Statement Of Faith
February 09, 2016
What We Believe
We believe that the Bible, consisting of sixty-six books, is the inspired Word of God; that every part is fully and equally inspired, and that every single word of Scripture was produced under the control of the Holy Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21). We also accept the Scriptures in their entirety as being inerrant (in the original writings) and infallible.
The Triune Godhead
We believe, although there is only one true God, that God consists of three distinct persons. That the Father is God, that the Son (Jesus, the Christ-Messiah) is God and that the Holy Spirit is God (Dt. 6:4; Jn. 1:1; 14; 6:27; Acts 5:3-4). God is the source and sustainer of life. He, according to the counsel of His own will, decreed whatsoever comes to pass, including both His permissive will and His causal will (Isa. 14:24; 26-27; Eph. 1). He is the living God, the Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, and Ruler of all things. He is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, and is revealed to us as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that man was created directly by, and in the image of, God to have intimate fellowship with God (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7). We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, by direct act. (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17) We believe that all of humanity fell away from God when Adam first sinned and that the fall resulted in both physical and spiritual death for man. In this fallen condition, man was left totally depraved and unable to remedy his own situation (Gen 3:6-13; Rom. 5:12-21; 1 Cor. 15:21-22; Eph. 2).
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ to be absolute Deity, the eternal Son of God, who became man without ceasing to be God. In the incarnation, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Isa. 9:6-7; Mt. 1:18-25; Jn. 3:16; Heb. 18). We believe that Jesus Christ was both fully God and fully man at the same time (Phil. 2:5-8). We believe that He was totally holy by virtue of His miraculous birth and sinless life (2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15). We believe that Jesus Christ voluntarily laid down His life, the just dying for the unjust, making it possible for man to be saved (Jn. 10:17; Heb. 9:14, 28; 1 Pet. 3:18). We believe that He rose bodily from the dead on the third day after death, and that He ascended into heaven to the right hand of the Father (Jn. 2:19-22; Acts 1:9-11; Heb 1:3). We believe that presently He is our Intercessor and Advocate, the only true mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 4:14, 7:25; 1 Jn. 2:1).
Satan and Angels
We believe in the existence of the person of Satan. He was created by God as the greatest of angels, but later rebelled against God. After he fell, he organized his own kingdom, which consists of both evil angels and un-regenerated man. He is currently the ruler-god of this world. Satan’s ultimate goal is to overthrow God. He seeks to keep the unsaved from becoming saved. He seeks to hinder and destroy the Christian’s testimony and ministry for God.
We believe that the true Church is universal, invisible, a living organism, and that it is the body of Christ who is himself the head of his body. The universal Church is made up of regenerate, redeemed believers only (1 cor.12:13; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:23, Col. 1:18) We believe that the Church began on the day of Pentecost; that every believer was indwelt/baptized by the Holy Spirit into the one Body of Christ, which is the Universal Church (jn. 14:16-17; Acts 1:4-5; 2:1-4: 2:1-4; 1 Cor. 12:13). The Church is to be the visible representation of the body of Christ in the local community. Local churches are to observe the ordinances of Christ and seek to do the will of God (Mt. 28:19-20; Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 1:2; 11:23-28). We believe that the church should be totally committed to the edifying (developing to maturity) of the believers and also should have an active outreach in evangelism (1 Cor. 14; Eph. 4:11-16).
We believe that Israel is God’s chosen national people (Gen. 28:13). In God’s sovereign will, Israel serves as a channel of His blessing to the entire world (Gen. 12:3) for His glory (Isa. 43:7), and His witness to the nations (Isa. 43:10). God’s election of Israel for this unique relationship is irrevocable (Rom. 11:28-29). We believe Israel is distinct from the Church and central to God’s plan – past, present, and future. The unfulfilled prophecies given to Israel in the Old Testament will find their literal fulfillment in Israel at a future time (Ps. 105:6-10).
The Great Commission
Until the return of Christ, it is the Christian’s duty and privilege to seek the fulfillment of Christ’s Great Commission and to minister in His name to a needy world. We are to be instruments of Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit ministers redemption and reconciliation in the world, and Stewards of the Gospel. (Matthew 25:31-46; 28:18-20)
Atonement for Sin
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a substitutionary sacrifice and that all who believe on Him are redeemed by His shed blood. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ and in His ascension into heaven. He is our High Priest and Advocate. (John 1:1-3, 14; 3:1-7; Hebrews 10:4-14; 1 John 2:2)
We believe that salvation is the act of God whereby man is brought into a proper relationship with God. It is that act where spiritually dead man is made spiritually alive (Ps. 3:8; Jon. 2:9; Eph. 2:1–2). We believe that this is accomplished by the grace of God through man’s faith in the death (shed blood), burial, and bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:1–4; Eph. 2:8–10). We believe that salvation involves three things for the believer: deliverance from the penalty of sin (confession of sins) at the moment of regeneration; victory over the power of sin during the Christian life; and deliverance from the presence of sin at glorification. We believe that salvation (accepting Christ as our savior and giving our life over to Him) positionally sanctifies the believer, but that the believer needs to experience, in his daily life, progressive sanctification (Rom. 6:14; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 3:20–21).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God’s grace. It cannot be gained or made more secure by meritorious works. All who so trust the Savior are forgiven of their sins and born into the family of God by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. (John 1:12; Acts 16:30-33; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9)
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About Dan Celia
Bio: Daniel J. Celia CEO/President, Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries
Married to Registered Nurse, Yvonne, in 1980, Dan has two married daughters, is blessed with sons-in law who love the Lord, and has four grandchildren. Dan has worked for 35 years as an entrepreneur and businessman, as owner of his own businesses for 25 years, and at one time managing over 600 million dollars. Dan has developed and uses a biblically-responsible system of financial management with great success. He started a radio ministry in 1997 as a part time ministry and has seen the Lord expand and bless this ministry to his current full-time ministry. Dan has interviewed newsmakers and pundits like Steve Forbes, Ben Stein, T. Boone Pickens, Tony Perkins, John Alison, Rayola Dougher API, Congressmen, Senators and Presidential candidates. He is proud of his partnership with the American Family Association where he serves as a board member. Dan is now on over 300 stations across the nation. He is a conference speaker, author of six books and publishes a weekly newsletter.
His Life and Business goal is to keep Christ at the center and to help God’s People give and invest in God’s work. “My greatest blessings and accomplishments worth talking about have been: Coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as a result of Charles Stanley’s Ministry, My Marriage, Children, Grandchildren, receiving my Masters Degree in Theology, being Ordained in 2001, and my service in the military from 1971 to 1977. Beyond that, the rest is insignificant.”