What We Believe
One of the hallmarks of the Sword of the Spirit Ministries is the emphasis and application of sound doctrine.
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 3:16-17
The Scriptures Inspired
The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (II Tim 3:15-17, I Thes 2:13, II Peter 1:21).
The One True God
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent "I AM". The creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Ex 3:14, Deut 6:4, Isa 43:10, 11, Matt 28:19, Luke 3:22).
The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. (John 1:1,2, John 8:58, John 17:5, Revelation 22:13) The scriptures declare:
- His virgin birth (Matt 1:23, Luke 1:31, 35, 1 Tim 3:16, 1 John 1:1,2).
- His sinless life (Heb 4:15, Heb 7:26, I Peter 2:22).
- His miracles (Matt 11:3-6, Luke 4:18, Acts 2:22, 10:38).
- His substitutionary work on the cross (I Cor 15:3, II Cor 5:21, 1 Jn 2:2).
- His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matt 28:6, Luke 24:39, I Cor 15:4).
- His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11, Acts 2:33, Phil 2:9-11, Heb 1- 3).
- His intercession for the saints (John 17, Rom 8:34, Heb 7:25)
The Fall of Man
Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness". However, man by voluntary transgression, fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Gen 1:26, 27, 2:17, 3:6, Rom 1:18-32, Rom 5:12-19, 1 Cor 15:22, Eph 2:1-5).
The Salvation of Man
Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God:
Conditions to Salvation
Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (John 3:3, Acts 20:21, Rom 3:24, Rom 5:9-11, Rom 10:9,13-15, Eph 2:8, Titus 2:11, 3:5-7).
Evidences of Salvation
The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Rom 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Eph 4:24, Titus 2:12,14).
The Ordinances of the Church:
Baptism in Water
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized.
Thus they declare to the world that they have died to the world, they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matt 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47, 48, Rom 6:4).
The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements--bread and the fruit of the vine--is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (I Cor 11:20-34); and a prophecy of His second coming (I Cor 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers "till He come".
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church.
With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4, 8, I Cor 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-21, 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 15:7-9).
With the baptism of the Holy Spirit comes reverence for God (Acts 2:43, Heb 12:28), and intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His word and for the lost (Mark 16:20).
The Evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (I Cor 12:4-10) but different in purpose and use (Mark 16:17, Acts 9:17, 10:45-48, 11:15-17, 19:1-6, Jude 1:20).
We also recognize the power to be witnesses (Acts 1:8), the manifestation of healing, signs and wonders (Acts 2:30) and joy in adversity (Acts 13:52) as manifestations of the fulness of the Spirit. Those baptized in the Holy Spirit should evidence the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-25).
Sanctification is separation from that which is evil, and dedication unto God (Rom 12:1, I Thess 5:23, Heb 13:12). The Scriptures teach a life of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord" (Heb 12:14). By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: "Be ye holy, for I am holy" (I Pet 1:15, 16). Sanctification is the will of God (I Thess 4:1-4).
Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Rom 6:1-14, Rom 8:1, 2, 13, Gal 2:20, Phil 2:12, 13, I Peter 1:5).
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with a divine appointment for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the First-born, which are written in heaven (I Cor 12:1-31, Eph 1:22, 23, 2:22, Heb 12:23).
A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a two-fold purpose (Mark 16:15-20, Rom 12:4-8, Eph 4:11-13):
- The edification and purification of the Body of Christ.
- The proclamation of the Gospel of the Kingdom to the world.
Divine Healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the redemptive work of Christ, and is the privilege of all believers (Exo 15:26, Ps 103:3, Pro 4:20-22, Isa 53:4, 5, Matt 8:16, 17, James 5:14-16).
The Blessed Hope
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ, and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church (I Thes 4:13-18, Rom 8:23, Titus 2:13, I Cor 15:51, 55).
The Millennial Reign of Christ
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by seven years of tribulation, after which there will be the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Dan 9:24-27, Zech 14:3-5, Matt 24, 2 Thes 2:1-12, Rev 1:7, 19:11-15, 20:1-6).
The millennial reign will bring salvation to the remnant of national Israel (Eze 37:21, 22; Isa 11:6-9, Ps 72:3-8. Micah 4:3,4, Rom 9:27).
The Final Judgment
There will be a judgment of the righteous (1 Cor 3:11-15, 2 Cor 5:9-11). There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matt 25:46, Mark 9:43-48, Rev 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8).
The New Heavens and the New Earth
"We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness" (II Peter 3:13, Rev 21:10-27).