The beginning of our church is God, not human ability or activity (1 Corinthians 6:3).
God’s part is always supernatural (1 Peter 2:21; 1 John 3:16; Ephesians 5:18-20). He breathes life into the church and causes it to grow through the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 1:5).
Man’s part is to abide in Christ and to rely on the Spirit to bring change (John 15:5; Galatians 5:18).
We abide in Christ because we rely on the Word of God (1 John 2:24; 1 John 3:24; John 15:10).
Consequences for Church
The church will be centered on God, not on man.
The minister must understand that he or she is unqualified to minister to anyone.
It is God alone who can qualify (2 Corinthians 3:5-6; 1 Corinthians 3:6).
It is God who equips us to minister, not ourselves (Romans 1:5).
We can only do all things in Christ (Philippians 4:13).
We must continue to abide in Christ (John 15:4-5).
We must commit ourselves to the Word and prayer (Acts 6:4).
Our measuring stick is the Bible, nothing else (Isaiah 55:6-11).
The Bible is inspired of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
It is the final authority for Christian faith and practice.
The Bible serves as the ultimate judge about what we believe as truth (John 16:13; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
Our focus is the moving of the Holy Spirit through His Gifts for breathing life into the saints to refresh them, bringing healings, miracles, deliverances, and other manifestations (1 Corinthians 12-13).
Our goal is for the church to be equipped with many mature Christians who are ready and willing to commit their lives to tearing down all strongholds whatever they may be (Ephesians 6:11-17; Colossians 1:28-29).
Mature Christians will have several other commitments:
To Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:33).
To family (1 Timothy 5:8).
To the body of Christ (Galatians 6:10).
To the work of Christ in the world (Galatians 6:10).
Mature Christians are those grounded upon the Word, equipped with the necessary disciplines of the Christian faith, and equipped with prayer and with the manifestations of answered prayer.
Those saints who are willing to pay everything for Christ, sold out to Him, and willing to follow in obedience and faith to whatever He wants.
Those who stand on their own faith.
Those who can also pray for themselves.
Our atmosphere is for the Holy Spirit, His Holiness, and His glory (John 13:34-35; 1 Corinthians 12-13; Acts 1-2).
Our process is for saints to be reproduced into the realm of maturity (2 Timothy 2:2).