Agape Church is a charismatic, non-denominational church. Our core beliefs include:
Inspired Word – Every Scripture is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16).
Nature of God
– There is one God, all things existing through and by Him, shown by
the Word of God in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We also
understand our Father God's nature to be unconditional love and for all
of the Scriptures to be understood with this truth in mind (Luke
3:21,22; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 John 4:8,16).
Creation – Humanity was created by God and in the image of God (Genesis 1:27-31; 2:4-25).
– Man fell through the sin of Adam, separating the intimate
relationship between man and God (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:10-24).
There is only one way to receive forgiveness of this sin and to be
redeemed back to God, and that is through His Son, Jesus Christ (Acts
2:21; 4:12; 16:31; Romans 10:8-13; 2 Corinthians 5:17).
Saving of the Soul
– We believe after one is born again they must go through the process
of renewing their mind in which the Scriptures declare the saving of
the soul (James 1:21; Hebrews 10:39). The Scriptural purpose is that
one would be free from sin and its wages. We understand many fall back
into the torments of satan because of not renewing their mind after
they have been born again (1 Corinthians 9:27; 15:2).
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
– The baptism of the Holy Spirit is for every believer on the earth,
and is distinctly separate from the born-again experience. Speaking in
tongues is the initial, physical evidence of this gift (Acts 2:1-4;
Fellowship – We
understand that from a Scriptural standpoint fellowship in a spiritual
sense is as food is to the physical body. Everyone needs close,
Christian friends that will encourage and care for them (1 John 1:3).
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
– There are nine gifts of the Holy Spirit as stated in 1 Corinthians
12:8-10. These gifts are to be in operation in the local Church today
(Hebrews 13:8) for the edifying of the Church (1 Corinthians 14:40).
– Every believer should have a continual Word and prayer life (Joshua
1:8; 1 Timothy 4:15; 2:1-4; 1 John 5:14,15; John 16:24).
– You must have faith to please God (Hebrews 11:6). To have strong
faith one would simply act and speak in accordance with God's inspired
Word (Romans 4:17-20; Mark 2:5; Romans 10:17). Humanity has been
redeemed from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13,14). That curse was
poverty, sickness, disease and spiritual death (Deuteronomy 28:15-22,
27,29; 35:61). By exercising one's faith all the blessings of life and
godliness can be manifested in one's life (2 Peter 1:2-4).
– God is to be praised based upon His worthiness, not ours. So with
this truth in mind we follow every Scriptural pattern of praising God:
1. Extending the hands in praising God (Psalm 134:2).
2. To bow down, kneeling before our Maker and Lord (Psalm 95:6).
3. Praise Him with instruments of music (Psalm 150:3-6).
4. Praise Him in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs - spiritual songs
would be that of praising Him in a heavenly language
(Ephesians 5:18,19; 1 Corinthians 14:15).
5. Praise Him in the dance (Psalm 149:3; 150:4).
6. Praise Him in the shout (Psalm 35:27; 132:9,16).
– Jesus Christ will return for His believers and take them to heaven to
live and abide with Him forever - known to us as the rapture, or the
catching away of the saints (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18; 5:1-5).
Final Judgment – Matthew 25:34-46; Revelation 21:8.
The New Heaven and the New Earth
– There will be a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwelleth
righteousness and perfection (2 Peter 3:11-13; Revelation 21:1-4).
The True Church
– is comprised of many members (born-again believers) that God hath set
[set in the Greek: ordained, appointed] in the Church (1 Corinthians
12:14,18). We urge all believers to make a commitment to a local body
(Church) in their area (Ephesians 1:22,23; 5:23). If a person is
committed to the head of the Church, Jesus Christ, one MUST be
committed to His body, which is a local Church, and become active (1
Corinthians 6:17; Ephesians 4:11-16).
– Water Baptism and Holy Communion. We fully understand these
ordinances are purely symbolic and are in no respect responsible for
one's salvation (Acts 8:35-39; 1 Corinthians 11:24-30).
– Every Doctrine should be in context with the Holy Scriptures and
should be so simple a child could understand plainly (Matthew 18:3). By
this Scriptural principal all cults, occults and false doctrines are
destroyed and sound doctrine is established (Matthew 18:16; 1
Corinthians 2:13; Matthew 24:35; 1 Peter 1:23; Hebrews 12:2).