OLD TIME GOSPEL
Nov. 22 -26, 2017
Oak Grove Church of God
23174 Hwy 40 Loranger LA 70446
(Across from Zemurray Gardens)
Services: 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM
Meals Served daily All are Welcome.
Expenses met by Freewill Offerings
Information Eric Doolittle 985-606-9660
THE CHURCH OF GOD, WHO WE ARE; AND WHAT WE BELIEVE
To eliminate any false presumptions, let us first make clear who we are NOT:
We are NOT the first, second, or the third, etc. - - but THE Church of God, which is separate and exclusive. It is not just another “church among churches”. We are NOT denominational, undenominational, nor interdenominational. Therefore, we cannot be linked with Catholics, Protestants, or Jews.
Do not associate us with any earthly headquarters. We have none! Nor are we controlled by any conference. There is no human organization for us to promote. Consequently, we have none for you to join - - not even cards for you to sign.
We cannot take members into this Church! One need not subscribe to our organizational book of discipline or creeds; for we have no creeds, other than the Bible.
We urge men not to believe what we believe simply because we teach it--but rather because the WORD OF GOD teaches it!
WHO ARE WE?
We are the “church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the “TRUTH” (1st Timothy 3:15). We belong to “the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28). Having answered our “Holy Calling” (2nd Timothy 1:9), we are now living in full obedience to God’s Word and Spirit. We are enabled to live such a life, not by our own merits, but by the grace of God. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.” (Ephesians 2:10). Jesus, who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), is our example. As His disciples, we ‘‘follow his steps: Who did NO sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.” (1st Peter 2:21-22). His life is the standard of our own. What he taught, we practice - nothing more and nothing less. We are “not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is THE power of God unto SALVATION. ” (Romans 1:16) This is, in fact, the best message in the whole world! In spite of the claims and challenges that others might make, we KNOW this is true. The Word of God and our living experiences with Him assures us that the glorious TRUTH we proclaim contains the only answer to the spiritual needs of any soul.
We represent just a small remnant of the one, true church, which is --and always has been -- composed of souls who have responded to the Divine invitation to follow Jesus. It was for these individuals who have died out to sin and to selfishness (for US, His Holy Church) for whom Christ prayed: ‘‘I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.” (John 17:9, 14-18)
The singleness and resplendent beauty of GOD’S church has been obscured by the various denominational organizations that call themselves “churches"; but which are actually nothing of the sort! The very term (church) is derived from the Greek expression *“ekklesia”, meaning “the called out ones” or “the congregation of saints.” The Church of God is this spiritual organism. Each and every soul that has been “born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God” (1st Peter 1:23), takes his place in the HOLY CHURCH OF GOD the body of Christ.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe the TRUTH of God’s Holy Word. (“Thy word is truth.” John 17:17) We stand solely on BIBLE teachings, and “obey God rather than men. “(Acts 5:29)
Therefore, we do NOT believe that “church-joining” or water baptism can ever save a man’s soul. In Acts 16:30 the jailer is found asking, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” If a man TRULY believes in Christ, he has kept His Word, which includes forsaking the ways of sin and being born of God. “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.” (1st John 5:1) ‘‘Whosoever is born of God doth NOT commit sin.” (1st John 3:9) “YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN.” (John 3:7) Unless you have met the conditions of the new birth and received an experience of salvation, your profession of Christianity is vain and blasphemous.
It's only through man’s repenting of his sins and being delivered from them by the blood of Jesus that he can become a member of the Church of God. No man has the power to admit souls nor to excommunicate them. “And the Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved.” (Acts 2:47)
We do NOT believe that man must sin more or less every day. Neither do we believe in “eternal security’’ which claims that once a man is saved, he is saved for all eternity. “Whosoever is born of God overcometh the world.’’ (1st John 5:4)
*“ekklesia”, meaning “the called out ones” or “the congregation of saints.”:
2Co_6:17 Wherefore *come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
Rev_16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs * come out of the mouth of the **dragon, and out of the mouth of the***beast, and out of the mouth of the ****false prophet.
Rev_18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
**dragon: Pagan Rome.
***beast: Papal Church.
****false prophet: Sectarianism
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government (CHURCH) shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
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