This We Believe - This We Proclaim
 
We believe in God the Father and in Jesus Christ His only Son.  We believe Jesus Christ was crucified, and on the third day, He rose from the dead.  We believe that He ascended into heaven and sits at God's right hand, and from this position, He shall come to judge all people.  We believe in the Holy Spirit, the forgiveness of sins and the resurrection of the body.  We believe in His word (Bible) that is both perfect and without error, the final authority on all matters of faith and practice.
 
1.  We believe in the Bible - The sole base of our belief is the Bible, composed of 66 books of the Old and New Testament.  We believe that scripture in its entirety originated with God and reflects the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the human authors (who were divinely inspired).  We hold that the scriptures are infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts.  They are the final authority on all matters of faith and practice and there are NO other writings inspired by God.  Proverbs 30:5-6, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Hebrews 4:12, Matthew 5:18, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
 
2.  God - We believe that there is one true, Holy God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - each of whom possesses equally all of the attributes of deity and characteristics of personality.  In the beginning God created, out of nothing, the world and all things therein: thus, manifesting the glory of His power, wisdom, and goodness.  By sovereign rule, He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive plan.  Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:26, Deuteronomy 6:4, Psalm 139:7, Isaiah 5:3-7, Matthew 28:19, Acts 17:24, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Mark 9:1-11, John 1:1
 
3.  Jesus Christ -  Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who took the very nature of a servant and was made in the human likeness by a miraculous conception and virgin birth.  He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for the sins of the human race by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing justification for all who trust in Him alone.  Rising to life after three days, He conquered death and appeared over a period of 40 days to His followers.  He ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He continually makes intercession for His own.  He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.  John 1:13, 18, 29; Psalm 2:7; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6; 1 John 1:3; Hebrews 1:8-9; Philippians 2:7, 8; 1 Corinthians 15:3-6
 
4.  Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, was sent into our world on the day of Pentecost following the ascension of Jesus Christ.  He is always present and active, enlightening the minds of sinners to understand their need of a Savior and regenerating those who repent and believe in Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit gives assurance and strength and wisdom to every believer and uniquely endows each one with gifts for ministry.  By faith and a fully surrendered life, the Holy Spirit fills the life of the believer with power over sin and witness by the Fruit of the Spirit.  Added Note: The evidence of the Holy Spirit is not manifested by speaking in tongues, for although it is a gift of the Holy Spirit, it is not given to all and there must be at least two or three individuals with the ability to interpret the speaking in languages. 1 Corinthians 12 and 14.  The greatest gift of God through the Holy Spirit is Love. 1 Corinthians 13.  Genesis 1:2, Matthew 1:18, John 3:5-7, 2 Peter 1:20, Ephesians 5:18, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, Acts 2
 
5.  Salvation - The central purpose of God's revelation in scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Himself.  Originally created to have fellowship with God, man defied God, choosing to go his independent way, and was alienated from God because of sin and the corruption on his nature.  The salvation of man is wholly a work of God's free grace.  Not the result in whole or in part human works of goodness and must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ.  When God has begun a saving work in the heart of a person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing it until the day of full consummation as that heart submits to Him.  Jonah 2:9, Isaiah 53:6, 10, 11; John 3:16, John 10:27-29, Romans 3:24, Romans 5:8,9; 2 Corinthians 5:18,19; Peter 1:3, Galations 2:16, Ephesians 1:4-7; 1 John 4:10, Philippians 1:6
 
6.  The Church - The result of union with Jesus Christ is that all members of His body, the church, the Family of God.  There is One true Church universal, comprised of all those who are trusting in Jesus as Savior and Lord.  The scriptures commands believers to gather together and devote themselves to worship, prayer, and teaching the Word (Bible and Christ), and observance of Baptism and Communion as the sacramental ordinances established by Jesus Christ.  Under the leadership of pastors who are given the responsibility to equip God's people for ministry, all believers are called and gifted to fulfill the Great Commission.  "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."  1 Corinthians 12:12,13; Matthew 18:18; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:4,5; Acts 2:46, 47; Acts 11:15; 1 Corinthians 12:12,13; Ephesians 2:46, 47; Luke 22:19
 
7.  The Christian Life - The essential accompaniment of a genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a life of holiness and obedience attained by believers as they submit to the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit guides believes in understanding and applying the Scripture in all areas of daily life.  He makes it possible for believers to lead a life of Christ-like character and bear fruit to the glory of the Father.  It is God's will for us to live godly lives, positive and prosperous.  Success is being the best I can be for the glory of God.  The greatest pursuit of life is to love the one true God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves.  3 John 1:2; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 2:10; Ephesians 5:17-20; Philippians 2:12,13; Colossians 3:16, 24; 2 Peter 1:4-11; Matthew 22:34-40
 
8.  Additional Statements of Belief - Since our authority for truth is Jesus and the Bible, we stand on the belief that marriage is between a Man and a Woman.  We also base it on tradition in history, and we find it acceptable in the past for traditional marriage (Man and Woman) has always been the norm.  But the Bible is replete in traditional marriage from the beginning to the end.  We believe in the Sanctity of Life---from conception to the physical death.  We consider abortion to be an abomination to God and so stand for the Right to Life.  We believe that ALL lives matter to us and to God.  Genesis 1:27-29; Genesis 2:7, 21-25, 2:24; Genesis 38:8; Exodus 21:3; John 2:1; Romans 1:26, 27; Isaiah 44:2; Luke 1:41
 
Affiliation:
 
The Palmer Church of God is one of approximately 2,200 congregations across the United States and Canada, which collectively make up the North American Church of God Reformation Movement based out of Anderson, Indiana.
 
Contact: Church of God Ministries, Anderson, Indiana 46018
 
 
We serve Alaska along with seven other Church of God congregations making up the Alaska General Assembly: