HEBREW CHURCH OF GOD INC.
The Hebrew Church of God is Interdenominational in Spirit; Evangelical in Message and International in project goals. We are composed of a Company of Christian Believers whose aim is to take our Ministry Message (God’s Word) to every nation, kindred, tongue and people throughout the world.
Our declaration of faith sets forth our fundamental beliefs and incorporates the four major components of the Hebrew Church of God message.
Our message declares the following:
- Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world;
- Jesus as the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit;
- Jesus as the Healer of our Sicknesses, and
- Jesus as our coming King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The Hebrew Church of God was turned over to Reverend L. Smith February 15, 1999.
STATEMENT OF FAITH AND VALUES
Founder: Dr./Pastor Lorrie Smith
Declaration of faith by Dr. L. Smith
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Holy Scriptures Are Absolute Truth
We believe that the Bible is the God inspired Word of God. True, immutable, steadfast, unchangeable. God is the author, The Lord Jehovah. It was written (or penned) by holy men of old as they were moved upon and inspired by the Holy Ghost. (2 Timothy 3: 16-17)
It is a light lamp to guide the feet of the lost world from the depths of sin and sorrow to the heights of righteousness and glory, an unclouded mirror that reveals the face of a crucified Saviour.
It is the plumb line to make straight the life of each individual and community; a sharp two-edged sword to convict of sin and evil doings.
It is a strong cord of love and tenderness by the Holy Spirit that brings a penitent heart before our Lord Christ Jesus. The balm of Gilead; the breath of the Holy Ghost that can heal and quicken each downtrodden heart; the only true ground of Christian fellowship and unity. The loving call of an infinitely loving God. The solemn warning of the distant thunder of the storm of wrath and retribution that a loving God will send upon the unheeding; a sign post that points to heaven; a danger signal that warns of and rescues us from hell. The Divine Supreme and eternal tribunal by whose standards all men, nations, creeds and motives shall be tried.
The Existence of an Eternal God Head
We believe God is a triune being. (Isaiah 43:10 & 44:8)
Father: Whose glory is so exceedingly bright that mortal man cannot look upon his face and live. But whose heart was so filled with love and pity for His lost sin-benighted children that He freely gave His only begotten Son.
Son: (John 1:1-3, 3:16) Who is co-existent and co-eternal with the Father, who conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, took upon Himself the form of man; bore our sins; carried our sorrows and by the shedding of His precious blood upon the cross of Calvary, purchased redemption for all that would believe upon Him.
Then bursting the bonds of death and hell rose from the grave and ascended on high leading captivity captive, that as the great Mediator betwixt God and man, He might sit at the right hand of the Father making intercession for those whom He laid down His life. (Matthew 1:23)
Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. The Spirit of the Father shed abroad, Omnipotent and Omnipresent, performing inexpressibly His important mission upon earth: convicting mankind of sin, bringing forth a Spirit of righteousness and knowledge of eternal judgment. His work draws sinners to the Saviour. His rebuking, pleading and searching character comforts, guides and quickens the mortal spirit of man to truth while teaching, glorifying, baptizing and enduing with power from on high, them who yield to His tender Ministrations. (2 Corthinthians13:14, 1 John 5:7, John 15:26, Matthew 28: 19 and Romans 8:11)
The Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that by voluntary disobedience he fell from perfection. (Romans 8:7, Romans 5: 12 & 19, Genesis 1: 27, Genesis 6:12)
Before the fall of man, he walked in holiness and purity. Then he fell from grace in the Garden of Eden. He lost God’s gift of purity and innocence and fell to the depths of sin and iniquity. As a consequence of this, all of mankind are sinners; partakers of Satan nature.
