DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

ANOINTED WORD MINISTRIES AND FELLOWSHIPS INTERNATIONAL
 
 

I
THE GODHEAD

II
MAN

III
SALVATION

IV
SIN

V
JUDGEMENT

VI
RESURRECTION

VII
THE FAITH

VIII
THE CHURCH
 
 
 

I

THE GODHEAD 





A. God is Spirit (John 4:24) always existing, past present and future (Psalm 90:2; Malachi 3:6) as the unified trinity (Isaiah 48:16; 1 John 5:7) consisting of: 1. God the Father (John 17:25-26; Hebrews 12:9). a. He is the desire for the fellowship, the common sharing, of His self-existent life through the creation of all things including man (John 1:18; 1 John 1:3; 2 Corinthians 5:19). b. His name identifies the relationship He desires and shall have with mankind (1 John 3:1; Matthew 7:11). c. All things are of Him (1 Corinthians 8:6). d. He is the greatest person of the Godhead (John 15:28; 16:13). e. He owns all things (1 Chronicles 29:11). f. He sent and gave us His Son Jesus (John 3:16-17). g. He sent and gave us His Holy Spirit (Galatians 4:6; 1 John 3:24). 2. God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ: a. He is the perfect expression, the Word or Logos, communicating the image and glory of God the Father (John 1:1; Hebrews 1:3). b. His name describes the perfection of our relationship to God as God's children (Hebrews 1:5): Jesus: the salvation of the soul (Hebrews 10:39); Christ: through life of the Spirit (Romans 8:10, 16); Lord: by mastering and putting in subjection the body to the spirit (Romans 8:13). c. All things are and were created by Him (1 Corinthians 8:6). d. He is God the Father's heir (Hebrews 1:2). e. He is the Christ, God's anointed over the universe (Acts 2:36). f. He is High Priest or official over the worship, or service of God (Hebrews 3:1). g. He is Son of man (Matthew 12:8) made flesh (John 1:14) born of a virgin woman (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20-23).h. He is Abraham's seed, heir to Abraham's promise (Galatians 3:16). i. He is God's sacrifice supplied (Genesis 22:8; John 1:29). j. He is the only way to get to God the Father and eternal life (John 14:6; Acts 4:10,12). K. He is man's legal representative before God (1 John 2:1). 1. He is executor of God's will (John 14:13-14). m. He is Judge of the universe (Romans 2:16; 2 Timothy 4:1). n. He is the Apostle to the church (Hebrews 3:1). o. He is the head to the body of Christ (Ephesians 5:23). 3. God the Holy Spirit. a. He is a person (John 16:13). b. He is Wisdom (Exodus 31:3; Acts 6:3; Ephesians 1:17). c. He is our legal counsel and instructorwiith regard to the will of God (John 14:16, 26; 1 John 2:20,27). d. He is the convincer of our need for salvation through Jesus (John 16:8-9). e. He is the promise of Abraham (Acts 2:38-39; Galatians 3:14). f. He is the inspirer of scripture (1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21). g. He is available to all men (Luke 11:13; Acts 2:39; 1 Corinthians 12:7). h. He is the distributor of spiritual gifts, ability and manifestation (1 Corinthians 12:11). 

B. God is love (1 John 4:8), light (1 John 1:5) and life (John 5:26; 6:63; 14:6). 

C. God, though creator of all, created all things good (Genesis 1:4,10,12, 18,21,25,31) and is not the author of evil (1 Corinthians 14:33; James 1:13). 

II

MAN 





A. Man is God's highest creation (Genesis 1:26; Psalm 8:5-6 (note: angels = Elohim = God: Hebrew); 1 Corinthians 6:2-3) in His image (Genesis 1:27) as a unified trinity of: 1. Body of flesh. 2. Soul: mind, consciousness (Matthew 11:29); personality (Luke 9:24 (note: life = soul: Greek) + 9:25: himself); desire (Isaiah 26:9); conscience, will (Ephesians 6:6 (note: heart=soul: Greek)). 3. Spirit: life, empowerment (John 6:63; James 2:26); character (Psalm 7:2); mood (1 Kings 21:5); moral good or evil (Psalm 32:2); God's contact with man (Proverbs 20:7). 

