At Longing4Home Ministries our vision is to see the Body of Christ repair the walls and rebuild the city. The book of Nehemiah is our encouraging scripture. Nehemiah was in the service of the king when he heard reports of Jerusalem being destroyed and he grieved over the calamity.
We believe it is time to see the re-in-statement of the five fold ministry gifts; Apostolic, Prophetic, Evangelical, Pastoring and Teaching. It is time to inspect the walls of our doctrine, purify our lives and advance the army of God against the very gates of hell. Jesus said the gates of Hell shall not prevail against the Church. It is time for the Church to advance. We want to see truth and justice reign in the doctrine of the church.
At Longing4Home we are requesting for the church to pray and intercede for the repairing of the walls. Nehemiah said they knew of reports the enemy was going to attack so they built the walls while half the people were defending the city. The workers even worked with one hand while holding a sword in the other. We need this same type of intercession in the Church today.
Please join us in prayer and effort to see the walls of the Church rebuilt and the gates re-established.
Statement of Faith
This Statement of Faith is intended simply as a basis for belief, fellowship, and cooperation among us. The phraseology employed in this statement is not inspired, but the truth set forth is held to be essential. No claim is made that it contains all biblical truth, only that it covers our need for these essential doctrines.
1 God, the Holy Trinity
WE BELIEVE that God is the Eternal King. He is an infinite, unchangeable Spirit,
perfect in holiness, wisdom, goodness, justice, power and love. From all
eternity He exists as the One Living and True God in three persons; of one
substance, the Father, the the first person of the triune Godhead, or “Trinity,” who exists eternally as the Creator of heaven and earth, the Giver of the Law, to whom all things will be subjected, so that He may be all in all (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 15:28) Deuteronomy 33:27; Romans 1:20; Psalm 95:3; Isaiah 43:15; Psalm 147:5; Job 11:7-9; James
1:17; John 4:24; Matthew 5:48; Isaiah 6:3; 1 Peter 115-16; Psalm 110:24; Proverbs 2:6; Isaiah
28:29; Exodus 33:19; Psalm 63:2; Psalm 31:19; Psalm 33:5; Psalm 89:14; Isaiah 30:18;
Exodus 15:6; 1 John 4:8; Isaiah 43:13; Isaiah 45:5; 1 Corinthians 8:4; Psalm 42:2; Psalm
84:2; Jerimiah 10:10; John 1:18; John 10:30; John 14:9; John 14:16-17; John 14:26; John
15:26; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; John 1:1; John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Matthew 28:19-20;
2 Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 1:4; Revelation 5:13; Ephesians 3:14-21
The Lord Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, who was and is the eternal Son of God; Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, as fully God and fully man in one person, He is humanity as God intended us to be. Jesus was anointed as God’s
Messiah and empowered by the Holy Spirit, inaugurating God’s kingdom reign on
earth, overpowering the reign of Satan by resisting temptation, preaching the good
news of salvation, healing the sick, casting out demons and raising the dead.
Gathering His disciples, He reconstituted God’s people as His Church to be the
instrument of His kingdom. After dying for the sins of the world, Jesus was raised
from the dead on the third day, fulfilling the covenant of blessing given to Abraham. In
His sinless, perfect life Jesus met the demands of the law and in His atoning death on
the cross He took God’s judgment for sin which we deserve as law-breakers. By
His death on the cross He also disarmed the demonic powers. The covenant with
David was fulfilled in Jesus’ birth from David’s house, His Messianic ministry, His
glorious resurrection from the dead, His ascent into heaven and His present rule at the
right hand of the Father. As God’s Son and David’s heir, He is the eternal Messiah-
King, advancing God’s reign throughout every generation and throughout the whole
Mark 1:15; Galatians 4:4; Romans 1:2-4; John 1:14; John 1:17-18; Luke 1:30-35, John
1:14; Philippians 2:5-7; Romans 5:19; 1 Corinthians 15:22; 1 Peter 2:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21;
Romans 8:29; Luke 3:21-22; Luke 4:16-21; Mark 1:14-15; Luke 11:20; Luke 17:20-21; Luke
4:1-13; Luke 4:43; Luke 4:40; Luke 4:41; Luke 7:14-17; Mark 1:16-17; Mark 3:13-15;
Matthew 16:18; Luke 9:1-2; Luke 10:1-17; John 1:29; John 6:51; John 4:9-10; Mark 8:31;
1 Corinthians 15:3-5; Galatians 3:13-14; Acts 3:14-15; Hebrews 4:15; Romans 5:18-19;
1 Peter 2:24; Galatians 3:13; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 1:18; Romans 1:32; Romans 2:12;
2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; Colossians 2:13-15; Matthew 1:1; Luke 1:68-72; Luke 2:10-11;
Matthew 9:27; Acts 2:24-28; Acts 2:29-36; Romans 1:1-4; Hebrews 1:1-3; 1 Corinthians
15:24-26; Ephesians 1:19-23; Revelation 5:5
We believe that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church at Pentecost in
power, baptizing believers into the Body of Christ and releasing the gifts of the Spirit
to them. The Spirit brings the permanent indwelling presence of God to us for
spiritual worship, personal sanctification, building up the Church, gifting us for
ministry, and driving back the kingdom of Satan by the evangelization of the world
through proclaiming the word of Jesus and doing the works of Jesus.
Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7; John 14:16-17;
Romans 12:1; Ephesians 5:18-20; Romans 8:3-4; 1 Corinthians 14:12; 1 Corinthians
14:26; Romans 12:4-6; Luke 11:20; 1 John 3:8b; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 14:12-13;
Romans 15:18-19; 1 Corinthians 4:20
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is
our abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe in the filling or the
empowering of the Holy Spirit, often a conscious experience, for ministry today.
We believe in the present ministry of the Spirit and in the exercise of all of the biblical
gifts of the Spirit. We practice the laying on of hands for the empowering of the
Spirit, for healing, and for recognition and empowering of those whom God has
ordained to lead and serve the Church.
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are equal in power and glory
The Inspiration of the Scriptures
We believe that the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. Divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the original writings, insuring their entire trustworthiness (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21).8.
We believe that the Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of Holy Scripture so that
the Bible is without error in the original manuscripts. We receive the sixty-six books of
the Old and New Testaments as our final, absolute authority, an infallible rule of
faith and practice.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; John 14:26; 125Psalm 19:7-9; Psalm
119:30; Psalm 119:43; Psalm 119:89; Matthew 5:17-18; John 3:34; John 10:35; 1 Thessalonians
2:13; Revelation 22:6; 126Luke 24:44; 2 Peter 3:15-16; Revelation 22:18-19;
- The Fall of Man
We believe that humankind was created good and upright. However, voluntary transgression resulted in their alienation from God, thereby incurring not only physical death but spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:16-27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).
- The Salvation of Man
We believe in salvation through faith in Christ, who died for our sins, was buried, and was raised from the dead on the third day. By His atoning blood, salvation has been provided for all humanity through the sacrifice of Christ upon the cross. This experience is also known as the new birth, and is an instantaneous and complete operation of the Holy Spirit whereupon the believing sinner is regenerated, justified, and adopted into the family of God, becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus, and heir of eternal life (John 3:5-6; Romans 10:8-15; Titus 2:11, 3:4-7; 1 John 5:1).
- Divine Healing
We believe that deliverance from sickness is provided in the atonement and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14-16).
- The Church and its Mission
We believe that the church is the body of Christ and the habitation of God through the Spirit, witnesses to the presence of the kingdom of God in the present world, and universally includes all who are born again (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:22; Romans 14:17-18; 1 Corinthians 4:20).
We believe that the mission of the church is to (1) proclaim the good news of salvation to all humankind, (2) build up and train believers for spiritual ministry, (3) praise the Lord through worship, and (4) demonstrate Christian compassion to all who suffer (Matthew 28:19-20; 10:42; Ephesians 4:11-13).
- The Ordinances of the Church
We believe that baptism in water by immersion is expected of all who have repented and believed. In so doing they share in the death of Christ and have been raised with Him cleansed in the atoning power of the resurrection, and can more readily walk in the newness of their regenerated life.(Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4).
We believe that the Lord’s Supper, the Passover meal, is a proclamation of the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, to be shared by all believers until the Lord returns (Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:20-34).
We believe that sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God. In experience, it is both instantaneous and progressive. It is produced in the life of the believer by his appropriation of the power of Christ’s blood and risen life through the person of the Holy Spirit. He draws the believer’s attention to Christ, teaches him through the Word and produces the character of Christ within him (Romans 6:1-11; 8:1-2,13; 12:1-2; Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 10:10, 14).
- The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the bestowing of the believer with power for life and service for Christ. This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the new birth, is received by faith, and may be accompanied by the manifestation of speaking in tongues, visions, prophetic utterances and other manifestations of the Holy Spirit’s presence, as the Spirit chooses to disperse.(Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 8:15-19; 11:14-17; 19:1-7).
- The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
We believe in the present day operation of the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12) and the five ministry gifts of Christ, the apostle, the prophet, the evangelist, the teacher and the pastor offices. (Ephesians 4:11-13) These offices are given to the Church for the edification, expansion and perfection of the church. These “callings” are to be identified, nurtured and refined in believers. Then they are to be released or placed in the offices of their callings. The callings of God are not greater or lesser than each other, but each serves its own purpose in its function.
- The End of Time
We believe in the premillenial, imminent, and personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to gather His people unto Himself. Having this blessed hope and earnest expectation, we purify ourselves, even as He is pure, so that we may be ready to meet Him when He comes (John 14:1-3; Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 1 John 3:2-3; Revelation 20:1-6).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all humanity, the everlasting conscious bliss of all who truly believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, and that everlasting conscious punishment is the portion of all whose names are not written in the Book of Life (John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 15:22-24; Revelation 20:10-15).