Our Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

The following is a statement of our position of basic Christian doctrines. As once stated by a great missionary, "There are certain basic Christian truths about which there must be agreement. On all other doctrines there should be liberty. In all things there must be charity." It is our resolution to take an uncompromising stand on the essential doctrines of the faith, and extend "the right hand of fellowship" to all who hold to them. It is also our resolution to protect the liberty of Christians to hold different perspectives on the "non-essential" doctrines.

There are doctrines we may consider non-essential, but which are important. We therefore make known our belief on these, while presenting them with tolerance toward those who may hold a different position. We are committed to truth and accuracy in doctrine, but also understand that one can hold right doctrines and still do damage to the body of Christ by causing divisions over the non-essentials. We are therefore just as committed to the essential Christian character, believing that "In all things there must be charity." As the apostle stated, "The goal of our instruction is love, from a pure heart and a sincere faith" (I Timothy 1:5). That, too, is our goal and commitment as we promote the following teachings that we hold as truth:

On the Person of Jesus

There is only one true God, Who is revealed in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the Word (Logos) of God. The Word was with God in the beginning, which states His pre-existence as one with God. "By Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth" (Colossians 1:16), therefore making Jesus the Creator. Jesus Christ is the Purpose of God found in all of creation. He is the Father's delight and desire, and the Father is looking for the reflection of His Son in all created things. Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. In the beginning, it was the ultimate purpose of God for all things to be summed up in Christ (Ephesians 1:10).

Jesus Christ, Who pre-existed with God in the form of God, emptied Himself to become fully a man that He might be the propitiatory sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Through His propitiatory sacrifice made on the cross, all who believe in Him and His sacrifice have their sins remitted and are restored to the fellowship with God lost by man's transgression.

Jesus was born of a virgin, by the seed of the Holy Spirit. His virgin birth is a testimony that only the Spirit can beget that which is Spirit. Those of the new creation are not solely of human origin, but are born from above by the Holy Spirit. The resurrection of Jesus' physical body after His crucifixion was literal, as will be the resurrection of both the just and the unjust on the Day of Judgment.

"There is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (I Timothy 2:5). All who seek restoration and fellowship with God must go through Jesus and cannot approach God through any person, spirit or doctrine. It is also a supreme presumption for any person or institution to seek to be mediator for others in place of Christ Jesus Himself.

The apostolic commission was for His followers to labor until Christ was formed in His church, to present every person complete in Christ, and to manifest the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. When Jesus is lifted up, He will draw all people to Himself. We consider it the primary purpose of the church to esteem and exalt Jesus in every way. It is the focus and devotion of Messiah Ministries to know and preach Him, and not ourselves. We pray for the grace to continually respond to His call to return to our first Love, that we might passionately devote ourselves to pleasing Him in all things while preparing for His return.

On Man

We believe that man was created by God from the dust of the earth, without sin or the knowledge of good and evil. The first man, Adam, transgressed the command of God, and as God had warned, the process of death entered him and all of his descendants because of that transgression. Therefore, all have sinned and are worthy of the sentence of death. Because of our unrighteousness, we are unable to approach a holy God, except through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus. Through Jesus, we not only can come before the Throne of Grace, but we may approach it boldly since our confidence is not in ourselves, but in the Lord Jesus.

On the Atonement

Because all have sinned and are therefore under the sentence of death, all must trust in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus for the remission of sins. There is no other way to reconcile with God or escape from eternal judgment, except through the propitiatory sacrifice of Jesus. Those who trust in Jesus Christ have access to the Throne of Grace by His sacrifice and by His sacrifice alone. Good works are acceptable to God only as a love offering given to Him because of His worthiness, and have no bearing on our acceptance, standing or approval, all of which were accomplished by the cross. Good works offered for the purpose of acceptance, standing or approval are therefore an affront to the cross by which all of these things were gained for us by Jesus. Good works are not offered for His approval, but for His joy and glory, and must be offered through the Son (I Peter 2:5) in obedience to Him. Therefore, the goal of our service is obedience not sacrifice.

On the New Birth

Believing in our hearts that Jesus is the Son of God and in His propitiation made for our salvation, results in a regeneration and renewal that constitutes our new birth into new creations. Although this does not imply immediate perfection in our temporal life or lifestyle, it does mean that true faith will result in a radical change in us. Being "born again" implies a new beginning, not an ending. Christian maturity in faith, truth and life is a process. Even so, this process must begin with spiritual regeneration or new birth. While it is possible to change our behavior without regeneration, changing our hearts requires the new birth, and it is our hearts upon which God looks.

On the Purpose of Faith

True faith is of the heart and not just the mind (Romans 10:10). God's purpose in requiring faith for salvation is to raise our focus and concentration above the temporal to the One who is eternal. Therefore, the gospel that is able to save souls must be preached in the power of the Spirit of God. The gospel is not dependent upon human eloquence or persuasion that may change minds, but cannot change hearts. Only the Spirit of God can reveal the Son of God, and only the Son of God can reveal the Father.

On the Authority of Scripture

We believe in the Divine inspiration and authority of the 66 books of the Holy Bible as the complete canon of God's testimony to mankind. We are committed to esteeming Scripture as the very Word of God, inerrant in its original form. We do not accept any doctrine which contradicts Scripture.

