WHAT WE BELIEVE
Giving Light Christian Fellowship is a Prophetic Apostolic church. Our tenets of faith are as follows.
We Believe that The Bible is the inspired Word of God and the revealed will of God (II Tim. 3:15-17; I Peter 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12).
We Believe that there is one true Godhead comprised of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All are coequal and coeternal (Matt. 28:19; I John 5:7). Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead (Is. 9:6; John 1:1, 14).
We Believe that man was created in God’s image. By voluntary transgression he fell and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-21).
We Believe in salvation through the redemptive work of the shed blood of Jesus. Christ became sin and sickness, providing both salvation and healing for all mankind (Ps.103:3). This salvation comes by believing in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confessing with your mouth, Jesus is Lord! (Rom. 3:24, 10:8-10; Eph. 2:8).
We Believe that the inward evidence to the believer is the direct witness of the Spirit (Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of true holiness and love. (I John 3:23; John 13:35).
We Believe that Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however our works are evidence of our faith and will determine our rewards in eternity (Acts 16;3; Rom. 10:9-10, 14:10-12; II Cor. 5:10; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; James 2:18).
We Believe that baptism in water is a declaration to the world that a believer has died with Christ and that they have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Rom. 6:4).
We Believe in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper by eating of the bread and drinking of the cup is a remembrance of Jesus (I Cor. 11:24-30). We call this practice, “communion.”
We Believe that all believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to the command of Jesus Christ. With this comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8, 2:38-39, 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 15:7-9; I Cor. 12:1-31).
We Believe in the evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit: the full consummation of the baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service (Acts 2:4, 10:44-46, 19:2,6, 1:8).
We Believe that the Church is the Body of Christ and that each believer is an integral part (Eph. 1:22, 2:19-22; Heb. 12:23).
We Believe in total prosperity: spiritually, mentally, physically, financially, and socially (John 3:3, 11; II Cor. 5:17-21; Rom. 10:9-10; II Tim. 1:7; Rom. 12:2; Is. 26:3; Is. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:17; I Peter 2:24; III John 1:2; Mal. 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Cor. 9: 6-10 Deut. 28:1-14; Prov. 3:4).
We Believe in the blessed hope that Jesus is coming again to gather all His Saints to Heaven (I Cor. 15:51-52; I Thess. 4:16-17; II Thess. 2:1).
We Believe that those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will suffer eternal separation from the Godhead (Rev. 19:20, 20:10-15).
We Believe in the millennial reign of Jesus: The return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His Saints from Heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on earth as the Scripture promised (Rom. 11:25, 27: II Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-16, 20:1-7) After this, there will be a new heaven and a new earth (Rev. 21).
We Believe in fostering a Kingdom culture that thrives through love, trust, honor, and unity. Gossip, dissention and criticism are not a part of our community, therefore, we believe in accountability and loving correction to support our covenant values of healthy, life-giving relationship (Matt. 18:15-18; 1 Tim. 5:19-20; 2 Tim. 4:1-2; Titus 1:12-13; Titus 2:13-15; Rev. 3:19).
Tenants of faith vernacular has been simplified from the original in order to give better present-day understanding.