These are supplemental beliefs of The Ark. Being supplemental, these are not meant to be divisive among members or leaders of The Ark. However, it is part of the foundation of who we are and therefore important. It is expected that members, and especially leaders, hold to a majority of these beliefs.
In those cases where there is disagreement in one or more of these beliefs, it is important that we read and understand Romans 14:13-23:
“Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died. Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.
So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.”
We believe that miracles can and do occur within and outside of the natural and materialistic universe. God performs miracles even today. However, these miracles are always in accordance with His Providence and point to who He is, to the end of times and to His glory at that time.
We believe that there are promises of God to Israel in the Old Testament that are still to be fulfilled and that there are some promises that have been fulfilled through the Church. We believe in a literal interpretation of Eschatological passages (bible verses regarding the end of the history of the world / “End Times”) and hence in the rapture of the believers (taking up of True Christians into heaven) prior to the Tribulation period (the 70th week of Daniel – a 7-year period), a return of Jesus to rule for a thousand years (the Millennial rule), the casting of Satan into the burning lake (Hell) and the creation of a new Heaven and Earth where we will be with God forever.
We believe that Baptism is the rite of initiation of an individual into the community of faith. Just as with its Jewish predecessor, it must be voluntary and it must be witnessed. It may be administered only after a confession of faith and instruction and an internal repentance of sin is expected for baptism to be meaningful. In and of itself, it is unnecessary for salvation.
We believe in the existence of Angels as spiritual beings created by God to glorify and serve Him. There are two types of Angels: the good angels, are obedient to God and follow His commands; the fallen angels, disobeyed God and now follow Satan, working in opposition to the will of God.
Bottom line: Why are we here (existence) and what does God want from us? To glorify God, to enjoy Him forever and to love Him – which means we need to know Him and come into a real relationship with Him. To do this we must pray always and know His Word. Then we must be holy and serve Him and His kingdom, which we can do by helping others come into that same relationship as we have.