Membership Information

INTRODUCTION

Membership ApplicationWelcome to Charity Chapel. We are thankful God has led you to consider us as your church family. We ask that you would prayerfully and thoughtfully read the following information about Charity Chapel as you consider church membership. Please write down any questions you may have or your observations about us as a congregation. You may email us: charity@charitychapel.org , check us out on the web: www.charitychapel.org or contact the church office 944-5520. Of course, any of the pastors would be happy to discuss any of these things.

God planted us for a purpose that includes the Bellview area, Pensacola and surrounding areas and even to the uttermost parts of the world. Our mission is both local and worldwide. Our desire is to be a people with a heart after God and together to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ”.

We invite you to come join us as we work together, walk together, worship together and pray together: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven”.

May God be glorified in and through our lives!!!

OUR PURPOSE

Charity Chapel was born out of a vision to be a people that loves God and loves each other. As an inter-denominational Christian church, Charity Chapel is committed to being Biblically sound, yet open to the moving and renewal of the Holy Spirit today. Charity Chapel exists to spiritually impact the city of Pensacola and the surrounding areas, through the power of God’s Holy Spirit to the glory of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

OUR CORE VALUES:

. Each Individual is Shepherded, Equipped and Developed for Service. . People with Special Needs are Intentionally Reached. . We Operate in Cooperation with, and support of, other Local Churches, Ministries and World-Wide Missions.

ABOUT THE PASTORS

SENIOR PASTOR MICHAEL COLLINS

Michael E. Collins grew up in Milton, Florida and married Pamela Jacobs in June of 1975. They have three adult sons, Jeff, Ben married to Aimee Clark with children Ellie & Miles, Matt married to Sarah. Pam is the school nurse at Holm elementary school.

Senior Pastor Michael E. Collins was born again, filled with the Spirit and called of God to leadership in ministry during his adolescent years. Michael attended Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts in 1977. In 1979, he received his Master’s Degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In June 1979, Michael and his wife, Pam, returned to Pensacola to pastor this congregation of Christian believers.

Since Mike’s oldest son Jeff, has Cerebral Palsy and other challenges, he likes working with children that have special needs and understands the challenges facing them and their families. Pastor Collins serves on the Board of Directors of Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen and Globe International. He loves offering personal pastoral care to our growing congregation. He also serves as the Northwest Florida & South Alabama District Overseer and is a Presbyter of Liberty Fellowship.

Mike derives great pleasure working with dogs in obedience training and working with animals of all varieties.

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

JERRY IRELAND

Associate Pastor Jerry Ireland was blessed to be part of a Christian family. His parents were strong Christians active in church and very musical. The musical ability was passed on to Jerry and his three sisters. Jerry gave his life to Jesus at the age of nine while in a Children’s Church service. At the age of 12 he felt God’s call on his life for full-time Christian service.

He graduated from high school in Fayetteville, North Carolina then spent three years in the navy mostly in submarine duty. The Lord then directed him to Columbia Bible College (now called Columbia International University) where he earned a BA in Biblical Education. Upon graduation the Lord led him to Columbus, Georgia to be a youth pastor in the Columbus Christian Missionary Alliance Church. Jerry was ordained to the ministry in January 1976 and has ministered in churches in Columbus, Georgia; Mobile, Alabama; Euless, Texas; and now here at Charity Chapel in Pensacola since August 1988.

Jan was in the CMA youth group and through God’s direct leading, they were married on March 23, 1974. Their son Joe came along as a birthday present (on Jerry’s birthday) in September 1975. Joe graduated from Woodham High School in 1994 and UWF in the 1998-1999 school year and is employed in the Clearwater, Florida area. James was born in February 1979, graduated from Woodham High School, Pensacola Jr. College and UWF. James married Rachael Manganaris in March 2005 and they have three sons, Jonathan Michael born March 26, 2007, Jameson Matthew born August 2, 2008, Jacob Matthias born November 13, 2011 and Hannah Faith born December 17, 2014. Jan is working as a Secretary at FDDLRS in the Hall Center with the Child Find Department. Jerry and Jan have been serving the Lord at Charity Chapel since August, 1988.

Jerry enjoys spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, getting in the presence of God, worshipping God, and seeing God at work. He likes to travel, walk on the beach, go to the mountains, visit historical places, watch sports on television and enjoys writing, playing and singing music (especially Praise and Worship and Southern Gospel music).

His special interests include a fondness for volleyball, basketball, ping-pong, softball, horseshoes, pool, fishing and football. He likes to play board games and is a collector of coins and stamps.

ABOUT THE MINISTERS

Each member of Charity Chapel is called to be a minister of the Good News of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. This calling is demonstrated by good deeds, actions, activities and a lifestyle that would please our Heavenly Father. Each minister is challenged to corporately display another culture and kingdom, and to individually live so that others would desire to be part of this wonderful New Life.

MEET CHARITY CHAPEL’S ELDERS

Stan Adams, 3283 Idlewood Dr., Pensacola, FL 32505 – 436-7542
Stan has been a member of Charity Chapel since moving back to Pensacola in 1994. He has been involved in prison ministry for most of his Christian life since challenged to do so by a passionate former inmate in his Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship where he served in several offices in the very large Cincinnati chapter. He is anxious to see Charity Chapel move into God’s next calling.

David Foote, 1225 East Strong St., Pensacola, FL 32501 – 438-3296
David has been attending Charity Chapel since 1981. His wife is Cindy, and they have four grown children and one grandchild. He is a medical technologist. David enjoys teaching Bible truths and finding creative ways to illustrate them. He also participates in worship by playing the flute. David’s goal in life is to be a vessel of honor, allowing God to just him to manifest His love toward others.

