VALUES & BELIEFS
The Bible is the good news of the Gospel, the love of God reaching out to a hurting, needy world. Victory Fellowship Church FL wants to shed the light and love of our Savior and to minister to those hungry for peace and joy in their lives. Our mission is tell others about Jesus, how He loves them, how He will forgive their sins and give them the free gift of salvation. Eternal life in Heaven is a life available to anyone who will receive this beautiful and life-changing gift.
We value the individual. Each person is important and infinitely precious to God and has a purpose and a destiny for their lives. Background, culture, education or financial status has no bearing on the value of every person. God loves each one of us personally.
We value the Word of God and recognize it as the infallible word of the Lord, inspired by the Holy Spirit. God’s Word is timeless and relevant to each generation.
We honor God as the preeminence and decisive authority of our lives. He made us. He chose us. He loves us and He desires to have a relationship with His children
The Scriptures Inspired
The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
THE ONE TRUE GOD
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent "I AM," the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (John 5:17-30]
The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:
His virgin birth, His sinless life, (Hebrews 7:26)
His substitutionary work on the cross. (1 Corinthians 15:3)
His bodily resurrection from the dead, (Matthew 28:6)
His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9)
The Fall of Man
Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness." However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26,27; Genesis 2:17, Genesis 3:6)
The Salvation of Man
Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life.Luke 24:47, John 3:3, Romans 10:13-15, Ephesians 2:8
The Evidence of Salvation and the inward evidence of 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, Ephesians 4:24,Titus 2:12
THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
Baptism in Water
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Saviour and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life, Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4 [KJV/NIV]
The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements --bread and the fruit of the vine--is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4, a memorial of his suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26, and a prophecy of His second coming,1 Corinthians 11:26.
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry, Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4 Acts 1:8,
1 Corinthians 12:1-31
With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as:
an overflowing fullness of the Spirit, John 7:37-39, Acts 4:8
a deepened reverence for God, Acts 2:43, Hebrews 12:28
an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work, Acts 2:42
and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost, Mark 16:20
The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance, Acts 2:4
The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues, but is different in purpose and use. 1 Corinthians 12:4-10, 1 Corinthians 12:28
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God, Romans 12:1,2;
1Thessalonians 5:23, Hebrews 13:12, The Scriptures teach a life of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: "Be ye holy, for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:15,16 [KJV/NIV]
Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by the faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit. Romans 6:1-11; Romans 6:13, Romans 8:1,2 [KJV/NIV]
THE CHURCH AND ITS MISSION
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. Ephesians 1:22,23; Ephesians 2:22
Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, and to demonstrate His love and compassion for all the world, the priority reason for being of the Assemblies of God as part of the Church is:
To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world.
Acts 1:8 [KJV/NIV] Matthew 28:19,20 [KJV/NIV] Mark 16:15,16 [KJV/NIV]
To be a corporate body in which man may worship God.
1 Corinthians 12:13 [KJV/NIV]
To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son.
Ephesians 4:11-16 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 12:28 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 14:12 [KJV/NIV]
To be a people who demonstrate God’s love and compassion for all the world.
Psalms 112:9 [KJV/NIV] Galatians 2:10; 6:10 [KJV/NIV] James 1:27 [KJV/NIV]