Ministry Doctrine and Bylaws
1. Name of Organization:
A Little Maid Ministry (Korean-American)
“And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife. And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy. And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel. And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel.” 2King 5:2-5
2. What we believe (Ministry Doctrine)
A. Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Scripture, consisting of the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, is the word of God written, infallible and inerrant, the only rule of faith and life. These books alone are holy and authoritative, given by inspiration of God without error in their original manuscripts, and by His singular care and providence kept pure in all ages. They are the full and complete revelation of God to man for his salvation, faith, and life. Nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations or traditions of men. (Gal. 1:8-9, I Thes. 2:2) The canon of Scripture is closed and all who add or take away from it shall suffer the wrath of God.
B. One Triune God
We believe in the one only, living and true God who is Spirit, personal, eternal, infinite, unchangeable and sovereign Creator, and Sustainer of all things. God is absolutely free and independent, self-existent, almighty, holy, all knowing, all wise, everywhere present, having all things open and manifest in His sight. He alone is the fountain of all being of whom, through whom and to whom are all things, who has most sovereign dominion over all creatures, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever He pleases. (Romans 11:36, Rev. 4:11, Dan. 4:35)
God has revealed Himself in three distinct Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are but one God the same in substance, equal in Power and glory, each of whom is to be honored and acknowledged equally as true God.
C. Jesus Christ
We believe in the essential, absolute, eternal Deity and the real and proper, but sinless humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the eternal Word, the only begotten Son, our Great God and Savior. He is the only mediator between God and man, the Prophet, Priest, and King, the Head and Savior of His covenant people. In the fullness of time He took upon Himself man’s nature yet without sin, being conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary. As a man, He was in all points tempted like we are, yet was without sin. The Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God, by His perfect obedience and the sacrifice of Himself upon the cross, has fully satisfied the eternal justice of His Father and purchased not only reconciliation but also an everlasting inheritance in the Kingdom of Heaven for all those whom the Father has given Him. He was crucified, died, and was buried; on the third day He arose bodily from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father, where He continues as our great High Priest, Advocate and Intercessor.
We believe that this same Jesus will visibly come back again with great power and glory to be the judge of both the living and the dead at the last day.
D. Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is of one and the same essence, majesty, and glory as the Father and the Son; and therefore is the true and eternal God. He, the Holy Spirit, is the divine agent in creation, revelation, and redemption. He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. We acknowledge that the work of regeneration is that of the Spirit wrought by the ministry of the word of God in the hearts of God’s elect, who gives them the faith of Christ. He indwells, baptizes, seals, empowers, illuminates, guides, teaches, and sanctifies all who become children of God, by God’s sovereign grace alone.
We also acknowledge that the inward illumination of the Spirit is necessary for a saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the word of God.
We believe that man was created in the image of God in knowledge, righteousness and holiness (Gen. 1:26-27, Col. 3:10, Eph. 4:24). Being left to the freedom of his own will, Adam fell from the estate wherein he was created by sinning against God and thereby causing himself and all mankind represented in him to lose communion with God, fall under divine wrath and the curse of sin, and so made liable to all the miseries of this life, to death itself and the judgment of hell forever. (Rom. 5:12).
All mankind are partakers of a fallen nature, wholly defiled and totally depraved, incapable of any spiritual good and inclined to do all evil, being transgressors of the law of God. So the Scriptures declare, “there is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
The wages of sin is death, but the Scriptures also declare the grace of God by saying, “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom 6:23) The only hope for man is not in himself, but in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ and the new birth of the Holy Spirit through the word of God.
We believe, and maintain as the Scriptures teach, that salvation is solely and entirely by the grace of God based on the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ, through his shed blood, and not on human merit or performance. “For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God not of works, lest any man should boast.”(Eph. 2:8-9) God the Father has made Him, Christ Jesus to be sin for us, who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (II Cor. 5:21) Christ loved the eternal church and gave Himself for it (Eph. 6:25) that He might redeem from all iniquity and purify unto Himself a peculiar people zealous of good works (Titus 2:14). We believe in Christ’s substitutionary, expiatory death, in that He gave His life “a ransom for many”.
