We exist to...
Glorify God in whole-hearted worship. Worship is something that doesn't just take place on Sunday morning during a "worship service". It is a lifestyle of offering ourselves to God, as Paul wrote to Rome, as "living sacrifices" which is our service of worship. Worship is what takes place when we talk to God, acknowledge who God is and thank Him for what He has done for us.
Provide discipleship opportunites for each individual to mature in Christ. It is our heart's desire to develop people by training and teaching them the Word of God. Our Life Groups, Sunday School classes, and our Wednesday night classes for all ages, give each individual more choices for participation.
Reach the lost through evangelism, both home and abroad. Jesus told us to go into the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. Although we need to do our part in reaching those who don't know Jesus in our community, we also know that in order to reach the world, we'll have to send others out with the message of Jesus. Hamilton A/G believes very strongly in our missionaries. We support many, each month, all over the world. Missions giving is a big part of our contributions.
Build up each believer by providing healthy, friendly fellowship. One sign of a good church is what you see and feel when you walk through its doors. The people should be conversing, laughing, possibly crying and praying together. Such friendship is called fellowship. Sharing together is a huge part of the health of Hamilton A/G. It is our desire that everyone who walks through our doors enjoys that fellowship and becomes involved in its life.
Give each individual opportunity for service for the Kingdom of God. Paul told the churches of Corinth and in Rome that we are to work together to fulfill God's plan for us. Each one of us has giftings and abilities that God gave us. Plugging people into ministries where they can use those giftings is part of what God wants us to do. We believe that there are "treasures" in each seat - God's people, with God-giving ability, to bless the church and be used for His glory.
16 Fundamental Truths
These are nonnegotiable tenets of faith that all Assemblies of God churches adhere to. This list is derived from the official Statement of Fundamental Truths. Click links below to see the complete original statement with scriptures.
WE BELIEVE...The Scriptures are Inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind.
WE BELIEVE...There is only One True God-revealed in three persons...Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).
WE BELIEVE...In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God's son Jesus was both human and divine.
WE BELIEVE...though originally good, Man Willingly Fell to Sin-ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.
WE BELIEVE...Every Person Can Have Restored Fellowship with God Through 'Salvation' (accepting Christ's offer of forgiveness for sin). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the A/G]
WE BELIEVE...and practice two ordinances-(1) Water Baptism by Immersion after repenting of one's sins and receiving Christ's gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion (the Lord's Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ's suffering and death for our salvation.
WE BELIEVE...the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Special Experience Following Salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the A/G]
WE BELIEVE... The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is 'Speaking in Tongues,' as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles.
WE BELIEVE...Sanctification Initially Occurs at Salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christlike.
WE BELIEVE...The Church has a Mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe 'the Church' is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God's offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE...A Divinely Called and Scripturally Ordained Leadership Ministry Serves the Church. The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, and to build up or edify the body of believers-the Church.
WE BELIEVE...Divine Healing of the Sick is a Privilege for Christians Today and is provided for in Christ's atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the A/G]
WE BELIEVE...in The Blessed Hope-When Jesus Raptures His Church Prior to His Return to Earth (the second coming). At this future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the A/G]
WE BELIEVE...in The Millennial Reign of Christ when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel and the establishment of universal peace.
WE BELIEVE...A Final Judgment Will Take Place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire.
WE BELIEVE...and look forward to the perfect New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth. 'And so shall we forever be with the Lord!'
For more information on our fundamental beliefs and core doctrines, visit http://ag.org/top/Beliefs/index.cfm