Statement of Beliefs

Doxology Ministries International, Inc.

Nature of God:

We believe that a full knowledge of God is not a destination at which we will one day arrive. Instead, it is a journey that we undertake as long as we live. On the journey we discover that

God is, among many things,

  • good and merciful (Ps. 100:5),
  • omniscient (all-knowing),
  • omnipotent (almighty and infinite in power) (Deut. 10:17)
  • omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time) (Ps. 139:7-9)
  • everlasting; God always was and forever shall be (Is. 40:28).
  • the creator of all
  • a God of truth and without iniquity (Deut. 32:4) and
  • loving, compassionate and just (John 3:16; Ps. 86:15-16,1 John 4:8).

Nature of Humanity:

We believe that God created humanity, male and female, in God’s own image to have dominion over this earth (Gen. 1:26-27). Humanity was created for fellowship with God yet endowed with the ability to freely choose his/her response.  The enemy enticed Adam and Eve to break the one rule they had been given, eat freely of every tree in the garden and live or eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and die (Gen. 2:16-17).  Because of their willful disobedience, sin entered into the world. Their fellowship with God was broken as they hid themselves and denied their culpability. As a result, all humanity is born with a sinful nature. According to Ephesians 2:1-3, all are dead in sin and are “by nature the children of wrath.” We believe God’s love would not allow this to be the final judgment. Therefore, God provided a new birth through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).

Soteriology: (Doctrine of Salvation)

Scripture teaches that salvation is a free gift of God to humanity, the manifestation of God’s grace, the unmerited favor of God, completely aside from human works (Rom. 6:23,Eph. 2:7-9).  We are saved from the righteous judgment of God. When anyone sins, and we all have (Rom. 3:23; 6:23), they deserve eternal separation from God (Isaiah 59:2). Yet, because of His love and mercy, God became a man (John 1:1,14) and bore the sins of the world on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24; 1 John 2:2). When we appeal to God and seek forgiveness in Jesus, we are cleansed, our relationship with God is established, and we become new creatures (Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Cor. 15:1-42 Cor. 5:17).  Because of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ we are no longer slaves to sin but children and heirs of God through Christ (Gal 4:6-8, John 1:12; Col. 1:12; Eph. 1:6).

Christology: (the Study of Christ)

We believe Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, was born of the virgin Mary to be a once-for-all sacrifice for fallen humanity (John 1:18). God made Him who knew no sin to be sin so that humanity could be reconciled to God and become the righteousness of God through Jesus (2 Cor 5:21). We believe that Jesus was fully man and fully God and that He loves us with a never-ending love that is hard for us to truly imagine and understand. The only way to God is through Jesus, the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6) We believe that we discover much about Jesus through the names ascribed to Him in scripture. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who leads, protects and cares for us (John 10:11,14); He is the Light of the world that illuminates our way through a world that can sometimes be dark and uncertain (John 8:12); Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) and brings tranquility into our chaotic lives; He is the Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4) on whom we can always depend.  Jesus is the Bread of Life and those who trust in Him will neither hunger nor thirst (John 6:35,48). Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29) and the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end (Rev. 1:8).  We believe that Jesus died a horrific death at the hands of the very ones that He came to seek and save. And though He was mocked and scorned, He had the final victory when He rose from the dead. Now he sits at the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:33).  We believe Jesus is the example to which we should all aspire, to live in such a way that when people see us, they see our God. Though we are not sinless as He was, with Jesus’ help we can live holy lives.

Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit, the third person in the Trinity, is equal in every way with God, the Father, and God, the Son.  We see evidence of the presence and active participation of the Holy Spirit in the creation of humanity (Gen 1:26) when God said ‘let us make man in our own image.’ Although the Holy Spirit has all the characteristics of God, He has specific roles and functions in our lives. The Spirit intercedes for us when we are weak (Rom 8:26).  The Spirit guides us into all truth (John 16:13), is our Comforter who brings all things to our remembrance. (John 14:16). The Holy Spirit comes upon us and gives us power (Acts 1:8), lives within believers (1 Cor 3:16), gives direction (Rom 8:14) to the children of God, is eternal (Hebrews 9:14) and is our teacher (Luke 12:12).  The Holy Spirit is a gift to all believers who repent and are baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for the remission of sins (Matt. 28:19).

The Trinity:

We believe in the triune God, an eternal trinity of three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The mystery is that though they are three distinct persons, they are one God, consisting of one substance. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are coeternal, coequal, and co-powerful. Scripture teaches that the three bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word or Jesus, and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one and agree as one (1 John 5:6-8). The Son has nothing, does nothing and speaks nothing of Himself but receives all from the Father (John 5:26, 30; 16:15). Likewise, the Spirit takes everything from Christ (John 16:13, 14). The Son declares and glorifies the Father (John 1:18; 17:4, 6) and the Holy Spirit declares and glorifies the Son (John 15:26).

