† SHALOM Ministries

Servant Hearted Anointed Leaders of Outreach Ministries

What We Believe

This missional community accepts the Holy Scriptures as the revealed will of God, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity, adopts the following statement of faith:

1. The Scriptured Inspired

The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to humanity, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.

2. The Eternal Godhead (Bible references)

There is but one true and living God; maker of heaven and earth and all that is in them; the Alpha and Omega, whoever was, and is and shall be, time without end, Amen; that He is infinitely holy, mighty, tender, loving and glorious; worthy of all possible love and honor, confidence and obedience, majesty, dominion and might both now and forever; and that in the unity of the Godhead there are three, equal in every divine perfection excluding distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

a. The Father -
Whose glory is so exceeding bright that mortal man cannot look upon His face and live, but whose heart was so filled with love and pity for lost and sin-benighted people that He freely gave His only begotten Son to redeem and reconcile them unto Himself.

b. The Son -
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 out 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 between God and man, He might stand at the right hand of the Father making intercession for those whom He laid down His life.

b. The Holy Spirit -
The third person of the Godhead, the Spirit of the Father shed abroad, omnipotent, omnipresent, performing an inexpressibly important mission upon earth, convicting of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment drawing sinners to the Savior, rebuking, pleading, searching, comforting, guiding, quickening, teaching, glorifying, baptizing and enduing with power from on high those who yield to His tender ministrations, preparing them for the great day of the Lord's appearing.

3. The Fall of Humanity

The human race 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.

4. The Salvation of Humanity

The shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God is the only hope of redemption of the human race.

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, person becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life.

The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to society is a life of righteousness and true holiness.

5. The Ordinances of the Church

a. Baptism in Water
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.

b. The Lord's Supper
The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements--bread and the fruit of the vine--is the symbol expressing our sharing in the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ;

a memorial of His suffering and death;

and a prophecy of His second coming;

and is enjoined on all believers "until He comes."

6. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the incoming of the promised Comforter in mighty and glorious fullness to endow the believer with power from on high; to glorify and exalt the Lord Jesus; to give inspired utterance in witnessing of Him; to foster the spirit of prayer, holiness, sobriety; to equip the individual and the Church for practical efficient, joyous, Spirit-filled soul-winning in the fields of life; and that this being still the dispensation of the Holy Spirit the believer may have every reason to expect His incoming to be after the same manner as that in which He came upon Jew and Gentile alike in Bible days, and as recorded in the Word, that it may be truly said of us as of the house of Cornelius: "the Holy Spirit fell on them as on us at the beginning".

The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance.

The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues, but difference in purpose and use.

7. Sanctification

Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God.

The Scriptures teach a life of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord”.

By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: "Be holy, for I am holy".

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.

8. The Church and Its Mission

The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit with divine appointments 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 Firstborn, which are written in heaven.

Since God's purpose concerning people is to seek and to save that which is lost to be worshiped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority reason-for-being of S.H.A.L.O.M. Ministries is:

a. To be agency of God for evangelizing the world.

b. To be a corporate body in which people may worship God.

c. To be a channel of God's purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son.

9. Leadership

A divinely commissioned and ordained by scripture leadership has been provided by our Lord for the threefold purpose of leading the Church in the:

a. Evangelization of the world:

b. Worship of God:

c. Building of a body of saints being predicted in the image of His Son:

10. Divine Healing

Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the Atonement and is the privilege of all believers.

11. 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.

12. The Millennial Reign of Christ

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 the earth for one thousand years.

This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel,

and the establishment of universal peace.

13. The Final Judgment

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.

14. The New Heavens and the New Earth

“We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness."