Statement of Faith
The human phraseology employed in this statement is not inspired, not contended for, but the truth that is set forth is held to be essential to any full Gospel ministry. No claim is made that it contains all truth in the Bible, only that it covers our present needs as to these fundamental, non-negotiable matters of faith.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired and the only infallible authoritative Word of God. (2 Thess. 2:13, 2 Tim. 3:16)
We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (John 1:1-2, 2 Tim. 3:16)
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His substitutionary and atoning death through His shed blood, in His triumphant victory over Satan and his demons, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Phil. 2:6, Matt. 1:23, Hebr. 4:15, Acts 10:38, Rom. 3:23-25, Col. 2:15, 1 Cor. 15:3-4, Eph. 1:20, Rev. 19:11)
We believe in the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit. This includes the indwelling and baptizing work in and on believers, equipping them to live godly lives, be bold witnesses and show fruits and gifts only attributable to God the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:4-8, Acts 2:4, Gal. 5:22, 1 Cor. 12:4-11)
We believe that man is sinful by nature, hopelessly wicked and totally lost in rebellion against God. (Rom. 3:10-18 & 23)
We believe the only way of salvation, and the only way to get reconciled with God is through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (John 14:6, 1 Tim. 2:5-6, Acts 4:10-12)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all mankind, the saved unto eternal life and the lost unto eternal damnation. (Heb. 9:27, 2 Thess. 1:8-9)
We believe in water baptism as a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. It is a public statement of commitment to the Lordship of Christ in all areas of life. A statement of faith. (Matt. 28:19, Rom. 6:3-4, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:41)
We believe in divine healing. (Matt. 8:16-17, James 5:14-15, Mark 16:17-18)
We believe in God’s church, the community of followers of Christ, locally expressing God’s presence, truth and love, through worship, preaching, fellowship and outreach. (Eph. 1:18-23, Eph. 4:44-6 & 11-16, Acts 2:42-47)
Statement of Faith
as it relates to Prayer Counseling Ministry
• is based in biblical Christian faith, activated and applied by prayers prayed aloud with all counselees.
• is a process not a method.
• relies upon Jesus Christ, who is the Truth that sets us free. True healing comes when lies are exposed by divine truth.
• depends upon prayer to connect us with the power of Jesus to affect change.
• depends upon the Holy Spirit’s anointing, wisdom and power to lead and guide into all truth. The Holy Spirit is the ultimate counselor and the ultimate comforter.
• focuses on God’s law and God’s grace, which allows true guilt to work, bringing us to true repentance and forgiveness.
• cooperates with the biblical truths of redemption, justification, sanctification and transformation.
• seeks to establish a Christ based identity for all sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father.
There are many issues that are dealt with in prayer counseling. The clients are free to bring up any of the issues that are personally affecting or interrupting the flow of his or her life. Common issues are marriage, family, relational, emotional, spiritual and sexual. Your trained lay prayer counselor will discern and assess your situation to apply appropriate truth and ministry according to Biblical truth and in the love of the Holy Spirit.
1. Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
Passage Deuteronomy 5:16 as found in the English Standard Version
2. Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.
Passage Matthew 7:1-2 as found in the English Standard Version
3. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
Passage Galatians 6:7 as found in the English Standard Version
4. Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.
Passage Romans 2:1 as found in the English Standard Version
5. Exercise foresight and be on the watch to look [after one another], to see that no one falls back from and fails to secure God’s grace (His unmerited favor and spiritual blessing), in order that no root of resentment (rancor, bitterness, or hatred) shoots forth and causes trouble and bitter torment, and the many become contaminated and defiled by it.
Passage Hebrews 12:15 as found in the Amplified Bible
The five scriptures above show the absolute nature of the laws of God. If broken we will reap the consequences without exception, just as a person who steps off a building will experience the Law of Gravity without exception. It does not matter who you are, how old or young, what skin color you have, if you are rich or poor, what language you speak or what continent you live on, the law is blind and will affect everybody the same. What you sow you will reap. NO exceptions.
If a man steps off a ten-story building and falls to his death, did this happen because God was angry with the person? Of course not! It happened because the person broke the God- given Law of Gravity. In the same way, when we break the moral laws of God, like the Ten Commandments, there will be consequences, even if it does not manifest as quickly and dramatic as the law of gravity, even if it could take a while the consequences will come without exception. When you judge your mom or dad, when you dishonor them, hate them or disrespect them, out loud to their face or secretly in your own heart and mind, it does not matter; a seed is sown each and every time you are resentful against them, and what you sow, you will reap.
Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
Deuteronomy 5:16 as found in the English Standard Bible
When God gave us this command it was to let us know how the world works and how we could cooperate with this universal law so that things would go well with us. So as long as we love, honor, respect and forgive our parents, or parental figures in our life, it WILL go well with us; it is the law, no exceptions. But we all live in a fallen broken world with no perfect parents and no perfect children, so every time we felt that our parents where not fair, that they wronged us or betrayed us in some way, and each time we judged them in some way, we sowed a bad seed, and we will reap a bad harvest, no exception; in that area, it will NOT go well with us.
If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
Proverbs 20:20 as found in the English Standard Bible
Anyone who curses father and mother extinguishes light and exists benighted.
Proverbs 20:20 as found in the Message
Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in complete darkness
Passage Proverbs 20:20 as found in the Amplified Bible
When people come for Prayer Counseling Ministry, they normally come because of personal pain and darkness in certain areas of their life. They come because of things NOT going well with them in some part or parts of their life, marriage, or family. There is some area of darkness they cannot seem to find their way out of. They often feel stuck in old familiar patterns, dissatisfied with their life and wanting freedom from lifelong struggles. We listen and validate the pain of the current situation of bad fruit, and as a Prayer Counseling Minister it is our call as spiritual “detectives” to trace the bad fruit to the bad root of its origin with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and revelation of God’s Law.
Once the patterns of how they judged mom or dad become clear, when they dishonored them, hated them or disrespected them, out loud or secretly in the hearts or minds, we can see where the seeds of judgments where sown in anger and resentment against the parents, against others and themselves. We understand how lies of the enemy have come to be believed, forming bad stronghold ways of thinking, feeling and living that keep it’s victims locked in ungodly painful structures of captivity: “I am totally worthless!,” “I will always be stuck,” “My needs will never be met,” “My needs do not even matter,” “Everything is always my fault,” and many similar thoughts and feelings of worthlessness are the daily routine struggle, even for many sincere Spirit-filled Christians.
This is part of the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit to clean up our lives, convicting us of sin, and giving us the gift of repentance, forgiveness, mercy, cleansing, and comfort. Prayer Counseling ministers will cooperate with the Holy Spirit to appropriate the transforming powers of the Gospel through prayers of confession, repentance, forgiving mom, dad, and others, receiving forgiveness for all our own bitter root judgments, inner vows, and lies we believed. This is followed by bringing by prayer the old familiar structured fleshly ways of thinking, feeling, and living to be nailed to the cross, to be crucified, destroyed, and killed. These include prayers of cutting free, renouncing and breaking off, and killing the old sin nature. Next are prayers of going through the Cross, through the grave to the resurrection side, stepping into the fullness of the promises, learning to live the Holy Spirit filled life of abundance. Choosing to live life to the fullest, thinking thoughts of truth, feeling loved and valuable, living full of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Having our identity firmly rooted and established as true sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father. We are now seated with Christ in the heavenly places; we get a new view of everything from His perspective. This is all attained through the grace of prayers inspired by the living Holy Spirit and God’s word, seeking to experiencing as much the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as possible on this side of eternity, being transformed into the image of Jesus Christ.