Eschatology: (Doctrine of End Times)

Eschatology is the study of Biblical teachings concerning the return of Christ and the events that follow.  We believe that Jesus Christ will return for the church in great power and glory (Matt 24:30-36). Because God alone knows the day or hour when the Son of Man will return, Jesus taught that believers should always be ready. The dead in Christ will be raised incorruptible and Christians who remain will put on immortality in a twinkling of an eye (1 Cor 15:50-54,Phil 3:20-21). Both will be caught up to meet the Lord in the sky (1 Thess. 4:13-18). Jesus, at his return, will judge the living and the dead (2 Tim 4:1). Believers will inherit the kingdom prepared from the beginning of time. Those who have never accepted Jesus as Savior, will enter into eternal punishment (Matt 25:31-46).

The Scriptures:

We believe the Holy Scriptures, though written by many people over thousands of years, is the living, inspired word of God. Scripture reveals the character of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and God’s actions on behalf of humanity. It is an historical record of the birth, life, and resurrection of Jesus. The Scripture also reveals the second coming of Christ and the final judgment. The Holy Scripture is a mirror through which humanity is reproved, corrected and instructed in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16).  We believe the Scripture is sharper than any two-edged sword, capable of piercing deep into a person’s soul and discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart (Heb. 4:12). The Scriptures provide a roadmap, pointing and directing all to eternal life through belief in the risen Christ.

The Church: (Ekklesia-assembly, called out)

We believe the church is a supernatural entity made up of people who have been redeemed by Christ who died on the cross and rose again. They are justified by faith in Christ (Rom 5:1) and saved by grace through faith, not by their own works (Eph 2:8). Membership in this body is through Jesus only; Scripture declares that there is no other name under heaven by which anyone can be saved (Acts 4:12).  The Church is edified by the Word of God (Eph 4:15-16), disciplined by God (Matt 18:15-17) and sanctified by the Spirit (Eph 5:26-27). As the body of Christ (Rom 12:5) the presence of the church is also seen and felt in the world. Believers gather in a specific location to worship the true and living God. They practice specific ordinances such as Baptism and communion. They also have a specific charge, to make disciples of the world, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19-20).

The Call to Ministry:

We believe that the call to the ministry extends to all. Scripture teaches that every person has been equipped with specific gifts that he or she is expected to use in building the Kingdom of God. Each person’s unique gifts and passions are the tools they are to use wherever they are ‘planted,’ whatever form their vocation takes be it carpenter, doctor, Mother, plumber or student. At the root is the edict to tell the world about salvation through Christ. Scripture teaches that God also calls or appoints individuals to specific offices within the body of Christ, apostles, prophets, teachers, evangelists, and pastors in order to equip the saints and edify the body of Christ (Eph. 4-10-12, Corinthians 12:28-30).  Finally, we believe that God calls all but God waits for each person to acknowledge the call and give themselves wholeheartedly to the necessary preparation.

The Role of the Clergy:

It is the clergy’s responsibility to follow the example of Jesus. Clergy is to serve (Matt 20:28), be present in times of need (Gal 6:2) and demonstrate love (John 15:12). Clergy is to be intentional about seeking the lost and introducing them to Christ (Luke 19:10). As preachers, Clergy have the awesome charge to ‘unearth’ meaning in the Biblical witness. According to James Evans, Jr., preachers cannot simply tell people what the Bible says. They “must embody the voice of God, enflesh the Word of the Lord, provide from her or his own depth of being the personal motivations and innermost thoughts of the biblical characters…”[1] We believe the role of the clergy as priest and prophetic voice is beautifully summarized in Isaiah 61:1-3, heal the broken-hearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;  proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance; to comfort all who mourn, to give beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Finally, we believe the clergy is responsible for providing leadership to the local congregation, training and growing believers, representing members to the larger denomination and providing a global perspective.

The Laity:

We believe in the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers (1 Pet 2:9). Therefore, we believe the laity includes all people who believe in and are committed to Jesus as Savior and Lord (Rom 10:8-13). Scripture teaches that there are many members yet one body. Each part of the body is as necessary as any other (1 Cor 12:20-22).

Ordination:

Ordination is the process by which the church recognizes and confirms God’s call to the office of minister of the Gospel.  After formal evaluation processes, the local body typically performs an ordination service. In a sense, the ordination service testifies to the universal church and to the world at-large that a person is a man or woman of God, has the gifts for public ministry, a thirst for knowledge, especially for the Word of God, and the ability to clearly communicate the sound doctrine of the gospel.  After ordination is confirmed, the minister is able to preside over the ordinances of the church: communion and baptism.

The World As Congregation:

Though we live in an era where churches abound, we believe the world is hungry to know the transformative power of God. According to both Barna Research and Gallop polls, half of all ‘unchurched’ people (estimated at @219.5 million) are formerly ‘churched’ or ex-members of traditional congregations. Doxology Ministries International, Inc. believes it can play a vital role in reaching this rich mission field with the Gospel of Christ. (Luke 15:4-6) DMI, Inc. intends to penetrate the world with the love of Jesus Christ and the truth of the Gospel through the use of books, one-one-one contact, conferences, workshops, retreats, counseling and current and emerging technologies. (Ez. 34:12, 16)


[1] James Evans, Jr., We Have Been Believers: An African American Systematic Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press,1992) pg. 50.

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