The Scriptures Inspired
The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:
His virgin birth,
His sinless life,
His substitutionary work on the cross,
His bodily resurrection from the dead,
His exaltation to the right hand of God.
The Salvation of Man
Mankind’s only hope of salvation is through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Salvation comes through confessing with the mouth “Jesus is Lord” and believing with the heart God the Father raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit.
A person knows he is born again by the inward witness of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). Other people know someone is born again by a lifestyle that produces good fruit (a life becoming more and more like Jesus).
Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ alone and not by works; but we show evidence of our salvation through good works. Those good works after salvation determine our rewards in heaven.
- Luke 24:47 [KJV/NIV]
- John 3:3 [KJV/NIV]
- Romans 10:13-15 [KJV/NIV]
- Ephesians 2:8 [KJV/NIV]
- Titus 2:11 [KJV/NIV]
- Titus 3:5-7 [KJV/NIV]
The Evidence of Salvation
The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit.
The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.
God’s working effects believers in every way.
a. Spiritually (John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10)
b. Mentally (2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3)
c. Physically (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17)
d. Financially (3 John 2; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Philippians 4:19)
e. Socially (Proverbs 3:4)
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is available to all believers. It is separate from salvation. The Holy Spirit brings power to the believer to be effective witnesses for Jesus, as well as the gifts of the Spirit for the encouragement of others.
This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth.
With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as:
- an overflowing fullness of the Spirit, John 7:37-39 [KJV/NIV], Acts 4:8 [KJV/NIV]
- a deepened reverence for God, Acts 2:43 [KJV/NIV], Hebrews 12:28 [KJV/NIV]
- an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work, Acts 2:42 [KJV/NIV]
- and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost, Mark 16:20 [KJV/NIV]
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite yet progressive work of grace commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation.
1 Peter 1:15,16 [KJV/NIV]Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by the faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit.
A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the fourfold purpose of leading the Church in:
Evangelization of the world. Mark 16:15-20 [KJV/NIV]Worship of God. John 4:23,24 [KJV/NIV]Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son. Ephesians 4:11-16 [KJV/NIV]Meeting human need with ministries of love and compassion.
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.
The Final Judgement
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.
Baby Dedication (ceremony)
Baby Dedication is a ceremony in which Christian parents (and sometimes entire families) stand before the church and make a commitment to raise their child according to the Word of God. Christian parents who dedicate a child are making a promise to the Lord to do everything within their power to raise the child in a godly way until he or she can make a decision for his or herself. (1 Samuel 1:11, Luke 2:22)
Three times per year we dedicate children to the Lord at each of our weekend services. You may register at the Info Center or online.
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.
The Fall of Man
The Ordinances of the Church
BAPTISM IN WATER
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus immersion in water represents the person being crucified, buried, and resurrected with Jesus, and entering into new life with Him, as they rise out of the water.
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements –bread and the fruit of the vine– is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4 [KJV/NIV]), a memorial of his suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26 [KJV/NIV]), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26 [KJV/NIV]), and is enjoined on all believers “till He come!”
Communion is “the believer’s meal,” a sacrament intended for Jesus’ followers, by which they acknowledge and remember his work on the cross. The Biblical foundation for Communion is Jesus’ final meal with His disciples the night before He was crucified. With His twelve friends gathered around Him for the traditional Jewish Passover meal, Jesus “took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, ‘This is My body, given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, ‘This is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you.’” (Luke 22:19-20)
Dream City Church extends an “open” Communion table, meaning the invitation to receive Communion during a service is open to any follower of Christ, regardless of membership at Dream City Church. People who have accepted His forgiveness and surrendered their lives to Him are invited to share the Communion table at Dream City Church.
We do not believe in transubstantiation; the conversion of the communion elements changing into the body and blood of Christ.
The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
All believers who receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit will pray in other tongues as the Holy Spirit enables them. They will also serve God and witness for Jesus with power.
The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues, but is different in purpose and use.
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.
Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, and to demonstrate His love and compassion for all the world, the priority reason for being of the Assemblies of God as part of the Church is:
- To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world.
- To be a corporate body in which man may worship God.
- To be a channel of God’s purpose to build of saints being perfected in the image of His Son.
- To be a people who demonstrate God’s love and compassion for all the world.
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.
The New Heavens and the New Earth
God established monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family, the basic structure of human society. (Genesis 2:24) For this reason any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, pedophilia, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and/or pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex between a man and a woman in marriage. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:9-11) God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged other than in the context of marriage between a man and a woman. (Genesis 19:5, 26:8-11; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4) Therefore, Dream City Church will not recognize or conduct any marriage between persons of the same gender.