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2008

Doctrine Should be Built Upon the Inspired Word of God

 

 

But continue you in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing of whom you have learned [them] And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:14-17 KJV Rev)

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1-2 KJV Rev)

If you love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15 KJV Rev)

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loves me not keeps not my sayings: and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:23-26 KJV Rev)

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof comes envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw yourself. (1 Timothy 6:3-5 KJV Rev)

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:9-10 KJV Rev)

 

Ekklesia Church of God Doctrinal Focus

Ekklesia Church of God serves the Living God Almighty and as such will probably be undergoing continual revision and expansion of doctrines as we seek to serve and honor the Living God of this Universe. We are a New Testament church established and founded upon the true teachings of Jesus. He established His church and it has continued on down throughout the centuries (Matthew 6:18). Ekklesia Church of God is called out of the morass of confusion and biblical illiteracy so rampant in today’s religious societies as religious leaders have a form of Godliness but deny the power and word of God within their lives (2 Timothy 3:5). Ekklesia Church of God is simply founded upon the truthful teachings of the Bible as revealed through the scriptures. Thus scripture is the only basis for our beliefs and understanding as revealed through the Holy Spirit. It is expected that the basic carnal majority of human kind will not understand nor necessarily agree with what Jesus taught, as they did not believe when Jesus walked upon the earth thousands of years ago. As Jesus stated, “No man can come to Me (Jesus), except the Father which has sent Me draws Him…” (John 6:44).

Although we respect people’s right to believe and worship as they so choose or choose not to worship, our meetings are not the place for diverse views of personal religious propaganda. We seek to understand and publish the truth and only the truth as defined within the Holy Bible. Recognizing the fallibility of humans, there will be corrections made as mistakes and/or misunderstandings are discovered. It is each person’s personal responsibility to prove through the scriptures if what is studied, written, and taught is a correct and valid understanding of the Holy Scriptures (Philippians 2:12).

[Jesus said to His Father] " I have given them Your word and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray that you should not take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through Your truth: Your word is truth." (John 17:14-17 KJV Rev)

Notice that throughout these doctrinal points you may notice " KJV Rev" as many biblical quotes are from the 1611 CE King James Version. Revision is done by the body of believers of to enable a more better understanding of the biblical meaning as applied to today's language with no intent to defraud nor deceive any person regarding the text as quoted and revised for today's language and comprehension. At other times if no quote is referenced, Biblical translation is probably from the Original Order Bible, " OOB," which is termed a Faithful Version of the Holy Scriptures.

The Ekklesia Church of God is founded upon Biblical Principles and exercises God Granted Freedom of Choice. Located in the Confines of the United States of America and guaranteed U.S. Constitutional First Amendment Rights, “Congress shall make NO law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The Ekklesia Church of God is a “Free Church.” Ekklesia Church of God is also on other Continents.

Romans 12:1-2 Sums up our focus: “I exhort you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and well pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service. Do not conform yourselves to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind in order that you may prove what is well pleasing and good, and the perfect will of God.”

Ekklesia Church of God is composed of small groups of local independent autonomous churches with the same basic beliefs and are inspired through the Holy Spirit to preach, publish, and promulgate the teachings of God’s holy word, the Bible. There are diverse flocks who follow Jesus Christ and may have their own unique names attached to their diverse and separated bodies however each is seeking to follow Jesus to the best of their understanding and ability. This branch of the Ekklesia Church of God maintains a website (Http://www.ekklesiachurchofgod.com), as do many others.

Firstly to be a member, you must repent (Acts 2:38-39) and be begotten and eventually be born again (John 3:1-8) thus, having your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Daniel 12:1 Revelation 20:12). Secondly, you must be faithful to the local church body with your presence as finances and time allow. Thirdly, your biblically based conduct and attitude of service, as well as any voluntary financial support given, speaks volumes of what your morals and values are. Fourthly, you must be not ashamed of the Gospel and be willing to endure unto the end (Mark 8:38 and Mark 13:13).

WE BELIEVE:

1.    That the Bible is inspired as no other writing is, and that it is complete to date, infallible, and expresses God’s complete will for man. 2 Timothy 3:16 Romans 15:4 2 Pet. 1:20, 21 Psalms 119:105, 130.

2.    That God is a Family of Spirits, the Creator of the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all that is therein. That scientific evidence is not contradictory to the belief in and existence of a Creator. Genesis 1:1 Jeremiah 10:12, 13 Hebrews 1:10 Revelation 10:5, 6.

3.    That Jesus of Nazareth is the first begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is our Lord, Savior, and Redeemer. Matthew 1:18-21 3:17 Luke 1:18-35 John 3:16 Psalms 2:7 1 John 4:9.

4.    That Jesus proved His Messiahship by remaining in the tomb exactly three days and three nights, rising in the end of the Sabbath and that thusly He was crucified on Wednesday, not Friday. Matthew 12:38-40 Daniel 9:26, 27 Matthew 28:1-6.

5.    That Satan is a personality, the adversary of both God and the children of God. Isaiah 14:12-20 Ezekiel 28:13-19 Revelation 12:7-9 John 8:44.

6.    That man was originally created a perfect being, but through disobedience fell, bringing imperfection, death, and God’s judgment upon mankind. Genesis 1:26, 27, 31 2:18, 25 3:17-19 Romans 5:12, 17, 19 1 Corinthians 15:21, 22.

7.    That sin is the transgression of the law, and that justification (salvation) from sin is through Jesus Christ alone. 1 John 3:4 Acts 2:21 and Acts 4:12.

8.    That repentance must be preached. That conversion is essential to salvation. That water baptism by immersion for the remission of sins is vital and typical of the burial and resurrection of Christ. That the baptism of the Holy Spirit gives witnessing power to the believer’s life and that sanctification and holy living is commanded for the people of God. Matthew 4:17 Luke 24:46, 47 Acts 2:38 3:19 Psalms 19:7 Romans 6:3-6 Matthew 3:16 Colossians 2:11, 12 Acts 1:5, 8 2:4, 16-18, 38 1 Corinthians 1:2 6:11 2 Timothy 2:21 Hebrews 13:12 1 Pet. 1:15, 16 3:11, 15 Hebrews 12:14.

9.    That the Holy Spirit is the Comforter, which abides in the believer, and is manifested by the fruits of the Spirit in the believer’s life. John 16:7-14 Galatians 5:22-26.

10.  That the prayer of faith and anointing will heal (save) the sick. James 5:14-16 Mark 6:13 Acts 5:15-16 Acts 28:8. If God wills, use medical technology as is necessary.

11.  That we belong to God’s church if we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and that we are not saved through any organization. Romans 12:1-2.

12.  That the Christian’s life must be patterned after the example of the Perfect Man, Christ Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:17 1 Peter 2:21-25 1 John 2:6.

13.  That the seventh day of the week should be observed from even to even beginning and ending at 6 PM standard time, as the “Sabbath” of the Lord. Gen. 2:2, 3 Ex. 20:8-11 Isaiah 58:13, 14 Isaiah 56:2-7 Luke 4:16 Mark 2:27, 28 Matthew 12:10, 12 John 11:9.

14. That the Bible instructed ancient Israel to observe the seven annual Holy Days, which included the Feast of Passover (now replaced by the Lord’s Supper in the new Testament), on the beginning of the 14th of Abib. The sacrifice of a lamb was changed to symbols of broken bread and fruit of the vine as well as foot washing being a part of the ceremony in practice today. Leviticus 23:1-44 Exodus 23:14-17 12:6 13:10 Luke 22:8-18 John 13:1-17.

15.  That the Feast of Tabernacles is shown to be a requirement to be observed in the new Kingdom of God as Christ rules and eventually God the Father will tabernacle with man (Zechariah 14:1, 4, 9, 16-18 1 Corinthians 15:24 and Revelation 21:3).

16.  That the law of the clean and unclean meats, etc. is still to be observed in this age. Leviticus 11:1-47 Isaiah 65:4 Isaiah 66:11-17.

17.  That the paying of tithe of all increase of produce and livestock is not a continued obligation as the Levitical Priesthood has been dissolved by Christ (“It is finished” John 19:30) Gen. 14:18—20 Leviticus 27:32 Numbers 18:21 Deuteronomy 8:18 Proverbs 3:9 Mal. 3:8,10 Matthew 23:23.

18.  That the return of. Jesus Christ will be literal, visible, personal, and is imminent. Acts 1:11 3:20, 21 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 2 Thessalonians 1:7, 8 Matthew. 24:27, 29-31 Revelation 1:7.

19.  That the meek shall inherit the earth that the righteous are resurrected and rewarded at the coming of Jesus that the wicked dead are resurrected to final judgment and then their body and soul are destroyed. Matthew 5:5 Psalms 37:11 and 22 Proverbs 10:30 Matthew 10:28 and Revelation 5:9-10 21:2-3.

20.  That the organization and conduct of God’s church is taught in the Bible’s New Testament for the Church of God. Isaiah 9:6 1 Corinthians 12:28 Ephesians 4:11-16 1 Corinthians 14:26-33.

22. That each local church is to take care of its own need, which is local autonomy. They can at local decision of their elders suggest that freewill offerings be given to help in other areas of need.

22.  That God is calling Sons and Daughters, Israelite and Gentile, all have a right to be moved by the Holy Spirit and speak. However let each hold his or her peace while others are speaking, then evaluate, through the scriptures as to the validity of what is spoken. Idle chatter of women (as well as men) is not permitted 2 Corinthians 6:18 Acts 2:17 1 Corinthians 11:4-5 1 Corinthians 14:29-35.

23.  That Christ is our judge, whereas a tree is known by its fruits, we should exhort brethren but not condemn them as all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Luke 6:37 John 7:24 Luke 6:41-46 Romans 3:23.

24.  That any dissentions arising are to be address according to biblical example. If there is an offence, communication directives are to be followed as written in Matthew 18:15-20 and 1 Corinthians 6:1-7, thus providing for mediation, forgiveness, and resolution.

Revised 2013

 

 

 

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