“Vision” is the experience of seeing, as if with the eyes, into the supernatural. The Bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (Proverbs 29:18).
1. The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2. To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3. To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
4. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
5. And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
6. But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
7. For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.
8. For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9. And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.
10. I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
11. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
This is our destiny…this is our purpose…this is our calling…this is the heartbeat of Judah Church!
THE DOCTRINE OF JUDAH CHURCH
I. THE HOLY TRINITY
We believe in one living and true God, eternal and of infinite power, wisdom, goodness and righteousness. He is a loving and faithful God who is the Creator and preserver of all things. (Genesis 1:1; Jeremiah 10:10; I Timothy 1:17) In the unity of this Godhead there are three persons of one substance with identical qualities and attributes: the Father (God), the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit (John 1:1,2; 4:24; 5:18; 10:30).
II. THE SON OF GOD
We believe in the divine nature of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary. Christ was both fully man and fully God. He walked our earth, suffered at the hands of men, was crucified, died and buried as a sacrifice for the sins of all men and women everywhere. The purpose was to restore our relationship to God which is broken by sin (disobedience) (Luke 1:27; 31:35; John 3:16; Romans 5:10; Ephesians 5:2). Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven in full victory over Satan and sin. He now intercedes for the body of believers to God the Father (Matthew 28:5-9; Luke 24:4-7).
III. THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit as the person of the Holy Trinity who lives within us, giving us the power to live a holy life and guiding us to truth (Romans 8:9; Galatians 4:6).
IV. THE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE
We believe that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments combined constitute the Holy Bible; no books may be added or deleted. The Holy Bible is inspired and inerrant (that is, without error or failure of basic contents and meaning in the original manuscripts). The Holy Bible contains all the necessary truth to lead men and women in salvation(Psalm 19:7; John 17:17; Romans 15:4; I Thessalonians 2:13; II Timothy 3:15-17).
We believe that mankind was created by God in his own image (Genesis 1:27), but because of Adam’s sin (disobedience) man inherits a corrupt nature that inclines him to do wrong (Genesis 3:6; 6:5; Romans 5:12). Man is not capable of achieving a life without sin on his own (Proverbs 20:9; Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16). Because man is created in God’s own image, we have a “God-likeness” which includes knowledge between right and wrong, the ability to choose which course we will take, and the responsibility for our actions, or our choices (Joshua 24:15; I Kings 20:40; John 7:17).
We believe that Jesus Christ, the living Son of God, was given by God as a sacrifice for the sins of all men. Christ died on the cross to mend the broken relationships which were caused by man’s sin of disobedience. This severed relationship between God and man may be restored into perfect harmony through belief in Jesus Christ by faith, and not on the basis of our works (Galatians 5:4,5; Ephesians 2:8,9). This belief and faith in Jesus Christ, recognizing Him as lord and Savior, gives men and women the free gift of eternal life (John 1:29; 3:16; I Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 5:2; I Peter 1:19). After receiving salvation by faith through belief in Jesus Christ, the “born-again” (John 3:3) believer may live free from the judgment of God, by living a life according to the teaching of the scriptures and trusting the Holy Spirit for the power to live a holy life according to God’s Word.
We believe that after we have experience regeneration it is possible to fall into sin, for in this life there is no such height or strength of holiness from which it is impossible to fall. But by the grace of God one who has fallen into sin may, by confession and true repentance, find forgiveness and restored fellowship with God (Matthew 18:21,22; I John 1:9; 2:1,24-25).
VII. THE BLOOD
Because we all have Adam’s blood, we are all going to die a common death. Without exception, this blood carries a “sentence of death.” Our life is in our blood. Without blood, there is no life. Let’s look at God’s Word for confirmation.
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul…For it is the life of all flesh…for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof…” Leviticus 17:11,14.
Jesus was Adam’s race, according to the flesh, but did not inherit Adam’s nature. This fact alone will prove that sin is not handed down through the flesh. It is handed down through the blood, and not the flesh. Even though Jesus received his flesh, and his body, from a sinful race, He could still be sinless as long as no drop of this sinful race entered His veins. This was accomplished through the virgin birth (without a natural father). In the birth of a child, no blood from the mother is transferred to the child, it’s the blood of the father.
Jesus was a perfect human being in the flesh. In the creation of man, Adam’s body was made from the dust of the earth, but God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Since life is in the blood, this act resulted in the formation of blood in Adam’s body, but Adams’s blood was corrupted through the fall, and sin was transmitted through it to all mankind.
Jesus, on the other hand, had sinless, incorruptible Blood flowing in His veins. That Blood is powerful, active, and alive today. Jesus’ Blood is available to you today because it will never die. The Blood of Jesus will save, heal, and set you free (Hebrews 9:12,14; I John 1:7).
VIII. GOOD WORKS
We believe that even though men and women cannot receive salvation by good works, their good works are still pleasing to God and show evidence of a true faith in God, and Jesus as Lord of the believer’s life (Matthew 5:16; 7:16-20; Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16; James 2:18,22).
We believe that sanctification is the work of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, making the believer pure in heart and totally committed and dedicated to God. This work is both instantaneous and gradual (or progressive). It begins when a person is saved and continues throughout life. In this process of sanctification there is a time when the believer is convicted of a “lukewarm” Christian life and looks to Christ with a total commitment and dedication to “Christ-like” living. There is no black and white time line involved; for some this occurs soon following salvation and for others much time elapses. But for all believers sanctification is the will of God (I Thessalonians 4:3). Sanctification is the point in life when a believer renounces the desire to live for self and desires to live totally for the glory of God. Christ indeed becomes Lord of your life. The believer is then empowered by the Holy Spirit, making him able to live a life of holiness. This does not mean perfection of the believer, but purity of heart, soul and mind (Deuteronomy 30:6; Luke 1:74-75; Acts 15:8-9; I Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 4:13,24; I Thessalonians 4:3,7; James 4:8).
X. GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit has given spiritual gifts to all believers for the purpose of building up the body of Christ and bringing glory to God. The gifts are to be exercised in love and emphasize the need for unity (I Corinthians 12:4,11,18,21-25; Ephesians 4:11-16).
XI. THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe that those who have not accepted Christ as their personal savior and are unrepentant will be judged by God in His perfect justice and doomed to eternal punishment (Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 25:31-46; II Corinthians 5:10; Romans 2:16). We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ to receive His believers into heaven and eternal life. The time of His return is unknown, but may occur at any moment. This is the glorious hope of all of God’s children (John 14:1-3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; James 5:7-8; Revelation 22:12,20).
Biblical Sexuality and Marriage
Section 1 – Each human being is created in the image of God as either male or female, a gender that is encoded genetically and manifested physiologically prior to birth. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman. The family units this formed on these principles provide the foundation of civil society.
Section 2 – Any effort to violate the creative order of God by attempting to modify or transform human gender is sin. Since marriage is biblically defined as between one man and one woman, all homosexual or polygamous unions are sinful. Beyond marital standards, sexual sin includes, but is not limited to, premarital sexual relations, extramarital sexual relations, incestuous relations, pornography, bestiality, and pedophilia. Persons engaged in such violations of God’s Law, like all sinners, should be called to turn from their sin and seek forgiveness through repentance and faith in Christ.
Section 3 – Participation in any program or activity of this church is limited to individuals of one sex is exclusively limited to individuals who are persons of that sex. Access to facilities are designated for use by only one sex is exclusively limited limited to individuals who are persons of that sex. In complying with these guidelines, individuals should not violate the sovereign act of God in their birth gender by intentionally presenting their physical features or dress to be that of the opposite sex.
Section 4 – We believe God is a loving and forgiving God. We welcome all of God’s children to worship and fellowship with is. However, persons who are actively and unrepentantly engaged in any sinful practice that contradicts or undermines the doctrinal standards of this church are not eligible for membership. Similarly, active and unrepentant engagement in any sinful practice or practice that contradicts or undermines the doctrine of this church is grounds for church discipline. A practice is sinful when it is contrary to the teachings of the Holy Bible.
Section 5 – Except as a vendor or independent contractor, in order to be eligible for employment at the church, the applicant or employee must be a member of the church. Since a purpose of the church is to teach and instill biblical values, and because every employee of the church is a representative of the church, in order to be eligible for employment at the church the applicant shall not be actively engaged in unrepentant sin and shall not be perceived to undermine or contradict, through his or her actions, behaviors, or speech, the tenets of the Bible and the doctrines of this church.
Section 6 – Church ministers, members, and staff shall not use their title, position, or ordination in a way that contradicts or undermines the teachings of this church and the Holy Bible by, including but not limited to, officiating over or solemnizing weddings or ceremonies joining more than two people or two people of the same sex.
Section 7 – Neither property nor facilities owned or controlled by this church (or used with permission obtained by the church) shall be used or permitted to be used for any activity or speech that is contrary to any stated or implied doctrine or religious belief or practice of this church.
Section 8 – Weddings, Funerals and other services: The church actively seeks to minister to the surrounding community by making its facilities available for Biblical weddings, funerals and other services, such as ordinations, christenings, etc. A service of non-members is permitted only insofar as the ceremony comports with the teachings of the Holy Bible and the doctrinal standards of this church. If it becomes evident that a wedding, funeral or other service does not or will not comply with the teachings of the Holy Bible and the doctrinal standards of this church, the church may, within its sole discretion, cancel or modify the event, so as to comport with the teachings of the Holy Bible and church doctrinal standards. In no event shall an unbiblical ceremony be permitted to proceed.