Alan and Joy Clayton spent ten years working as volunteers with John Osteen at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. In June of 1996, they came to Conroe with two couples to start The Ark Church. The first service was in a Montessori Center, with 27 people present. Today The Ark Church serves thousands of people each week. With an emphasis on children, youth, missions, and outreach, the heart of The Ark is to make a difference with a message of faith, hope, and God's love.
The Bible is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writings, it is inspired, infallible, and inerrant. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26)
He is eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal. (1 John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11)
He is the second person of the Trinity. On Earth, Jesus was 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind, and thus atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1,14, 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5,6; 1 Timothy 2:5)
He was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity); therefore, He is the Son of God. (Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14)
By voluntary transgression, man fell. His only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21)
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a free gift from God available to anyone and everyone, and it is not a result of our good works or any human efforts. (Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-10; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 1:16, 10:9-10; Acts 4:12, 16:31; Hebrews 9:22)
His blood is sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death. (1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29)
The Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His ascension, to empower the Church to bring the Gospel message to the whole Earth. (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6)
To build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the gospel. The Bible's lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters. (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12:4-8; Ephesians 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10)
Jesus was resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation. (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21)
Heaven is for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4)
Tithe is for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17) This principle is discussed throughout the Bible. Tithing (also referred to as the “first fruits”), giving God the first 10% of our income to the local church, is the primary practical way we acknowledge that God is first in our lives. (Proverbs 3:9; 10:24; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4)
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