HOUSE OF PRAYER MINISTRIES VISION/MISSION/DOCTRINAL STATEMENT
What We Believe
As a “Full-Gospel” Church, we believe that God in His Word has made provision for every need of mankind: natural as well as spiritual (James 1:17; 2 Peter 1:3-4; Matthew 6:31-33; 3 John 2; John 14:1-6). As a “Holy Spirit- filled” Church, we believe that the gifts and callings given by the Holy Spirit to the New Testament Church (I Corinthians 12 and 14; Romans 12:4-13; Ephesians 4:11-16) are still valid for today, and should be welcomed and experienced by the contemporary Church.
We believe that the Bible (the Old and the New Testaments) is the Divinely-inspired and only infallible Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe that there is One God, eternally existent in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:6-8, 45:21-22; Genesis 1:1-2; John 1:1-3, 14; Matthew 3:13-17, 28:18-20).
We believe in the Blessed Hope, which is the Rapture of the Church, which is in Christ at His return. (I Corinthians 15:51-54; I Thessalonians 4:13-17).
We believe that human beings are sinful and cannot save themselves; therefore, they need a Savior (Ecclesiastes 7:20, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:8-10). To be saved from sin and from its consequences (spiritual separation from God on this earth, and eternal separation from God in eternity), an individual must repent of his sins (I John 1:8-9; Acts 3:19; Luke 24:46-47), believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and in the Gospel of Christ (John 3:16; I Corinthians 15:3-4), and receive Christ into his life by personal invitation and personal confession (John 1:12; Revelation 3:20; Romans 10:9-13; Matthew 10:32-33).
We believe that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation (John 3:3-8; Titus 3:5).
We believe that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it. (Lk.24:49; Acts 1:4-5, 8; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 9:1-17; Acts 10:44-48; Acts 11:15-17; Acts 19:1-6).
We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross provides healing for the human body in answer to believing prayer. (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17).
We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling, the Christian is enabled to live a holy and separated life, in this present world. (I Corinthians 6:9-11; I Thessalonians 5:23-24; Philippians 2:12-13; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Colossians 3:1-17; Galatians 5:16-25).
We believe that the ordinances given by Christ to the Church are: the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion (Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 22:19-20; I Corinthians 11:23-28), Water Baptism by immersion upon profession of faith in Christ (Matthew 28:18-19; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-6; Galatians 3:27; I Peter 3:21), and Feet Washing (John 13:1-17). We also practice Anointing the sick with oil (James 5: 14-16), and Dedicating infants to the Lord (Luke 2:21-22, 27-28).
We believe that we are called to be witnesses and ambassadors for Christ in this world, and we endeavor to do so with our lives, our words, and our conduct. (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Matthew 5:13-16; 2 Corinthians 3:1ff; I Peter 3:15; I Peter 2:17; Galatians 6:7-10).
We believe that all Christians are mandated to fulfill the Great Commandments (Matthew 22:35-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 18-20; Luke 24:46-48) in whatever sphere(s) of influence God gives them in this life.
We believe that all human beings are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27), that we are all His offspring by Creation (Acts 17:28), that He has made of one blood all nations of men (Acts 17:26), and that He declares: “All souls are mine” (Ezekiel 18:4). We believe that God is Love (I John 4:8), and that He so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). We therefore conclude that racism in any form should not be present in those who claim to know and love God, and that racism has no place in the Body of Christ.
We welcome sincere spiritual seekers, visitors, and Christians of very background to worship and fellowship with us because we believe that God’s house should be a “house of prayer for all people”. (Isaiah 56:7)
We are also committed to being living witnesses for the LORD in our local community through a variety of outreach efforts. Although we are an independent self-governing church, we are under spiritual covering, and we maintain ties of fellowship and ministry with other churches of similar belief and practice, regardless of their affiliation.