Election and Predestination
We believe that the Bible teaches both divine election and predestination. “He (God the Father) hath chosen us in Him (Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” (Eph. 1:4-5) Out of His sheer free grace and love, God has chosen us unto everlasting life without any foresight of faith or good works or perseverance in man. These and these alone, whom He hath elected and foreordained to salvation, are redeemed in Christ, effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified and kept by His power through faith unto the end. (Rom. 8:30)
G. The Church
We believe that the eternal church of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is invisible, consists of the whole number of God’s elect that His sovereignty called from the beginning to the end of the world out of every race, nation and culture to Himself. These alone have been born of the Spirit and the Word and by the same Spirit have been baptized into the body of Christ. We believe in the real spiritual unity in Christ of all the redeemed, and confess with the Scripture that there is one body, one Spirit even as we are called in one hope of our calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and in all. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and sole Head of the Church. We believe that the era of the corporate (or institutional) church age has now come to an end. (1 Pet. 4:17; 2 The. 2:3-4; Isa 14:12-14; Rev. 18; Mat 23:38; Jer. 7:11; Mat. 21:13 )
We reject the false teaching that promotes the continuing use of the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit in our age. With the close of the New Testament canon, extraordinary gifts such as tongues (non-languages) and their interpretation, healing, and the working of signs and miracles have ceased. Their God-appointed function and purpose were fulfilled during the Apostolic age.
We acknowledge that the ultimate and final purpose of the church is to glorify God who alone is worthy to receive all glory, honor, worship, and power. We are bought with a price; therefore we must glorify God in our body and spirit, which are God’s. This we seek to accomplish by mutual edification, instruction, and teaching of the Word, by evangelism and discipleship, so that all may be obedient to all things whatsoever Christ has commanded. (Matt. 28:19, 20)
H. Last Things
(1). Death: We believe that spiritual death, the final judgment, and damnation of the wicked in Hell are the just punishment for man’s sin. For the believer, physical death involves no loss of our spiritual consciousness. The soul of the redeemed passes upon death immediately into the presence of the Lord. There is a temporary separation of the soul and the body and such separation will continue until the resurrection at the last day. At the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, both soul and body will be reunited to be forever with the Lord.
(2). Millennium: We believe that the Bible teaches that the thousand years of Revelation 20:3 is to be understood symbolically, as a representation of the sovereign rule of Christ in heaven. Satan was bound from deceiving the nations at the Cross and Christ reigns now as Head and King of His people, the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. At Christ’s return, He will gather to Himself the elect from the living and the dead, judge all the unsaved, and usher in His eternal Kingdom.
(3). Final Tribulation: We believe that Christ’s church will become more apostate and come under God’s wrath as the end of the world approaches and “will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (II Tim 4:3-4) Yet during this time God shall maintain to Himself “a remnant according to the election of grace” (Rom 11:5) as the Gospel goes out into the world to reach “…a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues…” (Rev. 7:9)
(4). Final Judgment: We believe that at the end of the world our Lord Jesus Christ will come from heaven with great glory and majesty to “judge the quick and the dead”. (I Pet 4:5, II Tim 4:1)
3. What we do (Bylaws)
A. Purpose: The whole purpose of A Little Maid Ministry is biblical, Christian evangelism, primarily to Korean-Americans.
We believe that God has called every believer to give witness and testimony to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Within Christ’s church, He has given many different gifts and functions, all of which are to be used for His glory and the advancement of His Kingdom.
The only divinely appointed and ordained instrument given for the discipleship of the nations is the word of God, Holy Scripture. The Bible declares that “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. (Rom. 10:17) “It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” (I Cor. 1:21) “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (II Tim. 3:17) Therefore we have the responsibility to study, to “shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Tim. 2:15) We need to be like the Bereans who “received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether these things be so.” (Acts 17:11) We need to receive the Word of God not as the word of men, but as it truly is the Word of God, which effectually works also in those that believe. (I Thes. 2:13) We must do this by comparing Scripture with Scripture seeking the help of the Holy Spirit, to find the true (spiritual) meaning of God’s word.
