WHAT WE BELIEVE
With everything that's going on in the world today, it's easy to see that we're living in the 'last days' before the inevitable return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. Because there isn't much time left before that happens, our enemy (Satan), is working overtime doing all he can, to discredit and destroy as many and as much as he can. Therefore as stewards, we must be vigilant (without becoming legalistic) to make sure that everything related to this ministry, is screwed on straight.
So, with that, in order for you to be sure that nothing has been cross-threaded, we would like to take a moment and share with you where we stand. Below are the basic tenets that this ministry follows, as found in God's own Word:
What Does Iron Horse
The members of Iron Horse Ministries believe in one God, who is the Creator and Sustainer of all things (none least of which, is this ministry); that our God is infinitely perfect and that He eternally co-exists in three persons - Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus is not only the Son of God, but God incarnate; who, born of a virgin, came to live among men; that He suffered and was crucified on a cross, taking the penalty of our sins onto Himself; that on the third day, He rose from the dead, taking back the power of death and Hell; He ascended into Heaven alive and in bodily form, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father; and that He will return just as He promised. We also believe that God sent His Holy Spirit to (among other things), inspire the creation of the Holy Bible; and as such, we believe it to be the inerrant and infallible Word of God. It is useful to teach us what is true, correct us when we are wrong and equip us to do what is right. Therefore, the Bible is our absolute and final authority.
In addition, we believe that by praying a simple and sincere prayer of repentance (asking Jesus to forgive us of our sins and to come into our heart to be our Lord and Savior), we will be born again, and our soul will be saved forever from the eternal torments of Hell. We also know that it's by God's gift of grace alone that we are saved, not by our own works or deeds. Otherwise we would boast and brag about how we saved ourselves - when in fact, we are totally incapable of doing so (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Simply put: The only way for any of us to have peace with God; to finally have fulfillment in our lives; and to get into God's perfect Heaven; is to not only ask Jesus to forgive us of our sins; and of course, to rescue us from the penalty of those sins (which is total separation from God forever, and endless torment in Hell); but to also ask Him to be in total control of our life from the inside out (so that we can become just what He created us to be). It's just that simple - really. All we have to do is ask and really mean it - and it's done.
With that, the old life is gone, and a new life will begin through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). In other words, it's as though we've been given a fresh new start - like - being 'born again'. And that's exactly what a true Christian is. But that's not all there is - check this out...
Most of us have heard of the word "Gospel", which means "Good News". But how many of us actually know or understand the full extent of what that "good news" really is?
Well, in an effort to give everyone a glimpse of the extent of this good news, we would like to present this extremely moving video. It explains the whole gospel in a unique and powerful way, using everyday terms that we can all understand. So if you would, please check it out. It could change your whole outlook on life.
So there you are, and there you have it. What you have just read through and seen in this section of the website, are the basic biblical doctrines that are the foundation of our faith, and of this ministry.
If you have any questions about any of this, please feel free to contact us, and we'll do our best to quickly and thoroughly answer them for you.
You also need to know, that as members of Iron Horse Ministries, we strongly believe that in ministry, integrity is paramount. We understand, that because of the behind-the-scenes nature of this particular ministry, there must be an open accountability; without it, we will NOT be able to maintain a high level of integrity on our own, for very long.
Therefore, it is the desire of Iron Horse Ministries (through God's mercy and grace, and without the entanglement of legalism), to maintain the highest level of integrity at all times, in all situations whether we are wearing a patch or not.
So, just to make sure we're all on the same page, here are the definitions of both accountability and integrity:
Webster defines ACCOUNTABILITY as: "The state of being accountable; responsible. Liable to be called to account; answerable." Every person is accountable to God for their own conduct, through their thoughts, words, and deeds.
Naturally, we as humans would rather do our own thing, in our own way, in our own time and for our own reasons. It is not our nature to want to be held accountable, but we must - especially in ministry. Without it, we'll eventually crash and burn - not good.
Webster defines INTEGRITY as: "The quality of being honest, and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness." Doing what is right, even when no one is looking.
At times, we ALL can find it difficult to develop and/or maintain integrity. So, in an effort to help, we would like to offer a little something to think about. We hope you'll find it as useful as we do.
Something To Think About
As we try to pursue purity, righteousness, faithfulness and integrity in the midst of the daily assaults of life, it's easy to become distracted and go astray. So to that, we offer this quick little acrostic as a tool for you to use and apply to your life. It is our hope that it might help you to stay on the path that God desires for you.
A Servants Heart
Embracing God Intimately
Finally, with this little acrostic, Webster defines GRACE as: "The undeserved favor of God." Without which, successfully applying the above acrostic, would be impossible. So, to God be the glory.
If there is something that you're struggling with (everybody struggles with something in this world), and you need someone to talk to, then by all means, contact us and we'll talk - confidentially, of course.