GraceWorld Christian Fellowship
GraceWorld Christian Fellowship
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and is the same yesterday, today and forever. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, Hebrews 13:8; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13
About The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men and women aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under his control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
Men and women are made in the image of God, to be like him in character. They are the supreme object of God’s creation. This is why the enemy (Satan or the devil seek for ways to destroy men/women completely in subtle ways). Although men and women have tremendous potential for good, they are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates men and women from God.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2
Men and women were originally created to exist forever (immortality). However, after the fall of Adam and Eve, a separation occurred as humanity experienced sin, causing men and women to cease to be immortal. Because of the reality of sin in the life of men and women, they will either exist eternally separated from God if they continue to live in sin (rebellion to God’s will) or they will be transformed to live in union with God through grace and forgiveness that is the gift of God’s salvation in Jesus. To be eternally separated from God means that men or women chose to not accept the Holy Spirit and surrender to the authority and leadership of Jesus as their Lord and personal savior while they are still alive, since the dead are not conscious and knows nothing and there is no repentance in death or after death. To be eternally in union with Jesus is eternal life. This will be the grand achievement of men and women. Heaven is a real literal place and will be the final home where those who accepted Jesus as their Lord and personal savior will live to celebrate eternity after Christ’s second coming. Hell is a real place where those who rejected the Lordship of Jesus and rebelled against God’s love and grace will be destroyed together with Satan, the originator of sin.
Gen 3; Ecclesiastes 9:5; John 3:16; 1 John 2:25; 1 John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:31-46
About Grace and Salvation
Life is meaningless without God’s grace. It is for this reason that we strongly are committed to the grace of God which is more than powerful and inexplicable. The reason is because, it is only by God’s grace that we can attain our goals, reach our dreams, realize our visions, touch lives, expect peace, receive joy, and have our hopes fulfilled while we experience God’s healing and the forgiveness of Jesus. Salvation is a gift from God to men and women. Men and women can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can men and women be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life is guaranteed the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith and allows the Holy Spirit to take control of one’s life.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
About Eternal Security
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by works or the self-effort of the Christian.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
About The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ
The second coming of Jesus Christ is the blessed hope of humanity, the final defeat of evil, injustices, sorrow, poverty and pain, disease, death, and the grand climax of the gospel. Jesus’ second coming will be literal, personal, visible, and worldwide. When Jesus Christ returns, the righteous dead who are asleep in their graves will be resurrected, and together with the righteous living, they will be glorified and taken to heaven, but the unrighteous will die. The fulfillment of most prophecies, together with the present sinful, disease infested and unjust condition of the world, indicates that Jesus Christ’s second coming will be real and imminent. The time of that event has not been revealed, and we are therefore expected to be ready at all times.
Titus 2:13; Heb. 9:28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; Matt. 24:14; Rev. 1:7; Matt. 24:43, 44; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; 2:8; Rev. 14:14-20; 19:11-21; Matt. 24; Mark 13; Luke 21; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 Thess. 5:1-6.
About The Bible Including All Of The Ten Commandments
The Bible is God’s written promised word to all men and women. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs, ethics, a guide to Christian Daily Lifestyle Choices and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is a revelation of God’s promises and contains the written testimony of God’s actions and his relational activities with his people in our past history. The Bible is a guide to the truth about faith in God, and a revelation of the future that Jesus promised those who believes.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
About the Creation
God is the Creator of all things, and has revealed in Scripture the authentic account of His creative activity. In six days the Lord made “the heaven and the earth” and all living things upon the earth, and rested on the seventh day of that first week. Thus He established the Sabbath as a perpetual memorial of His completed creative work. The first man and woman were made in the image of God as the crowning work of Creation, given dominion over the world, and charged with responsibility to care for it. When the world was finished it was “very good,’’ declaring the glory of God.
Gen. 1; 2; Ex. 20:8-11; Ps. 19:1-6; 33:6, 9; 104; Heb. 11:3. John 1:1-5
About Marriage and Family
Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving companionship. The Christian marriage commitment when followed as instituted by God strengthens and influences the larger society for good. Mutual love, honor, respect, and responsibility are the fabric of this relationship, which is to reflect the love, sanctity, closeness, and permanence of the relationship between Christ and His church. Regarding divorce, Jesus taught that the person who divorces a spouse, except for fornication, and marries another, commits adultery. Although some family relationships may fall short of the ideal, marriage partners who fully commit themselves to each other in Christ may achieve loving unity through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the nurture of the anointed men and women of God and other certified marriage and family therapist and counselors who have the love and fear of God in the church. God blesses the family and intends that its members shall assist each other toward complete maturity. Parents are to bring up their children to love and obey the Lord. By their example and their words they are to teach them that Christ is a loving disciplinarian, ever tender and caring, who wants them to become members of His body, the family of God. Increasing marriage and family closeness is a key part of the gospel message of Jesus.
