Sunday
Sunday School - 9:30 a.m.
Worship - 10:30 a.m.
Evening Worship - 6 p.m.

Wednesday
Prayer Meeting - 6:30 p.m.
Worship - 7:00 p.m.
Our Beliefs
The Doctrines of Jesus Christ - Presented by The Church of God 
 

Biblical Name: There are many names given to church organizations today. These names can be traced back to a particular teaching that was introduced into our society by a man, or group of men. We chose to keep the name that God gave to His church “The Church of God. We base this on the scriptures written in the King James Version of the bible. Acts. 20:28,  Gal. 1:13, Jn. 17:11, Gal. 3:14-15

 

King James Version: Why do we recognize the KJV as our Bible of preference? In AD 1611 King James had scholars who were well versed in Greek and Hebrew to translate the original writings of the Bible into English. We feel this is the closest translation of the original Bible to English. Our studies do include the original Greek and Hebrew text to insure that our teaching is authentic, along with many other study materials

 

Membership: Many religious organizations today require that each member join their church and have their names put on a church roster. The new member is voted into the church by the other members of the congregation. We feel that the scripture teaches us that we are borne into the church. Our repentance of sin and being cleansed through the blood of Jesus Christ makes us a member. God’s people are a family and like any other family you must be borne into it to be a member. Going through the avenue of salvation is what makes you a member of the Church of God(the foundation for the statements made is found in I Cor. 12:13-18). In Jn. 15:2-6 the scripture tells us that only those who have given their heart and lives to Christ are members and all others are cast out.

 

The Church is founded, governed, and organized by Christ:Churches today have a headquarters on earth that regulates their beliefs, their ideals of governing, and how to organize the church. Most have a man that they can point to as the founder of their church. Christ organized the church, as we can see in Matt. 16:18 when Peter recognizes Jesus as the Son of the Living God. Jesus let him know that He would build the Church on the faith that Peter had that Jesus was the Christ. In Eph. 2:20 we see that Christ is the chief corner stone of the foundation of the church. Also in I Cor. 3:11 we see that it is impossible to pull from any other foundation other than Christ. Christ is the governor of our church in that God has put Him over all things concerning the church. Eph. 1: 22-23, Isa. 9:6

 

Repentance: There are those that believe we must repent daily for our many sins we have committed that day.  Repentance according to the original meaning of the word in the Greek text means reversal, or reformation. This is found in II Cor. 7:1-10. In other words, true repentance brings true change to the soul in that it no longer follows after the things of the flesh, but the spirit of God. Continuing in your current state of willful sin is not repentance. True repentance brings a separation from sin and the flesh. Jesus said for us to repent because His kingdom was at hand, meaning that the kingdom was being presented to those He was addressing. Without true repentance you cannot enter into the kingdom. Matt. 4:1

 

Living free from Sin: This is such a controversial subject. Many believe we have to sin because we are human. The word of God lets us know that we can live without it if we want to, but it can only come through newness of life. WE BEG YOU TO PLEASE READ RO. 6:1-23, I JN 3: TO KNOW THE TRUTH AND BE FREE

 

The Kingdom of God: There are many religions today that believe that the kingdom of Jesus Christ is in the future. That He will return to set up a literal kingdom in Jerusalem, and that He will reign there for a thousand years. We would like to say that the kingdom of God is not literal, but spiritual. There are so many scripture to support this teaching. Matt: 3:2, Matt: 4:17 and Mk. 1:15 let us know that the kingdom was at hand. This means that it was within reach, or in other word, it was being presented to them or would be presented to them within the near future, not years from then. If Christ knew that the kingdom was thousands of years in the future, and if He said that it was at hand, then He could not have been telling the truth. I have to say friend that God can’t lie, and He didn't. Some say that is was never God’s plan for Christ to go the Calvary. I have to disagree. In Acts 2:23, in Acts 26:22 & 23 Paul lets us know that the prophets and Moses knew that Christ must suffer. Well then if the literal interpretation is true, then why didn’t Christ let them take Him and make Him a king? In Jn. 6:14 & 15 He perceived their thoughts that they would take him by force and make him a literal king, why did he go into the mountain alone?  The Pharisee asked Christ when the kingdom would come with all its military might and glamour. Christ let him know that the kingdom of Godwas within you. Lk. 17: 20-23. This has to prove to us friend that there is no literal interpretation of the scriptures concerning a future kingdom. The kingdom is spiritual. It was not of course within this Pharisee that Christ was speaking to, but in the heart of Christ, ready to be established on the day of Pentecost. Jesus again in Jn. 18: 36 let them know that His kingdom was not of this world, if it was then He would fight.

 

Holiness: The bible lets us know that without holiness no man shall see God. Heb. 12:24. There are those who believe that we cannot live a pure and holy life before God as long as we are in this flesh. We know that there is nothing pure about the flesh. Even Jesus said there was no good thing about Him while he was in the flesh. The purity of Christ came from the father, not from obeying the flesh. At the death of Christ He was pure, without sin, and holy before the Father. He rose and ascended back to the Father, and sent His spirit back for all those who would accept it. The spirit of God is just as pure as the Father and the son. When we receive the spirit of God we also become a partaker of the purity of this spirit. II Peter 3:11 lets us know that we are to be holy in conversation, and godliness. I Peter 1:16 again verifies our requirement of holiness to be His children.

