That God is the sovereign ruler and creator of all. (Isa. 37:16, Ne. 9:6).
We believe that the Godhead exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one God. (Gen. 1:1, 26; Deut. 6:4; Mt. 28:19-20; Jn. 4:24; 2Co. 13:14).
We believe that the Bible (consisting solely of the 66 books of the Old and New
Testaments) is the only book given by God, divinely inspired, inerrant, infallible, and that
it is entirely trustworthy. (Ps. 119:9-16, 160; Mt 5:18; Ro. 15:4; 1 Co. 2:13; Col. 3:16; 2 Ti. 3:14-17; 2 Pe. 1:19-21; Heb. 4:12-13).
We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only Son (Jn 3:16) and our sole mediator (1 Tim. 2:5)
We believe in His pre-existence (Jn. 1:1), His incarnation (Jn. 1:1-14), His virgin birth (Isa. 7:14; Mt. 1:23-25), His sinless life (Heb. 4:15), His substitutionary atonement (Ro. 3:23-25; 2 Co 5-21), His bodily resurrection from the dead (Ac. 2:24-27), His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mk. 16:19; Acts 1:9-11), and His bodily return from heaven (Titus 2:13).
We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit – that He was and is God, the third member of
the Trinity. (Ge. 1:1-2; Lk. 1:35; Jn. 3:6)
We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts’ people of sin, righteousness, and judgment. (Jn. 16:8-15; Ac. 5:3-11; 1 Co. 6-19; Gal. 5:16-26; Eph. 4:30; Eph. 5:18; Col. 2:12-14; Titus 3:3-8; Heb. 9:14)
We believe that the moment a person accepts Jesus Christ as God and Savior, they are
regenerated by the Holy Spirit and baptized into the Body of Christ, the Church. (Jn. 14:16-17; Ro. 6:3-4, 8:9, 12:1-8, 1 Co. 12:12-27; Eph. 1:13-14; Eph. 4:4-6)
We believe the Holy Spirit gives supernatural spiritual gifts to those who have saving faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Holy Spirit fills and empowers the believer to exercise their spiritual gifts and do the work of God in proportion to the believer’s personal surrender to Jesus Christ, enabling the Christian to live a holy, victorious, and fruitful life that greatly glorifies God. (Ac. 1:8; 1 Co. 12-1-11, 2 Co. 3:17; 1 Jn. 2:20)
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned in Adam, and that he is now a sinner by nature and by choice, yet maintains the essence of God’s image in his fallenness (Ge. 1:26-27; 3:1-6; Ro. 5:12-14; Jas. 3:9).
We are saved by God’s grace through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Anyone can be restored to fellowship with God by repenting, believing in and receiving Jesus as their Savior and Lord. (Jn. 11:25; Ac. 4:12; Eph. 2:4-5, 8).
The Word of God instructs the Church to celebrate two ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ. The first, baptism by immersion, is the outward sign of what God has already done in the individual’s life and is a testimony that the person being baptized is identifying with Christ and now belongs to Him. Baptism is done in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Communion commemorates the death of Jesus and is to be done until He comes again. Participation in communion reminds us that we participate in the life of Jesus Christ. Both ordinances are restricted to those who believe. (Ro. 6:3-4; Col. 2:12; Ac. 2:42; 1 Co. 11:23-26).
We believe that the church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and that there is a two-fold aspect to the church, the universal and the local (Eph. 1:22-23; Phm. 1:2; 1 Th.. 1:1; Rev. 2:3).
We believe that believers are sent into the world by Christ as He was by the Father. Those so sent are ambassadors to go and make disciples and to make Christ known to the whole world (Mat. 28:18-20; John 15:8; 17:18; 20:21; 2 Cor. 5:20-21).
We believe that every believer has at least one spiritual gift (1 Cor. 12:7-11). God the Holy Spirit sovereignly bestows the gift(s) to each believer. When each believer exercises their gift in the assembly he contributes to the working and maturing of the Body of Christ (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-31; Eph. 4:1-16). Therefore, we encourage the discovery and exercise of each believer’s giftedness.
We believe that to teach, embrace or promote anything contrary to what the Bible clearly, repeatedly, and emphatically teaches about purity, sexuality, sex and gender, marriage, family, and sexual conduct, would be a violation of what it teaches and would be rebellion against God. It would destroy the very basis of what we believe, why we exist and everything to which God has called us. It would not be possible to love God and people without holding in the highest regard what the Bible teaches about these matters.
We believe that the fundamental trait of a disciple is to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 28:20, Jesus says that we are to teach others “to observe all that I have commanded you.” To do this, we must guard, teach, and promote what is clearly, consistently, and repeatedly presented in the Bible about purity, sexuality, sex and gender, marriage, family, and sexual conduct, with no exceptions.
We believe that God created the human race as male and female, and that gender and sex are determined by God. Humans, therefore, must not attempt to alter their own gender or sex or that of any other human being.
We believe that marriage is an institution created by God from the very beginning of civilization, and that it is the bedrock of every society on earth. Humans, therefore, must not attempt to alter, redefine, or confuse the biblical definition or the institution of marriage.
We believe that the Bible clearly and consistently defines marriage as the loving, faithful commitment between one man and one woman for a lifetime. It is clearly and exclusively a heterosexual union, with no other definition or example presented anywhere in the Bible. We are committed to promoting and preserving only this definition of marriage and to supporting healthy marriages and all their inherent benefits and blessings, in accordance with the design and will of God.
We believe that the only sexual activity that is clearly and consistently approved by God in the Bible is sexual activity between one man and one woman in the context of marriage. The clear, consistent, and emphatic teaching of the Bible overwhelmingly rejects any other practice of sexual activity as acceptable to God. (Ge. 1:26-31, 2:21-25, 5:1-2, 13:13, 19:1-25; Mt. 5:31-32, 19:1-12; Mk. 10:1-12; Acts 15:19-29; Ro. 1:18-32, 13:13; 1 Co. 5:1-13, 6:13, 18, 7:1-16, 10:1-8; Gal. 5:19; Eph. 5:3-7, 21-33; Col. 3:5,18-19; 1 Th. 4:3; Heb. 13:4-7; Jude 7; Rev. 2:14, 20-21, 9:21, 21:8, 22:14-15.)
Journey of Faith Church strongly believes in recognizing and supporting the contribution of women in the ministry of the church. We believe in the value of women in all aspects of ministry except for those areas that exercise governmental authority within the church. Furthermore, we believe God has ordained the family unit to serve as a model for the entire church with the father as the head of the home and functioning as a servant-leader as described in Ephesians 5. We therefore believe that both men and women can reach their fullest potential in ministry within the structure of the biblical family model. We believe a woman can teach and lead within any of the ministry roles and positions as long as she demonstrates a biblically qualifying lifestyle. She must also submit herself, along with other servant-leaders, to those leaders God has placed in positions of governing authority, specifically, the Pastors / Elders of the church. We believe that the positions of Pastor / Elder are (because of their governmental responsibility) reserved only for men. Apart from these two positions, we consider all ministry positions and opportunities to be open to women. (1 Ti. 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9)
The Bible clearly reveals that God is not a respecter of persons. At Journey of Faith Church, we believe in the equality of all men and women. On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit filled both men and women alike without concern for gender. Both women and men are called to faithful service and good stewardship of all that God provides. We discover throughout the New Testament that both genders participated in a full variety of Christian service including prophecy, leadership, and teaching. (Rom. 2:11, Ac. 10:34, Eph. 6:9, Ac. 2:1-21, Ac. 2:15-18, Ac. 18:26, Ac, 21:9, Rom. 16:7, 1 Co. 11:2)