WHAT WE BELIEVE


The philosophy of ministry will be set forth generally and specifically. Much of our vision and
calling is defined in what we believe, for we do what we ARE, we BECOME what we worship.
First there is a Faith and a Relationship, and then there is a WORK. New Life Ministries is to be
one of the many local places of the anointing which are called to be an expression of the Kingdom
of God. This Christ-centered calling is stated and revealed in a three-fold manner throughout the
Bible (Prov. 22:20; Ex. 25.8, 40; Deut. 16:16; John 14:6; 1 Cor. 10:1-4, 11; 13:8 – 13; 2 Cor. 1:10;
Eph. 4: 8-16; Heb. 6:19-20; 8: 1-6; 1 John 2:12-24):

Many good ministries function and administer in the first and second dimensions of full salvation;
they emphasize the new birth and the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. The New Testament Church
has been called to experience these two Feasts of Passover and Pentecost; then we are to grow
up to know the Lord in a third experience, the Feast of Tabernacles in the Most Holy Place. This
third dimension swallows up and incorporates the first two; we are not doing away with our
Fundamental or Pentecostal heritage, but are building upon its foundation. Once established in
the basics of present truth, we are to go on to perfection or maturity within the veil. New Life
Ministries has been commissioned to pioneer this third day message, to establish a foundation for
the Feast of Tabernacles and a global harvest, to prepare the Body of Christ to become his
Glorious Church in the earth!


Therefore, such a New Covenant Church:

Is fundamental concerning the foundations of the blood atonement of Jesus Christ, repentance
and faith, water and Spirit baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, the
various judgments, and the literal, bodily coming of the Lord, along with His many other comings.

Is Biblically based and sound. Genuine prayer and worship in the Spirit will cause us to become a
house of prayer. We desire to actively walk in the simplicity or singleness of the life of Jesus
Christ.

Has a desire to be pure in character and conduct, understanding the holiness of God. This fear of
the Lord flows from a practical, daily relationship with and a love for God. The power of His new
nature from within enables us to live right, not because we have to and get to Kingdom
righteousness is positional by imputation and functional by impartation.

Is charismatic, knowing that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are power tools to produce fruit and to
develop the Body of
Christ, when used in divine order according to the Scriptures, to profit and edification of all. Signs,
wonders, miracles—the supernatural—are an important part of normal Bible Christianity. Jesus is
the same, yesterday, today, and forever. He continues to do and teach.

Strongly emphasizes lifestyle evangelism and discipleship, being commanded by the Lord to
make disciples of all nations.

There must be a strong outreach with regard to home and foreign missions.

Wants to be active in its community. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the local church is
to be the vehicle through which God ministers His life and love to many of the spiritual, social,
and economic ills of society. The Church is to be salt and light, a therapeutic witness to a sick
world, releasing the resurrection life of Jesus. We are called to set the captive free.

Is a covenantal spiritual family made up of strong and healthy natural families, the basic unit of
the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom or government of God is the gathering of redeemed
communities under one Head, Jesus Christ. This Kingdom is visible and invisible; being a present
reality and having a future consummation, ever expanding until it fills the entire earth and
eventually the whole creation.

Specifically:


We believe in one God, manifesting Himself in three Persons as the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:26; Deut. 6:4; 1 Kg. 8:60; Matt, 28:19; Mark 12:29; John 14:26; 15:26; Acts 2:
33; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 1:3-14; 4:4-6; Jas. 2:19; 1 Pet. 1:2, 3:18; 1 John 5:7; Rev. 1:4-5).

We believe the Bible to be verbally inspired, the inerrant Guidance of God, and, when rightly
interpreted by the Holy Spirit, to be infallible rule of faith and practice. (Psa. 45:1; Ezek. 1:3; Matt.
24:35; Luke 24:27; Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:11; l Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21).

We believe in the creation and subsequent fall of man, with result that he, without God, is in a
state of spiritual depravity, unable to attain to divine righteousness by means of his own wisdom
and strength. Unregenerate man, with a fallen nature, needs a Savior (Gen. 1-3; Rom. 3:23; 5:12-
19; 6:23; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 2:1-3).

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ to be the only Savior of all men, conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, very (fully) God and very (fully) man. Jesus died for our sins, was buried,
and rose again according to the Scriptures. He personally appeared in His new body to His
disciples before ascending to His seat at the right hand of the Majesty in the heavens. Jesus’
finished work (His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension) reversed the curse concerning the
spirit, soul, and body of the first man Adam. He is the only Way to the Father, the only valid Door
and entry into the realm of Spirit (Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; John 10:1; 14:6; Acts 4:12;
1 Cor. 15:3-8; Gal. 3:13-14; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 4:14-16; 8:1-6; 10:12-13).

We believe in personal regeneration, that one must be born again to see and enter the Kingdom
of God. This initial salvation of sinners is by grace through faith in the perfect and all-sufficient
finished work of Jesus Christ. The ground of this justification by faith is the blood of Jesus, the
Lamb of God (John 1:29; 3:1-8; 17:4; 19:30; Acts 13:38-39; Rom. 5:1-2; Eph. 2:8-9; Rev. 13:8).

We believe that this conversion experience should be followed with water baptism by immersion
in the Name of the LordJesus Christ for the remission of sins and the circumcision of the heart.
The old man is put to death and the new creation man arises to walk in newness of life. Blood,
water (baptism), and Spirit constitute the three witnesses that initiate the New Covenant (Mark 16:
16; Acts 2:38; Rom. 2:28; 6:1-14; Col. 2:11-12; 1 John 5:8).

We believe in observing often the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper. This Eucharist, the Table of
the Lord, is the ongoing celebration of the New Covenant (Matt. 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke
22:17-20; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11: 23-30).

We believe that sanctification is once and for all as well as progressive in nature: first, from the
time of conversion, God Himself sets the believer apart by the blood of Jesus; then the believer
separates himself unto a holy God by washing himself daily by identifying oneself as the “New
Creation” and reckoning the Adamic Nature dead. The Holy Spirit-directed life is one of
detachment from this present world system, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (Matt. 5:48; 1
Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 5:17f; 2 Cor. 6:11-7:1; Eph. 5:25-27; Col, 3:8-13; Heb. 9:12; 12:14; Jas. 1:27; 1
Pet. 1:15; 1 John 2:15-17).

We believe that healing for man’s spirit, mind, and body was provided for in the New Covenant
when our Lord Jesus was striped in His death on the cross and rose again in the power of His
resurrection. Divine health is a reality for the believer. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of
the law: sin, sickness, poverty, and death (Ex. 15:26; Isa. 53:5; Mark 7:26; 16:18; John 10:10;
Acts 4:30; 10:38; Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 12:9; Gal. 3:13-14; Jas. 5:13-16; 1 Pet. 2:24).

We believe that the Pentecostal experience of the Holy Ghost Baptism is separate from and
subsequent to conversion. God sends for the Spirit of His Son into our hearts; this is Christ in and
among all of us, the hope of glory. We believe that the initial evidence of this Baptism to be the
historical and experiential distinctive of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.
However, speaking with other tongues is not necessarily the only evidence of a Spirit-filled life.
The fruit of a genuine Pentecost is the writing of the law of God upon one’s heart (Mark 16:17;
Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-4; 10:44-46; 19:6; Gal. 3:14-15; 4:6; Eph. 5:17-18; Col. 1:27; and Ex. 19:1 with
Lev. 23:15-22).

We believe that the fruit of the Spirit is the divine nature and character of the Lord Jesus Christ,
who is the Pattern Son for every believer. We are called to be like the One who is the firstborn
among many brethren (Rom. 8:28-29; 2 Cor. 3:18; Gal. 5:22-23; 2 Pet, 1:3-4; 1 John 3:1-3).

We believe that the gifts or manifestations of the Holy Spirit are the supernatural ministry of the
Lord Jesus Christ, and that every member of the Body of Christ should flow in them. New
Testament ministry is the outflowing of the indwelling Christ.