B. God created man in His own image and likeness, male and female, to dominate and rule, as God, in the Earth (Genesis 2:26-27). 

C. Adam and Eve are the parents of all mankind (Genesis 3:20). 

D. Man fell by disobeying God in eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:17-19; 1 Timothy 2:14). 1.God's plan for man, redemption, came in force (Genesis 3:15).2. Jesus Christ was slain (Revelation 13:8) 3. the power of death and corruption entered the Earth (Romans 5:16); 4. Satan became as God to man, gaining access in Earth through man to form the 'world system' (Mark 8:33; Luke 4:6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; 1 John 2:16). 5. Man lost the ability to solely know God (Genesis 2:17; Matthew 11:27). 

E. All men and all created beings are eternally existent from the point of creation or conception and able fully to experience their existence regardless of situation (Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 16:19-31; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Revelation 20:4-6,11-20;21:7-8). 

F. Jesus Christ, though God, came in the flesh and is man outside of the fall (Romans 8:3; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:15).

III

SALVATION 





A. Man being fallen from the image and glory of God (Psalm 73:12-20; Romans 3:23) must be restored or saved (2 Corinthians 1:9) 1. Man cannot save himself (Psalm 146:3). 2. Only God can save (Isaiah 43:11). 

B. The fall was an act of sin of treason against God punishable by death (Genesis 2:15 (note: dress = hedge, protect: Hebrew); Romans 10:17; 14:23;6:23). 

C. The creation of man in the image of God allowed for redemption from sin, the paying of a price to free the offenders (Genesis 3:15; Leviticus 25:47-48). 1. Man became imperfect through sin (Romans 3:23). 2. Only a perfect man could pay the price (Exodus 12:5; Leviticus 21:16-21). 3. The price was an death by bloodshed, a violent, torturous murder (Genesis 3:21; 4:4; Exodus 12:6-7; Leviticus 17:11; Isaiah 52:14; 53:5; Hebrews 9:22). 4. The price had to be paid of a free and voluntary will (Psalm 40:6-8; Psalm 54:6; Isaiah 53:12; Hebrews 10:5-7). 5. The offence was the demand of sin against God's life (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 8:6-7; James 4:4). 

D. Jesus Christ is the Redeemer and Redemption (Psalm 19:14; Galatians 3:13; Hebrews 9:12). 1. He is perfect and sinless (John 14:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 4:15; 5:9). 2. He freely gave His life (John 10:17-18; 1 John 3:16). 3. His life was taken (Acts 2:23) a. by law and judgement (Matthew 26:63-66; John 18:28-19:16) b. by conspiracy and murder (Mark 14:1-6; Acts 13:28) c. by bloodshed and violence (Isaiah 52:14; Matthew 27:27-31). 4. He suffered unto death (Acts 26:23) a. torment of flesh (1 Peter 4:1) b. torment of soul (Isaiah 53:11; Acts 2:31) c. for the redemption of mankind (Romans 6:6; 7:4; 8:3; 1 Corinthians 11:29; 2 Corinthians 4:10; Ephesians 2: 15-16; Colossians 1:22; 1 Peter 4:1). 5. He took and received life back (John 10:17-18) a. as an act of His will (John 2:19) b. as a gift from God (Acts 2:32-33) c. as justification or proof of innocence (Romans 5:16; 1 Timothy 3:16) d. on behalf of all offenders or sinners (Romans 5:18) e. the life is not existence, it is the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:6; Galatians 3:14; 6:8) and His experience in existence which is heaven (Romans 14:17). 

E. Presently those saved are the assembly or church (Acts 2:47; Hebrews 12:22-23). 

IV

SIN 





A. Sin is defined as missing the mark or bull's-eye of being like God (Romans 14:23; 1 John 5:17). 

B. All men have sinned or in some way at some time acted unlike God (Romans 3:23). 

C. Children are not accounted of God for sin as they are incognizant of the difference between good and evil (Deuteronomy 1:39:39) but having the seed of Adam's nature do sin and become sinners (Job 14:4; Psalm 51:5) at their individual age of 'accountability' or 'awareness' which is known by God (Romans 2:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:4). 

D. Sin is committed in three basic ways. 1. Rebellion, which is resisting God's authority (Deuteronomy 1:26; 31:27). 2. Transgression, the breaking of God's laws (1 John 3:4). 3. Iniquity, the perverting or twisting of God's ways (Proverbs 16:6; 1 Corinthians 13:6). 

E. Sin is of three basic types. 1. The lust of the flesh. 2. The lust of the eyes. 3. The pride of life. (1 John 2:16) 

F. Sin is both the separator and separation from God (2 Corinthians 6:14 (note:fellowship = to share in common); Ephesians 4:17-18; Galatians 5:19-21). 1. Sin brings judgement (Romans 2:12). 2. Sin brings death (Romans 6:23). 

V

JUDGEMENT 





A. Judgement is the price paid for sin against God (Romans 5:18). 

B. Judgement was originally determined for Satan and the angels that followed him in rebellion against God (Matthew 25:41; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6). Judgement extends to men who willfully and knowledgeably follow Satan's rebellion (Matthew 13:38-42; Romans 2:12-15). 1. Sin is ultimately a statement of the desire to dethrone God and to place self above the place of God (Isaiah 14:12-15) through a violent nature (Revelation 12:7; 19:19), a subtle or crafty nature (Acts 13:8-10) or a fearful nature (Deuteronomy 20:8; Romans 8:15; 1 John 4:18 Revelation 21:8). 2. Sin is pride (Job 41:1, 33-34 (note: leviathan=wreathed, twisted or circular creature; possibly a snake or crocodile); Psalm 10:4). 3. Sin is individual and solitary regardless of influence (James 1:14). 

C. Ultimately Judgement is eternal separation from the experience of God in supernatural fire of torment (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:12-15) which will fully affect the beings awareness without annihilation (Matthew 13:49-50; Luke 16:23-26). 1. There can be a present receipt of judgement, of less consequence than the fire of torment, taking the form of unblessed circumstances out of which the Lord will educate us, by His Word, to salvation (1 Corinthians 11:27-32). This type of Judgement: a. manifests as sickness and infirmities (Deuteronomy 28:22, 27, 28, 35, 59-61; 1 Corinthians 11:29-30) b. as calamities (Proverbs 20:26; 28:10; Isaiah 28:12-13) c. as lack (Haggai 1:2-11) d. is to discourage, awaken and warn us concerning sin, that the further and permanent judgement of hell and the 'second death', which is the 'Lake of Fire', be avoided (2 Corinthians 11:31-32; Revelation 9:20-21) e. it culminates as God's wrath upon the Earth (Romans 1:18,~ Colossians 3:6; Revelation 15:1). 2. Hell is a holding place or jail of custody, of like torment as the 'Lake of Fire', prior to final judgement (Matthew 5:29-30). 3. The 'Lake of Fire' which is the 'second death' is the final sentence and eternal judgement for all who determined their lives against God (Revelation 20:14). 

D. Judgement is true death as opposed to true life which is with God (Ephesians 2:1-2; 4:17-18; 1 John 5:12). 

E. Judgement is of God by Jesus Christ according to the spirit in which a being operates, whether of light/God or darkness/Satan (Romans 2:16; 1 John 1:5-7). 

VI

RESURRECTION 

A. Resurrection is man coming into the image for which God purposed him from creation (Genesis 1: 26-27; Ephesians 1:19-23). This is consummated by the transformation of the fleshly body from the grave or a present living state to an incorruptible or spiritual body that will forever remain united to the soul and spirit (1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-53). 

