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İman Bildirgemiz
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DECLARATION OF FAITH

God

We believe in one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10; 1Timothy 2:5). He is the creator of the heavens and the earth; the One who is and who was and who is to come; the Alpha and the Omega: the beginning and the end (Genesis 1:1; Revelation 1:8).

God is Spirit (John 4:24), eternal (Jeremiah 23:23-24; Psalms 90:2) , unchanging (James 1:17). Sovereign and Independent; all living creatures are dependent upon Him (Isaiah 40:12-26). just and righteous (Psalms 9:7-9; 11:7).

Exhibitor of love, grace, and mercy (Psalms 136:1-26; 1 John 4:4-11); loyal and true (Numbers 23:19); all-powerful (Jeremiah 32:17); holy (1 Peter 1:16). For all eternity, He is the unchanging trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). The three parts of the trinity are equal with regards to existence and sovereignty, different in function, and equal and unified with each other.

Father... the Father of creation, Jesus Christ, Israel, and all humanity (Acts 17:29; Matthew 3:17; Exodus 4:22; Galatians 3:26). Magnificent and holy, no one may look upon His face and survive (Exodus 33:20); therefore, in His love and mercy, His children who are lost and sinful were sent Jesus Christ (John 3:16). Thus He saved humanity and made peace with them (2 Corinthians 5:18). He listens and replies to prayers (1 John 5:14-15).

Son... through the Holy Spirit the Son was born to the virgin Mary and taken upon Himself a human form (Matthew 1:18-26). Being perfect and without blemish, He has take upon Himself all of the sins of humanity (2 Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 53:4). Dying on the cross for the sins of humanity in Golgotha (Hebrews 9:11- 10:18), He has paid the price for the salvation of those who believe in Him (1 Corinthians 7:23; Revelation 5:9). By rising up from the dead He has defeated death and risen to the heavens (1 Timothy 1:9; Luke 24: 1-53). Sitting at the right hand of God the Father, He prayers, protects, and defends humans (Hebrews 7:25-26; 1 John 2:1). He carries all adjectives attributed to God.

Holy Spirit... the omnipresent and all-knowing spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:10-11; Psalms 139:7). He reveals the sins of humanity as well as their guilt in the coming judgement (John 16:7-11). He directs sinners to the Savior and dwells within humans (Romans 8:9), providing their rebirth (John 3:3), baptizing them (1 Corinthians 12:13), and sealing them (2 Corinthians 1:22). He directs all believers in a Godly life and service, training, maturing, gifting spiritual gifts, and strengthening; all this, to prepare for the glorious coming of the Lord (1 Corinthians 12:7-11; Galatians 5:13-17; 1 Corinthians 2:6-16). He carries all adjectives attributed to God.

Holy Bible

We believe the 66 books forming the Holy Bible are the living Word of God. The Bible always exists, is trustworthy, and unchanging (Matthew 5:17-20; 24:35). It is an inspiration of God for the salvation of humanity (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Bible is the most competent and effective element in a believer's life; it illuminates a live of a person (2 Peter 1:19-21; John 5:39).

Humanity's Sinfulness

We believe humanity is created in the image of God; at first, being holy and without blemish, humanity sinned and rejected God with its own free will (Genesis 1:27; 3:1-24). Thus, they were removed from the perfect garden of Eden to the depths of a sinful world: as a result, all of humanity is sinful (Romans 5:12-19; 8:7; Galatians 3:22). Humanity is sinful not as a result of fate, but by their own free will (Isaiah 53:6); their natural pride leads to their failure in following the laws of God, and their good works are unable to cover their sins (Ephesians 2:3, 9; Romans 3:20). Humans are inclined to sin because of their pride, and are guilty without excuse. They deserve the just and holy judgement of God (Romans 1:20; 7:13-24; 1:18-32). 

God's Salvation Plan

We believe that Jesus died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). Jesus Christ was tasked by God to take upon Himself all of the sins and the punishments of sinful humanity and die in our stead (Titus 2:14); this free gift of God has paid for all the past, present, and future sins of humanity; to accept this gift, one must believe in Jesus (1 John 2:2). Anyone who believes in the life-saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross is saved from all their sins (Hebrew 7:25; 1 John 1:9) and freed from the dominion of Satan (Colossians 2:13-15).

Saved by Grace

We believe the salvation of sinners occurs through grace (Ephesians 2:8). It is impossible for one to save themself by being good enough or having produced good works (Romans 3:10, 23). We submit ourselves to our savior Jesus, who through His blood has exonerated and bought us through his love and mercy. Knowing his promises fos us, we accept His free and unmerited gift of love and forgiveness (Galatians 2:11-21; Romans 6:23).

Accepting Salvation

We believe that any one who asks forgiveness for their sins, believes Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose up again on the third day, and believes that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, are saved unconditionally (Romans 10:9). Salvation can only be achieved by faith in Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Through His precious blood spilled on the cross, Jesus Christ is an eternal assurance to His believers; they have been exonerated and forgiven (Luke 1:77-79; John 6:37; 10:28-29).

 

Being Born Again

We believe that all who believe experience change in their hearts and their lives. A sinner who has faith in Jesus is reborn through the Holy Spirit and raised up (John 3:3). Old things have passed away, everything is new (2 Corinthians 5:17). A believer is freed from all bondage in their lives through the Holy Spirit; a believer, striving to be like Jesus, changes in their process of holiness (2 Corinthians 3:16-18).

We believe that all who are made righteous through Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit, gain new goals and desires in their new standing; their outlook on life is new and victorious (Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 4:1). Believers developing on their process of holiness exhibit the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:16-26). Believers listen to the word of God in all situations, and walk in the light (1 John 1:5-2:6). They stay away from all actions rejected in the Bible (Titus 2:11-14). They live as a true witness and messenger of God's Kingdom (1 Peter 2:11-22, 3:15). In every deed, they strive to glorify and please God (Colossians 3:23).

