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If you are not a Christian then you will need to confess that you are a sinner to God, ask God to forgive you, and invite Jesus Christ to be your Savior and Lord. When you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are part of the Church of God.

If you are a Christian then you are a member of the Church of God. Please let the pastor and others in the congregation know you are a Christian and feel free to begin worshiping and working with us.

Three Ways We Speak of the Church of God

The Church of God in a universal sense refers to all who believe on Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Church of God is not limited to any particular set of denominations or whatever other associations there might be, but universally includes all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

The name Church of God is used to identify a particular movement within Protestant Christianity. When we refer to the Church of God as a movement, we refer to it as Church of God Anderson. This movement stresses the message of unity and holiness.

The name Church of God is also used to identify congregations. A Church of God congregation is a local community of the universal church as well as the Church of God Anderson. We believe that all Christians should identify themselves with a local body of believers.

The Bible Is Our Rule of Faith

The Church of God movement has maintained a sure belief that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16, NIV).

The Bible is a moving chronicle. It tells the story of Jesus."the greatest story ever told." And of men and women who found life at its highest and also experienced life at its most dreadful depths. the stories and teachings of the Bible are not to be creedalized. We would not abbreviate the Bible and its teachings into a sixteen-sentence statement or expand it to a five-volume index of faith.

There is probably only one major rule for the use of the Bible: Read it! We honor the Bible by accepting the fact that Christ is Savior and by worshiping him as Lord of life.

The Spirit-Filled Life

In the New Testament we see that believers can experience the baptism of the Spirit. We believe the infilling of the Spirit in the life of the Christian greatly increased the individual's receptivity to the Spirit's leadership and effectiveness as a witness for Christ.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit may be viewed from at least four perspectives:

Cleansing. The Holy Spirit cleanses the attitudes, mindset, habits, and spirit of the believer.

Consecration. Consecration is presenting everything about our personality, including our physical bodies, to God for his use, in a decisive act of worship.

Calling. This is the part of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit-filled life on which God and the believer work together. The Spirit cleanses, the believer consecrates himself or herself, and together the Spirit of God and the believer work out the calling. The calling is the task(s) which the believer accepts in the life of the church in order to help evangelize and serve the world. The Holy Spirit considers both the natural abilities of the believer and the need for workers in the church and then gifts that believer in order to fulfill the task(s).

Convincing Evidence. The convincing evidence of the Spirit-filled life is holiness. The believer is not so spiritually conceited as to think that he or she is a perfect human being. The Holy Spirit is the source of power for holy living (John 16:5.16; Philippians 2:12.13).

The experience of the Spirit-filled life begins when the believer, the individual Christian, opens his or her life to the full work of God's Spirit in a conscious act of the will. From that point on, there is a growth in the Spirit, called by some "progressive sanctification," which produces an increasing awareness of oneness with God and effectiveness in Christian service.

Ordinances Are Rich Experiences for Believers

Ordinances are worship and faith disciplines which have specifically been ordained by Jesus in his instructions to his followers. These ordinances are symbols affirm and remind us of what God has done in Christ.

Baptism by immersion is a first step for the new believer. The term baptism means to immerse. We dip people under the water as a symbol of being buried with Christ and bring them out as a symbol of new life through Christ. Baptism is a witness to the church that the new believer belongs to the body of Christ, that they wants to be held accountable and join in the work of the church.

The Lord's Supper, often called Communion, is an affirmation of oneness in Christ. In the sacramental churches, it is often called the Eucharist ("thanksgiving"), a reference to the thanks offered over the bread and the cup (1 Corinthians 10:16). The bread and the cup are symbolic of the grace experienced in the life of the believer. They remind us of what Christ has done to bring us into a relationship with God.

Foot washing is an ordinance practiced by many church groups. It is an act symbolizing the servant ministry of all Christians to each other and to the world. The ordinance comes from John 13:14 where jesus tells his disciples .Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet.

Infant dedication is not considered an ordinance, but it is consistent with what Jesus taught. It is a time for the church and the parents to acknowledge the child as a gift from God, commit themselves to rear the child in awe and respect of God, and ask God's blessings upon the body, mind, and spirit of the child.

We believe a wedding is a worship service of the church. A marriage should be entered into with discretion, wisdom, and a recognition that it is a marvelous gift from God to both the couple and the families involved. We believe a marriage begins best with a wedding that is a worship experience and with both parties committed to Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives and home.