Statement of Faith

What We Believe

Our Statement of Faith acts as the foundation of faith and creates the core values of HG Ministry.
1. Holy Scriptures
We believe that the whole Holy Bible (Holy Scriptures of Old and New Testaments) is infallible, inerrant, uncorrupted, living, powerfully working and true Word of God. It is forever settled in the Heavens. It is God's Message to humanity, although it contains not only words of God, but also words of different men and spiritual beings. However, all those words have been written in the Bible by the will and inspiration of God, by God's holy men and prophets, for our knowledge, salvation and perfection. Every Scripture is divinely inspired, and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. Holy Scripture is the only true foundation for every Christian belief and practice. Every belief and practice must be checked against the truths reveled in the Holy Scriptures.

(Ps.12:6, 119:89, Is.8:19-20, 55:11, Deut.13:1-4, 18:18-22, Jer.1:12, John 17:17, 2Tim.3:15-17, Heb.4:12, 1Pet.1:23-25, 2Pet.1:19-21)
    2. One God the Father
    We believe in one God the Father, Eternal, Holy, Glorious, Almighty Creator, Sustainer, King and Righteous Judge of whole Universe, Heavens and Earth, and everything that is in them. God is Spirit. He is God who gives life to all and preserves all things in life, the King of those that reign, and Lord of those that exercise lordship; the only One having immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light; whom no man has seen, nor is able to see; to whom be honor and eternal might. He is God and Father of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and He is Father of spirits. He is one God, of Whom are all things, and we are for Him, Who is above all and through all and in all of us.

    (Gen.1:1, 2:25, 17:1, 18:14, 18:25, 21:33, Ps.96:1-13, Neh.9:6, Is.6:1-3, John 3:16, 4:24, 1Cor.8:4-6, 2Cor.1:2-3, Eph.4:4-6, 1Tim.6:13-16, Heb.12:9)
      3. One Lord Jesus Christ
      We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed King), God's only begotten Son, in Whom we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, because by Him were created all things—both in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, including thrones and lordships and principalities and authorities. Everything was created for Him. He is before all, and all things exist because of Him. He is the head of the Body, the Church (The Assembly of God's People). He is the beginning, firstborn from among the dead, that He may be first in inheriting all things, for in Him all the fullness of the Godhead was pleased to dwell bodily. In Jesus Christ God was manifest in the flesh on this Earth. Jesus was born on Earth through the virgin Mary, conceived of the Holy Spirit. He was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good, healing those oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. He was crucified on the cross, but God raised Him up from the dead on the third day and allowed Him to appear to His apostles and disciples. He died for our sins according to the Scriptures and was buried and raised the third day, according to the Scriptures. He was literally resurrected in a glorified, immortal body and ascended into heaven, where He sits at the right hand of God. He is our High Priest and our Advocate with God the Father. To Him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in Him will receive by His name the remission of sins. He is appointed by God to be the Judge of the living and the dead.

      (Mt.1:18-25; Lk.1:26-38; John 1:1-18; 3:16; Acts 10:34-43; 17:30-31; 1Cor.15:1-8; Col.1:14-20; Phil.2:5-11; 3:21; 1Tim. 2:5; 3:16; Heb.1:1-14; 2:14)
        4. Holy Spirit
        We believe in the Holy Spirit, Who is Eternal Spirit of God and Spirit of Christ, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, Who proceeds from God the Father. By His Spirit God is present in whole universe. By His Spirit God is present in specific way in bodies of true believers, as in His temple. All true believers, who received the gift of the Holy Spirit, are in one Spirit have been baptized into one body, and have all been given to drink of one Spirit. Holy Spirit reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. Holy Spirit comforts, teaches, guides believers into all the truth, gives power to believers, and announces what is coming in future. Holy Spirit bears witness concerning Jesus Christ and glorifies Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to all believers, distributing separately to each as He wills. We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit have not ceased after the time of the Apostles, and can be manifested among the believers today.

