The Assemblies of God has adopted 16 beliefs, also referred to as our "Statement of Fundamental Truths." Four of these beliefs are considered our core beliefs. You may hear them referred to as our cardinal doctrines. They weave in and through all the teaching, music, preaching, discussions… everything we do. Breath of Life Church's message revolves around these four defining beliefs.
Salvation Through Jesus Christ
God provides salvation for all who believe and accept His free offer of forgiveness.
(Luke 24:47; John 3:3,16,17; Rom. 8:16; 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8,9; 4:24; Titus 2:11-12; 3:5-7)
- Sin & Salvation
Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers.
(Isa. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:16,17; James 5:14-16)
- God cares about your physical well-being
- God cares about the sick and suffering
- More on divine healing
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and therefore should expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. The baptism of Christians in the Holy Spirit is accompanied by the initial physical sign of speaking in other tongues (unlearned languages) as the Spirit of God gives them audible expression.
(Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; 2:4; 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9; 1 Cor. 12:1-31)
- God wants to strengthen and enable you
- The Holy Spirit can change your life
- More on the baptism in the Holy Spirit
The Second Coming of Christ
All Christians who have died will one day rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air. Christians who have not yet died will be raptured or caught up with them, to be with the Lord.
(Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Titus 2:13)
- Jesus will return and takes us to be with Him
- What does the future hold?
- More on the End times
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
- Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.
- Matt. 1:22,23; Is 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30: Heb 4:14,15; I Cor. 15:3-4; Rom 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; I Tim 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
- II Cor. 3:17; Jn 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; I Cor. 2:12; 3:16; Eph 1:13; Gal 5:25; Eph 5:18
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
- II Tim 3:16; II Pet 1:20,21; II Tim 1:13; Ps 119:105,160, 12:6; Prov 30:5
About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
- Gen 1:27; Ps 8:3-6; Is 53:6a; Rom 3:23, Is 59:1-2
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
- Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8,9; Jn 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Gal 3:26; Rom 5:1
People were created to exist forever. We will exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
- Jn 3:16; Jn 14:17, Rom 6:23; Rom 8:17-18; Rev 20:15; 1 Cor 2:7-9
About the Security of the Believer
In view of the biblical teaching that the security of the believer depends on a living relationship with Christ (John 15:6); in view of the Bible’s call to a life of holiness (Heb 12:14; 1 Pet 1:16); in view of the clear teaching that a man may have his part taken out of the Book of Life (Rev 22:19); and in view of the fact that one who believes for a while can fall away (Luke 8:13); Breath of Life disapproves of the unconditional security position which holds that it is impossible for a person once saved to be lost. In the matter of the security of the believer, Breath of Life stands between the extreme positions of Calvinism and Arminianism. It accepts the scriptural elements found in both teachings. In order to explain the position taken by Breath of Life, four points need to be emphasized:
- Salvation is available for every man. (Jn 3:16; Rom 10:11-13; 2Peter 3:9)
- Salvation is received and kept by faith. (Rom 3:28; Gal 2:20-21; Eph 2:8; Phil 3:9; Heb 10:38; 1 Pet 1:5)
- Continued sin will adversely affect the believer’s faith. (Rom 3:5-8; 1 Cor 3:1-3; Heb 3:12-14; 12:1; I Jn 1:8; 3:8)
- The believer’s salvation is forfeited by rejecting Christ. (Jn 17:12; 1 Tim 4:1; 5:12,15; Heb 6:4-6; 10:26,27,38; 2 Pet 2:20; 1 Jn 5:16)