Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Statement of Faith and Beliefs


Inspiration of the Bible: We believe that we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad (2 Cor. 5:10), of which Scripture teaches that I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works (Revelation 20:11). We believe in a new heaven and a new earth in which our Lord Jesus Christ as the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End will reign upon His throne, where the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God (Revelation 21:1-6) and that for eternity God will be all in all (1 Cor 15:28).
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears..." (2 Timothy 4:3-KJV). "Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God" (Matthew 22:29-KJV). 

Dr. Joel Hitchcock has authored several books and blogs, which you may access here; as well as the Joel Hitchcock Ministries' Beliefs (Statement of Faith):

Our Basic Beliefs
In a nutshell, the Bible says that "... Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them" (Acts 8:5). Likewise, River City Church is centered around the Person of Jesus Christ: To know Him in the Word, and in the Spirit. For a little more fundamental detail, the following are some basic beliefs of Joel Hitchcock Ministries. 

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16,) and that holy men spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:21).  We believe the Bible is without error in it's original form, contains no contradictions and is in harmony with science.

We believe in one God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  He is also the Creator, the Word (Logos), the Lamb, YHVH (Jehovah/Yahweh) and Lord, and appeared in several Old Testament theophanies such as the Ancient of Days, Pillar of Fire, the Angel of God, in the burning bush, the Glory, etc. (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1; 1 John 5:7; Daniel 7:22, Luke 1:35, John 1:29, Ex 3:2, 14, etc). We believe God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24) and that the Lord is that Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Cor. 3:17).

Jesus Christ:
We believe in the full deity of Jesus Christ (Col. 1:19,)  that He is before all things and by Him all things consist (Col. 1:17,) that He is Jehovah God in the flesh (Isaiah 45:23, Romans 14:11, 12, etc,) that He is the brightness of God's glory and the express image of His person (Hebrews 1:2, 3), that all things were made by Him and without Him was not any thing made that was made (John 1:3). We believe that He is God manifest in the flesh (John 1:1,14; 1 Tim. 3:16),  that His humanity was conceived of the Holy Ghost and that He is therefore the Son of God (Luke 1:37). He was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18-25), lived a sinless life (Romans 8:3, Heb. 4:15,) died for our sins on the cross (Matthew 27,) descended into Hades (1 Peter 3:19) and rose from the dead (Matthew 28). We believe that He ascended to heaven and is seated on the right hand of God (Mark 16:19, Hebrews 1:3).

Christ in the Believer:
We believe that Christ indwells believers by the Holy Spirit (John 14:17-18, Col. 1:27) and that we become partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). We believe in the supernatural gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8-11) and that these gifts are the manifestation of the Spirit (1 Cor 12:7).

Life after Death, Sin and Salvation:
We believe in life after death (2 Cor. 5:8, Luke 16:19-31,) in heaven and hell, and that is is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). We believe all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). That the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). And that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).  We believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and that no man cometh unto the Father but by Him (John 14:6) and that there is no salvation in any other: for there is non other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). We believe in the atonement and in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 2:2; 15:17; 1 John 2:2, 4:10; Heb. 9:22), that as many as receive Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God (John 1:12, 1 John 5:12-13). We believe that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved, and whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:9-13).

Water Baptism:
We believe in the baptism of believers by immersion, in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, unto the remission of sins and in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5).  That baptism in water signifies our identification with the death and resurrection of Christ, and also our own death to sin and resurrection into new life in Christ (Romans 6:3-6).

Baptism in the Holy Ghost
We believe in the baptism in the Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:11), and that this experience is accompanied by spiritual power and tongues as the Spirit giveth utterance (Acts 1:8, 2:4, 10:46, 19:6).

The Lord's Supper
We believe in the Lord's supper - communion, and that as often as we drink of it we remember His death until the Lord comes (1 Cor. 11:26).  That the bread and wine is symbolic of His body and of His blood (Luke 22:17-20).

We believe that miracles are for today, for Jesus Christ was a healer and that He is the same yesterday, and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  We believe that being a healer is an intrinsic characteristic of God, for I am the Lord that healeth thee (Exodus 15:26).  We believe that healing was provided for in the atonement, for by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).  We believe that supernatural healing, along with other supernatural workings of the Holy Spirit will continue until that which is perfect (Gr. "the end") is come (1 Cor. 13:10), which is described in 1 Cor. 15:24.

Tithes, Offerings, Provision and Prosperity:
We believe in prosperity and in God's provision.  We believe that the believer's lifestyle should be free from covetousness (Hebrews 13:5) and that no man can serve both God and Mammon (Matthew 6:22) for the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10).  We believe that Jesus came that we may have life abundantly (John 10:10,) that the Lord has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant (Psalm 35:27) and that it is God's wish for His People that they prosper (3 John 2).  We believe that God loveth a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7,) and that God opens the windows of heaven to those who honor Him with their tithes, their substance and with the first fruit of their increase (Malachi 3:10, Proverbs 3:9).

Praise and Worship
We believe that it is our joy to praise and worship God (Psalm 122:1).  We believe that it should be done in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

We believe in holiness, without which no man shall see God (Hebrews 12:14) and that those who persist in sin will not inherit the Kingdom of God (Galatians 5:21, 1 Cor. 6:9-10).

We believe in marriage as a solemn covenant between one man and one woman, and that marriage symbolizes Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5).

The Second Coming, Judgment and Eternity:
We believe in the Second Coming of Christ, that He will come in like manner as He was seen ascending to heaven (Acts 1:11).  We believe that He will come back in literal, bodily form.  We believe  that the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

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