The Church At Carrollton is not a place where we learn the religion of man. Here we are taught God's kingdom principles (Matthew 6:33). The Bible was not written from an American perspective and therefore cannot be studied without examining the Scriptures from a Jewish standpoint. The cross is the place where the Jew and the Gentile become one new man (Ephesians 2). We were created to live a life of peace and joy and blessing so that we can be a blessing to others. (Genesis 12:2, Romans 14:17, Jeremiah 29:11).
We come together as a body of believers to seek and to learn how to walk in the kingdom of God, and then we go out equipped, knowing who we are in Christ, walking in newness of life, being blessed to minister to others in the blessing.
Statement of Faith
The kingdom of God is Christ. Therefore, The Church At Carrollton is a Christ-focused church, loving the Lord God with all our heart, soul, and might (Deuteronomy 6:5, Mark 12:30), and loving our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31). Our focus is not on the religion of man, but on God's kingdom principles (Matthew 6:33). As born-again believers, we are yoked together with Christ and made joint-heirs with Him (Matthew 11:29-30). When we understand who we are and that our position in Christ is Sonship (Galatians 4:7), as well as understanding who we serve, we can go forward speaking blessings instead of curses (Proverbs 18:21), becoming kings and priests unto God (Revelation 1:6), walking in power and authority, having been made holy, righteous, sanctified, and justified by Him (Romans 12:1, Romans 5:19, I Corinthians 6:11, Romans 3:24, Romans 4:25).
The gospel of Jesus Christ is not only that Jesus died on the cross for us. The true gospel actually is in Genesis. The Bible shows us that God speaks a covenant with Abram of blessing to him and to his seed (Genesis 12:1-3 -- the gospel of Christ; also, Genesis 15:1-5, Hebrews 4:2). That seed was passed through generations until God manifested everything through Christ to come into the natural as Jesus. The seed is Christ, the Son of God. Jesus, Son of Man, was the outer covering over Christ - over the seed. God, through the Holy Spirit, overshadowed the virgin, Mary, and took the spiritual seed of Christ and placed it in Mary so that when birthed, the covenant that God made with Abram was fulfilled through Jesus Christ. If you are born again, you are Abraham's seed (Galatians 3:29).
Just believing in Jesus will not get you to heaven. Romans 10:13 says that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. What then causes a man to call upon the name of the Lord? True salvation is when the Holy Spirit draws you to the door, which is Jesus Christ (John 6:44). When you accept by faith what He did, then the Bible says your human spirit dies and is replaced with the Spirit of Christ (Romans 6:4), and you become a new creature in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17). At the time you are born again, you receive the Holy Ghost and are sealed to the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30).
When we study Scripture, we should never take the Scripture out of context. The Bible never contradicts itself. For example, in Hebrews 6, the doctrine of baptisms is discussed, and in Ephesians 4, the Bible says there is one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. In studying this, you find that John was the forerunner of Jesus and he was getting the people ready for what was to come. John told them that someone was coming after him that would baptize them with fire and the Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:11, Luke 3:16). John's baptism was with water unto repentance. When Jesus came and was baptized, He did so to fulfill prophecy. The Holy Ghost came on Pentecost to bring the Spirit so that we could be born again back into the kingdom (being baptized into Christ). After that, John's baptism was fulfilled (Acts 8, Galatians 3:26-29, Ephesians 4:4-6, Romans 6:1, I John 4, 5, and 6).
God created our spirit, soul, and body. In Genesis 1 and 2, the Bible says that God created man in his image. God is a Spirit and He created male and female spirits (Genesis 1:26-27). Then He took the dust of the ground and formed physical man and breathed into his nostrils and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7). Therefore, we are spirit, soul, and body. If you are born again, your spirit cannot sin (I John 3:9). Our spirit man is perfect (Matthew 5:48) and sits in heavenly places with Christ (Ephesians 2:6). We must renew our mind, or soul, daily (Romans 12:2), and our flesh should die daily. Only when our body and soul line up with our spirit will we see the ultimate power and glory of God manifest in our lives.
God is a spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The Father desires true worshippers to worship Him (John 4:23-24).
In John 8:32, the Bible says, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." It is the knowledge of the truth that sets us free. We have to get past thinking in the physical mind to the spiritual realm of thinking of God's Word in order for our lives to change.
Of two olive branches, the natural olive branch is the Jewish people, and the wild olive branch is the Gentile people. God has grafted the two together to become one new man. Even though you may not be born Jewish, if you are truly born again, you are a Jew inwardly (Ephesians 2:19, Romans 11:17, Romans 2:29). There are seven Jewish feasts that are feasts of the Lord and are intended to be observed forever. They are the Feast of Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Firstfruits, the Feast of Pentecost, the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah), the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). These feasts are for all who are born again, as we are grafted into the natural olive branch. As we learn about these feasts, we learn about receiving the blessing so that we may minister to others in the blessing (Hebrews 6:10-12).
Accepting the yoke of the kingdom of God; a yoke that is not a burden but a privilege (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Matthew 11:29-30).
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