Our Statement of Faith
Statement of Faith of New Fire for Christ
We maintain and support doctrinal teaching on which there has been agreement among the branches of the great historic Christian faiths. Because we minister with a wide spectrum of the body of Christ in our evangelistic campaigns and discipleship, we leave room for freedom of conviction on lesser doctrinal matters, provided that no such interpretation hinders our unity in the ministry to which God has called us. We explicitly adhere to the following basic Biblical teachings:
1. There is one eternal God, who exists in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
2. Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is fully man and fully God, united in one person forever. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, died for our sins on the cross, was buried, and rose bodily from the dead after three days, after which He appeared to many witnesses. Christ ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.
3. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, imparts new life to those who put their faith in Christ, baptizes them (I Cor. 12:13), indwells them and seals them, and glorifies Christ. He fills and empowers them who yield their lives to Him by faith. The Holy Spirit gives various gifts to the body of Christ, to build up the body for God's glory.
4. The Bible is God's word, infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. The Bible is the supreme and final authority on all matters about which it speaks.
5. Man (i.e. man & woman) was created in the image of God. Through his sin and rebellion against God, he was bought under God's judgement and the sentence of death. Because of man's sin, he is corrupt and unable to please God. Every man is lost apart from God's saving grace through Jesus Christ.
6. Man is saved by faith (trust) in Jesus Christ, not on the basis of human works or goodness (Eph. 2:8-9). Those who are saved are "born again" into the kingdom of God (John 3:3,7), and become new creatures (II Cor. 5:17).
7. Jesus Christ is the head of the church, which is made up of all those who have been redeemed through faith in Him. The church is not a physical building, but the body of believers in whom Christ dwells through the Holy Spirit. This church is manifested locally in congregations of believers who meet together as Christ commands, to "consider one another to provoke [each other] to love and good works" (Heb. 10:24).
8. At his physical death, the believer enters into eternal fellowship with the Lord in heaven, while the unbeliever is judged and enters into eternal separation from God.
9. Jesus Christ will return to earth personally and bodily to reign over the world at the end of time.
10. The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to be witnesses to Him (Acts 1:8), and to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19-20). The fulfillment of the Great Commission requires that all personal ambitions be surrendered in a total commitment to Jesus Christ and His work in the world.