AKINA Community Church

 

Akina  Community Church is a fellowship of the Assemblies of God which welcomes people of all backgrounds and nationalities. Akina is associated with the world's largest pentecostal denomination-the 32million member Assemblies of God cooperative fellowship.

Akina believes that there is only one path to the Creator of the Universe and He has made a way through His Son Jesus Christ where we find our true identity.

 

WHAT WE BELIEVE

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God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe and the One who redeems, saves, or rescues mankind from sin and its painful consequences. He has eternally existed in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal in nature and attributes and are one God.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 43:11; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2

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Mankind was created good and upright, in the spiritual image of God. God created man, the supreme object of His creation, to be like Himself in character. However, mankind by wilful choice ignored God's instructions, choosing to engage in what they knew to be wrong and evil. This disobedience and fall from innocence and goodness brought about physical death as well as spiritual death, which is separation from God.

Genesis 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:6; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; 59:1-2; Romans 3:23; 5:12-19

Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through the forgiveness and salvation God provided through Jesus Christ. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and Hell are both places of eternal existence. One day, all Christians, living or dead, will be caught up and will go to be with God forever.

John 3:16; 1 John 2:25, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:11-15; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Romans 8:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

 

 

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Jesus Christ is the Son of God, co-equal with the Father. He has always existed, for he is without beginning or end. Jesus became human by being born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit. He lived a sinless human life, performing many miracles during his ministry. He offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power and victory over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again to earth to establish universal peace and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

 

Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Isaiah 11:6-9; Titus 2:13

 

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Salvation is God's gift of deliverance from spiritual death and enslavement by sin. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by accepting God's free offer of forgiveness in Jesus Christ, God's Son, can man be saved from sin's penalty. Salvation is received as a person repents before God for their sins and believes in the fact that Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection (supernatural restoration to life) brings forgiveness for his sin. Eternal life begins at the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

 

Luke 24:47,49; Romans 3:22-26, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 3:3, 14:6; Titus 2:11, 3:5-7; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; 1 John 1:9

 

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The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. When persons accept Christ, the Holy Spirit begins a great work in their lives. The Spirit convicts them of sin, convinces them of righteousness, and dwells within them (John 6:44; 14:17; Roman 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13). No one becomes a Christian without this gracious work of the Holy Spirit.

 

We also believe that all believers are entitled to and should eagerly expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to Jesus' command (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8). This baptism in the Holy Spirit was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church, evidenced by their speaking in tongues (Acts 2:4-6; 10:44-46; 19:6). With the baptism in the Holy Spirit comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of spiritual gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (1 Corinthians 12:1-31).

 

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Each person who has received the new birth by committing their life to Jesus Christ grows to separate themselves from that which is evil, and to dedicate their whole lives to God. (Romans 12:1,2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). Through this lifelong process, called sanctification, newborn children of God grow to become more like Jesus Christ, "attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13). This process of progressive transformation takes place by the power of the Holy Spirit, who indwells in each believer, enabling the Christian to live a holy life (Romans 8:11-13; Philippians 3:13-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 1 John 5:18).

 

 

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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 (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:14-16).

 

Both physical sickness and disease, as well as eventual physical death, are results of the Fall of Man that all human beings experience (Genesis 3:19). The death of Jesus Christ on the cross destroyed the power of sin and death in the lives of all who believe in Him. Healing is part of God's love and mercy: "I am the Lord your healer" (Exodus 15:26). Each individual healing that occurs is a gift of God's grace.

 

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Jesus gave certain visible ordinances or practices for His church to perform, baptism in water and Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper.

 

Baptism in water is the public demonstration that the believer is now committed to Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and that God's grace of salvation has been given and received. All who become believers in Christ are to be baptized in water, as they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:4).

The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine, is the symbol of expressing our sharing in Jesus Christ's divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) by which we are new creatures in Christ; a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of His Second Coming (1 Corinthians 11:26); and is commanded for all believers until He comes. We commemorate the Lord's Supper as a sacred symbolic act that demonstrates our continued dependence on our once crucified and now risen Lord.

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The Bible is God's Word to all mankind. All of the words of the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God as human authors wrote under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the revelation of God to man, the authoritative source of truth for Christian faith and living. Because the Bible is inspired by God, it is fully trustworthy as God's truth, without any error. We accept the Scriptures as the revealed will of God and the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice for all believers. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).

 

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