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Statement of faith

  JERUSALEM ASSEMBLY, HOUSE OF REDEMPTION

COVENANT

Having been led by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on profession of faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another.

We agree therefore, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in love; to strive for the advancement of this Assembly; to maintain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Assembly, and the spread of the Gospel throughout all nations.

We further agree to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to be ready to assist each other in times of sickness and distress; to be slow to take offense, but always ready to seek reconciliation according to the teachings of Scripture.

STATEMENT OF BELIEF

1.  CONCERNING THE SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as originally written were God-breathed, both verbally and in every part.  We believe God, who is Truth, communicated through Spirit-controlled men so that the Scriptures are without error and therefore authoritative in all they teach.  We believe the Bible is the supreme revelation of God's will for man and constitutes the only infallible guide for faith and life.

 Matthew 5:18; 15:4-6
 Galatians 3:16
 Mark 12:36
 II Timothy 3:16
 John 10:34, 35
 Hebrews 4:12
 Acts 1:16
 II Peter 1:19-21
 Romans 3:1-4
 Revelation 22:18,19

2.  CONCERNING THE TRUE GOD

We believe in one God.  That in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the creator of heaven and earth, equal in power, and executing distinct and harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

 Genesis 1:1
 Matthew 3:16,17; 28:19,20
 Exodus 20:2,3
 John 1:1-3; 5:36-40
 Deuteronomy 4:35; 6:4; 32:39
 Romans 1:1-6
 Psalm 2:7-9
 I Corinthians 8:6
 Isaiah 45:14; 46:9
 Ephesians 1:3-10; 4:3-6

3.  CONCERNING THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary as no other man was ever nor can be born of a woman.  He is very God of very God, being "God manifest in the flesh."  He lived a life of absolute sinlessness and in His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins, dying not as a martyr, but as a voluntary substitute in the sinner's place.  He rose from the dead on the third day and ascended bodily into heaven.  He will return to rapture His saints.  After the tribulation, He will set up the throne of David and establish His kingdom. We believe the rapture of the church is imminent and will be personal, pre-tribulational and pre-millennial.

 Isaiah 7:14
 I Thessalonians 4:16
 Matthew 1:18-25; 28:6
 II Thessalonians 2:6-8
 John 1:1, 14:3
 I Peter 2:22; 3:18
 Acts 15:16
 Colossians 2:9
 Rev 3:10 

4.  CONCERNING THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, eternal, underived, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity including intellect, emotions, eternality, omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, and truthfulness. In all the divine attributes He is coequal and consubstantial with the Father and the Son.

 1 Corinthians 2:10-13
 1 Corinthians 12:11
 Hebrews 9:14
 Psalm 139:7-10
 Isaiah 40:13-14
 Romans 15:13
 John 16:13
 Matthew 28:19
 Acts 5:3-4; 28:25-26
 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
 2 Corinthians 13:14
 Jeremiah 31:31-34
 Hebrews 10:15-17

We believe that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to execute the divine will with relation to all mankind. We recognize His sovereign activity in creation, the incarnation, the written revelation, and the work of salvation.

 Genesis 1:2
 Matthew 1:18
 2 Peter 1:20-21
 John 3:5-7

We believe that a unique work of the Holy Spirit in this age began at Pentecost when He came from the Father as promised by Christ to initiate and complete the building of the body of Christ. His activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ, and transforming believers into the image of Christ.

 John 14:16-17; 15:26
 John 16:7-9
 Acts 1:5, 2:4
 Romans 8:29
 2 Corinthians 3:18
 Ephesians 2:22

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the supernatural and sovereign agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers them for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption.

 1 Corinthians 12:13
 Romans 8:9
 2 Corinthians 3:6
 Ephesians 1:13-14

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the divine teacher who guided the apostles and prophets into all truth as they committed to writing God's revelation, the Bible. Every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation, and it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be filled with (controlled by) the Spirit.

 John 16:13
 Romans 8:9
 Ephesians 5:18
 2 Peter 1:19-21
 1 John 2:20, 27

We believe that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the church. The Holy Spirit glorifies neither Himself nor His gifts by ostentatious displays, but He does glorify Christ by implementing His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the most holy faith.

 John 16:13-14
 Acts 1:8
 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
 2 Corinthians 3:18

We believe that God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowing of His gifts, and that any gift given by the Holy Spirit must be exercised according to Scriptural guidelines. Furthermore, we believe that experience does not establish spiritual truth. Scripture alone establishes what is true. 

 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
 1 Corinthians 13:8-10
 2 Corinthians 12:12
 Ephesians 4:7-12
 Hebrews 2:1-4

5.  CONCERNING MAN

We believe the Scripture teaches that man was created by a direct act of God and not from any previously existing form of life.  By voluntary transgression, he fell from his state of innocence, in consequence of which all men are now sinners by nature and by choice, utterly devoid of the holiness required by law, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation to eternal punishment and everlasting existence separated from God without defense or excuse.

 Genesis 1:27
 Isaiah 53:6
 Psalm 51:5; 58:3
 Romans 3:23; 5:12-19
 Ecclesiastes 7:20   

6.  CONCERNING SALVATION

We believe the Scriptures teach that salvation of sinners is divinely initiated, wholly of grace, and accomplished through the mediatorial work of the Son of God; that it is wholly apart from works and is upon the sole condition of faith in the death, burial, resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and never without genuine repentance; that in order to be saved, the sinner must be born again, being regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit through faith in God's word and becoming the recipient of a new nature; that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification, that judicial act of God accompanied by the pardon of sin and the imputation of divine righteousness, not because of any works of righteousness on our part, but solely through faith; that the believer who has exercised personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is completely justified and in possession of a salvation which is eternally secure.