Chuck Kunze – Charles Kunze first began attending Charity Chapel about 25 years ago while dating Tammy Disney. Chuck & Tammy were then married in August of 1991 and continued attending Charity. Together they worked with the Youth for several years and served on the Firehouse Team under Tony Faircloth ministering to the neighborhood youth. During their time as youth directors they led their first short term missions trip into Mexico. It was a great trip that helped shape Chuck’s love for missions. Chuck then decided to start his own business as an Architect in January of 2000, when Artisan’s Architecture was formed. Through business connections Chuck began working with Ben Veasey and Builders For Christ (BFC), and has taken missions trips to several countries in support of BFC. Chuck traveled with the ministry and used his skills as an Architect to help Missionaries realize their building and facility needs. After being married for about 13 years Chuck & Tammy adopted their daughter Isabella from China, which started a new phase of their life. As Chuck & Tammy focused on raising Isabella they also responded to the prompting of God to take the Perspectives Class offered by Globe International. Both Chuck & Tammy have completed this intensive study of Missions and have truly gained a new perspective of how God reaches the World through each of us. Recently, Chuck & Tammy have been asked to work alongside Linda Kimble and transition into the role of Missions Directors at Charity Chapel. This process has been a pure joy and had opened our eyes further to how God can use us, and how Charity Chapel can reach our World. As Missions Directors Chuck & Tammy just returned from a missions trip into Nicaragua which saw several of Charity Chapel’s members minister and be used in situations which stretched and confirmed God’s calling on their lives. Chuck is honored to be able to serve Charity Chapel as an Elder and looks forward to seeing what God has in His plans for Charity Chapel, both in our neighborhood and around the World.

Keith Barbour – Keith came to Charity as a teenager, later met and married Miriam Martin. He was a cell group leader for many years. They have 2 children – Phoebe & Landry. Keith has been an auto mechanic since 2000 and now works for World Ford.

MEET CHARITY CHAPEL’S STAFF

Kären Mueller has been attending Charity Chapel since 1983 and has been the church’s financial secretary since October 1992. Her husband is Larry and they have three children and four grandchildren.

Linda Kimble has been attending Charity Chapel since June 1992 and has been the Missions Director since 1992. She is now serving as Missionary Hospitality Director. She is married to Ray Kimble (one of our elders), they have four children and ten grandchildren.

Mary Wales and her husband, E.J., have attended Charity Chapel since 1985. Mary is currently serving as an Administrative Assistant and is our Children’s Ministry Coordinator. She and E.J. have two grown children and three grandchildren.

Ann Seymour and her husband, Marc, are charter members of Charity Chapel. They have one son, Luke and two grandchildren. Ann is currently serving as financial secretary. She has served in many capacities, among which are Sunday School teacher, volunteer custodian, office volunteer, treasurer, food pantry co-ordinator, etc.

Maintenance/Custodial: Murray Metzger, James Ireland

THE MISSIONS MINISTRY OF CHARITY CHAPEL

OUR VISION

World Missions is an integral part of our vision at Charity Chapel. We believe that Christ’s command to go into the world and teach all nations is not an option; it is a mandate for the church. Our support of both local and foreign missions through church funded and designated missions giving enables us to share the Good News of salvation with those in our community, as well as to the uttermost parts of the earth.

METHODS OF GIVING

Missionaries from various respected missions organizations such as Wycliffe Bible Translators, Globe Missionary Evangelism, and Youth With A Mission, to name a few, receive support through Charity Chapel. Much of the support to these missionaries comes through the designated gifts of individuals within our congregation. This method of missions giving allows each person to direct their support to missions in the areas they are most interested, and to build relationships with those missionaries. Charity Chapel also supports a number of local ministries each month, as well as several missionaries sent out from this congregation to serve in other areas of the world.

HARVESTERS

There are many opportunities throughout the year for you to become involved in missions at Charity Chapel. Our monthly Harvesters Missions Meetings are a wonderful way to become acquainted with some of the missionaries with which we are related, as well as with our church family. A typical meeting begins with a dinner for a nominal fee in our fellowship hall, followed by a missionary guest speaker and a time of prayer for our missionaries. Harvester meetings are held on a Monday of each month at 6:00 P.M., and a nursery is provided for children under age 5. You are welcome to bring older children to our Harvester meetings.

MISSIONS CONFERENCE

In the Spring we hold our annual World Missions Conference, our biggest missions emphasis of the year. It involves months of preparation, and includes everyone from our Tiny Tots to our most senior saints. Missionaries come from many areas of the world to share with us during this time. It has become a tradition for us at Charity Chapel to host a Thanksgiving Dinner complete with turkey and all the trimmings for our missionaries and congregation during the week of the Missions Conference. Our missionaries love the opportunity to celebrate this American holiday, even if it is the spring of the year.

GLOBE BANK SUNDAYS

Our Globe Bank Sundays allow our children to “get involved” with Missions. Every child in Sunday School gets a globe bank which is turned in quarterly for a specified missionary.

MISSIONS INVOLVES EVERYONE

It is our strong belief that missions is not a separate entity, but it should permeate throughout the life of the church, involving every age group. We encourage you to take an active role in missions through your prayers, service and financial support.

CHARITY CHAPEL
BY – LAWS AND
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
Pensacola, Florida
Updated Copy – JANUARY 25, 1995

PREAMBLE

God has in these last days instituted his Church and founded it once and for all upon Jesus Christ: I Corinthians 3:11; Matthew 16: 13-19, and built it upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, Ephesians 2:20, for the work of propagating the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to work the work of God on earth, John 14:12.

We as a local church of born again believers in Jesus Christ have been called out from the world of sin by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit to constitute a local church. Each member being set in the body as it pleases God: I Corinthians 12:18, to be fully set in order and to function according to the New Testament Church pattern, with its administration of officers and members ministering by the Holy Spirit according to God’s Word: Romans 12: 4-8.

This local body always wishes to remain in full harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Apostles according to the New Testament. We adopt the Bible as our rules of order, thereby being governed by the Head of the Church, which is Jesus Christ: Ephesians 5:23.

Whereas, this local church has adopted these usages and practices as revealed in the New Testament we set forth the following simplified rules to govern its members.