        (Ps.139:1-12, John 14:26, 15:26-27, 16:7-14, Acts 1:8, 1Cor.3:16-17, 6:19, 12:1-14:40, Eph.4:4-6, 1Pet.1:10-11, Heb.9:14)
          5. Mankind
          We believe that God created humanity for His glory and for fellowship with Him. First people, Adam and Eve have sinned against God and lost God's glory and fellowship with God, which they enjoyed before. Since then all their descendants, that is, all people in their natural state are sinners, lost, without hope in the world and without God. We believe that man in his wholeness consists of spirit, body and soul. Unsaved sinners are spiritually dead in their sins and transgressions, unable to fellowship with God, communicate with Him, worship Him in spirit and truth, and fully do His will. They are unable to save themselves.

          (Is.43:7, 43:21, Gen.3:1-24, Rom.3:9-24, Eph.2:1-3, 2:11-12, 1Thess.5:23, Heb.4:12, 1Cor.6:17, John 4:23-24, Ps.49:6-9)
            6. Salvation
            We believe that any person receives salvation from his or her sins and from eternal punishment and condemnation in the lake of fire by God's grace, through faith, not of works, that no one should boast. This salvation is received through repentance of sins, living (obedient) faith in Jesus Christ and His Gospel, and confession of Jesus as Lord. Continued living under lordship of Jesus must follow such faith and confession.

            (Mt.25:41-46, Rev.20:10-15, Eph.2:1-10, John 3:1-18, 3:36, Acts 2:38, 17:30-31, 20:20-21, James 2:14-26, 1Jn.3:1-10, Rom.3:21-28, 10:9-13, 1Cor.15:1-4, 2Cor.13:5)
              7. Church - Assembly of God
              We believe that every person who truly repented of his or her sins, has living faith in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, and confesses Jesus as Lord is born again of God by the Spirit of God and the Word of God, and becomes a child of God. All born-again children of God comprise the Church of God (literally – the Assembly of God, because the word usually translated as "church" literally means "assembly" in the original languages of the Bible) and are spiritually bound together as members of one Body of Jesus Christ. The true Church of God is Israel (also called the Israel of God in the Scripture), which remained faithful to God, and believes in the Son of God the Lord Jesus Christ to which, through faith in Christ, joined believers from the Gentiles, becoming joint heirs, comprising one Body, and partakers of the promises of God in Christ Jesus . In the same way that no member of a body can live by itself without connection to the body, no member of the Body of Jesus Christ (His Church or Assembly) can live by itself, without connection to the Body. The true Church of God is the Assembly of God's people sanctified in Christ Jesus, called saints, who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place. The church is the temple of God and the abode of God. The Church of God is a spiritual entity; it is the Body of Christ and the Bride of Christ. This is not a legal entity, not a corporation, not an association, and not a charitable foundation or trust. This is not a business or a human organization. The true Church of God always abides by the biblical principle of separation of church and state. Its Head, Creator, Leader and Legislator is not a state and not a mere human person, but God and the Son of God, Lord Jesus Christ. The Word of God recognize only two churches: the universal church and local churches. The universal Assembly of God consists of local assemblies of God under the leadership of God-appointed apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Deacons are helpers of church leaders. The primary purposes of the Church are preaching the Gospel (the Good News of the Kingdom of God), teaching those who believed to do all God's will and everything Jesus commanded, fellowship of believers, communal prayer and glorifying God, and mutual ministry to each other with material and spiritual gifts.

              (Mt.16:13-19; 18:15-20, 22:21; Acts 2:36-47; 1Cor.1:2, 12:1-31; 14:1-40; Gal.6:16, Rom. 11, Eph.1:19-23; 2:11-22; 4:11-16, 5:22-32; 1Pet.2:4-10, Phil.1:1; 1Tim.3:15)
                8. Holiness
                We believe that all God's people must be holy, because God is holy and requires holiness of His people. The word holy, when speaking about people, means separated from sin, uncleanness, abomination, and common things, and set apart to serve God. We become holy or sanctified by the blood of Jesus when we are saved. After that, we must continue to be holy by living holy lives. A life of holiness and obedience to God is not optional to Christians but is commanded by Jesus Christ and the apostles as a requirement for those who will enter God's kingdom. Holiness is not a prerequisite to but is evidence and result of salvation, and therefore it must always be present among those who are saved. We must be holy in all our conduct—in how we walk before God, how we treat other people, how we dress, and how we treat our own bodies. The book of Leviticus is the primary book of God's standards of holiness. Мembers of the Church of God are the salt of the earth and the light of the world, as the Christ teaches. Their light must shine before the people, so that people see their good deeds and glorify the Heavenly Father. The members of God's Church must not love the world, nor that of the world, and should not lead a worldly lifestyle, nor should they do anything that is contrary to the sound teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. Believing wives should obey their husbands, and should not decorate themselves with fancy hairstyles, jewelry, or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, as the Scripture teaches. They should dress in decent clothes, with modesty and chastity, keep silent in the church, learn in silence, and not dominate men. Women must cover their heads when praying or prophesying. Believing men should treat their wives wisely with love, and pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. Men should not cover their heads when praying or prophesying.

                (Mt.7:21; 16:27; Rom.12:1-3; 2Cor. 6:17; Gal.6:14; Eph.5:11; Col.3:17; Rev.14:12; 20:12; 22:11; 1Pet. 1:14-17; 3:1-5; Lev.11:1-47; 17:1-20:27, Mt.5:13-16, 1Pet.2:9-17, 3:1-9, 1Tim.2:8-15, 1Cor.11:1-16)
                  9. Commandments of God
                  We believe that every person saved by God's grace through faith is created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has before prepared that we should walk in them. Primarily, these good works are obedience to God's will, reveled in His commandments. Every saved person must love the Lord God with all his heart, soul, and mind, and love his neighbor as himself. We believe that to love God is to keep His commandments. We believe that Ten Commandments are the main and basic explanation of what it means to love God and to love our neighbor. They are revelation of God's will and God's character.

                  (Eph.2:8-10, Mt.7:21-27, 19:1-26, 22:34-40, Ex.20:1-17, 1Cor.7:19, 1Jn.5:3)
                    10. Clean Food
                    We believe that there is a difference in the Bible between clean and unclean animals, which is present from the book of Genesis through the book of Revelation. The book of Leviticus teaches us that we must be holy even in what we eat. We believe that God appointed only clean animals as food for His people. We can see from the Bible that Noah, before the flood and long before the giving of the Law to Israel on Mt. Sinai, knew the difference between clean and unclean animals. We can also see that apostle Peter, long after the death and resurrection of Christ, did not eat anything unclean. Therefore, we follow examples of these holy men of God, and obey God's commandments concerning food, not eating anything unclean, and abstaining from things strangled, and from blood.

                    (Gen. 7:1-9, 9:1-4; Rev. 18:2; 1Pet. 1:14-17; Lev. 11:1-47, 17:10-16, 19:26, 20:25-26; Acts 10:1-28, 15:19-21)
                      11. Sabbath
                      We believe in keeping of all of the Ten Commandments, including the Fourth Commandment, about remembering the Sabbath day to keep it holy. We believe that Sabbath day is the seventh day of the week, which God blessed and sanctified forever at the completion of all creation. God instituted this day as a day of worship to Him by all people. Jesus and His Apostles kept the seventh-day Sabbath and they set example for us to follow. The Sabbath is commemoration of creation of the world by God, and the foreshadowing of the future Kingdom of Christ. Тhe Lord has appointed in His Word times of holy convocations for God's people. They are intended for special meeting and fellowship of God's people with God and with each other, for offering sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving to God, for remembering the great saving acts of God in the past, and for reminding of the great actions of God in the future, to which they point.

