The Bible is our all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. This statement of Fundamental Truths is intended simply as a basis of fellowship among us (i.e., that we all speak the same thing,
1 Corinthians 1:10; Acts 2:42). The phraseology employed in this statement is not inspired or contended for, but the truth set forth is held to be essential to a full-gospel ministry. No claim is made that it contains all Biblical truth; only that it covers our need as to these fundamental doctrines.
- The Scripture Inspired
The scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
- The One True God
The one true God has revealed himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth, the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Ghost (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10,11, Matthew 28:19, Luke 3:22).
- The Deity of the Lord Jesus
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare his:
a. Virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35)
b. Sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22)
c. Miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38)
d. Substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
e. Bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4); and
f. Exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9, 11; Hebrews 1:3).
- The Fall of Man
Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).
- The Salvation of Man
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
- Conditions of Salvation. Salvation
is received through repentance toward God and faith
toward the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 24:47; John 3:3;
Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11, 3:5-7).
- The Evidences of Salvation.
The inward evidence
to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness
(Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12).
Ordinances of the Church
- Baptism in Water. The ordinance
of baptism by immersion in
water is commanded
in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Jesus
Christ as personal Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with him to walk in newness of life
(Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4).
- Holy Communion. The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements - bread and the fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing in the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4); a memorial of his suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of his second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers “till he comes!”
- The Baptism in the Holy
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9). With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to his work (Acts 2:42), and more active love for Christ, for his Word, and for the lost (Mark 16:20).
- The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4).
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). The Scriptures teach a life of “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). By the power of the Holy Ghost, we are able to obey the command: “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15.16) (Romans 6:1-11,13; Romans 8:1,2,13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12.13; 1 Peter 1:5).
- The Church and Its Mission
The Church is the Body of Christ and each believer is an integral part. (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).
Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of his Son, the priority reason-for-being of the Assemblies of God as part of the Church is to be:
a. An agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15,16);
b. A corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Corinthians 12:13); and
c. A channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of his Son (Ephesians 4:11, 16; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 1 Corinthians 14:12).
The Assemblies of God exists expressly to give continuing emphasis to this reason-for-being in the New Testament apostolic pattern by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. This experience:
a. Enables them to evangelize the power of the Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs (Mark 16:15-20; Acts 4:29-31; Hebrews 2:3,4);
b. Adds a necessary dimension to a worshipful relationship with God (1 Corinthians 2:10-16; 1 Corinthians 12,13 and 14); and
c. Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit, gifts, and ministries as in New Testament times for edifying the body of Christ (Galatians 5:22-26; 1 Corinthians 14:12; Ephesians 4:11,12; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Colossians 1:29).
- The Ministry
A divinely-called and scripturally-ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a threefold purpose of leading the Church in:
a. evangelizing the world (Mark 16:15-20),
b. worshipping God (John 4:23,23), and
c. building a body of saints being perfected in the image of his Son (Ephesians 4:11-16).
- Divine Healing
Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16, 17; James 5:14-16).
- The Blessed Hope
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church. (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).
- The Millennial Reign of Christ
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with his saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27, 30; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6). This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel (Ezekiel 37:21, 22; Zephaniah 3:19, 20; Romans 11:26, 27) and the establishment of universal peace (Isaiah 11:6-9; Psalms 72:3-8; Micah 4:3, 4).
- The Final Judgment
There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the Devil and his angels, the beast, and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8).
- The New Heavens and the New Earth
We, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21 and 22).
Our Vision / Values
First Assembly Core Values, Mission, & Vision
Taken from the Senior Leadership Vision Planning Meeting on 10/5/08 and finessed by the Vision Team.
1. WHO ARE WE?
To substantially answer the question of who we are, we simply outline our 5 core values, shown in the acrostic RAPID:
5 CORE VALUES:
Our church serves our community and world through local & global missions, and benevolence to those in need. (Matt 10:42, Rom 10:10-14)
Our church demonstrates unconditional love & acceptance of every individual and develops a strong community by Connecting in life-giving relationships with other believers.
Our church develops spiritual passion by Celebrating through Christ-centered, age-appropriate worship. (John 4:23-24)
Our church serves one another and our community by identifying specific gifts and abilities God has given us and using them for His Kingdom.
Our church reproduces passionate imitators of Jesus by Committing to personally lead, mentor, and multiply. (Matt 28:19-20)
2. WHY DO WE EXIST?
Why are we here? What is the MISSION of our church? What is the key driving purpose to which we give ourselves?
Mission Defined: A general overarching direction of the church; a special assignment given to a group of people.
Mission Statement for First Assembly Cedar Rapids:
“Our church exists to help people become passionate imitators of Jesus.”
(Matthew 28:18-19; Ephesians 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 2:1-2)
We accomplish our mission by:
-CELEBRATING through Spirit-filled, age appropriate worship
-CONNECTING in authentic relationships with others through Life Groups and serving with one another. -COMMITTING to discipleship, membership, and a desire to grow into leadership.”
(John 13:35; Matthew 22:37-38)
3. WHERE ARE WE GOING?
What is our preferred future? What is our VISION for where we desire to go? Can we describe the kind of ministry we are building?
Vision Defined: “A Clear mental picture of your desired future”
Vision Statement for First Assembly Cedar Rapids:
“We are a vibrant, growing community of Spirit-filled believers from all generations and cultures. We are building authentic relationships with others so they may experience real life with Christ. We are changing our world, both locally and globally, through sacrificial service.”