CHARITY CHAPEL of PENSACOLA, FLORIDA

BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I – PASTOR

SECTION 1 He must be divinely called by God to feed and have the oversight of His flock having prepared himself, and proven himself faithful in the ministry for such a period of time as the church deems necessary. Acts 9:15, 13:31, Eph. 4:11, I Peter 5:2-3.

a. He must: Qualify according to: I Tim. 3:1-7, Titus 1: 5-9, be born again by the Spirit of God and living in the experience: John 3:5-6 be baptized in water by immersion after he is a believer, according to: Matt. 28:19, Acts 2: 38-41, be baptized with the Holy Spirit according to: Acts 2:4; 6:5; 9:17; Luke 4:18; John 7: 38-39.

SECTION 2 He is the presiding chairman at all the church meetings and board meetings, Acts 21: 17, 18; 15:13-21. These scriptures indicate that James was the pastor of the Church in Jerusalem and that he was the presiding chairman of the meetings of the Elders and later at the Assembly meeting. Acts 15: 6-22

a. The pastor (presiding chairman) only can call a special church meeting, as long as his life is in harmony with Article I, Section 1 of the By-Laws, he has power to appoint any Elder to act as chairman of the board meetings and church meetings in the event of his absence.

b. In the event the church should be without a pastor or if the pastor should lose his Scriptural qualification to remain in office, the Board of Elders shall call a special church meeting for the purpose of directing the affairs of the church.

SECTION 3 The Pastor shall be called by a 2/3 majority of voting members present for an indefinite period of time. He shall be removed from office by a 2/3 majority of voting members present when he no longer qualified according to Article I, Section 1 of the By-Laws, or if his lifestyle becomes immoral. His support shall be as mutually agreed upon by the Pastor and Board of Elders.

ARTICLE II – ELDERS

SECTION 1 A local elder must qualify in accordance to I Tim. 3: 1-7, Titus 1: 6-9. He shall assist the Pastor (who also is the presiding or chief elder) in all spiritual matters concerning the oversight of the church, Acts 20:17, 28, 35.

SECTION 2 Elders shall be appointed by the Pastor and Board of Elders according to Titus 1:5, Acts 1: 15-26.

a. The appointee for this office must be a member of this church. He must be willing to support this Church in attendance and financially. The term of office shall be for three years.

b. He shall be removed from office at any time if he no longer qualifies according to Article II, Section 1 of the by-laws.

c. At the conclusion of any three year term of office he may be appointed to serve an additional three year term.

SECTION 3 The number of elders on the board will be determined by the Elders and the Pastor.

ARTICLE III – DEACONS

SECTION 1 Deacons are the attendant ministers of the Pastor and Elders; Acts 6: 1-7. They shall assist in all temporal matters of the church as directed by the Pastor and Elders, they must qualify in accordance with: Acts 6: 3, I Tim: 3: 8-13.

SECTION 2 Deacons will be appointed by the Pastor and the Board of Elders in accordance with Acts 6 as they deem necessary.

a. The term of office shall be for three years.

b. He shall be removed from office at any time if he no longer qualifies according to Article III, Section 1 of the By-Laws.

c. At the conclusion of any three year term of office he may be appointed to serve an additional three year term.

ARTICLE IV – DIRECTORS

SECTION 1 The Pastor and the Elders shall constitute the Board of Directors. They shall attend to all the legal business of the Church.

ARTICLE V – MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1 To be a “born again” believer is a pre-requisite for church membership. Prospective members must present themselves to the Pastor or Elders.

SECTION 2 By a Godly Christian life each member shall cooperate with the church, its Pastor, elders and deacons in their various efforts to attain to a Scriptural New Testament church life.

SECTION 3 To qualify to vote a member must fulfill the obligations and duties as specified in Article V, Sections 1, 2, and 4.

SECTION 4 Qualifying members, 13 years of age and older, constitute the voting constituency of the church.

SECTION 5 Loss of membership and voting privileges may occur if the member:

a. Is absent from church services for a period of six months without just cause.

b. Is absent from church services and attending another church for a period of three months.

c. Ceases to support the church.

d. No longer lives in accordance with biblical standards and/or fails to respond to church discipline.

e. Member may request to be removed from membership.

SECTION 6 Excommunication: In an extreme case a member may, in addition to losing membership, be excommunicated from the church. Matt. 18: 15-18, Rom. 16: 17-18, I Cor. 5: 7-11. This will be done only after the Pastor and Elders concur this action is appropriate.

ARTICLE VI – GOVERNMENT

SECTION 1 The Government shall be vested in the Pastor, and the Board of Elders whom the Holy Ghost has made overseers of the flock, Acts 20: 28; I Peter 5: 1-4.

SECTION 2 This church recognizes the privileges of the communion or fellowship and cooperation in word and spirit of other churches of like precious faith, for the furtherance of the Gospel at home and abroad.

SECTION 3 To perpetually protect this local church organization in its ownership and control of its property and in its sovereignty under Christ, all ecclesiastical power and authority relative to this church shall be exercised by the Pastor and Board of Elders, and all authority relative to its buildings and land shall be exercised by this church assembly as a congregation and the decisions thus made are subject to no reversal or amendment by any other ecclesiastical body whatsoever.

SECTION 4 All matters pertaining to the disposal of church buildings and land and addition to said buildings and land must be passed by 2/3 of the voting membership present.

ARTICLE VII – DISCIPLINE

SECTION 1 Discipline shall be practiced according to Matt. 18: 15-18, and all other New Testament Scriptures touching discipline of the members of the body of Christ. All members are responsible to assist the Pastor and elders with their prayers and sanction in carrying out this Scriptural procedure.

SECTION 2 A majority of the Board of Elders together with the Pastor shall be considered competent to deal with all cases of discipline.

ARTICLE VIII – AMENDMENTS

SECTION 1 Amendment to these By-Laws may be made at the Annual Meeting or at a specifically called meeting of the church by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present and voting.

SECTION 2 The amendment must be approved by the Pastor and Elders of the church before it is voted on by the members of the church for acceptance and said business must be announced at two Sunday services immediately prior to the annual meeting or a special called meeting.

SECTION 3 The provisions and restrictions of Section 3 in Article VI shall always be construed to prevail and are not subject to amendment.

TENETS OF FAITH

1. We believe that the Holy Bible, as penned in the original manuscripts, is the inspired, infallible Word of God. The Scriptures are to be our guide concerning all matters of faith and practice.

