Core Values – Statement of Faith

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THE PURPOSE:

The purpose of EmPower Living International is to help educate, equip and EmPower Pastors, Leaders, Congregations and Individuals to live the life they were created to live.

THE VISION:

EmPowered Living’s vision is to educate, equip and EmPower and Release over 10,000,000 people through sound, practical and wholistic teachings of Dr. Daniel Gilbert using all avenues and resources available that will impact individuals, churches and communities for the Kingdom of God.

CORE VALUES:

PEOPLE
People, not systems or techniques, are the foundation and focus for EmPowered Living.  People are created in the image of God.  Although the image is tainted due to the original fall of man, the image of God can be restored and people can be EmPowered to live the life they are created to live.

TRUTH

Truth has become relative in this Post-modern, Post-Western/Christian world.  However, truth is still truth, whether one acknowledges it or not.  EmPowered Living believes that truth is the core to empowerment and life transformation.  “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free!”  (John 8:32)

EMPOWERMENT

Empowerment is essential to living life to the fullest.  God desires to empower his saints with the gifts, talents, love and the Spirit to live life in victory, wholeness and fulfill His will in one’s life.  Being empowered, then releases individuals to not only fulfill one’s purpose for living, but releases individuals to help others become empowered in their lives.

“I pray…that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us…” (Ephesians 3:16-20)

“but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…” (Acts 1:8)

“Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.”  (Ecclesiastes 5:19)

“I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].”  (Philippians 4:13 – Amplified Bible)

TRANSFORMATION

Being transformed from our old way of thinking and living into a new, empowered person is the ultimate goal of EmPowered Living.  We aim, through our teachings, to help Pastors, Churches and Individuals experience transformation in all areas of one’s life.

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” (Romans 12:2 – Amplified Bible)

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  (2 Corinthians 3:18 – NIV)

TIME-HONORED PRINCIPLES

EmPowered Living believes in time-honored and universal principles that enhance people’s lives.  These principles have been tested over time, that are based on scientific and spiritual truths.

INTEGRITY

Without integrity, everything else is just words.  It is very important to be upfront, honest and walk with integrity.  Because Integrity is vital for success and life, EmPowered Living holds to high standards of excellence in all areas of the ministry:  financial, relational and spiritual.

WHOLISTIC LIVING

Because human-beings are spiritual, physical and emotional beings, EmPowered Living believes in ministering to the whole person to help them to become all God has created them to be.

COMPASSION

Compassion is having a heart for people and helping others in need, whether spiritual, physical, relational or emotional.  At EmPowered Living, we have compassion for people.

KINGDOM LIVING

Kingdom living is what EmPowered Living is all about – helping people enter into the Kingdom of God and learning to walk in Kingdom principles.

THE STATEMENT OF FAITH:

EmPowered Living holds to historical Christian Orthodoxy and The Apostles’ Creed, expounded below.

We believe in the One and only God, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in Three Persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and Redeemer of life.

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, born of the Virgin Mary, wholly human and wholly God, lived a sinless life, suffered and died on the cross for the sins of the world, descended into Hades, physically raised from the dead, ascended into heaven and now sits at the Right hand of God the Father, Almighty and will one day personally, visibly and bodily return to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God and reign for ever and ever.  “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20).

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity who proceeds from the Father through the Son.  He is the Sealer, Counselor, Paraclete, and Guider to the Truth found in Jesus.  He has been sent to convict us of sin, and draw us to the Savior.  Through Jesus, believers are empowered with the Holy Spirit to do the work of ministry.  We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available, throughout all ages, for all believers to be used for the edification of the Body of Christ and for the glory of God.

We believe that all human beings are created in the image of God, but due to the fall of Adam, the image of God in humans has been tainted and that all humans are now sinners and are condemned to eternal damnation before a holy God, but by the mercy, grace, love and forgiveness of God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross, people can be saved, redeemed, justified, sanctified, sealed and healed through receiving Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior by faith through grace and not by works.  The image of God is restored in those who come to Christ and made a new creation to live the life God has originally designed for all and therefore become saints.

We believe the Bible, all 66 Books of the Old and New Testament, is the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God and a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Bible is the supreme authority on all matters on which it speaks and is the guide for living.

We believe it is the responsibility of all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and make “Spirit-formed” disciples in all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the True, Universal Church that is composed of all persons who through the saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ and expressed in local congregations where the Word of God is proclaimed and the sacraments are administered in their integrity.

We believe in the “communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.”  AMEN