What We Believe
The essentials of our faith are outlined here to give you an overview of what we believe about God and the bible, church, baptism, holiness, fellowship, about being and giving our best. Please Read More of the details and join us at our Sunday Services and Wednesday Classes to learn more about PenTab's faith.
There is only one true and living God.
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
Jeremiah 10:10a But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God, and an everlasting King.
1 Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
This one God relates to us in many modes such as Protector, Provider, and High Priest. He has three eternal distinct manifestations: Father as our Creator; Son as our Saviour, and Holy Spirit as our Comforter.
1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
God’s infallible Word is made plain in the pages of the Holy Bible.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
The Gospel declares the redemptive story of how God came to the earth to die for our sins through His son Jesus – the Christ, giving unmerited favour and grace, thereby ensuring we have an escape passage from sin and eternal damnation.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
The doctrines of the Bible were never meant to divide or categorize God’s Church into denominational and organizational groups, but were given to encourage believers to never stop growing in Christ.
Acts 18:24-26 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
It is God’s intent for everyone who He created to be saved.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
The great commission is for us to leave no stone unturned until we declare the Gospel of Christ to every culture, every country, and on every continent.
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Mark 16:15-16 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
The first step to being saved is to have faith as a believer that Jesus is both the Son of God and the only Saviour of the world, and that God’s grace is a gift which cannot be earned.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
The next step is to confess every sin to the Lord and repent of them. Repentance brings about a change of heart, with a conscious intent to turn away from future repetitive sins and towards a path more and more pleasing to God.
Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness
God is gracious to forgive us at any point along our journey: during, but not limited to confession, repentance, baptism, prayer and worship - whether publicly or privately. Our sins are forgiven immediately, completely, and continually when we sincerely in faith call upon the name of the Lord for forgiveness
Romans 8:33-34 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
James 5:15-16 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
The Christian journey does not end with confession and repentance, but continues with the adopting of a godly lifestyle and also with the declaration of Water and Holy Spirit baptisms.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost
1 Peter 1:15-16 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Ephesians 6:12-13 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Water baptism identifies us with Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. Concluding that sins are only forgiven or remitted when a specific method of baptism is followed undermines God's power and exclusive provision of grace. Baptism is an essential spiritual declaration that was never meant to create division among believers who do not fully understand its importance. The purpose of baptism was first modeled by our LORD and Savior, who after being baptized was publicly recognized by God as being given authority to carry out the will of The Father. To baptize in the name of The Father, Son and Holy Spirit and to be baptized in Jesus Name is to be baptized by the authority of Jesus. A key Scripture to declare and embrace coming out of the waters of baptism and to declare and embrace often as we balance the practice of baptism with the power of The Blood of Christ is Galatians 2:20. Bridging the baptism divide demands that believers revisit both its contextual command and its scriptural significance.
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.
Galatians 3:26-28 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Act 10:47-48 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
Act 19:4-5 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
The Holy Spirit is as real as God is real; because He is God in a form accessible anytime and anywhere. Perhaps the number one church killer is misusing and dismissing the Holy Spirit. The supernatural experiences of the Holy Spirit include: Abundant satisfying joy, burning spiritual fire, speaking in tongues, and prophesying. Instead of endless evidence debates, it is better to pursue every kind of experience that the Holy Spirit freely affords us.
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Luke 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
Act 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
Both legalism and lawlessness are forms of compromise and sin that the Body of Christ must denounce and guard against, if we are to pursue true holiness.
Galatians 5:1 & 13 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage… 13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
The universal Body of Christ can only be unified if while we all embrace the important spiritual principles of modesty and distinctiveness, we do not allow our personal practices and views on outward attire, hair, and jewelry to define our fellowship. Holiness is not an optional lifestyle, but we were all created too unique to ever look the same. The effort to enforce church standards based on the views of voting ministers, requires Pastors to become spiritual police, which breeds more carnality than it produces conformists.
Colossians 3:11-14 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
The family unit is God’s instrument to replenish the earth. The model being a godly man and a virtuous woman uniting in a wholesome way to raise up children to serve the Lord and reflect His glory. Christian marriages are exposed and risk expiry if both parties are not prepared to be 100% invested spiritually and emotionally. It is better to live a godly single life with no expectations of a spouse, than to be unequally yoked in marriage.
Ephesians 5:31, 32 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
The Body of Christ should meet regularly to strengthen each other through teaching, praying, fasting, worshipping, and in observing the ordinance of Communion - a memorial of the Lord’s body and blood sacrifice on the Cross.
Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
1 Corinthians 11:24-25 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
Our God-given talents should be developed through discipline and accountability and are to be used first and foremost in God’s Kingdom. This is demonstrated by our willingness to give a minimum of the first 10% of our finances to the local church responsible for our spiritual growth. By the same measure, we should strive to give the best of our talents, energy and time to the church’s ministries and to the Cause of Christ in general.
Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Colossians 3:23-24 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Part of becoming our best self is to voluntarily allow the Lord to keep stretching and moulding us as we rebound from failures, never settling for less than the best. Adopting a worldview that everyone is our neighbour, encourages us to minister to each other’s needs without geographical or cultural confinement.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Matthew 25:37-40 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Hell is a real place of eternal torment created for the devil and his angels, but unfortunately, it is also the place where humans will be banished to, if we either neglect or forsake the Gospel of Christ.
Isaiah 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Heaven is a real place of eternal joy prepared for those who desire to please the Lord in obedience and faithfulness.
Revelation 7:9-12 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 21:1-7 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.