Our Doctrines

THE BIBLE

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and contains one
harmonious and sufficiently complete system of doctrine. We believe in
the full inspiration of the Word of God. We hold the Word of God to be
the only authority in all matters and assert that no doctrine can be true
or essential, if it does not find a place in this Word.

THE FATHER

We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Author and Creator of all
things. The Old Testament reveals God in diverse manners, by
manifesting his nature, character, and dominions. The Gospels in the
New Testament give us knowledge of God the "Father" or "My Father",
showing the relationship of God to Jesus as Father, or representing
Him as the Father in the Godhead, and Jesus himself that Son (St. John
15:8, 14:20). Jesus also gives God the distinction of "Fatherhood" to all
believers when he explains God in the light of "Your Father in Heaven"
(St. Matthew 6:8).


THE SON

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Second person in
the Godhead of the Trinity or Triune Godhead. We believe that Jesus
was and is eternal in his person and nature as the Son of God who was
with God in the beginning of creation (St. John 1:1). We believe that
Jesus Christ was born of a virgin called Mary according to the scripture
(St. Matthew 1:18), thus giving rise to our fundamental belief in the
Virgin Birth and to all of the miraculous events surrounding the
phenomenon (St. Matthew 1:18-25). We believe that Jesus Christ
became the "suffering servant" to man; this suffering servant came
seeking to redeem man from sin and to reconcile him back to God, his
Father (Romans 5:10). We believe that Jesus Christ is standing now as
mediator between God and man (I Timothy 2:5)


THE HOLY GHOST

We believe the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit is the third person of the
Trinity, proceeds from the Father and the Son, is of the same
substance, equal to power and glory, and is together with the Father
and the Son, to be believed in, obeyed, and worshipped. The Holy
Ghost is a gift bestowed upon the believer for the purpose of
equipping and empowering the believer, making him a more effective
witness for service in the world. He teaches and guides one into all
truth (John 16:13; Acts 1:8, 8:39).

THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST

We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Ghost is an experience
subsequent to conversion and sanctification and that a life made new
under submission the Will of God and tongue-speaking is the
consequence of the baptism in the Holy Ghost with the manifestations
of the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23; Acts 10:46, 19:1-6). We believe
that we are not baptized with the Holy Ghost in order to be saved (Acts
19:1-6; John 3:5). When one receives a baptismal Holy Ghost
experience, we believe one will speak with a tongue unknown to
oneself according to the sovereign will of Christ. To be filled with the
Spirit means to be Spirit controlled as expressed by Paul in Ephesians 5:
18-19. Since the charismatic demonstrations were necessary to help the
early church to be successful in implementing the command of Christ,
we therefore, believe that a Holy Ghost experience is mandatory for all
men today.


MAN

We believe that man was created holy by God, composed of body and
soul. We believe that man, by nature, is sinful and unholy. Being born in
sin, he needs to be born again, sanctified and cleansed from all sins by
the blood of Jesus. We believe that man is saved by confessing and
forsaking his sins, and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, and that
having become a child of God, by being born again and adopted into
the family of God, he may, and should, claim the inheritance of the sons
of God, namely the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

SIN

Sin, the Bible teaches, began in the angelic world (Ezekiel 28:11-19;
Isaiah 14:12-20), and is transmitted into the blood of the human race
through disobedience and deception motivated by unbelief (I Timothy 2:
14). Adam's sin, committed by eating of the forbidden fruit from the tree
of knowledge of good and evil, carried with it permanent pollution or
depraved human nature to all his descendants. This is called "original
sin." Sin can now be defined as a volitional transgression against God
and a lack of conformity to the will of God. We, therefore, conclude that
man by nature, is sinful and that he has fallen from a glorious and
righteous state from which he was created, and has become
unrighteous and unholy. Man, therefore, must be restored to his state
of holiness from which he has fallen by being born again (St. John 3:7).


SALVATION

Salvation deals with the application of the work of redemption to the
sinner with his restoration to divine favor and communion with God.
This redemptive operation of the Holy Ghost upon sinners is brought
about by repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ
which brings conversion, faith, justification regeneration, sanctification,
and the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Repentance is the work of God,
which results in a change of mind in respect to man's relationship to
God. (St. Matthew 3:1-2, 4:17; Acts 20:21). Faith is a certain conviction
wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, as to the truth of the Gospel and
a heart trust in the promises of God in Christ (Romans 1:17, 3:28; St.
Matthew 9:22; Acts 26:18). Conversion is that act of God whereby He
causes the regenerated sinner, in his conscious life, to turn to Him in
repentance and faith (II Kings 5:15; II Chronicles 33:12-13; St. Luke 19:8,
9; Acts 8:30). Regeneration is that act of God by which the principle of
the new life is implanted in man, and the governing disposition of soul
is made holy and the first holy exercise of this new disposition is
secured. Sanctification is that gracious and continuous operation of the
Holy Ghost, by which He delivers the justified sinner from the pollution
of sin, renews his whole nature in the image of God and enables him to
perform good works (Romans 6:4;5:6; Colossians 2:12; 3:1).