Baptism of Water and Communion

We believe that the Lord commands us to baptize believers in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; this baptism is a public declaration of the spiritual change in one's life. (Matthew 28:19; Galatians 3:27-28). Baptism represents Christ's unique death to all people. Through baptism, believers are symbolically buried and then rise up again in all the glory of the resurrection of Jesus; a new life begins with this rising up (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12).

We believe that the Lord commands us to partake as the church in communion until His second coming; communion represents Jesus' body and spilled blood which he offered to us on the cross. (1 Corinthians 11:17-34). Partaking in baptism and communion is a task commanded upon believers, but not a determinant in the salvation of a person.

Baptism of the Spirit and a life full with the Spirit

We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is done by the Helper promised by Jesus Christ; this Helper lives within believers (John 14:16-17). The purpose of the baptism of the Spirit is equipping believers in spiritual power (Acts 1:5,8); glorifying our Lord Jesus Christ; filling believers with inspiration as they attest to Jesus; helping a believer to live a holy and mature life in prayer. A believer can expect the baptism of the Spirit as seen in the examples within the Bible (Acts 10:44-47; 19:6).

We believe every believer is a temple for the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). For this reason, believers must live a life which does not grieve the Holy Spirit: good intentioned, peaceful, compassionate, and prayful (Ephesians 4:30-32; 6:18). Believers must live a life parallel to the will and thoughts of God, offering themselves as living sacrifices to God (Romans 12:1-2), searching for the methods of the Spirit (and not the Spirit of man), and following the guidance of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25). Believers who live such a life will be filled with the Spirit.

 

Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit 

We believe the Holy Spirit gives various Spiritual gifts, originating from the day of Pentecost: leadership, prophecy, servitude, teaching, counseling, donating, discipleship, mercy, wise speaking, knowledge, faith, healing the sick, deciphering spirits, speaking in tongues, translating tongues, management, and evangelism. We believe this list is ever increasing as the Holy Spirit gives different gifts as needed; in essence, gifts of the Spirit are given for the benefit and encouragement of a congregation (1 Corinthians 12:1-30).

We believe that love, job, peace, patience, kindness,  goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control are the fruits of the Spirit; these fruits are proof of a Spirit filled live which continues to develop individually and in the church (Galatians 5:22-23). We believe every believer must walk with God. This walk will lead to a life far from extremism, complaint, and bigotry; on the contrary, a life will be filled with thoughtfulness, analysis, balance, forgiveness, diligence, humility, devotion, and similarity to Jesus (Colossians 3:12-13).

Second Coming of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ will soon come again in a visible way. He will descend from the heavens with the clouds of Heaven and the trumpet of an archangel (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). No one knows the time of His coming (Matthew 24:36). First those who belong to Christ will be resurrected and then living believers will be raised upon the clouds to meet the Lord. Thus, we will be with the Lord for all eternity (1 Thessalonians 4:17). The truth of the second coming of Christ affects a believers individual life and ministry significantly (2 Peter 3:1-18; 1 John 3:1-3).

Church

We believe in the church, a global institution which represents the unseen body of Christ formed by the Children of God, i.e. all who have declared and believed in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). It is the responsibility of a believer to believe and do the following in the Church: accept Jesus Christ as the head of the church (Ephesians 4:15-16), fulfill their obligations in accordance to their spiritual gifts and abilities (Hebrews 10:24-25), put in effort in preparation for the coming of the Kingdom of God, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ (evangelizing) with their surroundings (Matthew 24:14; 28:19-20), carrying the yokes of fellow believers in accordance with the guidance of the Spirit and the fellowship of the church, following the commandments of Jesus, worshipping God in holiness, advising fellow believers, glorifying God through psalms, songs, and spiritual praises (Colossians 3:16), encouraging, supporting, and solidifying fellow believers, and working in unity. As one body in Christ, believers are expected to follow the merciful and compassionate example of Jesus with regards to supporting believers and non-believers in their communities.

We believe it is the responsibility of members of the church to respect and follow the leadership of believers God has placed in positions of leadership, as well as supporting these leaders with their prayers (Hebrews 13:17-18).

Tithing is a system put in place by God in which believers give what belongs to God to support His body, the Church; tithing should be done with joy, generosity, and sincerity, not through complaint and unwillingness. God will bless those who tithe in such a manner with manifold blessings (Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:7; Malachi 3:10).

Government

We believe that government leaders have been given their authority by God for the benefit and order of society (Romans 13:1-3). Government and leaders must be prayed for, listened and respected to, and helped (1 Peter 2:13-17). The highest power is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the One responsible for all souls: Jesus Christ (Acts 5:29; inspired by 19:16).

Final Judgement

We believe that everyone will stand before the throne of God for a judgement on all the good and evil things they have done (2.Corinthians 5:10). Everyone will be judged based upon their faith. Unbelievers will receive eternal damnation, while believers will receive eternal life (Matthew 13:41-43; inspired by 20:11-15).

Heaven and Hell

We believe in a Heaven which is the eternal dwelling of the Almighty God; a place has been prepared by God for the Children of God: all cleansed in the blood of the lamb Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 2:9; John 14:1-3; inspired by 22:5). In Heaven there is no dark or night, no tears, mourning, death, or any evil thing (inspired by 1 Corinthians 21:4). We believe in a Hell which is a place of eternal mourning and darkness, a place of unending fire and anguish; hell has been prepared as a dwelling for Satan and his demons, along with all who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior (Matthew 13:41-43; 25:41; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; inspired by 14:10-11).

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