What We Believe
What We Believe
Agape Time Ministries Inc.-City of Refuge – Belief and Vision Commitment A Time of Love –Ezekiel 16:8 When I passed by you and saw you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love;Agape Time Ministries Inc. City of Refuge: (ATMI) is a ministry with a heart after God and a heart for His people. Our mission is to equip the people of God through an intimate relationship with God for their kingdom assignments here on earth.
Our Vision Statement:
Producing & Promoting Healthy Leaders through Mentorship & Fellowship
The Word of God
Agape Time Ministries (ATMI) believes the scriptures to be the inspired Word of God without error in the original writings- the complete revelations of His will for the salvation of men and the final authority for all Christian faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21, Matthew 5:17-18, John 10:34-36)
The Triune God
ATMI believes in one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three manifestations. God the Father, God the Son, and The Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost. (Deuteronomy 6:4. Isaiah 9:6 , Matthew 28:19, Romans 1:20, 2 Corinthians 13:14., Hebrew 1:1-3 )
ATMI believes in God the Father (Elohim-creator of all things), an infinite personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He actively and mercifully intervenes in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He save from sin and death all who come to Him through His Son Jesus Christ. (Exodus 34:6-7, John 3:16, John 4:23-24, Ephesians 1:3)
ATMI believes that Jesus the Christ (Yeshua ha Mashiach) is God and man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. He rose bodily from the dead. He ascended into heaven. He is now our High Priest and Advocate at the right hand of the Father. (John 1:1-18, Colossians 1:15-23, Ephesians 1:15-23, Hebrews 2:23-25)
The Holy Spirit
ATMI believes that the Holy Spirit is fully God and is the breath of God. We believe the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers of their need for Christ; He gives new birth to believers, and He indwells, sanctifies, leads, teaches, and empowers believers for Godly living and service. We believe that the ministry of the Spirit continues to be a broad, tangible, and powerful among believers today as it was in the early church. We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We believe in speaking in tongues as the Holy Spirit gives utterance. We also believe that all the biblical gifts of the Spirit continue to be distributed by the Spirit today, that these gifts are divine provisions central to spiritual growth and effective ministry and that these gifts are to be eagerly desired, faithfully developed, and lovingly exercised according to biblical guidelines. (John 3:3-8, John 14:15-27, John 16:5-15, Romans 8:9-17, Romans 12:3-*, I Corinthians 2:12-14, Galatians 5:16-26, Ephesians 5:18-21, I Corinthians 14: 1-25)
ATMI believes God created man in the image of God. We further believe man is a sinner by nature and action and is therefore spiritually dead. We also believed that those who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are spiritually born again to new life by the Holy Spirit.(Genesis 1:27, Ephesians 2:1-9, Romans3:9-26, Romans 5:12-21, Acts 2:38-39)
ATMI believes that salvation is a free gift of God and is received by man through faith in Jesus Christ apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only grounds for forgiveness of sins for all who believe and that only those who receive Jesus Christ are born of the Spirit, and are given eternal life. (Ephesians 2:4-9, Titus 3:5-7, Romans 3:21-31, John 3:16-17, Acts 16:29-34, Romans 10:9-10, John 8:23-24, John 14:6, I Timothy 2:3-6)
ATMI believes in the submerging in water as a sign of your belief in the resurrected Jesus Christ. We believe that baptism in water identifies the believer with Jesus Christ, in his death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism expresses faith the way a word expresses an idea. Water baptism is a symbol of the spiritual union of Chris and the believer. We believe water baptism becomes a spiritual realities and vivid to the newness of life. (Romans 6:3-9)
ATMI believes in the bodily resurrection from the dead of the believer to everlasting joy with the Lord and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment. (Matthew 25, I Corinthians 15:35-58, II Corinthians 5:1-10, II Thessalonians 1:5-10.
ATMI believes that the Church is composed of all people who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the head. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:14-22: 4:1-5) ATMI believes that ordinances of the local church are believer’s baptism and the Lords’ Supper, Believers’ baptism is a testimony of the death to sin resurrection to a new life in Christ and the Lord’s Supper symbolizes the death of the Lord Jesus Christ and our salvation through faith in Him. All true believers should participate in these ordinances. (Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19-20, Acts 2:38-20, Romans 6:3-4, I Corinthians 11:17-32, Colossians 2:11-12)
ATMI believes that the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ is our future hope and has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. (Matthew 24, John 14:1-4, I Thessalonians 4:16-18, Titus 2:11-14)
Spiritual Gifts of Christ to the Church
We believe in the development, activation, and service of the Five Fold ministry or Ascension gifts in the church, We believe that Jesus Christ gave gifts unto men and those gifts are to serve the body of Christ, for the maturing –perfection of the saints. (Ephesians 4:8-16, I Corinthians 12:1-4, Corinthians 14:1-5 , I Corinthians 12:28)
ATMI believes that the highest priorities for every believer are the great commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and all your mind…love your neighbor as yourself.” These commands are fulfilled by glorifying God, enjoying Him, and fulfilling His great commission to go and make disciples of all nations. These pursuits require personal commitments to live by the truth of God’s word and to depend on the power of His Spirit. Both the Word and the Spirit call us to a life of Christ-like character, wholehearted worship, generous giving, unselfish service, and compassionate outreach to the lost. (Matthew 22:37-40, Matthew 28:19-20, I Timothy 3:16, Ephesians 5:18-21, Ephesians 4:12-13, John 4:23-24, Luke 6:38, Matthew 20: 26-28, Luke 15).
Tithes & Offering & Alms Giving
ATMI believes that every believer should be a cheerful giver and sow into the ministry of the church. Every believer should have a true understanding of tithing, giving, and benevolence as the Word of God teaches. ATMI believes in the help and assistance to orphans, widows, and missions. (Heb 7:1-10, Matthew 10:38, Gen 14:17-20, Gen 28:22, Luke 6:38, Mark 10:29-30, II Corinhinans 9:1, Philippians 4:17, II Corthinthians, 9:6-8, Malachi 3:8-12, Proverbs 3:9-10).
Fulfilling Our Purpose In the Earth
In obedience to the Call of the Lord, Pastors John & Pamela Dillon (along with the ATMI team) heard the turbulence in the atmosphere to add to the Vision of Agape Time Ministries Inc.We believe in our hearts that God has prepared us to build a pure place of worship where the Glory of the Lord may rest. The atmosphere will be set to usher the people of God into His presence 24 hours a day. Open to all that will hear the call to worshipThis complex will be the central focal point for the coming together in unity of multi-cultural, multi-faceted ministries with the common goal of completing their individual as well as the corporate commission of the Body of Christ.
Our focus will be to stir up the gifts of the nation of end-time leaders/ potential leaders who have heard the call to operate in the spirit of excellence, integrity, accountability, and proper alignment, in ministry, and community affairs.This complex will be open to all in the community to include Churches, Corporate entities, Political as well as Civic Leaders/ potential Leader.We endeavor to forge a solid foundation for spiritual growth in the spirit of love, for the building of the Kingdom of God, with the emphasis on completing each assignment.
Our purpose is to sow seed of love to those in need of direction, and guidance for leadership. The ministry under the unction of the Holy Spirit well endeavor to preach and teach the uncompromising Word of God.Our mandate is to provide a training facility, in an atmosphere conducive to managing, maintaining, and empowering the men and women of God with the necessary tools to impact their cities, states, and the nation. Whereby the Body of Christ will be motivated, strengthened, and equipped to walk in the ways pleasing to God both individually and corporately.
Our ATMI Staff is available to do:
Leadership & Development Training
ATMI is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization
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