At PAX Ministries Church, we believe:
We believe the Bible, the 66 books comprising the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.
See: Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
We believe in one God, the Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
See: Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 48:16; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-3; John 10:30; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:6; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 1:8
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, the Son of of the living God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a perfect life and died a perfect death on the cross, as the perfect sacrifice and substitutionary atonement for the sins of all who believe in His name, according to the Scriptures. Further, He was buried, arose bodily from the dead, and He ascended into Heaven where, at the right hand of the Father, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
See: Luke 1:34-35; John 1:3, 14; John 20:28; Romans 9:5; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Ephesians 4:8-9; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 8:1
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age, to convict men, regenerate the sinner, indwell, comfort, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
See: John 3:3-6; John 15:26; John 16:7-13; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Galatians 5:22-23
We believe that all men are created in the image of God. Through Adam, sin entered the world, and all men became sinners. Therefore, all men are lost and totally depraved, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
See: Genesis 1:26-27; John 3:16; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Titus 3:5
We believe that salvation is wholly of God by His grace and is based on the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works.
See: Matthew 25:34; John 10:27-28; John 15:16; Romans 8:28-30; Romans 9:23-24; Ephesians 1:4-5; Philippians 1:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 1:9-12; Titus 1:1-2; 1 Peter 1:5; Revelation 13:8
We believe that baptism is an ordinance of the LORD by which those who have repented and come to faith express their union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection, by being immersed in water in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is a sign of belong to the people of God, and an emblem of burial and cleansing, signifying death to the old life of unbelief, and purification from the pollution of sin.
See: Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 2:41; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:1-6; 1 Corinthians 12:13
We believe that communion with God and the Church is an ordinance of the LORD. We commune with God through prayer, fasting, feasting, and partaking in Holy Sacraments that God has created for our health and healing. We are also commanded by God to not forsake gathering together as a body of believers.
See: Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; John 6:51-58; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-27; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Philippians 2:1; Philippians 4:6; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 John 1:3-7
We believe the Church is composed of all those who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together as the body of Christ, of which He is the only head. The mission of the Church is to glorify God by worshipping Him both individually and collectively, loving and edifying one another as a faithful community, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and making disciples of all peoples. We believe that all members of the body of Christ are ordained (or appointed) by God as His ministers and are called and commanded to serve Him and to serve others.
See: John 17:20-23; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 2:13-22; 1 John 1:3-7
We believe that we must worship God in spirit and in truth. We give thanks to the LORD in all things for He is good. We sing hymns and spiritual songs to God and make music to glorify Him. We come before God with humility, and He will lift us up. We worship God through individual and collective prayer. We worship God through caring for our bodies which are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We worship God with an unveiled face
See: 1 Chronicles 16:34; Psalm 63:3-4; Psalm 68:4-5; Psalm 95:6; John 4:24; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 3:13-18; James 3:10
We believe that Jesus Christ is the LORD and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide, govern, and resolve its own affairs. We also believe that the Church is under the authority of Christ alone and not the civil government. God never intended for His people to have an earthly ruler.
See: 1 Samuel 8; Matthew 21:42; Acts 5:29; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11; 1 Corinthians 6:1-6; Ephesians 1:20-23; Ephesians 2:19-22; Ephesians 5:22-25; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; 1 Peter 2:6, 17
We believe that God has given each individual unique gifts that are meant to be cultivated with the fruit of the Spirit for the purpose of glorifying God in all things. Part of growing to maturity both physically and spiritually is the need to grow in both knowledge and wisdom. God has called and commanded parents, in particular, to train up their children in the way of the LORD. Therefore, parents are the primary educators for their children and the Church must support parents in fulfilling their sacred call. We believe that God has called each of us to educate ourselves and our children in truth and in the freedom that we have in Christ.
See: Deuteronomy 6:5-9; Psalm 1:1-6; Proverbs 1:7-8; Proverbs 9:10; Proverbs 22:6; Romans 12:6-21; 1 Corinthians 3:18-20; 1 Corinthians 12:7-17; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:11-21; Colossians 2:8; 1 Timothy 6:20-21; James 1:5; 1 Peter 4:10-11