Victory Temple Statements of Faith
Statements of Faith
The Bible is
completely adequate by itself to serve as the guide for our beliefs and
way of living. This Statement is intended to be the common basis for our
fellowship and unity, or as the Bible recommends, that we may agree with
one another so as to avoid divisions because of disagreements on what
we believe (1 Corinthians 1:10 and Acts 2:42).
The Scriptures of the entire Bible are
verbally inspired by God. It was not just the ideas that were inspired; even the
choice of words was inspired as the original writers were moved by God to write
what He wanted them to say. We therefore believe that (1) the Scriptures are
God's revelation of himself to mankind. (2) They are infallible (never wrong)
and (3) they are the divinely authoritative guide for our faith, belief, and
manner of living (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter
There is one true God. He has revealed himself as having always
existed without any outside cause or agent bringing Him into being (Isaiah
43:10). He is the creator of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1) and the One who
redeems, saves, or rescues mankind from sin and its painful consequences
(Isaiah 43:11). God has further revealed himself as a single being
(Deuteronomy 6:4) consisting of three interrelated persons: Father, Son and Holy
Spirit (Trinity) (Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).
Jesus Christ Is Fully God
The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. has always existed. He too is
without beginning or end (Revelation 1:8). In order to complete His earthly
sacrificial mission, He became human by being born of a virgin, conceived by the
Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35). He lived a perfect life absolutely
without sin (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22). In order to restore fallen
mankind, He died on the cross as a substitute for the sins of every person (1
Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21). He was raised from the dead by the
supernatural power of God (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 6:14, 15:4).
Since His resurrection, He has been exalted (honored), and is seated at the
right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11, 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3).
Mankind was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man
in our image, after our likeness." However, mankind by willful choice, ignored
God's instructions ... choosing to engage in what they knew was wrong and
evil. As a result, mankind fell from innocence and goodness and thereby
incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation
from God (Genesis 1:26-27,2:17,3:6; Romans 5:12-19).
The Salvation of
Salvation is deliverance from spiritual death and enslavement by sin.
God provides salvation for all who believe and accept His free offer of
forgiveness. Mankind's only hope of redemption from the fallen sinful state is
through the blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son - blood that was shed as Jesus died
on the cross.
The Ordinances of
Water - The ordinance of baptism by immersion in water is
commanded in the Scriptures (Mark 16:16). All who repent and believe on Jesus
Christ as their personal Savior and Lord are to be so baptized. This act of
baptism symbolically declares to everyone that the old sinful life of the
baptized believer died with Christ at salvation and a new spiritual being has
been raised with Christ. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47-48; Romans
Holy Communion -
The Lord's Supper or Communion, consisting of bread and the fruit of the vine
(grape juice), is a memorial of Christ's suffering and death (1 Corinthians
11:26). In eating and drinking the symbols of Christ's suffering and death,
the believer expresses his awareness that through salvation he, (1) has been
made right with God, and (2) shares the divine nature of eternal life through
our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4).
The Baptism in the
All believers are entitled to receive the baptism in the Holy
Spirit, and therefore should expect and earnestly seek the promise of the
Father, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. The baptism in the
Holy Spirit was the normal experience of all believers in the early Christian
church. With the experience comes the provision of power for victorious
Christian living and productive service. It also provides believers with
specific spiritual gifts for more effective ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts
1:4.8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-1).
of Holy Spirit Baptism
The baptism of Christians in the Holy Spirit is accompanied by
the initial physical sign of speaking in other tongues (unlearned languages) as
the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4).
Sanctification is an act of separating ourselves from evil and
identifying with things that are good, upright, and morally pure. It is process
that takes place as Christians devote themselves to God (Romans 12:1,2; 1
Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). Scriptures teach that we are to be holy
because God is holy (1 Peter 1:16). For "without holiness no one will see
the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14). Living in holiness is possible by the power of the
The Church and Its
The Church as described in the Bible
consists of all people who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as the only
remedy for their sins. The Church includes all Christians and has no boundaries
as to age, race, gender, or denomination. It is the body of Christ, the
dwelling place of God through the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Church.
He has made every provision for the fulfillment of "the Church's" Great
Commission (Matthew 28: 19; Mark 16:15). The names of all true believers (those
making up the Church) are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:22; Hebrews
Involvement in ministry in response to a divine call is scripturally
ordained in the Bible. It is a provision of our Lord for the threefold purpose
of leading the Church in (1) evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20), (2)
worship of God (John 4:23-24), and (3) building a body of believers conforming
to the life of Christ (Ephesians 4:11, 16).
Divine healing from God is an integral part of the
gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided in the Atonement (Christ's
suffering and death for our reconciliation with God). Healing is a
privilege of all believers’ (Isaiah
53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14-16).
All Christians who have died will one day rise from their graves and
will meet the Lord in the air. Christians who have not yet died will be raptured
or caught up with them, to be with the Lord. Then Christians of all ages will
live with God forever. The scriptural truth of the Lord's soon return is "the
blessed hope" (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17;
Reign of Christ
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of all Christians,
which is our blessed hope. Followed by the visible return of Christ with His
saints to reign on the earth for 1000 years (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27-30;
Revelation 1:7, 19:11-14, 20:1-6).
There will be a final judgment in which the
wicked dead - those who have died without accepting Christ's salvation - will be
raised and judged according to the way they lived. Anyone whose name is not
found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the
beast and the false prophet, will be sent to everlasting punishment in the lake
that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matthew 25:46;
Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8).
Heavens and the New Earth
In the midst of our daily struggles and
difficulties we are encouraged by the promise of what God has prepared for His
faithful followers. "According to God's promise, we look for new heavens and a
new earth, where righteousness will dwell and reign forever" (2 Peter 3:13;
Revelation 21, 22).
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