Church of God
1125 Manor Road
Windsor, PA 17366
Pastor: Anthony Zumbo
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While we present this statement of things believed here at the Windsor Church of God and think that it is useful for and accurate in describing what we believe, it should be remembered throughout that this statement is not a creed by which we can block someone from our fellowship. The Bible is the only true standard of faith and practice for Christians.
What We Believe at the Windsor Church of God
1. We believe in one supreme God, who created all things, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful) and omnipresent (present everywhere), whose essence is love, who is absolutely holy and pure, who is personal and seeks the salvation of each and every human being. (Genesis 1; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 4:13; Isaiah 26:4; Psalm 139:1-12; I John 4:8; James 1:13; II Peter 3:9).
2. We believe that the Bible is the word of God, an utterly trustworthy revelation from God to all humanity, that it is the all-sufficient and final authority in belief, morals and activity for the church and the Christian. It came about as the Holy Spirit moved the prophets and apostles of old to convey God’s truth to humanity in infallible manuscripts of Hebrew, Greek and other ancient languages. We further believe that the Holy Spirit continues to work coextensively (operating within the same limits or scope) with the Bible to apply these truths to the lives of individual believers and to the church as a whole. The central message of the Bible is the person Jesus Christ, his teaching and redemptive work. (II Timothy 3:16-17; John 14:25-26; II Peter 1:19-21).
3. We believe that humanity, though originally created in the image of God with holiness and unbroken relationship with God, has fallen from the high position as the crown of creation and is now destitute of divine favor. Humanity has an inherent bent away from the things of God by a sinful nature. This falling away originated from the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve. All of us then, are sinners. (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-19; Psalm 51:5).
4. We believe in the free moral agency of humanity. The scriptures assume that we are free to accept or reject God, to obey or disobey Him and the scriptures teach that each individual is accountable to God for the moral decisions that he/she makes. Furthermore, we see nothing in scripture to support a theory of conversion that makes the penitent sinner passive and helpless to accept the gospel. (Joshua 24:15; John 1:12; John 6:67; Romans 14:12)
5. We believe that Jesus Christ, the first century Jewish carpenter, is the divine Messiah and Savior of the world. After His sinless life, His suffering for our redemption, His death as a sin-offering, His glorious resurrection and ascension, He has then been made the absolute sovereign of all things. He is now our Mediator and great High Priest, interceding for His people at the right hand of the Father. We await the appointed day when He will break through the clouds in glory with the holy angels to complete the kingdom of God on earth. Jesus is the only way to the Father and is the very radiance of the Father’s Glory. It is only in His name that anyone is saved. (John 1:1-14; Colossians 1:15-16; Matthew 1:20-23: Matthew 5:17; Matthew 28:18; Colossians 2:9-10; I Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 1:1-4).
6. We believe in the redemption of individuals through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. This redemption comes by faith in the work of Christ on the cross and not by our own righteousness or any other work of ours. At the moment that one believes that Christ died for their sin, God justifies them (declares that their sin is forgiven, as if they had never sinned) and regenerates them (begins the process of reorienting them to a God-centered life.) The instrument or conduit of this regeneration is the word of God. (Romans 3:24; Galatians 2:16-21; Romans 4:5; Galatians 3:6; I Corinthians 1:30; II Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 4:4-5; John 1:13; Acts 4:12; Acts 3:19; II Corinthians 5:17)
7. We believe that the church has three continuous ordinances that are symbolic of the essential events of Christ’s gospel work, and representative of the experience of the genuine believer:
a. Baptism is symbolic of the burial and resurrection of Christ. It also represents the Christian’s cleansing from sin, rising to new life, death to the world and their resurrection at the last day. Baptism is by immersion and for the professing believer. (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 5:17; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:36-39)
b. Feet Washing is symbolic of the humility, incarnation and love of Christ. Foot washing represents the call of Christ on our lives to be servants. It also represents His command that we love one another. (John 13:1-30; I Timothy 5:9-10; Philippians 2:3-8; Mark 10:43-45)
c. The Lord’s Supper is symbolic of the suffering and death of Christ. It also represents the believers drawing their life from Christ and prefigures the final celebration of our redemption at the marriage supper of the Lamb. It is a proclamation of Christ’s atoning death with gospel hope and is open to all who seek to follow Christ. (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:11-20; I Corinthians 11:24-26 Revelation 19:6-9)
8. We believe that God calls every Christian to a life of godliness, righteousness and benevolence. Aside form the fact that we were originally created for just such a life, these elements are necessary in order to maintain a close walk with God, and aid us in our mission to turn the world to God. (Matthew 5-7; Ephesians 4:1; I Peter 1:15-16; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 20:26-28; James 2:14-18; Luke 10:26-37; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 5:13-16; Matthew 25:31-46)
9. We believe in the literal, personal second coming and reign of the Lord Jesus Christ who will close the gospel era, glorify His saints and judge the world. (Matthew 25:31; Acts 1:11; I Corinthians 15:24-28; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 2Peter 3:3-13).
10. We believe in the immortality of the soul, so that when a believer dies, they are present with the Lord. The soul of the wicked enters a state of misery. (Ecclesiastes 12:7; 2 Corinthians 5:8 Philippians 1:23; Acts 7:59; Matthew 10:28).
11. We believe in the resurrection of the bodies of all people at the end of time, the righteous to the resurrection of life, the evil to the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15; Philippians 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:15-17)
For a more extensive treatment on the beliefs and history of the Churches of God (General Conference) you can go to “The Winebrennerians” web page at www.allegheny-cggc.org/texts.html