                      (Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 16:22-30; Is. 56:1-7; 58:13-14; 66:23; Mt. 5:17-19; 24:20; Lk. 4:16; 23:54-56; Acts 17:1-2; 18:1-4; 25:8; 1Cor. 4:16; 11:1, Col. 2:16-17, Heb. 4:1-11, Ex.12-13, Lev. 23, Deut. 16, Col.2:16-17, Luke 22:14-20, 1Cor. 5:7-8, 15: 20-23 , Acts 2:1-5, 20:16, 1Cor. 16:7-8, 1Thess. 4:16-17, 1Cor. 15:51-52, Rev.11:15-17, Heb.9:11-14, Acts.27:9-10, Zech.14:16, John.7:14, 37-39, Rev.7:9-10, 21:2-4)
                        12. Baptism in Water
                        We believe that every person, who repented of his or her sins and believed in Jesus Christ must be baptized (fully immersed) in water in the name of Jesus Christ. This is one of the commandments of Jesus. Water baptism is one of the first acts of obedience by the repented person to the will of God. Therefore, water baptism is necessary for salvation, because only those, who do the will of God, will enter the Kingdom of God. We believe that any person who rejects, despises or ignores water baptism will not be saved. Exceptions are special cases, when a person willed to be baptized, but could not do so because of extreme circumstances, illness and/or death.

                        (Mt.3:13-15, 7:21, 28:18-20, Mr.16:15-16, Lk.7:29-30, Acts 2:38, 8:12, 8:36-39, 9:17-19, 10:44-48, 19:1-6, 22:12-16, 1Pet.3:18-22, Rom.6:1-5)
                          13. Baptism in the Holy Spirit
                          We believe that every disciple of Jesus Christ must be baptized in the Holy Spirit and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Evidence of receiving baptism in the Holy Spirit is supernatural speaking in other tongues (languages), as Spirit gives to speak. Evidence of continual infilling of the Holy Spirit is love. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the testimony and the seal of God, proving that the person receiving it is a child of God. Holy Spirit of promise is the earnest or guarantee of our inheritance. Through baptism in the Holy Spirit person receives potential of God's power and special ability to be a witness of Jesus Christ. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the first necessary step toward receiving different gifts of the Holy Spirit.

                          (Lk.4:1-14, 24:44-49, Acts 1:8, 2:1-4, 2:38-39, 8:12-19, 10:42-48, 15:8, 19:1-6,1Cor.12:1-31, 14:1-40, Eph.1:13-14, 1Jn.3:23-24, 4:12-13)
                            14. Lord's Supper
                            We believe that every Christian, who received water baptism in the name of Jesus, must regularly participate in the Lord's Supper, which Jesus Christ instituted at His last Passover supper with His disciples before His death. Unleavened bread of the Lord's Supper symbolizes Christ's body given to death for us. Red wine of the Lord's Supper symbolizes His blood shed for our sins. By participating in the Lord's Supper, we remember what Jesus did for our salvation, and we proclaim His death until He comes. Every one that eats the bread, or drinks the cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty in respect of the body and of the blood of the Lord. Every man participating in the Lord's Supper must prove (or test, examine) himself, and thus eat of the bread, and drink of the cup. For anyone eating and drinking unworthily eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. For this reason, a person could be weak and sick, and may even die. We practice washing of feet of one another before the Lord's Supper, following the example of Jesus and obeying His words about this practice.

                            (Mt.26:17-29, Mr.14:12-25, Lk.22:7-27, John 6:27-58, 13:1-17, 1Cor.5:7-8, 10:16-22, 11:20-34)
                              15. Marriage
                              We believe that marriage is God-instituted union and covenant between one man and one woman, who have the right to be married according to the Word of God. Believers must marry only believers with the same or similar understanding of Biblical truths. The main purposes of marriage are glorification of God, displaying image and likeness of God, displaying relationships between Christ and Church, completing one another, and upbringing godly children. We believe in teachings of Jesus Christ and the New Testament about marriage that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery. In addition, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced (without Biblical reasons, given in the Holy Scripture), commits adultery. A wife is not to depart from her husband. However, even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. In addition, a husband is not to divorce his wife. Nevertheless, if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases.

