Belief

What We Believe:

The Bible

We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life. When we say inspired and without error, we mean we believe this to be verbal, complete, infallible, and inerrant throughout.

God the Father

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Mankind

We believe that man was created in the image of God but willingly fell into sin and is therefore lost.  Only through personal faith in Jesus Christ can salvation be obtained and that a lifelong regeneration by the Holy Spirit draws mankind away from evil and closer to Christ.

God the Son

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now sits as our High Priest and Advocate.

Substitutionary Death of Christ

We believe that the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ through faith are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God. As children of God, the sacrificial death of Christ also provides for Divine Healing and other miraculous blessings according to the will of God.

God the Holy Spirit

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit convicts men, regenerates the believing sinner, and indwells, guides, instructs, and through a special experience for believers following Salvation, empowers the believer for godly living and service.

That special experience, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, is initially demonstrated physically by speaking in a Heavenly Prayer Language just as it was for the early Church.

 The Church

We believe that the Church has a Mission to share the Good News of Salvation with those that are lost in sin and that the Church is composed of all such persons who through personal faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by The Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, that a Scripturally Ordained Leadership serves the Church, and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.

As the body of Christ, the Church practices two ordinances;  Water Baptism of new Christians by immersion and Holy Communion for all believers as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation.

Eschatology

We believe in the Blessed Hope – the rapture of all living believers to be with Christ prior to his return along with the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.

After this, Jesus Christ will return to Earth with all those that have received the gift of Salvation and begin a 1,000 year reign of universal peace.  We look forward to a New Heaven and New Earth that will follow the millennial reign and that we will dwell with Christ there forever.

(Should it be desired, a fuller statement of our fundamental beliefs can be received simply by requesting it.)

What must I do to be saved?

In response to the saving work of Christ on the cross, all who trust in Jesus alone as their Lord and Savior receive the forgiveness of sins and the free gift of new life, which is eternal and abundant. It is both an event and a process whereby we repent (turn from living life our way (sin), ask God’s forgiveness, and follow Him.

Why Water Baptism?

1. What is water baptism? 
Baptism is a public proclamation of faith and new life in Jesus Christ. It is an outward public testimony of an inward invisible transformation.

2. Who should be baptized?
All who have experienced God’s saving grace and responded through faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.

3. Why should Christians be baptized?
Out of obedience to Jesus’ commands as recorded in the New Testament and evidenced in the early church.

4. When should Christians be baptized?
After experiencing God’s saving grace and responding
through faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.

5. How should Christians be baptized?
At Linton Assembly of God we practice baptism by immersion as evidenced in the New Testament.

 Why Membership Matters

Church membership is a covenant relationship between individual Christians who share the same basic beliefs. These Christians take the step of church membership because they are deeply
committed to:

  • Supporting and encouraging one another as they grow spiritually
  • Working together to share Christ with others
  • Seeking together to bless their local area and the world for God’s glory

At Linton Assembly of God we believe that a fully developing follower of Christ participates in 6 key areas of the Christian life (These are the keys to a “Winning Faith”):

Worship:
Worships both corporately in a large gathering and privately alone with God.

Devotion:
Expresses devotion to God through private habits, such as, prayer and Bible reading.

Relationship:
Developing relationship with other believers through mutual connecting points – ministries, small groups, etc..

Growth – (Living by God’s Word):
Understands the Bible as the authority for all areas of life, and is involved in growing in greater knowledge of Scriptural truth.

Service – (Contributing to God’s Work):
Discovers and develops their gifts and abilities to serve the church family (Body of Christ) through the contribution of time, financial support, and relational influence.

Outreach –( Impacting God’s World):
Reaching out first to lost and unchurched friends by praying, giving a verbal witness and inviting them to events, and becoming personally involved in world missions.