Opulent Life Church

STATEMENT OF BASIC BELIEFS

  1. Our Belief in God: We believe there is one living and true God, the self-existent, sovereign, transcendent, perfect,                             infinite and eternal Creator of the universe. He is revealed in the unity of the Godhead as God the Father, God the                               Son, and God the Holy Spirit, each having a distinct ministry in relation to His creation and His people. Psalm 90:2;                     Genesis 1:1, 26- 27; Isaiah 42:5, 46:9; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Job 38:4-7
 
A.  God the Father is the Supreme Ruler of the universe. He providentially directs the affairs of history according              
      to the purposes of His grace. Isaiah 45:18; Romans 9:14-21, 11:36; Ephesians 1:4, 6, 11, 2:7; 1 Timothy                
      6:15-16
B.  God the Son is the Savior of the world. Born of the virgin Mary, He declared His deity among men, died on the          
      cross as the only complete and sufficient sacrifice for sin, arose bodily from the grave, and ascended to the            
      Father. He presently sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding for believers until He returns to rapture them          
      from this world. He will ultimately return to the earth to rule from the throne of David.  Matthew 1:21-23; Isaiah      
      9:6; Luke 1:31-33; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans      
      1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; Titus 2:13; 1 Timothy 6:14-15
C. God the Holy Spirit is the manifest presence of deity. He convicts, guides, comforts, and teaches spiritual truths      
      according to the written Word. At conversion, the Holy Spirit permanently indwells and gifts every believer for the    
       purpose of ministry.  Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians

      1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25

 2. Our Belief in the Word of God: We believe that the Bible, the 66 Books of the Old and New Testaments, was written by    
     human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is literally the Word of God, verbally inspired by the      
     Holy Spirit, and inerrant as originally given by God. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian belief and life and is the      
     infallible standard of our faith. 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6-7;  Proverbs 30:5-6;    
     Isaiah 55:11
 
 3. Our Belief in the Nature of Man: Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God to live eternally with Him,        
      but became a sinful creature by personal rebellion against God and perpetuated a sinful nature to all his descendants.        
      Thus all people are universally sinful by nature and by choice. They are void of spiritual life and incapable of saving            
      themselves. They stand under the righteous judgment and wrath of God, condemned to a literal, eternal, and fiery Hell.        
      To be eternally separated from God is Hell, while to be eternally united with Him is Eternal Life. Genesis 1:27; Psalm            
      8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23, 6:23; John 2:25; Revelation 20:15
 
 4. Our Belief in Salvation: Salvation is a free gift of God by grace through faith; it is entirely the act of God apart from any      
     work or merit of man. Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 3:26
 
A.  We believe in God’s Sovereignty and in Human Responsibility. The facts that God chooses all who come to Him  
      and that man chooses to come to God are entirely consistent in Scripture. Before the world began, God in His              
      sovereignty purposed, planned and executed salvation. Man has the responsibility to receive this salvation and be          
      saved, or reject it and suffer God’s judgment. Matthew 11:28; Isaiah 45:22, 55:7; Revelation 22:17; Ephesians            
      2:8-9; Romans 10:9-10, 13
B.  We believe in the Vicarious Atonement for sins by the Blood of Jesus Christ. His substitutionary death, “the just for        
      the unjust,” is the only sufficient atonement for the sins of all mankind, yet effective only for the sins of those who          
      believe. Isaiah 53:4-7; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Galatians 1:4
C.  We believe in Regeneration. Regeneration is the act of God by which the human spirit passes from spiritual death        
      to spiritual life in Christ, and is born again with a new nature. John 3:3-17; 1 John 3:1-2; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23;      
      2 Corinthians 5:17  
D.  We believe in Justification. Justification is the declarative act of a Holy God whereby He declares righteous all who,      
      by faith, trust in Jesus for salvation and eternally changes their standing before Him. James 2:23; Romans 3:24,          
      4:5, 5:1; Titus 3:7; 2 Corinthians 5:19   
E.  We believe in Sanctification. At conversion, God sets apart every believer as a saint.  All are commanded to pursue        
      holiness by following the leadership of the Spirit of God in personally applying the truths and principles of the Word      
      of God to their lives. Corinthians 1:2, 30; Romans 8:29; Philippians 3:10, 1:6; Hebrews 10:10, 14  
F.  We believe in Eternal Security. Because believers are kept by the grace and power of God and not their own self-        
      effort, salvation can never be lost; thus all believers shall spend eternity in the glorious and heavenly presence of        
      God. John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Romans 8:29-39

 

  1. Our Belief in Jesus Christ’s Second Coming: We believe that Jesus Christ will literally return from Heaven in a                               personal, visible and glorious fashion. We believe that His return is Blessed Hope, for which all believers should                                 continually watch and pray, and that it signals the consummation of the age and the final disposition of all creation. We                      also believe that the time of His return is unrevealed but always imminent. Acts 1:11; Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-                   17; Mark 13:35-37; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58

 

  1. Our Belief in the Church:
A.  We believe in the importance of the Local Church.  A New Testament church is a local congregation of born-again,                 baptized believers united together to proclaim the Good News and exalt the Lord Jesus.
                    Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 5:25-27; 2 Corinthians 6:16    
B.  We believe in the Autonomy of the Local Church. A New Testament church has Jesus Christ as its only Head and is          
      free to govern itself apart from ecclesiastical interference.  Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 6:1-7  
C.  We believe in the Two Ordinances of the Local Church. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water as a public                       profession of personal faith in Jesus Christ. The Lord’s Supper is the sharing of the bread and the cup by the                          
      assembled church as a memorial to the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ. Romans 6:3-5; Matthew                  
      28:18-20, 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30

 

  1. Our Belief in Stewardship: We believe that God, the Creator and Owner of all things, has entrusted to us as Christians                   our lives, time, talents, influence, material wealth, and all things whatsoever we possess. As a steward of these things                     we are to administer them under the will of God for the purposes of Jesus Christ. In definite expression of this                               stewardship, we are to contribute systematically and proportionately of the gifts He has given to us. Through these gifts,                 we support our Church and its mission. Psalm 24:1; 1 Chronicles 29:11; 1 Corinthians 16:2; Leviticus 27:30;                            2 Corinthians 8:12, 9:6-7; Exodus 35:22