Our Focus

Our Logo and Ministry Statement “Changing Lives…Our Focus and Passion!”, best explains what is important to our church. Sharing Christ with the world and maintaining our passion for him. We don’t believe the size of our church should determine our willingness to obey Jesus Christ’s command to go into the world and preach the Gospel. Our goal is to use all available tools to share Jesus Christ with as many people around the world as we can. We focus our ministry, activities, messages, advertisement and events on being a creative and effective messenger for Jesus Christ. By focusing on sharing Christ, creating relevant ministry for youth and hosting exciting events we create another opportunity to sharing Christ with them at a later date.

 

Sharing Christ

Traditional worship services, community events, social media and bridge events are venues where we are willing to share Christ. Targeting youth, women, men; those who regularly attend church and those who may have never attended church are who we are willing to talk to. While the latter is important; we believe the massage of Christ is of greater importance.

We unapologetically believe our purpose as a church is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world so that mankind would not have to suffer the affects and bondage of sin…nor ultimately spend an eternity separated from God in Hell. Although Hell may seem far away for many people. The effects of sin…sickness, poverty and death is a daily reminder of why Jesus Christ was born.

Ministry To Youth

Today’s youth are not mini-church members. They are not people who sit in the back of our church waiting to reach a certain age before getting involved in the ministry of the church. Nor are they the church of tomorrow…they are the church now! At Faith Life there are 5 reasons we make ministry to youth a priority.

  1. Youth are vital to the growth of our church.
  2. Youth help our church stay relevant in an ever changing culture.
  3. Youth must be trained and prepared to play a greater and greater role in the Kingdom of God.
  4. Youth must be taught their responsibility to family. church, community and nation.
  5. Youth help our church focus on creative ways to share Christ.

 

Events & Activities

We see the greatest opportunity to move ministry beyond the 4-walls of the church and better share Christ with our community is in the events and activities that we host or sponsor. Each activity and event we host or sponsor has a specific goal and targets a specific audience. We believe success is not just measured by attendance and budget. We hope you will plan to attend one of the following events.

  1. Pentecost…renewing our commitment to ministering in the Spirit.
  2. Prayer Conference…teaching the ministry of personal and corporate prayer.
  3. Mother’s Day…celebrating children’s love and respect for their Mother.
  4. Father’s Day…celebrating children’s love and respect for their Father
  5. Family Olympics…competition styled games to strengthen family bond.
  6. Sweetest Day…celebrating Husband and Wife Relationship
  7. Saints Choice Awards Banquet…celebrating members commitment to their church.
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Our Passion

When we say changing lives is our passion, we mean… our worship services, teachings and activities are designed to help create to affect our church, community and members in 4 ares of their lives. We are working hard to create and plan ministry that help people experience the will of Jesus Christ…Life and that more abundantly!

  1. Passion for God.
  2. Passion for his Word.
  3. Passion for Prayer
  4. Passion for Family

 

Passion For God

Our highest priority is loving God. Jesus said “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”. If we get this right than Faith Life will be a place where people can sense the true presence of God. We may not get it right 100% of the time but we are committed to trying!

Passion For His Word

We believe the Bible is God’s word…”For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Heb 4:12-13”  At Faith Life we are committed to living out the will of God for all mankind so we don’t have Bible Study…We have Bible Training where the emphasis is on learning how to put into practice what we learn from God’s Word.

Passion For Prayer

There is an old saying that prayer changes things, we believe prayer changes everything! Prayer is important to us that’s why we have our “SunRise Prayer” Monday-Friday 6:30-7:00 a.m., “Meal and a Prayer” Tuesday & Thursday 12:00-12:30 p.m. (641-715-0861 access code 268985#) and at Faith Life “Evening Prayer” Tuesdays from 7:00-7:30 p.m. Watch for the opening of our Prayer Center where you are invited to call for personal where our prayer partners will agree with you in prayer.

Passion For Family

At Faith Life we embrace families. We know that although the family picture has changed, God’s plan for families has not changed. Our ministries our designed to share God’s word on how to create strong, loving and lasting relationships. We are working hard to create relevant ministries for all types of families.

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Church of God in Christ

We are a Pentecostal Holiness church. We believe God through the Baptism with the Holy Spirit empowers believers to perform miracles, signs and wonders through the Gifts of the Spirit. We believe that believers should and can live a holy life free from the bondage and effects of sin. We support the Biblical definition of marriage.

