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At Abundant Life Ministries we believe that individuals, families and communities are transformed by the Word of God.  God desires a personal and powerful relationship with us, and we believe the uncluttered Word of God ministers to the whole person, meets people where they are, empowers the people of God to Love, Serve and Live abundantly (John 10:10), and removes yokes (Matthew 23:1-23).

At abundant life ministries, we believe that  it is important for "Belief" to be understood from three different perspectives: "What, Why and How."

  • What: We believe that the Word of God is the final authority on salvation and Christianity, and that, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  John 3:10
  • Why: We believe  that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that Jesus Christ, "...is the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him"  (John 14:16).  We believe our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will return soon in triumphant glory to bodily resurrect the just and unjust, for the everlasting joy of the saved with Him in the new heaven and new earth, and for the everlasting judgment of the lost. (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; I Corinthians 15:12-57; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Revelation 19:11; 20:4-6, 11-15; 21:1-22; 22:1-5, 7, 20).
  • How: We are a non-denominational congregation and we believe that, "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all" (Ephesians 4:4-6).  We genuinely welcome people from all walks  of life, church backgrounds and religious affiliations.  We mutually recognize other congregations and their leaders with commonly held doctrine and worship without formalizing external direction or oversight in such matters.  Read More...

Foundation Biblical Principals:


THE BIBLE

We Believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, without error in its original manuscripts. The Bible is our supreme and final authority in faith and life. (Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18, 24:35; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:19).

THE TRINITY

We Believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1,26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-3; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 1:20; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:5-6).

SALVATION

We Believe that the Lord Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; that He bodily rose victorious from the grave on the third day, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood. (Matthew 20:28, 28:6; John 3:16; Romans 3:24-26, 5:1, 10:9; I Corinthians 15:3-4,20; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; I John 2:2).  WE BELIEVE that all who come by grace through faith to accept the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God forever. (John 1:12-13, 3:3-5; Ephesians 2:8-9; James 1:18; I Peter 1:23).

FAITH

We Believe that, while without faith it is impossible to please God, the possession of faith does not ensure health or prosperity.(Luke 9:22-27; 2 Corinthians 11:23-31, 12:7-10; Philippians 1:29-30; 2 Timothy 3:8-12; Hebrews 11:6,32-40).

GIVING

We Believe that attending church and, honoring God through our finances and our service are God’s will, and important to a successful walk with God (Hebrews 10:24-25; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7).

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

We Believe that the body of Christ, the church, is composed of interdependent members who are born again, each having received from the Holy Spirit gifts which are to be exercised for the building up of the whole body. No one gift is given to all believers nor indicates regeneration, filling, or baptism with the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 7:21-23; Romans 12:4-8; I Corinthians 12:12-26; 1 Corinthians 13:1-3; Ephesians 2:14-20, 4:4-16).

ANOINTING

We Believe the anointing is God's presence by the Holy Spirit. The anointing on Jesus was by the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:18; Acts 10:38). The anointing we have received from Jesus is by the Holy Spirit. (I John 2:20, 26-27; John 14:26.) The anointing is God's Spirit and power for service in this earth. Jesus has provided the same presence of the Holy Spirit for us in our earthly ministries that He had in His earthly ministry.

WATER BAPTISM

We Believe water baptism is a symbol of the cleansing power of the blood of Christ and a testimony to our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  WE BELIEVE that all Christians are baptized with the Holy Spirit and permanently indwelt by Him at the point of salvation. The filling of the Holy Spirit is meant to be a continuous experience for the believer through submission to His controlling authority and power. (John 14:16, 26; 15:5; Romans 6:3-5, 8:9-11; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 5:15-21)

COMMUNION

We Believe that Christ commanded His church to baptize believers as a proclamation of their faith and identification with Him and His church, and to celebrate communion as a living memorial of His redemptive death and a reminder of present fellowship with Christ and His body. Baptism and Communion are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38-47, 8:36 -40, 10:47 -48, 18:8; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-29).