GOOD STEWARDS HOME CHURCH in Surprise, AZ
Commonly asked questions about our Home Church?
What is Home Church?
We fellowship together in a home.
What is the purpose of this type of Church?
1) We believe that equipping of the saints, the building of relationships and participation are all accelerated in small groups.
2) We are able to use funds contributed, to minister to people rather than on buildings.
Is this a real Church?
Because we do not hold services in a “church” building or use the same format of traditional churches, does not exclude us from being a real church. We are officially recognized under the laws of Arizona, as a church and we possess a Federal Non-Profit Tax I.D number.
Who funds this Church?
Each person as directed by the Holy Spirit, gives according to His leading.
Where are the funds used?
Our funds are used to ministering to individuals, as the Holy Spirit directs. Remember we invest in people, not property.
Are my contributions tax deductible?
Yes. Because Good Stewards is a church which operates under Arizona and Federal law, your contributions are tax deductible.
Do you have membership?
By placing your name, address and phone number on our phone list and attending our weekly meetings we consider you as part of our fellowship. We do not have a written membership commitment.
But I have my own ministry!
Our ministry is to support your ministry. We can work better together!
Do I have to open my home to be used as a meeting place?
Home sharing is part of Home Church, but is not mandatory.
Who oversees this Church?
1) The Holy Spirit. 2) We have a Board of Elders to oversee the Church.
How long do Home Church meetings last?
Our meetings are normally about two hours. We find that most meetings extend beyond this time because our people enjoy being together. There is no required amount of time that a person must stay.
GOOD STEWARDS HOME CHURCH STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. The Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, equally in all parts and in the whole and is totally inerrant in the original manuscripts. We further believe it is the supreme revelation from God and of God, superior to conscience and reason, though not contrary to them; and it is therefore our infallible rule in all matters. We further believe that all the Scriptures center about the Lord Jesus Christ and hence that no portion is properly read nor understood until it leads to Him. [Jn 5:39, 2Tim 3:16-17, 1Pt 1:23-25, Heb 4:12]
2. The Godhead
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three manifestations; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and that these three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfection, and are worth of the same homage and obedience.
[Mt 28:18-19, Mk 12:29, Jn 1:14, Act 5:3-4, 2Cor 13:14, Heb 1:1-3, Rev 1:4-6]
3. The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the pre-existence, incarnation and virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ who came into the world to reveal the Father. He was the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person. We believe that in Christ dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and that He was very God and very Man, the I AM, the YHWH of the Old Testament. We further believe in the sinless life of our Lord, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His bodily ascension into heaven, and His imminent return. We further believe that He is presently seated at the right hand of God the Father, interceding for His redeemed. We also acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord over all things in heaven, and in earth, and under the earth. [Jn1:1-2,14,1Tim 3:16, Act 7:37-38, Phil 2:9-10, Heb 7:25]
4. The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, though omnipresent from all eternity, after the glorification of Jesus Christ was sent on the day of Pentecost, dwells in every believer, unites all to Christ in one body, and is the source of all power and all acceptable service. We believe that ministries are committed to the Holy Spirit including the restraining of evil in the world; the convicting of the world respecting sin, righteousness, and judgment; the regenerating of all believers; the sealing of all believers unto the day of redemption; and the continued filling for power and service of those among the saved who are yielded to Him and to His will. We believe that the fruit of the Spirit is the manifestation of the character of Christ in the believer's life.
We further believe that all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to Christians today and that all of the gifts of the Spirit should be operative in the church to manifest her full glory under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. [Jn 3:6, 14:16-17, Rom 8:9, 12:1-11, 1Cor 6:19, 12:8-11, Gal 5:22-23, Eph 2:22, 4:11-13]
5. Angels, Fallen and Unfallen
We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless spiritual beings known as angels; the one "Lucifer, son of the morning", sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan. And that a great company of the angels followed him in his moral fall. [Isa 14:12-17, Ez 28:11-19, 2Pt 2:4, Jude 6]
We believe that Satan is the originator of sin, and that, under the permission of God, he, through subtlety, led our first parents into transgression, thereby accomplishing their moral fall. God now allows Satan to extend his deluding influence over mankind, which establishes him as the enemy of God and His people. We also believe that Jesus Christ defeated Satan at Calvary and that He has delegated His authority over Satan to His body, the church. [Gen 3:1-19, Rm 5:12-14, 2Cor 4:3-4, 11:13-15, Eph 6:10-12, 2Thess 2:4, 1Tim 4:1-3, Col 2:15]
We further believe that a great company of angels kept their holy estate and are before the Throne of God, from whence they are sent forth as ministering spirits to minister to those who are the heirs of salvation.
