Doctrinal Statement

The following is InterAct’s Statement of Faith (followed by my personal distinctions).  Though it is broader than my personal doctrinal position, I believe it is a good statement of the core beliefs of historic Christianity.  Though I do believe very strongly in some doctrines not mentioned in this statement, I also recognize that these doctrinal differences should be handled with grace.  They do not put someone I disagree with outside of orthodox Christianity, nor do they form a barrier to cooperation in ministry.   

Although current members come from a wide variety of denominational backgrounds, InterAct Ministries is a non-denominational, non-charismatic mission organization whose members adhere to a corporate statement of doctrinal belief. InterAct’s complete doctrinal statement can be seen below.

Statement of Faith–InterAct

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A.  We believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word, revelation of God, inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed. It shall be our guide in all matters of faith and conduct. (Psa. 19:7-11; II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Matt. 5:18)

B.  We believe in the triune Godhead, composed of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, coexistent, eternal, omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. (Deut. 6:4; I Peter 1:2; John 1:1; Acts 5:3-4)

C.  We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, his virgin birth and sinless life, that he is God incarnate, very God of very God, for whom and by whom all things were created, and that he is the head of his body, the true church. (John 1:1-14; II Cor. 5:21; Col. 1:18)

D.  We believe that man was created in the image of God. Man chose to sin and thus became totally lost and absolutely incapable of saving himself by his own works. Therefore, apart from Jesus Christ, all human beings incur physical, spiritual and everlasting death. (Gen. 1:26; Gen. 3; Isa. 64:6; Rom. 5:12,19; Eph. 2:1,8-9; Rom. 6:23)

E.  We believe that because of the very nature of the gift of eternal life, because of the present intercessory ministry of Jesus Christ, and because of the sealing of the Holy Spirit, all true believers once saved, will be kept saved by the power of God forever. (John 5:24; 10:28; Rom. 8:29; Eph. 4:30; Heb. 7:25; Jude 24)

F.  We believe that the true church is one body composed of all believers with Jesus Christ as the head. We further believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are scriptural ordinances and are to be observed by the church today. (Eph. 5:23; Acts 2:41; Matt. 28:19; 26:26-29; I Cor. 11:17-34)

G.  We believe in the great Evangelistic Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost.” (Matt. 28:16-20; Acts 1:8)

H.  We believe in the personal, bodily, imminent, visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ to complete His work as Messiah and to judge all people. We believe in the bodily resurrection of believers and unbelievers. Those who accepted Christ as Lord and Savior will be with him in heaven* forever, and those who have rejected him will be separated from him in the lake of fire forever. (I Thess. 4:13-18; I Cor.15:50-59; Rev. 19:19-20; 20:1-6; Matt. 25:41)  [*Though Christ today is in heaven and believers enter His presence upon death, Christ said in Jn. 14:3, that upon His return, “Wherever I am, there you may be also.”  Christ’s activity during the millennial Kingdom will be centered on the earth.  Believers will be ruling and reigning with Him on the earth (Rev. 3:21, 20:6.) and will dwell in the new heaven and new earth for eternity (Rev. 21:1). – J. Miller]

I.  We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, and was fully God and fully man. We believe in his sinless life, his miracles, his death for sin, his bodily resurrection, his ascension to the right hand of the Father, his ministry on behalf of true believers, and his personal return in power and glory. (Matt. 1:18; Luke 1:27; Phil. 2:5-7; Heb. 4:15; John 19:30; Matt. 28:6; Luke 24:6; Col. 3:1; Heb. 7:25; I Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 19:11-16)

J.  We believe that Christ died for our sins as a substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who receive him as personal Savior and Lord are declared righteous by faith on the basis of his shed blood. (Isa. 53:6; Heb. 10:14; Eph. 5:2; John 1:12; Rom. 19:9; Rom. 5:1,18-19; Eph. 1:7)

K.  We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to give unbelievers a new life in Christ. The Holy Spirit baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ and permanently indwells them at the time of salvation. The filling of the Spirit enables believers to live a godly life and empowers them for service. (Titus 3:5-6; I Cor. 12:13; 6:19-20; Eph. 5:18)

L.  We believe in the personality and reality of Satan as well as his present and ultimate judgment. (Rev. 12:9,19; Matt. 4:2-11; Isa. 14:12-17; John 8:44; 16:11; Rev. 20:10)

M.  We believe that all followers of the Lord Jesus Christ have eternal life and are expected to maintain good works. This involves separation from the sinful pleasures of the world system. (I John 2:15-17; Titus 2:1-15; John 10:27-29; Rom. 5:10; John 3:16)

Millers’ Distinctives:

We strive to maintain a high view of God, Christ, the Scripture, and the Holy Spirit.

A high view of God causes our purpose to be God’s glory. (Eph. 1:12, 14)

God has created all things, including us, to be to the praise of His glory (Eph. 1:12,14).  Therefore, our purpose is to glorify Him.  “Proclaim the good news of His salvation.  Declare His glory among the nations” (I Chron. 16:23, 24).

 A high view of Christ causes our goal to be Christ likeness. (Rom. 8:28, 13:14; Eph. 5:1)

God has revealed Himself and His glory through the written Word and the Incarnate Word (Jn. 1:1-14; 17:1-6, 17).  We display God’s glory best when we clearly demonstrate Christ by obeying and accurately proclaiming His Word.  Christians, as sinful beings, are constantly being transformed, more and more, into the image of Christ (II Cor. 3:18).  Therefore, the most accurate presentation of Christ to the world, at this time, is the written Word of God (II Pet. 1:19-21).

A high view of Scripture causes us to diligently study, accurately proclaim, and obediently live out the Scripture.

We emphasize accurate, faithful handling of the Word of God.  Verse-by-verse expository preaching is the best method to convey the original meaning of the text.  Faithful expository preaching is built upon a literal, grammatical, historical, contextual approach to biblical interpretation, and it provides an example of thorough Bible study for those who hear it (II Tim. 2:15, 3:16-4:2).  Academic knowledge of Scripture is never the goal for either the proclaimers or hearers; we must obediently live the Scriptures as the Holy Spirit gives us understanding (Jas. 1:21-25).

A high view of the Holy Spirit causes us to recognize our need for total dependence on the Spirit in imitating Christ and in understanding, obeying, and proclaiming the Word.  (Gal. 3:3, 5:25, 6:8)

We affirm the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689 as an excellent statement of the doctrines of Scripture and most accurate of the historic confessions of faith.

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