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..

We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Author and Creator of all things. The Old Testament reveals God in diverse manners, by manifesting his nature, character, and dominions. The Gospels in the New Testament give us knowledge of God the “Father” or “My Father”, showing the relationship of God to Jesus as Father, or representing Him as the Father in the Godhead, and Jesus himself that Son (St. John 15:8, 14:20). Jesus also gives God the distinction of “Fatherhood” to all believers when he explains God in the light of “Your Father in Heaven” (St. Matthew 6:8)..

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Second person in the Godhead of the Trinity or Triune Godhead. We believe that Jesus was and is eternal in his person and nature as the Son of God who was with God in the beginning of creation (St. John 1:1). We believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin called Mary according to the scripture (St. Matthew 1:18), thus giving rise to our fundamental belief in the Virgin Birth and to all of the miraculous events surrounding the phenomenon (St. Matthew 1:18‐25). We believe that Jesus Christ became the “suffering servant” to man; this suffering servant came seeking to redeem man from sin and to reconcile him back to God, his Father (Romans 5:10). We believe that Jesus Christ is standing now as mediator between God and man (I Timothy 2:5).

We believe the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, proceeds from the Father and the Son, is of the same substance, equal to power and glory, and is together with the Father and the Son, to be believed in, obeyed, and worshipped. The Holy Ghost is a gift bestowed upon the believer for the purpose of equipping and empowering the believer, making him a more effective witness for service in the world. He teaches and guides one into all truth (John 16:13; Acts 1:8, 8:39).

We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Ghost is an experience subsequent to conversion and sanctification and that tongue‐speaking is the consequence of the baptism in the Holy Ghost with the manifestations of the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22‐23; Acts 10:46, 19:1‐6). We believe that we are not baptized with the Holy Ghost in order to be saved (Acts 19:1‐6; John 3:5). When one receives a baptismal Holy Ghost experience, we believe one will speak with a tongue unknown to oneself according to the sovereign will of Christ. To be filled with the Spirit means to be Spirit controlled as expressed by. Paul in Ephesians 5:18‐19. Since the charismatic demonstrations were necessary to help the early church to be successful in implementing the command of Christ, we therefore, believe that a Holy Ghost experience is mandatory for all men today.

We believe that man was created holy by God, composed of body and soul. We believe that man, by nature, is sinful and unholy. Being born in sin, he needs to be born again, sanctified and cleansed from all sins by the blood of Jesus. We believe that man is saved by confessing and forsaking his sins, and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, and that having become a child of God, by being born again and adopted into the family of God, he may, and should, claim the inheritance of the sons of God, namely the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

Sin, the Bible teaches, began in the angelic world (Ezekiel 28:11‐19; Isaiah 14:12‐20), and is transmitted into the blood of the human race through disobedience and deception motivated by unbelief (I Timothy 2:14). Adam’s sin, committed by eating of the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, carried with it permanent pollution or depraved human nature to all his descendants. This is called “original sin.” Sin can now be defined as a volitional transgression against God and a lack of conformity to the will of God. We, therefore, conclude that man by nature, is sinful and that he has fallen from a glorious and righteous state from which he was created, and has become unrighteous and unholy. Man, therefore, must be restored to his state of holiness from which he has fallen by being born again (St. John 3:7.

Salvation deals with the application of the work of redemption to the sinner with his restoration to divine favor and communion with God. This redemptive operation of the Holy Ghost upon sinners is brought about by repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ which brings conversion, faith, justification regeneration, sanctification, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Repentance is the work of God, which results in a change of mind in respect to man’s relationship to God. (St. Matthew 3:1‐2, 4:17; Acts 20:21). Faith is a certain conviction wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, as to the truth of the Gospel and a heart trust in the promises of God in Christ (Romans 1:17, 3:28; St. Matthew 9:22; Acts 26:18). Conversion is that act of God whereby He causes the regenerated sinner, in his conscious life, to turn to Him in repentance and faith (II Kings 5:15; II Chronicles 33:12‐13; St. Luke 19:8, 9; Acts 8:30). Regeneration is that act of God by which the principle of the new life is implanted in man, and the governing disposition of soul is made holy and the first holy exercise of this new disposition is secured. Sanctification is that gracious and continuous operation of the Holy Ghost, by which He delivers the justified sinner from the pollution of sin, renews his whole nature in the image of God and enables him to perform good works (Romans 6:4;5:6; Colossians 2:12; 3:1).

