Our Vision & Mission

STATEMENTS OF FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH

1. The Scriptures Inspired

The Scriptures, 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 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians
2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).

2. The One True God

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 Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew
28:19; Luke 3:22).


3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:

a. His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35).
b. His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22).
c. His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38).
d. His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
e. His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4).
f. His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3).

4. The Fall of Man

Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”
However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also
spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26,27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).


5. The Salvation of Man

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

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 Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the
normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it comes 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; 1
Corinthians 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 Spirit 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;
Hebrews 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).

6. The Ordinances of the Church


(a) Baptism in Water
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on
Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with
Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Mark
16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:4).


(b) Holy Communion
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—is the symbol expressing
our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death
(1 Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26); and is enjoined on all
believers “till He come!”


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


The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit 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 (1 Corinthians 12:4-10,28), but different in purpose and use.


9. Sanctification


Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1,2;
1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see
the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: “Be ye
holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15,16).
Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and
resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty
continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-11,13; 8:1,2,13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians
2:12,13; 1 Peter 1:5).


10. The Church and Its Mission


The Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for
the fulfillment of her Great Commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the
general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22,23; 2:22;
Hebrews 12:23).
Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshiped by man, to
build a body of believers in the image of His Son, and to demonstrate His love and compassion for all the
world, the priority reason-for-being of the Assemblies of God as part of the Church is:
a. To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15,16).
b. To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Corinthians 12:13).
c. To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son
(Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 14:12).
d. To be a people who demonstrate God’s love and compassion for all the world (Psalms 112:9; Galatians
2:10; 6:10; James 1:27).
The Assemblies of God exists expressly to give continuing emphasis to this reason-for-being in the New
Testament apostolic pattern by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.

This experience:


a. Enables them to evangelize in the power of the Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs (Mark
16:15-20; Acts 4:29-31; Hebrews 2:3,4).
b. Adds a necessary dimension to a worshipful relationship with God (1 Corinthians 2:10-16; 1
Corinthians 12-14).
c. Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit and gifts and
ministries as in New Testament times for the edifying of the body of Christ and care for the poor and
needy of the world (Galatians 5:22-26; Matthew 25:37-40; Galatians 6:10; 1 Corinthians 14:12;
Ephesians 4:11,12; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Colossians 1:29; Galatians 5:22-26).


11. The Ministry


A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the fourfold
purpose of leading the Church in: (1) evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20), (2) worship of God
(John 4:23,24), (3) building a Body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11,16),
and (4) Meeting human need with ministries of love and compassion (Psalms 112:9; Galatians 2:10; 6:10;
James 1:27).


12. Divine Healing


Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the
Atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:14-16).


13. The Blessed Hope


The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who
are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church (1
Thessalonians 4:16,17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52).


14. The Millennial Reign of Christ


The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the
visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Zechariah 14:5;
Matthew 24:27,30; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6). This millennial reign will bring the salvation of
national Israel (Ezekiel 37:21,22; Zephaniah 3:19,20; Romans 11:26,27) and the establishment of
universal peace (Isaiah 11:6-9; Psalm 72:3-8; Micah 4:3,4).


15. The Final Judgment


There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their
works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the
beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with
fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; 20:11-
15; 21:8).


16. The New Heavens and the New Earth


“We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness”
(2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21,22).
Statement of Fundamental Truths is the official delineation of the Assemblies of God’s 16 doctrines.
These truths are non-negotiable beliefs that all Assemblies of God churches adhere to.

ASSEMBLIES OF GOD AFFILIATION

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Vertical Church DNA

1. Bible Based

Our decisions will be based on the guidelines of the Scriptures with respect for traditions.

2. Developing Relationships

We are commited to helping everyone grow in their relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and to helping establish healthy relationships with others.

3. Unconditional Acceptance

All people matter to God, the rich and the poor, the healthy and the sick, the altogether and broken.

4. Externally Focused

We go beyond the four walls of our church in discovering ways we can reach people.

5. Culturally Relevant

We will make the necessary changes to reach all people of all generations without compromising with Scriptures.