About Us

The Barnabas Partnership was founded in March of 2017. This 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry partners with JoyHouse Ministries and the Great Commission Church of Gressier, Haiti.

Our Verse

I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith.  - Romans 1:11-12

Additional Information

The Barnabas Partnership

Doctrinal Statement

This doctrinal statement is divided into two sections: the critical core and our doctrinal distinctives.  The critical core are those beliefs (1-6 below) which define us as biblical Christians; while the doctrinal distinctives are those beliefs that we have chosen to define the Barnabas Partnership.  To be part of the Barnabas Partnership team one must hold to the critical core but we can differ over the doctrinal distinctives.  We do ask, however, that while we are ministering in Haiti that you neither oppose these doctrinal distinctives verbally, nor practice any differences publicly.

Critical Core

  1. We believe that the 66 books of the Bible is the revelation of God’s words and deeds through inspiration1, so that that original manuscripts were without error.  We believe that the Bible is God’s final revelation2 and is fully sufficient for life and godliness3.  We believe that the Bible is our final authority4 and judge pertaining to all things.  We believe that whereas there may be several applications of any given passage of Scripture, there is but one true interpretation. (12Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2Hebrews 1:1-2; 32 Timothy 3:17; Psalm 19:7-9; 4Revelation 22:17-18; 1 Corinthians 14:37)
  2. We believe that God there is but one living and true God1, an infinite2, personal3 being who externally exists in three persons4—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are the same in essence, but distinguished as to person.  In essence, they are equal; but as persons there is hierarchy. (11 Thessalonians 1:9; Psalm 86:8, 10; 2Isaiah 66:1; 3Exodus 3:14; 4Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17)
  3. We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God1 who became flesh2 and now exists as 100% God and 100% man3. It is through the perfect life, sacrificial death and victorious resurrection4 that Jesus procured salvation for sinful man.  He lives now in heaven where he intercedes for us5 and prepares a place for us6. (1John 1:1-2; 2John 1:14; 3Hebrews 1:8; Titus 2:13; Romans 9:5; 41 Corinthians 15:3-4; 5Romans 8:34; 6John 14:2-3)
  4. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person1, equal to the Father and Son in divine nature2, yet proceeding from the Father and Son3. The Holy Spirit opens eyes and ears to the gospel through regeneration4, baptizes us into Christ5, illumines the Scriptures6, indwells believers7, fills believers8 and in all things glorifies Jesus Christ9. (1John 14:16, 26; 2Ephesians 4:4-6; Acts 5:3-4; 3John 15:26; 4Titus 3:5; John 16:8-11; John 3:6, 6:63;   61 Corinthians 2:12; John 14:26; 61 Corinthians 12:13; 7Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 8Ephesians 5:18; 9John 16:14)
  5. We believe that man was created by God and in the image of God1 to glorify God2. Yet through willful rebellion3 man’s innocence was lost and death began to reign4.  Every human since then is born with a sin nature5 and is hopelessly lost6 (being both unable and unwilling to obey God) and totally depraved (in that every act, word and thought is bent toward sin)7.  Man’s only hope comes from outside of himself. (1Genesis 1:27; 2Isaiah 43:7; Revelation 4:11; 3Genesis 3:1-6; 1 Timothy 2:13; 4Romans 5:12; 5Psalm 51:5; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:10; 6Romans 8:7-8; Ephesians 2:1; 7Genesis 6:5)
  6. We believe that salvation is wholly by God’s grace from election to glorification on the basis of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ and the merit of His blood, not on the basis of any human works or desires. In the words of the Reformation, we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  Sinful man must first be regenerated by the free act of God’s grace, which enables him to repent and believe.  Through faith in Jesus Christ we are declared righteous (justification), reconciled to God, redeemed out of slavery to sin, and adopted into God’s family.  The baptism of the Spirit unites us to Christ so that we are positionally righteous and secured for heaven.

Doctrinal Distinctives

  1. The church invisible consists of all believers in Jesus Christ throughout all the ages in every place. The church visible consists of both believers and unbelievers who meet together for worship, discipleship and ministry.  The primary calling of the church is discipleship.  The church began on the Day of Pentecost.  As the body of Christ, it consists of gifted members.  As the bride of Christ, we await the day of Christ’s return.  Jesus Christ is the head of the church.  Under-shepherds are given responsibility for leadership within the church.
  2. Spiritual gifts are given to every believer in Jesus Christ for the purpose of edifying the church. Each believer is given at least one spiritual gift.  Some spiritual gifts, by definition and purpose, seem to no longer be active.  Tongues, which was an unlearned foreign dialect, was given to arrest attention and authenticate the revolutionary new message about Jesus Christ as Messiah to the Jews, Samaritans and Gentiles.  Miracles and healings also accompanied these evangelistic outreaches.  As the New Testament was completed, these gifts were not needed.
  3. Angels are a special creation of God, of a higher order than humanity. They serve God and worship Him.  Fallen angels (demons) followed Satan’s rebellion and now seek to attack God by attacking His followers.  There is a continual spiritual battle going on.
  4. The death of a person means that their soul leaves their body. For the believer, the soul, fully conscious, goes directly to heaven.  For the unbeliever, their souls go to Hades.  For the believer, they will receive new bodies at the rapture, whereas unbelievers will receive their new bodies just prior to the final judgment.
  5. We believe that the first event of the end times will be a rapture of the church, followed by the 7 year tribulation period. When Christ returns and defeats the antichrist, he will establish his millennial kingdom.  At the end of that time, when Satan is defeated, all believers will be resurrected to life and unbelievers will be resurrected to everlasting punishment.  Then will be the establishment of the new heavens and new earth for the eternal enjoyment of God’s people and the ultimate glory of God.