We believe in one supreme God – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; co-equal and co-eternal; and in the miraculous conception, the virgin birth, the vicarious sacrifice, the bodily resurrection, the triumphant ascension, and the Second Coming of our Lord.
We believe in the gifts and work of the Holy Spirit; the divinely inspired Word of God as our only and all-sufficient rule of faith and practice; and in the free moral agency of man. We believe God created man; man has fallen; and his only possible redemption is through the atonement of Christ. We believe in the forgiveness of sins; rebirth by the Word and Spirit and justification by faith.
We believe in the holiness of the Lord’s Day; and God’s appointment of civil governments. We believe in the resurrection of the dead; the final judgment; and life everlasting.
-Being closer to God today than yesterday.
-Being outwardly focused.
-Being God’s instrument for making a difference in lives.
-Being a place for all ages, and for all seasons of life.
The history of the organization of every local Church has its own distinctive characteristics. The unique situation with the Elizabethtown First Church of God is that it took so long before it was organized. There were eleven years, which elapsed from the time services were initiated until the Church was organized.
The human founder of the Churches of God, General Conference, Elder John Winebrenner, contributed so very much to the organization of this local congregation.
Mr. Winebrenner had been a pastor in the Salem German Reform Church in Harrisburg, PA, when he was locked out of his church building in 1825. This young pastor was a man with spiritual zeal and dedication to Christ. Infrequently, he would invite those with an evangelical persuasion to speak in his pulpit, a practice that was accepted by some and resented by others. One Sunday morning, he arrived at the church to find that the locks had been changed on the doors. It seems that word had gotten around among those who were not in favor of his ministry, but not to those who were faithful to him. Mr. Winebrenner did not give up in defeat but used the opportunity to conduct an outdoor service along the Susquehanna River. Elder Winebrenner was heralded by many for standing by his convictions in relationship to his evangelical zeal, but at the same time he was criticized through the news media and other means of communication for breaking away from the traditions of the German Reform Church.
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