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Beliefs of the United Church of God

Beliefs of the United Church of God

This study guide first lists a summary of each belief from the Constitution of the United Church of God, an International Association, then explains and expands on each of those beliefs.

(Additional booklets on these topics are available for download or may be requested in printed format from our resource library.)

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Preface

We consider the teaching of these beliefs to be critical to building on the right foundation of a proper reverence for God's Word, especially as revealed in Jesus Christ.

God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit

We believe in one God, the Father, eternally existing, who is a Spirit, a personal Being of supreme intelligence, knowledge, love, justice, power and authority. He, through Jesus Christ, is the Creator of the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. He is the Source of life and the One for whom human life exists. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who is the Word and who has eternally existed. We believe that He is the Messiah, the Christ, the divine Son of the living God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born in human flesh of the virgin Mary. We believe that it is by Him that God created all things, and that without Him was not anything made that was made. We believe in the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of God and of Christ. The Holy Spirit is the power of God and the Spirit of life eternal (2 Timothy 1:7; Ephesians 4:6; 1 Corinthians 8:6; John 1:1-4; Colossians 1:16).

The Word of God

We believe that Scripture, both the Old and New Testament, is God's revelation and His complete expressed will to humanity. Scripture is inspired in thought and word, infallible in the original writings; is the supreme and final authority in faith and in life; and is the foundation of all truth (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 10:35; John 17:17).

Satan the Devil

We believe that Satan is a spirit being who is the adversary of God and the children of God; Satan has been given dominion over the world for a specific time; Satan has deceived humanity into rejecting God and His law; Satan has ruled by deception with the aid of a host of demons who are rebellious angels, spirit beings who followed Satan in his rebellion (Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 8:12; Timothy 2:26; John 12:31; John 16:11; Revelation 12:4; Revelation 9; 20:1-3, 7, 10; Leviticus 16:21-22; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2).

Humanity

We believe that humanity was created in the image of God with the potential to become children of God, partakers of the divine nature. God formed humanity of flesh, which is material substance. Human beings live by the breath of life, are mortal, subject to corruption and decay, without eternal life, except as the gift of God under God's terms and conditions as expressed in the Bible. We believe that God placed before Adam and Eve the choice of eternal life through obedience to God or death through sin. Adam and Eve yielded to temptation and disobeyed God. As a result, sin entered the world and, through sin, death. Death now reigns over all humanity because all have sinned (Genesis 1:26; 2 Peter 1:4; Hebrews 9:27; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Romans 5:12; Romans 6:23).

God's Law and Sin

We believe that sin is the transgression of the law. The law is spiritual, perfect, holy, just and good. The law defines God's love and is based upon the two great principles of love toward God and love toward neighbor. It is immutable and binding. The Ten Commandments are the 10 points of God's law of love. We believe that breaking any one point of the law brings upon a person the penalty of sin. We believe that this fundamental spiritual law reveals the only way to true life and the only possible way of happiness, peace and joy. All unhappiness, misery, anguish and woe have come from transgressing God's law (1 John 3:4 ; 1 John 5:3; Matthew 5:17-19; Matthew 22:37-40; James 2:10-11; Romans 2:5-9; Romans 7:12-14; Romans 13:8-10).

The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ

We believe God so loved the world of helpless sinners that He gave His only begotten Son, who, though in all points tempted as we are, lived without sin in the human flesh. That Son, Jesus Christ, died as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity. His life, because He is the creator of all humanity, is of greater value than the sum total of all human life. His death is, therefore, sufficient to pay the penalty for every human being's sins. In paying this penalty He has made it possible, according to God's plan for each person and for humanity as a whole, for us to have our sins forgiven and to be released from the death penalty (Hebrews 4:15; 9:15; Hebrews 10:12; John 1:18; John 3:16; Colossians 1:16-17, Col 1:22; 1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:10; Ephesians 1:11; Revelation 13:8).

Three Days and Three Nights

We believe that the Father raised Jesus Christ from the dead after His body lay three days and three nights in the grave, thus making immortality possible for mortal man. He thereafter ascended into heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate (1 Peter 1:17-21; 1 Peter 3:22; Matthew 12:40; 1 Corinthians 15:53; 2 Timothy 1:10; John 20:17; Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 12:2).

