Statement of Beliefs
We in Yokefellowship Prison Ministry believe:
God – There is one eternal, almighty, and perfect God in essence, revealed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We are faithful to the biblical revelation that in one sense God is one and in a different sense He is three.
Jesus Christ – Jesus Christ is true God and true Man, born of a virgin, died for our sins, rose from the dead, and will return in glory and power.
The Holy Spirit – When a person becomes born again, by believing and receiving Jesus Christ, God resides in that person through the Holy Spirit. All the divine attributes ascribed to the Father and the Son are equally ascribed to the Holy Spirit.
The Word – The Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God given through the Holy Spirit for the purpose of teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.
The Fall – God created mankind in his own image, but through the fall in the Garden of Eden man was removed from the Garden and separated from God. Thus, we are all sinners and can not earn God’s favor on our own.
The Plan – God’s original plan to give mankind eternal life was rejected by Adam and Eve. In God’s redemptive plan, man is rescued from death by the priceless shed blood of Jesus Christ. His atoning death on the cross ended the separation for all those who come to Him.
The Way – Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through Him. Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved.
The Call – Everyone who is reconciled to God through Christ Jesus is called to be a minister of reconciliation – an ambassador of Christ. As Yokefellows, we are called to provide a ministry of reconciliation to those who are or were incarcerated, always showing love and respect to all persons.
The Body of Christ – All believers are members of the body of Christ. With Christ as the “head,” every member is called to have a personal relationship with Him, to be His disciple, to love one another, and to use our gifts for the body.
The New Covenant – Those who yoke themselves to Christ are no longer part of the Old Covenant. Though the OT law is good in that it showed us our need for Christ and how to please God, Christians live by and are under a new covenant of grace alone. Having been released from the law, we are to live by grace and our lives are to continually reflect the glory of God.
The Reward – For taking the message of God’s transforming love and forgiveness to captives and sharing the grace that has been given to us, great will be our reward in heaven.
- Adopted 9/15/07
- Revised 4/9/11
- Revised 4/29/17