Sunday, Dec 5, 2021
Abundant Life is made up of people from almost every different church background and we feel this gives us an awesome position from which to touch the whole world. We do however have a specific set of doctrinal beliefs.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word and that God gave it to us so that we might know Him and how to live. We also believe that Jesus is God’s son and as such He is deity just like God. Through God’s Word we learn that all people have sinned and as such we need to be and can be saved through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We believe that the work of the Holy Spirit continues in its fullness among people today and that one day Jesus will return to take His church to heaven with Him.
“Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned… Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you.” 2 Timothy 1:13-14
Along with thousands of Assemblies of God churches worldwide, we hold the following truths to be absolutely foundational. You can read more at www.ag.org, but they can be summarized these 16 Fundamental Truths.
It all starts here. The Bible is God’s revelation about Himself to humanity. Although humans wrote the words down, all the information was inspired by God, and as such, we can trust everything written in it.
2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21
There is only one true God, the Creator of all things. He exists in three distinct persons - the Father, the Holy Spirit, and the Son, Jesus Christ.
Deut. 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19
Jesus isn’t just a good man or just a prophet. Jesus is God, a part of the trinity.
Matt. 1:23; Heb. 7:26; Acts 2:22; Acts 1:9
Through Adam’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden sin entered the world. Because of this, the door to sin was opened and all mankind now have a nature that is less than how God created us. No one escapes having this sinful nature.
Gen. 1:26,27; Gen. 2:17; Rom. 5:12-19
Pain, tragedy, and death in this world are a result of humankind’s sin. Jesus lived a perfect life, died as a payment for our crimes, and rose to life again so we could be reunited with God.
Luke 24:47; Rom. 10:13-15; Eph. 2:8
In the Bible, God commands us to repeat two vital processes: communion and baptism in water. We don’t practice infant baptism; we believe this should happen after someone has made a decision to accept Jesus as their savior and follow Him with their life.
Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:47,48; 1 Corin. 11:26
After salvation, God has provided for every Christian an additional work of empowerment, where the Holy Spirit emboldens them to share their faith. We refer to this as being “baptized” in the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:8; Acts 8:12-17; Mark 16:20
We believe the evidence of that baptism is speaking in an unknown language (sometimes referred to as “speaking in tongues”).
Acts 2:4; 1 Corin. 12:4-10; 1 Corin. 12:28
In salvation believers are sanctified unto salvation and then throughout the rest of their lives they continue growing into the image of Christ.
Rom. 12:1,2; 1 Peter 1:15,16; Philip. 2:12,13
“Church” is this gathering of Christians, where we encourage one another, worship God, and work together to tell others about His offer of salvation.
Eph. 2:22; Matt. 28:19,20; Eph. 4:11-16
To help lead, inspire, equip, and deploy the church, God has called some to be pastors.
John 4:23,24; Gal. 2:10; 6:10; James 1:27
God has the same power and desire to heal people today as He had in the times recorded in the Bible. When we pray in faith, we believe God is still willing and able to heal.
Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:14-16
One day Jesus will take believers to heaven in mass, an event referred to as the “rapture”. This will happen in a surprise moment both to believers and to unbelievers.
1 Thess. 4:16,17; Rom. 8:23; 1 Corin. 15:51,52
After Jesus returns to the earth at the end of the Great Tribulation He will establish a literal kingdom over which He will reign for a thousand years.
Matt. 24:27; Rev. 19:11-14; Micah 4:3,4
At the end of the millennial reign, Satan will be finally judged and cast into eternal punishment. All those who have rejected God will also be judged.
Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:11-15; Rev. 21:8
After the judgment, God will make everything new - both Heaven and Earth, and those who have accepted Jesus as their savior will live with God forever.
2 Peter 3:13; Rev. 21; Rev. 22