Repentance and Faith

We believe that all who truly repent of their sins in full surrender and willing obedience to God, and who by faith accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, have their sins forgiven by an act of divine grace. Such individuals are justified, pardoned from the penalty of sin and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, which literally abides within them and supplies the divine love that alone can fulfill the law and produce righteousness. They are baptized by the Spirit into the Body of Christ, which is the true Church of God. We believe in a true change in life and attitude. Only those who have the indwelling presence of, and are being led by, the Holy Spirit are Christ's (Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19;Acts 5:29-32; 2 Corinthians 7:10; John 3:16; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:7-9; Romans 3:21-26; Romans 5:5; Romans 6:6; Romans 8:4, Romans 8:9-10, 14; Romans 13:10; Jeremiah 33:8; John 14:16-17; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Philippians 2:3-5).

Water Baptism and the Laying on of Hands

We believe in the ordinance of water baptism by immersion after repentance. Through the laying on of hands, with prayer, the believer receives the Holy Spirit and becomes a part of the spiritual Body of Jesus Christ (Matthew 3:13, 16; John 3:23; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:5-6; 1 Corinthians 12:13).

The Sabbath Day

We believe that the seventh day of the week is the Sabbath of the Lord our God. On this day we are commanded to rest from our labors and worship God, following the teachings and example of Jesus, the apostles and the New Testament Church (Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:8-11; Exodus 31:13-17; Leviticus 23:3; Isaiah 58:13; Hebrews 4:4-10; Mark 1:21; Mark 2:27-28; Mark 6:2; Acts 13:42-44; Acts 17:2; Acts 18:4; Luke 4:31).

The Passover

We believe in observing the New Testament Passover on the night of the 14th of Abib, the anniversary of the death of our Savior (Leviticus 23:5; Luke 22:13-14).

The Festivals of God

We believe in the commanded observance of the seven annual festivals that were given to ancient Israel by God; were kept by Jesus Christ, the apostles and the New Testament Church; and will be observed by all mankind during Christ's millennial reign. These festivals reveal God's plan of salvation (Colossians 2:16-17; 1 Peter 1:19-20; 1 Corinthians 5:8; 1 Cor 15:22-26; 1 Cor 16:8; James 1:18; Exodus 23:14-17; Leviticus 23; Luke 2:41-42; Luke 22:14-15; John 7:2, 8, 10, 14; Acts 2:1; Acts 18:21; Acts 20:16; Zechariah 14:16-21).

God's Food Laws

We believe that those meats that are designated unclean by God in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 are not to be eaten.

Military Service and War

We believe that Christians are forbidden by the commandments of God from taking human life directly or indirectly and that bearing arms is contrary to this fundamental belief. Therefore, we believe that Christians should not voluntarily become engaged in military service. If they are involuntarily engaged in military service, we believe they should refuse conscientiously to bear arms and, to the extent possible, refuse to come under military authority (Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:21-22; 1 Corinthians 7:21-23; Acts 5:29).

Promises to Abraham

We believe in God's enduring righteousness. That righteousness is demonstrated by God's faithfulness in fulfilling all the promises He made to the father of the faithful, Abraham. As promised, God multiplied Abraham's lineal descendants so that Abraham literally became the "father" of many nations. We believe that God, as promised, materially prospered Abraham's lineal descendants Isaac and Jacob (whose name He later changed to Israel). We believe that God, through Abraham's Seed, Jesus Christ, is making salvation available to all humanity regardless of physical lineage. Salvation is not, therefore, a right of birth. It is freely open to all whom God calls, and those who are regarded as descendants of Abraham are those of the faith, heirs according to the promises. We believe that the knowledge that God has fulfilled and continues to fulfill the physical promises made to Abraham and his children, and that He is fulfilling the spiritual promise through Jesus Christ, is critical to understanding the message of the prophets and its application to the world (Psalm 111:1-10; Romans 4:16; Romans 9:7-8; Galatians 3:16; Genesis 32:28).

God's Purpose for Mankind

We believe God's purpose for mankind is to prepare those whom He calls—and who elect through a life of overcoming sin, developing righteous character and growing in grace and knowledge—to possess God's Kingdom and become kings and priests reigning with Christ at His return. We believe that the reason for mankind's existence is literally to be born as spirit beings into the family of God (Romans 6:15-16; Romans 8:14-17, 30; Acts 2:39; 2 Peter 3:18; Revelation 3:5; Rev 5:10).

