What we Believe

Streams of Life Ministries was founded on and stands on the Bible. The beliefs and commitments below are not exhaustive of our faith, but we believe them to be accurate according to the Bible. We are committed to the following core beliefs:

  • Repentance. Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3; Acts 3:19.
  • Justification. Romans 5:1; Titus 3:7.
  • Regeneration. Titus 3:5.
  • New birth. John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 3:9.
  • Sanctification subsequent to justification. Romans 5:2; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Hebrews 13:12.
  • Holiness. Luke 1:75; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; Hebrews 12:14.
  • Water baptism. Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9, 10; John 3:22, 23; Acts 8:36, 38.
  • Baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to cleansing; the enduement of power for service. Matthew 3:11; Luke 24:49, 53; Acts 1:4-8.
  • The speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance as the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Ghost.John 15:26; Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:1-7.
  • The Church. Exodus 19:5, 6; Psalm 22:22; Matthew 16:13-19; 28:19,20; Acts 1:8; 2:42-47; 7:38; 20:28; Romans 8:14-17: 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17; 12:12-31; 2 Corinthians 6:6-18; Ephesians 2:19-22; 3:9, 21; Philippians 3:10; Hebrews 2:12; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 1:6, 7; Revelation 21:2, 9; 22:17.
  • Spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:1, 7, 10, 28, 31; 1 Corinthians 14:1.
  • Signs following believers. Mark 16:17-20; Romans 15:18, 19; Hebrews 2:4.
  • Fruit of the Spirit. Romans 6:22; Galatians 5:22, 23; Ephesians 5:9; Philippians 1:11.
  • Divine healing provided for all in the Atonement. Psalm 103:3; Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:17; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24.
  • The Lord's Supper. Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11 : 2 3 - 2 6.
  • Washing the saints' feet. John 13:4-17; 1 Timothy 5:9, 10.
  • Tithing and giving. Genesis 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Malachi 3:10; Luke 11:42 ; 1 Corinthians 16:2 ; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9 ; Hebrews 7:1-21.
  • Restitution where possible. Matthew 3:8; Luke 19:8, 9.
  • Premillennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the dead saints and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. 1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years. Zechariah 14:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Jude 14, 15; Revelation 5:10; 19:11-21; 20:4-6.
  • Resurrection. John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:5, 6.
  • Eternal life for the righteous. Matthew 25:46; Luke 18:30; John 10:28; Romans 6:22; 1 John 5:11-13.
  • Eternal punishment for the wicked. No liberation nor annihilation. Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 3:29; 2 Thessalonians 1: 8, 9; Revelation 20:10-15; 21:8.

The Holy Scriptures

We believe that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” by which we understand the whole Bible is inspired in the sense that holy men of God “were moved by the Holy Spirit” to write the very words of Scripture.  We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings — historical, poetical, doctrinal and prophetical — as appeared in the original manuscripts.  We believe that the whole Bible in the originals is therefore without error.  We believe that all the Scriptures center about the Lord Jesus Christ in His person and work in His first and second coming, and hence that no portion, even of the Old Testament, is properly read, or understood, until the scripture leads to Him.  We also believe that all the Scriptures were designed for our practical instruction.  (Mark 12:26, 36; 13:11; Luke 24:26, 44; John 5:39; Acts 1:16; 17:2-3; 18:28; 26:22-23; 28:23; Rom. 15:4; I Cor. 2:13; 10:11; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21.)

Creation

We believe in the Biblical account of the creation of the universe in six literal, solar days (24hour periods); that God created by His Word the heavens, the earth, and all their hosts, without preexisting materials; that man was created by a direct act of God; that all humans were present in Adam when he was created; that new individuals (in all their parts) come into existence today, not by a continuing creation, but through the laws of propagation established by God; that each individual is a living person from the moment of conception; that all forms of evolutionary hypotheses are serious errors which strike at the very person and the glory of God (Genesis 1:131; 2:7; 5:3; Exodus 20:11; Hebrews 11:13; Psalms 139:1316; Luke 1:41,44; John 1:3; Romans 5:1224; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Colossians 1:1519; Hebrews 11:3).