II Timothy 3:16: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

Psalm 119:105: Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

2. We believe in the one true God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

II Corinthians 13:14: May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Matthew 28:19: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

3. We believe that man was created in the image of God, but as a result of sin is lost and unable to save himself.

Romans 3:23: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.

4. We believe that man can be reconciled to God by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, whereby man is spiritually reborn by God’s grace and cleansed of sin by the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

Romans 10:13: For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”.

John 3:3: In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

I Peter 1:18-19: For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

5. We believe that every Christian is in dwelt by the Holy Spirit at the time of their salvation experience.

Romans 8:9: You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.

6. We believe that every Christian should be baptized with the Holy Spirit, an experience which may occur at the time of salvation:

Acts 10:43-46: All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.

Acts 11:15-16: As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

… or which may occur at some time after the initial salvation experience.

Acts 8:12-17: But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw. When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and received the Holy Spirit.

7. We believe that every Christian should desire both the fruits and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, for (I Corinthians 14:1) admonishes us to pursue love, yet earnestly desire spiritual gifts.

* I Corinthians 14:1: Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.

* Matt. 7:16: You shall know them by their fruits.

* Gal. 6:22-23: But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance against such there is no law.

* 1 Cor. 12:8-10 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit.

8. We believe in water baptism of believers, signifying our union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.

Acts 2:41: Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

Colossians 2:12: Having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

9. We believe in the Lord’s Supper (Communion) and in partaking of it on a regular basis.

I Corinthians 11:23-26: For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

10. We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ:

John 1:1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

In His virgin birth: Luke 1:30-35: But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end. “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

In his atoning death: I Corinthians 15:3: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.

In His bodily resurrection from the grave: I Corinthians 15:4: That he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.

And in His ascension into heaven: Acts 1:11: “Men of Galilee,” they said, “Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

11. We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ to earth in power and great glory.

Acts 1:11: “Men of Galilee,” they said, “Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

John 14:3: And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

12. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto eternal life and the lost unto eternal hell.

Revelation 20:11-15: Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

13. We believe that the Church, the Body of Christ, is called to worship God, to train and nurture believers, and to evangelize worldwide.

John 4:23-24: Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth. Matthew 28:19-20a: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

WORSHIP

One of the goals of Charity Chapel is to provide a worship service which is based on a Biblical pattern of worship. Listed below is a biblical explanation for some of our forms of worship which are not as common in traditional worship services.

Why Do We Lift Our Hands?

“I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands” (Psalms 63:4)

“I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing” (I Timothy 2:8).

Why Do We Clap Our Hands?

“Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy” (Psalm 47:1)

Why Do We Have Audible Praise?

“I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will be always on my lips” (Psalm 34:1)

“Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy” (Psalm 47:1)

Why Do We Have Anointing with Oil, The Laying on of Hands?

“Is any one sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14).

“And these signs will accompany those who believe…they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well” (Mark 16:17-18).

Why Do We Have Singing in Other Languages, Known as Singing in the Spirit?

“So what shall I do?…I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind” (I Corinthians 14:15).

Why Do We Have Prophetic Messages?

“Do not put out the Spirit’s fire, do not treat prophecies with contempt” (I Thessalonians 5:19-20).

“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy” (I Corinthians 14:1).

“But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement, and comfort” (I Corinthians 14:3).

Why Do We Have Dancing?

“And David danced before the Lord with all his might” (II Samuel 6:14

“Let them praise His name in the dance” Psalm 149:3

“Praise Him with the timbrel and dance” Psalm 150:4

Why Do We Have Words of Knowledge which are Supernaturally Revealed?

“…to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit” (I Corinthians 12:8).

Why Do We have Speaking in Other Tongues and the Interpretation of Tongues?

“Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues” (I Corinthians 14:39).

“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good…to another the ability to speak in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues” (I Corinthians 12:7, 10).

“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them” (Acts 2:4).

“For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit…For this reason the man who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind…”

(I Corinthians 14:2, 13-15).

Why do we have people falling down?

“..and Abram fell on his face and God talked with him.” (Genesis 17:3)

“.and Joshua fell on his face to the earth and did worship and said unto him, ‘What does my Lord say to his servant?’ ” (Joshua 5:14)

“.and he fell to the earth and heard a voice saying unto him, ‘Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ ” (Acts 9:4)

HOW TO RECEIVE CHRIST

In order to receive Christ into your Life, an affirmative answer must be given to the following questions:

Do you Believe Jesus Christ died on the cross for you and he arose from the grave?

Do you Admit you are a sinner?

Do you Agree to turn from sin?

Do you Acknowledge Jesus is Lord?

Do you Accept God’s free Gift of Salvation?

If you can answer Yes to these 5 questions, the next simple step is to ask Jesus into your heart, by praying this Prayer…

Dear Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I repent of all my sins and ask you to forgive me and wash me clean and take all my sins away. I ask you to come into my heart and be the Lord and Master of My Life. Take control of my life for I give myself to You. Thank You for hearing my prayer. In Jesus Name, I pray. AMEN.

HOW TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE SAVED

You have passed from Death to Life inevitable CHANGES will take place, some of which are:

HEART:

Jeremiah 31:33 “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you, your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

I John 3:14 “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.”

WILL:

Hebrews 13: 20-21 “May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

NATURE:

I John 2:3 “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.”

I John 2:15 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

DESTINATION:

John 14:23: I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself that where I am there you may be also.

DESTINY:

Phil. 1:6: For I am confident of this very thing that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus

ATTITUDE (Toward sin, Toward Life):

I John 5:18 “We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.”

These changes are internal, However they will also be observed externally, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”. What is burning on the inside will glow on the outside.

WATER BAPTISM

A. GENERAL INFORMATION:

In what has become known as the “Great Commission,” Jesus gave the following command: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19, 20

The word “baptize” is taken from the Greek word baptizo meaning: To immerse or submerge, 2) to over-flow or cover with water, 3) to wet thoroughly or moisten and 4) to pour upon or drench. Because of the wide scope of this definition, and differing views on the words usage in the New Testament, three different methods of baptism have developed over the centuries:

1) Immersion, wherein a person is completely lowered under the water;

2) Pouring, where water is ladled or poured over the person’s head and body; and

3) Sprinkling, in which the person is lightly sprinkled.

Unfortunately, these differences have often led to a great deal of conflict among God’s people over the years. Each is believed by some to testify to differing benefits derived from a relationship with Christ.

1. Immersion portrays the atoning death of Christ and gives witness to the reality of His bodily resurrection. (Romans 6:3-5)

2. Pouring signifies the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the believer’s life when he/she commits their life to Christ. (Acts 2:17,18)

3. Sprinkling tells us that we are washed from our sins only by the shed blood of Christ. (Hebrews 10:22)

Among Western Christians there are four major views on baptism:

1) Baptism is the means of spiritual renewal and initial justification and sanctification through the infusion of grace received in it, in such a way that one cannot be saved ordinarily without it. Baptism communicates saving grace, by the working of its own power. Children of all church members and unbaptized adult converts must be baptized (Roman Catholic).

2) Baptism is a public testimony to one’s faith in Jesus Christ. Only those who have reached the age of discretion can make such a profession of faith. Therefore, only those who are able to confess Christ should be baptized (Baptist).

3) Baptism is so closely related to the gospel that through it, Christians receive eternal life and without baptism there can be no assurance of salvation. Both the children of believers and unbaptized adult believers should be baptized (Lutheran).

4) Baptism is a means of sanctifying grace and a gospel ministry to the people of God. It is a sign and seal of the Covenant of Grace illustrating what Christ has done for his people and sealing salvation to the same. Therefore covenant children of believing parents as well as unbaptized adult converts should be baptized. (Reformed).

B. CHARITY CHAPEL’S POSITION

We at Charity Chapel respect the position of all true believers on this point and love and support them in their sincere efforts to further the gospel.

The following information sets forth our beliefs and practices regarding Water Baptism.

1. WHAT IS BAPTISM?

What then is believer’s baptism” What is the purpose of it, since salvation is “by grace through faith” (Ephesians 2:8,9)? Water baptism is clearly a FIGURE or TYPE of something which already took place in the heart of the believer the moment he/she was saved (1 Pet. 3:21). Water baptism is the ordinance representing the identification of the Christian with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You are “crucified” (standing upright in water), you are “buried” (immersed into the water), and you are “resurrected into life” (raised out of the water). Water baptism then, is a picture of spiritual baptism as defined in Rom. 6:3-5 and 1 Corinthians 12:13. It is the outward testimony of the believer’s inward faith. A sinner is saved the moment he places his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Baptism is a visible testimony to that faith. This is the SCRIPTURAL basis for water baptism. It PICTURES and PROCLAIMS four important things:

1) Scriptural baptism PICTURES and PROCLAIMS the believer’s death, burial, and resurrection with Christ. “Buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him, through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead” Colossians 2:12

2) Scriptural baptism PICTURES and PROCLAIMS the death of our old life to sin, and our resurrection to walk in newness of life. “As Christ was raised up from the dead, by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4

3) Scriptural baptism PICTURES and PROCLAIMS our faith in the Trinity of the Godhead. “Baptizing them in the NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Matthew 28:19

4) Scriptural baptism PICTURES and PROCLAIMS our “putting on” of Christ. “For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:26,27 So then, water baptism is a picture of what transpired when you placed your faith and trust in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to save you from your sins (Romans 6:3-5). It does not atone for sin. Only the blood of Christ cleanses us from sin (I John 1:7; Col. 1:14).

II. WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?

Next, let’s consider WHO should be baptized. The Bible makes it clear that scriptural baptism is BELIEVER’S baptism.

a) In Acts 2:41 we observe that they received the word, THEN they were baptized.

b) In Acts 8:12,36,37 we find that they believed, THEN they were baptized.

c) In Acts 10:43,44,47, it is plain to see that those who believed received the Holy Ghost, and THEN they were baptized. (Lost people do not receive the Holy Ghost). When the Philippian jailer asked, “What must I do to be saved?” they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:30-34). Paul did not tell him to be baptized to be saved. His baptism came AFTER his believing, which sets the scriptural standard. Who then should be baptized? According to the established Bible pattern, only those who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Water baptism then, is NOT salvation, but obedience to a command by God concerning discipleship.

III. WHEN AND WHERE SHOULD WE BE BAPTIZED?

WHEN is the believer to be baptized? The Bible teaches that water baptism follows shortly after spiritual baptism (the new birth). Notice the example of Paul (Acts 9:18), Cornelius (Acts 10:43-48), and the Philippian Jailer (Acts 16:33). You were placed into the body of Christ by spiritual baptism at the moment you were saved (Galatians 3:26-27). Now you follow the miracle of spiritual baptism with physical immersion into water, according to Acts 8:38; 10:47; 16:33. As to WHERE a believer is to be baptized, the obvious answer is in the presence of other believers, the local New Testament church. The Lord Jesus Christ gave the local church the ordinance of water baptism (Matthew 28: 18-20). An ordinance is a ceremony appointed by Christ to be administered in the local church as a visible type of the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary.

IV. HOW SHOULD WE BE BAPTIZED?

HOW is a believer to be baptized? We believe that immersion in water is the scriptural method of Baptism.

. In Matthew 3:13-16 and in Mark 1:9-10 we find that John the Baptist needed “much water” for baptism.

. In Acts 8:38-39 we are taught baptism by immersion.

. In Romans 6:3-6 we see that baptism must fulfill three types: death, burial and resurrection. It is also referred to as being “planted”, and being raised. It is not difficult to see that the only mode of baptism which fulfills all these pictures is the immersion of the believer in water.

Furthermore, scriptural expressions such as “much water” (John 3:23), and “down both into the water” (Acts 8:38) are very conclusive evidence that water baptism is by immersion.

V. WHY SHOULD WE BE BAPTIZED?

1. Act of Obedience – Throughout the New Testament water baptism was practiced following conversion. This was done in direct response to Jesus’ command that Christians everywhere are to “preach” and then “baptize” those who believe. Therefore, everyone who becomes a Christian needs to be baptized out of obedience to God

2. Statement of Faith – As mentioned earlier, water baptism is an outward statement of one’s belief in Christ’s atonement for our sins, the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit to guide and influence our lives, and the only means for gaining a clear, guilt-free conscience towards God. Baptism is a means to make a public statement of your faith.

