Statement of Faith
The residents at the Warrior Ministry are at various levels of spiritual maturity. Some have been followers of Christ for some time. Others have heard about Christ but have not yet made a personal decision to follow him. While some grew up in the church but haven’t lived their lives in accordance with Christ’s teaching. So that our residents are not confused, we ask that each speaker adhere to the doctrinal beliefs of the Warrior Ministry and not teach anything that is contrary to our essential doctrinal beliefs.
We believe that there is only one living and true God, who exists in three distinct persons- God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are equal in essence and distinct in function (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19).
God the Father orders and directs all things according to his purpose and pleasure. He has created humanity to bring him glory and honor, through his grace. While he is transcendent, he is also actively involved in his creation- offering an eternal relationship with us through his Son Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:9; John 5:19-24; Ephesians 1:3-6; 2:1-10).
Jesus Christ is both the eternal Son of God and was born of a virgin. Fully God, fully man, He surrendered nothing of His deity during His earthly life. His sinless, sacrificial offering on the cross satisfied the Father's justice, offering atonement for all of humanity's sins, for all time. We believe in his bodily resurrection, His physical ascension, and His return back to earth to establish His earthly kingdom (John 1:14-18; I Corinthians 15; Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 2:9; Revelation 20:11-15).
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit executes the will of God in this world through humanity, by leading, guiding, filling, teaching and convicting. The Holy Spirit is not merely an impersonal force, but is a person, displaying the qualities of personhood (intellect, emotions and will). He equips believers by giving them gifts to be used for the building up of the church, and enables them to bear fruit through their yielded lives (John 16:5-16; I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 2:10; John 3:1-8; Galatians 5:16-25).
We were created in the image of God, destined to enjoy an intimate relationship with God, fulfilling his will here on earth. But because of Adam and Eve's willful sin in the garden, sin entered into the world and has infected all of humanity. Therefore, because of our inherent sinful nature received from our father Adam, we are all separated from God, spiritually dead, and destined for physical death and an eternity separated from God. As a result, we cannot attain a right relationship with God through our own efforts and that only by trusting in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone can we be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy. (Genesis 1-3; Romans 1:18-32; Romans 3; Romans 5; Ephesians 2:1-3).
We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins as the only sufficient sacrifice, offering the atonement of sins for all mankind through his death, burial and resurrection. While salvation is available to all, it is only experienced by those who respond to his gracious gift by faith apart from works. Those who do respond are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and placed into the universal body of Christ, making us eternally secure in Him. As a result of our new relationship with God through His Son Jesus, we are now called to a life of submission to the Holy Spirit, bearing spiritual fruit, and walking in good works that God has prepared us to do. (John 14:6; Titus 3:4-7; Acts 4:12; John 1:12; Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-9; Hebrews 10:10-12; I John 5:11-13; Galatians 3:26; John 3:16).
We believe that every word in the original writings is inspired by God and is without error. The Word of God reveals God's nature and His will for all of humanity, and because of this it is to be the foundation of faith and practice. Because of this the authority and teaching of Scriptures will have a preeminent place in our ministry and programs. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 4:12; John 17:17).
For all who have placed their faith in God through His Son Jesus Christ, they are a part of the universal body of believers known as the church. This placement of the believer into the universal church requires an association of the believer with other followers of Christ in a local assembly. The purpose of the local church is to lead people to Christ and to bring them to maturity in Christ. (Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:41-47; I Corinthians 12-14; Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 2:19-22).
We believe that the next great event in human history will be the return of Jesus Christ for his children. This is the blessed hope for all followers of Jesus Christ. While this event is a prophetic truth of Scripture, we acknowledge that the point of Christ's return is not for the believer to passively await this event, but to labor with all of our might in the power of the Spirit to fulfill his will in our lives through righteous living, evangelism and discipleship. After the return of Christ those who accepted God's gracious gift of salvation will worship God forever in heaven. Those who did not will spend an eternity separated from Him in hell. (Matthew 24:36; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; John 14:1-3; Matthew 24-25).
We affirm that the doctrines of the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the bodily resurrection, the atoning work of Christ on the cross, and salvation by grace through faith make up the essential, distinctive nature of Christianity. In regards to these essential doctrines there can be no conflicting opinions or teachings at the Warrior Ministry. However, we do acknowledge that there are non-essential doctrines that are important, but not critical to the follower of Christ as it relates to our salvation.