STATEMENT OF FAITH OF WAY OF GLORY MISSIONS a. k. a. GLORY FILLED ASSEMBLY
WAY OF GLORY MISSIONS a. k. a. GLORY FILLED ASSEMBLY accepts in it entirety the Bible as their only creed and holds certain statement of faith to be the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. These beliefs as clearly set forth here; constitute the church understanding and expression of the teaching of the Scripture. Jesus said and we read, “If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself.” (John 7:17)
• THE BIBLEGod has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word in the scriptures was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice. The Holy Scripture is the infallible revelation of God’s will. They are the standard of character, the test of experience, the authoritative revealers of doctrines, and the trustworthy record of God acts in history (2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalms 119:105; Proverb 30:5-6; Isaiah 8:20; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 4:12)
• THE HOLY TRINITYThere is one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons. God is immortal, all-powerful, all knowing, and above all and ever present. He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation. He is forever worthy of worship, adoration, and service by the whole creation (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Timothy 1:17; Revelation 14:7)
• GOD, THE FATHERThere is one God, who exists eternally in three, distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the Almighty Creator, Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to his sovereign will for his own glory. This is to say the eternal Father is the Creator, Source, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all creation. He is just and Holy, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. The qualities and power exhibited in the Son and the Holy Spirit are also revelations of the Father (Genesis 1:1; Revelation 4:11; 1 Corinthians 15:28; John 3:16; 1 John 4:8; 1 Timothy 1:17; Exodus 34:6-7; John 14:9)
• GOD, THE ETERNAL SONGod the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ. Through Him all things were created, the character of God is revealed, the salvation of humanity is accomplished, and the work is judged. Forever truly God, He became also truly man, Jesus the Christ. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived and experienced temptation as a human being, but perfectly exemplified the righteousness and love of God. By His miracles He manifested God’s power and was attested as God’s promised Messiah. He suffered and died voluntarily on the Cross-for our sins and in our place, was raised from the dead in the third day, and ascended to minister in the heavenly sanctuary in our behalf. He will come again in glory for the final deliverance of His people and the restoration of all things (John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-19; John 10:30; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:17-19; John 5:22; Luke 1:35; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 2:9-18; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 8:1; John 14:1-3)
• GOD, THE ETERNAL SPIRITThe Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission. This expresses thatthe eternal Spirit was active with the Father and the Son in Creation, incarnation and redemption. He inspired the sacred writers of the Scriptures. He filled Christ’s life with power. He draws and convicts human beings and to those who respond, He renews and transforms into the image of God. Sent by the Father and the Son to be always with His children, He extends spiritual gifts to the church, empower it to bear witness to Christ, and in harmony with the Scriptures leads it into all truth (Genesis 1:1; Luke 1:35; Acts 1:38; 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 4:11-12; Acts 1:8; John 14:16-18)
• CREATION AND THE CREATURESGod is Creator of all things, and had revealed in the Scripture the authentic account of His creative activity. The Lord made the heaven and the earth and all living things upon the earth. Thus, He established His abundant love and infinite power as a perpetual memorial of His completed creative work. The first man and woman were made in the image of God as the crowning work of Creations, given dominion over the world, and charged with responsibility to care for it (Genesis 1:2; Exodus 20:8-11; Psalms 19:1-6; Hebrews 11:3)
• HUMAN RACEAll men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please Him (Genesis 1:26-28; Psalms 8:4-8; Acts 17:24-28; Romans 5:12-17; 2 Corinthians 5:19; 1 John 4:7-8)
• SALVATIONSalvation is entirely a work of God’s Grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners whom he calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life. This is the only hope for man for the shed blood of Jesus Christ purchases this salvation.
We believe that:• Condition 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 Ghost, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8).• The Evidence of Salvation: The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12)• Falling from Grace: It is true that a believer can fall from Grace and if not earnestly restore, it is true that such individual can lose salvation (Hebrews 10:26-31, 38-39).
• THE CHURCHThe universal church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the administering of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.We believe that the church is the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointment of her great commission. Each believer born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the body, General congregation and church of the Firstborn, which are written in Heaven (Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 12:23)Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority reason-for-being of the Way of Glory Missions a. k. a. Glory Filled Assembly, as a part of the church is:• To be a divine agent of God for evangelising the world, even to the utmost part of the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16)• To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Corinthians 12:13)• 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)
We exist as a congregation, which expressly determines to give continuing emphasis to the teachings or the apostolic doctrines, which is the New Testament Church – Christ-centred in all things spiritually and physically. To this end, we give time and follow the pattern of the Apostles by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptised in the Holy Spirit. For we believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit for believers with the signs following. This experience enables Spirit-filled believers with the following:• The experience enables believers to boldly evangelised in the power of the Spirit accompanying supernatural signs (Marks 16:15-20; Acts 4:29-31)• It adds a necessary dimension to worshipful relationship with God (1 Corinthians 2:10-16)• It enables believers to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit and the gifts, which are the manifestations of the Spirit as clearly express in the New Testament times for the edifying of the body of Christ (Galatians 5:22-26; 1 Corinthians 14:12; Ephesians 4:11-12)We as denomination believe in a Theocratic system of church government, God’s heart and mind are able to flow divinely through the governmental system, which is headed up in minister of the local church. Church government is the authority of God Himself flowing through the five-fold ministry given by Christ Himself to the church and to the people. Jesus Christ, the head of His church holds the ministers in His right hand of authority and holds them responsible for the governing of and the problems within the local church. This is the three-cord that can hardly be broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12) First Cord is the Christ, who is the Head and absolutely in charge (Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 5:23). Second cord is the minister with the semi-absolute, yet final physical authority (under Christ, the Head). The Third cord is the body of Elders with authority to ratify Pastor’s decision, but without final say (1 Samuel 23:1-5).
