Praise Chapel Whittier is a non-denominational church that is affiliated with
the Praise Chapel Family of Fellowships Movement.
This Fellowship shall stand for the Holy Scriptures as the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice, and adopts the following Statement of Fundamental Truths and Faith, to the end that we may all speak the same thing and be of kindred mind, spirit and practice.
Statement of Fundamental Truths and Faith
The Bible is our all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. This Statement of Fundamental Truths and Faith is intended simply as a basis of fellowship among us, in that we all speak the same thing (Acts 2:42; I Corinthians 1:10).
The wording and phraseology employed in this statement is not inspired or contended for, but the truth set forth is held to be essential to a full-gospel ministry. No claim is made that it contains all Biblical truth, only that it covers what we would believe to be the fundamental doctrines of our faith.
The Scriptures Inspired
The scriptures both Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15 -17; 2 Peter 1:21).
The One True God
The one true God has revealed himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM”, the creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind.
He has further revealed himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10- 11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22; Acts 7:55,56).
The Triune Godhead
The terms “Trinity” and “persons” as related to the Godhead, while not found in the scriptures, are words in harmony with scripture. We may convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of Christ, respecting the Being of God, as distinguished from false gods and lords. We, therefore, may speak with propriety of the Lord our God, Who is One Lord, as a Trinity or as one Being of three persons, and still be absolutely scriptural (Matthew 28:19; John 14:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
Distinction and Relationship in the Godhead
Christ taught a distinction of Persons in the Godhead which He expressed in specific terms of relationship as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 11:25-27; Luke 1:35; 1 Corinthians 1:24; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 1:3-4).
Unity of the One Being of Father, Son and Holy Spirit
There is that in the Son which constitutes Him as the Son and not the Father; and there is that in the Holy Spirit which constitutes Him as the Holy Spirit and not either the Father or the Son.
The Father is the Begetter; the Son is Begotten; and the Holy Spirit is the One proceeding from the Father and the Son. These three persons in the Godhead are in a state of unity. There is but one Lord God Almighty and His name is one (John 1:18, 15:26, 17:11,21; Zechariah 14:9)
Identity and Cooperation in the Godhead
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are never identical as to Person; nor confused as to relation; nor divided in respect to the Godhead; nor opposed as to cooperation.
The Son is in the Father and the Father is in the Son, as to relationship.
The Son is with the Father and the Father is with the Son, as to fellowship.
The Father is not from the Son, but the Son is from the Father, as to authority.
Neither Person in the Godhead exists or works separately or independently of the others (John 5:17-30,32,37; John 8:17,18).
The Title, Lord Jesus Christ
“Lord Jesus Christ” is a proper name. It is never applied in the New Testament either to the Father or to the Holy Spirit. It belongs exclusively to the Son of God (Romans 1:1-3, 7:2; 2 John 3).
The Lord Jesus Christ, God With Us
The Lord Jesus Christ, as to His divine and eternal nature, is the proper and only begotten of the Father, but as to His human nature, He is the proper Son of Man.
He is, therefore, acknowledged to be both God and man. Because He is God and man, is “Immanuel,” God with us (Matthew 1:23; 1 John 4:2,10,14; Revelations 1:13,17).
The Title, Son of God
Since the name “Immanuel” embraces both God and man in the one Person, our Lord Jesus Christ. Then the title, Son of God, describes His proper deity and the title. Son of Man describes His proper humanity.
Therefore, the title, Son of God, belongs to the order of eternity and the title, Son of Man, to the order of time (Matthew. l:21-23; Hebrews 1:1-13, 1 John 3:8; 2 John 3).
Transgression of the Doctrine of Christ
It is a transgression of the Doctrine of Christ to say that Jesus Christ derived the title Son of God, solely from the fact of the incarnation or because of his relation to the economy of redemption.
To deny that the Father is a real and eternal Father and that the Son is a real and eternal Son to deny the distinction and relationship in the Being of God; a denial of the Father and the Son and a displacement of the truth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh (John 1:1,2,14,18,29,49; Hebrews 12:2; 1 John 2:22,23, 4:1-5; 2 John 9).
Exaltation of Jesus Christ as Lord
The Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, having by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, angels, principalities and powers having been made subject unto Him.
And, having been made both Lord and Christ, He sent the Holy Spirit that we, in the name of Jesus, might bow our knees and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Until the end when the Son shall become subject to the Father, that God may be all in all (Acts 2:32-36; Romans 14:11; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Hebrews 1:3; 1 Pet: 3:22).
