The church’s doctrinal beliefs include:
The divine inspiration of Scripture.
- Forgiveness of sin through the atonement of Jesus Christ and repentance of the believer
- The experience of holiness
- That the kingdom of God has been established here and now
- The resurrection of the dead, culmulating with a final judgment (or the second judgment) in which there will be reward for the righteous and punishment for the wicked
The church observes baptism by total immersion, the Lord’s Supper (commonly known as communion), and feet washing as symbolic acts, recognizing them as the ordinances of God. According to the church’s official web site, “None of these practices, termed ordinances, are considered mandatory conditions of Christian experience or fellowship.” Church government structure is local and autonomous, and follows a congregational form of worship.
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. As noted preacher Raymond Jackson used to say, “I may jump all over the Bible, but I will not jump out of it.” We believe the Bible is the foundation for instruction in the Christian faith. Paul said, “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.” It tells of men and women who found life at its highest and also experienced life at its most dreadful depths—persons such as Jonah, Job, Esther, Joseph, Moses, Ruth, and Matthew.
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. He is the Living Word to whom the Bible, the written Word, witnesses (John 1:1–18).