God Himself established His Church. The word Church simply means to be called out, a gathering, an assembly of worshippers.
God has called people from all walks of life, various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and different economic levels in society. He has gathered them together for one common purpose, to worship His Holy Name. This is what a church is, a gathering of worshippers!
Jesus proclaimed that He would build His Church on the revelation of Who He, Jesus was, not on a doctrine or around a philosophy or the personality of a mortal man. He promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church, His Body, His people.
The Church is the representation of the Body of Christ in this world in which we live, and it is the embodiment of the Word of God.
The Day of Pentecost saw the establishing of the New Testament Church. The Church was born in the “fire” of the Holy Ghost in the upper room after the ascension of Jesus.
You can read about the first acts of the Early Church in the Book of Acts, Chapter two, verses 1-47.
God ordained leaders to edify His church, to feed His people, and to be an example of the Character and Nature of the good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
Since the Day of Pentecost until today, God has continued to gather people from the four corners of the earth into His Church. A Church is not a denomination. It is not centered around a “voice.” The Church is not a religious society or order. The Church is the universal Body of Christ made up of all those who are redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb of God.
As one body we stand together to worship the Name of The LORD Jesus Christ. As one Body we stand together to proclaim to the world who He is, and to make Him known. As one body we stand against the powers of the darkness of this world to let the Light of the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ shine into the heart of a world dying in sin.
The Ordinances of the Church
As Christians, we should partake of Communion or as it is commonly called, The LORD's Supper. This is a time for the Believer to remember the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. We eat of the bread and drink of the wine as a picture of the broken body and the poured out Blood of Jesus Christ.
Communion is a demonstration of the believers need for the Grace of God, through Jesus Christ. Though we do not believe that the bread and the wine actually are the Body and Blood of Jesus, we do believe that the Spirit of Christ will rest on the bread and wine and by faith we can partake of His Body and Blood at the Communion Table. Communion is also a prophecy of The Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
The partaking of Communion should be a time of self examination and repentance for the Believer.
B. Foot Washing
Foot washing is symbolic of the love and humility of Jesus Christ. We should practice the actual act of foot washing firstly because the Bible instructs us to do so, and secondly because it is a demonstration of our desire to follow the example given to us by Jesus Christ Himself and how we are to show love and humility to our Brothers and Sisters in the LORD.
I. Return Ministries believes in the sanctity of the marital union, between one man and one woman, as defined in the following Scriptures:
A. The holy institution of marriage is between one man and one woman, rooted as it is in God's creation of man and woman in His image and in the relationship between Christ and His Church (Genesis 2:18-24; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:22,23).
B. God created the first marriage as a sacred covenant relationship between one man and one woman for the purposes of procreation, companionship, and dominion over creation in keeping with the covenant relationship God himself established with His own creation (Genesis 2:15-24; Romans 1:16-32).
C. Jesus blessed a marriage celebration between a man and a woman with His presence and His first public miracle, thereby affirming the traditional definition of marriage as a cornerstone of every culture and community (John 2:1-11); and further that He advised those who are for congenital or psychological reasons unable to enter into marriage (i.e. between a man and a woman) to remain single and therefore celibate (Matthew 19:4-12).
D. Society historically has embraced this traditional definition of marriage, eschewing all other unions as unnatural, inappropriate, and anti-social, and has advocated the family unit of husband and wife and their children as the chief building block of society (Leviticus 18:22-30, Psalm 127: 3-5; Romans 1:16-32; I Corinthians 7:1,2; Hebrews 13:4).
II. Return Ministries recognizes that marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. Accordingly, this Church, its pastors, staff and members will not participate in same sex unions or same sex marriages, nor shall its property or resources be used for such purpose