That the Bible is God's Holy Word, and it is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Christ.
In Jesus Christ, the divine, eternal and only begotten Son of God. We believe that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin and lived a sinless life.
He was God in the flesh and came as propitiation for our sins. We believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension to the right hand of the Father to make intercession for the saints, and in His personal, visible return to the world in power and glory. In the Holy Spirit, in His personality and deity, that He was sent forth from the Father. We believe that He is come to indwell, sanctify, instruct and comfort the saints.
That all men are, by nature, sinners, destitute of all power to save themselves. We believe, therefore, that the only means of salvation of sinful men is through the grace of Jesus Christ.
That all Christians are ordained by the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel of Christ. Therefore, it is the primary duty of all Christians to serve as evangelists, and to minister to others according to the gifts they have received of the Holy Spirit.
That the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest gift of God the Father and His Holy Spirit, and should be the central message of the Christian church, taking precedence over all differences, whether they be theological, denominational, or ideological in nature.
That true ministry comes from His (agape) love, without which we have no right to claim ourselves a Christian. That ministry should be directed by the Holy Spirit, therefore: we remain flexible and yielded to the Holy Spirit to guide our ministry.
At Way of Life Ministries International, we believe the Bible to be the exclusive, all-encompassing guide and rule for both faith and practice. Therefore, all branches of Way of Life Ministries International adhere to and believe the following tenets...
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are the divine revelation given from God and received by Man, and are inspired and infallible. The Bible is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and morals. The Word of God is the direct revelation of the will of God for all men and for all time. The Scriptures are God-breathed, that is the Holy Spirit breathed upon men the very words and thoughts He wanted, in conjunction with the writers personalities, traits and emotions. The Holy Spirit guarded and preserved each thought, phrase and word from any error, omission or inaccuracy. (II Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, Exodus 24:4, II Peter 3:2)
THE ONE TRUE GOD
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent "I AM," the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Godhead is distinguishable but indivisible in essence; co-eternal, co-existent, co-equal in nature, attributes, power and glory. God is one undivided and invisible essence, yet with three eternal distinctions: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 48:16, Matthew 28:19, Ephesians 4:4-6)
THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, the second member of the Godhead, who pre-existed with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Through the incarnation and virgin birth, Jesus took upon Himself the form of man, thus revealing Himself as the God-Man. Jesus Christ was sinless, perfect, crucified, buried, resurrected, ascended, glorified and He will come again to earth a second time. He is the perfect Mediator between God and Man because in the person of Christ is the fully divine and the fully human. Jesus was God in the flesh and came as propitiation for our sins. His earthly ministry drew people to Him as he exemplified love, compassion, and the amazing working power. As a result, the religious of His day sought to kill Jesus and silence His teachings. In this pursuit, they crucified Jesus, and buried Him in the hope that it was the end of Christ’s ministry. However, three days later, Jesus rose from the dead, as he had promised. His truth declared and remains that he is the way, truth, and life, and no man comes to the Father, except through him. He is THE way to salvation. (Colossians 1:15-19, Philippians 2:5-8, I Timothy 2:5-6, John 1:1-3, 14-18)
THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HIS BAPTISM
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. He is co-equal, co-eternal and co-existent with the Father and the Son. His ministry upon the earth is to convict and convert man as well as be the great comforter, counselor, helper, intercessor and advocate to the Church. The baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus to ALL believers and is received subsequent to and in addition to the new birth. The initial evidence of speaking with other tongues, as well as other manifestations described in Acts 2, accompanies this experience. Through the Holy Spirit, we gain access to all that God’s Word says we can: Healings, miracles, signs and wonders, and all the works that Jesus’ earthly ministry accomplished, and greater (John 14:12)! His Holy Spirit provides direction, helps keep us from sin, and comforts us at all times. Whereas there is one initial baptism, there are many subsequent in-fillings of the Spirit. The purpose of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is so that we, the believers, may have power to be witnesses.
