THE ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE
What do we believe?
In the essentials, unity.
In the non-essentials, liberty.
Healing Place Church is a New Testament, full-Gospel, non-denominational body of believers. We exist to celebrate God's presence through worship, to communicate God's Word through evangelism, to educate God's people through discipleship and to demonstrate God's love through ministry.
OUR TENETS OF FAITH
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is fully God and equal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He descended and set captives free, ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5, 14; 14:10-31; Romans 1:4;Ephesians 4:9-10; Philippians 2:5-6)
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. (John 14:17, 16:7-13; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Ephesians 5:18)
God made the human race in the image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God, which the Bible calls sin. This sin separates people from God and causes many problems in life, with the end result being death. (Genesis 1:27; Psalms 8:3-6; Romans 3:23, 6:23; Isaiah 59:1-2)
We are justified by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. Now, we are adopted as His children, delivered, and acquitted of all guilt of past sins. Now, we are declared as righteous in Christ. (Romans 3:24-26; Romans 5:1-5, 15-21)
We are glorified by the grace through faith in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. Ultimate glorification is to be delivered from the presence of sin and live eternally in His presence. (Romans 6:12-14;Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 5:18; 1 John 1:9)
The Church is the bride of Christ and the body of Christ on earth. It represents Jesus Christ, works with the power of the Holy Spirit and seeks for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the Church, as a member of the body of believers. There is spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 17:11, 20-23; Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22, 5:25-32;Hebrews 12:23)
A time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice represent the body and blood of Christ and are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. (Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)
Divine healing is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to fellow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalms 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5;Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16;)
There will be a final judgment, in which those who reject Christ will be raised and judged at the end of the millennium (the great white throne judgment). 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 the everlasting punishment, which is the second death. (Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8)
The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the only source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because God inspires it, it is the truth without error. The Bible was not only written to educate us, but to change our lives. (Psalms 119:19; 2 Timothy 3:16)
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or any human effort. Because of sin every person is in need of salvation from God. When we accept salvation, we are born again by the power of the Holy Spirit. (John 3:3-18; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)
We are sanctified by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. No longer does the power of sin have control, but the divine nature of God is dominant, and the sin nature is dormant. We must continue on a daily basis to keep the sin nature crucified by walking in the Spirit and trusting in the finished work of Christ on the cross. We must also experience the cross so we will die daily with Christ, and Christ will live through us. Sanctification is not an attainment but a continuous process of allowing the Holy Spirit to continue to transform us into His image as a living sacrifice (dead to the world and flesh but alive to God). This process will separate us from the world and consecrate us unto God for His service. (Luke 9:23; Romans 6:3-7, 14; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:10-11;Galatians 2:20; Galatians 6:14 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; Titus 2:11-12)
The Christian life is an ongoing process of being transformed by God’s Word and His Spirit to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and God’s grace that the Christian is able to live a godly life. (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3;Titus 2:12; Hebrews 2:11)
Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the name of the Father, Son, Holy Spirit and Jesus’ name. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38)
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of Jesus Christ, sent by the Father, to empower the Church to be a witness of the Gospel throughout the whole earth. One of the signs of baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues, along with various other gifts. (Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 2:17, 2:38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 10:44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6)
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on earth for a 1,000 years. (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27, 24:30; Revelation 1:7, 19:11-14, 20:1-6)
THE BLESSED HOPE
The imminent and blessed hope of the Church is the resurrection of those who have died in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord. (Romans 8:23;1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Titus 2:13)