B. When men die they leave their bodies and continue existence spirit and soul, either with the Lord or in the torment of Death (Luke 16:22-23; 2 Corinthians 5:6-9; Hebrews 9:27). Each man's experience depends upon the relationship they choose regarding the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ (John 12:26; Acts 13:46). 

C. Jesus is the resurrection (John 11:25). 1. He is resurrected (Acts 1:22). 2. He has revealed the faith of resurrection (Matthew 22:29-32; John 5:29). 3. He is one with the resurrecting Spirit of God (John 16:13-15; 17:21; Acts 2:32-33). 4. He has authority to impart resurrection to whoever He chooses (John 5:21). 

D. All men will raise bodily to stand before God (John 5:28-29) 1. The dead in Christ, then the living church will rise to be with the Lord prior to the seven years of 'great tribulation' on the Earth (John 14:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17). They shall return with the Lord to reign with Him during the 1000 year 'millennium' (Revelation 19:14; 20:4). 2. Those saved from the time of Adam until the church age shall resurrect just prior to the 1000 year 'millennium' and shall reign with Christ (Daniel 12:1-2, 13). 3. Those saved through the 'great tribulation' will also reign with Christ in the 1000 year 'millennium' (Revelation 20:4). 4. The wicked who died prior to the church age and those rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ shall raise to judgement and the 'Lake of Fire' which is the 'second death' (Revelation 20:12-15 (note: the beast and false prophet are excepted being judged at the appearing of the Lord with His saints: Revelation 19:20)). 

VII

THE FAITH 





A. Faith is spiritual unity with God by His Word to the end that we share His Spirit and existence now and forever (Romans 1:16-17; 10:6-13; Galatians 3:11-14). 

B. Faith is believing the knowledge of God revealed in Jesus (2 Corinthians 4:3-6; 2 Peter 1:1-4). 

C. There are three basic experiences of faith for each individual and the collective church. 1. Entrance into God's Kingdom, which is salvation through the belief that Jesus suffered and died paying the price of sin; that He is Lord and is raised from the dead and alive now and forever (Romans 10:9-10,13). a. this is the new birth from above, the Holy Spirit giving life to the dead human spirit (John 3:5-6; Romans 8:10). b. It is evidenced with spoken agreement of what God's word says concerning salvation (Romans 10:6-10). c. It is repentance or the turning away from old ways to new in acknowledging our death in Jesus because of sin (Acts 2:22-39; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17). d. It is represented by symbolic burial in water baptism, or submersion, unto Jesus (Colossians 2:13-13). 2. Receiving the Holy Spirit as anointing for the work of ministry (John 1:33; Acts 1:8). a. This is knowing the Holy Spirit along with Jesus (John 14:16-17; Romans 8:9-11). b. It is pictured in water baptism and is being baptized with the Holy Spirit of God or whelmed unto the abundant ability to minister and experience life (Luke 4:18-19; John 7:38; 14:12; Acts 1:5). c. It is the enduing of ability and authority to represent and operate on behalf of God, His Son Jesus and His Kingdom over the works, authority and kingdom of darkness (John 15:26; Acts 1:8; Romans 14:17; 2 Corinthians 5:16-20). d. It is evidenced with the speaking of unlearned tongues (Mark 16:17; Acts 2:4; 10:44; 1 Corinthians 14:22). 3. Completeness in Christ (Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 4:11-13; Philippians 3:13-14; Colossians 2:10). a. This is a process of transformation through repentance and reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19; 2 Peter 3:9). b. It is experienced in the nature of Christ which is the fruit of the Spirit (John 15:2,5,16; Galatians 5:22-23). c. It is manifested by awareness of the word (2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 5:13-14): i. ability to speak the word (Hebrews 3:1 (note: profession = confession); James 3:2); ii. has spiritual discernment in being led by God's Spirit (Romans 8:14; 1 John 4:1-13); iii. readily sees manifestations of God's Spirit (Mark 16:20; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5); iv. worship in the Spirit (John 4:24); v. effective prayer (John 15:7; James 5:16): vi. spontaneous giving (2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (Note: cheerful = hilarious or spontaneous: Greek)); vii. readiness to fellowship (Acts 2:42-27; Hebrews 10:24-25); viii. involved in fasting (1 Corinthians 7:5); ix. free to witness the Lord (Matthew 10:32-33; 1 Peter 3:15); d. culminating in the perfecting, unifying, resurrection and catching away of the church as a 'bride' to Jesus Christ (Romans 8:21-23; Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17). 

