Pekin First Church of God
2520 Maywood Ave
Pekin, IL 61554
Phone: 309 3474990
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Pekin First Church of God exists "to know Christ and to make Him known"!
We're here to welcome you. Please stop by during these hours:
Sunday Morning Worship:
Sunday School 9:00am
Wednesday Ministries: 6:30pm
CAN A PERSON JOIN THE CHURCH OF GOD (Membership)?
If you are not a Christian (that is, not saved, not born anew, not a disciple of Jesus Christ), then you will want to confess your sins in prayer, ask God to forgive your sinful way of living, and invite Jesus Christ to come into your life as Savior and Lord. You may be able to do this alone, but many persons have found that the assistance of a thoughtful and mature Christian is helpful at this time. When you accept Jesus Christ as Savior, you are born into God's church. You are a new creation in Christ (John 3:1-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17).
Through the cross you have become a member.
I. THE BIBLE IS OUR RULE OF FAITH
We believe the Bible is God's inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word and is the standard for all Christians.
Scripture References: II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21
II. THE TRINITY
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Scripture References: II Corinthians 13:14, Matthew 28:19
III. MAN'S SINFULNESS
We believe the Bible teaching that man sinned and fell short of the glory of God.
Scripture References: Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23
We believe Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a vicarious death, arose through a triumphant resurrection, sits at the right hand of God and lives to make intercession as man's only means of salvation.
Scripture References: Hebrews 7:25, John 14:6, Acts 4:12
We affirm that the Holy Spirit indwells a believer upon their salvation. We believe the experience of sanctification (dedicating or setting apart your life unto God) is a second act of grace and a continual process subsequent to salvation. The Holy Spirit enables us to live a life of holiness which is the standard and norm of every Christian. The evidence of receiving the Holy Spirit is a life marked by holiness, humility, and empowerment to serve God.
Scripture References: John 14:23 / Romans 8:9-11 / Romans 15:16 / Galatians 3:2-3 / Ephesians 1:4 and 13-14 / 1 Corinthians 1:2 / 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 / 2 Peter 1:3-10
VI. THE CHURCH OF GOD
We believe the Bible doctrine that the church of God is the bride of Christ into which every believer is born and that here all born-again believers are united in one great Christian family of which Christ is the Head.
Scripture References: Acts 2:47, Acts 20:28, John 17:11-12, Ephesians 5:23
VII. THE KINGDOM OF GOD
We believe that being born-again and added to the church of God places us in the kingdom of God, which is a present-day spiritual reality and not reserved for a future kingdom or millennial reign.
Scripture References: John 18:36-37, Luke 17:20-21, Romans 14:17
We believe water Baptism by emersion, the Lord's Supper, and Feet Washing are all commands of our Lord to be obeyed and practiced by those who have been born again.
Scripture References: Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:1-14, I Corinthians 11:23-30, John 13:3-17
IX. DIVINE HEALING
We believe in the Bible doctrine of Divine physical healing which is provided by faith to the believer.
Scripture References: James 5:13-16, Matthew 4:23-24, Matthew 10:7-8, Acts 3:16
We believe in the practice of tithing, at least 10% of our income, through the local church as commanded by God in the Scriptures.
Scripture References: Malachi 3:8-10, I Corinthians 16:2, II Corinthians 9:6-14
XI. THE POSSIBILITY OF BACKSLIDING
We believe the Bible teaches that "he who stands firm to the end will be saved."* Being born again does not exempt a person from choosing to backslide and be lost.
Scripture References: *Matthew 10:22 (NIV), II Peter 2:20-22, Revelation 2:5
XII. THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe in the personal Second Coming of Christ to this world to end time, resurrect the dead, judge the world, receive the church unto Himself, and to usher us all into eternity. This is not a “secret rapture."
Scripture References: John 14:3, Matthew 25:31-46,
I Thessalonians 4:13-18
XIII. GIFTS FOR MINISTRY
We believe every Christian is gifted for ministry and not a select few.
Scripture References: I Corinthians 12:6-11, Ephesians 4:11-13
We believe the Bible teaches that every Christian should witness.
Scripture References: Psalms 126:5-6, Proverbs 11:30,Matthew 28:19-20