3. Public Testimony – In the New Testament we see baptism practiced publicly. It was a very powerful and meaningful way to fulfill Jesus’ promise “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.” Those who are publicly baptized “acknowledge before men” their life’s commitment to Him as their Lord and Savior.

IN CONCLUSION We understand and believe that baptism is not a “sacrament” that imparts saving grace, but an ORDINANCE. We are not saved by baptism, but by faith in Jesus Christ and His blood..”cleanses us from all sin” (I John 1:7). Baptism is the outward symbol of what has already transpired in the heart of the one who has trusted the Lord Jesus Christ for full salvation. Have you taken this first step in your walk with the Lord? Have you been obedient to the word of God concerning this matter of believer’s baptism? In Acts 2:41 we read, “Then they that GLADLY received his word were baptized.” WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT – THE POWER OF GOD

After Jesus was raised from the dead, He appeared to His disciples numerous times. For the space of forty days He was with them, teaching them about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). Yet, they still needed something from God before they would be ready to go out with the good news of Jesus’ resurrection.

Jesus told His disciples to wait for the promise of the Father “which you heard from Me; for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now” (Acts 1:4-5). This “baptism in the Holy Spirit” was predicted by John before the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. “He who is coming after me (Jesus) is mightier than I; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11, also read Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16 and John 1:33).

The promise day arrived ten days after Jesus’ ascension – on the day of Pentecost. On that day the Holy Spirit was sent from the Father by Jesus, and all the disciples were “filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4). This was the church’s entrance into the supernatural realm, for the infilling of the Holy Spirit manifested itself in a supernatural way. The disciples began to speak with new languages (which they had never learned and which they did not understand), as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance, or ability to speak (Acts 2:1-4).

The baptism with the Holy Spirit was not the disciples’ introduction to the kingdom of God, for they were already a part of that. It was, rather, their introduction into the supernatural, miracle-working power of God’s Spirit. This remains today the factor that sets Spirit-filled believers apart: that is, the supernatural power. Jesus intends all of His followers to walk in that supernatural power (John 14:12), and so promised all believers the “baptism with the Holy Spirit.”

BORN OF THE SPIRIT vs. BAPTIZED WITH THE SPIRIT

At the new birth, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell inside a believer. The scriptures clearly state that anyone who is born again has the Spirit of God within them (Romans 8:9). He is there to teach, admonish, and to bear witness (John 14:26; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:16).

However, when a person is born again he isn’t automatically “baptized with the Spirit” (filled with the Spirit). Being “born of the Spirit” and “baptized with the Spirit” are two distinct manifestations of the Spirit of God. No man can be baptized with the Spirit until he has been born of the Spirit.

The distinction between being born again (conversion) and the baptism with the Holy Spirit can be seen in the accounts of this manifestation recorded in the book of Acts. On two occasions, believers were prayed for to receive the baptism (or infilling) with the Holy Spirit, after they had been converted.

THE SAMARITAN REVIVAL – ACTS 8:4-24

We can see from this passage that the new birth and the baptism in the Holy Spirit are not one and the same. The Samaritans were born again (saved) when they “received the Word of God” (Acts 8:14). But, this did not automatically give them the infilling of the Holy Spirit; that manifestation came when the apostles laid hands on them.

SAUL’S CONVERSION – ACTS 9:1-19

But Saul, though converted, was not yet “filled with the Holy Spirit.” Ananias came and laid his hands on him so that he might receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:17). Again, we see a clear distinction between conversion (new birth) and the infilling (or baptism) in the Holy Spirit.

CORNELIUS’ CONVERSION

There are instances where people are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit at the same time. Cornelius and his household had the Holy Spirit fall upon them as they were listening to Peter preach. No appeal was made to Cornelius to repent or confess; the Spirit fell upon him as he believed what Peter was saying about the Lord Jesus (Acts 10:44).

The new birth and the baptism in the Spirit can sometimes occur simultaneously; however, this does not mean that these two works of God are one and the same. If that were the case, the Samaritans (who had received the Word and been baptized in water) would not have needed to afterward receive the Spirit. If being born again meant the same thing as being filled with the Spirit, the convert Saul would not have needed Ananias to lay his hands on him to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

RECEIVING THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT – ONLY ONE REQUIREMENT:

There is only one preliminary requirement which a person must fulfill before he can be a candidate for the baptism in the Spirit: He must be born again, a believer in the Lord Jesus. The infilling of the Spirit is not offered to sinners and those outside of God’s kingdom. To sinners, God offers forgiveness and salvation, the way to be born again. The infilling of God’s Spirit is reserved for those who know Jesus as their Savior.

A FREE GIFT:

The baptism is just as much a free gift as is salvation and cannot in any way be earned. As with any gift which God bestows, this one must be received by faith. This means that God will give it when a person asks Him and will not wait until that person is holy enough or has “tarried” long enough to receive it. THE BIBLICAL EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

When a person is baptized in the Holy Spirit, there is a supernatural manifestation or evidence of that inward filling. That manifestation is called “speaking with other tongues (or languages).” Speaking with other tongues is simply speaking in a language which one has never learned and does not understand with his mind. Throughout the book of Acts we find evidence that this sign accompanied the infilling of the Spirit.

Is tongues the only manifested evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Book of Acts? No! Prophecy, healing and praising God are also mentioned along with tongues as evidence during the infilling with the Holy Spirit. However, four out of the five occurrences of being filled with the Holy Spirit, recorded in the Book of Acts, tongues are mentioned as evidence.

TONGUES – A SUPERNATURAL RIVER

The scriptures show that this supernatural manifestation became a part of the corporate life of the church (I Corinthians 12:7,10), as well as giving great blessing in believers’ personal lives (I Corinthians 14:4). The apostles spoke in tongues on the day of Pentecost when they received the Holy Spirit, but this does not mean that that was the only time this phenomenon occurred in their lives. Paul indicated to the Corinthians that he frequently prayed in tongues (I Corinthians 14:18); he said this after he had received the infilling of God’s Spirit.

