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Statement of Faith

PASTORAL TRAINING OF ASIA (PTA) is an inter-denominational missions organization under the Lordship of Jesus Christ committed to work with and through the Church (the Body of Christ) in Asia. As such, we exist to support and promote the local church body. Our supreme desire is to know Christ and be conformed to His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are not a denominational organization nor are we opposed to denominations as such, only to their over emphasis on doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the Body of Christ.

WE BELIEVE the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s Agape love, which is greater than any differences we possess and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.

WE BELIEVE in all the basic doctrines of historic Christianity. We believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, that the Bible, Old and New Testaments are the inspired, infallible Word of God. We believe that God is eternally existent in three distinct persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that God is the personal, transcendent and sovereign Creator of all things. We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, that He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, provided for the atonement of our sins by His substitutionary death on the cross, was bodily raised from the dead, ascended back to the right hand of the Father, and ever lives to make intercessions for us. We believe in the personal, visible and pre-millennial second coming of Jesus Christ to the earth. He will return with His saints and set up a kingdom of which there will be no end. After Jesus ascended to heaven, He poured out His Holy Spirit on the believers in Jerusalem, enabling them to fulfill His command to preach the Gospel to the entire world, an obligation shared by all believers today.

WE BELIEVE that all people are, by nature, separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all his/her sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord. The Bible is clear that salvation is a gift and cannot be earned by any amount of good works and service. Good works and service are intended rather as a response of love toward God because of His great love through Jesus Christ.

WE BELIEVE in the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Scriptures, and that they are valid for today if they are exercised within the scriptural guidelines. God gives these gifts that we might better succeed at our good works and service. We as believers are to seek the best gifts and exercise them in love that the whole Body of Christ might be blessed and strengthened. We believe that love is more important than the most spectacular gifts, and without this love all exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless.