Rho Eta Gamma Women’s Leadership Society
Statement of Faith
- We believe that the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired and infallible Word of God, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of man, the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life, and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason. (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 2:22 Peter 1:20-21).
- We believe in the one, eternal, and living God, self existing in three distinct persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, merciful, yet just, totally loving and completely holy; and the fountain of life, perfection, and happiness is in Him. He is glorified by the whole of creation and is worthy to be loved and served by all intelligence. He, therefore, is the only proper object of worship. (Exodus 3:14; 34:14; Numbers 14:18; Deuteronomy 6:4; Job 11:7; Psalm 19:1-2; 36:5-9; 89:14; 90:2; 145:10; 150:6; Proverbs 15:3; Isaiah 43:10-11; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 12:29; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 4:16; 5:7; Revelation 1:4-6).
- We believe God is the creator and sustainer of all creation. (Genesis 1:1-27; Isaiah 42:5; Zechariah 12:1)
- We believe that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was the Word made flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, that in Him perfect humanity and deity is found in person; that He is the only mediator between God and man; that He was crucified on the cross and His blood was shed for the sins of all mankind to fulfill the requirement of God and of the Law; that He was bodily-raised from the dead to prove His victory and empower us for life, ascended bodily into heaven, sat down at the right hand of God the Father, interceding for His redeemed, and will return to imminently and bodily according to His promise, to judge the living and the dead, according to their works. We acknowledge Him as Lord over all things in Heaven, and in Earth, and under the Earth. (Matthew 1:18-23; 16:21; 25:31-33; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:26-35; 2:7; 3:22; 9:35; 24:39; John 1:1, 12-14; 3:16; 14:6; Acts 1:9, 11; 2:22-35; 4:10-12; 16:31; 24:15; Romans 8:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 51-52; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:9-11; Colossians 1:16-20; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Timothy 2:5; 3:16; Hebrews 1-3; 7:25-26;9:11-14; Revelation 20:12)
- We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Godhead, who is of one substance, equal in power, and coexistent with Father and the Son; that His ministry is to convict men of their sins, lead them to a saving faith in Christ, regenerate and indwell believers at the point of salvation, and continue to indwell, guide, teach, discipline, comfort and empower believers for godly living and kingdom service. (Genesis 1:2; Job 33:4; Judges 13:25; Mark 3:29; Luke 12:12; John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-15; Acts 1:4-8; 7:51; 10:19; 13:2, 4; 16:6; Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-13; 6:11; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 2 Peter 1:21)
- We believe the Church is the Body of Christ, His Bride and Temple of the Holy Spirit, the expression of the present rule and reign of the Kingdom of God in the earth. Believers need to live out their commitment to Christ in love, unity and community with other body members in the local church-this is the practical expression of Christian faith in action. Christ gifted His Church with unity and a five-fold ministry of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers for maturing, ordering, equipping, and releasing the whole body to do the works of service that reveal His glory. The five-fold ministry is to teach and train its people to do the work of the ministry with maturity and unity in mind. Working with these ministries will be elders and the gifted men and women of the church. (Matthew 16:16-18; 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-20; John 17:21; Acts 13:1-3; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:15, 19-20; 12:12 -31; Ephesians 1:20-23; 2:19-22; 4:3-16; 5:25; Colossians 1:28; 3:14-15; 1 Timothy 3:2-l 2; Titus 2:1-15; Hebrews12:23)
- We believe that man was created in the image of God as His vice regents in the earth and given the commandment to “be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion”; that in Adam all men have fallen into sin which has separated us from God and His purpose for our lives, and as sinners, men are in need of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ from the eternal punishment of hell. (Genesis 1:26-31; 2:7-8, 15-25; 3:1-7; Psalm 82:6; Luke 10:19; Romans 5:12-21)
