Some statements below are direct affirmations of scriptural truth and are thus cited. Others are applications of Scripture rooted in more lengthy interpretations of the Bible and are thus not cited.
- One God, three parts: We believe that God is one God in three parts, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (John 14:9, Romans 1:4).
- Jesus: We believe that Jesus is the incarnate son of God who died and rose from the grave to provide salvation to all people (John 3:16, Romans 10:9-10).
- The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit was given as helper and teacher to fulfill the ministry of the cross and all that it provides through his gifts and impartations (John 14:16, 26).
- The cross: We believe that salvation is found only through the sacrifice of Jesus, the Messiah, the only Son of God, on the cross (Acts 4:12).
- The Bible is the Word of God: We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, providing a wide range of knowledge about God, man, and salvation (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
- The Bible is a love story: While the Bible must be interpreted according to sound grammatical/historical principles, it is primarily a love story. Ultimately, the Bible must be interpreted through the “lens” of a loving relationship between the Father, his children, and his desire for his children to love one another (John 3:16, 1 John 3:1, John 13:34-35) .
- The importance of the story: One of the most important and often overlooked facets of Bible interpretation is the development of the story. We must pay as much attention to the story of Scripture as we do grammar. The interpretation and application of any particular passage or verse must include its place in and its contribution to the complete story of Scripture.
Satan and Demons
- Real creatures: We believe Satan, the Father of lies, and demons are real creatures who attempt to influence people in nearly all facets of life (John 8:44).
- Footholds and strongholds: Satan gains power through lies. Footholds and strongholds are places of influence before they are manifestations of power. Demonic influence can become strong enough to produce serious intrusions into a person’s life (Ephesians 4:27).
- The root of footholds and strongholds: Ultimately, no matter how they formed, the root of footholds and strongholds is damage to the person’s identity. Even in the temptation, Satan attempted to damage Jesus’ identity before attempting to take him captive (Matthew 4:3, 6).
- Freedom from footholds and strongholds: Jesus said truth, not spiritual authority, sets us free. When God’s truth replaces Satan’s lies, Satan loses his influence. Therefore, freedom is best found by embracing Jesus and his truth rather than confronting demons or reprocessing trauma (John 8:32).
- Spiritual authority: While positional authority over Satan and demons is a scriptural reality (Luke 10:19), Jesus continued to develop the topic of spiritual authority with significant teachings, ending with the Great Commission (John 12:31, Matthew 28:18).
- Exercising spiritual authority: Through the cross, spiritual authority was repositioned to focus on God’s desires for his children. The highest exercise of spiritual authority is that which defeats the enemy by providing life-transforming truth to God’s children (Matthew 28:18, 1 John 3:8).
- God created: Every person was intentionally and personally designed by God. No life exists apart from the creative force of God (Jeremiah 1:5, John 1:3).
- Spiritual depravity: Sin has made people spiritually depraved but not without God-given qualities that allow good things to be done. However, we are without hope of salvation apart from Christ (Romans 3:23, Acts 4:32).
- Designed by God: While we are spiritually depraved, the soul of every person is still designed perfectly. Sin, the flesh, and brokenness inhibit the full expression of our God-given designs (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 139:14, 1 Corinthians 6:19).
- Designed for relationship: We are designed for healthy, functional relationships with God, self, and others (Matthew 22:36-40). The greatest contributing factor to our ability to enter into healthy relationship is the health of our personal identity (our belief that we are loved, have value, and are “enough” to handle life).
- Identity: When our identity is damaged, our ability to enter into healthy relationships is hindered, sometimes severely. Damaged identities cause us to develop unhealthy coping mechanisms that hinder emotional and spiritual health.
- Brokenness: The greatest damage to healthy identities is carried in brokenness. The Bible presents brokenness as a literal condition of the heart that is foundational to understanding and healing human dysfunction. This is founded in the Old Testament view of the broken heart (Isaiah 61:1) and the New Testament word dipsuchos, translated double-minded, while literally meaning double-souled (James 4:8). These words describe divisions of mind, emotions, and will in a single soul.
- Healing brokenness: This is attested to by Jesus defining a significant portion of his mission being to “bind up the brokenhearted.” Therefore, in our opinion, healing the brokenhearted should be a primary mission of the church (Luke 4:17-19).
- Universality of brokenness: Brokenness is a literal and universal condition that affects people in varying degrees (Isaiah 61:1).
- Brokenness starts in childhood: Most brokenness is rooted in our childhood before age 20 when stress, trauma, and unmet needs interrupt the development of healthy self-identity. This causes mental compartments, or “parts,” to form to hold the damage.
- Broken parts hold problems: Broken parts hold childhood wounds, emotional immaturity, and unhealthy coping mechanisms that range from moderate to extremely severe in their impact on life. They can hold serious issues such as addictions, dysfunctional behavior, disorders, and more.
- Healing brokenness: Brokenness can be healed by finding our parts and reconciling their beliefs and wounds to the person and truths of Christ. Healing brokenness has a dramatic effect on emotional health. It can “move the needle” in the right direction in lives that have been shattered by emotional damage and other forms of dysfunction.
- Healing in peace: Since identity damage is the root of brokenness, healing the damage to identities can help restore emotional and spiritual health without reprocessing trauma. God can be at full power while working in perfect peace (1 Kings 19:9-16, Matthew 15:22-28).
- Beliefs: Emotions are the byproduct of beliefs. Damaged beliefs about self are the ultimate root of emotional pain.
- Containers: Emotions are containers that may consist of many layers of additional emotions, memories, and beliefs.
- Root beliefs: The root belief that causes emotional pain or trauma is usually too buried to identify without some method of unpacking the contents of the emotion.
- Healing damaged emotions: Emotional healing happens when God’s truth replaces lies. This truth is most effective when delivered by the Holy Spirit.