The Ministry Doctrine statement
We believe in one God, who is the creator of all things.
We believe that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is the Son of God who became man in order to die on the cross for the salvation of all. That Jesus Christ was crucified and was resurrected to redeem man.
We believe in the “Great Commission” (Matthew 28:18) and that all should minister the Gospel to all.
We believe that there is only one way to Heaven (John 14:6)
We believe that the Bible is the living word of God and is without error. We believe that man is given salvation through the grace of Jesus Christ and that Jesus died for all men.
We believe that the Church belongs to Jesus Christ and is not limited to any one denomination or a building. That Jesus Christ is the head of his Church.
Our mission is to spread the word of God to all who have ears, show the word to all who have eyes and teach the word to all who have hearts.
Services are Non-denominational and open to all.
Fred Torres Ministries (FTM) is not affiliated with any Church or any other organization and is an independent entity. FTM is a family based ministry and although not a recognized not for profit organization, does not operate for profit and does not accept donations other than those tithes that are donated during ministry services.
The ministry is not acting in the capacity of a “Pastor” of a Church, nor should any person in or associated with said ministry be construed as a “Pastor” or leader of any Church or not for profit organization.
Donations or “tithes” will be either donated to a local Church of the ministry choice or to local charitable organizations. No funds offered as tithes shall be used for the operation of the ministry other than those specifically announced or promulgated in advance and disclosed to those person(s) making such donations. The ministry operates on personal funds. Some donations (tithes) may be used to provide aid or comfort for less fortunate in our community. However, usage of such shall be disclosed during such time of service and specific information pertaining such will be fully disclosed to those making such contributions.
The selecting of a person to minister or guide a Church is no easy task and certainly something that should be lead by God’s hand.
My beliefs are simple. I believe in strict Biblical doctrine and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I firmly believe that Paul (Romans 1:5) is correct when he writes; that “Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name”. I believe we must teach and minister in obedience to the Gospel and obedience of Jesus Christ.
I believe we are saved by the Grace of God and not by the Law of Moses. I believe that obedience of the Mosaic Law is a product of Grace, not the other way around.
I believe Hebrews 4:12. The word of God is sharper than a double-edged sword. It is both living and powerful. I also believe that the word is only as living and as powerful in as much as we allow it to change our lives.
It is my belief that the Church as become, at least in some cases a spectator sport rather than a place of participation and fellowship. In some cases, we as Christians have succeeded in keeping those who want to participate and serve from doing just that. We sometimes tend to keep the worship in a executive feeling rather than allowing all members to share and able to offer testimony or tap into those spiritual gifts that we are all given.
I hate to feel that the congregation has become “pew warmers”, reluctant or even apprehensive to participate in worship and in service. I want everyone to feel as though they are equal in worship and share in the Churches gladness to serve and worship God. All have something to add and should never, for a second be afraid to offer what they have been given. I feel suppressing such is denying God what is his.
I often wonder, if we as Christians bare a portion of the responsibility of causing those who want to come to Church, to be saved are not the very reason that those don’t come to Church. Have we made those believe that our Churches are doing the same thing, singing the same songs and standing on the same platforms of righteous indignation that we have been practicing for the past four hundred years? Or are our Churches open, warm and waiting to minister the Grace and love of Jesus Christ, rather than condemnation. Should we be ministering Salvation or damnation?
Folks need to leave the Church, bible study or fellowship encouraged, not discouraged. The Church should fill the congregation with hope, not hopelessness.
As a minister, one of the most important lessons I have learned is the ability to discern between motion and action. Ernest Hemmingway once said, “Never mistake motion for action”.
It is important to make sure that there is action in the Church and not simply going through the motions.
We all tend to run our own race. My style at times may be a bit contemporary. I preach with analogies and with a sense of humor, not losing the message, but keeping a message fresh and interesting.
Most importantly, I keep in mind that I do for God’s glory, not mine.