We subscribe to the doctrine of the Church of God in Christ, the largest Pentecostal-Holiness denomination in the United States of America. The Church of God in Christ was founded in 1897, and incorporated in 1907, by the late Bishop Charles Harrison Mason. Since its incorporation, the denomination has been headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. For more on the history of COGIC, click here.
The Seal of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. (“Church”), shown above, is an outgrowth of the Presiding Bishop’s Coat of arms wich has become quite familiar with the Church. the design of the Official Seal of the Church was created in 1973 and adopted in the General Assembly in 1981 (April Session).
The obvious GARNERED WHEAT in the center of the seal represents all of the people of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. The ROPE of wheat, which holds the shaft together, represents the founding father of the Church, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, who, at the call of the Lord, banded us together as a Brotherhood of Churches in the First Pentecostal General Assembly of the Church, in 1907.
The date in the seal has a two-fold purpose; firstly, to tell us that Bishop mason received the baptism of the Holy Ghost in March 1907; and secondly, to tell us that it was because of this outpouring that bishop Mason was compelled to call us together in November of 1907 to organize the Church of God in Christ.
The RAIN in the background represents the Latter Rain or the End-time Revivials which brought the emergence of our Church along with other Pentecostal-Holiness bodies in the same era. the rain also serves as a challenge to the Church to keep Christ in the center of our worship and service, so that He may continue to use the Church of God in Christ as aone of the vehicles of Pentecostal revival before the return of the Lord.
* This infromation was reprinted from the book, So you want to KNOW YOUR CHURCH? By Alfred Z. Hall, Jr.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING THE BIBLE:
We believe that the Bible is the inspired and only infallible word of God.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING GOD:
We believe that there is One God as declared in scripture, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING THE CHURCH:
We believe in the Blessed Hope, which is the rapture of the Church at Christ’s return.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING SIN:
We believe that the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING SALVATION:
We believe that the regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING CHRIST:
We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on Cavalry’s cross gives healing to the human body in answer to prayer.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING THE HOLY SPIRIT:
We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit, as recorded in the Bible in Acts 2:4, is given to all believers who ask for it.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING SANCTIFICATION:
We believe in the sanctifying guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit, who empowers us to live a holy and separated life in this present world.
Doctrines of of the Church of God in Christ:
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and contains one harmonious and sufficiently complete system of doctrine. We believe in the full inspiration of the Word of God.We hold the Word of God to be the only authority in all matters and assert that no doctrine can be true or essential, if it does not find a place in this Word.
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Author and Creator of all things. The Old Testament reveals God in diverse manners, by manifesting his nature, character, and dominions. The Gospels in the New Testament give us knowledge of God the “Father” or “My Father”, showing the relationship of God to Jesus as Father, or representing Him as the Father in the Godhead, and Jesus himself that Son (John 15:8, 14:20). Jesus also gives God the distinction of “Fatherhood” to all believers when he explains God in the light of “Your Father in Heaven” (Matthew 6:8).
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Second person in the Godhead of the Trinity or Triune Godhead. We believe that Jesus was and is eternal in his person and nature as the Son of God who was with God in the beginning of creation (John 1:1). We believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin called Mary according to the scripture (Matthew 1:18), thus giving rise to our fundamental belief in the Virgin Birth and to all of the miraculous events surrounding the phenomenon (Matthew 1:18-25). We believe that Jesus Christ became the “suffering servant” to man; this suffering servant came seeking to redeem man from sin and to reconcile him back to God, his Father (Romans 5:10). We believe that Jesus Christ is standing now as mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5)
We believe the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, proceeds from the Father and the Son, is of the same substance, equal to power and glory, and is together with the Father and the Son, to be believed in, obeyed, and worshipped. The Holy Ghost is a gift bestowed upon the believer for the purpose of equipping and empowering the believer, making him a more effective witness for service in the world. He teaches and guides one into all truth (John 16:13; Acts 1:8, 8:39).