[Lk 15:10, Heb 1:14]
6. The Creation of the World and of Man
We believe that God sovereignly created the world out of nothing, We further believe that man was created in the image of God and by a direct and immediate act of God. [Gen 1:1, 26-27, 2:4]
7. Man's Fallen Condition
We believe that man by willful transgression fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created into spiritual depravity; [a state of death in trespasses and sins in which he is held as a slave of sin and an enemy of God, being unable to attain divine righteousness by his own efforts, but must be redeemed and delivered by the power of the Gospel]. [Rom 3:23-25, 5:12-21, 1Cor 15:1-4, 2Cor 4:3-4]
8. Salvation Only Through Christ
We believe that salvation comes by grace through faith in the person and by the work of Jesus Christ. [Rom 5:1, Rom 10:9-10, Eph 2:8-9]
9. The Walk of the Believer
We believe that a continuous walk in grace should be the emphasis of heart righteousness and purity, believing in the keeping power of God, walking after the Spirit and not after the flesh, in conduct that demonstrates the character of Jesus Christ, not being conformed to the world but being transformed by the renewing of the mind. We further believe that each believer must lay a foundation of Biblical truth and experience upon which he builds his life through the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
[Rom 4:1-5, 8:25, 12:1, 1Cor 3:11, Gal 5:16-25, Jude 24]
10. The Doctrine of Baptisms
We believe water baptism is for believers only. This ordinance of the church, unites the believer with the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. [Mt. 28:19-20, Rm 6:3-6]
There is therefore a baptism in the Holy Spirit by the Lord Jesus Christ, which may occur at or subsequent to conversion. Further, we believe that by the believer's continued yieldedness to the Holy Spirit, his very weakness is transformed into strength to witness for Jesus Christ in power and to live according to the will of God. [Act 1:5, 8, 2:4, 38, 10:46, 11:28, 19:6]
11. The Church
We believe that all who are united by the new birth to Jesus Christ are members of the universal Church, the body of Christ. We also believe that the local congregation of Christian believers is divinely instituted and is the chosen instrument of God for the furtherance of God's work upon the earth. We further believe in the spiritual unity of all believers and in working together for the cause of ministry to the church and unchurched. [Jn 17:21, Rm 12:5, Eph 1:20-23, 4:3-10, Col 3:14-15]
12. Divine Healing
We believe in divine healing for the whole man through the atoning death of the Lord Jesus Christ.
[Isa 53:4-5, Mt 8:17, Act 4:30, 19:11, 1Cor 12:9, Ja 5:14, 1Pt 2:24-25]
13. The Ordinances
We believe that baptism is for believers only and should be administered by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ to the glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We also believe that we are identified with Jesus Christ and participate in His death, burial, and resurrection through water baptism. [Mt 28:10-20, Act 8:38, Rm 6:4]We believe that through the Lord's Supper the believer renews and affirms the reality of the New Covenant. It is a memorial commemorating the death of Jesus Christ for us and a reaffirmation of His imminent return. The elements are to be received with joy, gratitude and sober self-examination. We also believe that this ordinance is open to all Christian believers whose conscience is at peace with God.
[Mt 26:26-29, 1Cor 11:23-24]
14. Ministry to the Church
We believe in the divinely called, commissioned and equipped five-fold ministry of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers as given to the Church by the Lord Jesus Christ after His ascension for the equipping of the Saints. We further believe that all Christians are called to minister in the body according to God's giftings and callings. [Eph 4:11-13, 1Cor 12:4-11]
15. Ministry to the Unchurched
We believe that it is the explicit message of our Lord Jesus Christ to those whom He has redeemed, that they are sent forth by Him into the world to love, serve, bless, witness of His saving grace and to preach the Gospel. [Gen 12:2-3, Mt 22:39, 28:18-19, Mk 16:15, Act 1:8]
16. The Eternal State
We believe that at death the spirits and souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ pass immediately into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss. The spirits and souls of the unbelieving remain after death conscious of condemnation and in misery until the final judgment, when spirit and soul shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power.
[Lk 16:19-26, 23:42, 2Cor 5:8, Ph 1:23, 2Thes 1:7-9, Jude 6-7, Rev 20:11-15]