STATEMENT OF FAITH
OUT OF THE DESERT MINISTRIES
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 direct our ministry.
That the Bible is God's Holy Word, verbally and fully inspired and that 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:
God saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Christ. Salvation is a Free Gift given to man by Faith and is Eternal because salvation is of God, not man.
In Jesus Christ, the divine, eternal and only begotten Son of God. We believe that in His earthly life He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin and lived a sinless life.
In His vicarious and atoning death for the sins of the world. 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 to be witnesses by the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel of Christ, which is the Power of God unto salvation.
We believe the Bible to be our sole, all-encompassing guide and rule for both faith and practice. Therefore, all branches of Out of the Desert Ministries, adhere to and believe the following tenets...
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are the divine revelations given from God and received by Man, and as such, are the only such revelations that 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 were plenary-verbally inspired, 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
II Peter 3:2
THE ONE TRUE GOD
Our God is revealed in Scriptures as the eternal Godhead, the Trinity, who has shown Himself as one God, existing in three persons - The Father, The Son, and The 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.
THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, the 2nd 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. Of the same substance with the Father as to His divinity, yet of the same substance with us as to His humanity. Perfect in deity, perfect in humanity.
I Timothy 2:5-6
John 1:1-3, 14-18
THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HIS BAPTISM [The Baptism With the Holy Spirit]
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. He is co-equal, co-eternal and co-existent with the Father and with the Son. His ministry upon the earth is to convict and covert man as well as be the great paraclete (comforter, counselor, helper, intercessor, advocate, strengthener and standby) 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. Whereas there is one initial baptism, there are many subsequent infillings of the Spirit. The purpose of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is so that we, the believers, may have power to be witnesses.
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 passed upon 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 operative 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. Salvation is by God and kept by God unto eternal life. Jesus promised those who come to him and receive Him would never perish but have eternal life. Jesus did promise all who believe and receive that he would Never forsake them or cast them out, but that He would raise all the saved, whom he has given salvation.
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. All new Believers should be Baptized preferably the same day they professed their faith, as much as possible. Those who refuse to be baptized will not be blessed fully.
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 witnesses of the New Covenant believers now enjoy while prophetically declaring His soon return.
I Peter 3:21
I Corinthians 11:17-30
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 and disease. Divine Healing has been provided for by the Atonement. 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. The Lord Jesus did promise to his believers, all spiritual blessings in heavenly places. God did command the principle of tithes and offerings, sowing and reaping and numerous stewardship truths found throughout the Word.
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 and continuing until the consummation of salvation at Christ's return.
I Thessalonians 5:23
II Corinthians 3:18
I Corinthians 1:30
THE END OF ALL THINGS
Jesus promised to return literally and physically to the Earth. Scriptures tell us He will return after the seven year Tribulation. and catch away all of his Church into the clouds to meet him at His Second Coming. The dead in Christ shall rise first; then we, which are alive and remain, shall be changed [given heavenly bodies] and caught up together with them. Jesus and his Saints will return to Earth where He will set up His Earthly Kingdom. Jesus [in person and body] shall reign with His Saints on the earth [over the remaining nations left] for another thousand years. He will be King on Earth and Reign from Jerusalem. Those who will be on Earth over which Jesus and his Saints reign will be separated from all the wicked remaining on Earth at the Judgment of the Nations, and the saved nation of Israel. All Nations will be gathered to that judgment and be judged to see who enters into the 1000 year Kingdom. (See Matthew 25:32-46)
Satan will be bound at the beginning of the 1000 year Kingdom in the bottomless pit. After this 1,000-year period, Satan will be loosed for a short time to once again go out to deceive men in that Kingdom. Satan's deception will finally end in his eternal torment in the lake of fire. Following the judgment of Satan, all the wicked will be judged at the Great White Throne by their works and thrown physically into the Lake of Fire where they will be forever punished.
Following the Great White Throne Judgment the new heavens and the new earth will be revealed and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Matthew 24:29-31 (clearly states the Second Coming follows the Tribulation)
I Thessalonians 4:16-17
I Corinthians 15:51, 52
HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION
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.
Revelation 20:10 (Day and Night - For ever and ever, KJV)
Revelation 20:15 (Whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire!)