The Church is called to a spiritual ministry of speaking, knowing, and doing. These nine
manifestations enable us to talk like God, think like God, and do the works of God (Mark 16:15-
20; Acts 1:8; 4:7-10, 29-31; 5:12;8:5-13;10:38; Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 4:20; 12:8-10; 14:1-40; Heb. 2:
3-4; 1 Pet. 4:10-11).

We believe in Spirit-filled prayer and intercession. Spiritual warfare is waged and won on the
basis of Jesus’ finished work. We are to cast out demons in the Name of the Christ Jesus…
Satan, our adversary, is a reality, and was completely defeated by our Lord’s death and
resurrection. We are called to enforce Jesus’ victory, to occupy until He comes, to call those
things which be not as though they were, to decree a thing according to His Will so that it will be
established unto us. (Job 1:7; 22:28; Matt. 4:2; 12:25-29; Mark 16:17; Luke 4:2; 10:17-20; 19:13;
Acts 8:18-24; 13:6-12; 19:13).

We believe in the order of worship given by revelation in the Tabernacle of David and restored to
the Church today. This includes the voice (singing, shouting), the hands (clapping, raising,
playing instruments), and the whole body (standing, bowing, kneeling, dancing) (2 Sam. 6; 1
Chron. 13-16; Psa. 150; Acts 15: 13-17; Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16).

We believe that all authority centers in Jesus Christ and that He has delegated His jurisdiction
into the local church (ecclesiastically). We believe in theocratic (God-ruled) local church
government and order (elders, deacons, and saints). Divine order in the New Testament
maintains a plurality of eldership and leadership, but there is a set man at any given time with a
distinctive anointing to father the flock of God ( Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 13:1-2; 15:19; Rom. 13:1-7;
Eph. 1:20-23; Phil. 1:1; 2:5-11; 1 Tim. 3:1-13).

We believe in the full restoration of the five-fold ascension-gift ministries that Jesus Christ sent to
equip and mature the Church: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Their
mission is to produce a perfect, full-grown, many-membered new creation Man in the earth, the
manifestation or unveiling of the nature and ministry of Jesus Christ in His brethren (Rom. 8:19-
23; 1 Cor. 13:8-13; Eph. 2:20; 3:1-5; 4:11-16; Col. 1:25-29).

We believe that the Kingdom of God is a present reality and will expand until the knowledge of
His Lordship cover the earth, The Government of God is the purpose of God; it is the extention of
His rule and dominion in the earth and the universe. The Church, universal and local, mystical
and tangible, invisible and visible, is the instrument through which that purpose is to be realized
(Gen. 1:26-28; Dan. 2:44-45; 7:27; Hab. 2:14; Mark 1:14-15; Rom. 14:17; Eph. 3:21; Heb. 12:25-
29; Rev. 1:6; 5:10; 11:15; 19:1-6).

We believe that God’s judgments are past, present, and future. Our sins were judged in Christ; it
was appointed unto man once to die, and Jesus met that appointment. After that we are to stand
in His presence and learn how to righteously judge ourselves and others. Thirdly, we shall be
judged, for every man will give an account of himself; in that day, the Judge of all the earth shall
do right, for His judgments are unto victory. In time to come, the Church will execute and
administer the judgment which He is when we judge the world and angels (Gen. 18:25; Eccl. 12:
14; Matt. 5:13-16; 12:20; John 5:22; Acts 17:31; Rom. 2:16; 14:10-12; 1 Cor. 6:1-3; 2 Cor. 5:10; 2
Thess. 2:7-10; Heb. 9:27; 12:23; Rev. 20:12).

We believe that resurrection is past, present, and future. Our spirit was resurrected from a state
of spiritual death and passed unto life when we were born from above and translated into His
Kingdom. Our soul is being transformed, our minds renewed, from glory to glory by the Spirit of
the Lord; our mortal bodies are presently being made alive by the same Spirit that raised Christ
from the dead. Ultimately, there will be a resurrection in which He shall change these vile bodies
and fashion them like unto His glorious body. Not all will sleep, or die; there will be a people or
generation, like Enoch and Elijah, who experience the out-resurrection, a spiritual and moral
resurrection while yet in the body (Job 14:14; Psa. 16:10; 17:15; John 5:24; 11:25; Rom. 8:11, 23;
12:1-2; 1 Cor. 15:2; 2 Cor. 3:18; 5:6-10; Col. 1:9-13; Phil. 3:11, 21; Rev. 20).

We believe the Church to be the seed of Abraham, God’s Holy Nation and Chosen Generation,
the true Circumcision, the Heavenly Jerusalem, the spiritual Israel of God. Like Jesus, we are the
Seed of the Woman, the Seed of Abraham, and the Seed of David; as such, we are heirs together
of the grace of life, sharing His pain, His promise, and His power (Rom. 2:28-29; 9:6; 15:8 with
Acts 3:13; then Gal. 3:7, 16, 29; 4:21-31; 6:16; Matt. 21:42-43 with 1 Pet. 2:9-10; Phil. 3:3; Heb.
12:22-24; then Gen. 3:15; Matt. 1:1; Rom. 8:16-17; 1 Pet. 3:7; 1 John 4:17).

We believe that the Father has given the earth to the children of men. The earth is the Lord’s; it
belongs to Jesus and His Church, not the devil. The meek shall inherit the earth. As kings and
priests, we shall reign on the earth. Heaven is the realm of God, and God is omnipresent Spirit;
Heaven is nearer than men think. Therefore, we believe in the coming of the Lord, not the going
of the saints; in the appearing of the Lord, not the disappearing of the saints. Throughout the
Scriptures, God comes to dwell with man. Jesus is coming now (in Spirit) to be glorified “in” the
saints; He will come (literally) “with” the saints once His enemies are made His footstool, once He
has received the early and latter rains, once we have come to the unity disclosed in John 17 and
Ephesians 4, and once He has restored all things spoken by all His holy prophets since the world
began. His coming is not “any minute” but “until” (a word denoting time) – no man knows that day
or hour (Gen. 28: 10-17; Psa. 24:1; 37:3; 9, 11, 22, 29, 34; 110:1-6; 115:16; Matt.5:5; 6:10; 24:36,
John 1:51; 3:13; Acts 3:18-24; Eph. 4:13; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 1:6-10; Heb. 10:12-13; Jas.
5:7; Rev. 1:6; 5:10; 21: 1-11).

We believe that there are some things that the Lord has yet to reveal to his Church. We have but
crossed the threshold of the Most Holy Place. This is uncharted territory: we have passed this
way heretofore. Apostles and prophets will eventually make these things known to the Church in
the seasons of the Lord. We remain open to be taught, corrected or adjusted in our vision. (Josh.
3:1-5; Isa. 55:9; 1 Cor. 2:9-16; Eph. 3:1-5, 16-21).

To that end, we declare it more important in WHOM we believe that in WHAT we
believe!

Salvation By Jesus                       Salvation By The Holy Spirit          Salvation By The Father

Faith and Grace                            Faith and Holy Spirit Works           Faith and Hope

Has been saved-Spirit (pneuma)   Is being saved-Soul (psyche)        Shall be saved-Body (soma)

Outer Court                                   Holy Place                                      Most Holy Place

Passover                                       Pentecost                                       Tabernacles

Out of Egypt                                 Thru the wilderness                         Into the land

Born again                                    Spirit-filled                                       Mature

Babes                                           Youth                                               Men

Baptism in water                           Baptism in Spirit                               Baptism in Fire

Milk                                               Bread                                               Meat

Thanksgiving                                Praise                                              Worship

Focus: all man                              Focus: God and man                        Focus: all God

Jesus the Way                             Jesus the Truth                                 Jesus the Life

30 Fold                                         60 Fold                                              100 Fold

Dead to the World                        Dead to the Law                                Dead to Sin

Mt. Opel (Prophet)                       Mt. Moriah (Priest)                             Mt. Zion (King)

Pesach-Exodus                           Shavuot-Receiving the Torah            Sukkoth-Festival of the
Harvest
New Life Ministries
15 S Catherine LaGrange, Il  60525
(708) 352-5435
A Sonship Church
Ray Janisch, Pierre Ruffin, & Bill Kerr Co-pastors
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