AN ARMY RISING UP
As the church we are to bring Christ to the masses, not bring the masses to Christ.
(Matt 28:19-20) In order to do this, we MUST “Be Christ” in the neighborhoods. We must take God’s love to where people live and invest in them right where they are. We must build a church body that can meet the needs of continued discipleship at EVERY level of a person's walk with Christ.
We are about two things specifically: EVANGELISM and DISCIPLESHIP! Everything we do in ministry MUST have both of those functions in their vision. It doesn’t matter what your age is, Jesus has a plan for you to be more than just the average Christian soaking in a little bit of God and living life with no effectiveness. He wants us to step out of our comfort zones and REALLY LIVE for Him! He wants a life SOLD OUT for Him!
Can you imagine an entire church body doing this as a symbiotic family? WE CAN!
WHO WE ARE
Ignition633 was founded in Newark, Delaware in 2013. Although it began as a small church in a living room, Ignition is more than just a church: it is a movement that aims to reignite a passion for Jesus through relationship with Him. God has grown Ignition to be a global ministry, which is called to 7 locations worldwide.
Our goal at each location is to teach people that God is more than our God. He is our first love, our best friend, and most importantly, He is our savior. God deserves a laid down life, which includes: giving up your whole heart, giving up control, and sacrificing your life to Him in the same way He sacrificed his son for you. God wants us to build a relationship with Him in the same way you would pursue a future spouse.
The ministry is not strictly focused on nonbelievers, but saved Christians as well. God has led us to help Christians across the world understand relationship, and to evangelize to the nonbelievers that the God we serve loves them so much and wants to be their best friend.
The Scriptures are completely true, authoritative and sufficient (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
There is only one true God, Creator of heaven and earth, who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; Isaiah 46:9-10; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Genesis 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 3:13- 17; Matthew 28:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
All things exist for the glory of God (Psalm 148; Proverbs 16:4; Isaiah 61:3; Romans 11:33-36; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 5:15; Ephesians 1:3-14).
All humanity, Christ excluded, is sinful by both birth and action. We recognize that Adam and Eve were not “born” and were not created sinful; rather, they became sinful through their action. (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:8, 12-21; 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3).
The deserved penalty for sin is physical and spiritual death (Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:19; Romans 5:12; 6:23; James 1:14-15).
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin and is both fully God and fully human (Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3).
Jesus Christ died as the sacrificial substitute to pay the complete penalty for sin (John 1:29; 10:1-18; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18).
Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and will one day physically return (Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 1:20-21:25; 1 Corinthians 15:12-34; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7).
There will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Only those who turn from sin and to Jesus in faith and repentance will be raised to eternal reward. (This is not intended to deny the salvation of Old Testament saints. It is instead a recognition that they were saved through faith in Jesus Christ, though the content of that faith was less clear than it is for us on this side of the cross and resurrection.)
Those who do not turn from sin and turn to Jesus will be raised to eternal punishment (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15).
Only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and repentance from sin can one be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy (John 3:18, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).
While the doctrines expressed in the Statement of Basic Beliefs are recognized to be universal and primary within the Church, there are a number of secondary beliefs we are passionate to proclaim. Not all Christians hold these beliefs, but they are nonetheless important and true as we understand the Scriptures. Complete agreement is not required for the sake of service in Ignition Church, but it should be known that we will preach, teach and counsel in accordance with these convictions.
These distinctives represent four areas of doctrine and practice:
The Gifts of The Holy Spirit
The gifts of the Holy Spirit we see exercised in the Scriptures have not ceased with the death of the last Apostle or the closing of the New Testament canon. They are available today and are to be eagerly desired and practiced in submission to the Spirit speaking through the Scriptures.
(Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:1-16)
The Roles of Men and Women
Men and women were both created by God and equally bear His image. When the church was established at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out onto both men and women. In the New Testament, both prayed and prophesied in the church. Both were used in leading and teaching others. Both men and women are subject the same intended uses by God in the church.
We do believe there is an order of authority laid out in scripture between men and women. Women serve under a covering of authority; this covering is displayed in the role of our senior pastor.
(Luke 8:2-3, Acts 2:1-21, I Corinthians 11:4-5, 12:7&11, I Peter 2:9-10, 4:10-11, I Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9)
Believer’s Baptism by Immersion
Baptism is intended only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ and can give sufficient testimony to the basics of Christian beliefs. We also baptize by immersion because it is the original meaning of the word and best symbolizes the reality to which baptism points: our death and resurrection in Christ.
(Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-11)
The Relationship of God’s Glory to Man’s Joy
We believe that man’s greatest joy is found only in faithful obedience to God and that our enjoyment of Him is one of the chief means by which He is glorified.
(Psalm 16:11; 37:4; Matthew 13:44; John 15:11; Philippians 3:8; Hebrews 11:6)
We accept the Bible, including the 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament, as the written Word of God. The Bible is an essential and infallible record of God revealing Himself to mankind. It leads us to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. The original Scriptures are both fully and verbally inspired by God and are completely free of error. Each book is to be interpreted according to its context and purpose and in reverent obedience to the Lord who speaks through it in living power. All believers are exhorted to study the Scriptures and diligently apply them to their lives.
