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Articles of Faith

Shear-Jashub is a Christian ministry dedicated to sending forth the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ and witnessing His salvation message to a threatened generation.

We believe...

(1)

... in one eternal God, who is three: The Father Almighty, who is God and who is love and over all, and from whom all things proceed. His only begotten Son, the Word, through whom all things were made and by whom all things are reconciled through faith in His name. And the Holy Spirit in whom all things are brought to the fellowship of God, bringing Christ into the hearts of believing men; He testifies to the truth, and the truth is the Son, Jesus Christ. And all three are in each other. And they are one.

(2)

... that Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, died for our sins at Calvary, and that His shed blood is the only redemption for the sins of mankind. He was a Lamb without blemish or defect, sinless but made sin for us. And so we preach Christ crucified.

(3)

... that salvation is only through faith in Jesus Christ, by the free gift of the grace of God, and not of ourselves or our own works. Only by receiving and confessing Jesus as our personal Lord and the Master of our lives can we be adopted as children of God. Moral values and "good works" come to no avail unless we love Jesus and place Him first. For only God is truly good. Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father and the kingdom of heaven. "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

(4)

... that Jesus rose from the dead in power on the third day, in fulfillment of the Scriptures, and that belief in this literal resurrection of His glorified, imperishable body is essential to the Christian faith. For so Jesus was declared to be the Son of God, our redeemer. And this is the great hope of the reality of the power of God in our lives. For God does all things all in all, and He redeems us fully--spirit , soul, and body.

(5)

... that repentance or "turning around" is necessary to prepare our hearts for Jesus. We must approach God with a humble heart, desiring to die to our old selves so we can live to the new; counting our old nature buried through baptism into Christ's death.

(6)

... that because of Jesus' atonement for our sins, we can receive the promised Holy Spirit and be born again from above, being made new creatures in Christ Jesus as we rise with Him in resurrection glory. That unless a person is born by the washing away of sins in Jesus' blood and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

(7)

... that the baptism in the Holy Spirit with power and signs is as real today as in the day of Pentecost, as are the gifts of the Spirit, for those who love the Lord, obey His commands, and persist in prayer to the Father.

(8)

... that the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, is the activating force in making our faith alive and real, and our witness effective. He is our connection to the words spoken centuries ago, for we are not orphans, but have the Spirit as a deposit of our inheritance. And He will live with us forever.

(9)

... that the Church is the body of Christ--all true believers who worship God in spirit and in truth, all baptized into one body by one Spirit. And Jesus Christ is the Head, from whom the whole body grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its own work. His Lordship over everything for the Church must be actively acknowledged.

(10)

... that the body of Christ crosses over denominational lines. An individual's membership in the body depends on his relationship with the Lord Jesus and not his church affiliation.

(11)

... that true peace, resurrection peace, can only be given by Jesus Christ, and that this is essential if the Church is to be faithful unto death.

(12)

... that to be true to the new life, we must continuously confess our sins to our High Priest, Lord Jesus, desiring the completion of the sanctification process--to grow up and be made pure, mature in the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Offering ourselves to Him as instruments of righteousness. Desiring to be clothed with self-control, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and the other fruits of the Spirit. Forgiving as God forgave. For this is solid food.

(13)

...that the three great pillars of the Christian walk, whose fruit shall remain after all else has passed away, are faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love.

(14)

... that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the only written word of God. It is God-breathed and binding. We believe it to be without error in all points, although not all points may reflect outright the full revelation of God's nature. And since even Satan misapplied Scripture to his own advantage, we believe that a true interpretation of any part of the Bible can only result when based upon the ultimate revelation and solution, Jesus Christ, the rock upon which all houses must be built. For, "No one has ever seen God, but God the only Son, who is at the Father's side, has made Him known." Moreover, this interpretation can only be arrived at when the Holy Spirit opens our minds to understand the Scriptures, as He did in apostolic times. So then, man's final authority on God's will is the written word He gave us, read through the living Word, His Son, and read in the Holy Spirit of truth.

(15)

... that no passage of Scripture is of private interpretation, but should be considered in the context it is given and the Bible as a whole. Doctrine built on only portions of Scripture fall short of the full revelation of God.

