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What we believe The following are the 16 fundamental truths of the Assemblies of God. Revised 1983 General Council of the Assemblies of God. 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 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 Ghost. Deuteronomy 6:4 Isaiah 43:10,11 Matthew 28:19 Luke 3:22 The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare: His virgin birth Matthew 1:23 Luke 1:31 Luke 1:35 His sinless life Hebrews 7:26 1 Peter 2:22 His miracles Acts 2:22 Acts 10:38 His substitutionary work on the cross 1 Corinthians 15:3 2 Corinthians 5:21 His bodily resurrection from the dead Matthew 28:6 Luke 24:39 Luke 24:39 1 Corinthians 15:4 His exaltation to the right hand of God Acts 1:9 Acts 1:11 Acts 2:33 Philippians 2:9-11 Hebrews 1:3 The Fall of Man Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our own 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 Genesis 2:17 Genesis 3:6 Romans 5:12-19 The Salvation of Man Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Conditions of Salvation Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. Luke 24:47 John 3:3 Romans 10:13-15 Ephesians 2:8 Titus 2:11 Titus 3:5-7 The Evidence of Salvation The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit. Romans 8:16 The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness Ephesians 4:24 Titus 2:12 The Ordinances of the Church Baptism in Water The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by 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 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!" The Baptism in the Holy Ghost 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. 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 Acts 1:8 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. Acts 8:12-17 Acts 10:44-46 Acts 11:14-16 Acts 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, 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) The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost 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, but is different in purpose and use. 1 Corinthians 12:4-10 1 Corinthians 12:28 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 The Scriptures teach a life of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14 By the power of the Holy Ghost 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 the 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 Romans