Articles of Faith
The Bible is the fully and uniquely inspired, written Word of God. Without error in the original documents, it is our sufficient and final authority for faith and practice.
The one true and living God is the Creator, Sovereign Ruler, and Preserver of all things whether visible or invisible.
Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Triune Godhead, became man by the conception of the Holy Spirit and the virgin birth, died for the sins of all, arose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven to the right hand of God the Father.
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Triune Godhead. He is of one substance with the Father and the Son, from Whom He has proceeded (Jn. 15:26) and is co-equal with them in eternity, grace, and power. It is His ministry to glorify Jesus Christ (Jn. 16:14) and He is ever present and active in the Church. He convicts the world of sin, regenerates those who repent and believe, and sanctifies and empowers true believers for Godly living and service. (Ro. 15:16) The Holy Spirit sovereignly bestows and distributes His gifts within His Church. No one gift of the Spirit is distributed to all believers. Individual members of the Church receive a gift of the Spirit for the purpose of ministry and the building up of the Church. The Holy Spirit gives detailed restrictions for the use of only one gift – speaking in tongues (1Cor. 12 – 14). It is possible for this gift to be overemphasized thereby creating severe problems in the body. It is our policy that OMS missionaries agree not to publicly practice or promote the use of the gift of tongues.
MAN, FREE-WILL, AND SIN
Man was created in the image of God (Ge. 1:27) and was innocent and pure (Ro. 5:12). God-likeness included his ability to choose between right and wrong, and he was thus morally responsible (Ge. 3:3; De. 30:19; Ro. 2:15). By his sinful free choice Adam rebelled against God, fell from his original innocence and purity, and received a fallen and sinful nature (Ro. 5:12). Each human being today is born with this sinful nature (Ps. 51:5; Ga. 3:22), and by his own sinful deeds has become guilty before God (Ro. 3:11-23). Apart from the regenerating work of God, man today is lost in sin, is dead in his trespasses and sins, and is without God and without hope (2 Co. 4:3; Ep. 2:1-3, 12).
The grace of God through Jesus Christ is freely bestowed upon all men, enabling all who will to turn from sin to righteousness and through believing on Christ receive pardon and cleansing from sin (Jn. 1:4,9; Ro. 5:17-18; 1 Jn. 1:9). We therefore have a gospel for all the world so that whoever will, may come (Re. 22:17), whoever is thirsty may come (Jn. 7:37), and whoever will, can believe and have everlasting life (Jn. 3:16).
The believer is securely kept by the power of God as he abides in vital fellowship with Christ. However, since he continues to be morally responsible to God after his conversion and continues to have free will, it is possible for a Christian to fall away and rebel against God. If he does not return or seek restoration through repentance but persists in his sin and dies in this rebellious state, he will be eternally lost (Eze. 33:12, 13, 18; 18:24; 3:20; Ro. 11:22; He. 3:6, 14).
Jesus Christ made a full payment for the sins of the whole world by shedding His own blood upon the cross as a perfect and sufficient sacrifice.
When people respond to the convicting work of the Holy Spirit and trust in Christ for salvation, they experience the new birth, a spiritual birth. The believer becomes a new creature in Jesus Christ and receives the Holy Spirit as his helper and witness.
THE FULLNESS OF THE SPIRIT
The fullness of the Spirit is one of several terms used in the Bible to describe that work of grace in the heart of the believer subsequent to the new birth by which he is cleansed from sin and empowered for holy life and service (Ac. 2:4; 15:9; 1:8). It has been termed entire sanctification because there is an initial cleansing of the defilement of committed sins in the new birth (Tit. 3:5), because of the wholeness of the commitment necessary for one who would be Spirit-filled (Ro. 12:1-2; 6:13), and because of the wholeness of the cleansing from the defilement of the inner nature which results (1 Th. 5:23-24). The Spirit-filled person is enabled by the indwelling Holy Spirit to love God with his whole being (Mt.22:37-38; Ro. 5:5), and his neighbor as himself (Mt. 22:37-38; Ro. 5:5), and is enabled to live in true holiness of life (Lk. 1:75; Ep. 5:25-27; Mt. 5:8; Tit. 2:12).
The infilling of the Spirit (entire sanctification, heart purity, the enduement of the Spirit, and other terms have also been used) is a definite experience of cleansing and empowering subsequent to the new birth. In responding to God's grace the believer experiences thirst for God's fullness (Jn. 7:37-39), humbles himself (Is. 6:3-7; Ro. 7:24-25), and makes a total consecration (Ro. 6:13, 16, 19). In this moment of total commitment (Ro. 12:1-2) and faith (Ac. 26:18), the Holy Spirit cleanses the inner nature of the believer (Ac. 15:9), and clothes him with His power (Lk. 24:49; Ac. 1:8). Christ thus baptizes with the Holy Spirit (Jn. 1:33; Ac. 1:4-5), fulfilling the great "promise of the Father" which is available to every Christian (Lk. 24:49; Ac. 1:4; 2:39).
The progressive aspect of sanctification is that process of growth in Christian maturity, Christlikeness, and practical godliness which results from walking obediently in the light (1 Jn. 1:7), from spiritual nurture and discipline (Ro. 12:2; 2 Co. 3:17-18), and from repeated infillings of the Holy Spirit and His continuing ministry in the cleansed and yielded believer (Ac. 4:31; Ep. 3:19; 5:18; Ro. 8:26).
The Holy Spirit is His own witness in the soul (Ro. 8:16; He. 10:14-15). He evidences His holy presence primarily by imparting His holiness to the life of the believer (Eze. 36:26-27; Ga. 5:16; Ep. 1:4 with Ro. 5:5) and producing within the believer the abundant fruit of the Spirit (Ga. 5:22-25). The evidence of the Spirit-filled and Spirit-empowered life is not the presence of any one gift or manifestation (1 Co. 12:4, 5, 11).
RESURRECTION, HEAVEN, AND HELL
There will be a resurrection of the body for both the saved and unsaved dead. For those who are saved, they will be in the immediate presence of God. For those who are not saved, they will be cast into the lake of fire, or hell.
THE CHURCH AND ITS UNITY
The Church is the universal body of Christ composed of all true believers in Christ, with Christ as its head. All true Christians are members of one another and should love one another, build each other up in the faith, and obey Christ’s great commission by reaching the whole world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.