There are benefits to praying (speaking) in tongues which we see inscripture.

EDIFICATION

“One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself” (I Corinthians 14:4). The word “edify” means “to build up”. When a person prays in tongues, he is building himself up on the inside; his spirit is being strengthened. (Jude 20) “But you beloved, building yourselves up on your most Holy faith; praying in the Holy Spirit”. Those who pray in tongues build themselves up, because their spirits are praying directly to God. “For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men, but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries”

(I Corinthians 14:2). This is a divine, supernatural means by which our spirits can come into direct communication with God.

HELP IN INTERCESSION

By praying in tongues, we allow the Holy Spirit to pray through us prayers which are in accordance with the perfect will of God. “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses; for we do not know what we should pray for as we should; but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26). These “groanings which cannot be uttered” include prayer in other tongues. “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful” (I Corinthians 14:14).

PRAYING FOR THE UNKNOWN

There are times when we simply run out of words to say in prayer, perhaps times when we don’t even know where to begin to pray with our minds. In these cases the Holy Spirit is there to help us to pray (not to pray for us, but to help us). Praying in tongues enables us to pray in cases where we do not have complete understanding.

MEANS OF WORSHIP

Speaking in tongues is also a way of giving thanks and praise unto God. In referring to a man who speaks in tongues during an assembly meeting, Paul says, “For you indeed give thanks well, but the other man is not edified” (I Corinthians 14:17). The man who speaks in tongues gives thanks well; he himself is praising God, even though that particular giving of thanks does not edify the others around him, because they do not understand it.

THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

The gifts of the Spirit listed in I Corinthians 12 are all supernatural. They are not natural abilities, such as speaking ability or musical ability; these kinds of talents can be found in all men, even the unsaved. The gifts of the Spirit are the supernatural workings of God’s Spirit through men. The baptism in the Holy Spirit will usher a believer into the working of these gifts.

HOW DO I RECEIVE THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT?

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift. A person can do nothing to earn it; like any gift, it is freely given and freely received. However, one needs to receive the gift God’s way, by asking and obeying Him.

Ask for it. Luke 11:9-13 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

Obey God. “…the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” Acts 5:32B Principles of Tithing

What is Tithing? – Giving the first 10% of your income to the LORD.

1. The Firstborn belongs to the Lord. Ex. 13:1,2, 12,13 Whatever opens the womb is the LORD’s.

2. The Firstborn must be sacrificed or redeemed. God required that the firstborn animal be either sacrificed or redeemed. If it was a clean animal you had to sacrifice it; if it was an unclean animal it had to be redeemed with the sacrifice of a clean animal. In the same way tithing is not just 10%, it is the first 10% of your income. It takes faith to give the first 10%. This first 10% blesses the rest of your income.

3. The First Fruits must be offered. Proverbs 3:9-10 instructs “Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the firstfruits of all your increase..” The first portion belongs to God. This is why God had the right to the firstborn in Egypt. This is why Aiken brought a curse when he took what was God’s in Jericho. This is why God accepted Abel’s offering and not Cain’s. Cain’s wasn’t the first fruit, it was just some fruit.

4. The principle of tithing was established by Abraham (the father of Faith) 400 years before Moses gave the law. Genesis 14:18-20 – Abraham gave Melchizedek a tithe 1/10 of everything. This is before the law was given showing us a pattern of giving to the Lord before the law was given. We also see this passage explained in Hebrews.

Hebrews 7:1-10 “For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” 3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually. 4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. 5 And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham; 6 but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. 7 Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better. 8 Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. 9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.”

5. The Tithe must be first. Leviticus 27:30 *The firstborn belongs to God *The first fruits belong to God *The tithe belongs to God

If God is first in your finances, He is first in your heart. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” Matt. 6:21

6. There is blessing or curse on our finances depending on this (we don’t like to think this way, but God does). Malachi 3:8-10 “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, “How do we rob you?” “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse-the whole nation of you-because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty,” and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

Luke 11:42 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.”

OFFERINGS: James 2:15-16 – “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?”

Offerings are giving that is beyond your tithe. They are to be freely given from a willing heart. God loves a cheerful giver!!!

SACRIFICIAL GIVING: Luke 21:1-4 “As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “I tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

SUMMARY: We love God because He first loved us. We give to God because He first gave to us. Everything we are, we have and we will be, belongs to God. He is the Lord. When we honor Him in obedience by giving the first 10% of our income there is a blessing on our finances. When we give offerings it is out of our love for Him. He will lead us in this area. Don’t give just because there is a need! Give because God is leading you to give. For example: missionaries, special projects, special needs, special offerings, benevolence, etc.

God bless you as you walk by faith and obedience in your finances! You will see a difference in your life! Praise God!!! CELL GROUP – THE PLACE WHERE MINISTRY OCCURS.

For the first 300 years of the New Testament Church there were no buildings. People met in local gathering places, out in public and in temples. To “go to church” meant to go to someone’s house for worship, prayer and ministry. Even the apostle Paul ministered house to house. “You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house” (Acts 20:20)

Besides the teaching ministries of the apostles and prophets, most ministry in the church occurred in the homes of believers. There were, of course, public meetings in the temple, and open-air meetings in the marketplace, but one-on-one, person-to-person ministry took place in the home cell groups. More than ever before, we need to experience dynamic and powerful meetings at our Sunday gatherings. However, the house-to-house meetings carry other dynamics that the local churches and their members desperately need. Consider how the following scriptures are fulfilled in home cell group meetings.

Practical Benefits of Home Cell Group Ministry

1. Each person can participate. “What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church” (I Cor. 14:26). How can a congregation of our size come together and everyone have a psalm, a word, a revelation? It’s virtually impossible to fulfill this scripture in a large group setting. However, it is accomplished very easily in a cell group setting in someone’s home. When in a small group setting, people are encouraged to minister to each other and exercise the spiritual gift(s) that God has given them.