                              (Gen.1:36-21, 2:7-8, 18-25, Lev.18:1-30, Ps.150:6, Ezek.16:8, Pr.2:16-17, Mal.2:10-16, Mt.5:31-32, 19:3-9, 1Cor.7:1-17, 7:25-40, 2Cor.6:14-18, Deut.7:1-4, Eph.5:22-33, 6:1-4, Col.3:18-21)
                                16. Military Service
                                We believe that Christians should not kill people, observing the Sixth of the Ten Commandments, and teachings of Jesus and His Apostles. Jesus Christ came to save people and not to destroy them. We, as His disciples have His commission to continue His work of saving people. We believe in teachings of Jesus Christ and the New Testament that all who take the sword will perish by the sword. And that he who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Therefore, we believe that Christians should not serve in the Armed Forces and police, or work in jobs that require bearing and using arms against people. When forced to serve they must conscientiously object bearing arms and participating in combat, but they may participate in non-combatant services.

                                (Ex.20:13, Mt.26:53-54, 28:18-20, Lk.9:51-56, 19:10, James 2:8-11, Rev.13:10)
                                  17. Second Coming of Jesus Christ
                                  We believe in the visible, literal, bodily return of Jesus Christ to this earth before Millennial Kingdom, as King of kings and Lord of lords, to gather His Church (His Bride) to Himself, to reign and to judge the world. We believe that He will return in a similar manner as He was ascended to heavens.

                                  (Mt.24:27-31, 25:31-46, Mr.13:24-27, Lk.21:30-36, John 14:1-3, Acts 1:4-11, 3:18-21, Zech.14:1-9, 1Thess.4:13-18, 2Thess. 1:6-10, 2:1-12, James 5:8; Rev.1:7, 11:15, 19:6-20:6).
                                    18. Resurrection of the Dead
                                    We believe in resurrection of the dead, both, righteous and unrighteous. We believe that the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live again. All who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. Saints will be resurrected at the Second Coming of Christ in immortal spiritual glorified bodies, like the glorified body of resurrected Jesus Christ. They will be resurrected to reign with Christ. Then, after the one thousand year reign of Christ, the rest of the people will be resurrected, and judged before the great white throne according to their works. All those whose names will not be written in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire for eternal condemnation.

                                    (Job 19:25, Dan.12:2-3, John 5:24-29, Acts 23:6, 24:14-16, 1Cor.15:12-55, 1Thess.4:13-18, Phil.3:20-21, 2Tim.2:11-12, Rev.5:9-10, 19:11-20:15)
                                      19. God's Judgement
                                      We believe that God is Righteous Judge of all people. We believe that those who have obedient (living) faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will never come to judgment of condemnation together with the rest of the world. They will come before judgment seat of Christ at His Second Coming either to receive a reward or to suffer loss, but their salvation will not be compromised. At that judgment Jesus Christ will test the quality of their ministry and service to Him and His Church, but not decide their eternal destiny. All unrighteous people, including those believers who lived in sins and did not truly repent of them, will be judged before the great white throne according to their works. All those whose names will not be written in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire for eternal condemnation. Perhaps, names of some people at that judgment will be found in the Book of Life. Among those people might be queen of Sheba and men of Nineveh who repented at the preaching of Jonah.

                                      (Gen.18:25, Ps.96:1-13, Heb.12:22-23, John 3:18, 5:24, Rom.14:10-12, 1Cor.3:11-15, 2Cor.5:10, Acts 17:30-31, Rom.1:18-32, 2:1-16, 1Cor.6:9-10, Gal.5:19-21, Mt.12:41-42, Rev.19:11-20:15)
                                        20. New Heavens and Earth
                                        We believe in teachings of God's Word about new heavens and earth. We believe that previous world being flooded by water, perished at time of Noah. But the heavens and the earth now, having been stored up by the Word of God, are being kept for fire to a day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. The Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with rushing sound, and having burned the elements will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be burned up. On the Day of the Lord, the heavens having been set afire will be dissolved; and burning, the elements will melt. But according to God's promise, we look forward for "new heavens and a new earth," in which righteousness dwells.

                                        (Is.65:17-25, 66:22-24, 11:1-16, 32:1-5, 35:1-10, Mt.8:11, 13:40-43, 19:28-29, 2Pet.3:1-13, Rev.19:11-22:21)