"Alarming the Nations of Christ Imminent Return"
Shophar Ministries, Inc.
MISSION: Acts 26:18
Our statement of faith and resources are grounded in a conservative viewpoint. The literal, grammatico-historical-theological method of hermeneutics is used. This method interprets numbers and words literally unless their context gives merit for taking them in a figurative or symbolical sense. Remember “When The Plain Sense Of Scripture Makes Common Sense, Seek No Other Sense!!!!
Word of God
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the infallible, and the authoritative word of God.
We affirm that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, though written by men, was supernaturally inspired by God so that all its words are the written true revelation of God; it is therefore inerrant in the originals and authoritative in all matters. It is to be understood by all through the illumination of the Holy Spirit, its meaning determined by the historical, grammatical, and literary use of the author’s language, comparing Scripture with Scripture.
We affirm our belief in one God, infinite Spirit, creator, and sustainer of all things, who exists eternally in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three are one in essence but distinct in person and function.
We affirm that the Father is the first person of the Trinity and the source of all that God is and does. From Him the Son is eternally generated and from Them the Spirit eternally proceeds. He is the designer of creation, the speaker of revelation, the author of redemption, and the sovereign of history.
We affirm that the Lord Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, eternally begotten from the Father. He is God. He was conceived by the virgin Mary through a miracle of the Holy Spirit. He lives forever as perfect God and perfect man: two distinct natures inseparably united in one person.
We affirm that Jesus Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice by the appointment of the Father. He fulfilled the demands of God by His obedient life, died on the cross in full substitution and payment for the sins of all, was buried, and on the third day He arose physically and bodily from the dead. He ascended into heaven where He now intercedes for all believers.
We affirm that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, proceeding from the Father and the Son and equal in deity. He is the giver of all life, active in the creating and ordering of the universe; He is the agent of inspiration and the new birth; He restrains sin and Satan; and He indwells and sanctifies all believers.
The Fall of Man
Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let Us make man in Our Image, after Our likeness.” But, man by voluntary transgression, fell and his only hope for redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).
Salvation of Man
Man’s only hope for redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross Jesus Christ became sin and sickness providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind. (Psalm 103:3) We are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. For by grace we are saved through faith.
” (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8-9).
The evidences of Salvation. The inward evidence to the believer of his 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. “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us” (1 John 3:23).
Faith and Works. Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine the rewards in eternity (Acts 16:3; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 14:10-12; and 2 Corinthians 5:10).
We affirm that a church is a local assembly of baptized believers, under the discipline of the Word of God and the lordship of Christ, organized to carry out the commission to evangelize, to teach, and to administer the ordinances of believer’s baptism and the Lord’s table. Its offices are apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors , evangelists, and deacons, and it is self-governing. It functions through the ministry of gifts given by the Holy Spirit to each believer.
Blessed Hope (Rapture)
We affirm that the return of Christ for all believers is imminent. It will be followed by seven years of great tribulation, and then the coming of Christ to establish His earthly kingdom for a thousand years. The unsaved will then be raised and judged according to their works and separated forever from God in hell. The saved, having been raised, will live forever in heaven in fellowship with God.
The Lake of Fire
Those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will suffer eternal separation from the Godhead. The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire that burns with brimstone. This is the second death, the lake of fire (Revelation 19:20, 20:10-15).
Is the belief “which holds the doctrine that the second coming of Christ precedes the millennium.”
The Millennial Reign of Christ
Is the return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His Saints from Heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on earth as the Scriptures promised (Romans 11:25, 27; 2 Thessalonians 1:17; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-7).