The Bible uses the term “angel” (a heavenly body) clearly and primarily to denote messengers or ambassadors of God with such scripture references as Revelations 4:5, which indicates their duty in heaven to praise God (Psalm 103:20), to do God’s will (St. Matthew 18:10) and to behold his face. But since heaven must come down to earth, they also have a mission to earth. The Bible indicates that they accompanied God in the Creation, and also that they will accompany Christ in His return in Glory.

Demons denote unclean or evil spirits; they are sometimes called devils or demonic beings. They are evil spirits, belonging to the unseen or spiritual realm, embodied in human beings. The Old Testament refers to the prince of demons, sometimes called Satan (Adversary) or Devil, as having power and wisdom, taking the habitation of other forms such as the serpent (Genesis 3:1). The New Testament speaks of the Devil as Tempter (St. Matthew 4:3) and it goes on to tell the works of Satan, The Devil, and Demons as combating righteousness and good in any form, proving to be an adversary to the saints. Their chief power is exercised to destroy the mission of Jesus Christ. It can well be said that the Christian Church believes in Demons, Satan, and Devils. We believe in their power and purpose. We believe they can be subdued and conquered as in the commandment to the believer by Jesus. “In my name they shall cast out Satan and the work of the Devil and to resist him and then he will flee (WITHDRAW) from you.” (St. Mark 16:17).

The Church forms a spiritual unity of which Christ is the divine head. It is animated by one Spirit, the Spirit of Christ. It professes one faith, shares one hope, and serves one King,. It is the citadel of the truth and God’s agency for communicating to believers all spiritual blessings. The Church then is the object of our faith rather than of knowledge. The name of our Church, “CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST” is supported by I Thessalonians 2:14 and other passages in the Pauline Epistles. The word “CHURCH” or “EKKLESIA” was first applied to the Christian society by Jesus Christ in St. Matthew 16:18, the occasion being that of his benediction of Peter at Caesarea Phillippi.

We believe in the second coming of Christ; that He shall come from heaven to earth, personally, bodily, visibly (Acts 1:11; Titus 2:11‐13; St. Matthew 16:27; 24:30; 25:30; Luke 21:27; John 1:14, 17; Titus 2:11) and that the Church, the bride, will be caught up to meet Him in the air (I Thessalonians, 4:16‐17). We admonish all who have this hope to purify themselves as He is pure.

The Church of God in Christ believes in and practices Divine Healing. It is a commandment of Jesus to the Apostles (St. Mark 16:18). Jesus affirms his teachings on healing by explaining to His disciples, who were to be Apostles, that healing the afflicted is by faith (St. Luke 9:40‐41). Therefore, we believe that healing by faith in God has scriptural support and ordained authority. St. James’ writings in his epistle encourage. Elders to pray for the sick, lay hands upon them and to anoint them with oil, and that prayers with faith shall heal the sick and the Lord shall raise them up. Healing is still practiced widely and frequently in the Church of God in Christ, and testimonies of healing in our Church testify to this fact

The Church of God in Christ believes that miracles occur to convince 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.

It is generally admitted that for an ordinance to be valid, it must have been instituted by Christ. When we speak of ordinances of the church, we are speaking of those instituted by Christ, in which by sensible signs the grace of God in Christ, and the benefits of the covenant of grace are represented, sealed, and applied to believers, and these in turn give expression to their faith and allegiance to God. The Church Of God In Christ recognizes three ordinances as having been instituted by Christ himself and therefore, binding upon the church practice. A. 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, and joy to the soul. The communicant by faith enters into a special spiritual union of his soul with the glorified Christ. B. FEET WASHING Feet Washing is practiced and recognized as an ordinance in our Church because Christ, by His example, showed that humility characterized greatness in the Kingdom of God, and that service, rendered to others gave evidence that humility, motivated by love, exists. These services are held subsequent to the Lord’s Supper; however, its regularity is left to the discretion of the Pastor in charge. C. WATER BAPTISM 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 Christ for all “…IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER , AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY GHOST.” (St. Matthew 28:19).

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