- We believe that salvation of mankind depends solely on the finished work of Christ on the cross once and for all as the remitting for the sins of men; that by God’s grace penitent sinners who place their faith in the saving work of the risen Christ by repenting of their sins, believing through confession on the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for their lives are regenerated and justified. Salvation is by grace through faith, is a free gift, and wholly without human works. God assigns His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation. The “inward” evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit. The “outward” evidence of his salvation to all men is a life of unconditional love, righteousness, and true holiness, demonstrated by the fruit of the Spirit. At the point of receiving God’s free gift of salvation, believers become “Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise”. (Matthew 10:32; Luke 24:47; John 1:12-13; 3:3, 5-8, 14-18, 36; Romans 3:21-28; 4:1-8; 5:8-11; 6:23; 8:16-17; 10:9-13; Galatians 3:29; 5:22-23; Ephesians 2:8; 4:24; Titus 2:11-14; 3:5-7)
- We believe that in order to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, believers need to be baptized in water and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit by faith. In so doing, they have the body washed in pure water as an outward symbol of cleansing, while their heart has already been sprinkled with the blood of Christ as an inner cleansing. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. The Holy Spirit allows us to be endowed with power for life and service, enables us to use spiritual gifts in the work of the ministry, including—but not limited to—speaking in tongues. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a distinct experience from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to every believer and need to be activated and exercised to fulfill their divine purpose of blessing the Body of Christ. (Matthew 3:11; 28:19; Luke 3:16; 24:29; John 3:5; Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-4, 38-39; 10:44-48; 11:14-16; 15:7-8; 19:1-6; Romans 6:1-6; 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12; 14:2, 15; Galatians 5:22-23, 25; Colossians 2:11-12; 2 Timothy 1:6; Hebrews 10:22; Jude 20)
- We believe that 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, a memorial of His suffering and death. It is enjoined on all believers “until He comes.” (Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:17-20; John 6:48, 51, 53-57; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:17-34; 2 Peter 1:4)
- We believe that God has individually equipped every believer with various gifts and ministries so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives, which is to worship God, fulfill our role in the church and serve the community in which we live. (Matthew 25:35-40; 28:19-20; John 4:22-25; Romans 12:9-21; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 18-31; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 5:8; 2 Peter 1:2-4)
- We believe that entire sanctification is the will of God for all believers, that it is an act of separation from that which is evil and ungodly, and of a dedication unto God and His righteousness, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word, by faith, as our Lord Jesus Christ walked, because the Scriptures teach a life of holiness, “without which no man shall see the Lord.” By the power of the Holy Spirit, and offering every faculty continually to His dominion, we are able to obey and fulfill the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” In this believers become partakers of God’s holiness. (Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Romans 6:1-11; 8:5, 13; 12:1-2; 13; Galatians 2:20; 5:16, 25; Ephesians 5:1; Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 5:23-24; Hebrews 12:14; 13:12; 1 Peter 1:15-16; 1 John 2:6, 29)
- We believe that God wants to heal and transform every believer so that we can live healthy and prosperous lives spiritually, mentally, physically, financially, and socially, in order that we may more efficiently and effectively serve the needs of mankind. (Deuteronomy 28:1-14; 29:9; Joshua 1:7-8; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Job 36:11; Psalm 35:27; 91:3; Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; 9:35; 10:1; Luke 9:11; John 10:10; Acts 10:38; 2 Corinthians 9:8-11; Hebrews 2:15; 1 Peter 2:24; 3 John 2)
- We believe that our eternal destination of either Heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 3:17-19)
- We believe the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelation 19:20; 20:12-15)
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised, and that “according to His promise”, we are to “look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” (Matthew 24:30-31; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Hebrews 9:28; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1-2, 22)
- We believe that the Body of Christ should assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures, and for mutual encouragement as God admonishes us. We expect all who are members of Rho Eta Gamma Women’s Leadership Society to adhere to this command. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
- We believe that it is the intent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to feed the hungry; to care for the poor; and to care for the widows and orphans. We further believe that such ministry should be toward His name to both saints and unbelievers (Psalm 112:9; Isaiah 58:7-8; Matthew 19:21; 25:34-40; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; Hebrews 6:l0; James 1:27).