The Bible warns us that false teaching is like poison to the hearer, and eats like a canker leading us astray, seeking to destroy our souls and ultimately leading to eternal damnation. We need to hold fast the sound words that we have heard in faith and love in Christ Jesus. We must “continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel”, (Col. 1:23) “Rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith.” (Col. 2:7)
B. Affiliation: The Ministry has no affiliation with any organization. However, members are highly encouraged to listen to Family Stations, Inc. (290 Hegenberger Road, Oakland CA 94621), which has a nationwide radio network.
C. Membership and Trustees
The Board of Trustees shall consist of President, Vice President, and Treasurer.
(1) President: Serves as the chair of the board of trustees, provides the business plan, and executes the plan .
(2) Vice President: Assists the Trustees in assuring that the business plan is properly executed.
(3) Treasurer: Receives offerings, pays bills and maintains the books.
(4) All newsletter subscribers are considered as Ministry members. Permanent members voluntarily support the Ministry’s publication and distribution activities.
D. Publications: The primary means of Ministry evangelism is by publications.We will publish the results of our Bible study in order to share the truth with our readers. Realizing that there is no human who can understand the Word of God perfectly, we desire to receive feedback from readers on behalf of our Bible study; and we will study further to reach the true understanding of the Word of God.
(1) Monthly Newsletter: Newsletters are the primary means of evangelism. Newsletters are mailed to members, who then share the articles with other people.
(2) Book translation: We publish evangelistic tracts and pamphlets . We translate Christian books and articles in order to share others’ faithful testimonies.
(3) Ministry Teaching: The newsletters are compiled into books which are published annually.
E. Ministry Website: The Ministry’s website (http://www.alittlemaid.org) is maintained for broader global evangelism.
F. Budget Process: The Ministry is entirely subscriber -supported. There is no membership fee. The Ministry does not solicit donations.
G. Fiscal Year: The fiscal year for the Ministry shall begin on July 1st and end on June 30th.
Therefore Little Maid Ministry seeks to faithfully proclaim and teach God’s truth by examining carefully all teaching by the Word of God, identifying and exposing error and all false teaching that does not conform to the standard of Holy Scripture.
Hyo-Sung Chae, Seong-Kyun Choi, Jin-Sung Chung, Dae-Woo Lee, Hyung-Ho Lee, Jang-Ho Lee, Ye-Won Lee, Joanna Kim, Helen Kong, Mi-Ran Myers, Yoon-Sik Park, Chang-Dae SaGong, Eun-Young Song, Jassica Sunday, Dong-Hwe You, James Yune.
Chairman: Dae-Woo Lee
Chairman: Dae-Woo Lee ___Signed, 5/17/2002___________________
Vice-Chairman: James Yune ____Signed, 5/22/2002___________________
Treasurer: Ye-Won Lee ____Signed, 5/17/2002___________________
Form 1023 Part II
Amendment - page 1
The Certification of Ministry Doctrine and Bylaws
1. Organization Name: A Little Maid Ministry
2. EIN: 01-0669641
a. Organization effective date is amended to 11 October 2002. Therefore, the statement “Will be effective when recognition of exemption is granted” is nullified. (This statement appears five times at the upper right corner of each page of the Ministry Doctrine and Bylaws)
b. The following statements are added to the Bylaws as the “Chapter 3. What we do” (By-laws) as H. Ministry Provision.
H. Ministry Provision: The Ministry is organized exclusively for religious and educational purposes under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purpose set forth in the purpose clause hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Ministry shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of this document, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Upon the dissolution of the Ministry, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.
Form 1023 Part II
Amendment - page 2
c. Ministry Fiscal year is amended to begin on January 1st and end on 31st December.
4. Trustee’s agreements
Above amendments are unanimously agreed among trustees, and
signed by trustees,
Chairmen: Dae-Woo Lee __Signed, 10/19/2002_________ Date:
Vice-Chairman: James Yune __ Signed, 10/19/2002_________ Date:
Treasurer: Ye-Won Lee __ Signed, 10/19/2002_________ Date:
*Revised on 7th day of May 2005. There is no doctrinal change.