Statement of Faith

Saved Now Outreach bases all of our beliefs on the authority of Scripture. In every way, we strive to maintain Biblical standards of living and leadership. We believe that living life according to God's Word is the way to an abundant, fulfilling life.

We align our statement of faith and purpose with the International Congress on World Evangelization. We are deeply moved by what God is doing presently in the world to prepare for His rapture of the Church, as well as for His just and righteous judgment of both the living and the dead. We live with the conviction to persistently and passionately pursue the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, to take the whole gospel to the whole world and make disciples of Christ in every land to the uttermost parts of the earth. We believe the Gospel is the only truth for the whole world and that there is no other gospel whereby mankind can be saved.

THE PURPOSE OF GOD. We believe in the one eternal God, Creator, and LORD of the world - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - who governs all things according to the purpose of His will. As followers of Christ, we have been called out from the world by God and commissioned to go into the world to be His ambassadors and servants and to be witnesses of His love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, and salvation through Jesus Christ the Messiah. We see part of this responsibility to build up the Body of Christ - the Church - His Bride and bring glory of His name.

We are dedicated to the cause of Christ, governed by His Holy Spirit, and fully given to live a life of sacrificial love and selfless compassion towards all who need, want or seek the good news of Jesus Christ.

Biblical References to this end include Isaiah 40:28, Matthew 28:19, Ephesians 1:11, Acts 15:14, John 17:6 and 18, Ephesians 4:12, 1 Corinthians 5:10, Romans 12:2, and 2 Corinthians 4:7.

THE AUTHORITY AND POWER OF THE BIBLE. We believe in the divine inspiration, truthfulness, and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice for godly Christian living. We also affirm the power of God’s word to accomplish his purpose of salvation. We believe that the message of the Bible is addressed to every human regardless of race, social standing, or place or position in life.

We believe that God’s revelation in Christ and in Scripture is unchangeable. Through Holy Scriptures, as written in the Holy Bible, the Holy Spirit still speaks to mankind today. He illuminates the minds of God’s people in every culture to perceive its truth freshly through their own eyes and thus discloses to the whole Church the wisdom of God.

Biblical References to this end include 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21, John 10:35, Isaiah 55:11, 1 Corinthians 1:21, Romans 1:16, Matthew 5:17,18, Jude 3, Ephesians 1:17,18, and Ephesians 3:10 and 18.

THE UNIQUENESS AND UNIVERSALITY OF CHRIST. We believe there is one Savior for the world - Jesus Christ - and only one gospel for the world. We recognize that everyone has some knowledge of God through his general revelation in nature, but we deny that this general revelation can save an eternal soul from God's coming judgment on mankind.

We completely reject any human wisdom or pronouncement that the gospel molds into any kind of syncretism and/or dialogue which implies that Christ speaks equally through all religions and ideologies. Jesus Christ, being himself the only God-man, who gave himself as the only ransom for sinners, is the only mediator between God and people. In the words of Jesus, "I am the way and the truth and the life and no man comes to the Father but by Me. (John 14:6).

We believe that all men and women are perishing because of sin and their rebellion to God, but God loves everyone, not wishing that anyone should perish.

We believe there is no other name by which we must be saved, and that all should repent and find salvation in the name of and fully completed work of Jesus Christ - the only Messiah of the world.

We believe that those who reject Christ refuse to accept or be associated with the joy of salvation and that in doing so, condemn themselves to eternal separation from God in the afterlife.

We believe that we are to proclaim Jesus as “the Savior of the world” and that all people are not automatically or ultimately saved from their sins without having godly sorrow that leads them to live a repentant life from a life lived without God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ being at the center of it.

We also believe that there is only one faith that offers eternal salvation and that all other world religions do not offer salvation of the human soul which lives eternally.

We believe it is our reasonable responsibility and service to God to proclaim His love to the world and to invite everyone to respond to Jesus as Savior and Lord through wholehearted repentance and through childlike faith of accepting and confessing Jesus as Savior and Lord over our lives.

Biblical References to this end include Galatians 1:6-9, Romans 1:18-32, 1 Timothy 2:5-6, Acts 4:12, John 3:16-19, 2 Peter 3:9, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9, John 4:42, Matthew 11:28, Ephesians 1:20-21, and Philippians 2:9-11.