 

 Unity: This is a word that is often mistaken for friendship. We thank the Lord for our friends, but unity; (oneness) is brought about through the spirit of God. It brings us to common beliefs, not our own ideals. The spirit of God must be the author of unity, not opinions, personalities, or any other common denominator. We all have different levels of understanding, and we are all coming to this knowledge in God’s time. Ep. Chapter 4 gives us the road map to unity, and I Cor. 1:10 seals that fact that unity is through Jesus Christ.

 

Divine Healing: There are many today that believe that the days of healing for the body is gone. Some say that it was a gift given to just the Master and the apostles for the sole reason to prove their authority was from God. We might believe this except for the fact that over the last several years we have witnessed the power of God's divine healing first hand, from things as simple as pink eye, to cancer. It is hard to deny when the words of a physician claim it to be a miracle. James 5:14-15 left us plain instruction for those who have the faith to trust in the Lord. The healing of the body and soul can only come from a heart of faith. This faith must be in the individual and not resting on other men’s faith.

 

Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Some organizations teach that in order to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit you must speak in a heavenly tongue. This is a language that only God and the individual use to communicate and someone are given a gift to interrupt this language for all those that hear. This is mistaken with the biblical gift of tongues. On the day of Pentecost Peter stood on the mount and spoke in his native tongue which was Hebrew. The bible in Acts. 2 clearly identifies 17 different nationalities and they state in this chapter verses 7 & 8 that they were speaking in their language and they were hearing them in theirs. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not a heavenly language, but a godly life. Evidence of the baptism is not an unknown heavenly language, but living in all holiness, and righteousness in Christ Jesus. I Jn. 2:29

 

Water Baptism: In Acts when Phillip was translated down to the eunuch, he asks if he understood what he was reading. The eunuch’s reply was, how can I except some man should guide me. The teaching of water baptism should not be that it is an outward representation of our sins being washed away, or that we are buried in a watery grave. Jesus was baptized by John and there was no sin in His life. If we can remember, the priest always washed before entering into minister for the people in the old tabernacle. Water baptism, shows the world that we have had a total cleansing from the flesh, complete separation from the world, and have consecrated our lives as a minister, king, and priest for the cause of Christ. Baptism according to the Greek meaning does away with sprinkling, because it means to be fully wet, covered wholly with fluid. There is no need to baptize children because they need to come to the age of accountability and repent before baptism is necessary. Matt. 28: 18-20, Matt. 3:1-17

 

Communion: This is a wonderful part of living for God. In Matt. 26:26. At the feast of the Passover in these scriptures we see Jesus teaching the disciples that the ceremonial part was coming to an end. That the reality of being a part of the kingdom was coming to life. When the master broke the bread He told them, take, eat this is my body, (representing the word of God, Jn. 1:14) He then took the cup gave thanks, and told them to drink all of it, for it was the blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sin. (This represents the spirit of Christ being received into the hearts of men and woman, and their sins being washed away. I Jn. 5:6). He told us to do this in remembrance of me. We hold this ordinance sacred, in that we are outwardly showing others our fellowship with Christ, by being a partaker of the word of God, and receiving the spirit of God. Just has Christ broke the bread, we too must be broken down by the word of God. It is important to note that to partake of the ordinance unworthily, could result in sickness, weakness, and sleep. This is shown to us in I Cor. 11 28-30. God help us to examine ourselves prior to be a partaker of communion.

 

Feet Washing: Many believe that the ordinance of washing each other’s feet was merely a custom. What we must see here is that it was not a custom but a commandment from the Lord. It was the truest act of humility and servitude. As Christians we must submit ourselves to one another as Christ submitted Himself to the Father. In Jn. 13: 15 Jesus said He gave us an example and that we should do as He had done. God help us to humble ourselves at our brothers feet just as the Master did.

 

Justification: As we look at the subject of justification we need to see that our freedom is in Christ Jesus. Some may think we are justified by works, but in Ro. 5:1 Paul lets us know that we are justified by faith. We all know that the scripture reveals unto us that works without faith is dead. Thank God for the work we can do for the kingdom, but this does not bring our justification, works through the avenue faith does. When the blood of the savior is applied to our lives, and we receive the spirit of Christ, we are justified in Him. We are made pure, and holy. Ro. 5:9, I Cor. 6:11

 

Sanctification: This subject has become one of much controversy. The definition of the word sanctified means to purify, consecrate, or to make holy. Many believe we are saved, and then we must seek God for a second cleansing to be sanctified. Most will agree that it is through the washing of the water of the word, and by the blood of Christ that we are sanctified. But when does the sanctification process happen? The first time, second, or third? We are missing the point here in many aspects. In Jn. 17:17-21 Jesus lets us know that he sanctified Himself that we also might be sanctified. Again our purity is in Christ. Ro. 15: 16 the scripture tells us how we receive this sanctification. It is by the spirit of God. We also know that the scripture tells us there is one faith, one God and one baptism. This one baptism is of the Holy Ghost. When we receive him we are sanctified and made pure by His spirit. I would like to say that we live pure and holy not by one work of grace or by two works of grace, but by God’s grace.