Our Statement of Faith
STATEMENT OF FAITH AND PURPOSES
The programs and activities governing the form of worship of ISLAND VIEW WORSHIP CENTER shall be based upon and at all times shall be consistent with the following creed and beliefs:
I. The Godhead
We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect, Holy, and eternally co-existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – who are transcendent, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, and immutable. We believe God as uncreated and self-sustaining, has eternally existed, now exists, and will exist in the eternity of tomorrow. (1 Peter 1:2-3; 1 John 5:7)
II. The Holy Scriptures
We believe in the unique divine inspiration of all the canonical books, from the original manuscripts of the Old and New Testaments, as originally given, and that they are inspired, inerrant, infallibly and uniquely authoritative and free from error of any sort, in all matters with which they deal, scientific and historical as well as moral and theological. (2 Tim. 3:16)
III. God the Father
We believe that God the Father, the first person of the Divine Trinity, is infinite spirit— sovereign, eternal and unchangeable in all His attributes. He is worthy of honor, adoration and obedience. (1 Cor 8:6; 2 Peter 1:17)
IV. The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the pre-existence, incarnation and virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ who came into the world to reveal the Father, and was the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person; that the Lord Jesus Christ was the Creator of all things, for by Him the worlds were made. We believe that in Christ dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and that He was very God and very man, the I AM, the Jehovah of the Old Testament. We further believe in the sinless life of our Lord Jesus Christ, His Miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His bodily ascension into heaven, and in earth, and under the earth. (John 1:1-2; I Tim. 3:16; Acts 7:37-38; Phil. 2:9-10; Heb. 7:25)
V. The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead who convicts, regenerates, indwells and seals all believers in Christ and fills those who yield to Him. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to all believers; however, the manifestation of any particular gift is not required as evidence of salvation. (1 Cor. 12:3; Acts 1:8; Eph. 1:13)
We believe in the priesthood of all believers so that every Christian has direct access to God in prayer through Jesus Christ, our Great High Priest, and that there is no other mediator between God and humanity. (Acts 5:14; 1 Peter 2:5-10)
We believe in the existence of a personal, malignant being called Satan, who acts as a tempter and accuser, for whom the place of eternal punishment was prepared, where all who die outside of Christ shall be confined in conscious torment for eternity. Rm 16:20; Acts 26:18; Rev. 2:13
VIII. The Creation of the World
We believe in the special creation of the existing space-time universe and all its basic systems and kinds of organisms in the six literal days of the creation week. (Gen 1:1 - 2:2)
IX. Man's Fallen Condition
We believe that man by willful transgression fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created into total spiritual depravity; a state of death in trespasses and sins in which he is held as a slave of sin and an enemy of God, being unable to attain divine righteousness by his own efforts, but must be redeemed and delivered by the power of the Gospel. (Rom. 3:23-25; 5:12-21; I Cor. 15:1-4; II Cor. 4:3-4)
X. Salvation Only Through Christ
We believe in personal salvation from the eternal penalty of sin provided solely by the grace of God on the basis of the atoning death and resurrection of Christ, to be received only through repentance and personal faith in His person and work. (Ps. 18:2-3; Ps. 27:1-6; Is 62:11-12; Acts 4:10-12; Rm 1:16; Eph 1:9-13; Heb 5:8-10; Rev. 12:10-11)
XI. The Walk of the Believer
We believe that a continuous walk in grace should be the emphasis of heart righteousness and purity, believing in the keeping power of God, walking after the Spirit and not after the flesh, in conduct that demonstrates the character of Jesus Christ, not being conformed to the world, but being transformed by the renewing of the mind. We further believe that each believer must lay a foundation of Biblical truth and experience upon which he builds his life.
Through the Lordship of Jesus Christ, these foundation stones are established in the new birth and include repentance from dead works, faith toward God, the doctrine of baptisms, laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgement. (Rom. 4:1-5, 8:25, 12:1; I Cor. 3:11; Gal. 5:16-25; Heb. 6:1-2; Jude 24)
XII The Doctrine of Baptisms
First, we believe there is the baptism of Salvation whereby the repentant sinner, upon trusting Jesus Christ as his/her Saviour, is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ. (I Cor. 12:10)
Second, there is water baptism (the baptism of Obedience) by immersion for believers only. This we believe to be an ordinance of the church, whereby the believer experiences the reality of co-crucifixion and co-resurrection with the Lord Jesus Christ. (Mat. 29-19-20; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3-6)
Third, there is the filling or baptism in the Holy Spirit of empowerment by the Lord Jesus Christ, which may occur at or subsequent to conversion. We believe that speaking in other tongues as the spirit gives utterance is the normative evidence of this baptism. Further, we believe that, by the believer's continued submission to the Holy Spirit, his very weakness is transformed into strength to witness for Jesus Christ in power and to live according to the will of God. (Acts 1:5, 8; 2:4, 38; 10:46; 11:28; 19:6)
XIV. Divine Healing
We believe that the healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in Jesus’ commission to His disciples. Healing of the sick is given as a sign that is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (See Ps. 103:2,3; Isa. 53:5; Matt. 8:16,17; Mark 16:17,18; Acts 8:6,7; Rom 11:29; I Cor. 12:9,28; Jas 5:14-16)
XV. The Church
We believe that all who are united by the new birth to Jesus Christ are members of the universal Church, the body of Christ. We also believe that the local congregation of Christian believers is divinely instituted and is the chosen instrument of God for the furtherance of God's work upon the earth. While appreciating the work of parachurch groups, we believe that the local church is God's chosen vehicle for world evangelization and the nurture of Christians. We further believe in the spiritual unity of all believers and in working together with others who believe in salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ for the causes of evangelism, missions and benevolences. (Mat. 16:16-18; John 17:21; Rom. 12:5; Eph. 1:20-23; 4:3-10; Col. 3:14-15)
XVI. The Ordinances
We believe that Water Baptism is for believers and should be administered by the mode of full immersion and in the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ to the glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Christ, fulfilled by individuals who have received His forgiveness through repentance and confession of all known sin. This means turning away from things God calls sin in His Word and living under Jesus’ Lordship. We further believe that water baptism is the means whereby we receive the new covenant sign of circumcision of heart. We also believe that we are identified with Jesus Christ and participate in His death, burial, and resurrection through water baptism. (Mat. 28:10-20; Acts 8:16, Rom. 6:4)
We believe in the observance of the Lord’s Supper; also referred to as Communion. Communion is for believers, for when we participate in communion, we are participating in the death of the Lord Jesus Christ in all its fullness. The two outstanding features of the communion service are the blood and the body. We also believe that all believers must examine their own lives before they partake of the elements, so that they do not partake in an unworthy manner and be guilty of sinning against the body and the blood of the Lord. (Matt. 25:17-29; I Cor. 11:17-34)
XVII. Laying on of Hands
We believe in the doctrine of laying on of hands for.
A. The confirming of believers to commitment and ministry in the local church.
B. The confirming of one's call by God to special ministry in the local church (Acts 13:1, 3)
C. The imparting of spiritual gifts (I Tim. 4:14, II Tim. 1:6)
D. The experiencing of the in-filling of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:17-18)
E. The ministering of healing of the sick through the Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 16:16)
F. The blessing and dedicating of children to the Lord (Mark 10:16)
We further believe that, in obedience to the Holy Scripture, we should lay hands on no man suddenly, but that the laying on of hands confirms a ministry which is already observable and has been proven. (I Tim. 5:22)
XVIII. The Eternal State
We believe that man is an eternal being and at the death of this body the Spirit and soul of those who believe and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ pass immediately into His presence
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ (see Matt.5:3,12,20; 6:20; 91:21; 25:34; John 17:24; 2Cor 5:1; Heb. 11:16; I Pet 1:4).
Hell: After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to hell where they will be eternally tormented with the devil and the fallen angels. (Rev 20:11-20)
We believe that worship is an attitude of the heart and is experienced after one has entered His courts with praise. Ps. 100:4... Worship in contrast to praise is intimate and vulnerable, and the posture is one of receiving.
In the position of praise, man touches the heart of God; in the posture of worship, God touches the core of man, producing heart change through the impregnation of His Spirit and Word. Expressive, hungry worship is the birthplace of every spiritual possibility.
God impregnates us with His Word and His Spirit when we humble ourselves and allow God to overwhelm us. Worship can be vocal, but is also at times silent and quietly reverent. Praise and worship are the means by which we approach God. Island View Worship Center values culturally relevant praise and worship after the order and heart of King David. (Ps 29:2; Ps 95:6; Ps 138:2; Luke 4:8; Jn 4:23-24; Rev. 15:4)
XX. Five-Fold Ministry
We believe in the divinely called, commissioned, and equipped five-fold ministry of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers as given to the church by the Lord Jesus Christ after His ascension.
We further believe that all Christians are called to be ambassadors for Christ and that all believers have been given the ministry of reconciliation. The fivefold ministry constitutes the governing body of elders within the local congregation, whose purpose is the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry. (Eph. 4:11-13; II Cor. 5:20)
XXI. The Great Commission
We believe that it is the explicit message of our Lord Jesus Christ to those whom He has redeemed, that they are sent forth by Him into the world to be witnesses of His saving grace and that their primary purpose in life should be to glorify God by obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ's command to preach the Gospel to all nations (people groups). (Mat. 28:18-19; Mark 16:15; John 17:18; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:18:20; I Pet. 1:17, 2:11)
XXII The Tithe
We believe that tithing is an act of faith and all we have comes from and belongs to the Lord, including our finances. We believe in being faithful to the Word which instructs us to return to Him ten percent (10%) of His money. The tithe is the first of our wages and the first fruit of our increase. In doing so, He has promised to open the windows of Heaven and pour out of His blessings upon us with overflowing abundance. Through this act of obedience, the Father exercises His authority to rebuke the devourer for our sakes. The tithe is to be given with an attitude of worship, from our increase that is a sacred portion we set aside as the Lord’s; it is holy. The tithe is not to be used for personal needs, but given as an act of spiritual obedience which is a provision for releasing ministry in the local church. (Gen. 14:20; Lev. 27:30; Num. 18:24, 26, 28; Deut. 26:12, 14; Neh. 12:44; Mal. 3:8, 10; Luke 18:12; 2 Cor. 9:7; Heb. 7:5,6, 8, 9)
We believe that marriage is between one man and one woman for life. This union uniquely reflects Christ’s relationship with His Church. Marriage also serves as the foundational unit of a stable society. We believe both genders, likewise, matter. God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and these distinctions harmonizing both genders together reflect the image and nature of God. We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one biological man and one biological woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. (Eph 5:21-33; 1 Cor 7:2; Gen 1:26-27).