The word “gospel” literally means “good news”. But before we get to the good news, we have to talk about the bad news.
The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Let’s face it: no one is perfect. We all mess up from time to time. The only one who is perfect is God. And therein lies the problem: how can a perfect God accept imperfect people? That’s where Jesus comes in.
Part of God’s character is perfect justice. This justice demands a perfect sacrifice to atone for sin. But again, we’re not perfect so we can’t atone for our own sin. But another part of God’s character is His love. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” This is Good News!
We believe in the Holy Trinity and that Jesus Christ is the only Son of God. He came to earth as fully God, yet fully man to be that perfect sacrifice that would atone for our sin. He came on a rescue mission to save us and to provide the way to God.
1 Corinthians 15:3 and 4 says, “that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He is our hope and our peace. He is Savior, Redeemer, and Friend. Whoever you are and whatever your situation, Jesus can help you. This is the gospel, the good news!
We believe in the personal and imminent return of our Lord and the following bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, with everlasting joy for the saved and everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost (Acts 1:11, 1Thessalonians 4:13-17, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Revelation 20:4-6; 11-15
We believe that the Church is comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus as the Lord and Saviour and that scripture instructs believers to identify and regularly assemble with other believers to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Bible, fellowship and works of service (Hebrews 10:24-25, Acts 2:42-47; 16:5)
The Holy Spirit
We believe that at the point of salvation the Holy Spirit fills each believer, to be a source of strength, assurance, and wisdom. Every believer has available to them a distinct and subsequent experience as promised by the Father known as the baptism with the Holy Spirit which is evidenced by speaking in a heavenly prayer language as the Spirit gives utterance. (1 Corinthians 2:9-14; 6:19-20, Matthew 3:11, Acts 2:4; 38-39)
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit has supernatural abilities to distibute to Christians for the instruction and empowering of every believer and when operated in balance and order will bring God glory. (1 Corinthians 12:1-2; 14:40, John 16:13-14
We believe that water baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, in authority of Jesus' name, should be followed by all believers as a public profession of their faith in Christ. (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38; 8:36-38)
Lord's Supper (Communion)
We believe that the holy ordinance of Communion should be recieved by believers walking in fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ as a rememerance and celebration of what Christ accomplished for them on the cross. (Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)
For more detailed information on what CLA believes and communicates please download the PDF below.
The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada is a Fellowship of more than 1,100 churches across English- and French-speaking Canada. More than 235,000 people attend services across the nation, and we are pleased to provide ministerial credentials for more than 3,500 pastors and ministry leaders. We're also here to help facilitate the vital work of more than 260 global workers in over 50 countries around the world, who are spreading the good news of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and bringing hope and help to those in need.
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