THE NATURE OF EVANGELISM. To evangelize is to spread the good news that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, and that as the reigning Lord He now offers the forgiveness of sins and the liberating gifts of Holy Spirit to all who repent and believe in the name of Jesus Christ.

We believe that Jesus still calls all who would follow Him to deny themselves, take up their cross, and identify themselves with Him both in life and in death.

We believe that authentic spiritual conversion results in a life of obedience to Christ, active participation in His Church and our ongoing responsible service to mankind as ambassadors and servants of God to the world.

Biblical References to this end include 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Acts 2:32-39, John 20:21, 1 Corinthians 1:23, 2 Corinthians 4:5, 5:11, and 5:20, Luke 14:25-33, Mark 8:34, Acts 2:40 and 47, and Mark 10:43-45.

CHRISTIAN SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. We believe that God is both the Creator and the Judge of all men. We believe that we should share His concern for justice and reconciliation throughout human society and for the liberation of men and women from every kind of oppression, bondage, captivity, and slavery. We believe that men and women are made in the image of God, and every person, regardless of race, religion, color, culture, class, sex or age, has an intrinsic dignity ordained by God, and that he or she should be respected and served, not used, abused, or exploited. In as much as this is our belief, we believe we should actively participate in standing up for those who cannot defend or stand up for themselves.

Biblical References to this end include Acts 17:26, 17:31, Genesis 18:25, Isaiah 1:17, Psalm 45:7, Genesis 1:26-27, James 3:9, Leviticus 19:18, Luke 6:27, 6:35, James 2:14-26, John 3:3, 3:5, Matthew 5:20, 6:33, 2 Corinthians 3:18, and James 2:20.

THE CHURCH AND EVANGELISM. We believe that Christ sends His true disciples into the world as the Father sent Him and that this calls for us to emulate the life, teachings, service, and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We are called to deep and costly penetration of the world. We are called to break out of our ecclesiastical ghettos and permeate non-Christian society. In the Church’s mission of sacrificial service, evangelism is primary. World evangelization requires the whole Church to take the whole gospel to the whole world. The Church is at the very center of God’s cosmic purpose and is his appointed means of spreading the gospel. But a church that preaches the cross must itself be marked by the cross. It becomes a stumbling block to evangelism when it betrays the gospel or lacks a living faith in God, a genuine love for people, or scrupulous honesty in all things including promotion and finance. The church is the community of God’s people rather than an institution, and must not be identified with any particular culture, social or political system, or human ideology.

Biblical References to this end include John 17:18, 20:21, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8, 20:27, Ephesians 1:9-10, 3:9-11, Galatians 6:14, 6:17, 2 Corinthians 6:3-4, 2 Timothy 2:19-21, and Philippians 1:27.

THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father sent his Spirit to bear witness to his Son; without his witness our witness to mankind is futile. Conviction of sin, faith in Christ, new birth and Christian growth are all the work of Holy Spirit and not man. Further, the Holy Spirit is a missionary spirit; thus evangelism should arise spontaneously from a Spirit-filled church. A church that is not a missionary church is contradicting itself and quenching the Spirit. Worldwide evangelization will become a realistic possibility only when the Spirit renews the Church in truth and wisdom, faith, holiness, love, and power. We, therefore, call upon all Christians to pray for such a visitation of the sovereign Spirit of God that all his fruit may appear in all his people and that all his gifts may enrich the body of Christ. Only then will the whole church become a fit instrument in his hands, that the whole earth may hear his voice.

Biblical References to this end include 1 Cor. 2:4, John 15:26-27, 16:8-11, 1 Corinthians 12:3, John 3:6-8, 2 Cor. 3:18, John 7:37-39, 1 Thessalonians 5:19, Acts 1:8, Psalm 85:4-7, 67:1-3, Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 12:4-31, and Romans 12:3-8.

THE RETURN OF CHRIST. We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, in power and glory, to consummate his salvation and his judgment. This promise of his coming is a further spur to our evangelism, for we remember his words that the gospel must first be preached to all nations. We believe that the interim period between Christ’s ascension and return is to be filled with the mission of the people of God, who have no liberty to stop before the end. We also remember his warning that false Christs and false prophets will arise as precursors of the final Antichrist. We, therefore, reject as a proud, self-confident dream the notion that people can ever build a utopia on earth. Our Christian confidence is that God will perfect his kingdom, and we look forward with eager anticipation to that day, and to the new heaven and earth in which righteousness will dwell and God will reign forever. Meanwhile, we rededicate ourselves to the service of Christ and of people in joyful submission to his authority over the whole of our lives.

Biblical References to this end include Mark 14:62; Heb. 9:28; Mark 13:10; Acts 1:8-11; Matt. 28:20; Mark 13:21-23; John 2:18; 4:1-3; Luke 12:32; Rev. 21:1-5; II Pet. 3:13; Matt. 28:18)

ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED BY GOD. The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.
(2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21)

THE ONE TRUE GOD. The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Biblical References to this end include Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10,11, Matthew 28:19, and Luke 3:22.

THE ADORABLE GODHEAD. We believe in the triune nature of God.

a. Terms Defined. The terms “Trinity” and “persons” as related to the Godhead, while not found in the Scriptures, are words in harmony with Scripture, whereby we may convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of Christ respecting the Being of God, as distinguished from “gods many and lords many.” We, therefore, may speak with propriety of the Lord our God who is One Lord, as a trinity or as one Being of three persons, and still, be absolutely scriptural. Biblical references to this end include Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, and John 14:16-17.

b. Distinction and Relationship in the Godhead. Christ taught a distinction of Persons in the Godhead which He expressed in specific terms of relationship, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but that this distinction and relationship, as to its mode is inscrutable and incomprehensible, because unexplained. Biblical references to this end include Luke 1:35, 1 Corinthians 1:24, Matthew 11:25-27, Matthew 28:19, and 2 Corinthians 13:14.

c. Unity of the One Being of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Accordingly, there is that in the Father which constitutes him the Father and not the Son; there is that in the Son which constitutes Him the Son and not the Father; and there is that in the Holy Spirit which constitutes Him the Holy Spirit and not either the Father or the Son. Wherefore the Father is the Begetter, the Son is the Begotten, and the Holy Spirit is the one proceeding from the Father and the Son. Therefore, because these three persons in the Godhead are in a state of unity, there is but one Lord God Almighty and His name one. Biblical references to this end include John 1:18, John 15:26, John 17:11, John 17:21, and Zechariah 14:9.

d. The Lord Jesus Christ, God with Us. The Lord Jesus Christ, as to His divine and eternal nature, is the proper and only Begotten of the Father, but as to His human nature, He is the proper Son of Man. He is, therefore, acknowledged to be both God and man; who because He is God and man is “Immanuel,” God with us. Biblical references to this end include Matthew 1:23, 1 John 4:2, 1 John 4:10, 1 John 4:14, Revelation 1:13, and Revelation 1:17.

The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31, Luke 1:35), His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26, 1 Peter 2:22), His miracles (Acts 2:22, Acts 10:38), His substitutionary work on the cross (I Corinthians 15:3, 2 Corinthians 5:21), His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6, Luke 24:39, 1 Corinthians 15:4), and His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, Philippians 2:9-11).

The Fall of Man. Mankind was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness.” However, mankind by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. (Genesis 1:26, 27, 2:17, 3:6, Romans 5:12-19)

The Salvation of Man. Man’s only hope of redemption is through the blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3, Romans 10:13-15, Ephesians 2:8, Titus 3:5-7)

The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24, Titus 2:12)

The Ordinances of the Church: Water Baptism and Holy Communion

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matt 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47-48, Romans 6:4)

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 (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of his suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26 ), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He come!”

The Infilling of the Holy Spirit

All believers are entitled to and can joyfully expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the infilling of the Holy Spirit. This was the normal experience of the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31). The experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. (Acts 8:12-17, 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 15:7-9)

With the infilling of the Holy Spirit come such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39, Acts 4:8),
a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43, Hebrews 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42), a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost (Mark 16:20, and a verbal experience, i.e. speaking in tongues and prophecy as clearly noted throughout the Book of Acts in particular.

The Church and Its Mission. The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which are written in heaven. (Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:22, Hebrews 12:23)

Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority reason for being of the Assemblies of God as part of the Church is:

To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world.
To be a corporate body in which man may worship God.
To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son.

Divine Healing. Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement and is the privilege of believers. (Isaiah 53:4,5, Matthew 8:16-17, James 5:14-16)

The Blessed Hope. The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Romans 8:23, Titus 2:13, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

The Final Judgment. There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet will be consigned to the everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Matthew 25:46, Mark 9:43-48, Revelation 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8)

The New Heavens and the New Earth. “We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness.” (2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21, 22)