Freedom in Christ is a Bible believing Ministry that was founded in 2001 on the principles of faith and driving determination to spread Christ’s teachings. The ministry started as a grassroots incorporating personal outreach that included door to door ministerial commitment to three families, with faith and $10, the church was born under the leadership of the Senior Pastor Joe and his wife Devindra Ribeiro.
This Ministry is dedicated to ensuring the spiritual well-being of children, youths, women and men through a wide array of enriching social services such as: family and marriage counseling, hospital and prison visits and personal counseling. Pastor Joe and Dee Ribeiro both came to know the Lord after years of suffering and a hopeless life. Their testimony of God’s mercy of salvation and deliverance from the bondage of darkness prompted them to leave the world behind and heed the call of God for His service. They have been serving the Lord for more than twenty years, leading souls to Christ, seeing many souls get delivered from addictions, suicidal thoughts, broken marriages, generational curses, etc.
To spread the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many souls possible before the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To teach the love of God and His Saving grace and how to experience His power and glory through the working of His Holy Spirit in Divine healing, Deliverance, and Miracles. The ministry follows the Great Commission given by Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Mark 16:15-18
To teach and lift as many servants of Jesus Christ as possible that would serve as pastors and evangelists to go to different parts of the world sharing the Mystery behind the word of God that empowers; enabling Christians to use the authority given to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Senior pastor Jose & Dee Ribeiro
Pastor Julian & Kameka Joseph
Pastor Esmelu De Cordova
TENETS OF FAITH AND DOCTRINE
The Church accepts the Scriptures as the revealed Will of God, the all sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity, adopts these Statements of Fundamental Truths and Doctrine.
Section 1. The Scriptures Inspired. The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason (2 Tim. 3:15‑17; 1 Peter 1:23‑25; Heb. 4:12).
Section 2. The One True Godhead. The triune Godhead is comprised of three (3) separate and distinct personalities, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, who are eternally self‑existent, self‑revealed and function as one entity. Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead, co‑equal and co‑eternal with The Father and The Holy Spirit.
Section 3. Man, His Fall and Redemption. Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness”. But, man, by voluntary transgression, fell and his only hope of redemption is n Jesus Christ the Son of God (Genesis 1:26‑31, 3:1‑7; Romans 5:12‑21).
Section 4. The Salvation of Man.
(a) Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross Jesus Christ became sin and sickness providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind (Psalm 103:3), being justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. For by grace we are saved through faith. “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart‑‑that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8‑10).
(b) The Evidence of Salvation. The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation, is the direct witness of the Srit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.” (1 John 3:23); … while you are waiting for these things to happen and for him to come, try hard to live without sinning; and be at peace with everyone so that he will be pleased with you when he returns (II Peter 3:14 LB).
(c) Faith and Works. Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine the rewards in eternity (Romans 10:9‑1 and II Cor. 5:10).
Section 5. Baptism in Water. The ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have really repented and in their hearts have truly believed on Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:47, 48; Romans 6:4).
Section 6. The Lord’s Supper. “And when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, ‘This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup” (1 Cor. 11:24; 25, 28).
Section 7. The Sacrament of Marriage. “Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife…”, “…For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,…”, “Each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband.”, “Finally the time came for him to marry her.”. It is our sincere belief that marriage, as ordained by God, must be between one man and one woman. No other can be performed or condoned. (Jeremiah 29:6; Romans 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:2; Genesis 21:21; Genesis 29:21; 1 Corinthians 7:36; 1 Corinthians 7:39; Genesis 2:23-24; Ephesians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:25; Ephesians 5:28-29; Ephesians 5:31; Ephesians 5:33)
Section 8. The Promise of the Father. All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Ghost and Fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4‑8; 1 Cor. 12:1‑31). This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 2:38; 10:44‑46; 11:14‑16; 15:7‑9).
Section 9. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. The full consummation of the Baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, and by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service (Acts 2:4; 10:44‑46; 19:2, 6; 1:8).
Section 10. The Church. The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in Heaven (Ephesians 1:22; 2:19‑22; Hebrews 12:23).
Section 11. Total Prosperity.
Spiritual. John 3:3, 11; II Cor. 5:17‑21; Romans 10:9‑10.
Mental. II Tim. 1:7; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3.
Physical. Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matt. 8:17; I Peter 2:24.
Financial. III John 1:2; Malachi 3:10‑11; Luke 6:38; II Cor. 9:6‑10; Deut. 28:1‑14.
Social. Proverbs 3:4.
Section 12. Blessed Hope. Jesus is coming again to gather all His Saints to Heaven (I Cor. 15:51‑52; I Thess. 4:16‑17; and II Thess. 2:1).
Section 13. The Lake of Fire. Those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will suffer eternal separation from the Godhead. The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. This is the second death, the lake of fire (Rev. 19:20; 20:10‑15).
Section 14. The Millennial Reign of Jesus. The return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His Saints from Heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on earth as the Scriptures promised (Romans 11:25, 27; 2 Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:11‑16; 20:1‑7). After this, there shall be a new heaven and a new earth (Rev. 21).