2. Each person can be discipled. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19). Anyone who has been discipled knows the time and commitment demanded by this kind of relationship. The Paul and Timothy relationship that we read about in Scripture is a rarity in today’s church. Cell groups offer a time of weekly contact with new believers and give encouragement for ongoing personal development.

3. Each person can be trained. Another word that defines the art of discipleship is “mentoring.” More than ever before, we need the older, wiser members of our church to mentor and train the younger members. Relationships that go far beyond normal scheduled church services are needed to accomplish this, and cell groups provide that opportunity. Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, and other Bible figures spent their lifetimes in ministry, mentoring and raising up other leaders.

4. Every member can be a minister. “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:11-13). The cell group is the ultimate place for every member of the Body of Christ to learn ministry skills in real-life ministry situations. Participating in regular, weekly cell group meetings, allows every member to grow up in Christ and give what they have to help build up and encourage the body of believers. (Eph. 4:15-16).

5. Each believer needs valuable friendships. It’s easy to be shaped by the environment around us. If we place ourselves in the right positive, Christian environment, we will grow to be strong Christians. Each of us needs to be a part of a positive community where strong relationships can be developed.

The strongest relationships are built in times of need and crisis. In the cell group setting, each person’s needs are constantly being addressed, and in times of crisis, sickness, or tragedy, the cell group is the “minister on call”. Cell group members do the caring, praying, visitation, and the “need meeting” for every member of their cell group. Friendships are more meaningful when people have an opportunity to get together often and meet each other’s needs. “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).

6. Reaching your family and friends. The cell group is one of the most effective ways to evangelize family and friends. Cell groups are a natural place to invite loved ones and acquaintances who may be skeptical of attending a local church during regular service time.

It is our prayer that you find fulfillment both in Christ and with other Christians whom you will meet in our cell ministry.

What Cell Groups are NOT

. NOT Bible studies, although the Bible is used in the cell.

. NOT support groups, although people are cared for in the cell.

. NOT prayer groups, although prayer is a major part of cells.

. NOT social groups, although friendships are formed in cells.

. NOT work groups, although outreach and service happens through the cell.

What Cell Groups ARE

Basic Christian Communities that exist to:

. Love God the Father through Christ Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.

. Love one another in Christ Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit

. Love the lost to Christ Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit

Cell Group Meetings

Cells meet together every week to encourage each other in the presence, power and purpose of Jesus Christ. Although the recipe for meetings varies from week to week the ingredients remain the same:

Welcome

Everyone who comes is made welcome through the sharing of hospitality, refreshments, fellowship and discussion that draws members together and helps them to get to know each other.

Worship

The presence of God is acknowledged through a short time of praise and worship. It is His presence that makes each meeting special and sets it apart from being a social group.

Word

Time is usually taken to discuss a passage of scripture, to present a teaching on a relevant topic, or to discuss a recent sermon for life application. All members are encouraged, but not required, to actively participate.

Works

As the group waits on the Lord, the power of the Lord is experienced through spiritual gifts and prayer for personal needs. This time of edification is key to our time together.

Witness

The purpose of Jesus is shared together as the cell mindfully prays, plans, and prepares for reaching the lost. This is the ultimate reason the cell exists: To love the lost to Christ Jesus.

Cell Life

Cell groups are served by a leader and one or more interns. When a cell grows to 12-15 people it will send out a missionary team to establish a new group to enable more people to get involved. With the cell structure there is no limit to the size and effectiveness of the church. Cell life goes far beyond the confines of a weekly meeting and extends into the daily life of each member.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Qualifications for Membership – prospective members must:

A. Have attained 13 years of age or older;

B. Made a profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ;

C. Have been baptized in water (or be willing to be baptized upon acceptance into the church);

D. Voluntarily subscribe to Charity Chapel’s Tenets of Faith and;

E. Abide by Charity Chapel’s Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws.

Privileges of Charity Chapel Church Membership

A. Voting rights on church issues:

1. Select and remove Senior Pastor

2. Authorize the purchase and sale of church property

3. Adopt and amend the Articles of Incorporation or By-Laws

4. Approve budgets

B. Financial help in time of need

The church bears a responsibility to give financial aid to its members before consideration is given to help non- members or those outside the church.

Widows and Orphans – The church has a biblical directive to care for members found in this category.

C. Emergency care – The following services will be provided to Charity’s members found in this category.

1. Home meals

2. Baby sitting

3. House sitting

4. Local transportation

D. The following services are offered to members:

1. Marrying – Pastors and church facilities available

2. Dedication of children

3. Funeral Services for burying of loved ones

E. Priority will be given to church members for the following:

1. Counseling

2. Hospital Visitation

3. Church Facilities

4. Leadership Training

5. Discipling/Mentoring

Responsibilities of Charity Chapel Church Membership

A. Commitment – The member is putting down roots, therefore believe in what the church is doing and be a part.

B. Faithful Attendance – The member is expected to attend a minimum of one service per week.

C. Participation/Service – Each member is expected to involve themselves in a minimum of one ministry opportunity: ( Sunday school teacher, children’s ministries, nursery or clerical work, etc.).

D. Cell Membership – Faithful attendance and active participation.

E. Financial Support – The biblical mandate is a tithe (ten percent) of your income. Offerings are what you give that is after you give God your tithe.

E. Lend the Church your Voice (on social issues confronting the church and our society, i.e. abortion, pornography, etc.)

F. Be a good Christian witness in word, deed, and lifestyle.

V. Types of Membership

A. Active (as defined in paragraph IV.)

B. Honorary – Members who are shut-ins or who have moved away or hold Ministerial credentials and desire to retain membership in the church shall be granted honorary status without voting privileges.

VI. Transfer of Membership

Members in good standing who wish to be transferred to some other congregation may request a letter of transfer, which shall be granted on the approval of the Senior Pastor.

VII. Loss of Membership

Loss of membership and voting privileges may occur if the member:

A. Is absent from church services for a period of six months without just cause.

B. Is absent from church services and attending another church for a period of three months.

C. Ceases to financially support the church.

D. No longer lives in accordance with biblical standards and/or fails to respond to church discipline.

E. Member may request in writing, to be removed from membership.