 John 3:3-6, 16; 10:28,29
 Ephesians 2:8-10
 Acts 13:39
 I Timothy 2:5,6
 Romans 1:16; 2:4
 I Corinthians 15:1-4            
 II Corinthians 7:9,10
 I Peter 1:18-23
 II Peter 1:4 

7.  CONCERNING THE CHURCH

We believe the Scriptures teach that the Church of Jesus Christ is distinct from Israel.  The Church was inaugurated at Pentecost and must be considered in two aspects; the local church and the "Church which is His body."

The local church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by a covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts. Its Scriptural offices are pastors, sometimes called bishops or elders, and deacons, whose qualifications and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy and Titus. 

The pastoral office is clearly limited to men.  God specifically assigned the headship and authority in the local church to men. 

We hold to the following Scriptural distinctives:

 1.  Sole authority of the Scriptures for faith and practice.
 2.  Autonomy of the local church.
 3.  Believers' baptism by immersion before church membership.
 4.  Two offices, pastor (elder, bishop) and deacon.
 5.  Two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's table.
 6.  Individual priesthood of the believer.
 7.  Separation of church and state.

These 7 distinctives lead us to identify ourselves with those who historically have called themselves Baptists.

The "church which is His body" is the entire company of believers in Christ, whether Jew or Gentile, regardless of denominational affiliation and present position in heaven or on earth. We believe Jews and Gentiles become one in Jesus.
We believe the rapture of the church is imminent and will be personal, pre-tribulational and pre-millennial.

 Matthew 28:19,20
 Ephesians 1:22,23
 Acts 1:5; 2:1-4, 41,42; 10:44,45; 11:15-16.
 I Timothy 2:11-14; 3
 Titus 1
 I Corinthians 10:32; 12:13
 Hebrews 12:23
 I Thessalonians 4:16-17
 Ephesians 2:11-17

8.  CONCERNING BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER

We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, to show his identification with the crucified, buried, risen Savior, thus illustrating the believer's death to sin and his resurrection to a new life.  It is prerequisite to membership in a local church. 

We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes and should be preceded by solemn self-examination.  Observance of the Lord's Supper must be observed under the discipline of the local church.

 Acts 8:36-39
 Romans 6:3-5 
 I Corinthians 11:23-28
Matthew 28:18-20.

9.  CONCERNING THE ETERNAL STATE

We believe the Scriptures teach that there is bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust.  All those who through faith are justified by the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ will spend eternity in full enjoyment of God's presence and those who through impenitence and unbelief refuse to accept God's offer of mercy will spend eternity in everlasting punishment.

 Psalm 16:11
 John 5:28,29; 14:2
 Daniel 12:2
 Revelation 20:14,15; 21:4
 Matthew 25:46

10.  CONCERNING SATAN

We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a personal devil who is the "god of this age" and "the prince of the power of the air," who is full of all subtlety, who seeks continually to frustrate the purposes of God and to ensnare men, and who was conquered by Christ on the cross and condemned to everlasting punishment.

 II Corinthians 4:4; 11:13-15
 Hebrews 2:14
 Ephesians 2:2
 Revelation 12:9
 I Peter 5:8.

11.  CONCERNING PERSONAL SEPARATION

We believe the Scriptures teach that every believer should be separated unto God from the world, and by the power of the Holy Spirit should walk in Christian love and holiness, exhibiting qualities of honesty, integrity, forgiveness, and lovingkindness.  We further believe that any achievement in these characteristics will be evidenced by sincere humility and genuine zeal for the advancement of the cause of Christ.  We also believe the Scriptures admonish every believer not to love the world or the things in the world, but rather to flee evil desires, avoid every kind of evil, and refrain from questionable practices which destroy one's testimony, offend one's brother, and fail to glorify God.

 Proverbs 15:33
 Galatians 5:22-25
 Romans 14:19-21
 Ephesians 4:32; 5:1,2,8-10, 15-20
 I Corinthians 6:18-20; 8:9-13;
 Phillipians 4:8
 I Corinthians 10:23,33
 I Thessalonians 4:7, 5:22
 II Corinthians 7:1
 I Peter 5:5,6

12.  CONCERNING ECCLESIASTICAL SEPARATION

We believe the Scriptures teach that the believer should be separated from apostasy exemplified in ecclesiastical organizations that include radicals, liberals, and those who sanction theological compromise.  This doctrine is based upon God's eternal principle of division between truth and error and His specific command to be separate from unbelievers and disobedient brethren.  This truth is to be practiced with an attitude of devotion to God, humility, compassion, and yet with conviction, to create the proper condition and atmosphere for the main objective, i.e., the salvation of the lost through the Gospel of grace.  We believe ecumenical evangelism that involves apostates* and/or unbelievers violates the principles taught in God's Word.

 Matthew 10:34-39; 18:15
 Galatians 1:8,9
 Romans 16:17
 I Timothy 6:3-6
 I Corinthians 5:7-13
 II Timothy 2:16-18
 II Corinthians 6:14; 11:4
 Titus 3:10
 II John 9-11

*In regard to ministry and evangelism, we believe that the church should not be associated with persons, fellowships or organizations who do not hold to the essentials of salvation as written in Romans 10:9-10 and I Corinthians 15:1-4.