We understand that there are many practices and doctrines that are considered orthodox which do not contradict the Scripture, but which are not directly addressed in His Word. We are committed to giving liberty in the belief and practice of these teachings, but we will endeavor to maintain the simplicity of the biblical testimony and its stated practices as we are given grace to perceive them. We do not accept any spiritual experience as having its source in the Holy Spirit that does not have a precedent in Scripture. We do not accept any revelation, vision, dream, prophecy or discernment as truth which contradicts Scripture, or cannot be verified by it. We do not believe that any other writings have the same authority as the canon of Scripture.

On the Lord's Supper

We acknowledge the ordinance of the Lord's Supper in remembrance of Jesus and as a testimony of our communion (common-union) with Him in His body, the church. We consider it a holy ordinance, but we do not accept the teaching that communion is for the purpose of remitting sins, which Scripture testifies is based solely in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross (Hebrews 9:25-28).

On Water Baptism

We believe that water baptism should be accomplished immediately after commitment to the Lordship of Jesus and His atoning sacrifice for our sin. This ordinance is a personal and public statement of faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ on our behalf, and is a commitment to lay down our lives to be one with Him in His death, burial and resurrection.

On the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

We believe that every believer has the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, abiding within them.  But every believer is not necessarily filled with the Holy Spirit or baptized in the Holy Spirit. God desires every believer to come to this place of deep trust and surrender of every area of their life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  This determines the measure that they are filled and baptized with the Holy Spirit, to move in the gifts of the Spirit and bear the fruit of the Spirit.

We are to be completely yielded to God, as best as we can and all by His grace, to be filled with all the fullness of God in our life-long journey of spiritual maturity to be sanctified entirely in spirit and soul and body, to be both sound and blameless at the coming of Christ, as the pure and holy Body of Christ and Bride of Christ (Ephesians 3:19 and 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Acts 1:5; Galatians 5:16-26).

On the Present Ministry of the Holy Spirit

We believe that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8) and that His ministry in and through the church by the Holy Spirit has not changed from the beginning. We accept, acknowledge, encourage and seek all of the biblical gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit as present and vital for the church to accomplish her full purpose today.

On the Second Coming of Christ

We believe in the literal, physical return of the Lord Jesus Christ to take authority and rule on earth. We believe that those who are alive and remain at the return of our Lord will be changed and caught up to be with Him in the air. Those who have died in the faith will be resurrected and precede those who are alive in being changed and caught up to be with Him.

We believe in the literal, physical resurrection of both the just and the unjust for the Day of Judgment. For those of us who have been justified by faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on our behalf, this resurrection is for eternal life in fellowship with God. Those who are not justified by faith in Jesus are resurrected for an eternal judgment.

This Statement of Faith is taken primarily (with slight modification) from the affirmation of faith of MorningStar Ministries, where Messiah Ministries’ founder and spiritual director Tommy Hays is a member. As an ordained Elder in Full Connection with the United Methodist Church, Rev. Hays and Messiah Ministries affirm the traditional, biblical beliefs asserted by Rev. John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Movement, drawn from the Articles of Religion and later supplemented by the Confession of Faith affirmed today in the doctrinal confession of the United Methodist Church.


“Many are Called, but Few are Chosen” - August 9, 2022


Morning by Morning, August 9 - “Many are Called, but Few are Chosen”
Good morning, Lord Jesus. I want to know You more deeply; and I’m moved to entrust my heart and soul to You more completely -- now and throughout the moments of my day. ...
Are there parts of my heart and soul I’ve not yet completely surrendered to You? Are there areas of my life, places where I still insist on my own lordship instead of fully yielding to Your Lordship, that I’m still holding back or holding on to instead of wholly trusting You alone with it all?
It’s not about my salvation -- salvation is by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8). But it is about something more, something You set before us and invite us to pursue with a spiritual hunger and thirst and passion and zeal that only You can provide, but that You are so ready and willing to supply. It relates to something You said and set before us when You declared, “Many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14).
I don’t know all that that means, but You spoke those words in a very serious manner, after expressing this spiritual principle with a very challenging parable:
“Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: ‘The Kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad, so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:1-14).
Thank You for inviting me to salvation -- by grace, through faith. Thank You for calling me to a place of honor and celebration. But forgive me for ever making light of it. Forgive me for every way I’ve not always treasured it. You are worthy of more. You are worthy of it all. You are worthy of my all.
By the mercy of Your grace, may I be one who is “chosen” -- not merely invited, not merely called, but “chosen.” Again, I’m not talking about salvation. I’m talking about something more, something deeper, something that I don’t even fully know what it is, but You’ve put a hunger and thirst in me for more.
May I be one of Your chosen ones, one of Your hungry and thirsty ones, one of Your insatiable, passionately pursuing ones, who will settle for nothing less than all You’ve called me and created me to be in You. May I be one who embraces “Your way,” who walks in “Your truth,” and with “an undivided heart” reveres “Your name” (Psalm 86:11). May I be one who loves the Lord my God “with all (my) heart and with all (my) soul and with all (my) might” (Deuteronomy 6:5; also Joshua 22:5; Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27).
May I be blessed to be “chosen,” favored to be “chosen” -- chosen as one who fully chooses You -- as best as I can and all by Your grace. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6).
“For this is the will of God, (my) sanctification” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). So by the power of Your grace working in me, stirring up this hunger and thirst in me, “May the God of peace Himself sanctify (me) entirely, and may (my) spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The One who calls (me) is faithful, and He will do this” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).
Yes, Lord, “do this” in me -- as one who willingly chooses to be among those who are “chosen.” In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays

My friend, may you be blessed and favored to be "chosen" as one who willingly, completely, passionately chooses the One who has chosen you, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you!

Tommy Hays | Messiah Ministries

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