Equal Honor to the Father and the Son
Since the Father has delivered all judgment unto the Son, it is not only the express duty of all in heaven and on earth to bow the knee, but it is an unspeakable joy in the Holy Spirit to ascribe unto the Son all the attributes of Deity and to give Him all honor and the glory contained in all the names and titles of the Godhead (except those which express relationship), and to honor the Son even as we honor the Father (John 5:22,23; Philippians 2:8-9; Revelations 4:8-11, 5:6-14, 7:9-10).
The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The scriptures declare:
His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35).
His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22).
His miracles (Acts 2:22, 10:38).
His substitutionary work on the cross
(1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6: Luke 24:39; 2 Corinthians 15:4).
His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11, 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrew 1:3).
The Fall of Man
Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let Us make man in Our own image, after Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26-27).
Mankind, by voluntary transgression, fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God (Genesis 2:17, 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).
The Salvation of Man
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Conditions to Salvation
Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ.
Man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life, by the regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 15;Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11, 3:5-7).
The Evidences of Salvation
The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16).
The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12).
The Ordinances of the Church
We believe in two primary New Testament ordinances: baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. However, we do not believe that the administration of such ordinances is limited to ordained or licensed ministers.
We believe in the priesthood of believers. Ordination and licensing in this church is a separation and recognition of a specific gifting of God.
We believe that God calls men and women into specific ministries as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. God calls them. Man can only recognize the call and acknowledge it. Ordination is on the basis of that recognition of God’s gifting. Men and women called to a specific office by God and ordained or licensed by this church, will have the right to participate in the traditional sacramental and ordinal functions of the church such as marriage, funerals and baptisms. They shall also be expected to function in the spiritual giftings of their office and to demonstrate the reality of their calling.
This church is a non-sacramental protestant church. We reject the efficacy of ritual and the concept of a separate priestly class.
We recognize the priesthood of believers and the serving ministry of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher with government by elders. We recognize that those called to such offices will function in a manner to lead by example in prayer, worship, teaching, laying on of hands and prophesying. Such actions on the part of those ordained and licensed by this church are equivalent to the sacramental functions of the priesthood in traditional sacramental churches.
Baptism in Water
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Lord and Savior are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47, 48; Romans 6:4.).
Communion – The Lord’s Supper
The ordinance of Holy Communion is commanded in the scriptures. The Lord’s Supper, consisting of bread and the fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26); a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26) and is enjoined on all believers proclaiming His death until He comes.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the ensuing power according to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 1:4,5,8).
This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it came the power for life and service, the bestowing of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Acts 1:4, 8; Acts 8:12-17;
l Corinthians 12:1-31).
This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17, 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 15:7-9).
With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as, an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42) and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost (Mark 16:20).
The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit, is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4).
The speaking in tongues, in this instance, is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:4-10,28), but different in purpose and use.
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil and of dedication unto God (Romans 2, 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12).
The scriptures teach a life of “Holiness without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).
By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15,16).
Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ, His death and resurrection and by faith, reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-11,13, 8:1,2,13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12,13; 1 Peter 1:5).
The Mission of the Church
The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission.
Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the corporate Body of Christ. The Church, also called “The church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven” (Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).
Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority, reason-for-being, of this Fellowship, is to help and encourage associate and affiliate member churches and ministries:
To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15,16; Acts 1:8).
To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
To be a channel of God’s purpose, to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (1 Corinthians 12:28, 14:12; Ephesians 4:11-16).
This Fellowship exists expressly to give continuing emphasis to this reason-for-being, in the New Testament apostolic pattern, by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit as this experience:
Enables them to evangelize in the power of the spirit with accompanying supernatural signs (Mark 16:15-20; Acts 4:29-31; Hebrews 2:3-4).
Adds a necessary dimension to a worshipful relationship with God (1 Corinthians 2:10-16; 12:13-14).
Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit, gifts and ministries, as in New Testament times, for the edifying of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:28, 14:12; Galatians 5:22-26; Ephesians 4:11-12; Colossians 1:29).
Our Lord has provided a divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry for the threefold purpose of leading the Church in:
The evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20).
The worship of God (John 4:23-24).
Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11-16).
Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:14-16).
The Blessed Hope
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; I Thessalonians 4:16; Titus 2:14).
The Millennial Reign of Christ
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints, to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27,30; Revelation 1:7, 19:11-14, 20:1-6).
This millennial reign will bring the salvation of the nation of Israel (Ezekiel 37:21-22; Zephaniah 3:19-20; Romans 11:26-27) and the establishment of universal peace (Psalms 72:3-8; Isaiah 11:6-9; Micah 4:3, 4).
The Final Judgment
There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged, according to their works.
Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake, which burns with fire and brimstone which is the second death (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8).
The New Heavens and the New Earth
The final judgment will also bring the fiery destruction of the heavens and the earth, but we, according to the promise of God, look forward to a new heaven and a new earth (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21,22).