Creed

All Christians who embrace the Apostle’s Creed are welcome in our community, however a statement of our Creed, the confession represented by these ideas, is as follows:

Peter had a revelation, and that revelation led him to say to Jesus, “you are the Messiah, the Son of God” and Jesus responded by saying, “you are Peter (little stone) and upon this rock I will build My Assembly of Called Out Ones.” The rock was the truth which is that Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of God and the assembly of called out ones (ecclesia) is a community of Christians.

There are four important truths which we cannot ever ignore: first is that we can only understand who Jesus Christ is through Divine revelation, second that Jesus is the Messiah (savior) and the Son of God (the Lord), third that it is upon the revelation of this truth that He builds the community of believers, and fourth that He came here not to establish a religion but, rather, a society, a community, of called-out-ones who would be in this present age but not of it.

It is our firm conviction that by Divine Revelation all must learn and believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who has come to deliver us from our sins and our dead works and who has called us out of the world’s system, a kingdom of darkness under judgment, and into the Kingdom of God, a Kingdom of Light, a civilization centered on the person, will, and Word of Jesus Christ.

We acknowledge and affirm the following creed:

Jesus Christ, who is God, is the Word and by Him all things were created and through His sovereign will all things exist so that nothing exists without Him and nothing may be removed without Him.

In six days created He the earth, these being seven actual days, for it says “in six days He created the heavens and the earth and on the seventh day He rested.” He created all things by His Word for it says He spoke creation into existence, and He did not do this in phases or stages but all at once, miraculously.

There is only one God who is three in one, a mysterious trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit who was and is and is to come, who has neither beginning nor end, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, who is not bound by physical or other laws nor by time or space.

God Created man in His own image, male and female, and ordained marriage from the beginning because “it is not good that man should be alone”, and He created Eve from Adam’s rib so that she became woman, which means “from man.”

God said to them, giving them a mandate, “be fruitful and multiply and have dominion over the earth” signifying that they were to be stewards and regents over His possessions as caretakers and rulers.

Adam and Eve partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, being beguiled by the serpent who said “you shall surely not die”, and sin entered and death with sin so that all things became corrupt so that it says “all creation groans in expectation of the deliverance of the saints”, to wit the restoration of paradise.

Being in sin Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden of Eden which was guarded by a cherubim with a flaming sword so that they dared not enter again and God said, “let man labor by the sweat of his brow.”

In time Noah was born and in all the earth their was evil and God said unto Noah to build and ark, and he did, and the rains came and fountains of the earth opened up so that even the land masses moved and so great was the ark that every living thing, male and female, was preserved to multiply after the flood ended. It rained 40 days and 40 nights and all of humanity save Noah and his wife and his sons and their wives.

From Noah all the families of the earth came and God made a covenant with Noah that He would no longer flood the earth and this He reminds us of by the rainbow.

God has called Israel as a People, by blood and by spirit, to be His witnesses and to inherit their birthright, even the tribes of Israel who are physical descendents of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and spiritual Jews, believers grafted into the vine by the blood of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, a peculiar people, a royal people, that together all of Israel, both those who are biological heirs and those who are grafted into the vine, might show forth the praises of God through faith in the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Before the foundation of the world the lamb of God was slain, which means that the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ was, is, and will ever be the sole means by which all men, both those who have come before and those who are yet to come may be saved from the law of sin and death which works destruction through their inherently sinful flesh.

Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary who knew no man and of whom it was said “Mary, mother of God, blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.”

Jesus Christ was all God and lived as man and was tempted in all manner as we are tempted and knew not one sin nor any thought or imagination of sin, being perfect in holiness and faith and wisdom but being limited, while He dwelt amongst us, to human capability.

All the works that Jesus did while He dwelt with us in the flesh He did according to what is available to all people, so that he could say, “he that believes on me the works that I do, even greater works will he do because I go to my Father.”

Jesus was crucified according to the wishes of the Sanhedrin, who violated their own law, and by the hand of Pontius Pilate after He was betrayed by Judas Iscariot, he who held the purse for the disciples, for 30 pieces of silver.

Jesus Christ was crucified in the Roman manner, He was hung between two thieves, one of whom found paradise through repentance and the other who refused the opportunity and died in his sins.

The Roman guards ensured that Jesus was dead by piercing His side, from which blood and water flowed, but they broke not a bone in fulfillment of prophecy which said not a bone would be broken and which said “then they look on me which pierced me.”

Jesus was dead and gave up the ghost, for He said “into your hands I commit my soul.”

He descended into the depths and removed the believers in Abraham’s bosom and He made an open show of the conquering of sin and death and took the keys thereof.

He was dead three days and on the morning of the third day He rose from the grave and appeared again unto the disciples and commanded them saying, “preach the gospel to every person baptizing them into the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost, making disciples of all Peoples.”

