Our DNA

On this page you will find information related to our purpose, our values and our beliefs.  These qualities combined make us who we are. 

Our Purpose

 

First Assembly of God exists simply to encourage everyone we come in contact with to put God F.I.R.S.T:

FAITH: We grow people in their faith through discipleship.

We purpose to teach believers from the Bible in practical terms how to live a Christian life. We train them in Biblical doctrine and for Christian service (2 Timothy 2:2, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Timothy 4:2).

INTIMACY: We grow in intimacy through worship.

Worship involves both joyful celebration and reverent contemplation. We will do both with the focus on Jesus Christ (Psalm 100:1-2, Psalm 47:1, Psalm 66:1, Matthew 28:9).

 

RELATIONSHIPS: We grow in relationships through fellowship.

We see ourselves, in part, as a support group for recovering sinners. We purpose to nurture each others’ spiritual growth by encouraging one another and holding each other accountable in his walk with Christ (Hebrews 3:12-13, Hebrews 10:23-24, Proverbs 27:17, Galatians 6:1).

 

SERVICE: We grow in our service through ministry.

The church is the body of Christ; the whole church is the body, not just the pastor, church board and staff. We commit ourselves to helping members discover their spiritual gifts and mobilizing every member in service to Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that everything in our lives—time, abilities, and finances—belongs to the Lord and that we are to manage His resources in His way. As God has entrusted His message to us, believers are stewards of the Gospel.

TESTIMONY: We grow in our testimony through evangelism.

Evangelism is the main work of the whole church until Christ returns. We commit ourselves to intentionally sharing the gospel. We emphasize evangelizing those outside the church as well as within (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8).

Our Values

 These core values set the foundation at Ithaca First Assembly:

We value intimacy with God through worship.
Worship is an expression of the believer’s love for God (Isaiah 43:10-11; Psalm 92:1, 4-5; 1 John 4:9-10).

We value the authority of the Word of God.
We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God and our only rule for faith and conduct. The foundation of all that we teach and do is God’s Word (2Timothy 3:14-17; Mathew 24:35).

We value the power of prayer.
As God’s people, we have seen first hand how the power of prayer is able to effect change in people, churches and nations. Without the priority of prayer, our church will never be effective in the work the Lord has for us to do (James 5:16; Matthew 18:19-20).

We value unity within diversity.
God had uniquely gifted the church with diversity. In the church, there is no favoritism with God—all of humankind is equal in His sight. We encourage people from all walks of life and all races to join together in one united voice of worship and service to God (Galatians 3:26-28).

We value families.
Every member of the family is important to God and therefore important to our church. Whether someone is married, single, divorced, widowed or orphaned, they are valued in the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:14; James 1:27).

We value our children and youth.
Our children and youth are not just the church of tomorrow—they are an important part of the church today! You cannot effectively reach the family without life changing ministries to the children and youth (Matthew 19:13-15; Matthew 18:2-4; 1 Timothy 4:11-13)

We value our inner city heritage.
While we have relocated outside the city of Ithaca, we must never forget where we came from and to whom we have been called.

We value the college campuses as a mission field.
We have been placed in the unique position to reach the world through the college campuses. We have been strategically located to stand in the gap for our colleges.

We value leadership.
We are committed to equipping, supporting, motivating, and mentoring God’s people to reach their full potential in Christ.

We value gift-oriented ministry.
We are committed to helping its members identify their spiritual gifts and integrate them into ministries that match those gifts.

We value people with special needs.
We are dedicated to ministering to people who are not reached by traditional ministries. Find a need and fill it (Matthew 25:40).

Our Beliefs

Two years after the church’s founding, the pioneers of the Assemblies of God adopted 16 beliefs for the Fellowship, which remains virtually unchanged.

Four of these beliefs are considered the core beliefs of the Fellowship. You may hear them referred to as our cardinal doctrines. They weave in and through all the teaching, music, preaching, discussions and everything we do. The Church’s message revolves around these four defining beliefs:

Divine Healing

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 (Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:16-17; James 5:14-16).

The Second Coming of Christ

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 soon return is “the blessed hope.” (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Titus 2:13).

Salvation through Jesus Christ

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 Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all believers in the early Christian church. With the experience comes the provision of power for victorious Christian living and productive service. It also provides believers with specific spiritual gifts for more effective ministry. The 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. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; 2:4; 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9; 1Cor. 12:1-31).

Baptism in the Holy Spirit

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 account of the crucifixion of Jesus is recounted by four of His contemporaries: Matthew (chapter 27), Mark (chapter 15), Luke (chapter 23), and John (chapter 19). (Luke 24:47; John 3:3,16,17; Rom. 8:16; 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8,9; 4:24; Titus 2:11-12; 3:5-7).

Read the Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God churches.

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