The Godhead

We believe in one eternal Triune God, existing in three persons Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

The Condition of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, in innocence and without sin. But in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became spiritually dead and alienated from God so that man is a sinner by both nature and imputation, thereby justly condemned to eternal damnation without defense or excuse.  Man, of himself, is incapable of remedying his lost and depraved condition by any means whatsoever (Genesis 1:26; 3:124; Romans 3:1018; 5:12, 19; Ephesians 2:13).

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God; having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. He accomplished this redemption by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, thereby satisfying God’s righteous judgment against sin. He gave proof that He accomplished that redemption by His bodily resurrection from the grave. He then ascended to the right hand of His Father where He intercedes on behalf of those who have believed on Him (John 1:1,2,14,18; Luke 1:34,35; 24:3643; Romans 2:12,13; 3:2426; 8:34; Hebrews 4:1416; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Person who convicts the world of sin; that He alone brings new life to those who are spiritually dead; that He baptizes (or places) all believers into the one true Church, which is the Body of Christ; (John 3:38; 16:711; Acts 5:3,4; Ephesians 4:5; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9; John 14:16,17; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 12:711; 1 Peter 4:10; Ephesians 3:16; 5:18).

Satan and the Fallen Angels

We believe that God created an innumerable company of spiritual beings, known as angels; that one, Lucifer, the highest in rank, sinned through pride, and thereby became Satan; that a great company of the angels followed him in his moral fall; that some became demons and are active as his agents and associates in the carrying out  of his unholy purposes; and that others who fell are “reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day” (Revelation 12:110; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6). We believe that Satan is the author of sin and, under the permission of God, was the deceiver of Eve in the Fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:67; Isaiah 14:1217; Ezekiel 28:1119; Matthew 4:211; John 12:31; Rev. 20:10). In his warfare, he appears as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:1315), counterfeiting the works of God by fostering religious movements and systems of doctrine (1 Timothy 4:13), and that these doctrines in every case are characterized by a denial of the efficacy of the atoning sacrifice of Christ and of salvation by grace alone.

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God’s grace given to all who believe in the Son. It includes all that God does in saving the elect from the penalty, power, and presence of sin, and in restoring them to a right relationship with God.  As such, it is solely the work of God from initiation to completion. It cannot be gained by good works, but is a free gift for all whom God has enabled to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. All who so put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and repented of their sins have been forgiven and saved from their sins and declared righteous before God, and have been born into the family of God by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. God’s purpose for saving His elect is so that they bring glory to Him by their lives (Romans 1:16; 10:17; Acts 16:14b; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8, 9; John 1:12, 13; Romans 9:16; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 1:6; Titus 2:1114; 3:57; 1 Peter 1:18 19; John 5:40; 6:44; 3:36; 5:24; 1 John 5:1).

The Eternal State

We believe that at death the souls of those who have trusted Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and remain there in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at Christ’s coming for the Church, when soul and body will be reunited. We then shall be with Him forever in glory. We also believe that at death the souls of unbelievers remain in conscious misery until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the Millennium when the soul and body will be reunited and cast into the Lake of Fire not to be annihilated, but to be separated from God forever in conscious punishment (Luke 16:1926; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:2123; John 5:2829; 2 Thessalonians 1:79; Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:1115).

Sanctification

We believe that God, in the Scriptures, has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness. This includes the salvation from the penalty of sin, and just as surely, the provision of sanctification (separation) from sin. Sanctification from sin involves both positional and practical aspects. Positional sanctification (i.e., justification) as a work of the Holy Spirit is complete and is without further growth; however, practical sanctification (i.e., progressive sanctification), a result of the work of the Spirit in regeneration using the Word of God, provides the nourishment for growth and maturity in Christ. While practical sanctification is assured by the Word and the Spirit, it is yet imperfect in this life. There is some element of corruption in every part of the fallen nature which is the source for the war between the flesh and the spirit. The maturing to an ever increasing obedience is possible for believers as they feed on the Word, submit to the Spirit of God, and are in fellowship with other believers for service and accountability (John 17:17; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Romans 6:19,22; 7:1-25; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 1:3).