The Church

We believe that the Church is that body of believers who have received and are being led by the Holy Spirit. The true Church of God is a spiritual organism. Its biblical name is "the Church of God." We believe that the mission of the Church is to preach the gospel (good news) of the coming Kingdom of God to all nations as a witness and to help reconcile to God such people as are now being called. We believe that it is also the mission of the Church of God to strengthen, edify and nurture the children of God in the love and admonition of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38-39, 47; Acts 20:28; Romans 8:14; Romans 14:19; Ephesians 1:22-23; Eph 3:14; Eph 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Cor 10:32; 1 Cor 11:16, 22; 1 Cor 12:27; 1 Cor 14:26; 1 Cor 15:9; 2 Corinthians 1:1-2; 2 Cor 5:18-20; Galatians 1:13; 1 Thessalonians 2:14; 2 Thessalonians 1:4; 1 Timothy 3:5, 15; Mark 16:15; Matthew 24:14; Mat 28:18-20; John 6:44, 65; John 17:11, 16).

Tithing

We believe in tithing as a way of honoring God with our substance and as a means of serving Him in the preaching of the gospel, the care of the Church, attending the festivals and helping the needy (Proverbs 3:9-10; Genesis 14:17-20; 1 Corinthians 9:7-14; Numbers 18:21; Deuteronomy 14:22-29).

The Resurrections and Eternal Judgment

We believe that the only hope of eternal life for mortal humans lies in the resurrection through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We believe that at the return of Jesus Christ a resurrection to spirit life will take place for all who have been God's faithful servants. We believe that after Jesus Christ has ruled on earth for 1,000 years there will be a resurrection to physical life of the vast majority of all people who have ever lived. We believe that, after these people have had an opportunity to live a physical life if they become converted they, too, will receive eternal life. We also believe that those who reject God's offer of salvation will reap eternal death (1 Corinthians 15:19, 42-52; Acts 23:6; John 5:21-29; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:10-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Revelation 20:4-5, 11-15; John 3:16; Matthew 25:46).

Jesus Christ's Return and Coming Reign

We believe in the personal, visible, premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ to rule the nations on earth as King of Kings and to continue His priestly office as Lord of Lords. At that time, He will sit upon the throne of David. During His 1,000-year reign on the earth, He will restore all things and establish the Kingdom of God forever (Matthew 24:30, 44; Revelation 1:7; Rev 11:15; Rev 19:16; Rev 20:4-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16; John 14:3; Isaiah 9:7; Isaiah 40:10-12; Hebrews 7:24; Jeremiah 23:5; Luke 1:32-33; Acts 1:11; 3:21; 15:16; Daniel 7:14, 18, 27).

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  • Max Cook

    13 July 2017 at 11:25 | #

    Thanks, your messages are all so inspiring and SO correct. Everyday Christianity seems to have lost the plot along the way. Your grasp makes the best sense.
    Kind regards Max

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  • Melissa

    02 June 2018 at 14:56 | #

    Hello,
    I have just discovered ucg and I have a question regarding the Holy Spirit.
    Above it is written;

    “Through the laying on of hands, with prayer, the believer receives the Holy Spirit and becomes a part of the spiritual Body of Jesus Christ ”

    How does this work in comparison to praying and individually asking for the Holy Spirit?

    In the Bible we are taught to ask.

    I know that there is reference to laying of hands and the Holy Spirit being imparted, but can you really say that this is 100% of the time.. or possibly only in special cases?
    Since God knows the heart, not man. And many people, as we know, get baptised for the wrong reasons (like religious pressures).
    So how would it be possible, through the laying of hands to impart the gift of the Holy Spirit, if God KNOWS the heart isn’t right.

    Also, there are some people who need to be freed from specific sins in their lives, tied to the occult and other practices, and only after they are delivered can the Holy Spirit live in them. (Some people can be delivered straight away by the grace of God, some have be delivered in other ways through God for learning etc)

    Yes, the Holy Spirit can guide us, and is around us, speaks to us etc., but once we are FILLED with the Holy Spirit, it’s a different story. Then we have a greater power in Christ our Lord and a closer relationship with God.

    I think it would be good to convey the complete truth about this matter, that not only through the laying of hands can you, or do you receive the Holy Spirit, as God imparts this gift, not people. He can use people of course, if HE decides to give the gift, but not just because one is baptised and prayed for.

    Thank you.

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    • UCG-A

      14 June 2018 at 14:27 | #

      Thank you for your questions concerning the Holy Spirit of God. Although God may choose to deal with people in any way He chooses, His biblical teaching is that baptism and the laying on of hands is a requirement before receiving His Holy Spirit in this New Covenant era. Hopefully the following information will be of help to you in considering this subject. You have indicated that one may receive the Holy Spirit of God without baptism and the laying on of hands. You may be referring to Luke 11:13 which says: 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!

