WHO WE ARE and
What We Believe.
First United Pentecostal Church was established with the purpose of being a community of healing and healthy growth for every single individual. Our purpose is expressed through
Listed here, you will discover statements of faith concerning what we believe as a church. The integrity of God's Word is first and foremost in the practical teaching of First United Pentecostal Church. While the statements below do not exhaust our statement of faith, we make it a point to teach these truths in relevant ways for every age group without compromising the message.
God is much bigger and greater than what we can possibly imagine.
The Bible is the Lord's instructional roadmap to salvation.
Jesus is God Himself seeking to save the lost and heal the broken hearted.
The Holy Spirit is the Lord active in our everyday living.
Creation was God's spoken words physically expressed.
Grace gives us the power to change our lives.
Faith is the bedrock of our daily relationship with God.
Heaven and hell are real places.
The church is God's sanctuary for the lost and is the family of the saved.
Jesus is coming back soon, and salvation is much nearer than it's ever been.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It gives a true account of the creation and contains the correct prophecy of the ages to come regarding heaven, earth, and the destiny of humanity. Likewise, it serves as the guidance on Christian living and as the definitive authority given to church by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4). Desiring to reconcile the world unto Himself, God was supernaturally manifested in the flesh and became sin for us so that we might be saved (1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:21). After the death of Christ at Calvary, He begin to pour out His Holy Spirit (Acts 2:16-18, 33) and is very much active in our lives today as our guide to the fullness of truth (John 16:13).
God is our Father in parental relationship through creation (1 Chronicles 29:10); it was He who created heaven and earth, and He who created man from the dust of the earth by breathing into him a living soul(Genesis 1:1; 2:7). He shall continue to be God our Father through eternity and we shall reign with Him as His people in the life that is to follow (2 Corinthians 6:16).
As a means to establish a direct relationship between Himself and the world, God became flesh and walked among us. When He was seen, He revealed Himself as Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God to redeem us from our sins (Matthew 1:21; John 1:14, 3:16-17). As a human man, the entirety of God's deity was in Him(Colossians 2:9) and His blood at Calvary paid the ultimate price for His church (Acts 20:28).
The Holy Spirit
The very essence of God is His Holy Spirit (John 4:24). His Spirit is eternal and was present from the beginning of creation and is being poured out among all peoples in unprecedented proportions as had been foretold (Genesis 1:2; Joel 2:28-29). He is our Lord who is very much active in the lives of born-again believers today, creating an environment of liberty and power to meet a need and give wisdom for the way (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:13). Man - his fall and redemption Man is a created being, made in the likeness and the image of God, but through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world (Romans 3:23; Romans 3:10). Jesus Christ was manifested to undo the works of the enemy and to give His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (1 John 3:8). Salvation comes by grace through faith based on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:23-25, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9).
Eternal Life & New Birth
Man's first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that works repentance. The new birth is necessary to all men, and when fulfilled, it produces eternal life (John 3:3-5, 2 Corinthians 7:10, I John 5:12). The saving Gospel is this Good News: Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again. Therefore our identification to the gospel (2 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17) is through repentance (death to sin), water baptism (burial), and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit (resurrection) (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2:4, 37-39; Romans 6:3-4).
Baptism in water by immersion in the Name of Jesus is a direct commandment of our Lord and is for whosoever believes and embraces the promise of God. The ordinance (Matthew 28:19) is a symbol of the believer's identification with Christ (Acts 2:38-39) in His death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21).
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 3:11)to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to repentance. This experience is accompanied by the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance (Acts 2:38-39, 19:1-7).
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite yet progressive work of grace both inwardly and outwardly (2 Peter 3:18), commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Corinthians 1:30).
Healing is a gift of the Holy Spirit and is very much active and applicable in this present day. It is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith and by the laying on of hands and was made possible in the atonement of Christ (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; Mark 16:18; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24).
The angels said, "This same Jesus. shall so come in like manner." (Acts 1:11). His coming is on the horizon and when He comes, ". the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). In the end will be the final resurrection and the final judgment. The righteous will inherit eternal life, and the unrighteous eternal death (Revelation 20:11-15).