ANGELS

The Bible uses the term "angel" (a heavenly body) clearly and primarily
to denote messengers or ambassadors of God with such scripture
references as Revelations 4:5, which indicates their duty in heaven to
praise God (Psalm 103:20), to do God's will (St. Matthew 18:10) and to
behold his face. But since heaven must come down to earth, they also
have a mission to earth. The Bible indicates that they accompanied God
in the Creation, and also that they will accompany Christ in His return in
Glory.

DEMONS

Demons denote unclean or evil spirits; they are sometimes called
devils or demonic beings. They are evil spirits, belonging to the unseen
or spiritual realm, embodied in human beings. The Old Testament refers
to the prince of demons, sometimes called Satan (Adversary) or Devil,
as having power and wisdom, taking the habitation of other forms such
as the serpent (Genesis 3:1). The New Testament speaks of the Devil as
Tempter (St. Matthew 4:3) and it goes on to tell the works of Satan, The
Devil, and Demons as combating righteousness and good in any form,
proving to be an adversary to the saints. Their chief power is exercised
to destroy the mission of Jesus Christ. It can well be said that the
Christian Church believes in Demons, Satan, and Devils. We believe in
their power and purpose. We believe they can be subdued and
conquered as in the commandment to the believer by Jesus. "In my
name they shall cast out Satan and the work of the Devil and to resist
him and then he will flee (WITHDRAW) from you." (St. Mark 16:17).


THE CHURCH

The Church forms a spiritual unity of which Christ is the divine head. It
is animated by one Spirit, the Spirit of Christ. It professes one faith,
shares one hope, and serves one King,. It is the citadel of the truth and
God's agency for communicating to believers all spiritual blessings. The
Church then is the object of our faith rather than of knowledge.

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

We believe in the second coming of Christ; that He shall come from
heaven to earth, personally, bodily, visibly (Acts 1:11; Titus 2:11-13; St.
Matthew 16:27; 24:30; 25:30; Luke 21:27; John 1:14, 17; Titus 2:11) and
that the Church, the bride, will be caught up to meet Him in the air (I
Thessalonians, 4:16-17). We admonish all who have this hope to purify
themselves as He is pure.

DIVINE HEALING

Kingdom Fellowship Int'l Church believes in and practices Divine
Healing. It is a commandment of Jesus to the Apostles (St. Mark 16:18).
Jesus affirms his teachings on healing by explaining to His disciples,
who were to be Apostles, that healing the afflicted is by faith (St. Luke 9:
40-41). Therefore, we believe that healing by faith in God has scriptural
support and ordained authority. St. James' writings in his epistle
encourage Elders to pray for the sick, lay hands upon them and to
anoint them with oil, and that prayers with faith shall heal the sick and
the Lord shall raise them up. Healing is still practiced widely and
frequently in the Church, and testimonies of healing in our Church
testify to this fact.


MIRACLES

Our church believes that miracles occur to convince men that the Bible
is God's Word. A miracle can be defined as an extraordinary visible act
of Divine power, wrought by the efficient agency of the will of God,
which has as its final cause the vindication of the righteousness of
God's word. We believe that the works of God, which were performed
during the beginnings of Christianity, do and will occur even today
where God is preached, Faith in Christ is exercised, The Holy Ghost is
active, and the Gospel is promulgated in the truth (Acts 5:15; 6:8; 9:40;
Luke 4:36, 7:14-15; 5:5-6; St. Mark 14:15).


THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH

It is generally admitted that for an ordinance to be valid, it must have
been instituted by Christ. When we speak of ordinances of the church,
we are speaking of those instituted by Christ, in which by sensible
signs the grace of God in Christ, and the benefits of the covenant of
grace are represented, sealed, and applied to believers, and these in
turn give expression to their faith and allegiance to God. Kingdom
Fellowship Int'l Church recognizes three ordinances as having been
instituted by Christ himself and therefore, binding upon the church
practice.


A. THE LORD'S SUPPER (HOLY COMMUNION)

The Lord's Supper symbolizes the Lord's death and suffering for the
benefit and in the place of His people. It also symbolizes the believer's
participation in the crucified Christ. It represents not only the death of
Christ as the object of faith which unites the believers to Christ, but
also the effect of this act as the giving of life, strength, and joy to the
soul. The communicant by faith enters into a special spiritual union of
his soul with the glorified Christ.


B. FEET WASHING

Feet Washing is practiced and recognized as an ordinance in our
Church because Christ, by His example, showed that humility
characterized greatness in the Kingdom of God, and that service,
rendered to others gave evidence that humility, motivated by love,
exists. These services are held subsequent to the Lord's Supper;
however, its regularity is left to the discretion of the Pastor in charge.


C. WATER BAPTISM

We believe that Water Baptism is necessary as instructed by Christ in
St. John 3:5, "UNLESS MAN BE BORN AGAIN OF WATER AND OF THE
SPIRIT…"

However, we do not believe that water baptism alone is a means of
salvation, but is an outward demonstration that one has already had a
conversion experience and has accepted Christ as his personal Savior.
As Pentecostals, we practice immersion in preference to "SPRINKLING"
, because immersion corresponds more closely to the death, burial, and
resurrection of our Lord (Colossians 2:12). It also symbolizes
regeneration and purification more than any other mode. Therefore, we
practice immersion as our mode of Baptism. We believe that we should
use the Baptismal Formula given us by Christ for all "…IN THE NAME OF
THE FATHER , AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY GHOST…" (St.
Matthew 28:19)