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Friday, December 22, 2006

Statement Of Faith And Brief BIO

I.M.P.A.C.T. Ministries Inc.
Statement of Faith
(What We Live By, Believe and Teach)
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant Word of GOD. It is authoritative and we seek to order our life thereby. We believe there is no salvation apart from the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We strongly believe that if one cannot clearly articulate the basic tenants of their faith and calling, it could be because they do not have either.

1. We believe in the one GOD Who created the universe; all in it; He is eternal and unchangeable. He is one GOD, co-existing in three persons, The Father, The Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit.
2. We believe Jesus was GOD Who embodied human flesh, was born of a virgin, did many miracles and dwelt on earth just as it is recorded in Scripture.
3. We believe the ministry of the Holy Spirit to be to the world for the reproval of sin, righteousness and judgment. He empowers us to be world-visionary disciples who are able to reproduce other world-visionary disciples, who will be able to reproduce other world-visionary disciples, etc.
4. We believe salvation to be a free gift of grace from GOD through the finished work of Jesus on the cross acquired by faith alone in His substitutionary death. We are His servants! We further believe that all who are saved by GOD will endure to the end and will never be cast out.
5. We believe we are all that man in Romans chapter three; “We were dead under sin, vs.9; We were not righteous, vs.10; We did not understand, we did not seek after GOD, vs.11; We did no good, vs.12; We used deceit, there was poison under our lips, vs.13; Our mouth was full of cursing and bitterness, vs.14; We were involved in evil activity, vs. 15; Destruction and misery was our way, vs.16; We knew no peace, vs.17; We had no fear of GOD before our eyes, vs.18; We were guilty before GOD, fallen short of His Glory with no way to know Him when He came to us. vs.19 - 25.
6. We believe that we are all that man in Ephesians chapter two; “We were dead in our trespasses and sins and GOD in His rich mercy and by His precious grace made our spirit come alive; He gave us the faith to believe in Him unto salvation”, Ephesians 2:1-5. “His kindness and our salvation are a gift of grace through the work of the LORD Jesus and not by our works”, Ephesians 2:6 through 10.”
7. We believe that the elect are all the servants of GOD in Ephesians chapter one; “He is in control of all events and nothing has ever come to us except it passed by our Father’s Throne first”, vs.11; We can trust Him in control for our best. He knows even the fall of sparrows and the number of hairs on our head; Matthew 10:29 and 30.
8. We believe that we are all that one who GOD came looking for and saved by His grace. “He did not drag us kicking and screaming into the kingdom of GOD. Our GOD is not a supernatural mugger. “He loved us with an everlasting love and drew us with cords of loving kindness, Jeremiah 31:3, John 6:44”. “When we were lost, undone, dead in our sin and unable to help ourselves, He made our soul to thirst after Him, Psalm 42:1 & 2.”
9. We believe that we serve a GOD Who is Sovereign in ALL things. “He is Omnipotent, nothing is too hard for Him to do, Psalm 115:3, Genesis 18:14.” “He is Omniscient, He has always known everything, Romans 11:33, Psalm 147:4 - 6.” “He is Omnipresent, He is and always has been everywhere yet separate from all things, Psalm 139:7 - 13, Acts 17:24 - 28”.
10. We believe that because we are children of the GOD Who is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent, He is also Immutable. “GOD has no need to change, He is, always has been, and always will be, perfect in all of His character. Any change would indicate a move toward more perfection, or away from perfection. Either change would mean less Holiness before or less Holiness afterwards, Malachi 3:6”.

Missionary / Evangelist
In 1983 Brother Ed Anthony was the originator of the Government Street Baptist Chapel in Pensacola, Fl. This was the first out reach by the SBC’s Pensacola Bay Baptist Association to the African-American community. From there Brother Anthony became the Singles Minister at West Pensacola Baptist Church. There he wrote his first book, “Single, Not my choice”. This was a self-help recovery workbook for those going through Death or Divorce. In September 1988, Brother Anthony was called as pastor to Corrydale Baptist Church by the twelve remaining members. In fifteen months the church was listed in the Florida Baptist Witness as the #10 church in the state for “member-to-baptism ratio” and the #10 church, state wide for “percentage-of-non-designated-gifts” given to the Cooperative program. (January 11, 1990 issue.) While at Corrydale, Brother Anthony developed contacts in the former Soviet Nations that would lead to his on going missions work there. From there Brother Anthony moved to Walton County to become the pastor of New Harmony Baptist Church. Here he established a radio ministry on several stations and could be heard every Saturday morning across much of south Alabama and northwest Florida. In September 1995, Brother Anthony resigned from New Harmony Baptist Church and organized IMPACT MINISTRIES Inc. to enter into full time mission work. Brother Anthony teaches at the Khmelnitskiy Regional Bible Institute, Ukraine which is accredited by the East European Seminary. He develops programs for planting churches, training teachers and church leaders and has conducted seminars on sermon preparation and delivery. He specializes in training “equippers” for the local church to be able to properly disciple their new converts. He has also preached crusades in small village churches as well as large regional churches in Ukraine. From 1995 - 2000 IMPACT MINISTRIES planted sixteen churches in the Khmelnitskiy Region. From those original churches there are now (as of 2005) 48 self supporting churches. They are all functioning with the IMPACT MINISTRIES “Jesus model of discipling technique”, planting churches, and teaching others this formula for church planting. IMPACT MINISTRIES Inc. operates under the principle that it is more cost efficient to train and equip nationals to reach and disciple their own people than to maintain a full time foreign missionary on the field. IMPACT MINISTRIES Inc. helps maintain full-time Nationals on the field through the Regional Bible Institute.

What we can do for you and your church
We build world-visionary disciple makers, who are able to produce other world-visionary disciples, who in turn will reproduce themselves in others, who will build others; and so on and on. We plant churches using this “Jesus Model” of discipling and teach those churches to disciple others as described in 2 Timothy 2:2. & Colossians 2:7. When invited, we will come in to teach this “Jesus method” of operating the local church. We train “equippers” for the local church and teach them how to establish their own program of involving their people in the mission of reaching people for Jesus Christ. We operate as a minister of education for the pastor and a resource for the church.

Our motto and founding verse of scripture is:
“To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death …” Lk. 1:79

Rev. Ed Anthony


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