VIII

THE CHURCH 





A. The church is the group of persons, having faith in God through belief in Jesus Christ, committed to assembling and sharing commonly the realities of that faith (Acts 2:41-47; 4:32-35; 1 John 1:3), 1. physically (2 Corinthians 8:1-7; Philippians 4:14-19; James 2:15-17), 2. mentally (Philippians 2:2; 1 Peter 3:8-9), 3. spiritually (John 17:22-23; 2 Corinthians 5:13; 2 Peter 1:1). 

B. The church is realized as three basic populations: 1. local (Romans 16:1,5), 2. regional (Galatians 1:2,22), 3. universal (Hebrews 12:22-23). 

C. Jesus Christ is the head and leader. The church is the body and following the leading of Jesus (John 3:29; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-27). 

D. The church organization is in submission and order with offices with various levels of responsibility and authority, providing functions by gifts of the Holy Spirit to the church (Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-28; Ephesians 4:14-15). 1. Leadership gives overall direction to the church and perfects the believer to higher levels of responsibility and authority while building up the church (Ephesians 4:11-13). a. The Apostle or 'sent one' forms churches and develops them (1 Corinthians 3:10-11; 4:15-17). He is capable of all ministry offices (2 Corinthians 11:28; Hebrews 3:1). b. Prophets are like eyes to the church seeing direction for and discerning the direction of the church (1 Samuel 9:9; 1 Kings 22:15-23; Ezra 6:14; Acts 21:10-11). c. The evangelist is a preacher of the gospel, or, good news about Jesus Christ with evidence of signs, wonders and miracles (Acts 8:5-13). d. The pastor is a spiritual shepherd to the congregation leading them in good pasture of the word and counsel necessary for the body collectively and individually to be successful before God and man. He also protects them by his ministry from wild beasts which are the wiles of the devil (Jerimiah 23:4; Ephesians 4:14; 1 Peter 2:25; 5:2-4). e. The teacher is an explainer and clarifier of God's word (Hebrews 5:12; 6:1-2; James 3:1-2 (note: masters = teachers: Greek)). 2. Eldership provides spiritual oversight of the congregation as the leadership (Titus 1:5; 1 Peter 5:1-2) a. sharing spiritual responsibility and authority of ministry to the body (Titus 1:9), b. as counsel to leadership (Acts 15:6). 3. The Deconry are servants to the church responding to, aiding and executing the plans of the Eldership (Acts 6:1-6). Their attendance is to steward the physical supplies satisfying the spiritual purposes of the church (Matthew 25:44; John 2:9 (note: ministries = servants = deacon: Greek)). 4. Congregation or body are those sharing the ministry of leadership, eldership and deconry (1 Corinthians 12:18-28; Ephesians 4:11-13). They are committed to share in common ministry given and received one to another (Romans 14:19; Ephesians 4:15-16). 

E. The organization of the church is neither exclusive nor inclusive from one level of responsibility and authority to another. Each level of responsibility may be shared by another level (1 Corinthians 12:27-28; Colossians 1:23; 1 Peter 5:1). Each level of responsibility and authority is available and encouraged to every believer (Matthew 25:14-30; Mark 4:24-25; Luke 12: 35-48; Ephesians 4:11-13). Particular offices or ministries are at the discretion of the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 12:5). 

F. The gifts, manifestation or ability of the Spirit operates through the ministries of the Church and its congregation to fulfill God's purpose for it and mankind (Romans 12:4-6; 1 Corinthians 12:7). 1. Word of wisdom is foresight (Proverbs 8:20, 30 (note: one brought up = one skilled like an architect: Hebrew): 24:3; 1 Corinthians 12:8; 1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5). 2. Word of knowledge is present knowing (John 1:48; i Corinthians 12:8). 3. Faith is the expectancy of God's supply manifested apart from a person or his ability (Matthew 8:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:9). 4. Healing drives out the influence and cause of infirmity and disease and what result (Matthew 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 12:9). 5. Miracles are works of power or ability creating and restoring through a persons influence of ministry (2 Kings 4: 1-7; John 9:6-7; 1 Corinthians 12:10). 6. Prophecy is spoken words of encouragement upbuilding, exhorting and as counsel to others (1 Corinthians 12:10; 14:3). 7. Discerning of spirits is the ability to tell the difference between the influence of evil and God (1 Corinthians 12:10; Hebrew 5:14; 1 John 4:1-3). Tongues is the ability to speak in unlearned languages: a. to be interpreted for the body as prophecy (1 Corinthians 12:10; 14:2, 5, 27); b. it is the ability to communicate to others in their language which is unlearned by the speaker (Acts 2:6-11); c. it is the ability of direct communication in God, to the upbuilding of the spiritual man, and release of God's prayer at a time of personal devotion. This aspect of tongues is available to every believer, at all times, as an ability of prayer, with receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 14:2-3,22; Jude 20). 9. Interpretation of tongues is the ability to gain the meaning of a communication in an unlearned tongue for personal and corporate unbuilding through the person speaking in tongues or by a person seperate interpreting (1 Corinthians 12:10; 14:5, 13-17, 27-28). 

G. The function or purpose of the church, its offices, the gifts, manifestations or abilities of the Spirit is to bring the glory of service, which is worship to God and the reward of freedom to man (Luke 4: 18; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 12:7; Galatians 6:1-2; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Hebrews 11:6). The ultimate fulfillment of this purpose is the resurrection of man to his complete uniting with God eternally in God's image, likeness and heavenly experience (Psalm 17:15; Romans 19:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 21:1-7). 1. Fellowship provides a means for persons to enter the Kingdom of God. The church, as well, allows the body to be built up to the fulfillment of God's purpose. This is by sharing together the experience of the Faith while gathered together in groups of any size two or greater (Matthew 18:20; Ephesisans 4:11-13; Hebrews 10: 24-25). Through fellowship the body comes to know itself, its needs and abilities, and through itself comes to know God (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; 1 John 1:3; 4:20). 2. Giving is the providing of one's own substance to the unbuilding of another financially and materially (Romans 12:8; 2 Corinthians 9:1, 6-15). a. Giving is above the ten percent or tithe that belongs to the Lord out of the earnings and increase of our labors (Leviticus 27:30; Hebrews 7:8-9). b. Giving opens up the channel for receiving (Luke 6:38; Mark 10:28-30). 3. Study puts a person in position to receive wisdom, knowledge and understanding from God to know what God is like so as to become like Him (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3; Proverbs 2:1-9). 4. Praise and worship is the expression of God's being in our lives driving away the influence of darkness and establishing God's presence, direction and experience to the church and in the world (Deuteronomy 10:21; Psalm 22:3; 68:2). 5. Witnessing is the sharing of a person's experience of God and His Son, the Word, Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit of God to the unbuilding of another person's awareness of God (Matthew 28: 18-20; John 15:26-27; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20). 6. Prayer is the communing with God for personal unbuilding and the unbuilding of others through the uniting of God with the one praying and by His answer to the requests made (Matthew 6:6; Mark 11:24; Ephesians 6:18; 1 John 5:13-15; Jude 20). 7. Fasting is the complete or partial denial of the fleshly desire for food, activity and stimulation. It is an act of self control to gain spiritual awareness., strength, ability and to supply the need of another physically or spiritually through the denial of self(Isaiah 58:6-12; Daniel 1:8-21; Matthew 5:17-18; 17:19-21; 1 Corinthians 7:5). 

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