Statement of Faith
Partners In Ministry exists to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many as possible by every means available to us.
For a quarter of a century, Partners In Ministry has been guided by a clear and compelling mission-to guide as many people as possible into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We have always been a ministry that is driven by the conviction that lost people matter deeply to God (Luke 15). This belief has been reflected in all of the resources we have developed and published for use within the local church.
Through our own strategic initiatives and the evangelistic intensity of the churches that we serve, the Gospel message has consistently reached hundreds of thousands of people per year. In this new millennium, we will continue to work diligently to provide resources and training that challenge men and women to become fully devoted followers of Christ.
As we look ahead, be assured that we are committed to proclaiming the Gospel to the ends of the earth. It is our desire to see thousands of people transformed by Jesus Christ and committed to following Him in every area of their lives. Through your continued support of our ministry, we will strive to provide life-changing resources that touch people with the love of Christ and lead them to experience the joy of full devotion to Him.
If our past is any indication of our future, you can continue to count on Partners In Ministry to provide your church with compelling Gospel literature that points people to Jesus Christ.
Statement of Faith
The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen men. Scripture thus at one and the same time speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles, and personalities of the human authors. We hold that the Scriptures are infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full, and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and that there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
Related Scriptures: 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13
We believe that there is one true, holy God, eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-each of Whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. In the beginning God created out of nothing the world and all things therein, thus manifesting the glory of His power, wisdom, and goodness. By His sovereign power He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.
Related Scriptures: Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Deuteronomy 6:4; John 1:1-3; 2 Corinthians 13:14
The central purpose of God's revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Himself. Originally created to have fellowship with God, man defied God, choosing to go his independent way, and thus was alienated from God and suffered the corruption of his nature, rendering him unable to please God. The fall took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and are thus in need of the saving grace of God.
The salvation of mankind is, then, wholly a work of God's free grace, not the result, in whole or in part of human works or goodness, and must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith. When God has begun a saving work in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing it until the day of its full consummation.
Related Scriptures: Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19; John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5
Jesus Christ is the eternal second Person of the Trinity who was united forever with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for the sins of all by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He, the only Mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
Related Scriptures: John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-16
The Holy Spirit
The essential accompaniment of a genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a life of holiness and obedience, attained by believers as they submit to the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity. He was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply to mankind the saving work of Christ. He enlightens the minds of sinners, awakens in them a recognition of their need of a Savior and regenerates them. At the point of salvation He permanently indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength and wisdom, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts for the building up of the church. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Scripture. His power and control are appropriated by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christ-like character and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father.
Related Scriptures: John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18
Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all mankind, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world and a judgment that determines the fate of each individual. Unbelievers will be separated from God to suffer everlasting punishment in a place called Hell. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life.
Related Scriptures: Romans 14:10-13; Matthew 25:41; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:11-15
The corollary of union with Jesus Christ is that all believers become members of His body, the Church. There is one true Church universal, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures, and that these churches are to be autonomous and free of any external authority and control. The Scriptures command believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, the teaching of the Word, the observance of baptism and the Lord's Supper as the ordinances established by Jesus Christ, fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world.
Wherever God's people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church. Under the watchcare of pastors and other supportive leadership, its members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying God.
Related Scriptures: Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Acts 14:27, 18:22, 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11; Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26