CV Core Values

CV Core Values

Plan of Salvation

GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION

The Bible says there is only one way to Heaven.
Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)
Good works cannot save you.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Trust Jesus Christ Today! Here’s what you must do:
1. Admit you are a sinner.
  • “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)
  • “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)
  • “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:10)
2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent).
  • Jesus said: “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5)
  • “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” (Acts 17:30)
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.
  • “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
  • “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
  • “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
4. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Saviour.
  • “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10)
  • “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

What to pray:

Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sins. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Jesus Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour. Amen!
  • “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (John 1:12)
  • “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

If you have received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, as a Christian you should:

1. Read your Bible every day to get to know Christ better.
  • “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
  • “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalms 119:105)
2. Talk to God in prayer every day.
  • “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matthew 21:22)
  • “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6)
3. Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached and the Bible is the final authority.
  • “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Matthew 28:19)
  • “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)
  • “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16)
4. Tell others about Christ.
  • “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. ” (Mark 16:15)
  • “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16)
  • “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that  believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)
5.  Contact us and let us know!
We want to pray for you and offer any help that we can for you as a new Christian. Thank you and God Bless You!!
Declaration of Faith

DECLARATION OF FAITH

The Coosa Valley Church of God believes the whole Bible to be completely and equally inspired and that it is the written Word of God. The Church of God has adopted the following Declaration of Faith as its standard and official expression of its doctrine.

We Believe:

  • In the verbal inspiration of the Bible.
  • In one God eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
  • That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor.
  • That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins.
  • That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
  • In sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word, and by the Holy Ghost.
  • Holiness to be God’s standard of living for His people.
  • In the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.
  • In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
  • In water baptism by immersion, and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
  • Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement.
  • In the Lord’s Supper and washing of the saints’ feet.
  • In the premillennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.
  • In the bodily resurrection; eternal life for the righteous, and eternal punishment for the wicked.
Vision & Mission Statement

CV VISION & MISSION STATEMENT

At Coosa Valley Church of God, our entire VISION and MISSION statements can be summarized with one sentence ….
It’s not about us, it’s all about HIM!!!”
Ephesians 3:2021 ~ “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

VISION STATEMENT

The Coosa Valley Church of God is a church making an impact on our community by reaching out and showing God’s love in a practical way and by providing a nurturing environment where God can be fully experienced!

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The spirit of the Coosa Valley Church of God fellowship is to come together in one accord to worship and praise God in Spirit and in truth. The Coosa Valley Church of God family is a body of believers who are concerned about the spiritual welfare of each individual. We are loving, encouraging and praying people who genuinely care about the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Above all, we desire to see the lost saved and brought into fellowship with God, through faith in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Ghost.

We enjoy the freedom of Pentecostal worship in gospel hymns and praise worship offered up to God. We endeavor to seek God’s direction for every ministry of the Church. Our prayer is that God will always bless us in the things we do in His service.

 

The Vision and Mission of Coosa Valley Church of God are carried out under the following four principles:

 

  • WORSHIP ~ We want to provide an atmosphere where people can come and express themselves and feel the presence of God in their lives.
  • LEARNING ~ We want to provide a place where people can learn more about God’s Word and have a better understanding of the doctrines and principles revealed in the Scriptures.
  • CARING ~ We want to develop an atmosphere of unity and love. We want to reach out to each other in the body of Christ and provide support, encouragement and edification.
  • SHARING ~ We want to reach as many souls as possible with the gospel of Jesus Christ through any means available.
Doctrinal Commitments

DOCTRINAL COMMITMENTS

The following Doctrinal Commitments represent the core beliefs of the Coosa Valley Church of God as outlined in Scripture.

PRACTICAL COMMITMENTS

Spiritual Example

SPIRITUAL EXAMPLE

We will demonstrate our commitment to Christ through our practice of the spiritual disciplines; we will demonstrate our commitment to the body of Christ through our loyalty to God and commitment to His church; and we will demonstrate our commitment to the work of Christ through our being good stewards.

PRACTICE OF SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES

Spiritual disciplines involve such practices as prayer, praise, worship, confession, fasting, meditation and study. Through prayer we express our trust in Jehovah God, the giver of all good things and acknowledge our dependence on Him for our needs and for the needs of others (Matthew 6:5-15Luke 11: 1- 13James 5:13-18). Through both private and public worship we bless God, have communion with Him, and are provided daily with spiritual enrichment and growth in grace. Through periods of fasting we draw close to God, meditate on the passion of Christ, and discipline ourselves to submit to the control of the Holy Spirit in all areas of our life (Matthew 6:16-189:14-17Acts 14:23). Through confession of our sins to God we are assured of divine forgiveness (1 John 1:9-2:2).The sharing of our confession with other believers provides the opportunity to request prayer and to bear one another ‘s burdens (Galatians 6:2James 5:16). Through meditation on and study of the Word of God we enhance our own spiritual growth and prepare ourselves to help guide and instruct others in scriptural truths (Joshua 1:8Psalm 1:22 Timothy 2:1523-26).

LOYALTY TO GOD AND COMMITMENT TO THE CHURCH

The life of Christian discipleship calls for the fulfillment of our duties to the body of Christ. We are to unite regularly with other members of the church for the purpose of magnifying and praising God and hearing His Word (Matthew 18:20John 4:23Acts 2:42464712:24Hebrews 10:25).

Sunday is the Christian day of worship. As the Lord’s Day, it commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead (Matthew 28:1) and should be employed for worship, fellowship, Christian service, teaching, evangelism, and proclamation (Acts 20:7Romans 14:561 Corinthians 16:2Colossians 2:1617).

We are to provide for the financial needs of the church by the giving of tithes (Malachi 3:10Matthew 23:23) and offerings (1 Corinthians 16:22 Corinthians 8:1-249:1-15).

It is our duty to respect and to submit to those whom the Lord Jesus has placed over us in the church (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13Hebrews 13:717). Our exercise of authority must be as a spiritual example rather than as a lord over God’s flock (Matthew 20:25-281 Peter 5:1-3). Furthermore, our submission must be a manifestation of the spiritual grace of humility (Ephesians 5:211 Peter 5:56). Finally, we are to avoid affiliation with oath-bound societies. Such societies may appear to have spiritual character, but by being oath-bound and secretive, they contradict Christian spirituality (John 18:202 Corinthians 6:14-18). Christians must not belong to any body or society that requires or practices an allegiance that supersedes or excludes their fellowship in Christ (Matthew 12:47-49John 17:21-23).

BEING GOOD STEWARDS

In the Scriptures, the virtues of thrift and simplicity are honored, but the vices of waste and ostentation are solemnly prohibited (Isaiah 55:2Matthew 6:19-23). The living of a godly and sober life requires the wise and frugal use of our temporal blessings, including time, talent and money. As good stewards we are to make the most of our time, whether for recreation or for work (Ephesians 5:16Colossians 4:5). The idle use of leisure time degrades (2 Thessalonians 3:6-131 Timothy 5:13), but the edifying use of it brings inner renewal. All our work and play should honor the name of God (I Corinthians 10:31). As good stewards we must use fully our spiritual gifts (Romans 12:3-81 Corinthians 12:1-1127-31Ephesians 4:11-161 Peter 4 : 9 – 11) and natural talents (Matthew 25:14-30) for the glory of God. As good stewards we must recognize that the wise use of money is an essential part of the Christian’s economy of life. God has committed temporal blessings to our trust (Matthew 7:11James 1:17).

Moral Purity

MORAL PURITY

We will engage in those activities which glorify God in our body and which avoid the fulfillment of the lust of the flesh. We will read, watch and listen to those things which are of positive benefit to our spiritual well-being.

GLORIFYING GOD IN OUR BODY

Our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost and we are to glorify God in our body (Romans 12:121 Corinthians 6:192010:31). We are to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Examples of fleshly behavior which do not glorify God are noted in several passages of Scripture (Romans 1:241 Corinthians 6:910Galatians 5:19-21Revelation 21:8). Sinful practices which are made prominent and condemned in these scriptures include homosexuality, adultery, worldly attitudes (such as hatred, envy, jealousy), corrupt communication (such as gossip, angry outbursts, filthy words), stealing, murder, drunkenness and witchcraft. Witchcraft has to do with the practices of the occult, which are forbidden by God and lead to the worship of Satan.

READING, WATCHING AND LISTENING

The literature we read, the programs we watch and the music we listen to profoundly affect the way we feel, think and behave. It is imperative, then, that the Christian read, watch and listen to those things which inspire, instruct and challenge to a higher plane of living. Therefore, literature, programs and music which are worldly in content or pornographic in nature must be avoided. A Christian is not to attend (or watch on television) movies or theatrical performances of a demoralizing nature (Romans 13:14Philippians 4:8).

BENEFITING SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING

The use of leisure time in the life of a Christian should be characterized by those activities which edify both the individual and the body of Christ (Romans 6:131 Corinthians 10:31,32). We are to avoid places and practices which are of this world. Consequently, a Christian must not be a part of any other types of entertainment which appeal to the fleshly nature and/or bring discredit to the Christian testimony (2 Corinthians 6:171 Thessalonians 5:21221 John 2:15-17).

Personal Integrity

PERSONAL INTEGRITY

We will live in a manner that inspires trust and confidence, bearing the fruit of the Spirit and seeking to manifest the character of Christ in all our behavior.

TRUST AND CONFIDENCE

A Christian should be trustworthy, dependable and a person of his word (Matthew 5:371 Peter 2:1112). Therefore, the swearing of oaths is contrary to a Christian’s trustworthiness and should be avoided (Matthew 5:34-37James 5:12). Christ, by precept and example, taught that we love our enemy and prefer our brother (Matthew 5:43-48Romans 12:10Philippians 2:31 John 3:16). We should behave in a way that will point others to Christ (Matthew 5:161 Corinthians 11:1).

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

If we live in the Spirit, we will manifest the fruit (attitudes and actions) of the Spirit and will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Galatians 5:1622-251 John 1:7). Trustful relationships with others are a natural outgrowth of our positive relationship with the Lord (Psalm 1:1-3Matthew 22:37-40). A lack of fruit-bearing in our lives will be judged (Matthew 7:16-20Luke 13:6-9John 15:1-8).

CHARACTER OF CHRIST

Love for others is the hallmark of the Christ-life (John 13:343515:9-131 John 4:7-11). In His relationship with His Father, Jesus displayed submission (Luke 22:42John 4:345:30). In His relationship with others, He demonstrated acceptance (John 8:11), compassion (Matthew 9:36Mark 6:34) and forgiveness (Matthew 9:2Luke 5:20). We cannot bear the fruit of the Spirit and manifest the character of Christ without being spiritually joined to Christ (John 15:45) and without having the seed of the Word planted in our heart (John 15:31 Peter 1:2223).

Family Responsibility

FAMILY RESPONSIBILITY

We will give priority to fulfilling family responsibilities, to preserving the sanctity of marriage and to maintaining divine order in the home.

PRIORITY OF THE FAMILY

The family is the basic unit of human relationship and as such is foundational to both society and the church (Genesis 2:18-24). The divine origin of the family, along with its foundational character, makes it imperative that we give priority to ministry to the family, both from a personal and corporate standpoint. The practice of Christian disciplines and virtues should begin in the home (Deuteronomy 6:67). Therefore, our families should establish some pattern for family devotions and should endeavor to provide a Christian environment in the home (1 Timothy 3:345:8).

SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE

Marriage is ordained of God and is a spiritual union in which a man and a woman are joined by God to live together as one (Genesis 2:24Mark 10:7). Because of the divine character of marriage, it is a lifelong commitment with the only clear biblical allowance for divorce being fornication (Matthew 5:3219:9). Sexual involvement, either before marriage or with someone other than the marriage partner, is strictly forbidden in Scripture (Exodus 20:141 Corinthians 6:15-18). Understanding the sanctity of marriage, partners should strive to maintain a happy, harmonious and holy relationship. Should divorce occur, the church should be quick to provide love, understanding and counsel to those involved. The remarriage of divorced persons should be undertaken only after a thorough understanding of and submission to the scriptural instructions concerning this issue (Matthew 19:7-9Mark 10:2-12Luke 16:18Romans 7:231 Corinthians 7:21011). Should a Christian desire to remain single, this decision should be respected and should be seen as a viable scriptural alternative (1 Corinthians 7:832-34).

DIVINE ORDER IN THE HOME

When God created man, He created them male and female (Genesis 1:27). He gave them distinctly different characteristics (1 Corinthians 11: 14151 Peter 3:7) as well as different responsibilities (Genesis 3:16-191 Peter 3:1-7). In God’s order, the husband is head of the home (Ephesians 5:22-31Colossians 3:1819), parents are to nurture and admonish their children (Ephesians 6:4Colossians 3:21), and children are to obey and honor their parents (Exodus 20:12Ephesians 6:1-3Colossians 3:20). In order for harmony to exist in the home, God’s order of responsibility must be observed.

BEHAVIORAL TEMPERANCE

BEHAVIORAL TEMPERANCE

We will practice temperance in behavior and will abstain from activities and attitudes which are offensive to our fellowman or which lead to addiction or enslavement.

TEMPERANCE

One of the cardinal Christian virtues is temperance or self-control (1 Corinthians 9:25Titus 1:82:2). It is listed as fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:23). We are admonished to practice moderation and balance in our behavior (Philippians 4:5). The Scripture indicates that it is within our prerogative to control our thinking (Philippians 4:8), our anger (Ephesians 4:26) and our communication (Ephesians 4:29Colossians 3:8). To exercise self-discipline reflects the power of God in our life (1 Corinthians 9:272 Peter 1:5-11).

OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOR

The Bible speaks clearly that we are to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others as a demonstration of our love for them (Matthew 22:39Romans 12:9-2113:10Philippians 2:3-5). At times it is necessary for us to control our behavior so as not to bring offense to others (Romans 14:13-211 Corinthians 8:9-13). As we know Christ after the Spirit, we are also to know others in the same manner so we will not judge them after their outward behavior alone (2 Corinthians 5:16). A respect and tolerance for differences in others should characterize our relationships (Romans 14:231 Corinthians 8:8Ephesians 4:2Colossians 3:131 Timothy 4:1-5).

ADDICTION AND ENSLAVEMENT

One of the primary benefits of our liberty in Christ is freedom from the domination of negative forces (John 8:3236Romans 6:148:2). We are counseled not to put ourselves again under bondage (Galatians 5:1). Therefore, a Christian must totally abstain from all alcoholic beverages and other habit-forming and mood-altering chemical substances and refrain from the use of tobacco in any form, marijuana and all other addictive substances, and further, must refrain from any activity (such as gambling or gluttony) which defiles the body as the temple of God or which dominates and enslaves the spirit that has been made free in Christ (Proverbs 20:123:20-35Isaiah 28:71 Corinthians 3:175:116:102 Corinthians 7:1James 1:21).

MODEST APPEARANCE

MODEST APPEARANCE

We will demonstrate the scriptural principle of modesty by appearing and dressing in a manner that will enhance our Christian testimony and will avoid pride, elaborateness or sensuality.

MODESTY

According to the biblical idea, modesty is an inner spiritual grace that recoils from anything unseemly and impure, is chaste in thought and conduct, and is free of crudeness and indecency in dress and behavior (Ephesians 4:2529315:1-81 Timothy 2:910). Therefore, modesty includes our appearance, dress, speech and conduct and can be applied to all situations. The essential issue is, does our style of life please or displease God?”

APPEARANCE AND DRESS

Our life, character and self-image are reflected by our apparel and mode of dress. The admonition of Scripture, “Be not conformed to this world,” reminds us that our manner of dress must be modest and decent (Romans 12:21 Thessalonians 5:2223). It is not displeasing to God for us to dress well and be well groomed. However, above all we must seek spiritual beauty, which does not come from outward adornment with jewelry, expensive clothes or cosmetics, but from good works, chaste conversation, and a meek and quiet spirit (Philippians 4:81 Peter 3:3-5).

PRIDE, ELABORATENESS, SENSUALITY

As godly people we are to abstain from all lusts of the flesh and avoid dressing in a manner that encourages immoral thoughts, attitudes and lifestyles (Galatians 5:13-211 Peter 2:112 Peter 1:4). Our beauty does not depend on elaborate, showy dress extravagant, costly attire or on the use of jewelry or cosmetics, but on our relationship with Christ. External adornment, whether clothing or jewelry, as an outward display of personal worth, is contrary to a spiritual attitude (James 2:1-4).

SOCIAL OBLIGATION

SOCIAL OBLIGATION

It should be our objective to fulfill our obligations to society by being good citizens, by correcting social injustices, and by protecting the sanctity of life.

BEING GOOD CITIZENS

As Christians we are members of the kingdom of God as well as a social order of this world. Obedience to God requires us to act in a responsible manner as citizens of our country (Mark 12:13-17Romans 13:1-71 Peter 2:13-17). Therefore, we should support civil law and order; hold our leaders in respect and pray for them; participate in school, community and governmental activities; exercise our voting rights; and speak out on clear-cut moral issues. God’s law is supreme, but we are to obey the laws of our country insofar as they are not in conflict with obedience to God (Acts 5:29). When it becomes necessary to disagree with practices and requirements of government, we should do so out of a concern for the promotion of righteousness and not out of delight in discord and controversy.

CORRECTING SOCIAL INJUSTICES

Love for others and the recognition of the equal worth of all men in the sight of God (Acts 10:3417:26) should compel us to take steps to improve the situation of those who are underprivileged, neglected, hungry, homeless and victimized by prejudice, persecution and oppression (Matthew 22:39Romans 13:8-101 John 3:17). In all of our dealings, we must be sensitive to human needs (Luke 10:30-37James 1:27) and guard against racial and economic discrimination. Every person should have freedom to worship and participate in the life of the church regardless of race, color, sex, social class or nationality.

PROTECTING THE SANCTITY OF LIFE

God alone confers life (Genesis 1:1-31); therefore, we are responsible to God to care for our physical life and that of others. If the circumstances require, we must be prepared to risk our life in the service of our neighbor (John 15:13); but the general rule is that we must respect our physical life and employ every worthy means to maintain it. Since God alone confers life, God alone must decide when it is to be ended (Psalm 31:1415). Because a human fetus is sacred and blessed of God, we believe that we have the responsibility to protect the life of the unborn (Jeremiah 1:5Luke 1:41). It is our firm conviction that abortion and euthanasia of aged, mentally incompetent, terminally ill and otherwise handicapped, for reasons of personal convenience, social adjustment or economic advantage, are morally wrong. Furthermore, we believe it is our Christian responsibility to care for the earth and its resources. In the beginning God gave man dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26-30). This does not, however, give us license to pollute our natural environment or to waste the resources of the earth.

ABOUT CHURCH OF GOD

The Church of God was founded in 1886 upon the principles of Christ as they are revealed in the Bible, the Word of God. It has its foundation of faith and practice in the Scriptures and the vital experience of its constituents is scripturally oriented.

CHURCH OF GOD IS…

CHURCH OF GOD IS…

The Church of God was founded in 1886 upon the principles of Christ as they are revealed in the Bible, the Word of God. It has its foundation of faith and practice in the Scriptures and the vital experience of its constituents is scripturally oriented.

CHRISTIAN

First and foremost, the Church of God is a determinedly Christian church. It is built upon the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The doctrines and practices of the church are based upon His teachings.

 

PROTESTANT

The Church of God is founded upon the principles of Protestantism, although it is not a traditional follower of any specific leader of the Protestant Reformation. The denomination stands firmly for justification by faith, the priesthood of believers, the authority of the Bible, religious freedom, and the separation of church and state. It stands against abuses and extravagance of ecclesiastical ritualism and dogmatism.

 

FOUNDATIONAL

The Church of God subscribes to the following five foundational Christian doctrines:

  1. The inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible.
  2. The virgin birth and complete deity of Christ.
  3. The atoning sacrifice of Christ’s death for the sins of the world.
  4. The literal resurrection of the body.
  5. Christ’s second coming in bodily form to earth.

 

EVANGELICAL

Evangelical is the term used to describe those who affirm the primary doctrines revealed in the Scriptures. These doctrines include the inspiration and authority of the Word of God; the Trinity; the deity and virgin birth of Jesus Christ; salvation by faith in the atoning death of Christ; His bodily resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father; the ministry of the Holy Spirit; the second coming of Christ; and the spiritual unity of believers in Jesus Christ.

The Church of God has aligned itself with the basic statement of faith of NAE (National Association of Evangelicals) the largest association of Evangelicals in the USA. Members of NAE subscribe to a common statement of faith. The Church of God can be described as positioned in the mainstream of Evangelical Protestantism.

 

PENTECOSTAL

In 1896, many members of the Church of God experienced a spiritual outpouring they identified as the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Because it was so similar to the experience of the early Christians on the day of Pentecost, it came to be called a Pentecostal experience, an enrichment of the Christian life through the power of the Holy Spirit that empowered believers to be effective witnesses of Christ. The principle distinctive of the Church of God as a Pentecostal organization is its belief in speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance and that this is the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

 

CHARISMATIC

The charismata (Gk.) or gifts of the Spirit appeared early in the life and ministry of the Church of God. The gifts can be divided into three categories: the gifts of revelation, the gifts of power and the gifts of utterance or inspiration. The gifts of revelation are the gifts of the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge and the discerning of spirits. The gifts of power are faith, miracles, and gifts of healing. The gifts of utterance and inspiration are prophecy, tongues and interpretation. The Holy Spirit bestows these gifts and those who accept the validity of these gifts are called charismatic.

 

EVANGELISTIC

From its inception the Church of God has been a revival movement. Evangelism has been in the forefront of all its activities. The church has maintained an aggressive effort to take the message of Christ throughout the world by all means and methods. Every program of the church reflects an evangelistic attitude: revivalism, conferences, worship services, teaching, preaching and its missionary efforts.

 

ORGANIZED

The magnitude of the Great Commission requires a united effort. This united endeavor is efficiently served by guidance, support, resources and leadership from a common center. The Church of God is centrally organized. Centralized church government is administration from the international, state or territorial and local levels. It helps facilitate the fulfillment of the mission of the church.

The control of the Church of God rests with the laity and ministers, who jointly form a governing body called the General Assembly which meets biennially. Benefits of centralized government include the following: uniformity of doctrine and practice; principles that bind together local churches in the same manner; membership commitments in all churches; expansion and extension of fellowship; accountability; cooperative decision-making; and united efforts in evangelism and world outreach.

 

MINISTERS AND LAITY

Ministers in the Church of God are ranked as ordained bishops, ordained ministers, exhorters, ministers of music and ministers of Christian education. They achieve these levels of ministry through a profession of faith, commitment to the church, training, internship and fulfillment of credential requirements. The Church of God emphasizes the doctrinal position of the priesthood of all believers and encourages laity to assume a Biblical role in local church ministry.

 

EDUCATION

Emphasis upon education and training is a priority of the Church of God. Educational opportunities are provided from local congregations through institutions of higher learning at the international level of the church.

 

UNIVERSITIES, COLLEGES, AND SCHOOLS

Lee University, located in Cleveland, Tennessee, is the Church of God’s oldest and largest educational institution at over 3,500 students. Founded in 1918, it offers graduate and under-graduate degrees in more than 55 areas of study. Other institutions include Lee University Charlotte Center (Charlotte, North Carolina), European Bible Seminary (Rudersburg, Germany), Han Young Theological University (Seoul, Korea), International Bible College (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada), Puerto Rico Bible College, School of Ministry (Cleveland, Tennessee) and Western School of Christian Ministry (Fresno, California). In addition, World Missions Maintains 80 Bible Schools around the world. Founded in 1975 and one of only six Pentecostal seminaries in the U.S., the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (Cleveland, Tennessee) is the denomination’s largest graduate institution. It offers masters and doctoral programs. Lee University and Han Young Theological University also offer graduate studies.

 

A CARING CHURCH

From its beginnings, the Church of God has felt its responsibility to benevolence ministries. The church operates a number of specialized programs and institutions.

  • Homes For Children
The Church of God operates three homes for children in the United States. These include the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, Sevierville, Tennessee, North Carolina Home for Children, Kannapolis, N.C., and the South Carolina Home for Children, Mauldin, S.C. There are also many children’s homes and mission works around the world.
The Iris B. Vest Widows Center recently changed its name to The Iris B. Vest SpiritCare Center so that widows, widowers, and retired ministerial couples can have a place for retirement living. Please view the website for an application or call Shane Smith 865.365.0225 to receive an application. The Center is located on the campus of the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, Sevierville, Tennessee.
  • Youth and Unwed Mothers
Heart of Florida Youth Ranch, Citra, Florida, and New River Ranch, Fayetteville, West Virginia, offer help and counseling for troubled boys and teens.
Several benevolence ministries including Helping Hands (providing medical assistance), Children of the World (children’s needs worldwide) and Caravan of Compassion (inner city ministry) operate under the umbrella of Church of God Operation Compassion.
Hundreds of Church of God chaplains serve a worldwide ministry in full-time and voluntary positions. They are chaplains and counselors in hospitals, jails, prisons and countless other agencies and institutions.

 

MINISTRY TO THE MILITARY

Due to the vast number of U.S. Service Men and Women worldwide, the Church of God maintains ministry centers around the world. Listed below are the two areas that are involved in our ministry to the military.

  • Servicemen’s Centers
There are more than two dozen Church of God sponsored servicemen’s centers operating in twelve countries around the globe. These centers offer fellowship, counseling and worship opportunities for servicemen and women on the field.
  • Military Chaplaincy
The Chaplains Commission is vitally active in ministering to military personnel and their families. Ordained military Chaplains now serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard as well as the National Guard and Reserves. More than 100 Church of God ministers are active as military, reserve, institutional, correctional/law enforcement or specialized chaplains.

 

RESOURCES

  • Publishing House
    Through the Church of God Publishing House and Pathway Press located in Cleveland, Tennessee, individuals can have access to a variety of printed materials including Sunday School literature, music and a variety of inspirational and religious books. The Publishing House produces denominational publications, such as the Evangel magazine, and offers an avenue for churches and ministries to obtain resources.
  • Pathway Bookstore
    Pathway Bookstore offers a full line of inspirational materials and resources for the local church.

 

SOCIAL CONCERNS

The Church of God states its position on many issues of importance and global events through resolutions adopted at the biennial General Assembly. More than 40 resolutions adopted since 1968 are available for viewing on the Web site under the “Beliefs” tab and clicking “Resolutions.”

 

WORLD MISSIONS

The heart of World Missions ministry is the implementation of a global strategy of evangelism, church planting and training. Its scriptural purpose is to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ; share Christ’s love for the world; minister to the totality of human need; bring men and women to the knowledge of God and His redeeming grace; and obey Christ by confessing Him to the world. Today, Church of God missions is carried out in 157 countries organized in eight geographical regions.

  • Missionaries
    World Missions provides missionary services through the following: teaching or administering in educational institutions and programs; serving in medical ministries; planting new churches; working in relief and development efforts; and many other areas. Men and Women of Action exist as a humanitarian program. It organizes relief efforts following natural disasters and assists in church building projects around the globe. Volunteers in Medical Missions (VIMM) provide medical care and supplies to needy areas around the world. The Church of God provides avenues of outreach for the organization and supplies are provided through private donations.
CHURCH OF GOD MISSION & VISION

CHURCH OF GOD MISSION & VISION

At the 2004 General Assembly, a set of seven commitments was adopted which reflects the Church of God’s core values in regard to fulfilling its mission and vision.

COMMITMENTS TO OUR MISSION AND VISION

1. PRAYER

We commit ourselves to making prayer the highest priority of the church demonstrated by:

  • Every local church becoming a house of prayer for all nations.
  • Emphasizing communication with God as the highest privilege and greatest responsibility of every member.
  • Modeling by all church leadership of an active and effective prayer life.
  • Uniting with other believers in corporate and intercessory prayer.

(Isa. 56:7Mark 11:17Rom. 8:261 Cor. 14:1415I Thess. 5:17I Tim. 2:1-48James 5:1415)

 

2. PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP


We commit ourselves to gather regularly as the local expression of the Body of Christ to participate in Pentecostal worship that exalts God, engages the heart, mind and soul, and challenges to deeper commitment and discipleship. This commitment will be demonstrated by:

  • Assisting local churches in planning and preparing for meaningful, anointed worship.
  • Equipping pastors and other worship leaders to lead authentically expressed, spiritually alive worship.
  • Modeling varying styles and forms of worship that glorify God and encouraging outreach and service.
  • Emphasizing the importance of Biblical stewardship and the centrality of God’s Word as elements of worship.

(John 4:24Psalm 29:2Rom. 12:11 Cor. 12:4-11Isa. 58Mat. 25:31-46)

3. WORLD EVANGELIZATION


We commit ourselves to intentionally reaching the unconverted, baptizing them in water, and leading them to unite with the church. This commitment will be demonstrated by:

  • Viewing all the nations of the world as our mission field.
  • Encouraging our local churches to adopt and intercede for an unreached people group. Resource materials will be provided by the World Missions Department.
  • Asking all national churches of the Church of God international to adopt and implement measurable steps to evangelize and disciple unreached people groups inside and outside of their own regions (Matthew 28:18-20Romans 15:19-24Revelation 5:9).
  • Encouraging every local church to increase a minimum of 10% per year through conversion growth.
  • Cultivating a genuine passion for the lost that will compel members to personally communicate the gospel of Jesus and demonstrate His love to those outside the faith.
  • Discipling new believers and passing on our faith to the next generation.
  • Practicing life-style evangelism.

(Mat. 9:37-38Mat. 28:19-20Mark 16:15-18Acts 1:8Rom. 10:13-15)

4. CHURCH PLANTING


We commit ourselves to identifying, training and resourcing God-called church planters and to intentionally planting new life-giving churches. This commitment will be demonstrated by:

  • Focusing designated resources of the local church, state/regional offices, and the international offices for planting new churches.
  • Starting the number of church plants equal to a minimum of 3% of the total number of churches in a state/region/nation annually.
  • Developing a certified training program in our Evangelism and Home Missions Department and educational institutions for church planters and home missions.
  • Emphasizing the health and viability of new church plants as well as the number of churches planted.
  • Affirming the different models of church planting for different situations.
  • Recognizing church planting as an apostolic ministry for our day.

(Mat. 16:18John 4:35Acts 2:4714:23Eph. 5:25-28)

5. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT


We commit ourselves to identifying and developing individuals whom God has called and given leadership gifts and challenging them to become servant-leaders. We will demonstrate our commitment by:

  • Creating an environment in which men and women with ministry gifts are developed to serve as servant-leaders.
  • Equipping, empowering and releasing lay leaders to serve as ministry partners both inside and outside the local church.
  • Providing relevant resources and training opportunities for both clergy and laity.
  • Encouraging pastors to lead through vision, to communicate the vision to the congregation and to organize the body and each of its ministry groups so the vision can be realized.

(Mark 3:13-152 Tim. 2:22:153:14-17Eph. 4:11-13)

6. CARE


We commit ourselves to the challenge of being a church that genuinely cares for one another and for those who are lost, hurting and needy. We will demonstrate our commitment by:

  • Building loving, caring relationships within families, between members, and within the communities we serve.
  • Obeying the Care Commission of Christ in Matthew 25.
  • Cultivating compassion and showing mercy to the unloved, the undesirable and the unreached of our society.
  • Establishing in each local church some type of outreach ministry that demonstrates our genuine concern and love for the disadvantaged or oppressed.

(Psa. 86:15Mat. 25Luke 6:36Acts 20:28)

7. INTERDEPENDENCE


We commit ourselves to the principle of interdependence, acknowledging our interconnectedness and dependence on all the members of the Body of Christ. We will demonstrate our commitment by:

  • Reaching out to others in the Body of Christ for collaboration, resource sharing and learning opportunities.
  • Encouraging local churches to build relationships with like-minded and like-hearted churches in their communities to work together to reach the lost.
  • Involving clergy in the processes of mentoring, coaching and consulting on the local, state, regional, national and international levels to increase the level of trust and support among ministers.
  • Engaging in dialogue and partnership with local, national and international organizations who seek to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ.

(Col. 2:191 Cor. 12:14-31Gal. 6:1-6)

CHURCH OF GOD BYLAWS

CHURCH OF GOD BYLAWS

(53rd A., 1970, p. 27, 28; 67th A., 1998, p. 54; 68th A., 2000, pp. 83-86)

ARTICLE I

Name
The official name shall be Church of God (1 Corinthians 1:22 Corinthians 1:1).

ARTICLE II

Temporal Nature
The Church of God is incorporated in the state of Tennessee (U.S.A.) as a not-for-profit organization and is recognized as a 501 (c) (3) corporation under the Internal Revenue Code (U.S.A.) or the corresponding sections of any prior or future Internal Revenue Code (U.S.A.).

ARTICLE III

Governance
The current edition of the Minutes of the Church of God General Assembly contains a Journal of the most recent meeting of the International General Assembly and a Supplement that includes updated church polity statements, rules of church order and discipline, and these bylaws.

ARTICLE IV

Mission Statement
The mission of the Church of God is to communicate the full gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:1920) in the Spirit and power of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4613-18)(71st A., 2006, p. 44).

ARTICLE V

Members
The membership of the Church of God shall be composed of Christians who have accepted the teachings, doctrines, and government of the Church of God, and who have been formally received into its fellowship pursuant to the guidelines established by the International General Assembly. Procedures for excluding members shall be set by the International General Assembly upon recommendation of the International General Council.

ARTICLE VI

Governing Bodies
1. International General Assembly
Members
The International General Assembly is composed of all members and ministers of the Church of God 16 years of age and above. Members and ministers of the Church of God present and registered at the International General Assembly shall comprise its voting constituency (64th A., 1992, p. 73; 65th A., 1994, Item 1, p. 78).
Meeting
The International General Assembly shall meet biennially to consider all recommendations from the International General Council.
Parliamentary Authority
Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall serve as the official guide for the business of the International General Assembly in all matters to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the bylaws of the International General Assembly.
Elections
The International General Assembly shall elect the general overseer, the assistant general overseers, the secretary general, the general Youth and Christian Education director, the assistant general Youth and Christian Education director, the Evangelism and Home Missions director, the assistant Evangelism and Home Missions director, the director of World Missions, and the assistant director of World Missions (58th A., 1980, pp. 29-32, (1-4).
Officers, Committees

The officers of the International General Assembly shall consist of the moderator and a secretary. The general overseer shall preside as moderator. He shall also appoint parliamentarians to serve during the International General Assembly meetings. He shall also appoint members of committees called for by the International General Assembly.

The secretary general shall serve the Assembly as secretary. He shall be responsible for recording actions by the Assembly and shall be the custodian of the records of the Assembly.
Parliamentary Procedure

Debate on all motions shall be governed by the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. Each member has the right to speak on every question. However, he cannot make a second speech on the same question as long as any member who has not spoken on the question desires the floor (Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised). It is the prerogative of the moderator to recognize each speaker and to determine a balance of negative and affirmative speeches.

Debate may be limited by a proper motion (Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised).
2. International General Council
Members
The International General Council is composed of all ordained bishops of the Church of God, who shall comprise its voting constituency.
Agenda
1. The International General Council shall meet biennially to consider all recommendations from the International Executive Council. The International General Council agenda shall be mailed to the ordained bishops at least thirty (30) days prior to the International General Council. (Minutes of the July 1966, International Executive Council, page 93)
2. The International General Council shall consider and prepare such recommendations as are Scriptural and proper in matters pertaining to the welfare of the church. Such recommendations are to be presented to the International General Assembly for final disposition.
3. The current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall serve as the official guide for the business of the International General Council in all matters to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the bylaws of the International General Council. As a guide for the order of business, the agenda presented by the International Executive Council shall claim the attention of the Council first.
4. Any new business shall be presented to the chairman of the motions committee, which committee shall receive, classify, clarify, eliminate duplication, and dispatch for placement on the agenda following the completion of the printed agenda. Any new business presented to the motions committee shall be presented in typewritten form not later than 2 p.m. of the third day of the International General Council.
5. The International General Council shall nominate to the International General Assembly the general overseer, the assistant general overseers, the secretary general, the general Youth and Christian Education director, the assistant general Youth and Christian Education director, the Evangelism and Home Missions director, the assistant Evangelism and Home Missions director, the director of World Missions, and the assistant director of World Missions.
6. The International General Council shall elect the Council of Eighteen ([1972]; 58th A., 1980, pp. 29-32 (1-4).
Officers and Committees
1. The officers of the International General Council shall consist of the moderator and a secretary. The general overseer shall preside as moderator. He shall also appoint parliamentarians to serve during the International General Council meetings. He shall also appoint members of committees called for by the International General Council.
2. The secretary general shall serve the Council as secretary. He shall be responsible for recording actions by the Council and shall be the custodian of the records of the Council.
Parliamentary Procedure and Authority
1. The names of all persons on the nomination ballots receiving twenty-five (25) or less votes for an elected office shall be posted in an appropriate designated place in lieu of reading those names to the International General Council.
2. Debate on all motions shall be governed by the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. Each member has the right to speak on every question. However, he cannot make a second speech on the same question as long as any member who has not spoken on the question desires the floor (Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised). It is the prerogative of the moderator to recognize each speaker and to determine a balance of negative and affirmative speeches.
3. Debate may be limited by a proper motion (Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised).
3. International Executive Council
Authority
This council shall consider and act upon any and all matters pertaining to the general interest and welfare of the Church of God.
Members
The general overseer, his assistants, the secretary general, and eighteen councilors [the Council of Eighteen] elected by the International General Council shall constitute the International Executive Council of the church.
Meeting
At a time set by the general overseer, the International Executive Council shall meet and adopt recommendations to be brought before the International General Council.
Duties and Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the International Executive Council shall be set by the International General Assembly upon recommendation by the International General Council.

ARTICLE VII

Executive Board
International Executive Committee—The executive officers of the Church of God shall be the general overseer, three assistant general overseers, and the secretary general. These shall constitute the International Executive Committee. Their tenure in office, manner of selection, duties and authorities, and procedure for filling vacancies shall be decided by the International General Assembly upon recommendation from the International General Council

ARTICLE VIII

Committees
Standing Boards and Committees—Standing boards and committees as called for by the International General Assembly or International General Council shall be appointed by the International Executive Committee. The general overseer shall be an ex officio member of all standing boards and committees.

ARTICLE IX

Parliamentary Authority
The latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall serve as the official parliamentary guide for conducting the business of the church.

ARTICLE X

Amendment of Bylaws
Amendment
The power to alter, amend, or repeal these bylaws shall be vested in the International General Assembly and exercised only by a two-thirds vote of the International General Assembly upon recommendation of a two-thirds vote of the International General Council.
Previous Notice
In order to amend, alter or repeal these bylaws, previous notice will be considered fulfilled if the following guidelines to notify the constituency are observed:
(1) Mail to ministers whose addresses are on record at the Church of God International Offices in Cleveland, Tennessee, U.S.A., including national and territorial leaders, the notice and copies of the proposed change(s) to the Bylaws of the Church of God to be considered by the International General Council not later than 90 days prior to the opening of the International General Council. Pastors should make this notice available by public announcement and/or posting to their congregations.
(2) Include the notice and a copy of the proposed change(s) to the Bylaws of the Church of God to be considered by the International General Council in at least two issues of the Church of God Evangel preceding the opening of the International General Council.
(3) Post the notice and a copy of the proposed change(s) on the church’s Internet web site.
(4) The proposed change(s) may be amended, but cannot be amended beyond the scope of the notice. Any change of the bylaws approved by the International General Assembly will go into effect immediately upon its adoption, unless the motion to adopt specifies another time for its becoming effective.

