THE BELIEFS AND TEACHINGS OF GREATER FAITH ASSEMBLY
1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible written work of God.
Support Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”
2. We believe there is one God eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This belief does not indicate the existence of three Gods, but these three are equal in nature, yet one in purpose and operation. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are each distinguishable from each other, yet everything that is true about God is true about the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. This unique relationship is known as the Godhead. Again, we believe there are three (3) persons in the Godhead but one God. 1 John 5:7 states, “ For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (See Saint John 1:1 for a reference to Jesus as the Word)
3. We believe in the Blessed Hope, which is the rapture of the church of God, which is in Christ at His return.
Support Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18, “ For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice as the archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (17) “The we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
4. We believe the only means of being cleansed from sin in through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
Support Scripture: Saint John 3:3&5, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (5) “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
METHOD OF BAPTISM: The purpose of baptism is to show an outward expression that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior; 1 Peter 3:21, “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ”. The method of baptism can be accurately described in Romans 6:4, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism unto death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Also see Colossians 2:12)
5. We believe that regeneration by the Holy Ghost is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
Support Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17”Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (Acts 2:38) “Then Peter said unto them Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
6. We believe the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing for the human body in answer to believing prayer.
Supportive Scripture: Romans 3:23-24, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; (24) “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” Isaiah 53:5, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
7. We believe the baptism of the Holy Ghost, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it.
Supportive Scripture: Acts 2:4, “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
8. We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabling to live a holy and separated life in this present world.
Supportive Scripture: Romans 8:14, 16-17, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are sons of God, (16) “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (17) “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may also be also glorified together.”