(John 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, Acts 2)
THE REDEMPTION OF MAN
Man is a created being and was made in the likeness and image of God (both male and female). But, through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world and was passed to all men. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God. Salvation is the free gift of God to Man, separate from works and the Law, and is made operational by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God. This salvation experience occurs when an individual confesses with his mouth that Jesus is Lord and believes in his heart that God has raised Him from the dead.
(Romans 5:12-21, Romans 10:9-10, John 3:16-17, I John 3:8)
ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
The Lord Jesus Christ, Head of the Church, established two ordinances for the Church to follow: water baptism and communion. Baptism in water, by full immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord. While it is not necessary for salvation, it is for all believers. This ordinance is an outward sign of an inward work. It symbolizes a believer's identification with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection.
The ordinance of Communion is also a commandment of the Lord Jesus that must be received consistently until His return. Only believers can come to the Table of the Lord, which consists of the bread and the cup. The bread speaks of His body, which was broken for us. The cup speaks of His blood that was shed for us. Both elements are reflective of the New Covenant believers now enjoy through Christ’s finished work on the cross. (Matthew 28:19, I Peter 3:21, Luke 22:7-20, I Corinthians 11:17-30)
God created marriage. It is a covenant made between a man and a woman that makes them one.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, as well as the means for procreation of the human race.
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents. (Gen 2: 22, 24, Matt 19: 5-6, Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4)
FURTHER WORKS OF REDEMPTION
The death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ not only secured the eternal redemption from sin, but also redemption from sickness, disease, poverty and lack. Divine healing has been provided for by the atonement of Christ. It is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through various methods and means detailed within the Word. Divine prosperity has also been provided by the atonement. True prosperity not only has to do with financial provision but the prospering of the soul as well. It is wrought by the power of God through the principle of tithes and offerings, sowing and reaping and numerous stewardship truths found throughout the Word.
(Isaiah 53:4-5, I Peter 2:24, I John 2, II Corinthians 8:9)
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration (salvation) and continuing until Christ's return. (I Thessalonians 5:23, II Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 3:12-14, I Corinthians 1:30)
THE END OF ALL THINGS
Jesus promised to return for His church. Scriptures tell us that when Jesus returns, “The dead in Christ shall rise first; then we, which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.” Immediately after this catching away of the saints, the Tribulation period, spoken of in Revelation, will begin. Following the Tribulation, Jesus shall visibly return to earth, accompanied by His saints, to set up His Kingdom upon the earth. He shall reign with His saints on the earth for a thousand years, during which time Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit. After this 1,000-year period, Satan will be loosed for a short time, ending in his eternal torment in the lake of fire, while the Great White Throne Judgment occurs for the lost. Then the new heavens and the new earth will be revealed and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (I Thessalonians 4:16-17, I Corinthians 15:51, 52, Revelation 20, Revelation 21)
HELL AND ETERNAL PUNISHMENT
The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms "eternal" and “everlasting," used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God. (Hebrews 9:27, Matthew 25:31-46, Mark 9:43-48, Mark 16:15-16)
Where We Reach:
Denver and surrounding areas, the state, the nation, and global
How We Do This:
Ministries we form, raising up others in the body for ministry (conduits of Overflow) and through partnerships of other leaders and ministries around the world.
Why We Do This:
God is a loving, powerful, and BIG God. When he created men (and women), He said, “It is good.” He made us for His pleasure. He loves us and wants us to draw close to Him, not only to have an eternal home with Him that he prepares for those that love Him, but also so that we may have and do all His word says we can have and do. In this final hour of the world as we know it, God wants to pour out His Holy Spirit on ALL who are hungry and thirsty. HE is going to use His people in this final hour to do amazing things through His anointing, performing the works Jesus did and “greater works” (John 14:12). All this with one purpose in mind, to draw people to Himself, securing an eternal home with him.
Here in WOLMI and Overflow Church, we operate with that mindset from the beginning, under the full direction of the Holy Spirit, or we don’t operate.
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