Statement of Faith
Father, I come boldly before your throne of grace, lifting up the members of GREAT ACHIEVERS INTERNATIONAL
MINISTRIES . I thank you Father that every member is fully persuaded in Christ, and are rooted and grounded
in the Word, and the gates of hell cannot, and will not be able to prevail against them.
Every need in this ministry is met, every member of this church is blessed and prosperous in every area of their lives;
and we are reaching our community, city, state, and the world, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, through our prayers, tithing,
evangelism, and support.
What We Believe
1. The Bible is Inspired
We believe that (1)
the Scriptures are God’s revelation of himself to mankind, (2) they are infallible (never wrong), and (3) they are the
divinely authoritative guide for our faith, belief, and manner of living (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter
2. One True God
There is one true God. He is the Creator of heaven and
earth (Genesis 1:1) and the One who redeems, saves, or rescues mankind from sin and its painful consequences (Isaiah 43:11).
God has further revealed himself as a single Being (Deuteronomy 6:4) consisting of three interrelated persons: Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, Luke 3:22). This concept of one God or Being of three persons is called the Trinity.
3. The Lord Jesus Christ Is Fully God
The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of
God, has always existed. He too is without beginning or end (Revelation 1:8). In order to complete His earthly sacrificial
mission, He became human by being born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:22, 10:38). In order to restore fallen
mankind, He died on the cross as a substitute for the sins of every person (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21). He was
raised from the dead by the supernatural power of God (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 6:14, 15:4). Since His resurrection
He has been exalted (honored), and is seated at the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11, 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3).
4. The Fall of Mankind
Mankind was created good and upright; for God said,
“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” However, mankind by willful choice, ignored God’s instructions…choosing
to engage in what they knew was wrong and evil. As a result, mankind fell from innocence and goodness and thereby incurred
not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).
5. The Salvation of Mankind
Salvation is deliverance from spiritual death
and enslavement by sin. God provides salvation for all who believe and accept His free offer of forgiveness. Mankind’s
only hope of redemption from the fallen sinful state is through the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son-blood that was
shed as Jesus died on the cross.
The Experience of Salvation: Salvation is received as a person (1) repents before God for
his sins and sinful nature or inclinations, and (2) believes or has faith in the fact that the death and resurrection (supernatural
restoration to life) of Jesus Christ removes and brings forgiveness for his sin. In response to placing faith in God’s
love and freely given salvation, one experiences the washing of regeneration (or spiritual rebirth), the renewing work of
the Holy Spirit, and is declared righteous (right with God).
The Evidence of Salvation: The inner evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Holy
Spirit giving one the assurance that God has accepted him (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence, visible to others, is a life
of righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12). In other words it is living a life totally committed and
pleasing to God.
6. The Ordinances of the Church
The Assemblies of God chooses to call
water baptism and Holy Communion ordinances because they are religious practices ordained or established by Jesus himself.
In fulfilling these spiritual duties Christians are reminded of an important work that has already taken place in the
heart of the believer.
Baptism in Water: The ordinance of baptism by immersion in water (not sprinkling)
is commanded in the Scriptures (Mark 16:16). All who repent and believe on Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord are to
be so baptized. This act of baptism symbolically declares to everyone that the old sinful life and life-style of the baptized
believer died with Christ at salvation and a new spiritual being has been raised with Christ (in His resurrection) to live
a new life (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4).
The Lord’s Supper or Communion, consisting of bread and the fruit of
the vine (grape juice), is a memorial of Christ’s suffering and death (1 Corinthians11:26). In eating and drinking the
symbols of Christ’s suffering and death, the believer expresses his awareness that through salvation he, (1) has been
made right with God, and (2) shares the divine nature of eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4). The ordinance
also looks forward to Christ’s second coming (1 Corinthians11:26) for it is a reminder to proclaim the Lord’s
death “until He comes!”
7. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to receive
the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and therefore should expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, according to the
command of our Lord Jesus Christ. [Some references in the Bible speak of “the Holy Ghost and fire.” Fire, an image
commonly associated with the Holy Spirit, suggests the purging, cleansing action, and zeal of the Holy Spirit which continues
the work of spiritual growth begun at salvation.]
8. The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
baptism of Christians in the Holy Spirit is accompanied by the initial physical sign of speaking in other tongues (unlearned
languages) as the Spirit of God gives them audible expression (Acts 2:4).
This form of speaking in tongues is basically the same as the gift of tongues (Corinthians 12:4-10, 28). The difference
is the purpose and use. Their purpose is for the spiritual benefit of the individual and the congregation.
Sanctification is an act of separating ourselves from
evil and identifying with things that are good, upright, and morally pure. It is a process that takes place as Christians
devote themselves to God (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). Scriptures teach that we are to be holy because
God is holy (1 Peter 1:16). For “Without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Living in holiness
is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit.
10. The Church and Its Mission
The Church as described in the Bible consists
of all people who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as the remedy for their sins. The Church includes all Christians
and has no boundaries as to age, race, gender, or denomination. It is the body of Christ, the dwelling place of God through
the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Church. He has made every provision for the fulfillment of “the Church’s”
Great Commission (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15). Each Christian is an integral part of that Church. The names of all true believers
(those making up the Church) are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).
11. The Ministry
Involvement in ministry in response to a divine call
is scripturally ordained in the Bible. It is a provision of our Lord for the threefold purpose of leading the Church in: (1)
evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20), (2) worship of God (John 4:23-24), and (3) building a body of believer’s
conforming to the life of Christ (Ephesians 4:11, 16).
12. Divine Healing
Divine healing from God is an integral part of the
gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided in the Atonement (Christ’s suffering and death for our reconciliation
with God). Healing is a privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14-16).
13. The Blessed Hope
All Christians who have died will one day rise from
their graves and will meet the Lord in the air. Christians who have not yet died will be raptured or caught up with them,
to be with the Lord. Then Christians of all ages will live with God forever. The scriptural truth of the Lord’s return
is “the blessed hope” (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17; Titus 2:13).
14. The Millennial Reign of Christ
The second coming of Christ includes
the rapture of all Christians, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign
on the earth for 1000 years (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27, 20; Revelation 1:7, 19:11-14, 20: 1-6). This millennial (1,000
year) reign will bring the salvation of Israel as a nation (Ezekiel 37:21-22; Zephaniah 3:19-20; Romans 11:26-27) and the
establishment of universal peace (Psalm 72:3-8; Isaiah 11:6-9; Micah 4:3-4).
15. The Final Judgment
There will be a final judgment in which the wicked
dead-those who have died without accepting Christ’s salvation-will be raised and judged according to the way they lived.
Anyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life (the recorded list of people who received Christ’s forgiveness),
together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be sent to everlasting punishment in the lake
that burns with fire and brimstone (sulfur), which is the second death (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19-20, 20:11-15,
16. The New Heavens and the New Earth
“According to God’s
promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness will dwell and reign forever” (Peter 3:13; Revelation