIV

Acts 10:47,48 [KJV/NIV

Romans 6:4 [KJV/NIV]


HOLY COMMUNION

The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements --bread and the fruit of the vine-- is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4 [KJV/NIV]), a memorial of his suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26 [KJV/NIV]), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26 [KJV/NIV]), and is enjoined on all believers "till He come!"


The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry.

Luke 24:49 [KJV/NIV

Acts 1:4 [KJV/NIV

Acts 1:8 [KJV/NIV

1 Corinthians 12:1-31 [KJV/NIV

This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth.

Acts 8:12-17 [KJV/NIV

Acts 10:44-46 [KJV/NIV

Acts 11:14-16 [KJV/NIV

Acts 15:7-9 [KJV/NIV

With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as:

an overflowing fullness of the Spirit, John 7:37-39 [KJV/NIV], Acts 4:8 [KJV/NIV]

a deepened reverence for God, Acts 2:43 [KJV/NIV], Hebrews 12:28 [KJV/NIV]

an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work, Acts 2:42 [KJV/NIV]

and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost, Mark 16:20 [KJV/NIV]


THE INITIAL PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance.

Acts 2:4 [KJV/NIV

The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues, but is different in purpose and use.

1 Corinthians 12:4-10 [KJV/NIV

1 Corinthians 12:28 [KJV/NIV]

SANCTIFICATION

Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God.

Romans 12:1,2 [KJV/NIV

1 Thessalonians 5:23 [KJV/NIV

Hebrews 13:12 [KJV/NIV

The Scriptures teach a life of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord."

Hebrews 12:14 [KJV/NIV

By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: "Be ye holy, for I am holy."

1 Peter 1:15,16 [KJV/NIV

Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by the faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 6:1-11 [KJV/NIV

Romans 6:13 [KJV/NIV

Romans 8:1,2 [KJV/NIV

Romans 8:13 [KJV/NIV

Galatians 2:20 [KJV/NIV

Philippians 2:12,13 [KJV/NIV

1 Peter 1:5 [KJV/NIV]

THE CHURCH AND ITS MISSION

The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which are written in heaven.

Ephesians 1:22,23 [KJV/NIV

Ephesians 2:22 [KJV/NIV

Hebrews 12:23 [KJV/NIV


Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, and to demonstrate His love and compassion for all the world, the priority reason for being of the Assemblies of God as part of the Church is:

To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world.

Acts 1:8 [KJV/NIV

Matthew 28:19,20 [KJV/NIV

Mark 16:15,16 [KJV/NIV]


To be a corporate body in which man may worship God.

1 Corinthians 12:13 [KJV/NIV]


To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son.

Ephesians 4:11-16 [KJV/NIV

1 Corinthians 12:28 [KJV/NIV

1 Corinthians 14:12 [KJV/NIV]


To be a people who demonstrate God’s love and compassion for all the world.

Psalms 112:9 [KJV/NIV

Galatians 2:10; 6:10 [KJV/NIV

James 1:27 [KJV/NIV]


The Assemblies of God exists expressly to give continuing emphasis to this reason for being in the New Testament apostolic pattern by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. This experience:

Enables them to evangelize in the power of the Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs.

Mark 16:15-20 [KJV/NIV

Acts 4:29-31 [KJV/NIV

Hebrews 2:3,4 [KJV/NIV]


Adds a necessary dimension to worshipful relationship with God.

1 Corinthians 2:10-16 [KJV/NIV

1 Corinthians 12 [KJV/NIV

1 Corinthians 13 [KJV/NIV

1 Corinthians 14 [KJV/NIV]


Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit and gifts and ministries as in New Testament times for the edifying of the body of Christ and care for the poor and needy of the world.

Galatians 5:22-26 [KJV/NIV

Matthew 25:37-40 [KJV/NIV

Galatians 6:10 [KJV/NIV

1 Corinthians 14:12 [KJV/NIV

Ephesians 4:11,12 [KJV/NIV

1 Corinthians 12:28 [KJV/NIV

Colossians 1:29 [KJV/NIV]


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