Statement-of-Faith

 

Church of The Open Door
2637 Flat Shoals Rd., Decatur, GA 30034
Pastor’s Email: ApostleGibbs@gmail.com
Church Website: https://churchofopendoor.com/


What We Believe


The Holy Scriptures – We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God; it is absolutely true, enduring, and unchangeable (2 Timothy 3:16, 17. Matthew 24:35).  
The Eternal Godhead – We believe in one God, existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
 The Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ – We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, and in His ascension to the right hand of the Father.
 
Salvation Through Grace – We believe that salvation is totally an act of God’s grace that is accessed through faith in Jesus Christ. No person can be good enough to earn salvation, and “being good” does not contribute to receiving God’s love and favor (Ephesians 2:8, 13).
 
The New Birth – We believe that the change that takes place in people when they are “born again” is very real. They receive righteousness through Jesus Christ, and they are empowered by the Holy Spirit; therefore, they should have new desires, interests and pursuits (John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17).
  
Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper – Jesus Himself was baptized and instructed His followers to be baptized. Believers are buried with Christ and raised to new life in Christ/ Sin, death, and hell no longer have a claim on God’s own (Rom. 6:4, Eph.1:19,20). We believe that the purpose of the Lord’s Supper is to consciously call to mind what Jesus has done for His own in His death on the cross (Matt.26:29; Mark 14:25; Luke 22:18).
 Baptism with the Holy Spirit –  We believe that those who experience Holy Spirit baptism today will experience it in the same manner that believers experienced it in the early church; in other words, we believe that they will speak in tongues—languages that are not known to them (Acts 1: 5, 8; 2:4).
 
The Second Coming of Christ – We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent; we are as certain that His second coming will occur as we are that His first coming is a historical fact. No one knows the exact time of His coming. At that time the Lord Himself will descend from heaven, the dead Christians will be resurrected, and believers will be taken up to meet the Lord in the air (Matt. 24:36, 42, 44; 1 Thess. 4:16, 17).
 
Civil Government – We believe that civil government is established by divine appointment; civil laws should be upheld at all times except when they are in opposition to the Word of God (Romans 13:1-7).
 
Judgment – We believe that everyone will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Born-again believers will be sent to a place of everlasting life, and nonbelievers will be sent to a place of everlasting punishment (Rev. 20:11, 12; 2 Cor. 5:10).
 
Heaven – We believe that heaven is the habitation of the living God and the eternal home of born-again believers (John 14:2; Rev.7:15-17).
 
Hell – We believe that hell is a place of darkness, deep sorrow and unquenchable fire, which was not prepared for man but for the devil and his angels; it will become the place of eternal separation from God for all who reject Christ as Savior (Matt. 13: 41, 42; Rev. 20:10, 15).
 
Evangelism – We believe that evangelizing and making disciples is the primary “business” of the church; every hindrance to worldwide evangelism should be removed (James 5:20; Mark 16:15). Our purpose is to present the Gospel in a spirit of love to those to whom we are called to minister to. It is the objective of the Evangelism Ministry to see unsaved, saved, to reunite the backslider with Jesus Christ, and to meet the needs of God’s people in every area of ministry. 


 
Tithing and Offerings – We believe that tithing (giving 10 percent of earnings) and offerings (amounts determined by the individual) are God’s instruments to carry on His ministry, spread the gospel, and release personal blessing (Lev. 27:30; Malachi 3:10; 1; Matt. 23:23; Luke 11:42; I Corinthians 16: 1, 2). Giving of offerings differs from tithing and is done in addition to tithing. Both are part of God’s plan to finance His work on earth (1 Corinthians 16:1–4; Philippians 4:10–19).
Elders and Deacons – The Bible describes two offices in the church—elders and deacons. The term “elder” (or, in the Greek, presbuteros), is used interchangeably with “overseer” or “bishop” (episkopos), and “pastor” (poimenas).1 In Acts 20, Paul uses all three terms when he’s addressing the elders of the Ephesian church: (Acts: 20:17-28);(1 Peter 5:1-2).
Elders are charged with the spiritual oversight of the church (Acts 6:1-6; 20:28). They are to devote themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word, and they are also charged with being the principal governing body of the church (1 Timothy 5:17—”The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor . . . .”).

 

Church of The Open Door
2637 Flat Shoals Rd., Decatur, GA 30034
Pastor’s Email: ApostleGibbs@gmail.com
Church Website: http://opendoorchurch.info