The Scriptures are the authoritative and normative rule and guide of all Christian life, practice and doctrine. They are totally sufficient and must not be added to, superseded or changed by later tradition, extra-biblical revelation or worldly wisdom. Every doctrinal formulation, whether of creed, confession or theology, must be tested by the full counsel of God in Holy Scripture. All prophetic truth and interpretation today must be held up to the content of the Scriptures and true revelation through the Holy Spirit will always completely agree with Scripture.
The Triune God
There is one God: infinite, eternal, almighty and perfect in holiness, truth and love. In the unity of the Godhead, there are three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, co-existent, co-equal and co-eternal. The Father is not the Son. The Son is not the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not the Father. Yet each is truly Deity. One God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—is the foundation of Christian faith and life.
God the Father: God the Father is the Creator of heaven and earth. By His word and for His glory, He freely and supernaturally created the world out of nothing. Through the same word, He daily sustains all creation. He rules over all and, together with the Son and the Spirit, is the only Sovereign. His plans and purposes cannot be thwarted. He is faithful to every promise, works all things together for good to those who love Him, and in His unfathomable grace gave His Son Jesus Christ for mankind’s redemption. He made all things for the praise of His glory and intends for man, in particular, to live in fellowship with Himself.
Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the eternal Word made Flesh. Supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, He is fully God and fully man. Through Him all things came into being. He was before all things, and in Him all things hold together by the word of His power. He is perfect in nature, teaching and obedience and is the only Savior for the sins of the world, having shed His blood through a vicarious death on the cross. By His death in our place, He revealed divine love and upheld divine justice, removing our guilt and reconciling us to God. Redeeming us from sin, He rose bodily from the grave on the third day. Victorious over death and the powers of darkness, He then performed many convincing proofs of His resurrection. He ascended into heaven where He now intercedes for His people at God's right hand and rules as Lord over all, awaiting His return. He is the Head of His body, the Church; and should be adored, loved, served and obeyed by all.
The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit - the Lord and Giver of life - convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. Through the proclamation of the gospel, He persuades men to repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord. By the same Spirit, a person is led to trust in divine mercy. The Holy Spirit unites believers to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about the new birth, and dwells within them. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify the Son who, in turn, came to glorify the Father. He will lead the Church into a right understanding and rich application of the truth of God’s Word. The Holy Spirit gifts the body of Christ with giftings needed to fulfill the will of the Father. He is to be respected, honored and worshiped as God, the Third Person of the Trinity.
God made man—male and female—in His own image, as the crown of creation, so they might glorify Him through enjoying fellowship with Him. Tempted by Satan, man rebelled against God. Being estranged from his Maker yet responsible to Him, man became subject to divine wrath, inwardly depraved and utterly incapable of returning to God apart from a special work of grace. This depravity is radical and pervasive. It extends to his mind, will and affections. Unregenerate man lives under the dominion of sin and Satan. He is at enmity with God, hostile toward God and hateful of God. Fallen, sinful people, whatever their character or accomplishments, are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ alone.
The gospel is the good news of God’s grace invading the darkness of this world. It is the grand narrative of creation, fall, redemption and consummation ordained by God and orchestrated through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.
His crucifixion is the heart of the gospel.
His resurrection is the power of the gospel.
His ascension is the glory of the gospel.
Christ’s death is a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for our sins. It satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and appeases His holy wrath. It also demonstrates His mysterious love and reveals His amazing grace. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which men can be saved. At the heart of all sound doctrine is the cross of Jesus Christ and the infinite privilege that redeemed sinners have in glorifying God because of what He has accomplished. Therefore, we want all that takes place in our hearts, churches and ministries to proceed from and be related to the gospel.
Man’s Response to the Gospel
The proper response to the gospel is faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ -- a faith that is naturally accompanied by repentance from sin. Biblical repentance is characterized by a changed life, and faith is evidenced by kingdom service and works.
Man’s Inheritance Through the Gospel
Salvation - the free gift of God - is provided by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. Anyone who repents of sin and looks to Christ's substitutionary death receives the gift of eternal life and is declared righteous by God as a free gift. The righteousness of Christ is imputed to him. He is justified and fully accepted by God.
Through Christ’s atonement for sin, an individual is reconciled to God as Father and becomes His child. The believer is forgiven of his sin and liberated from the law of death into the freedom of God’s Spirit. The duration of this gift of salvation is eternal; it can under no circumstances be lost, taken, or given away.
Biblical Salvation in Three Categories
Salvation is separated into three categories – justification, sanctification, and glorification. Although we are heaven bound through justification only, we deepen our relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ in our sanctification. Finally, our glorification will be the reaping of our justification and tested sanctification as we stand before our judge Jesus Christ at the Bema Seat.
Justification: We are justified through faith in Jesus Christ: the belief that Jesus - who is God - came to earth and became man, lived a sinless life, died on the cross to pay for man’s sins, was raised by the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit, and now sits on His Throne at the right hand of the Father. The justification of our salvation is simple: We accept the truth of who Jesus is and what He did, then invite Him into our heart as our Lord and Savior.
