MaryLovesLife Ministries, Inc.
The Ministry of Mary L'Esperance Held

Connecting Humanity to the
HEART OF THE MATTER
Aligning Spirit, Soul & Body with Identity & Destiny

Statement of Faith
 
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THE WORD OF GOD
The Bible is the infallible Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and contains every answer to man's problems.
2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21

THE TRINITY
There is one God, existing eternally in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
John 10:30; John 14:26; Philippians 2:5-7

JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He became man in the flesh without ceasing to be God, through conception by the Holy Spirit and being born of the Virgin Mary. He is the second person of the Trinity. The Bible declares his virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His substitutionary death on the cross, His bodily resurrection from the dead, and His exaltation to the right hand of God.
Matthew 1:18-23, Matthew 28:1-6 , John 1:1-14, Acts 1:9-11, Acts 2:22, Acts 10:37-38, 1 Corinthians 15:4, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 2:9-11, Hebrews 7:26, 1 Peter 2:22-24, 1 John 3:4-5

HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. The nine fruits of the Spirit are the by-product of a Spirit-filled life, evidence of spiritual maturity, and manifestations of the Spirit to build up the body. 
John 16:8–11, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:1–14, 2 Corinthians 3:6, Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5;22-23

THE FALL OF MAN
Humankind was created in the image and likeness of God, but through Adam and Eve’s sin, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God. We are totally depraved and utterly unable to remedy this lost condition apart from faith in Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 3:22-23, Romans 5:12, Ephesians 2:1–3, 12

SALVATION
We were created to have a personal relationship with God through salvation, God's free gift to man. It is not a result of what we do, but it is only available through God's unearned favor. By admitting we have sinned and believing in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, and submitting our lives to His Lordship, we can spend eternity with God.
John 1:12, Romans 5:1; Romans 3:24, Ephesians 1:7, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Peter 1:18–19

WATER BAPTISM
We believe in full immersion water baptism after salvation, as taught and demonstrated by Jesus, as a public demonstration of salvation and a way for believers to identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Matthew 3:13-17

BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT / SPEAKING IN TONGUES
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift from God and a separate experience from salvation, although it can happen at the same time. It is most commonly, but not necessarily, evidenced by by the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit brings an endowment of power to develop the character of Christ and live every day in God's will.
Matthew 3:11; Acts 2:4

SPIRITUAL GIFTS
God gives all believers spiritual gifts. They are for the strengthening of God's people (the Church) and proof of God's existence and power to unbelievers. The gifts of the Spirit are active and relevant today, including speaking in tounges corporately (which requires interpretation to follow) and as a personal prayer language.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Romans 12:6-8, Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Peter 4:10

SANCTIFICATION
Sanctification has three dimensions:  Positionally those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are 100% sanctified in the Spirit and are seated at the Right Hand of God with Christ as joint heirs. Progressively our soul and body are sanctified through the lifelong, ongoing process of allowing God's character to be developed in us. Pefected sanctification will come when Christ returns to give us new, glorified bodies and we are fully conformed to His likeness. 
Romans 6:19; Romans 8:23-23, Galatians 5:22-25

FIVE FOLD MINISTRY
The Fivefold Ministry of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers is still active and necessary in the Church today.
Ephesians 4:11-13

SIGNS, WONDERS & MIRACLES
Signs, wonders and miracles still happen today and should be evidenced in the Church.  Signs, wonders and miracles should follow believers, believers should not follow signs, wonders and miracles.
Mark 16:20, 1 Corinthians 12:27-31,  John 14:11-12

ANGELS
Angels co-labor with us in the earth to bring about the will of the Father. They are not to be worshipped, but acknowledged and cooperated with.
Matthew 13:37-43,  Luke 15:10, 1 Peter 1:10-12

HEALING
Divine healing is active in the lives of people today through Jesus, who is the Healer. 
Healing includes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual restoration.
Luke 9:11; Matthew 9:35; Acts 10:38; Matthew 10:1

THE COMING OF JESUS CHRIST
Jesus will return and take all those who have accepted Him as Savior to be with Him for eternity in Heaven.
Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Hebrews 9:28 

HELL
The Bible describes hell as a real place.  It is a place of suffering and permanent separation from God for those who die without accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior.  God's desire is that no one be separated from Him for eternity, which is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth.
Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:12-15; John 3:16-18

SPIRITUAL WARFARE
The Bible reveals that spiritual warfare is real. We have an enemy (satan) who desires that people remain separated from God and/or not living in the fullness of all He has for us. His name means "devil", "accuser", or "tempter."  We should be aware of our enemy's schemes and know that through salvation with Jesus Christ,  and standing in God's full armor, we have all power and authority over the evil one.
Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 10:19-20, Ephesians 4:1-2, Ephesians 6:10-18,  Peter 5:8-9

THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH
The "Church" is not just a specific local gathering of believers, but moreover is the universal community of believers who have made Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior. While corporate gatherings are necessary, our ultimate responsibility as believers is not just to attend a church service weekly, but to submit ourselves to the leadership of the Five-Fold Ministry and individually become ministers of reconciliation. We are to be equipped to spontaneously do the work of the ministry in and through our everyday lives.
Hebrews 10:25; Ephesians 4:11-12; 2 Cor 5:18-19; Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 12:27-31; 1 Timothy 3:14-16