What We Believe
The Bible is our all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. This Statement of Faith is intended simply as a basis of fellowship among us (i.e., that we all speak the same thing, 1 Corinthians 1:10 ; Acts 2:42 ). The phraseology employed in this Statement is not inspired nor contended for, but the truth set forth is held to be essential to a full-gospel ministry. No claim is made that it covers all Biblical truth, only that it covers our need as to these fundamental doctrines.
We BELIEVE in….
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 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
The terms "Trinity" and "persons" as related to the Godhead, while not found in the Scriptures, are words in harmony with Scripture, whereby we may convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of Christ respecting the Being of God, as distinguished from "gods many and lords many." We therefore may speak with propriety of the Lord our God who is One Lord, as a trinity or as one Being of three persons, and still be absolutely scriptural.
- Matthew 28:19
- 2 Corinthians 13:14
- John 14:16-17
Christ taught a distinction of Persons in the Godhead which He expressed in specific terms of relationship, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but that this distinction and relationship, as to its mode is inscrutable and incomprehensible, because unexplained.
- Luke 1:35
- 1 Corinthians 1:24
- Matthew 11:25-27
- Matthew 28:19
- 2 Corinthians 13:14
- 1 John 1:3-4
- John 1:18
- John 15:26
- John 17:11
- John 17:21
- Zechariah 14:9
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are never identical as to Person; nor confused as to relation; nor divided in respect to the Godhead; nor opposed as to cooperation. The Son is in the Father and the Father is in the Son as to relationship. The Son is with the Father and the Father is with the Son, as to fellowship. The Father is not from the Son, but the Son is from the Father, as to authority. The Holy Spirit is from the Father and the Son proceeding, as to nature, relationship, cooperation and authority. Hence, neither Person in the Godhead either exists or works separately or independently of the others.
- John 5:17-30
- John 5:32
- John 5:37
- John 8:17,18
The appellation, "Lord Jesus Christ," is a proper name. It is never applied in the New Testament, either to the Father or to the Holy Spirit. It therefore belongs exclusively to the Son of God.
- Romans 1:1-3 2
- John 1:3 KJV/NIV
The Lord Jesus Christ, as to His divine and eternal nature, is the proper and only Begotten of the Father, but as to His human nature, He is the proper Son of Man. He is therefore, acknowledged to be both God and man; who because He is God and man is "Immanuel," God with us.
- Matthew 1:23 1
- John 4:2 1
- John 4:10
- 1 John 4:14
- Revelation 1:13
- Revelation 1:17
Since the name "Immanuel" embraces both God and man in the one Person, our Lord Jesus Christ, it follows that the title, Son of God, describes His proper deity, and the title, Son of Man, His proper humanity. Therefore, the title Son of God, belongs to the order of eternity, and the title, Son of Man, to the order of time.
- Matthew 1:21-23 2
- John 1:3 1
- John 3:8
- Hebrews 7:3
- Hebrews 1:1-13
Wherefore, it is a transgression of the Doctrine of Christ to say that Jesus Christ derived the title, Son of God, solely from the fact of the incarnation, or because of His relation to the economy of redemption. Therefore, to deny that the Father is a real and eternal Father, and that the Son is a real and eternal Son, is a denial of the distinction and relationship in the Being of God; a denial of the Father, and the Son; and a displacement of the truth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.
- 2 John 1:9
- John 1:1
- John 1:2
- John 1:14
- John 1:18
- John 1:29
- John 1:49
- 1 John 2:22,23
- 1 John 4:1-5
- Hebrews 12:2
The Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, having by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; angels and principalities and powers having been made subject unto Him. And having been made both Lord and Christ, He sent the Holy Spirit that we, in the name of Jesus, might bow our knees and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father until the end, when the Son shall become subject to the Father that God may be all in all.
- Hebrews 1:3
- 1 Peter 3:22
- Acts 2:32-36
- Romans 14:11
- 1 Corinthians 15:24-28
Wherefore, since the Father has delivered all judgment unto the Son, it is not only the express duty of all in heaven and on earth to bow the knee, but it is an unspeakable joy in the Holy Spirit to ascribe unto the Son all the attributes of Deity, and to give Him all honor and the glory contained in all the names and titles of the Godhead except those which express relationship (see Distinction and Relationship in the Godhead, Unity of the One Being of Father, Son and Holy Spirit , and Identity and Cooperation in the Godhead) and thus honor the Son even as we honor the Father.
- John 5:22,23
- 1 Peter 1:8
- Revelation 5:6-14
- Philippians 2:8,9
- Revelation 7:9-10
- Revelation 4:8-11
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, 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
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
Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 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 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
Baptism In Water
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Saviour 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
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!"
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
- 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 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
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, but is different in purpose and use.