(Gen. 2:18-25; Matt. 19:3-9; John 2:1-11; 2 Cor. 6:14; Eph. 5:21-33; Matt. 5:31, 32; Mark
10:11, 12; Luke 16:18; 1 Cor. 7:10, 11; Ex. 20:12; Eph. 6:1-4; Deut. 6:5-9; Prov. 22:6; Mal. 4:5, 6
About the Sabbath That God Instituted At the End of Creation Week
In John 1:1-5 the gospels re-affirms that Jesus the creator existed with God and created all things with the father and that without him were not anything made that was made. One of such things God made in Jesus for humanity was the Sabbath at the end of the creation week. The Sabbath was made for humanity and given as a weekly opportunity to rest and celebrate the grace of God as the one who created us in his image through Jesus. God designed the Seventh day of the week, set it aside for man’s restoration of his image in his creator; for renewal, relaxation and rest, for prayer, for meditation, and a day of joy that God personally pronounced holy and added special supernatural blessings of peace, of holiness, and of healing and refreshment in the presence of the Holy Ghost according to (Genesis 2:1-3). To re-emphasize its importance, God included the observance of the Sabbath as one, out of the Ten Commandments that should guide men and women in our daily lives and instructed men and women to remember it and keep it holy. Joyful observance and celebration of God’s grace for this twenty-four hour period should not be seen as a burden after all that God has done for us, for given us six days to ourselves and asking that we set apart, one day to reflect on his goodness, grace to provide our needs, and mercy to sustain us. We are encouraged to appreciate God who made it for us and see it as a special period, an opportunity for thanksgiving, a day of soul searching and spiritual renewal; a wonderful time to gather in fellowship, to anoint, visit, share life, friendships, and meals in fellowship and community, help the poor among us in love, and pray for; or anoint those who are sick because the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath (Luke 6:5). The weekly Sabbath—every Saturday of every calendar year offers men and women another opportunity of grace, to follow the good examples of Jesus to heal lives and hearts, reconcile families and broken friendships and relationships, enjoy community outreach and enriching Bible studies and set free, those under the clutches of the enemy by delivering people who the enemy has held in the captivity of docility. It should provide us an avenue for empowerment.
The example of Jesus healing of a man who has been sick for 38 years in John chapter 5 on a Sabbath demonstrated that Christ instituted the Sabbath day or Seventh-day of the week to restore men and women to live up to their fullest potentials. It teaches that the Sabbath should be about sacrifice; about joy for the Christians, not for sorrow, a time of healing, a day of miracle to lift people up and not to destroy, condemn, or tear people apart. It teaches that the Sabbath should be a time of retirement before the Holy Ghost and for mind-liberation and physical (body) rejuvenation and restoration. Jesus healing and restoration of the unnamed man in docility for 38 years demonstrated his concept of compassion, care, and deliverance, and what the Sabbath is about— a 24-hour period well spent with God and not all about tradition, but about releasing the blessings benefited from this association with God to those who needs our love and help around in our communities. Jesus demonstrated that the Sabbath is a time of rest and worshipping God in the spirit and in truth (John 4:21-23), forging a deeper friendship with Jesus, experiencing his divine healing and grace that cures bruises and our hurts; praising God, and giving adoration to the one true God who created all things in six days and rested on the seventh day (Genesis chapter 2:1-3). The Sabbath was made for men and women as a covenant of grace between them and a God who loves unconditionally.
Genesis 2:1-3; John 5; Luke 4:16-18; Exodus 20:8-11; Isa. 56:5, 6; 58:13, 14; Matt. 12:1-12; Ex. 31:13-17; Ezekiel. 20:12, 20; Deut. 5:12-15; Heb. 4:1-11; Lev. 23:32; Mark 1:32
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross. The Holy Communion is not meant for those who are perfect, but for sinners in need of the saving grace of God.
Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
About Baptism By Immersion
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is a sinner’s public declaration that they have rejected the ways and lifestyles of unbelievers and have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved by parting in the burial and resurrected Christ. Baptism was very important that even Jesus had to be baptized in order to fulfil all righteousness. When Nicodemus came to Jesus to inquire about what he must do to inherit or partake in the kingdom of God, Jesus responded that he must become born again by allowing God to transform his mind and change him on the inside. This process was not going to be completed until one is baptized in the water and by the Holy Ghost. Therefore, immersion baptism, and baptism by the Holy Ghost is a biblical command and demonstrates ones love and obedience to Jesus Christ, and a public announcement to renounce ungodly lifestyles and evil behaviors.
Matthew 3:13- 17; Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Acts 8:26-39; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20; John 3:1-17;
About Material Prosperity, Wealth Creation & Entrepreneurships
The believer must be empowered and motivated to pursue prosperity. God created men and women in ways that they will always need material things to live well. The original plan of God at creation was that God made us to control wealth, not for wealth to control us. This is why poverty and the lack of material necessities to live well are not of God. God created us to be prosperous and to achieve greater success. In Genesis after God had created men and women, he gave them a mandate that included dominion over material things. This dominion mandate means that men will possess the power to earn, the power to use available legitimate opportunities and resources to reach limitless heights and take care of the material things God has created in order to live well. By taking care of the created things, wealth creation and entrepreneurship ensue and people become successful while they serve God and finance the kingdom work. Our successfulness means our personal and communal prosperity—the ability to live our best life now. It means having adequate resources—good functioning healthcare and access, good educational systems, finances to meet our daily needs; a good car, a modest home, financial security and freedom; providing more than enough for our households, giving our children and our loved ones the best and yes—what they deserve. When we abide by the dominion mandate, we become God’s stewards, who are entrusted by Him with time and precious opportunities, abilities and possessions to create wealth through entrepreneurships, and use the material blessings of the earth and its resources to serve God and save lives. By so doing, we become responsible and accountable to God for the proper use of these material blessings. We acknowledge God’s ownership by faithful service to Him and help the less privileged or the underserved in our communities. It is by doing so, that we are called to return tithes and generous offerings for the financing of the work of God’s kingdom and the support and growth of His church. Stewardship is a privilege given to us by God to create wealth, nurture and share love through material things, and to have victory over greed, selfishness, and covetousness. The steward rejoices in the blessings that come to others as a result of his or her faithfulness to wealth creation and prosperity in material things.
Gen. 1:26-28; 2:15; 26: 11-15; John 10:10; Deuteronomy 15:4; 30:1-10; 1 Chron. 29:14; Haggai 1:3-11; Mal. 3:8-12; 1 Cor. 9:9-14; Matt. 23:23; 2 Cor. 8:1-15; Rom. 15:26, 27.
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