What We Believe

 

1.  The Scriptures Inspired (1Thess. 2:13; 2Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21)

Both the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.

2.  One True God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isa. 43:10; Matt. 28:19; Luke 3:22)

The one true God has revealed himself as the eternally self-existent “I Am,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind.  He has further revealed himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

3.  The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.

  • He was born of a virgin. (Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:31,35)
  • He lived a sinless life. (Heb. 7:26; I Peter 2:22)
  • He performed miracles. (Acts 2:22; 10:38)
  • He took our place on the Cross. (I Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21)
  • He was raised from the dead.  (Matt 28:6; Luke 24:39; I Cor 15:4)
  • He has been exalted to the right hand of the Father. (Acts 1:9, 11; 2:33; Phil. 2:9-11; Heb. 1:3)

4.  The Fall of Man (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6; Rom. 5:12-19)

Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness,” (Gen.1:26).  However, man be voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.

5.  The Salvation of Man (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Rom. 10:13-15; Eph. 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; Rom. 8:16; Eph. 2:24; Titus 2:1)

Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.

6.  Ordinances of the Church (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47-48; Rom. 6:4; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 Cor. 11:26)

 We believe Jesus instituted Water Baptism and Holy Communion; two ordinances of the church to be followed and practiced regularly.

7.  The Baptism in the Holy Spirit  

 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.

  • The Baptism in the Holy Ghost brings the enduement 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; I Cor. 12:1-31).
  • This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16;15:7-9).
  •  With the baptism in the Holy Ghost come such experiences as:
      • An overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8)
      • A deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Heb. 12:28)
      • An intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42)
      • And a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost (Mark 16:20)

8.  The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4).

  •  The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (I Cor. 12:4-10,28), but different in purpose and use.
  • The Gift of Tongues at the point of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit serves as a sign to the believer he or she has received the promise of the Holy Spirit. (Mark 16:16-18)
  • The Gift of tongues is used in the private life of the believer for personal edification.

9.  Sanctification (Rom. 12:1-2; I Thess. 5:23; Heb 13:12)

Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil and dedication to God.

10.  The Church and Its Mission (Eph. 1:22-23; 2:22; Heb 12:23)

The Church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s ministry in the Earth. Each believer is an integral part of God’s plan for fulfilling His mission in the Earth.

  •  The Mission of the Assemblies of God is to:
  •  To help equip believers to evangelize the world (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 1:8)
  •  To cultivate an atmosphere and a culture where believers worship God with their lives.  (I Cor 12:13)
  •  To disciple believers and help them grow into the likeness of Christ (I Cor. 12:28; 14:12; Eph. 4:11-16)

11.  The Ministry

As a part of the Body of Christ, each believer should seek to discover his or her part in fulfilling Christ’s ministry in the Earth.

  •  Every believer has the responsibility to:
  •  Win the Lost. (Mark 16:15-20)
  •  Worship God with their life. (John 4:23-24)
  •  Disciple themselves and others. (Eph. 4:11, 16)

 12.  Divine Healing (Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:16-17; James 5:14-16)

 Divine healing is taught in the Word of God.   Deliverance from sickness is provided for in Christ’s work at Calvary, and is the privilege of all believers.

13.  The Blessed Hope (Romans 8:23; I Cor. 15:51-52; I Thess. 4:16-17; Titus 2:13)

The resurrection or rapture of all believers is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church.

  •  We believe Christ is returning for His Church.
  •  We believe Christ will return personally (John 14:3; 21:20-23; Acts 1:11)
  • We believe Christ will return unexpectedly (Matt. 24:32-51; Mark 13:33-37)
  • We believe Christ will return gloriously (Matt. 16:27; 19:28; Luke 19:11-27)
  •  We believe upon Christ’s return for His Church:
  •  Every believer who has died will experience a bodily resurrection

(1 Cor. 15:52; 1 Thess 4:17)

  •  Every believer who is alive will be “caught up” in the air with Him (1 Thess 4:16-18; 2 Thess 2:1)

14.  The Millennial Reign of Christ 

  •  The Second coming of Christ begins the millennial reign of Christ on the Earth.
  •  We believe Christ will return with His saints after the Rapture to reign on this Earth for 1,000 years (Zech. 14:5; Matt. 24:27,30; Rev. 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6)
  •  We believe this reign will bring salvation and restoration back to Israel (Ezek. 37:21-22; Zeph. 3:19-20; Rom.  11:26-27)
  •  We believe this reign will establish universal peace in this Earth (Ps. 72:3-8; Isa. 11:6-9; Mic. 4:3-4)

15.  The Final Judgment (Matt. 25:46; Mark 9:43; Rev. 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8)

There will be a final judgment in which all unbelievers will be raised and judged according to their works.

16.  New Heaven and New Earth (Isa. 65:17; 66:22; Rev. 21:1)

 After the Millennial Reign of Christ and the Final Judgment, God will create a New Heavens and New Earth.