We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Ghost is an experience subsequent to conversion and sanctification and that tongue-speaking is the consequence of the baptism in the Holy Ghost with the manifestations of the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23; Acts 10:46, 19:1-6). We believe that we are not baptized with the Holy Ghost in order to be saved (Acts 19:1-6; John 3:5). When one receives a baptismal Holy Ghost experience, we believe one will speak with a tongue unknown to oneself according to the sovereign will of Christ. To be filled with the Spirit means to be Spirit controlled as expressed by Paul in Ephesians 5:18-19. Since the charismatic demonstrations were necessary to help the early church to be successful in implementing the command of Christ, we therefore, believe that a Holy Ghost experience is helpful to for all men today.
We believe that man was created holy by God, composed of body and soul. We believe that man, by nature, is sinful and unholy. Being born in sin, he needs to be born again, sanctified and cleansed from all sins by the blood of Jesus. We believe that man is saved by confessing and forsaking his sins, and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, and that having become a child of God, by being born again and adopted into the family of God, he may, and should, claim the inheritance of the sons of God, namely the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Sin, the Bible teaches, began in the angelic world (Ezekiel 28:11-19; Isaiah 14:12-20), and is transmitted into the blood of the human race through disobedience and deception motivated by unbelief (1 Timothy 2:14). Adam’s sin, committed by eating of the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, carried with it permanent pollution or depraved human nature to all his descendants. This is called “original sin.” Sin can now be defined as a volitional transgression against God and a lack of conformity to the will of God. We, therefore, conclude that man by nature, is sinful and that he has fallen from a glorious and righteous state from which he was created, and has become unrighteous and unholy. Man, therefore, must be restored to his state of holiness from which he has fallen by being born again (John 3:7).
Salvation deals with the application of the work of redemption to the sinner with his restoration to divine favor and communion with God. This redemptive operation of the Holy Ghost upon sinners is brought about by repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ which brings conversion, faith, justification regeneration, sanctification, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Repentance is the work of God, which results in a change of mind in respect to man’s relationship to God. (Matthew 3:1-2, 4:17; Acts 20:21). Faith is a certain conviction wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, as to the truth of the Gospel and a heart trust in the promises of God in Christ (Romans 1:17, 3:28; Matthew 9:22; Acts 26:18). Conversion is that act of God whereby He causes the regenerated sinner, in his conscious life, to turn to Him in repentance and faith (2 Kings 5:15; 2 Chronicles 33:12-13; Luke 19:8, 9; Acts 8:30). Regeneration is that act of God by which the principle of the new life is implanted in man, and the governing disposition of soul is made holy and the first holy exercise of this new disposition is secured. Sanctification is that gracious and continuous operation of the Holy Ghost, by which He delivers the justified sinner from the pollution of sin, renews his whole nature in the image of God and enables him to perform good works (Romans 6:4;5:6; Colossians 2:12; 3:1).
The Church forms a spiritual unity of which Christ is the divine head. It is animated by one Spirit, the Spirit of Christ. It professes one faith, shares one hope, and serves one King,. It is the citadel of the truth and God’s agency for communicating to believers all spiritual blessings. The Church then is the object of our faith rather than of knowledge. The name of our Church, “CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST” is supported by I Thessalonians 2:14 and other passages in the Pauline Epistles. The word “CHURCH” or “EKKLESIA” was first applied to the Christian society by Jesus Christ in Matthew 16:18, the occasion being that of his benediction of Peter at Caesarea Phillippi.
We believe in the second coming of Christ; that He shall come from heaven to earth, personally, bodily, visibly (Acts 1:11; Titus 2:11-13; Matthew 16:27; 24:30; 25:30; Luke 21:27; John 1:14, 17; Titus 2:11) and that the Church, the bride, will be caught up to meet Him in the air (1 Thessalonians, 4:16-17). We admonish all who have this hope to purify themselves as He is pure.