Sanctification: The Holy Spirit is the active agent in our sanctification, seeking to produce His fruit in us. The process of our sanctification begins the moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and ends the moment we stand before him at the end of this life. In this process, our minds are renewed and we are conformed to the image of Christ. Though indwelling sin remains a reality, the Spirit leads us to grow in the knowledge of the Lord, freely keeping His commandments so all people may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. Our sanctification is not a culmination of works that we strive to do for the Lord, but is completed in the depth of our personal relationship with Him. True “works” that will stand the Lord’s testing will only be those that are produced from our personal walk with the Lord and obedience to Him, not those works performed for the admiration of man. All believers are exhorted to persevere in the faith, knowing they will have to give an account to God for their every thought, word and deed. The spiritual disciplines - especially Bible study, prayer, worship and confession - are a vital means of grace in this regard. Nevertheless, the believer’s ultimate confidence to persevere is based on the sure promise of God to preserve His people until the end.
Glorification: The glorification of body and spirit for those justified by the blood of Christ will come when our time on this earth is at an end. We will stand before our Lord Jesus Christ and be glorified into His Kingdom. There we will live, serve and worship Him for all eternity
Empowered by the Spirit
The Holy Spirit empowers believers for Christian witness and service. The promise of the Father is freely available to all who believe in Jesus Christ, enabling them to exercise the gifts He sovereignly bestows for ministry and mission. The Holy Spirit desires to continually fill each believer with power to bear witness to the gospel and imparts His gifts for the edification of the body and the work of ministry in the world.
All the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work in the first-century church are available today and are to be earnestly desired and practiced in an orderly manner. This includes those gifts that are considered miraculous, as well as those which might be seen as more mundane, as both are works of the Spirit. The healthy exercising of diverse gifts within a unified body is essential to the mission of the Church in the world today
Prayer is an essential command of the Lord to His church. It is our communication to the Father through Jesus Christ, as well as our communication to Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Prayer is also the power of the Holy Spirit interceding for His children. Every prayer from a born again Christian is heard, taken to heart by the Father and answered according to His will. Prayer is a mandatory component to deepen our personal relationship with God.
Intercessory prayer is vital to the health and growth of the church. This is what defeats the strategic plans of the enemy. As we “carry each other's burdens” we do it in part through prayer. We pray for everything because there is power in prayer.
God creates the Church by His Word and Spirit, calling sinful men into the fellowship of Christ’s body. By the same Word and Spirit, He guides and preserves that newly redeemed humanity. The Church is not a religious institution or denomination. Rather, the Church is made up of those who have become genuine followers of Jesus Christ and have personally appropriated the gospel. The Church exists to worship and glorify God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It also exists to serve Him by faithfully doing His will on earth. This service involves a commitment to see the gospel preached and churches planted throughout the entire world.
The ultimate mission of the Church is to bring glory to God by making disciples. Upon conversion, newly redeemed men and women are added to a local church in which they devote themselves to teaching, fellowship, the Lord’s Supper and prayer. All members of the Church are to be a vital and committed part of a local church. In this context, they are called to live out the implications of the gospel as the people of God and demonstrate the reality of the kingdom of God. The ascended Christ has given gift ministries to the Church - including apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers - for the equipping of Christ’s body so it might mature and grow. In the local church, God’s people receive pastoral care and oversight and the opportunity to steward their gifts for His glory and the good of the others.
Ordinances of the Church
Water baptism is only intended for an individual who has received the saving benefits of Christ’s atoning work and become His disciple. In obedience to Christ’s command and as a testimony to God, the Church, oneself and the world; a believer should be immersed in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that a former way of life has been put to death and vividly depicts a person’s release from the mastery of sin.
As with water baptism, the Lord’s Supper is to be observed only by those who have become genuine followers of Christ. This ordinance symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and the shedding of His blood on our behalf, and is to be observed repeatedly throughout the Christian life as a sign of continued participation in the atoning benefits of Christ’s death. As we come to the table with an attitude of faith and self-examination, we remember and proclaim the death of Christ to receive spiritual nourishment for our souls and signify our unity with other members of Christ’s body.
The Power of Love
Love is the single greatest manifestation of God’s nature. Love is what the Father displayed when offering His Son Jesus to be sacrificed on the cross. Love is what Jesus showed in living a perfect, sinless life and in His willingness to die on the cross to pay for all of man’s sins. Love is what God shows in sending the Holy Spirit to be a helper and comforter to each who have accepted Jesus as Savior.
True love is complete and the cornerstone of the greatest command of God – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love is even greater than faith.
Finality of Christian Faith
The consummation of all things includes the future physical, visible, personal and glorious return of Jesus Christ; the resurrection of the dead, the judgment of the just and unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ’s kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. In the consummation, Satan is finally separated from the benevolent presence of God, enduring eternal punishment with his hosts and all those outside Christ.
The righteous will live and reign with Him forever in a perfect heaven, serving Him and giving Him unending praise and glory. Then the eager expectation of creation will be fulfilled, and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God who makes all things new.