- 1 Corinthians 12:4-10
- 1 Corinthians 12:28
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 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 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 6:13
- Romans 8:1,2
- Romans 8:13
- Galatians 2:20
- Philippians 2:12,13
- 1 Peter 1:5
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
- Ephesians 2:22
- Hebrews 12:23
Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped 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:
- To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world - Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19,20, Mark 16:15,16
- To be a corporate body in which man may worship God - 1 Corinthians 12:13 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, 1 Corinthians 14:12
- 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:
- 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
- Adds a necessary dimension to worshipful relationship with God - 1 Corinthians 2:10-16, 1 Corinthians 12, 1 Corinthians 13, 1 Corinthians 14
- 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
A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the fourfold purpose of leading the Church in:
- Evangelization of the world - Mark 16:15-20
- Worship of God - John 4:23,24
- Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son - Ephesians 4:11-16
- Meeting human need with ministries of love and compassion - Psalms 112:9, Galatians 2:10; 6:10, James 1:27
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
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
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 earth for one thousand years.
- Zechariah 14:5
- Matthew 24:27
- Matthew 24:30
- Revelation 1:7
- Revelation 19:11-14
- Revelation 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
- Psalms 72:3-8
- Micah 4:3,4
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 the 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
- Revelation 20:11-15
- Revelation 21:8
"We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness."
- 2 Peter 3:13
- Revelation 21
- Revelation 22
- We affirm God’s design for the two sexes – male and female – and marriage between one man and one woman as the place God established for sexual love to occur.
- We disagree with revisionist gay and transgender theologies as contradictory to foundational Christian doctrine and the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic.
- We oppose the ordination of “transgender” and “transsexual” individuals into the clergy and the celebration of “transgenderism” as one of God’s gifts.
- The church must continue to proclaim the truth of God’s intentional design for marriage and sexuality: The two sexes, male and female, are created in His image; and marriage is the union of one man and one woman. The modern “transgender” movement is systematically working to dismantle the reality of two sexes – male and female – as the Bible and the world have always known this to be. If the transgender lobby succeeds, there will be striking consequences for individuals, marriage, family, children and society at large.
- While God’s intent for sexuality and gender is being turned upside down, we must remember that those who struggle with their gender identity have lived lives of great pain, confusion and rejection. And, just as Jesus went out of his way to reach the outcasts of society, we’re called to humbly share His love embodied in the Gospel, to lift them up in prayer and to allow the Holy Spirit to bring about conviction, healing and transformation.
- We affirm the Christian view that to be human is to be holistically united as body and spirit. Scripture teaches that even in heaven believers will have gloriously redeemed physical bodies. In contrast, transgender revisionists hold to the pagan view that the body is a container that the spirit is poured into. They erroneously conclude that either God has mistakenly put an opposite-sex spirit into the wrong body or that the body is not the real person – that only the spirit is real. As Christians, we believe that God can heal these disconnected, gnostic views and bring restoration and wholeness – where body, soul and spirit are in unity.
- There has been a growing trend of parents raising their children without designating them male or female. A similar trend encourages parents of children who might not fit into typical social expressions of masculinity or femininity to raise them as the opposite sex. Instead, we encourage parents to lovingly help their children to embrace their bodily sexual reality. Christian parents can raise daughters who grow up to accept and enjoy their femininity, knowing deep down that being a girl is a good gift from God. Likewise, Christian families can raise sons to grow up to be healthy men who embrace their masculinity and see it as a good gift from God.
- God calls us to proclaim the truth and beauty of His design and the redemption of sexual brokenness in our lives and culture through Jesus Christ. Like everyone else, “transgendered” individuals are desperately in need of God’s truth and deserve to know the love and compassion of Christ as shown through His people. Focus on the Family publication.
Why Do We Give?
The Bible teaches the importance of tithing and giving offerings throughout the Word of God. In the book of Acts, we see the early Christians selling properties and giving the proceeds for the advancing of the church. In Genesis, Abraham gave his tithe to Melchezidek, the priest of the Most High God. He taught us through his giving that all things come from God and therefore all things belong to God. The tithe (the first tenth of our income) is holy and is God’s portion. Offerings are above and beyond the tithe and are crucial to supporting various ministries locally and around the world. As Christians, we love the work of God and it is our pleasure to support our church with our tithes and to give offerings to various ministry opportunities.
Home Missions We Support
- Beyond the Grave – A powerful production to share the Gospel with our community
- Feed the Multitudes – An annual event caring for the less fortunate in the Greater New Orleans area
- Mary’s Song Restoration Center for Women – A place for restoration of women and their families.
- Victory Christian Academy – Providing an education to students Pre K 3-8th grade with hearts burning for Jesus and minds shining with the light of academic excellence.
- Feed the City – Each week, we provide a ride to church and a meal every Sunday to the homeless in our community. Monthly, we distribute groceries to those in need in our community.
- Prison Ministry – Each week we send leaders to Jefferson Parish Correctional Women’s Facility in Gretna, LA to share the Gospel. Many times when the women are released they enter Mary’s Song.