(16)

... that no man can add to or detract from any part of God's written word. Commentaries and sermons can be written to aid in Biblical interpretation and extension, but only the Bible can be accepted as canon--God's pure true word.

(17)

... that the New Testament takes precedence over the Old Testament in matters of our Christian walk. The Father Almighty, when He said at the Transfiguration, "He is My Son...listen to Him!," attested to the authority of the new revelation and covenant in Jesus Christ. The New Testament writers had these "words of the prophets made more sure." To them was given the revelation by the Holy Spirit of God's secret wisdom in Christ that had been hidden.

(18)

... that the Old Testament (Law and Prophets) is to be taught and practiced. That while we who are in Christ Jesus are no longer under the law, we will, in the freedom of the Holy Spirit, understand and uphold the Old Testament in spirit and in truth. For if we serve in the new way of the Spirit, we bear fruit to God, fulfilling the two great commandments that sum up the Old Testament:

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind," and "Love your neighbor as yourself." For now we have a righteousness that comes by faith, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.

(19)

... that our faithfulness to Jesus Christ and the authority of His word should be pure and true and not contaminated by other beliefs or teachings of men. That no spirit of error or compromise should be allowed to adulterate the pure light of the gospel we believe in. That dark mysticism has no place with children of the light.

(20)

... that the gospel message is simple enough for a child to understand, yet so complex as to frustrate the wisdom of the wise who would seek to limit God and cause dissension in His body through doctrinal rigidity that is void of the Spirit.

(21)

... that there is salvation and power in the name of Jesus, for He is Christ and God. His is the name which is above all names. Consideration given to other so-called "christs", "masters", "lords", or "gods", is idolatry at best and demon worship at worst.

(22)

... that the Spirit we receive is a Spirit of life and so we must be alive and bear fruit. We must walk as Jesus did. For faith without deeds is dead. But we can only bear fruit if we remain in the vine, Christ Jesus. And this fruit is fruit that will last, for we obey our Lord's great commandment: "Love each other as I have loved you."

(23)

... that the Christian walk is not just a moment in time, but a race that must be run to completion by the power of the Holy Spirit.

(24)

... that the true believer must be on fire as a faithful and true witness, avoiding the pitfalls of apathy and complacency.

(25)

... that God's kingdom of heaven came to earth in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. That it is in all His true disciples. That the kingdom is as near as the opening of each person's heart in sincerity to the Lord. That it will come in glory and great power on the Lord's return. And that the true believer will inherit the fullness of the kingdom when he is raised immortal and united to his Lord. And so our constant prayer is, "Father, Your kingdom come."

(26)

... that Jesus was born of a virgin through the Holy Spirit, and, that as to His human nature, He descended from the line of David. And so as Son of Man He is our kinsman redeemer.

(27)

... that Jesus Christ is the King of the Jews, the promised Messiah, and the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. That He will return when they who pierced Him say, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord."

(28)

... that Jesus ascended into the heavenly realms and is seated at the right hand of the Father, far above all rule and authority, with all things under His feet. He will come again in power and great glory to rule on the earth for a thousand years.

(29)

... that just before His return, the earth will undergo great tribulation, such as it has never known. That the Church's great hope is the promised gathering to Jesus in the clouds, made imperishable in His image, before God's wrath is poured out on a sinful world. This however does not preclude the Church undergoing persecution from men before this rapture, for it has done so from the very beginning.

(30)

... that important last day events will be: the apostasy and falling away from the truth by many; the persecution of the saints; the preaching of the gospel in the whole world; and the rise of the antichrist, the man of lawlessness, who will deceive many.

(31)

... that after the thousand year period, the new heaven and new earth will be reconciled together to the Father under one head, Christ, as the dwelling of God Himself is with men. The last enemy, death, will have been destroyed, as the Son hands over the kingdom to the Father, in subjection to Him, God being all in all. That the throne of God Almighty and the Lamb will be in this New Jerusalem, the bride prepared for Christ, and the glory of God will be its light and the Lamb its lamp. There will be no more night or pain as the Lamb will be the Shepherd leading men to springs of Living Water. And we shall live with Him forever.

(32)

... in the resurrection of all the dead. That all will appear before the judgment seat of Christ. That His righteous sheep will go into eternal life, but the cursed into eternal damnation.