The Church

We believe that all who are united to the risen and ascended Son of God are members of the church which is the body and bride of Christ, which began at Pentecost and is completely distinct from Israel.  Its members are constituted as such regardless of membership or non-membership in the organized local churches.  We believe that by the same Spirit all believers in this age are baptized into, and thus become, one body that is Christ’s, whether Jews or Gentiles, and having become members one of another, are under solemn duty to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, rising above all sectarian differences, and loving one another with a pure heart fervently.  (Matt. 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47; Rom. 12:5; 1Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 1:20-23; 4:3-10).

The Second Coming of Christ

We believe in the imminent, personal, pretribulational coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church, the body of Christ (at which time the dead in Christ will be raised and the living saints will be immediately taken to be with Christ in heaven) and His subsequent premillennial return to earth with His saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom upon the earth (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:1318; Revelation 3:10; Zechariah 14:411; Revelation 19:1116; 20:16).

The Christian Life

We believe that a Christian should desire to live a life of righteousness, good works, and separation unto God from the evil ways of the world (Romans 12:1,2), manifested by speaking the truth (James 5:12), maintaining the sanctity of the home (Ephesians 5:226:4), settling differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of God (1 Corinthians 6:18), not engaging in carnal strife but showing a Christlike attitude toward all men (Romans 12:1721), exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23), and maintaining a life of prayer (Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6).

Giving

We believe that believers are to be generous in their giving, and that all giving should be done cheerfully and sacrificially as the Lord leads one to give (2 Corinthians 8, 9).

Missions & Evangelism

We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19, 20). Whereas edification and equipping the believer is a primary function of the church when gathered, evangelism of the unbeliever is the primary function of the church when scattered. We also believe that the sending of missionaries is a local church function (just as it is the responsibility of the local church to conduct church discipline and believer’s baptism) and, therefore is not absolved when delegated to a mission board or agency.

The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and, that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; God bestows ministry gifts to individual believers for the edification of the Body of Christ. These gifts include speaking in tongues and miracles which are still at work in the church today. (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:411; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:712).

Movements Contrary to the Faith

We are opposed to all forms of theological compromise, apostasy and liberalism.  We are opposed to movements that promote unscriptural beliefs and practices.(Matthew 24:9-12; 1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Timothy 4:3; 2 Peter 3:17).

Fraternal Organizations

We are firmly opposed to all societies, lodges, and organizations of an unChristian or antiChristian character. We avoid membership or participation in any organization that in its objectives, ceremonies, or practices is opposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ or the faith and life of the Christian church.

Attitude Toward Civil Government

We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: (1) the home; (2) the Church; and (3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the Church, and the state are sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God.

We believe that civil government is ordained of God for the welfare of human society to promote and protect the good and to restrain and punish evil. Therefore, we consider it the duty of Christians to pray for rulers and for those that are in authority over them and to give due loyalty, respect, and obedience to them. However, where the demands of civil law would be against the supreme law and will of God, Christians should obey God rather than man (Daniel 4:17; Matthew 22:1721; Acts 4:19, 5:29; Romans 13:17; 1 Timothy 2:14; Acts 23:5; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13, 14).

Sexual Immorality

We believe that marriage is between a man and a woman only and that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex (Leviticus 20:12-16; Romans 1:26, 32; 1 Corinthians 6:9).

Abortion

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental wellbeing of the mother are acceptable (Psalm 139).

Conflict Resolution

We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the Church to resolve disputes. We believe the Church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander.

Baptism of The Holy Spirt

We believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit is an enrichment of the Christian life through the power of the Holy Spirit that empowers believers to be an effective witnesses of Christ. We believe in speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance and that this is the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit.