First Church of God - Punxsutawney, PA
What We Believe
The Bible in its entirety is the inspired word of God. It is a true and faithful record of God’s activity in human history and an ongoing dynamic revelation showing to all humanity the means of salvation and offering to us newness of life. It is completely trustworthy and without error in all that it affirms and is the certain and final authority for faith in God and behavior which honors Him.
The one true God, creator and sustainer of all things and redeemer of mankind, is made known to us only by His own self-disclosure through His revealing words and actions. He is one in being, but exists in three persons historically known as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is a person of integrity and is completely worthy of our trust, worship, and love.
Jesus Christ is God’s one and only Son, fully God and fully human. The Scriptures declare he was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary; he lived a sinless life; he was crucified as an atoning sacrifice for our sins; he was buried and then raised from the dead and ascended into heaven where He now reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. His return is imminent.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the God-head, and an active participant in creation, the redemption of humanity, and the revelation of Scripture. It is his mission to testify to the person of Jesus Christ, convicting persons of sin and convincing of truth. As believers, he lives in us~ teaching, transforming, empowering, and gifting us to live Christ-like lives in service to God and others.
Human beings were created in the ‘image of God’ with a mind to know God, a heart to love God, and a will to obey God. But Adam’s transgression marred this image and left humanity alienated from God without the hope of restoration of the image or of a relationship with God apart from Divine intervention.
Salvation is the free and gracious gift of a loving God offered to all of humanity. It is personally accepted through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Through salvation a person is forgiven by God, redeemed from sin, and reconciled to God. It is an entrance into a new kind of life and family which is both abundant and eternal.
The Church is God’s new community into which every believer is ushered into by faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. It is both a community of the redeemed and a redemptive community which seeks to celebrate God’s presence in worship, assimilate God’s people through fellowship, instruct God’s people to maturity through discipleship, demonstrate God’s love through service, and communicate God love and word through evangelism. It is in essence, the family of God and we believe the local church is God’s hope for the world.
The Return of Christ
The return of Christ is the central even of the end of time and is the primary hope of every believer. At this time there will be a general resurrection of the dead and persons from all periods of human history will be rewarded or punished according to God’s assessment of their lives. We believe His return to be imminent, absolute, and universal.
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