Statement of Faith
ONE LOVE MINISTRIES EXISTS TO TEACH THE WORD OF GOD AND EQUIP THE SAINTS.
Scripture: We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God. We believe the Bible is the final authority in every area it addresses for every individual Christian, and the church collectively. It is the infallible rule of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, John 10:35; Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:3-4, 21).
Trinity: We believe there is one living and true God who co-eternally exists as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. equal in power and glory. We believe that all things were created by Him and for Him. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 45:21-22, Matthew 28:19, Colossians 1:16, Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 44:8, 48:16; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3).
Jesus: We believe in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, his substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2, 8:58,11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8).
Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father through the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. We believe the Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells, and seals believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that He empowers them to live as His witnesses. (John 14:16-17, John 16:7-11, Titus 3:5-6, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 1:13-14, Acts 1:8, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12-14, 1 Peter 4:10-11). We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, comforter, counselor, and guide (Romans 8:26). The supreme evidence of the Spirit-filled life is the fruit of the Spirit, love. We believe that all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Scripture are available to, and active in His church today.
Mankind: We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen. 1:26-27). We believe the rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. God created male and female equal in value, dignity, and worth. (Genesis 1:26-28, Ephesians 5:22-6:4, 1 Timothy 3:1-7) We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of One Love Ministries.
Sin: We believe that, as a result of the Fall, all people are sinners by nature and choice and falling short of God’s standard and breaking His commandments – are therefore under God’s righteous judgment. Yet, God saves and gives new life to all who come to Him in repentance and faith, trusting in the Person and work of Jesus Christ. At the cross, Jesus Christ died in our place as our substitute, absorbing God’s wrath that should have come upon us, thus providing the remedy and forgiveness of sins. (Romans 3:10, 23; Romans 5:18-19, Matthew 1:21)
Salvation: Because Jesus died for the sins of the world the invitation to believe is open to all, and whoever desires may come unto Jesus for new life and the forgiveness of sins. That salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ. We believe that all who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved eternally. (1 John 4:14, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9; John 3:16; Acts 3:19, 20:21; 1 John 2:2; Revelation 22:17).
The Church: We believe there is one church, the body of Christ, consisting of men and women from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. We believe in the universal Christian church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head and all who are born again are a part of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:15-16).
Ordinances: We believe that the Lord, Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances for the church: the full-immersion water baptism of believers and the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
Marriage: We believe the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen. 2:18-25). We believe that marriage between one man and one woman, for life, uniquely reflects Christ’s relationship with His Church (Eph. 5:21-33). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
Eschatology: We believe in a literal Hell, a literal Heaven, and in the New Creation and that all those who place their faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ will spend eternity with the Lord. Those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from the Lord (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 5:22, 18:9, 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11, 20:11-15). We believe in the resurrection of the dead. Believers will be raised to life, and unbelievers to shame and everlasting contempt. (Daniel 12:2, John 5:25-29, Revelation 21:1-22:5)
Premillennial: We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, which is His personal, visible return to Earth and the establishment of His millennial kingdom. We believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth, to sit upon the throne of David and rule over the house of Jacob (Israel), and the entire cosmos, forever. (Revelation 20:1-6, Luke 1:31-33, Isaiah 9:6-7, Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15). We believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church where all believers will meet the Lord in the air and be taken out of this world prior to the Tribulation that will come upon the earth (Isaiah 26:20; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:36; Romans 1:18, 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-16, 5:9; II Peter 2:7-9; Revelation 3:10, 5:7-10, 7:13-14).