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Doctrinal Statement

PURPOSE OF ACTION

ACTION is an interdenominational, Christ-centered organization, whose purpose is to exercise and encourage evangelism, discipleship, and development toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20).

ACTION DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

Among other equally biblical truths, we believe in:

A.
 The Holy Bible, the Word of God; in its divine, verbal, plenary inspiration, its inerrancy and infallibility in the original manuscripts; and its supreme and final authority in faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

B.
 One God eternally existing in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 3:14).

C.
 The Lord Jesus Christ:
  • His essential, absolute, and eternal deity (Philippians 2:6; John 1:4, 14; Hebrews 1:8).
  • His true and sinless humanity (1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5).
  • His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20).
  • His substitutionary, propitiatory death (Matthew 20:28; Mark 1:45; 1 Timothy 2:6).
  • His bodily resurrection (John 20:19-20).
  • His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51).
  • His personal, visible, and bodily coming again with power and great glory (Titus 2:13; John 14:2-3; Revelation 19:11-16).
D. The Holy Spirit, who shows the redeeming purpose of God to the world by convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:7-11), and by regenerating (Titus 3:5), uniting to Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13), indwelling (Ephesians 1:13, 5:18), sanctifying (Galatians 5:16; 1 Corinthians 6:11), illuminating (John 16:13), and empowering for service (1 Corinthians 12:4-11), all who place complete faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 5:5).

E.
 The total depravity of man because of the Fall (Genesis 3:10-24; Romans 6:23).

F. Salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ apart from works (Ephesians 2:8).

G. The everlasting bliss of the saved and the eternal suffering of the lost (Daniel 12:2; Luke 16:24-26; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:14-15).

H. The real spiritual unity in Christ of all redeemed by His precious Blood (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:4-6, 4:11-15, 5:25-26).

I. The necessity of maintaining, according to the Word of God, the purity of the Church in doctrine and life (1Corinthians 6:19-20; 1 Thessalonians 4:3).

DOCTRINAL DIFFERENCES STATEMENT 

ACTION International Ministries seeks to present Jesus Christ, our Lord, to men, women, and children through the meeting of their life needs and sharing the Gospel. In order to carry out the task, a firm foundation on which to stand is needed. Within the Body of Christ, there are core, or primary, doctrines. These are expressed in our Doctrinal Statement. Agreement upon these core doctrines is necessary for fellowship and cooperation. 

There are, however, other doctrines upon which there are variations or differing positions. In keeping with the interdenominational status and membership of ACTION, careful consideration must be given to the maintenance and demonstration of the “unity of the Body of Christ” in our fellowship and in our various ministries. To accomplish this, secondary truths, or denominational differences in doctrinal emphasis, must not be stressed. These doctrinal differences have a tendency to cause division. 

Such controversial subjects as extreme forms of Arminianism, Calvinism, dispensationalism, the Pentecostal or charismatic experience, signs and wonders, or exclusive use of a particular translation of Scripture are examples of things that tend to divide rather than unite. Personnel accepted into ministry with ACTION must be willing to subjugate any such doctrinal views which might cause controversy or division. 

ACTION’s Doctrinal Statement gives the core, or essential, doctrines to which ACTION holds.

The following quotation expresses ACTION’s conviction in regard to various doctrinal positions: 

In essentials...unity; in non-essentials...graciousness;
in doubtful things...liberty; in all things...LOVE.