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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are the Requirements for Membership in Deerfield Beach Ministries?
Deerfield Beach Ministries understands that the essential requirement for an individual to join its fellowship is that he/she be a born again Christian. Acts 2:47 says, "And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." As evidence of an active Christian witness, the church has determined some specific areas of life which it believes reflect one's commitment to Christ. Thus, in addition to a person's profession of salvation, the following stipulations have been given as outward evidence that one is eligible for membership:

One must not use tobacco or illicit drugs.

One must not use alcoholic beverages.

One must not belong to a lodge or other secret society.

One must not be in a biblically-invalid marriage relationship.

It should be understood that an individual may be outwardly consistent with these four stipulations and yet not be in a right relationship with Christ. One must experience regeneration by the Spirit of God to be a true Christian.

What is the Meaning and Function of the Church Covenant?
The church covenant is the means by which individuals fulfill their desire to become a member of the Deerfield Beach Ministries. It is a public affirmation of one's willingness to follow all of the teachings of Christ. Jesus instructed His disciples that they were to fulfill His Great Commission by "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:20). The covenant is the means by which individuals acknowledge their personal commitment to the entire Word of God. This obligation, or covenant, is the basis upon which a local church accepts an individual into its fellowship.

What is Represented by the Church Flag?
The flag of the Deerfield Beach Ministries came into use in 1933 as an ensign to "be displayed because of the truth" (Psalm 60:4). Because the Scripture teaches that Jesus Christ is "the Truth" (John 14:6), the various designs and colors on the flag represent His character and work. Thus, the red represents His blood, the blue His truth, and the white His purity. The purple scepter, star, and crown all represent His royalty or kingship. As was stated when the flag was
first introduced, its components "all point to our Christ."

Do You Hold Any Other Writings to be Equal to the Bible?
No. The Church of God of Prophecy believes the Bible, alone, is the infallible, inerrant, inspired Word of God. Because it is God's Word, it is the highest authority for belief and practice in matters of faith.

 

Do You Consider Membership in Deerfield Beach Ministries Necessary to Salvation?
No. Salvation comes only by grace through faith in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Ephesians 2:8 says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." Membership in the Deerfield Beach Ministries  is extended to those who have already experienced salvation, but becoming a member of the church will not save an individual.