HOW IT BEGAN
ABODE OF TESTIMONIES is a diverse church where individuals maximize their potential and overcome every life challenge through intensive intercessory prayers. Within4 years of its establishment, the church has grown to over 450 dedicated members from different nations. It has also established over 6 branches within the west Texas region.
AOT has recorded many committed volunteers responsible for intercessory prayers, evangelism, community services, social networking, and church events. AOT was strategically positioned in west Texas by God to positively impact lives and encourage multi-racial communities to serve the Lord.
ABODE OF TESTIMONIES is a dynamic non- denominational intercontinental Church where the name JESUS is our anthem, praise and worship is our lifestyle, fasting and prayer is our devotion, and the word of God is our guide for transformational change and daily mind renewal. The Lord gave us the name AOT (Abode of Testimonies) by revelation in the year 2013. AOT held its first meeting on January 6th 2013 in an apartment. After 3 weeks of house fellowship, the church later moved to a Hotel called plaza inn at 4108 N. Big Road, Midland, TX 79703 on January 27th, 2013 with 13 members in attendance.
With its growing attendance, the church then later moved its meeting to Abell Junior High school in Midland and now 406 N. Midland Dr. Midland, TX 79703
We believe that the Bible is “God’s Word”. The truths revealed in it did not have their origin with men, but with God. The Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of the Bible. We, therefore, believe that the bible is without error, completely true, relevant, and an up-to-date book. We receive the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament as eternal, authoritative, coherent, complete and all-sufficient, and the only infallible rule of faith. Its message is intended primarily for the human race. It is expressed in words and in terms, which human beings can understand. It’s central theme and purpose is the salvation of man.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Psalm 12:6, Matthew 24:35, Psalm 119:160
Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of the living God. He came to the world purposely to save sinners according to the scriptures. He has existed throughout eternity, one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. He is the Son, the only begotten Son of God, and the beloved of God. His coming to the world had been foretold before He ever came in the flesh to die for us. He was born by the Virgin Mary, conceived of the Holy Spirit, without sin. He lived a perfect life, preached the gospel of the kingdom of God, performed miracles, healed the sick and raised the dead. He voluntarily surrendered his life to his enemies to be crucified. He then resurrected, and ascended to heaven to become our high priest. Jesus Christ will return to establish the kingdom of God on earth, and rule as King of Kings and Lord of Lords with His saints forever.
Matthew 17:15-17, John 1:1-14, Acts 2:32-33, Hebrews 4:14-15, Revelation 1:13:16
The word sanctification in the Greek language is “hagiasmos” meaning (1) to be apart from sin (2) consecrated unto God, to be conformed to His holiness, purity, and perfection of character. The scripture teaches that “sanctified” is what the believer is [not a process, but a state, which the believer has already entered into once and for all. Acts 20:32; Romans 15:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 10:10-14; Ephesians 5:25-26; 1 Peter 1:2; Acts 26:18], and “perfect” is what he is expected to be. Perfection is a spiritual growth for those who have been sanctified and consecrated. Therefore it is the total yielding of one’s life to the Holy Spirit, living the crucified life; being an overcomer, and being conformed to the image of Christ Himself. Perfection and true holiness are impossible without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. All attempts at achieving perfection without the Holy Spirit generally results in frustration and failure, inasmuch as “flesh” cannot crucify the flesh.
1 Peter 2:21-22, 1 Peter 1:15, John 3:8-9, Corinthians 10:13, Matthew 5:48
We believe in the Divine Trinity. One Triune God exists in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfections.
Matthew 3:16-17, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Hebrews 9:14, 1 Peter 1:2, 1 John 5:7
HE ETERNAL LAKE OF FIRE (HELL)
The lake of fire (commonly called hell) is the final abode of Satan and those sinners who reject Jesus as their Lord and savior. Hell is the place of eternal torment for the devil, his angels, and all those who reject Christ as the savior.
Revelations 19: 7, Luke 16:19-31, Revelations 20:10-15, Matthew 25:33-34, John 14:1-3, Rev 7:15-17
THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements – bread and the fruit of the vine is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a memorial of His suffering, death, and a prophecy of His second coming. Jesus Christ commanded the church to do it in His remembrance. The bible record also shows the early church took this commandment seriously.
Luke 22: 14-19, Acts 2: 42, 46, 2 Peter 1:4, 1 Corinthians 11:26
THE ETERNAL HEAVEN
The present earth that is so marred and cursed by Satan’s evil will pass away after the Great White Throne Judgment. After the dissolution of the present (atmospheric) heaven and earth at the end of the one thousand years (the millennium), God will create a new heaven and a new earth better than anything this world has ever known. The new earth will be the Christian heaven. It is the glorious eternal home of born-again believers.
