What We Believe
At Chester Assembly our vision and mission is to love God, love others as He loves us, and embrace the messes of life!
Our Core Values
Here are our eight core values that define who we are and what we stand for. Every major decision we make as a church is filtered through our mission and these eight core values…
Jesus is first in everything! We trust his Word as truth, listen to his Holy Spirit, follow his lead, and honor him in all we do..
We are here for the broken. We do what we do to reach people who are far from God. We get our hands messy in ministry
We are driven by our mission and vision, not by programs, personalities, buildings, or budgets. We keep things simple.
AUTHENTIC BIBLICAL COMMUNITY
We keep it real, fight against fake, and carry each other’s burdens with love and grace just like Jesus did. We commit to each other.
We all bear God’s image and the gospel is for everyone. We welcome people of every background and every kind of story.
ANYONE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
We grow from consumers into contributors. We bring out the best in people and refuse to use people.
We empower men and women to influence their culture with the gospel and change their world for good.
We strengthen marriages, partner with parents, and pour energy into raising up a generation for Christ.
Our church is in affiliation with the Assemblies of God which is a missional fellowship with a powerful focus on world missions. Our relationship with the Assemblies of God provides us many wonderful opportunities to reach out to our world with the good news of the Gospel. As a part of this fellowship, we embrace the following statement of beliefs, called the 16 Fundamental Truths. For greater detail, please visit: ag.org/beliefs/statement-of-fundamental-truths
1. THE SCRIPTURES INSPIRED
The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.
2. THE ONE TRUE GOD
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.
4. THE FALL OF MAN
Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.
5. THE SALVATION OF MAN
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
6. THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures.
The Lord’s Supper, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ memorial of his suffering and death.
7. THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry.
8. THE INITIAL PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance.
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God.
10. THE CHURCH AND ITS MISSION
The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which are written in heaven.
11. THE MINISTRY
A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the fourfold purpose of leading the Church
12. 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.
13. THE BLESSED HOPE
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church.
14. THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF CHRIST
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on earth for one thousand years.
15. THE FINAL JUDGMENT
There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to the everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
16. THE NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH
“We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.”