• DIVINE AND PHYSICAL HEALINGWe believe that Christ’s death on the cross provides healing for the human body, in answer to believing prayer. We do not believe in Christ Jesus because we believe in the healing miracles and other miracles recorded in the Gospels, rather we believe in the healing miracles and other miracles because we believe in Christ Jesus and we profoundly profess that our Jesus lives forever.The case for Divine Healing does not depend upon the evidence we can bring forward, but upon the promises of God; and it is a poor sort of faith, which refuses to believe till it has seen signs and wonders, or has received records of them, signed and attested by. However, we believe that God deals with individual according to the measure of faith, and signs follow belief. (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14-16; Hebrews 13:8)
• BAPTISM and THE LORD’S SUPPERWe believe in the two sacraments as the ordinances of the Church as reveal by the Scriptures. These are:o Baptism in WaterThe ordinance of Baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Saviour and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declared to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his church but does not impart spiritual life (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4)o Holy CommunionThe Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements bread and the fruit of the vine is the symbol of expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4) a memorial of His death (1 Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26) and is enjoined in all believers “till He comes.” The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s Sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.
• SANCTIFICATIONWe believe the Scripture teach a life of holiness. Sanctification is a separation from that which is evil and a dedication unto God. We believe all believers should earnestly pursue sanctification by walking in obedience to God’s Word. We further believe that the Christians are able to live a godly life by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15; Philippians 2:12-13)
• THE BLESSED HOPEWe believe in the resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord. This is the imminent and blessed hope of the church (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52)
• THE LIFE, DEATH, AND RESURRECTION OF CHRISTIn Christ’s life of perfect obedience to God’s will, His suffering, death, and resurrection. God provided the only means of atonement for human sin, so that those who by faith accept the holy love of the Creator. The death of Christ is the substitution, and expiatory, reconciling and transforming. The resurrection of Christ proclaims God’s triumph over the forces of evil, and those who accept the atonement assures their final victory over sin and death. It declares the Lordship of Jesus Christ, before whom every knee in heaven and on earth will bow (John 3:16; Isaiah 53:1; 1 Peter 2:21; Romans 1:4; 1 John 2:2; Colossians 2:16; Philippians 1:6-11).
• STEWARDSHIPWe are God’s stewards, entrusted by Him with time and opportunities, abilities and possessions, and the blessing of the earth and its resources. We are responsible to Him and our fellowmen, and by returning tithes and giving offering for the proclamation of His Gospel and the support and growth of His church. We believe that tithe is a key to open heavenly material blessings and offering is gift given by individual believer to God in humility that all things emanated from Him. Stewardship is a privilege given to use by God for nurture in love and victory over selfishness and covetousness. This virtue rejoices in the blessings that come to others as a result of His faithfulness (Genesis 1:26-28; Haggai 1:3-11; Malachi 3:8-12; 1 Corinthians 9:9-14; Matthew 23:23; Romans 15:26-27)
• THE FUTUREWe believe that The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to rule on the earth for a thousand years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel and establish universal peace (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:47; Revelation 1:7; Romans 11:26-27; Isaiah 11:6-9; Micah 4:3-4). He will raise the dead and judge in righteousness. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.We believe there will be a final judgment in which the dead will be raised and judged according to their works. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. Whoever is not found written in the Book of Life will be consigned to everlasting punishment, which is the second death (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:34; Revelation 19:20; 2011-15; 21:8)We believe in the New Heavens and the New Earth wherein righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:22)
• THE LORD’S DAYWe believe that the Sunday worship service is the most important of all the meetings of the church. Here the members gather weekly to unite in worshipping God in a spirit of praise and thanksgiving, to hear the undiluted Word of God, to gather strength and grace to fight the battles of life, and to learn God’s will for them in soul-winning service. Reverence, simplicity and promptness should characterize the whole service.We believe that the worship of God is the highest, holiest experience possible to men, and the greatest time is required to prepare for the service in prayer and in the study of the Scriptures so that the church can be adequately fed. It is the duty of the minister to put some skill and study and planning into the matter of conducting religious meetings how they shall be conducted so as to do the greatest amount of good, and leave the very best impression upon all who attend. Our God is a tender, merciful Father. His service should not be looked upon as a heart-saddening distressing exercise but a sober reflection of the goodness of God to His people. It should be a divine pleasure to worship the Lord and to take part in His work.As we express our gratitude, we are accurately as humanly possible to approximate to the worship of the Father of the heavenly hosts. Let us with reverent joy come before our Creator, with thanksgiving, and the voice of melody (1 Corinthians 16:2; John 4:23-24; Hebrews 10:25; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 10:16; Revelation 1:10)
• EVANGELICAL MINISTRYWe believe that a divinely called and a scriptural ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord Jesus Christ for the threefold purpose of leading the church in:• Rural and Urban evangelisation of the world. Again the church is the agent of God appointed for this assignment. (Mark 16:15-20)• Worship of God (John 4:23-24).• Building a living body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11-16).
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