Good Neighbour Ministries

What We Believe

We believe that God took away the first covenant that He might establish the second (Heb 8:6-10; 10:9) and that under this new covenant in this dispensation, none of the statutes of the Mosaic law are binding.  (Rom 7:6; Rom 10:4; Luke 16:26)

The church is a spiritual house built upon the rock of revelation to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God.  (1 Pet 2:5; John 4:23; Heb13:15-16)

Jesus said “Flesh and blood has not revealed this unto you, but my Father in heaven has revealed this unto you, and upon this rock will I build my church”. . .We believe that the church is built upon the spiritual revelation of Jesus Christ.  (Mt 16:15-20; Luke 10:21)

 

4.1           The New Birth

We believe in the born again experience by repentance, water baptism and the infilling of the Holy Ghost.  (Acts 2:38; Acts 19:1-7; John 16:12-16; John 5:19-20)

4.2           Baptism

We believe in and teach Water Baptism by immersion and that it should be administered by a duly authorized minister of the Gospel by the authority and in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, as practiced by the Apostles.  (Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:4-5; 1 Cor 1:30; Col 3:17)

4.3           Baptism of the Holy Ghost

We believe and teach the baptism of the Holy Ghost is for believers; witnessed by obedience to the Word of God and the manifestations of the fruit of the Spirit in the believer’s life.  This experience gives the believer access to the nine spiritual gifts mentioned in 1 Cor 12; Acts 2:4, 10:48, 19:4-6; 1 John 5:1-4; and Gal 5:22-25.  This experience is recognized as being the teaching of the Apostles regarding the New Birth, Adoption and as placing us as members of the New Testament church.  (Acts 2:41-47; 1 Cor 12:13; Eph 1:4-5)

4.4           Marriage and Divorce

We believe that marriage is honourable (Heb 13:4) and should not be entered into lightly nor hastily.

Concerning divorce we believe what Jesus said, “In the beginning it was not so”. . .Mat 19:8.

Though we may legitimately use our rights to divorce, we are advised not to divorce.  (Mat 19:3-9; 5:31-32; Rom 7:1-3; 1 Cor 7)

4.5           Holiness

Dearly beloved let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, for God hath not called us unto uncleanliness, but unto holiness.  Follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.  (1 Cor 7:1; 1 Thes 4:7; 5:23; Heb 12:14; 1 Pet 1:15-16; 1 Tim 2:8-10)

4.6           Divine Healing

Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the Atonement and is a privilege for all believers.  It is by Jesus Christ. . .”by whose stripes we were healed.”  (1 Pet 2:24) As the Lord had made our bodies it is not to be thought incredible that He should heal them.  (Mk 16:15-16; 1 Tim 2:8-10)

4.7           The Mystery of God

There is on Eternal God, who is spirit, omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent.  He is manifested in the Old Testament in various ways and under different names such as GOD ALMIGHTY, JEHOVAH, ELOHIM, ADONI and “I AM THAT I AM.”  In the New Testament, God is manifested in three offices of “FATHER, SON AND HOLY GHOST” which is the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the New Testament name of God.  (Isaiah 44:6-8; Mk 12:29; John 5:24; 1 Cor 8:6; Col 2:9; 1 Tim 3:16)  Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh.  “for when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law.”  “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself.”  “For in Him (Jesus) dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell.  “Without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness.”

God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.  (1 Tim 3:16)

Jesus in his humanity was man; in His duty was God.  His flesh was the Lamb or sacrifice of God.  (Heb 10:10-20)

The man Christ Jesus is the mediator between God and man.  (1 Tim 2:5)  God is One person.  He has many names, offices and manifestations as: God, Son of God, Son of Man, Son of David, Lord of all, King, Shepherd, Priest, Holy One, Lamb, Alpha and Omega.  He is all in all.  He is the Lord Jesus Christ.

4.8           Communion

We hold that the natural elements of the bread and wine are only symbolic of the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ.  (John 6:56-63)  However, Jesus taught “this do in remembrance of me.”  (Luke 22:19, 10)  Also Paul wrote, “for as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.”  1 Cor 11:23-30.  Since Spiritual partaking of the Lord will never cease, it is scriptural to believe that an observance is necessary to be kept in remembrance of His death.  We shall show due Christian courtesy to those who do not understand the necessity of such observance.

4.9           Foot Washing

Since Jesus, who is our Lord and Master, humbled himself to wash the disciples feet and said, “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  If ye know these things, happy are ye if you do them; John 13:14, 15, 17.  It is listed as one of the qualifications of a widow dependent on church support.  1 Tim 5:9, 10.  We hold then that this observance is beneficial to obedience of the words of our Lord and should teach us the need to serve one another.

4.10      Second Coming of Christ

We believe in the second personal coming of the Lord as taught by the scriptures.  (Acts 1:11, Thes 4:16, 17; Heb 9:38)

4.11      Resurrection

We believe in the resurrection of the dead (Job 19:26; Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:2; Rev 20:11-15)

4.12      Judgment

We believe that all should stand before the judgment seat of Christ to be judged according to the deeds done in the body.  (Ecl 12:14; 2 Cor 5:10; Rev 20:11-15)

4.13      The Sabbath

Our salvation is not contingent upon keeping of certain days, times or customs.  (Rom 14:5-6; Gal 5:1; Col 2:16)

4.14      Moral Standard

We believe in the highest possible standard of moral living; therefore we do not tolerate the doctrines of Free Love, Soul Mating or any other kindred teachings that might lead to immoral conduct.

4.15      The Believers Security

We believe that once truly saved the believer is secure eternally from the judgments of God; Nevertheless, the Holy Scriptures entreat us not to turn our grace into disgrace but to perfect holiness in the fear of God.  (John 10:27, 30; 5:24; Eph 2:6; Rom 6:1)

4.16      Meats and Drinks

Except for usage in times of sickness or at communion, we believe in total abstinence from all alcoholic drinks.  We believe that the eating of meats referred to by Moses under the Law and the drinking of tea or coffee is not obligatory to our Christian experience.  However, one may refrain from these things at his or her own discretion or revelation but must not try to impose such personal opinion on others.

4.17      The Redemption of the Body

We believe that we shall receive our Redeemed Bodies at the Second Coming of our Lord.  (Rom 8;22, 23; 1 Cor 5:1-5; 15:43-45; 1 Thes 4:16-17)

4.18      Patriotism

We believe that the Bible teaches that a Christian should be subject to their rulers and be patriotic to their country, being willing to defend it if needs be.  Willing to pay their taxes, willing to contribute in every way to his society and be a law abiding citizen for Righteousness exalteth a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.  (2 Sam 10:12; Ps 37:1; Prov 14:34; Ecl 8:2; Mt 17:27; 22:17-21; Rom 13:1; 1 Tim 2:1-3; Tit 3:1; 1 Pet 2:13; Ex 22:28)

4.19      Finally

We believe that the Seven Seals of the book of Revelation are open to the Body of Christ and the Mystery of God (the Bible) is finished.  (Rev 5-8; 10:1-7; Luke 17:31; Mal 4:4-6)