Matthew 24:35, Revelation 21:1-5, John 14:1-3, Revelation 22:1-5, 2 Peter 3:10
FALL OF MAN
Man (Adam) was created in the image of God before whom he walked in innocence, holiness, and purity, but by voluntary disobedience and transgression, he fell from the glory of God to the depths of sin. The consequence of this is that all mankind became sinners by nature having been born after the fallen image of Adam. In his fallen state man is incapable of pleasing God or having any relationship with Him. Every man is totally inclined to evil, guilt, and without excuse, deserving the condemnation and judgment of a just and Holy God.
Genesis 1:26-31, Genesis 2:7, Psalm 139:14, Col. 1:16, Psalm 51:5, Mark 1:15
THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH
The rapture describes an event in the future when Jesus Christ will in the twinkling of an eye, change all believers (living and dead) to immortal, giving them a resurrected body, and catching them up to meet the Lord in the air. The word rapture simply means sudden snatching out of this world of the believers. The actual word used in the bible is “caught up”. This event marks the beginning of the seven years reign of Antichrist.
1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:23, 51-58, Phil 3:2-21 , 1 John 3:1-3, Luke 21:31-35
THE GREAT TRIBULATION
This is a seven-year span of the future world history of the reign of the antichrist following immediately after the rapture: It will be the darkest time the world has ever known. It is “the day of vengeance of our Lord.” Man’s cup of iniquity is filled to overflowing, and God brings judgment upon the earth for man’s rejection of His son. During this period, the people of Israel will turn to Christ, when they will be reconciled to God through Him whom they rejected and whom they asked Pilate to crucify.
Daniel 9:24-27, Isaiah 61:2, Revelation 19, 1 Thessalonians 1:10, Revelation 3:10
THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF CHRIST
The millennial age is a period of one thousand years, in which the purpose of God is fully realized on the earth. It will be a time of the theocratic kingdom. This period will come after the seven years reign of antichrist. After the Lord Jesus Christ has descended from heaven to earth and destroyed his enemies at the battle of Armageddon, He will set up His holy government which is going to be worldwide. It will be a time of peace, joy, holiness, glory, comfort, justice, full knowledge, the removal of the curse, and sickness.
Isaiah 11:1-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Zechariah 9:9-10, Zechariah 14:16-17, Revelation 20:1-15
Restitution is the act of restoring anything to its rightful owner; the act of giving an equivalent for loss or damage. Restitution makes a person pay back just debts, restore stolen or misappropriated articles, uncover his crimes, and confess his lies. This is to be done whether the person injured knew it or not – God knows.
Note: Restitution that would implicate others or bring injury or harm to others, needs care, and God’s wisdom. In such cases, it is necessary to seek counseling from a faithful, experienced, competent, matured Christian teacher and preacher.
Genesis 20:1-18, Genesis 32:9-32, Luke 19:8-10, Philemon 7:21, Acts 24:16
Believing in Christ produces an inward change in our heart; baptism in water is an outward act of obedience, by which we testify of the change that has taken place in our hearts. By this act, we make ourselves one with Christ in His burial and in His resurrection; we are separated from the old life of sin and defeat; we come out of the water to lead a new life of righteousness and victory, made possible by God’s power in us.
Mark 16:16, Matt 28:19-20, Acts 2:38-41, Acts 8:37-39, Romans 6:4
THE JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST
The judgment seat of Christ is the judgment of believers. It is not a judgment of condemnation but a judgment of reward where believers will be rewarded according to our faithfulness in our service to God, quality of our Christian walk, and the use of our God-given gifts and talents.
Romans 14:10, II Corinthians 5: 10, I Peter 4: 17
Sickness is a direct consequence of the fall of man and his continuance in sin. Redemption not only dealt with sin but also its consequences, which includes sickness and diseases. Christ died on the cross; bore not only our sins but also our sicknesses. Healing for our bodies from God comes to us through the appropriation of the finished work of Christ on the cross of Calvary by faith in the word of God and manifestation of the gift of healing. Not only believers receive healing for our bodies, but also we may minister healing and deliverance to others in the name of Jesus. This can be accomplished by laying on of hands, praying for others in absentia, and by getting bible believing church elders to anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.
Luke 13:11,16, 2 Cor 1:19-20, 1 John 3:8, Mark 16:17-18
BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The baptism in the Holy Ghost is a supernatural endowment with power from heaven to equip Christian for effective witness and service. The initial evidence of the Holy Spirit Baptism is speaking in an unknown tongue as the spirit gives utterance. The unknown tongue is a prayer language given to the believer, understood by God but unknown to man. It enables the Christian to build up his own spiritual life by direct and continual communion with God and is the gateway into a life in which both the gifts and fruits of the Holy Ghost should be manifested. In the New Testament church, this experience was considered normal for all believers.
Joel 2:28, Luke 3:16, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 19:2, Mark 16:17