Victory Church: What We Believe
I. The Scriptures
The Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God and the revealed will of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. It was written by men, inspired by the Holy Spirit, over the course of hundreds of years, from various occupations ranging from kings to peasants. All its pages are divinely inspired and harmonious. The scriptures contain God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction, correction and reproof. We believe it to be the Truth, the Life and the Way. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12; Rom. 16:25-26;)
The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. (Gen. 1:26: Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Heb. 3: 7-11. 1Jn. 5:7;)
A. God the Father
God as Father is all powerful, all loving, all wise and all knowing. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men. (John 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8: Acts 1:7; 1Cor. 8:6: Gal. 4:6)
B. God the Son
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He was God manifest in the flesh. He fulfilled prophesies that foretold his coming, his life, his death and resurrection. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and identifying Himself completely with mankind, yet without sin. He was obedient unto death on the cross, where He chose to be our substitute and make provision to redeem men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord. ( Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 11:27; 17:5; Mark 1:1: 9:11; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 17:1-5, Romans 1:3-4; Galatians 4:4-5; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; Revelation 5:9-14;)
C. God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He is the Comfort and Counselor. He inspired men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth and cultivates Christian character. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. (Matt. 28:19; Luke4:1, 11:13, John 4:24; 15:26; 16:7-14; 1Cor. 2:10-14; 3:16; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30; 2Tim. 1:14;)
- Baptism of the Holy Spirit. All believers are entitled to, should expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to the command of Jesus Christ. With this comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowing of gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service. (Luke 24:49; John 14:16, 26; Acts 1:4-8, 2:4, 38-39, 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 15:7-9; 19:2-6; Rom. 8:26-27; Eph. 5:18-20)
- Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection and confirm the power of the Gospel. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire spiritual gifts by which they serve God. Gifts empower the believer and the church in worship, evangelism and service. (Rom. 12:6; 1Cor. 12:1-31; 1 Pet. 4:10)
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. (Genesis 1:26-31; Romans 5:6,12,)
Salvation was purchased through the finished work of Christ; His death, burial and resurrection. We are saved by Grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human effort. Salvation comes by believing in your heart that God raised Jesus form the dead and confessing with your mouth Jesus as Lord. It is secure in the eternal love of God from which we cannot be separated. We are sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord (1Cor. 1:18; Eph. 1:7, 2:8-10; 1Pet. 1:23)
In its broadest sense salvation includes repentance, regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification.
V. Total Provision has been made for man.
It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. Believers should seek the full benefits of Christ’s provision.
- Spiritual (John 3:3, 11; 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Rom 10:9-10; Eph. 1:7-9)
- Mental and Emotional (2Tim. 1:7; Rom. 12:2; Isa. 26:3; Phil. 4: 7-8)
- Physical (Ps. 103:2-3; Isa. 53:4-5, Matt. 8:17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; 1 Cor. 12:9, 28; Rom. 11:29; 1 Pet. 2:24)
- Financial (Joshua 1:8; Ps. 84:11; Phil. 4:19; 3 John 1:2; Mal. 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Cor. 9:6-10; Deut. 28:1-14)
- Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit.
VI. The Church
The church represents the Body of Christ and each member is an integral part. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. The scriptures read to not forsake the assembly of ourselves together. The goal of the church is to make disciples and to present the saints complete in Christ. (1Cor. 14:4, 12:26; Eph. 1:22, 2:19-22, 5:23; Col. 1:24; Heb. 12:23)
VII. Baptism and the Lord's Supper
A. Baptism in water is a declaration to the world that a believer has died with Christ and has been raised with him to walk in newness of life. Baptism will not save you. It is an outward sign of an inward work. We baptize by immersion in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. (Matt. 28:19-20; Rom 6:3-6)
B. The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby all believers are welcome to partake of the bread (representing His body that was broken for us) and the fruit of the vine (representing His blood that was shed). We do this in remembrance of Him. (Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1Cor. 11:23-26)
VIII. The Tithe & Offering
The first portion of income, 10% should be given unto the Lord in the church where you worship. Offerings above the 10% should be given as one’s heart is led to give. By trusting the Lord with the first portion of income, which represents your life, scripture promises that he will add His blessings and provision. (Gen. 14:20; Leviticus 27:30-32; Malachi 3:6-12; Luke 6:38)
IX. The Lord's Day
We recognize that in every week, one day should be considered holy unto the Lord. Just as we give the Lord the first portion of our income, we offer to Him the first portion of our week, a day that is set apart. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should include exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. (Exodus 20:8-11)
X. Marriage and the Family
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.
(Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Joshua 24:15; Ecclesiastes 9:9; Mark 10:6-12; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7.)
XI. Evangelism and Missions
Missions and evangelism are commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle. (Luke 24:46-53; John 17:15-19; 20:21; Acts 1:8; 10:42-43; Romans 10:13-15; 2 Timothy 4:5; Revelation 22:17.)
XII. End Times
We have a blessed hope that Jesus is coming to gather his saints. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. Those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will suffer eternal separation from God in the lake of fire. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord. (Matthew 16:27; 24:27,30-44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; Luke 12:40; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; 2:1-4; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 19:20; 20:10-15.)
- Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all who believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Matt. 5:3, 6:20, John 17:24; 2Cor. 5:1; Phil 3:20; Hebrews 11:16; 1Pet. 1:4; Rev.21:1)
- Hell. The unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the devil and the fallen angels (Matt. 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrew 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8)