What We Believe
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and contains one harmonious and sufficiently complete system of doctrine. We believe in the full inspiration of the Word of God. We hold the Word of God to be the only authority in all matters and assert that no doctrine can be true or essential, if it does not find a place in this Word.
The Holy Ghost
The Baptism of the Holy Ghost
The Second Coming of Christ
The Church of God in Christ believes that miracles occur to convi nce men that the Bible is God ’ s Word. A miracle can be defined as an extraordinary visible act of Divine power, wrought by the efficient agency of the will of God, which has as its final cause the vindication of the righteousness of God ’ s word. We believe that the works of God, which were performed during the beginnings of Christianity, do and will occur even today where God is preached, Faith in Christ is exercised, The Holy Ghost is active, and the Gospel is promulgated in the truth (Acts 5:15; 6:8; 9:40; Luke 4:36, 7:14 ‐ 15; 5:5 ‐ 6 ; St. Mark 14:15 ).
The Ordinances of the Church
The Lord's Supper (Holy Communion)
The Lord ’ s Supper symbolizes the Lord ’ s death and suffering for the benefit and in the place of His people. It also symbolizes the believer ’ s participation in the crucified Christ. It represents not only the death of Christ as the object of faith which unites the believers to Christ, but also the effect of this act as the giving of life, strength, a nd joy to the soul. The communicant by faith enters into a special spiritual union of his soul with the glorified Christ.
We believe that Water Baptism is necessary as instructed by Christ in St. John 3:5, “ UNLESS MAN BE BORN AGAIN OF WATER AND OF THE SPIRIT. ”
However, we do not believe that water baptism alone is a means of salvation , but is an outward demonstration that one has already had a conversion experience and has accepted Christ as his personal Savior. As Pentecostals, we practice immersion in preference to “ SPRINKLING ”, because immersion corresponds more closely to the death , burial, and resurrection of our Lord (Colossians 2:12). It also symbolizes regeneration and purification more than any other mode. Therefore, we practice immersion as our mode of Baptism. We believe that we should use the Baptismal Formula given us by Ch rist for all “… IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY GHOST. ” (St. Matthew 28:19).