Therefore, it is said truly that God sent His own Son that whoever believes in Him might be saved so that those who repent of their sins and their dead works and believe in Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, sinless life, death, burial, and resurrection and in His Divinity and who adhere to Him as their Lord, these shall be saved and not be any other means may any person be saved.

He ascended unto the heavens, before 500 witnesses, and is seated at the right hand of the Father where He has gone to prepare a place for those who believe on His name.

He will return in glory and receive His saints who are alive, for it says “then they which are alive will meet Him in the air”, and He will wage war on His enemies in a final showdown wherein the armies of the earth will be defeated at Armageddon and He will reign for one thousand years after which satan will be loosed again for a season and one last battle and then shall there be a new heaven and a new earth.

In the final day, at the end of all things, He will create a new heaven and a new earth and the former will not be remembered nor come into mind and those who are the called out ones, all of Israel both the heirs by blood who have received the Messiah and the grafted in ones who are grafted in by the blood of Christ, will be joint heirs and co-regents with Christ reigning forever and ever with Him in glory.

Amen.

In all that we say and do and proclaim and believe, in every thought and purpose, we acknowledge this creed as the highest law and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only possible path to eternal life so that all who deny the Gospel of Jesus Christ are anathema, which being translated means accursed. Therefore, because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the heart of our Creed, we can say, all who name this creed, and diligently seek to obey it in holiness and faith and love, according to the workings of the Spirit of God, we acknowledge as our brothers and sisters and we prefer them above all others, whether of the blood or of the spirit.

Let men everywhere recite this creed and remember it to one another and to their children in holy, reverent fear, and end by saying, “Our Father who is in heaven, most hallowed and sacred is your Name, so terrible and mighty and blessed that we fully expect to give our lives in your service, in sacred oath! May your Kingdom come down to the earth, and may your will be done here on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses in so far as we also forgive those who trespass against us, and forgive also those who trespass against us, and deliver us from all evil, for yours is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever, AMEN.”

Therefore when men might say, “tell us what hope is in you”, teach them this creed and to believe on Jesus through a confession of faith and to be converted as confirmed by word and deed, for faith without works is dead, before the eyes of all the assembly of believers.

Let us also participate in Holy Communion, in the Love Feast of believers, as it was in days of old, when the called out ones ate their meal together in fellowship and afterwards break their bread saying, as Christ said, “take, eat, this is my body which is broken for you”, and taking the wine saying, as said Christ, “take, drink, this is my blood, the blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you”, He also commanding us saying, “this do as often as you do in remembrance of me.” By communion we do acknowledge His death, and His resurrection, until he comes, for His death was once and is and will always be for the remission of our sins working effectively in us now and always and His resurrection gives us victory over sin and death and a new life as new creations in Him.

We acknowledge no King but Jesus and no holy person or special anointed person but our Savior by whom we may boldly enter into the throne of grace and because of whom our spirits cry Abba, which means “Father.”

God has called all of us, each one of us, to be royalty and into a priesthood of believers so that all who are Christ’s are as the Lord’s Anointed, and let no human being say, “I am the Lord’s anointed over you” lest God smite him for his vanity and punish him for his blasphemy, for whoever sets themselves up as a mediator is denying Christ and claiming to be Christ.

We have not been called into religious services or temple organizations, we have been called out of the community of unbelievers to leave behind all the elements of our old life of sin, bound by death, and into a new society, a spiritual community of Christ’s disciples who have surrendered their whole lives, in unconditional and total abandon, for the work of the cross and the preaching of the gospel that by our witness we might rescue the dying and the deceived and the prisoners of the law of sin and death.

We, as believers and disciples and citizens of a Christ-centered civilization, seek to help one another in true love, faith, holiness, and power bearing one another’s burdens, caring for those in need out of our substance, risking all and bearing all for the good of all that in all things Christ might be revealed and glorified to all who see us so that as Christ said so may we, “for which of our good works do you seek our ill?” For the world hated Christ and we do not expect to be loved, for the world loves his own and we are not of this world, therefore as the world hated Christ so too it hates us and we may also say, as the Psalmist, “do not I hate them that hate you, I hate them with perfect hatred and I count them mine enemies”, but as Christ said, “love your enemies”, so we hate their sin and love them even as we oppose them and preach repentance to them saying, “unless you are born again you will be damned for eternity.”

We seek a deeper community than mere public meetings or sermons preached in the presence of all, though we do not deny the power of such things. We seek a community of relationships all centered on the person and the work of Christ towards that end that all believers lack for nothing and that all believers are effective witnesses of the gospel to the lost around them.

Towards this end, the end of living the fullness of the gospel truth in faith, love, holiness, and power, and towards the end of broadcasting this message to all men and women on this planet until Jesus returns in glory we solemnly pledge our property and means, our time and our resources, our honor, and our very lives forsaking all others save for Christ and seeking only to know Christ and Him crucified.

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