      This scripture must be read in context of what God reveals to us under the New Covenant teachings. The scripture is of course correct, but other scriptures set the parameters of the conditions applicable. In Luke 11:1-13, Jesus is speaking to His disciples who would later become the apostles and would lead the Church that Jesus was forming, He being the Head of the Church (Ephesians 5:23). They asked Him how to pray and Jesus answered and also showed them that they should ask for God’s Spirit with perseverance (other scriptures show the Spirit was to be used to benefit others and to do the work of God). However at the time of this incident, the Spirit had not been given (John 7:39). The admonitions that Jesus was giving were for those present who would become leaders of His future Church.

      Ephesians 4:4-7, 11-16 is instructive in showing that the Church is the vehicle that Jesus Christ works through today which includes the proclamation of the true gospel of the coming Kingdom of God (Mark 16:15,16). These verses in Ephesians 4 also show that those called into the Church work together to achieve the will of God. There is no such concept as an individual christian separate from the Body of Christ in the book of Ephesians or elsewhere. Nor is there a concept of many churches (Ephesians 4:4, Colossians 3:15).

      God through His Holy Word (the bible), teaches that in this New Covenant era, there is only one process in which we can become part of this spiritual Body. This process is explained biblically below. If those God is calling into His Church follow this process and stay faithful to the end, they will be resurrected into the Father’s eternal spiritual family at Christ’s second coming (1 Thessalonians 4:16), as the firstborn of God’s spiritual creation. This is called the first resurrection. Most will follow this same path to salvation during the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ, when Satan the deceiver will not be around. In addition, those who have not been given their chance for salvation in this age of Satan’s deception on the earth, will be given their chance in the second resurrection, which is a resurrection to physical life (Ezekiel 37). God will give all mankind a clear opportunity for salvation at some point of time in their lives which is a great blessing to know.

      However, all this does not preclude God also helping those who are not being called at this time or in this age today. He can still answer their prayers if they come to Him humbly and in accordance with their understanding and faith. God can help them in their needs (and in overcoming addictions as you mentioned). God is an active hands-on God and can prepare people through their lives until he actually opens their minds fully to the truths of the bible — at which time they can then understand what is required of them to become His begotten children (1 John 5:18 ASV). God helping people in this age through His Holy Spirit is a completely different situation to the Father calling someone now to be in His spiritual family for eternity.

      You mentioned that a person may be baptised and have hands laid on them for the wrong reasons. This is correct. Baptism is an outward sign of inner repentance and conversion. If a person has not been called and has not repented, God will not grant His Holy Spirit, even though they have been baptised and had hands laid upon them. In other words, the ministry who lay hands on someone, do not themselves grant the Holy Spirit as you also may have suggested, only God can do that. But it is a requirement of God that a person coming into His Body (the Church), has hands laid upon them if they want to be begotten of the Holy Spirit and become part of His Church, His Body on this earth today. By doing this, the person is also acknowledging that God works through His one spiritual Church as it says in Ephesians chapter 4. Christ also warns that there are many false churches peddling a non-biblical brand of christianity (Matthew 24:11, 24, 7:15, 2 Peter 2:1) and teaching a different gospel (2 Corinthians 11:4, Galatians 1:6). In the final summary, God’s Word must be our guide, not man’s traditions and reasonings.

      The New Testament shows that there are four major steps which need to take place to receive God’s Holy Spirit in the New Covenant era and I would like to elaborate on these four steps.

      STEP 1 - We must first be called by God.
      John 6:44 44 "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
      John 4:65 65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”
      From the time when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, the human family has been cut off from access to the gift of eternal life (Genesis 3:24). From that point, the human family has lived and died according to human understanding and the influences of the god of this world, Satan. The Old Testament is an historical record of God’s dealings with human beings and, apart from a few of God’s servants in Old Testament times, it was not until Christ came and died for the sins of the world that God again provided access to eternal life – through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. But, in this era, access to the gift of the Holy Spirit is limited to those whom God the Father chooses to draw to Christ. The Scriptures refer to our being drawn by God the Father to Christ as a calling – a holy heavenly calling.
      2 Timothy 1:8-9 8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,
      Hebrews 3:1 1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,
      1 Corinthians 1:26-27 26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
      It is God the Father who chooses whom He will call to Christ, and when He will call them. Not all are being called during this age. The timing of the calling of each person to Christ is in His hands.
      1 Corinthians 2:10-12 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
      Only by and through the Spirit of God can we understand the Word of God in which the things of God are recorded. Through God’s calling, the Word of God – the Bible – takes on a whole new meaning. A quiet miracle takes place in our minds. We develop a thirst to understand the Bible. And there are new challenges to face. In this part of the process, God’s Holy Spirit works with our minds, rather than being part of us.

