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PENTECOSTAL APOSTOLIC


Christ Haven Pentecostal Church is of the Pentecostal-Apostolic faith. We fully believe in the experience of receiving the Holy Ghost (with evidence of speaking in other tongues as the spirit gives utterance) as they did on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:4). We are Apostolic because we live, walk, and abide by the principles of the apostles, whom Jesus granted authority over the church (St. John, Chapter 17).

 

As such, the church is Pentecostal-Apostolic; meaning we have experienced the infilling of the Holy Ghost and our beliefs are modeled after Apostolic doctrine which places emphasis on the oneness of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Deuteronomy 6:4 states, “O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.” And again, Ephesians 4:5-6 states, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and trough all, and in you all.”

 

Our creed, discipline, and doctrine is the Word of God as taught and revealed by the Holy Ghost (St. John 14:26). "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (II Timothy 3:16, 17). As members of the body of Christ, which is the true Church (Ephesians 1:22, 23), the word of God declares there is one way of entrance and that is "by one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body" and that is a baptism of "Water and Spirit" (I Corinthians 12:12-27).

 

GODHEAD


We fully believe the mystery of the Godhead. We believe that Jesus was both human and that the Godhead be understood to mean the fullness of God (Colossians 1:19 and 2:9). We believe that Jesus was Mary's son and Mary's God, Creator and creature, God manifested in the flesh; that the flesh of Jesus was the same as ours, with the exception that it had no sin; that Jesus was the eternal Father made visible, apart from whom there is no God. We believe that at the final consummation of all things there will be only God and that will be our Lord Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:28)

 

NEW BIRTH


We believe that everyone must be born again to enter into the Kingdom of God. (St. John 3:3, 5) We further believe that the experience of the new birth is that one must be baptized in water in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ by immersion and by baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues as the Spirit of the Lord giveth utterance (Acts 2:4).

All that Jesus accomplished for us at Calvary is summed up in a statement by Jesus Himself after His resurrection: "Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day; and that REPENTANCE AND REMISSION OF SINS should be preached in HIS NAME among ALL NATIONS [not just Jews], beginning at [starting point] Jerusalem.”

At Pentecost, after Peter's stinging indictment accusing the nation of Israel of the crucifixion of Christ (Acts 2:22-24), he was asked by those who were guilty, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Then Peter said unto them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:8).

 

WATER BAPTISM


Water baptism was administered "In the name of Jesus Christ; for this was the name given to our saviour before His birth for the purpose of saving his people from their sins" (St. Matthew 1:21); for there is salvation in "none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). The Apostles always administered baptism in His name from the day of Pentecost forward. There is no biblical record of one person ever being baptized, as some believers are today, using the formula "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (St. Matthew 28:19).

The reason why there were no believers so baptized is because the Apostles knew the NAME of the FATHER, the NAME of the SON and the NAME of the HOLY GHOST. It can be seen that there is a single name for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. If the name is one, then the person must be one (Zechariah 14:9). As this has been said, He is "Father" in His relationship to His creation; he is "Son" in His redemptive role in saving the human element of His creation; He is "Holy Ghost" in His sanctifying and preserving the indwelt believer. But His name is one: JESUS.

 

HOLY GHOST


We believe that all full believers "receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, as promised by our Lord, as a witness to their scripturally-based faith in Jesus” (St. John 7:37-39); and that the new birth of the Spirit (St. John 3:5) is necessary to place the believer in the Kingdom of God or the body of Christ, "the Church" (I Corinthians 12:12, 13). We further believe that outpouring of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost marked a "new era in the Spirit's dealing with mankind as prophesied by Joel (2:28, 29) and Isaiah (28:11). The Holy Ghost is the gift to every believer in this age of grace. The Holy Ghost bears witness that "we are the children of God" (Romans 8:16); it is a witness of the faith of our hearts (Acts 15:7-9). The Holy Ghost does not indwell the believer simply because for believing (Ephesians 1:13). As said before, the Holy Spirit is "the seal of the righteousness of the faith" which the believer has (Romans 4:11) as circumcision and the seal of the righteousness of the faith of Abraham.