Tenants of Faith

Ruach Bible Church accepts the Holy Bible as the revealed will of God, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice, and, for the purpose of maintaining general unity, adopts these Statements of Fundamental Truths and Doctrine.

The Scriptures

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12)

The Godhead

The triune Godhead is comprised of three separate and distinct personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are eternally self-existent, self-revealed and function as one entity. Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Philippians 2:5, John 15:26)

Man, His Fall & Redemption

Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in Our own image, after Our likeness”. But man, by voluntary transgression, fell and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-21)

The Salvation of Man

Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross Jesus Christ became a sin offering, a perfect sacrifice bearing our sins and sickness as our substitute (1 Peter 2:24). His sacrifice provided both salvation and divine healing for all mankind (Psalms 103:3), “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. For by grace are we saved through faith.” “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 3:24, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 10:8-10)

The Evidence of Salvation

The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. “And this is His commandment, to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another, as He commanded us.” (John 3:23 NIV)

Faith and Works

Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works. However, our works are an outward expression of the inward change in our hearts, as well as the factor that determines our rewards in eternity. (Revelation 2:13, Romans 10:9-10, 2 Corinthians 5:10)

Baptism in Water

The ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have truly repented and in their hearts have truly believed on Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Acts 10:47-48, Romans 6:4)

Baptism in the Holy Ghost

All believers are entitled to, and should earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that all who truly receive the Holy Spirit’s baptism will “speak with other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance” (Acts 2:4, 10:45-46, 19:3-6). This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, as well as the endowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-8, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31) This wonderful experience is distinct and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 2:38, 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 15:7-9). We believe this wonderful experience is for all believers in every age prior to the second coming of Christ (Acts 2:39).

The Lord’s Supper

“And when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘This is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me’. In the same way also the cup, after saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me’.” (Luke 22:19-20) Let a man examine himself and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

The Church

The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of “the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven”. (Hebrews 12:23, Ephesians 1:22, 2:19)

Total Prosperity

  • Spiritual (John 3:3, 11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9)
  • Mental (2 Timothy 1:7, Romans 12:2, Isaiah 26:3)
  • Physical (John 10:10, Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:17, 1 Peter 2:24)
  • Financial (3 John 2, Malachi 3:10-11, Luke 6:38, 2 Corinthians 9:6)
  • Social (Proverbs 3:4)
  • Blessed Hope—Jesus is coming again to gather all His saints to ever be with Him. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 2 Thessalonians 2:1)

Sanctification

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. (Hebrews 12:14, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 2 Peter 3:18, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 3:12-14, 1 Corinthians 1:30)

Divine Healing

Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith and by the laying on of hands. It is provided by the atonement of Christ and is the privilege of every member of the Church today. (James 5:14-15, Mark 16:18, Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:17, 1 Peter 2:24)

Resurrection of the Just and the Return of Our Lord

The angels said to Jesus’ disciples, “…This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11) His coming is imminent. When He comes, “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…”. (1 Thessalonians 16-17)

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. He 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, Revelation 19:20)