From its beginning, the Church of God of Prophecy has based its beliefs on the “whole Bible rightly divided.” We accept the Bible as God’s Holy Word, inspired, inerrant, and infallible. We believe the Bible to be God’s written revelation of Himself to mankind and our guide in all matters of faith; therefore, we look to the Bible as our highest authority for doctrine, practice, organization, and discipline.
It was a strong desire to rely solely on the Bible that led the early pioneers of the church to declare their willingness to be free from all man-made creeds and traditions, to take the New Testament as their only rule of faith and practice, and to give each other equal rights and privileges to read and interpret the Bible as their consciences might dictate. These basic tenets remain intact today; however as the church grew and spread throughout the world, it was seen that there was safety in a “multitude of counselors” when making doctrinal decisions. Thus, today, all doctrinal matters are agreed upon in one accord by the General Assembly.
The Church of God of Prophecy is firm in its commitment to orthodox Christian belief. We affirm that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son & Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in the physical miracles He performed, in His atoning death on the cross, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory at His second coming. We profess that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential for the salvation of sinful man. We believe that sanctification by the blood of Christ makes possible personal holiness. We affirm the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling we are able to live godly lives and have power for service. We believe in the ultimate unity of believers, as prayed for by our Lord Jesus Chris in John 17. We believe in the sanctity of human life; we are also committed to the sanctity of the marriage bond and the importance of strong, loving Christian families.
Furthermore, the church makes prominent other biblical doctrines that have clear New Testament support but may not always be espoused by modern Christianity. These “Important Bible Truths” constitute some of the doctrinal beliefs and practices that enable the Church of God of Prophecy to be named among those organizations that preach the fundamental principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The mission of the Church of God of Prophecy is to bear witness for Christ and His truth and to spread the gospel of the Kingdom in all its fullness and power, so that the rule of God is brought about in the hearts of men.
In order to accomplish our mission we will pursue four primary objectives:
Evangelize the lost.
Prepare for Christ’s return.
We will worship God with all our being by:
Acknowledging Him as the Sovereign of all creation
Submitting to the headship of Christ over the Church
Practicing fervent, Spirit-led corporate worship
Allowing the full manifestation of spiritual gifts in our lives
Modeling personal worship through sacrificial living
We will evangelize the lost with by:
Utilizing every available means to take the gospel to all people
Depending on the Holy Spirit to empower our witness
Dedicating ourselves to a lifestyle of evangelism
Cooperating with other Bible-believing Christians in outreach efforts
Examining every major corporate decision in light of the Great Commission
We will equip believers, using all our gifts by:
Faithfully preaching and teaching the whole Word of God
Providing a loving environment for individual spiritual growth
Fulfilling the command to “bear one another’s burdens”
Administering the scriptural ordinances
Applying biblical church discipline with love
We will prepare for Christ’s return with all our hearts by:
Covenanting to the inerrant Word of God
Committing ourselves to lives of biblical holiness
Being agents of reconciliation in a fragmented world
Modeling and promoting unity among all God’s children
Helping to take the gospel to the lost
Our Covenant Relationship
We have joined ourselves together in Christ as a fellowship of believers by covenanting to accept the Bible as the Word of God, promising to believe and practice its teachings rightly divided with the New Testament as our rule of faith and practice, government and discipline, and agreeing to walk in the light to the best of our knowledge and ability.