What We Believe
WE BELIEVE IN:
The Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5)
Our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and his personal return in power and glory. (Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 4:15; Acts 2:22-24; Acts 1:11)
The Salvation of lost and sinful mankind through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:3-7; 1 Corinthians 6:11)
The Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (1 Corinthians 15:42-44; 1 John 5:10-12; Matthew 25:46)
What is a Christian?
“A real Christian is anyone who depends on God’s grace and puts his trust in Christ alone for salvation.” (T.B. Joshua)
This is the essence of Christianity, not a religion but a relationship with Jesus Christ by faith. It is a relationship that extends beyond the grave, freeing those “who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” (Hebrews 2:15).
Prophet T.B. Joshua regularly reminded his listeners of the fundamentals of the faith. For his 2020 Easter message, preached from the Emmanuel TV Studios, he addressed the question head on:
“As a minister of God, I have seen that people give numerous reasons for calling themselves Christians. For instance, they say, “I was born a Christian, and I grew up in the church.” “I am a Christian because my parents are believers.” “I am a Christian because I am a publisher of the Bible.” “I am a Christian because I am convinced that Jesus is the Son of God.” My problem with these answers is that they don’t mention the only reason that qualifies someone as a Christian.
Here is the challenge. You can attend church and not be a Christian. You can read the Bible and not be a Christian. You can eliminate bad habits and try to be a moral person and still not be a Christian. All these habits are good, but the actions alone do not make a person a Christian.
Who is a Christian then? A Christian is a person whom God has forgiven through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross, as the Book of Titus 3:3-6 said. We are Christians because of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Man is a sinner who has fallen short of God’s standard. God came to the earth in the person of Jesus Christ, died for us and paid for our sin. Through our faith in Him, we receive His righteousness, and we receive His forgiveness of our sins and the gift of eternal life.
Jesus died on the Cross for me and you. He died for us, He loves us, and when we open our heart, He forgives us. Let me take you to the Book of Acts of the Apostles, chapter 16 verses 30 to 31. This is the case of a law enforcement officer who once asked Apostle Paul the most important question: What must I do to be saved? Paul answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus; you will be saved.” Here is the point: Being a Christian is not about what you do; it is about what Christ Jesus has done. He loves us, He died for us, and He forgives us when we open our hearts to believe.”