CHURCH OF GOD RESOLUTIONS

The Church of God states its position on many issues of social significance and global events through resolutions adopted at the biennial General Assembly. More than 60 resolutions adopted since 1968 and just a few of them, from the year 2012, are listed below:

BIBLICAL STEWARDSHIP (2012)

BIBLICAL STEWARDSHIP (2012)

WHEREAS, Biblical stewardship is shown to be vitally important throughout the Bible by: the various Hebrew and Greek words for gift and give being used approximately 2,000 times; the words for offer and offering being used over 650 times; and in the New Testament alone, 42 different Greek words for giving and offerings being used over 775 times; and,
WHEREAS, John clearly stated that the gift of God’s Son is the central theme of the gospel: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16); and,
WHEREAS, the first scene of worship in the first book of the New Testament occurred through the giving of gifts by the wise men from the East when they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:2-11); and,
WHEREAS, the first scene of worship by the family of Jesus after His birth occurred when the parents presented Him to the Lord and offered a sacrifice according to the law, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons” (Luke 2:24); and,
WHEREAS, in His very first recorded sermon, commonly known as the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 6-8), Jesus interwove the “blessings of giving” throughout His entire message, placing the “giving of alms” on the same level as prayer and fasting, and instructing His hearers to be generous to others: “Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow from you, do not turn away” (Matthew 5:42); and,
WHEREAS, throughout His ministry, Jesus continued to instruct about giving, saying, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8); and emphasizing that we will be abundantly blessed through giving, He commanded: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom” (Luke 6:38); and,
WHEREAS, the New Testament church continued to teach the principles of Biblical stewardship: by instructing the Ephesian elders to “remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35); by teaching the Roman believers that giving is a charisma gift of the Holy Spirit to the body of Christ (Romans 12:3-8); and, by explaining the doctrine of liberal giving to the Corinthian church in such complete detail that, in conclusion, Paul’s soul soared with a doxology of praise, “Thanks be unto God for his indescribable gift” (2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15);
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, pastors and local congregations be encouraged to teach and practice the principles of Biblical stewardship and that churches be encouraged to avail themselves of the latest available technology to enhance worship through tithing and offerings.
FINANCIAL INTERDEPENDENCE (2012)

FINANCIAL INTERDEPENDENCE (2012)

WHEREAS, God himself revealed a unity of equality and interdependence by such Biblical revelations as “Let us make” (Genesis 1:26); “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30); and “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19); and,
WHEREAS, the Church of God is bound together in a covenant of brotherhood—equality, embracing over seven million members and a far greater number of constituents in 178 countries around the world; and
WHEREAS, the apostle Paul described the church as being “one body in Christ, and every one members one of another” (Romans 12:5); and,
WHEREAS, Jesus assured his followers—“whom he is not ashamed to call brethren” (Hebrews 2:11)—that the heavenly Father will provide for His children as certainly as He feeds the birds of the air which do not sow, reap, or gather into barns; and, as surely as He clothes the lilies of the field in greater finery than Solomon in all of his glory (Matthew 6:25-34); and,
WHEREAS, the church is facing an unprecedented financial environment that has presented extreme financial challenges to many local congregations and district, state, national, and international church entities and ministries; and,
WHEREAS, the early church vividly demonstrated the great power, abundant grace, and sufficient resources that prevailed when the multitude of believers “were of one heart and one soul” (Acts 4:32-37); and,
WHEREAS, in a parable, Jesus commended an unjust steward because of his wisdom in financial affairs (Luke 16:8) and thereby indicated that faithful believers can learn valuable lessons from those who are wise in earthly monetary matters; and,
WHEREAS, many various earthly organizations such as political parties, global corporations, international media conglomerates, and entertainment and sports stars, have demonstrated the financial “power of the multitudes” even when contributions are as small as pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, local churches; state, national, and international offices; and other Church of God ministries around the world be strongly encouraged to use every available medium to inform others of ministry needs and opportunities, to be intentional in designing applicable programs of stewardship giving, and to be consistent in taking advantage of such opportunities as Internet Websites, Facebook, Twitter, kiosks, QR Codes, smartphone apps, online giving, and other computer technologies available today; and,
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, we do hereby reaffirm our strong faith that our God “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20), and that He “shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19)
IMMIGRATION (2012)

IMMIGRATION (2012)

WHEREAS, the church’s interaction and dialogue with the laws and policies of the nations of the world must be founded on the Word of the Lord, and the earliest Scriptures reveal that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26275:1); and,
WHEREAS, Abraham, Sarah, and the patriarchs “sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country” (Hebrews 11:9); “confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (v. 13); and “when they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people, God permitted no one to do them wrong; yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, saying, ‘Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm’” (Psalm 105:13-15, NKJV); and,
WHEREAS, when Joseph was sold into a foreign country as a slave, God himself providentially directed so that: “The king sent and released him, the ruler of the people let him go free.  He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his possessions, to bind his princes at his pleasure, and teach his elders wisdom” (Psalm 105:20-22, NKJV); and,
WHEREAS, when God led His people of Israel out of Egypt, He specifically instructed them: that they were never to forget that they had been strangers in Egypt (Exodus 22:21Leviticus 19:3334); that God “loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing”; and said to His redeemed children, “Therefore love the stranger” (Deuteronomy 10:1819); and,
WHEREAS, the Word of truth reveals that the deliverance of the Israelites out of the bondage of Egypt was a foreshadowing of the redemption of believers today out of the bondage of sin (1 Corinthians 10:1-11); and,
WHEREAS, the family of Jesus sought sanctuary in the foreign nation of Egypt when Herod determined to kill the child who was born to be the Christ (Matthew 2), and Jesus revealed that He will judge His brothers and sisters by his words, “I was a stranger, and you took me in,” and, “inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:3540);
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Church of God reaffirms its commitment to the following principles of a just process for immigration: “that immigrants be treated with respect and mercy by churches; that governments develop structures that safeguard and monitor national borders with efficiency and
respect for human dignity; that governments establish more functional legal mechanisms for the annual entry of a reasonable number of immigrant workers and families; that governments recognize the central importance of the family in society by reconsidering the number and categories of visas available for family reunification; that governments establish a sound, equitable process toward earned legal status for currently undocumented immigrants; that governments legislate fair labor and civil laws for all; and that immigration enforcement be conducted in ways that recognize the importance of due process of law” (from Memo on “Immigration Concerns,” April 30, 2010).
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY (2012)

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY (2012)

WHEREAS, the first recorded spoken words of mankind were those of Adam, who said: “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:2324); and,

WHEREAS, over 4,000 years later, Jesus defined Biblical marriage by saying: “Have you not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh.  What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Mat

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