The Four Pillars
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”(Ephesians 2:8) Salvation is priceless. It cannot be bought and there’s nothing we can do to earn it. Yet, by God’s grace, it’s free to anyone who receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Grace is the foundational belief and teaching of the Apostolic Church of God—we are saved by grace and grace alone, and we are kept by grace. We grow in our faith by God’s grace (2 Peter 3:18). It abounds toward us day after day (Romans 5), strengthening us to endure life’s challenges and equipping us to do God’s will. By God’s grace, we live. By God’s grace, we overcome. By God’s grace, we walk in love.
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” (Ephesians 2:19) The Apostolic Church of God has had four pastors in its eighty-year history—and at some point, every one of those men lived under one roof at the same time. Our local church is built upon those founding families, and after many decades (and the addition of tens of thousands of members), we remain a family-driven church, walking in love toward one another, our community, and future members of our family. We recognize that as born-again believers we are the family of God, brothers and sisters in Christ.
“Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:9-10) Hospitality was one of the core values of Ancient Israel, and it is an important trait of the body of Christ today. Hospitality is ministry, and it is important to the Apostolic Church of God. Our doors are always open to visitors from near and far. Whether our visitors are civic leaders, a family from the neighborhood, or a group from Paris, France, we strive to create an environment where they feel welcomed by anyone they encounter and are embraced by God’s love from the moment they walk through the doors.
“If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.” (John 12:26)
Salvation prepares us for an eternity in heaven; it also prepares us for a life of service on earth. There’s a popular saying Each one reach one, and that’s part of our mission at the Apostolic Church of God—to minister within and without the walls of the church. Driven by our love for God and His love for people, we provide a number of ministries and services that meet the spiritual and personal needs of members, as well as members of the community. Our goals are always to extend the love of God, to draw the lost to Christ, and to edify the body of believers via our service.