Vision & More
The traditional institutional church of today serves a well-established purpose. However, there is a large segment of society that will not embrace this structure for a number of reasons. The vision of 912Ministry is to reach that segment of society. That segment of society exists in every walk of life and every social economical level. We will target the most vulnerable, like the poor, homeless, abused, shut-in, incarcerated, ex-cons, unwanted, scared, unwelcomed, and wherever else the Lord would have us go.
We will teach the pure and simple gift of salvation through Jesus Christ! We will teach followers how to live by the scriptures and not just hearers of the Word. We will teach followers how to embrace the power of salvation. We will teach followers how to love all people and treat others as you want to be treated. We will teach followers how to lift up, encourage, and inspire others. We will teach followers how to be in the world but not become a part of it.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
912Ministry, Inc. embraces the belief that the Bible is our all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. The Statement of Fundamental Truths is intended simply as a basis of fellowship among believers (i.e., that we all speak the same truths; I Corinthians 1:10; Acts 2:42). We do not presume to say the phraseology employed in this Statement of Fundamental Truths is inspired or that it is the final work of the Holy Bible. However, we are persuaded it is proper and consistent with the Holy Scriptures to “set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us” (Luke 1:1).
We believe that Scripture teaches there is one and only one true and living God, who is self-existent, and the eternal “I AM,” the creator of heaven and earth, and the redeemer of mankind. We believe that He has chosen to reveal Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the same in essence, though distinct in personality (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:18-19; Luke 3:22). These three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfection and are worthy of the same homage and obedience (Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3, 4; II Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 1:4-6). The mode of His existence, however, is a subject far above the understanding of man. He is the fountain of all perfection and happiness. He is glorified by the whole of creation and is worthy to be loved and served by all intelligence. He, therefore, is the only proper object of worship (Jeremiah 10:10; Exodus 3:14; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19, 20; Job 11:7; Psalms 19:1, 2; 145:10; 150:6; Exodus 34:14).
We believe that the Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, were written by holy men inspired by the Holy Spirit and are God’s revealed word to man. They are the sufficient, infallible rule and guide to salvation and all Christian worship and service (II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 3:15-17; I Thessalonians 2:13). The Bible is the inspired Word of God, equally in all parts and in the whole; it is totally inerrant in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme revelation from God and of God. All the Scriptures center about the Lord Jesus Christ and hence, no portion is properly read nor understood until it leads to Him.
Jesus was born miraculously of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1: 23; Luke 1:31, 35). He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; I Peter 2:22). He came into the world to save men from the guilt and condemnation of sin (John 3:16), offering His blood as atonement (I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21) and making it available to all who exercise faith in Him.
He resurrected from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; I Corinthians 15:4). He is exalted to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1-3). His divinity is proved from His titles, His attributes, and His works (John 1:14; Luke 1:26-35; Acts 4:12; Acts 16:31). He is presently seated at the right hand of God the Father, interceding for His redeemed. We also acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord over all things in Heaven, and in Earth, and under the Earth (John 1:12-14; I Timothy 3:16; Acts 7:37-38; Philippians 2:9-10; Hebrews 7:25).
Assurance means that you, as a believer in Jesus Christ, have confidence that you are in the family of God and therefore have eternal life. Assurance looks at our eternal salvation from man’s viewpoint; the central passage is 1 John 5:13. Each clear verse about eternal salvation, such as John 3:16, stresses the basis for assurance because God keeps His Word.
The Church (saved believers and not the mere building where they meet) is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit. Each believer with divine appointments for the fulfillment of the great commission, is an integral part of the church, which is written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 12:23).
The church is to be led and taught by the godly men and women who have been anointed by the Holy Spirit with the gifts of leading and teaching. This ministry recognizes the many functions within the church that include but are not limited to, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors/elders/overseers/bishop, and deacons. (Romans 12:6-8; I Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:11-13; I Timothy 3:2-12; Titus 2:1-15).
We believe each Christian is called and chosen in God to be a priest unto God. They are to offer up the sacrifice of praise (the fruit of the lips), to give of their time, strength, and material possessions to the service of the Lord. All believers have been purchased with the blood of Jesus Christ and are no longer their own, but belong to the Father to be used for His glory; and as possessions of the Lord.
All believers must find their place in the church, (His body) and make themselves available that they might be able to minister their gifts and talents for the building up of the Body of Christ (John 15:16; Ephesians 1:4-5; I Corinthians 6:20; 12:18; Hebrews 13:15; I Peter 2:5,9).
We believe that the whole purpose of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Therefore, we believe in the act of praising and worshiping God with one’s total being as set forth in the Holy Scriptures. We also believe that praising God is a way to prevail in spiritual warfare (Psalms 149; 150; Mark 12:29-31; Ephesians 5:18-21).
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10
THIRST NO MORE!
We believe the New Testament teaches baptism. There is the baptism whereby the repentant sinner, upon trusting Jesus Christ as one's Savior, is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). There is also water baptism by immersion which we believe to be a public acknowledgment of one’s dying of self and being born again. (Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:3-6). Baptism is a result of becoming a new creation in Christ (Romans 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17).