(33)

... that he who rejects the Lord Jesus and does not receive His sayings stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's only begotten Son.

(34)

... that little children, before the point of full accountability which only God truly knows, are reconciled to the Father through Jesus upon physical death. As Jesus said, "Their angels in heaven always see the face of My Father in heaven." That all, except for Jesus, sin, but that when there is no law sin is not taken into account. A child's heart is still soft, not hardened by an intentional attitude of sin that comes from knowledge. And he is still spiritually alive, as Paul wrote, "Once I was alive apart from law." The little child's salvation does not depend on any baptism or ritual requirements. If any would need an actuating sign, we point to Jesus' laying on of hands and blessing of the children and His comparison of them with Himself. We believe this has reality today, in like manner to His cross. That while all like sheep do go astray apart from the Lord, a little child is still among the 99 on the hill. And the Father is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost. His Son is the only prevention to that future certainty.

(35)

... that there is a devil and spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms, and that there are evil powers and authorities in this dark world. But that all the powers of the devil and evil were destroyed and will be destroyed by the cross of Christ.

(36)

... in the miracles of our Lord, and the miracles performed by His disciples in His name. We believe in the reality of miracles today. That Christ's redemptive work is all in all, allowing for physical healings in answer to prayers of faith. That signs will accompany those that believe. That the gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as tongues, healings, and prophecies, are a part of the Christian life, for the common good and the building up of the body of Christ.

(37)

... in the sanctity of the gifts and inspirations of the Holy Spirit. These are serious matters that should not be taken lightly.

(38)

... that in the sacred ordinances which our Lord established of water baptism and the Lord's supper, the physical mechanisms in and of themselves have no value or power. It is the spiritual reality activated by faith that is important. But this in turn will result in a physical reality, just as spiritual rebirth gives rise to bodily immortality. The bread and wine we eat are simply bread and wine, but when we eat in faith, remembering Jesus' atoning sacrifice and taking Him inside ourselves, they are, as He said, His body and blood. For our hope is not just to emulate Christ, but our hope is the hope of glory, the glorious mystery of Christ in us. While we crucify our old selves and accept Christ to live in us by faith, in faith we remember this reality and so by faith the remembrance is real. And so the Lord's Supper is a real experience, as is water baptism, not just an accommodating sign. To cloak the bread and wine itself in superstition is to deny Jesus. To belittle the significance of the action is to deny the reality of His power in our life. As it is written, "Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread we break a participation in the body of Christ?" In like manner, while oil does not heal, the spiritual reality of the prayer of faith and the physical extension of this faith by the anointing, does heal. And so the oil heals. And this is a real experience.

(39)

... that in much the same way as it is necessary to confess the Lord to reflect the spiritual reality in our hearts, so it is important to partake of the Lord's Supper often. Both are outward signs of an inner reality that strengthens that reality and in turn gives strength to the sign. For as we believe, we confess, and as we confess we strengthen our belief, in turn increasing our confession.

(40)

... that in the breaking of the communion bread we also recognize our communion into the one body of Christ with our brothers in the Lord. That His body was broken so we all could be one with Him. And so it is important to the building up in unity of the brethren.

(41)

... that all true believers are meant to be priests of God and ministers (or servants) of the new covenant, not subject to any man's judgment but judging about all things, for the spiritual man has the mind of Christ.

(42)

... that authority must be recognized and that in the body of Christ there are different parts and different spiritual and organizational offices and ministries. God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. There are evangelists, overseers and pastors, deacons and deaconesses, and the elders who direct the affairs of the Church. We believe that the key to authority is the Lord's words, "He who would seek to be first, must be the very last and the servant of all."

(43)

... in the glorious mystery of the free will of the individuals made in God's image, on the one hand, and God's predestination for those He foreknew would love Him, on the other. Both are two sides of the same truth, and discerned only in spirit. To deny either on intellectual grounds is to make void the gospel message. For so sin entered the world through the one man, and death through sin. And so too, the solution to sin was there before sin, in the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, who is the light and life of men.

(44)

... that if we confess our sins, and repent of our ways in His name, the Lord Jesus Christ is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from every unrighteousness.

(45)

... that the Spirit of God is pleading with our generation, both the lost sheep of the house of Israel and the lost sheep of the Gentiles, to return to Him. And a remnant shall return.