We believe God has called us to draw people of different races and language to His Son so that His purpose in every person can be realized. Our mission is to be the instrument to help people, rightly connect to Jesus Christ to attain that purpose.
We believe we are called by Grace for a love relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ our Lord. We aim to be rooted & established in the knowledge of Him found in His Word, strengthened in our faith so that we may grow in His love and be well equipped for every good work.
Our mission is to proclaim the good news about Jesus Christ to people of all ethnic groups, conduct preaching and teachings on various biblical topics to equip the body of Christ and establish a sound christian doctrine as well as disciple the saints. We aim to accomplish this through personal witness, various outreach programs and World missions.
Antioch International Ministry has been active in the United Arab Emirates in the past. God by His Mercy & grace called Pastor Elyas to serve Him for a number of years. While planting several churches in the Emirates since 1992, Pastor Elyas had been involved also in evangelistic outreach in the middle east through various means of communications to people of diverse culture as well as equipping & training believers with God's word. Since the year 2000 Antioch International ministries had worked hand in hand with other Christian leaders to pioneer and foster church growth among other nationals such as Chinese, Russians and people of other nations. Traveling to 28 nations by the grace of God in obedience to the great commission has been the most rewarding task.
After serving in pastoral leadership at Antioch Ras-Al-Khaima which Pastor Elyas had pioneered in the year 2000, Antioch church in Sharjah city on March 7th 2005 and Antioch Ethiopian church in 2003, with much prayer and seeking God's direction, he now have handed over the responsibilities of these churches to the leadership of each church and moved to the United States where Antioch International Ministries currently continue its mission.
Statement of faith
THE SCRIPTURES - The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. (2Tim 3:16; 2Pet 1:21)
THE ETERNAL GODHEAD - who has revealed Himself as One God existing in three Persons, Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, distinguishable but indivisible.
GOD THE FATHER – is the Creator of Heaven and Earth and the Sustainer of all things. There is but one God, infinite, eternal and perfect in holiness, truth and love.
GOD THE SON JESUS - was supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and was without sin. He was the vicarious sacrifice for the sin of all mankind through His death on the cross. He arose from the dead in His own glorified body, appeared to many, ascended to Heaven, and will return to earth in power and glory. He now is the head of His Body, the Church.
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT - convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgement, unites man to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about the new birth, and dwells the believer, enabling him to grow in sanctification and righteousness and become a gift of God to the church.
MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION - man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. The Bible says “…all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” and “..there is no righteous, no,not one (Rom 3:10; 3:23). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the works of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Rom 5:14; 1 John 3:8)
SALVATION - is the gift of God through the grace and faith of Jesus Christ. There is no other Name except that of Jesus by which men may be saved. By turning from sin to repentance and trusting in Christ and vicarious death, man is born again into eternal life by the Holy Spirit.
ETERNAL LIFE AND THE NEW BIRTH - Man’s first step towards salvation is godly sorrow that worketh repentance. The new birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced, produces eternal life (2 Corn 7:10; John 3:3-5; 1 John 5:12)
WATER BAPTISM – Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial
and resurrection (Math 28:19; Rom 6:4; Col 2:12; Acts 8:36-39)
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST – the Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the new birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance (Math 3:11; John 14:16,17; Acts 2:38,39; Acts 19:1-7)
SANCTIFICATION – The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation at Christ’s return (Heb 12:14; 1 Thess 5:23; 2 Pet 3:18; Phil 3:12-14; 1 Cor 1:30)
DIVINE HEALING - Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every
member of the Church today (James 5:14,15; Mark 16:18; Is 53:4,5; Matt 8:17; 1Pet 2:24)
THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT - (word of knowledge, wisdom, or faith, healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discernment of spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues) are available through the Holy Spirit and are for the Church today.
THE DEVIL – the reality and personality of the Devil and eternal judgment in the Lake of Fire for the Devil and his angels (Matt 25:41; Rev 20:14,15)
THE CHURCH –There is one true universal Church, made up of genuine believers, but his one universal Church is also composed of many local Churches in given localities. These Churches are under the sovereign Headship of the Lord Jesus Christ, exercising autonomous government under Him, administering all its local affairs and ministry, as well as the propagation of the Gospel (Acts 15:22; Matt 16:18; 18:15-20)
RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD –
The angels said to Jesus’ disciples, “……this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” His coming is imminent. When he comes, “…the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air..” (Acts 1:11; 1Thess 4:16,17) Following the tribulation, He shall return to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He
shall reign a thousand years (Rev 5:10; 20:6)
GOVERNMENT – is ordained of God, and the powers that be are ordained as ministers of God to us for good. To resist the power and the ordinances is to resist the ordinance of God. We are subject not only for wrath sake but for conscience sake, rendering to all their dues, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. (Romans 13)
HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION - The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire and, therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The lake of fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting,” used is describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the Presence of God (Heb 9:27; Rev 19:20)