Love is Our Highest Calling - Prayer Tents
http://www.prayertents.com/docs/Statement of Faith.pdf
We believe in:
One God in three persons
There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Romans 1:20; Matthew 28:19; Deuteronomy 4:35; John 17)
Justification by grace, by faith in Christ alone
Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Solus Christus
God loves us and we are to walk in relationship with God; however, sin separated us from God. God came down in human form (Jesus) and paid the atoning sacrifice effectively and permanently for our sins. We can now again enjoy relationship with our God by having faith in what Jesus has done; and this salvation is provided to us not by works, but by grace alone. (Romans 3:28, 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5; John 14:6)
The Holy Spirit, who is our Ever-Present Guide
Now that we have been forgiven by faith in Jesus, we can walk with God and He guides us. This is through the Holy Spirit who now dwells in those of faith and guides them in all truth (John 16:13); he is the counselor that can tell us which way to go, and even how we ought to pray for ourselves and for others. (John 14, Acts 1-2)
The Word of God as the Supreme Authority - Sola Scriptura
The Bible is contained in 66 books and is the written word of God. It is inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice. No other guide, cultural tradition or interpretation can take the place of primacy of what is written in Scriptures. (2Timothy 3:16-17)
Evangelism and Missions – God seeks the lost, and lost people matter to God
Jesus came to seek the lost and the hurting (Mark 2:17); those that are not proud and realize their need for God (Matthew 5:3). The lost matter to God, and He is seeking them and wants them to repent and return to Him (Luke 15). We are called to join in His mission and make disciples of all nations in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20).
Community of believers, called the Church
Ekklesia (Greek) - an assembly or community of called-out ones.
The church is the community of believers where God is present (Matthew 18:20). In these gatherings, the believers devote themselves to worship, the Word of God, prayer and fellowship (Acts 2:42-47). Those that place their faith in Jesus Christ are collectively, not individually, the bride of Christ (Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelations 19:7). As a result, it is important for believers to partake in corporate worship, communion, fellowship, and collaboration with those with same faith in Christ.
Local Churches are a grace of God, follow your spiritual leaders
It is important as members of the local church to respect and follow the guidance of your senior pastor. By God’s grace, there are many churches that are different in specific factors such as cultures, languages, and regions. No two churches are alike, and such variations and their respective leadership/congregation demonstrates God’s grace to all of us who are different, but are united in the same faith in Christ. In all your dealings of prayer and interactions with others, you are to follow the direction and guidance of the shepherd that God has placed on you, that is, your senior pastor and his established administration (Hebrews 13:17).
Prayer – our relationship with God and our ability to intercede
Prayer is a way we communicate with God and seek His heart; seek what He is planning to do so that we may participate in what He is doing. Through prayer, we can ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us to where we should go. Jesus Himself prayed and taught us how to pray (Matthew 6:9-13). Prayer is how we rely on God and trust Him continually rather than on our worldly thinking (Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2, 1Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer is a way of intercession to ask God, who loves us, to care for another that is hurting or in need (James 5:14-16). Prayer is a confession of faith and recognition that there is nothing impossible for God, and that He would meet with and provide for those that earnest seeks Him (Luke 1:37, Proverbs 8:17, Hebrews 11:6).