Terry Witherspoon is the author of 'The Principal Thing: Why Faith?'
He describes his Christian life as series of exhilarating highs and crushing lows, until he had an experience with the Holy Spirit similar to what is described in Acts Chapter 2 in the Bible.
Prior to writing the book, Terry heard God say that, “Faith is the Principal Thing.” He responded by asking, “Why is faith the principle thing?” The obvious question. God answered his question, and this book chronicles what God is now revealing on how faith is a means of receiving things from God.
In 2014, Terry founded Lasting Liberty Ministries to help others move into their divine purpose. He has hosted Christian conferences and has performed itinerant ministry to various groups.
He received his architecture degree from Texas Tech in 1989 and was in private practice in Texas and New Mexico for more than twenty years. He has served on community service boards and was elected to a local government position. Terry is married to Renee and they have three adult children.
"Whatever the Lord is willing to do for one person,
He is willing to do for everyone." - Romans 2:11
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is without error.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the pre-existence, incarnation, and virgin birth of the Jesus Christ. And that He came into the world to reveal the Father and was the express image of Him. Jesus Christ was the Creator of all things and by Him all things were made.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit, though omnipresent from all eternity, after the glorification of Jesus Christ was sent on the day of Pentecost, dwells in every believer, unites all to Christ in one body, and is the source of all power and all acceptable service.
SALVATION ONLY THROUGH CHRIST
We believe that repentance and faith in Jesus Christ produces the work of justification in the believer. Further, we believe that, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born of the Spirit. We also believe that solely the shed blood of our Jesus Christ, who died as our substitute, has accomplished our redemption.
MINISTERS TO THE CHURCH
We believe in the divinely called, commissioned and equipped five-fold ministry of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers as given to the Church by Jesus Christ after His ascension. We further believe that all Christians are called to be ambassadors for Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13; II Corinthians 5:20).
We believe that all who are united by the new birth to Jesus Christ are members of the universal Church, the body of Christ.
THE DOCTRINE OF BAPTISMS
We believe that the New Testament teaches at least three baptisms. First, the repentant sinner, after trusting Jesus Christ as his Savior, is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ. (I Corinthians 12:13).
Second, there is water baptism by immersion for believers only. This we believe to be an ordinance of the church, whereby the believer experiences the reality of co-crucifixion and co-resurrection with Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:3-6).
Third, there are baptisms of the Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ, which may occur at or subsequent to conversion. We believe that, as the believer yields their weaknesses to the Holy Spirit then the believer is transformed to witness for Jesus Christ in power. (Acts 1:5, 8, 2:4, 38, 10:46, 11:28, 19:6).
EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS
We believe that it is the explicit message of Jesus Christ to those whom He has redeemed, that they are sent forth by Him into the world to be witnesses of His saving grace and that their primary purpose in life should be to glorify God by obedience to Jesus Christ's command to preach the Gospel to every creature.
We believe in divine healing by God for the whole man. (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; Acts 4:30, 19:11; I Corinthians 12:9; James 5:14; I Peter 2:24-25).
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
We believe that all that was lost by the Fall is now being restored by Jesus Christ in and through His Church and that there will be total and ultimate restoration of all things by Jesus Christ. (Daniel 7:14; Acts 3:21; Revelation 21:1-5).