Articles of faith
Higher Ground Apostolic Ministries
Articles of Faith
THE SON OF GOD
The one true God, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, took upon
Himself the form of man, and as the Son of man, was born of the virgin
Mary. As Paul says, “And without controversy great is the mystery
of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit,
seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world,
received up into glory” (I Timothy 3:16; John 1:10).
“He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” (John
1:11). This one true God was manifested in the flesh, that is, in His
Son Jesus Christ.
“… God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing
their trespasses unto them;…” (II Corinthians 5:19).
We believe that, “… in Him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fullness of the
Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9)
“…unto us a child is born, unto us a son in given:… and his name
shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting
Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). This prophecy of Isaiah
was fulfilled when the Son of God was named, “And she shall
bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: For he shall
save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other
name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”
MAN AND HIS FALL
God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:26,27), innocent,
pure and holy (Romans 5:11, Ephesians 2:3). Man needed a redeemer
which has been supplied in the seed of the woman, which
seed bruised the serpent’s head (Genesis 3:15; Luke 2:10,11); that
is, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in whom we have redemption
through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7; Revelation
THE GRACE OF GOD
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all
men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we
should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.” (Titus
“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus
Christ.” (John 1:17)
A Christian, to keep saved, must walk with God and keep himself
in the love of God (Jude 21), and in the grace of God. The word
“grace” means “favor.” When a person transgresses and sins against
God, he loses favor. If he continues to sin and does not repent, he
will eventually be lost and cast into the lake of fire. (Read John
15:1,6; II Peter 2:20-22) Jude speaks of the backsliders of his day
and their reward. (Read Hebrews 6:4-6)
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:” (Ephesians 2:8).
Melchizedek, the priest of the Most High God, gave the first communion,
consisting of bread and wine (Genesis 14:18), to our father
Abraham. Christ, being “made a high priest for ever after the order of
Melchizedek.” Evidently administered the same (Hebrews 7:21; Matthew
26:26-29; I Corinthians 11:23-32).
On the night of our Lord’s betrayal, He ate the Passover supper
with His apostles, after which He instituted the Communion service.
“And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto
them saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance
of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This
cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you” (Luke
22:19, 20). Paul instructed the Church how to observe it (I Corinthians
The physical suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ purchased healing
for our bodies, as His death, burial and resurrection provided for the
salvation of our souls, for “… with his stripes we are healed,” (Isaiah
53:5). Matthew 8:17 reads, “… Himself took our infirmities, and bare
our sicknesses.” (See also I Peter 2:24)
We see from this that healing for the body is in the atonement.
That being true, then it is for all who believe. Jesus said of the believer,
“… they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
Later James wrote in his epistle to all the church, “Is any sick among
you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over
him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of
faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he
have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye
may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man
availeth much” (James 5:14-16)
REPENTANCE AND REMISSION OF SIN
The only grounds upon which God will accept a sinner is repentance
from the heart for his sins that he has committed. A broken and
contrite heart He will not despise (Psalm 51:17). John preached repentance,
Jesus proclaimed it, and before His ascension commanded
that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His
name, beginning at Jerusalem (Luke 24:47). Peter fulfilled this command
on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38
The scriptural mode of baptism is immersion, and is only for those
who have fully repented, having turned from their sins and a love of
the world. It should be administered by a duly authorized minister of
the Gospel in obedience to the Word of God and in the name of Jesus
Christ, according to the Acts of the Apostles; 2:38; 8:16; 10:48;
19:5, thus obeying and fulfilling Matthew 28:19
HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM
John the Baptist, in Matthew 3:11, said “… He shall baptize you
with the Holy Ghost.”
Jesus, in Acts 1:5, said, “… ye shall be baptized with the Holy
Ghost not many days hence.”
Luke tells us in Acts 2:4, “… and they were all filled with the Holy
Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, (languages) as the
Spirit gave them utterance.”
The basic and
fundamental doctrine of this Organization shall be
the Bible standard of full salvation, which is repentance, baptism in
water by immersion in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of
sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost with (Acts 2:4,38;
We believe that godly living should characterize the life and walk
of all saints according to the sign and example found in I Peter 2:21;
Titus 2:11; Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 12:14; I Peter 1:15-17.
We believe we are to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the
flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (II Corinthians
7:1), to abstain from all appearance of evil (I Thessalonians 5:22),
and to turn away from those who have a form of godliness but deny
the power thereof (II Timothy 3:5; I Corinthians 11:6; I Timothy
2:9,10; I Peter 2:3,4).
Holiness is not only an inward presence of God but it is also reflected
in the outward life of the Christian in his conduct in this world.
We believe tithing is God’s financial plan to provide for His work,
and has been since the days of Abraham. Tithing came with faith
under Abraham, Moses’ law enjoined it, Israel practiced it when she
was right with God, Jesus endorsed it (Matthew 23:23),
and Paul said to lay by in store as God has prospered you. Do not
rob God of His portion, that is tithes and offerings (Read Malachi 3).
MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE
Marriage will be between
one man and one woman.
“Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication,
and shall marry another, committeth adultery” (Matthew 5:32; 19:9).
In order to lift a higher standard in the ministry, Will be dealt with on a case by case basis.
TRANSLATION OF SAINTS
We believe the catching away of the church draweth nigh, and at
that time all the dead in Christ shall rise from their graves, and we
that are alive and remain shall be translated or “caught up” to meet
the Lord in the air (Matthew 24:36-42; Luke 17:20-37; I Corinthians
15:51; Philippians 3:20,21; I Thessalonians 4:13-17).
Whereas, the Word of God teaches the imminent second coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ and that there will be first an appearing or
catching away of the Church (I Thessalonians 4:13) preceding His
second coming back to earth; and said first appearance we believe to
be at hand and likely to occur at any moment.
Moreover, we believe that the distress upon the earth is the “beginning
of sorrows” and will become more intense until there “shall
be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation even
to that same time,” (Matthew 24:21; Daniel 12:1; Romans 11:25-27).
We believe that the period of “Tribulation” will be followed by the
dawn of a better day on earth, and that for one thousand years there
shall be “peace on earth and good will toward men,” (Revelation
20:1-5; Isaiah 65:17-25; Matthew 5:5; Daniel 7:27; Micah 4:1; Habakkuk
2:14; Romans 11:25-27).
When the thousand years are finished, there shall be a resurrection
of the dead who shall be summoned before the Great White
Throne for their final judgment, and all whose names are not found
written in the Book of Life shall be cast into the lake of fire, burning
with the brimstone, which God has prepared for the devil and his angels
(Revelation 20:5-15; Matthew 24:41-46; Revelation 21:8).
it is our duty to be in obedience to all requirements of the
law that are not contrary to the Word of God.
SANCTITY OF LIFE
We believes that life begins
at conception and it is a pro-life organization. We believe, teach
and promote life alternatives to abortion, such as adoption.
In support of our position and beliefs, we encourage our
churches to observe National Sanctity of Life Day on a Sunday in
January; encouraging our churches to pray for the unborn, encouraging
expectant mothers to allow their unborn children to experience
the joys of life, and petitioning God to challenge our leaders to pursue
life alternatives as well. We encourage prayer for the divine healing
of those affected by devastating diseases; and for God’s grace, comfort
and peace to bear the hardships we must endure