Sinners not by constraint but by Adam’s choice. Tainted by iniquity and utterly void by nature of that holiness required by the law of God to be in God’s presence. In the fallen state humankind is positively inclined towards evil. Guilty and without excuse, and justly deserving of eternal condemnation by a just and Holy God. (Isaiah 53:6 Matthew 20:15, Galatians 3:10-22, Ezekiel 18:19-20, Ephesians 2: 3)
God’s Plan of Redemption
We believe that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, the just for the unjust; freely, and by divine appointment of the Father, Christ took the sinners place. He bore our sins and received our condemnation upon Himself. Dying His death in our place, He fully paid our penalty, and signing, with His life`s blood, He obtained the pardon of everyone who believes on Him. (John 3: 16, Romans 5:8, Isaiah 55:7, Hebrews 7:25)
Salvation by Grace
We believe that we have no righteousness on our own and must come to pleading the righteousness of Christ by grace through faith. (Ephesians 2: 8) The salvation of sinners is wholly through grace. We have no righteousness or goodness of our own where with to seek divine favour, and must come therefore, throwing ourselves upon the unfailing mercy and love of Him who bought us and washed us in His blood. (Isaiah 64:6, Ephesians 2: 13, Romans 6:23)
The Doctrine of Repentance and Acceptance
We believe that upon sincere repentance and a whole-hearted acceptance of Christ, we are justified before God. (1 John 1:9, Romans 5: 1- 11, Romans 10:9-10)
The New Birth
We believe that the change which takes places in the heart and life at conversion is a very real one. (2corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20, John 3:1-7)
Daily Christian living
We believe that it is the will of God that we be sanctified daily, growing constantly in faith. (Hebrews 6: 1)
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that baptism by immersion in water is an outward sign of a commemoration of the Lord Jesus. (Matthew 28:19-20, Romans 6: 1-4). We believe that Christians partake in the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Him. The wine symbolizes His blood poured out for us and the bread symbolizes His body given for us. (1Corinrinthians
11: 23-35, Matthew 26: 26-30)
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to endue the believers with power for service and that His coming is after the same manner as The Day of Pentecost. (Acts 1:1-5, 2: 4, John 14: 16-17)
The Spirit Filled Life
We believe that it is the will of God that we walk in the Spirit daily. (Ephesians 4: 30-32, 6:18). We believe that as it is written in Acts 2, it still is today – the Holy Spirit comes as a mighty rushing wind to the believer like tongues of a living flame that can shake and set ablaze whole communities for God.
The Gifts and Fruit of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit has bestowed power and gifts upon Christians, and Christians should show Spiritual fruit as the evidence of a Spirit-filled life. (1Corinthians 12:1-11, Galatians 5:22)
We believe that the experience and daily walk of the believer should never lead into extremes of fanaticism. Believers should be anxious for nothing but present to God their requests by prayer and petition. The peace of God will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5-7) Moderation should be made known to all men.
We believe that divine healing is the will of God. The power of Christ to heal the sick and the afflicted is an answer to the prayers of the believers in faith for them who continually pray with a submissive heart to the Divine and Sovereign God. (James 5:14, Matthew 8:16, 9:5, Mark 16: 17-18)
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent. (1Thessalonians 4: 16-17)
The Final Judgement of Christ
We believe that all shall stand before the judgement seat of Christ; and everyone may receive the things done in his body whether it be good or bad. (2Corinthians 5:10)
We believe that heaven is the glorious eternal home of born again believers. (John 14: 1-3, Revelation 7: 15-17, Revelation 21:10-26)
We believe that hell is the place of eternal torment for all who reject Christ as their personal Saviour. (Daniel 12:2, Matthew 3: 12, 25:21, Mark 9:44-49, Luke 16:23-24, Revelation 14:10-11, 20:10, 21:8)
We believe it is our sacred duty to identify ourselves with the visible Church of Christ, having accepted the Lord Jesus as our personal Saviour and King and having thus been born again into the family of the Body of the Church of Christ. (Acts 4: 32-37, Hebrews 10:25)
From the beginning of the Church, Christians associated themselves together in fellowship and in the unity of the Spirit. (Acts16:5)
We believe that because God so loves all the people groups of the world; evangelism is the most important commandment of the Lord to us. It is every Christian’s responsibility to fulfill their purpose of winning souls for the kingdom of God. (Mat. 28: 18-20, Mk 16: 15-20)
We believe rulers should uphold the moral law of God at all times and we should pray they do not oppose the will of God. (Romans 13:1-5, 1Timothy 2:1-3).