Awakening Fires Statement of Faith
1. The Bible
We believe that the Holy Bible is the Word of the living God; and that it was written by holy men in ancient times as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be confident, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- The Eternal Godhead
We believe that there is only one true and living God. He made heaven and earth and all that is in them. He is the beginning and the end of everything and He is Love. He is holy, just and merciful. He is worthy of worship. He is a mysterious trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:10-11)
- The Fall of Man
We believe that humans were created in the image of God, but that, because of our rebellion against God, we are all sinners and deserve the condemnation of a just and holy God.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned. (Romans 5:12)
- The Plan of Redemption
We believe that, in spite of our rebellion, Jesus Christ died for us: the Just for the unjust. He took our sentence, carried our sins, received our condemnation, died our death, and fully paid our penalty. By simply believing and accepting this gift of love, any one of us, no matter how great our rebellion may have been, may be clean before God and made whole.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“…who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:14)
- Salvation Through Grace
We believe that the salvation of sinners is absolutely because of God’s grace. We have no righteousness or goodness of our own by which to approach God.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)
- Repentance and Acceptance
We believe that God will receive anyone who comes to Him with sincere repentance, sorrow for their sin, and a whole-hearted acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven” (that is, to bring Christ down) or “Who will descend into the abyss? (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. (Romans 10:6-10)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1John 1:9)
- The New Birth
We believe that the change that takes place in a person’s heart and life when they accept Jesus as their Savior is a very real one. This person is then born again. God gives them a new life and all their old rebellion is forgiven.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
- Daily Christian Life
We believe that having been cleaned by accepting Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary, it is God’s will for us to grow stronger in faith, prayer, love and service every day.
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1)
- Water Baptism & the Lord’s Supper
We believe that water baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, according to Jesus’ example and command, is a public sign of the private change going on in our lives.
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)
We believe in taking communion as a reminder that Jesus’ body was broken for us and His blood shed for us.
…and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “this cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. (1Corinthians 11:24-26)
- The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
We believe that God baptizes His people with the Holy Spirit when they ask for Him. The Holy Spirit gives us power to live for God, to tell other people what He has done for us, and to help one another as He gives us comfort, courage, wisdom and guidance.
“…for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit no many days from now. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 1:5, 8; 2:4)
- The Spirit Filled Life
We believe that God’s will is for our lives to demonstrate our faith in God. We are learning to be patient, loving, truthful, sincere, and prayerful, not complaining, and always ready to serve other people as God gives us strength.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. (Ephesians 4:30-32)
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. But I say, walk in the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16, 25)
- The Gifts & Fruit of the Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit gives gifts to the Church: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, tongues, and interpretation.
(1 Corinthians 12:1-11)
We believe that the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, humility and moderation, is the evidence of a Spirit-filled life. (Galatians 5:22-25)
We believe that Christians should be sober, thoughtful, balanced, forgiving, loyal, upright, humble, self-sacrificing and (in all things) Christ-like.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Colossians 3:12, 13)
Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand. (Philippians 4:5)
- Divine Healing
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is able to heal sick and troubled people in answer to believing prayer. He is able to meet the needs of each person’s body, soul and spirit according to His plans for their life.
And these signs will accompany those who believe; in my name they will cast our demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:14-16)
- The Second Coming of Christ
We believe Jesus will come again, but that no one knows when this will be.
But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. (Matthew 24:36, 42, 44; 1Thessalonians 4:16-17)
- Church Relationship
We believe that God’s plan is for each Christian to identify him/herself with the worldwide Church by being involved with a local congregation.
So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily. (Acts 16:5)
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
- Civil Government
We believe that the civil government is divinely appointed for the benefit and good order of human society. Governors and rulers should be prayed for and obeyed – so long as that does not oppose the will of God.
So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:18-20)
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. (Romans 13:1-5)
We believe that the dead will be resurrected to stand with the living before the judgment seat of God. Wicked people have sentenced themselves to everlasting punishment. Those who have accepted the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ will live eternally.
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which was the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. (2 Corinthians 5:10)
We believe that Heaven is the indescribably glorious habitation of the living God.
In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? (John 14:2)
Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. (Revelation 7:15-17)
We believe that hell is a place of darkness and sorrow, far removed from the presence of God. It is a place prepared for the devil and his angels, a place of grief and eternal regret.
The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all lawbreakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:41-42)
We believe that Jesus told all Christians to share the good news that God is love with everyone they meet.
“…let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” (James 5:20)
Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. (Mark 16:15)
- Tithing & Offerings
We believe that the method ordained of God to sustain His ministry and the spread of the gospel after His command is through the financial support of God’s people.
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. (Malachi 3:10)
Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of the week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. (1 Corinthians 16:1-2)