Summary Statement of Belief
Shekinah Glory Believes:
There is only one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, co-existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired, trustworthy, and the infallible, Word of God; the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of human beings, and the final authority in matters of faith and life.
Human nature derives from two historical persons, male and female – Adam and Eve, created in God’s image, willfully sinned and plunged themselves and all human beings into sin, guilt, suffering, and death. Everyone is born in sin and can come into possession of eternal life only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Only those who trust in Him alone are born again and are true members of the Church.
In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His substitutionary and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is empowered to witness and to live a godly life. The Holy Spirit baptizes believers, is the agent of regeneration and renewal for believers. The Holy Spirit teaches, comforts, guides, and convicts.
In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of will have eternal life in heaven, and they that are lost unto the resurrection will experience the eternal damnation of hell.
We also believe in the transforming power of God that restores the fallen soul of humanity to abundant life on earth and eternal life in heaven.
Our Call As a Church
We are called to help you achieve the fullness of your destiny in God. Our name is signifies our call…..
To see the VISITATION of God in our city and nation. We are a church with a call to seek revival. We desire to see the GLORY of God manifested in our midst through signs & wonders, resulting in the fullness of harvest coming into the kingdom! (Psalm 85:6-13)
To see the Church RESTORED to its true foundation. The blossoming of the fig tree (Israel) through the restored Messianic movement signals a call to the church to return to its true roots and be re-established on its New Testament apostolic-prophetic foundation. (Eph. 2:20; 3:5-6)
To be a BEACON OF HOPE in a lost and hurting world. God has called us to shine the light of His love and truth throughout our community and into the uttermost part of the earth and bring to birth the evangelistic office for the next century here in Newark. (Isa. 60: 1-4)
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in…..
….the Bible, The verbal inspiration, and reliability of the Holy Scriptures. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20)
….the Trinity. There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Mt. 28:18-20)
….Jesus, His eternal deity, virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension and imminent return. (Jn. 1:1; Isa. 7:14; Lk. 1:26-38)
….the Holy Spirit. That He dwells in the heart of every believer to impart the character of Christ, and comes upon God’s people in power to equip them for ministry. His gifts are available to every believer today, and are necessary for the church to function as God intended. (Acts 2:38-39; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Cori. 12: 4-11; 1 Cori. 14)
….Salvation, by grace, through faith, apart from any works of our own. (Eph. 2:8-9)
….Divine Healing for the whole man, through the stripes of Jesus. (Is. 53:5
….The Lord’s Supper, a covenant meal celebrating our unity with Jesus and one another. (Lk. 22:19 –20, 1 Cor. 10:16-17)
….Water Baptism, a public testimony of our identification with Jesus in His death and resurrection life. (Rom. 6:3-4)
…. Worship, Our purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him Forever. (1 Pet. 2:9)
….Missions, Our call is to take the good news of LIFE in Jesus to a lost and hurting world. (Mt. 28:19-20)
WHY WE WORSHIP THE WAY WE DO
The bible teaches that worship is not a dull ritual, but a joyful and intimate celebration of God’s presence. The Bible encourages us to express our love to God in a variety of ways:
Singing Psalm 30:4; 95:1
Kneeling Psalm 95:6; Luke 22:41
Standing Psalm 134:1; 135:2
Lifting Hands Psalm 134:2; 1 Tim. 2:8
Clapping Hands Psalm 47:1; 98:8
Dancing Psalm 149:3; 150:4
Shouting Psalm 35: 27; 47:1
Musical Instruments Psalm 150:3-5;2 Sam. 6:5
Prophetic Song Psalm 40:3; 96:1; 98:1
In addition to these expressions of our Love, God also exhorts us to exercise the gifts of the Spirit in an orderly way as we meet together. In the course of our worship you may hear a prophetic word give to encourage or edify ( 1 Cor. 14:3, 31) or a brief message in tongues, followed by and interpretation ( 1Cor. 14:5, 18, 27). While all of the above expressions of praise are valid and acceptable, none are required. If you feel free to uncomfortable expressing your praise in these ways, please feel to just “sing along” or to quietly express your love for God in Prayer.
KEYS TO KNOWING GOD
God wants you to know Him and experience His love:
1. God loves you and wants the very best for you.
“I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future.” – Jer. 29:11
2. The only thing that keeps you from experiencing God’s love is your sin. (Sin is “ going your own way” and falling short of God’s will for your life.) ‘Your iniquities have separated you from your God. Your sins have hidden His face from you.” – Is. 59:2
3. The Key to knowing God Is to receive Jesus and the forgiveness He offers. Jesus said, “ I am the way, the truth and the life: no one comes to the Father but through me.” – Jn. 14: 6 Jesus paid the penalty for your sin when He shed His blood on the cross. He died and rose again so that He could bring you into a relationship with God.
4. Receiving Jesus Involves turning from your sin and receiving the forgiveness Jesus provides. When you do that, God send His Spirit to dwell in your heart and make you a new person. “ As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God.” – Jn. 1:12
You receive Jesus through faith. Faith can be expressed in a simple prayer like this:
“Lord Jesus, I need You. I now turn from my sins and receive Your forgiveness. Please send Your Spirit to live within me so I can know You and be all that You want to be. I thank You now, by faith, that You have forgiven all my sins and brought me into a relationship with You!”
If you have never come to know Jesus as your personal Savior, If you need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, if you need prayer for any reason, if you would like to know more about a relationship with God, Please call and talk to our Bishop, Pastors, Ministers or Deacons.