STATEMENT OF FAITH

Scripture:

Agape Light Ministries believes that every word in the Bible is the only inspired written truth and revelation given by God Himself concerning life. It is without error or falsehood, and the authority on all matters. The Scripture is to be obeyed in all it requires, and it will be the final standard by which all people will be judged by God. (Prov. 30:5; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; 1 Cor. 2:13; John 8:31-32; John 12:48-49; Acts 20:32; Heb. 6:18)

The Triune God:


We believe that there is one true God who is Almighty and All-knowing, the Creator of all things, and a perfect Spirit-being eternally existing in three persons: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are equal in every Divine perfection and execute harmonious roles in the work of creation and redemption. (Gen. 1:1-26; Deut. 6:4; John 1:1-3; John 4:24; Matt. 28:19; Acts 20:32; Rom. 1:19-20; Eph. 4:5-6)
         
 
           God the Father:  God the Father is an eternal Spirit perfect in Holiness, Wisdom, Power and Love.  He infallibly ordains all that shall come to pass, while giving man a free will to accept or reject His laws and commandments.  He hears and answers prayer, and saves from eternal death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ His Son. (Luke 10:21-22; Matt. 23:9; John 3:16, 6:27; Rom. 1:7; 1 Tim. 1:1-2, 2:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3; Rev.1:6)

            Jesus Christ:
He is God's Only Begotten Son and has the same nature, attributes, and perfection as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He is not only true God, but also true man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of Mary. We believe He is without sin, and that His death atoned for sin, and that He was resurrected from death and ascended into Heaven. We also believe in His constant intercession for His people. (Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1-14, 20:28; Rom. 9:5, 8:46; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30-31; Matt. 20:28; Eph. 1:4; Acts 1:11; Rom. 5:6-8, 6:9-10; Heb. 7:25, 9:28; 1 Tim. 3:16)
        
 
          The Holy Spirit: He is true God with the same attributes and perfection of God. The Holy Spirit's ministry is to glorify Jesus and to convict the world of sin. The Spirit regenerates, indwells, spiritually gifts, guides, instructs, empowers and sanctifies all believers in Christ. We believe that given to every believer is the gift of the Holy Spirit, conferring all the benefits and power of being part of Christ. He is the One who leads into all Truth. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is also available to believers who desire to receive it and is evidenced by the speaking in tongues and a deeper anointing that equips them for service. (John 14:16-26, 15:26-27, 16:8-14; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16, 6:19, 12:13; Gal. 5:22-26)


Humanity:


We believe that God created humanity beginning with Adam and Eve, male and female, in the image of God. They were one with Him in holiness and righteousness. But through their disobedience against God's Word, sin entered into the world and they and their descendants were then separated from God and spiritually dead. As a result, all humans are born with a sinful nature, and so are under condemnation. Man is not capable of obtaining or working toward salvation, apart from God's Grace and forgiveness in Jesus Christ. (Gen. 1:26, 5:2, 2:17, 3:19; Rom. 3:10-11, 23; Rom. 5:12-21, 6:23)

Heaven:


Heaven is the dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and God's Eternal Kingdom of Love, Light, and Life. (John 17:24; 2 Cor. 5:1; Heb. 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. Hell was created for the devil and the fallen angels, and was never intended for man. God's Will is that none would perish, but have Eternal Life. But if man continues to deliberately reject God's commandments and His free gift of Grace, choosing sin instead, he will bring the penalty of sin's death upon himself. (Matt. 25:41; Heb. 9:27; Rev. 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8)

Salvation:


We believe that the shed Blood of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection provide the only basis for justification and Salvation for all who trust in Him. Salvation is received by Grace alone through faith in Christ, apart from any human merit, good works, or ritual. Genuine Salvation results in regeneration within the spirit man and is evidenced through sincere repentance of sins, and complete surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It is a miracle accomplished only in Him in which the Saved one becomes a new creation, old things having passed away and all things having become new. Through obeying God's Word by the Holy Spirit's power, the believer is no longer under condemnation and is able to live a life of increasing holiness and good works, in conformity to Christ and the Will and Word of God (Sanctification). If a person is truly born again, he has Eternal Life and cannot then ultimately be lost and condemned. (John 1:12; Acts 2:38-39, 3:19, 4:12; Rom. 3:28, 4:5, 6:1-22, 8:1; 1 Cor. 15:1-4, 12:13; 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 Peter 3:18; John 5:24; 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Rom. 8:29-33)

The Church:

The true church of Jesus Christ is comprised of every born-again believer over the face of the earth. They are the body of Christ, of which He is the Head, and His holy bride who will reign with Him forever. As His ambassadors on the earth, His Church heralds the good news of His Salvation into the darkness of the world, living out the fruits of the Holy Spirit as witnesses in righteousness and holiness. (Eph. 2:10, Matt. 7:15-20; Eph. 1:18-23)

The End of the Age:


"For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shout, with a voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and thus we shall always be with the Lord." (1 Thess. 4:16-17.)



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