What We Believe at Ohio Valley Christian Center
In short, we believe in God. That means we believe in more than just some force out in the universe somewhere. We believe in a personal God who loves us and is intimately involved in our lives! Like any other person, God is known by His Word. The Bible (both Old and New Testaments) is His Word and is the ultimate revelation of His character and deeds. Besides being God’s special revelation to man, we believe the Bible and hold it as our infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.
We believe God’s Word to be more than a nice collection of bits of wisdom and history compiled by merely creative men. People of varying backgrounds and talents wrote it under the inspiration of God by His Spirit giving them direction. That is why we trust the Word of God.
The religious work of men almost invariably leads to a complex list of rules and regulations. God’s plan of salvation provides us a simple way to come to Him. No other book in the world can match its power, beauty, and simplicity. 40+ writers writing over a period of 3,500 years, the Bible is deep enough for the wisest theologian to dive in and never touch bottom. It is also safe enough for a child to wade in and never fear being overwhelmed.
Of all the major themes of the Bible, we identify FOUR MAIN THEMES. They are: 1) SALVATION, 2) The BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, 3) HEALING, and 4) The SECOND RETURN of the Lord Jesus Christ. The General Council of The Assemblies of God commissioned Ron DiCianni to create four visual representations of art that would depict the FOUR MAIN AREAS of agreement in our fellowship.
Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God
Two years after the founding of the Assemblies of God, members adopted 16 beliefs for the Fellowship. This list, known as the Statement of Fundamental Truths, remains virtually unchanged. Four of these beliefs are considered the major tenets of the Fellowship. They are:
1. Salvation Through Jesus Christ (John 3:3, 16, 17; Romans 10:13; Ephesians 2:8, 9)
Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life.
2. Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; 2:4; 17, 18, 38, 39)
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry.
3. Divine Healing for the Sick (James 5:14-16)
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.
4. The Second Coming of Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:14-16; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52)
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on earth for one thousand years.
For a complete list of the 16 Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God, click here.