WHAT WE BELIEVE

Christmas Service 2019

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STATEMENT OF FAITH

HOLY BIBLE: The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It
alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it
is inspired, infallible and inerrant (2Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5;
Romans 16:25-26).

TRINITY: There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy
Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew
3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).

JESUS CHRIST: Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On
earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a
sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on
the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His
blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended
to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory (John 1:1,14,
20:28; 1Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; 1Timothy 2:5).

VIRGIN BIRTH: Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy
Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary's womb; therefore, He is the
Son of God (Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke
1:27-35).

REDEMPTION: Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression
he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen.1:26-31,
3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

REGENERATION: For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is
absolutely essential (John 6:44, 65).

SALVATION: We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial,
and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of
any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10;
Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).

REPENTANCE: Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of
our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be
regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of
sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; 1 John 1:9).

SANCTIFICATION: Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God's Word
and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is
through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian
is enabled to live a godly life (1Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, 2
Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).

JESUS' BLOOD: The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was
sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to
be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to
be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9;
Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29).

JESUS CHRIST INDWELLS ALL BELIEVERS: Christians are people who have invited
the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish
the authority of their lives over to him thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well
as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died,
was buried, and rose again from the dead (John 1:12; John 14:17, 23; John 15:4;
Romans 8:11; Revelations 3:20).

BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father,
sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the church to preach the Gospel
throughout the whole earth (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4,
17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6).

THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of
spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the
resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are
not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All
believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their
lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be
used in violation of Biblical parameters (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8;
Ephesians 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10).

THE CHURCH: The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the
Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' great commission. Every
person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the
body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ
(Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).

MARRIAGE: We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as
male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the
image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.)
Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that
person. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one
man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen
2:18-25.)
We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a
woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.) We believe that
God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a
marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual
immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct,
bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt
15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10. We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity
of Victory Church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to
the members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by
Victory in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this
Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22.)
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and
forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts
3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.) We believe that every person must be afforded
compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful
and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be
repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Victory Church.

SANCTITY OF LIFE: We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in
His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born
babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged and every other stage or
condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend,
protect, and value all human life.

TWO SACRAMENTS:

Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is
commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38).
The Lord's Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the
elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are
taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark
16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; 1Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).

HEALING OF THE SICK: Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of
Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign
which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus' work on the Cross and one of
the gifts of the Spirit (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18;
Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29).

GOD'S WILL FOR PROVISION: It is the Father's will for believers to become whole,
healthy and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not
receive the full benefits of God's will while on Earth. That fact, though, should never
prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ's provision in order to
better serve others.
1. Spiritual (John 3:3-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10).
2. Mental and Emotional (2 Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2;
Isaiah 26:3).
3. Physical (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).
4. Financial (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10;
Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19).

RESURRECTION: Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a
glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved
and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and
they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John
2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23,
3:21).

HEAVEN: Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus
Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Corinthians 5:1;
Hebrews 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4).

HELL: After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to
Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels
(Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).

SECOND COMING: Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the
second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the
Scriptures (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2
Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7).