Statement of Faith
Olive Tree Ministries works across denominational lines and respects different views within the Body of Messiah.
Our Key Beliefs
- In One God eternally existent in Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14).
- In the Deity and Lordship of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, His virgin birth, sinless life, miraculous ministry, who through His vicarious and atoning death on the Cross became the Saviour of the world. He rose from the dead on the third day, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return to earth for His saints and to judge the world in righteousness (John 1:1-3; 20:30-31; Matthew 1:20-23; Acts 10:38-39; Romans 4:22-25; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 12:2; I Thessalonians 4:14-18; Matthew 25:31-32).
- In the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, His fruit and gifts, who is given to believers to empower them for fruitful service (Acts 1:8; 2:4).
- In the gift of eternal salvation which is received through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16; 5:24; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 10:9,10; Ephesians 2:8-9).
- The Holy Scriptures, known as the Bible, is the inspired inerrant Word of God and our all sufficient rule for faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16-17).
- In the spiritually lost condition of humankind and the essential need for the “new birth” and salvation by faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:23; 6:23).
- In the justification of sinners by grace for the sake of Christ, received by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- In the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion) and Water Baptism by full immersion in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for all believers so we can identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (I Corinthians 11:23-26; Matthew 28:19).
- In the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as a wonderful gift from God. He empowers believers for witness, service, overflow, and power to live a Godly life (Matthew 3:11; Acts 2:4).
- In the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are available to the Church today. Spiritual gifts edify the church and demonstrate God’s power to unbelievers (I Corinthians 12:4-11; I Peter 4:10).
- In divine healing through Jesus Christ the healer. He heals in body, mind, emotion and spirit (Matthew 9:35; 10:1; Luke 9:11; Acts 10:38);
- In sanctification as an ‘event’ at salvation and an on-going process. It develops character, maturity, and holiness in the believer (Romans 6:19; Galatians 5:22-23).
- In the active ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the promotion of Christian discipleship to the whole world (Matthew 28:19).
- In Jesus’ second coming in fulfilment of the Messianic hope of both the OT and NT (I Thessalonians 4:14-18)
- In the bodily resurrection of the saved and the lost, one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting punishment. (Daniel 12:2; Revelation 20:11-15).