      STEP 2 - We must repent and have faith (repent means to change direction — to become fully committed to God).
      The calling of God requires a response from each person drawn by the Father to Christ. As beings of free choice, we can respond to this calling, or we can reject it. The response that God is looking for is repentance. Repentance means ‘changing direction’ so that we are now fully committed to God and the instructions in His Word. Repentance simply means to stop doing what is wrong and start living in harmony with God’s ways and His laws. We also develop the assurance that through faith in Christ’s sacrifice we are forgiven by God, the death penalty for our sins has been paid in our stead, and we are brought into a right relationship with God the Father and with Jesus Christ.
      2 Peter 3:9 9 The Lord is ….. long suffering towards us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
      Mark 1:14 14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

      STEP 3 - We must be baptised.
      Acts 2:36-38 36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” 37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
      When the Bible refers to baptism, it means to be totally immersed in water. When a person is baptised, he or she goes completely under water which is symbolic of a deeper meaning. Baptism is an outward sign of an inward change of heart and mind. Baptism pictures a death, a burial, and a resurrection. In baptism, as we go under the water, we are symbolically burying the old former ways; we are putting to death the self and its demands, and rising out of the water to a new way of life – God’s way of life. This is the process God has ordained. Man cannot negate what God has purposed. God’s Church follows carefully God’s instructions on these matters.
      Mark 16: 15-16 15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
      Belief or faith by itself is not enough. Baptism is required for salvation. Baptism is part of God’s instructions and is part of the process to receive God’s Holy Spirit. “He who believes and is baptised will be saved” said Jesus.

      STEP 4 - We must have the laying on of hands by the ministry.
      In Acts 8 we have the example of people who were baptised but did not receive the Spirit of God until hands were laid on them by the ministry.
      Acts 8: 4-8 4 Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word 5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. 6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. 8 And there was great joy in that city.
      Acts 8:14-17 14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
      As explained by the above verses, to receive the Holy Spirit of God, baptism was not enough. The laying on of hands by God’s ministry was required. We follow this example today. Following baptism, the minister lays his hands on the newly baptised person and prays that God will grant that person the gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell in them — as the down payment, the guarantee of eternal life. There is an assumption among some that basically anyone can lay hands on a newly baptised person, or that the congregation, or a group from a congregation, can lay hands on a newly baptised person and the Holy Spirit will be granted. There is no scriptural evidence to support this approach. For anyone not in the ministry to lay hands on another for the receipt of the Holy Spirit is presumptuous. They may be held accountable because they have possibly led one of God’s precious ones astray – they have possibly led a new person in the faith to believe he or she now has the Spirit of God when the biblical model has not been followed.

      We must follow the prescribed manner as outlined in the Word of God, then we can have confidence and faith that God will perform what He has promised. God makes the rules, not human beings. In the Scriptures we see that the Holy Spirit is given by the laying on of hands performed by the ministry after repentance has been demonstrated. And God honours that process. He may not honour something He has not ordained.
      After receiving the Holy Spirit, a person must grow into the fulness of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:13), waiting patiently for their spiritual birth into the Kingdom of God (1 Thessalonians 4:16). They will then reign with Christ in His everlasting Kingdom (2 Timothy 2:12, Revelation 20:6), and be with Him forever.

      Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

      1Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

      I would recommend five booklets which put together scriptures on aspects of these important subjects. These booklets may be read online, downloaded, or hard copies may be requested (at no cost or follow-up).

      The Power of the Holy Spirit
      The Road to Eternal Life
      Transforming Your Life - The Process of Conversion
      The Church Jesus Built
      God’s Holy Day Plan

      I trust this information will be helpful in your studies and we wish you well.

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The United Church of God encourages loving and faithful obedience to the Creator God our Father, with the hope and promise of Salvation made possible through Jesus Christ. We learn about God and His desire for mankind though the revelation of His Law and the rest of inspired Scripture, as taught and interpretted by Jesus. We teach love toward our fellowman without regard to race or creed.

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