Beliefs

 

All Assemblies of God Churches adhere to these non-negotiable tenets of faith which are the Fundamental Truths.
The Word of God

  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God through which He has revealed Himselef to man  - 2 Peter 1:20,21 / 2 Timothy 3:16

  • The Bible is the infallible rule of faith and conduct to guide mankind in all their relations to Him - Psalm 119:11,105 / John 20:31

  • Nothing must be added to, or taken from, the Word of God - Revelations 22:18,19


The One True God

  • The One True God has revealed Himself as the Eternal one - Deut. 6:4

    • He exists as a Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit - Matthew 28:19,20 / Luke 3:22

  • The Triune God is the Creator of the Universe - Genesis 1:1,26 / John 1:1-3
  • The Triune God is the saviour of mankind - John 3:16 / Titus 3:4-6


The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son Of God. The scriptures declare:

  • His virgin birth - Matt. 1:23 / Luke 1:35

  • His sinless life - 1 Peter 2:22 / Heb. 4:14,15

  • His miracles - John 2:11 / Acts 2:22 / Acts 10:38

  • His substitutionary work on the cross - Rom. 5:8-10 / 2 Cor. 5:21  

  • His bodily resurrection from the dead - Matt. 28:6 / Acts 3:13-15 / Romans 1:3,4

  • His exaltation to the right hand of God - Acts 1:9,11 / Phil. 2:9-11 / Hebrews 1:3

  • His personal future return to earth in power and glory - Matt. 24:30  


The Salvation of Man

  • Man was created good, but by voluntary transgression, was separated from God - Rom. 5:12

    • Now, man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the son of God - Rom. 3:23-25

  • The salvation of the soul is a spiritual and miraculous transformation or change that take place place when the individual repents and believes the Gospel - Mark 1:15 / Rom. 10:8 / 2 Cor. 5:17

    • The individual is redeemed by the blood of Christ - 1 Peter 1:18,19

    • The individual is born of the spirit by the word of God - John 3:3-6 / 1 Peter 1:23

  • Salvation is obtained through Christ

    • Jesus Christ is the only Saviour - Acts 4:10-12

    • Jesus Christ is the only way - John 14:6

    • Jesus Christ is the only mediator - 1 Timothy 2:5

  • There is no salvation through any other means or person

    • It is not by works of the Law of Moses - Gal. 2:16

    • It is not by faith in idols or images - Exod. 20:4,5 / Psalm 135:15-18

    • It is not through Mary, the mother of Jesus, nor any other saint or prophet who was merely human - Luke 1:46,47 / Revelations 19:10

    • It is not by water baptism.

Note: The thief on the Cross was not baptised, but Jesus promised that he would be with Him in paradise - Luke 23:43.

Simon, the Sorcerer, was baptized, but Peter told him his heart was not right with God - Acts 8:13,21

It is not by works - Titus 3:5 / Eph. 2:8,9

 

  • The evidence of Salvation

    • The inward evidence of salvation is a direct witness of the spirit - Romans 8:16

    • The outward evidence of salvation is a life of righteousness and true holiness - Eph. 4:24 / Titus 2:12

 

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

  • The baptism in the Holy Spirit is for every believer. It was not an experience for apostles only - Acts 2:38,39

  • Every believer should earnestly desire and seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit - Acts 1:4,5 / Eph. 5:18

  • The baptism in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign or evidence of speaking in another tongue or language as the spirit gives utterance - Acts 2:4 / Acts 10:44-46 / Acts 19:6

  • The baptism in the Holy Spirit imparts power to witness for Christ - Acts 4:31


Sanctification - A Holy Life

  • Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God - Romans 12:1,2 / I Thess. 5:23 / 2 Cor. 6:17

  • God is holy and requires holiness in His people, for without holiness, no man shall see the Lord - Heb. 12:14

  • By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to obey His command, "Be ye holy for I am holy".

  • Sanctification is attained

    • Through faith in the word of God - John 17:17 / Eph. 5:26

    • Through faith in the blood of Christ - Hebrews 10:10,29

    • Through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives - 1 Peter 1:2 / Gal. 5:16

  • Sanctification is attained

    • Instantly - at conversion by union with Christ in His death and resurrection - 1 Cor. 6:11

    • Continually - by the daily yielding of one's self to God - Romans 6:11-13


The Church
The Church Universal is composed of all true believers worldwide

  • They are redeemed by the blood of Christ - 1 Peter 1:18,19

    • They are separated from the world - 2 Cor. 6:16-18

    • They believe the Bible and practice its teachings - Titus 2:11-14 and fulfilling the Great Commission - Matt. 28:19,20

  • The true Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit- Eph. 2:20-22


Note: the term "Body of Christ" is generally used to define the true Church.

Water Baptism- by IMMERSION

  • Baptism in the water is a type of being buried with Christ and being raised again to "walk in newness of life" - Rom.6:4-6 / Col. 2:12

  • Candidates for Water Baptism must:

    • Be born again and give a clear testimony of sincere faith in the Lord Jesus Christ - Acts 8:36,37

    • Be living a consistent Christian life, and separated from heathen customs.

    • Have successfully completed the New Converts Course.

    • Be at least Ten Years of age

  • We do not baptise infants because we believe candidates for baptism must give a clear testimony of sincere faith in Christ

  • Baptism is administered by immersing the candidate in water, " in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost " - Acts 8:38 / Matt. 28:19


The Lord's Supper- (HOLY COMMUNION)

  • This ordinance was instituted by our Lord, to be practised in the church in remembrance of Him until His return - Matt. 26:26-30 / I Cor. 11:23-31


The elements, " Bread" and " Cup, " represent the " Body " and " Blood " of Christ.

  • His body was broken when he was beaten and crucified, and he carried our sins and our sickness to the Cross that we might be forgiven and healed - 1 Cor. 11:24 / 1 Peter 2:24

  • The shed blood established the New Covenant, which is the divine promise of eternal life - 1 Cor. 11:25

  • It is the privilege of every born-again believer to partake of the Lord's Supper, for it represents our parking of His divine nature - John 6:53-56

  • The believer must first examine himself before God, lest he should partake unworthily- 1 Cor. 11:28

  • The believer who feels a sense of unworthiness should seek the Lord in humble contrition and renew his consecration of God, and then partake with the brethren of the church. Thus the Lord's Supper will always be the means of maintaining the spirituality and fellowship in the church - 1 John 2:1,2


MARRIAGES

  • The marriage of a man to one wife was instituted by God - Gen. 2:18 and conformed by Christ - Matt. 19:5,6

  • Marriage is honourable and is well-pleasing to God when it is entered into with all sincerity and in harmony with God's plan for mankind - Prov. 18:22 / Heb. 13:4

  • Although polygamy was practised in the Old Testament, there is no example of such in the New Testament. The New Testament standard for marriage is so high that we beleive it should only be terminated by the death of either the husband or the wife - Matt. 19:9

  • The Christian customs of taking the marriage vows before a minister of the Gospel is in humble recognition of the need of divine approval of the union of two lives and of God's lessing upon the home to be established.

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