Pastor: John A. Bagg
We are a Bible Based Church that believes, through the power of Christ’s Blood,we have the ability to be forgiven,washed and filled according to Acts 2:38. We believe the Holy Ghost is still being poured out, anointing and ability are still being given, healing is still available,and Salvation is still Amazing!
Forgiveness means that we are no longer responsible for the debt incurred because of our mistakes. When we ask to be forgiven for these indiscretions, we are admitting that they were wrong and we would like to make things right. Only the truly humble individual can ask for forgiveness and subject themselves to the one they wronged. The one wronged can either require the penalty or can show mercy in allowing the debtor to go free.
Our wrong doing created animosity as it were between us and God. When we ask God for forgiveness, we have the responsibility to make things right. But, making things right between God and ourselves is impossible. Therefore, Jesus showed us the greatest mercy and forgiveness ever known, when He willing died upon the cross for our sin. So, when God says that He forgives us, He truly does because there is no outstanding debt between us.
Acts 22:16 “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
Our sins are washed away by the blood of Christ. Through baptism we gain access to His blood. Baptism through immersion in His Name associates us with the burial and resurrection of Christ. We are buried with Him through baptism into His death according to Romans 6:4. Then we rise from the water in newness of life, having been reborn of the water. Being washed “white as snow” is an excellent description of how God forgives and cleanses us of our sins. Through Jesus Christ, our dark sin stained lives can be made white as snow!
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow”
The Holy Spirit
When the Holy Spirit takes up residence within us it is often referred to as “receiving the gift of” or “being baptized with” the Holy Ghost. We know this is essential to restoring our broken relationship with God because Jesus told Nicodemus that everyone must be born again of the Spirit. There’s no doubting that the first believers knew this for when the church’s initial sermon was preached and the crowd asked what needed to be done, the response was not only to repent and receive washing through baptism, but to receive the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:38-39 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
God’s promise of His Spirit within us enables us to live honest, peaceful and joyous lives filled with purpose and direction; all because “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:5.)
John 7:37-39 “… Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water…this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive…”