WHO WE ARE
Because the Gospel (evangelion) of Jesus Christ is the centre of our faith. Because we are united with the churches of the Reformation through our common confession of faith (Creed). Because we maintain contact with other pentecostal Churches, Free Churches and Congregations, for example within the Evangelical Alliance and Arbeitsgemeinschaft Christlicher Kirchen (ACK, Association of Christian Churches in Germany).
Because we recognize and have experienced that through the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ still acts today. He leads us in a dynamic and powerful expression of our new life in Him. During our services, we desire to give room for the activity of the Holy Spirit in all of his variety. There are over 600 million people throughout the world who count themselves among the Pentecostal movement. It is therefore the biggest expression of the Evangelical Church and currently has the most dynamic growth.
Because we are a Church of volunteers, which means people make a conscious decision to follow Jesus Christ. As an expression of that decision, people old enough to make their own decisions, can decide to be baptized. Because our members help to shape our Church life on a voluntary basis. Because we receive voluntary contributions in form of donations from our members and friends.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that the Bible is the God-inspired and solely infaillible Word of God.
We believe in the presence of the one God, who was, is and remains the same in eternity. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the virgin birth, the substitutionary death of reconciliation, the physical resurrection, triumphant ascension to heaven and the constant intercession of the Lord Jesus Christ and that He will return for the rapture of His church and the completion of all things.
We believe that all true believers belong to the Church of Jesus Christ. We believe that every reborn and baptized believer shoud become part of a local biblical church.
We believe in the fall of man and redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ as the only way to receive personal salvation. This experience – known as salvation and being born again – is a work of the Holy Spirit and takes place in repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus.
We believe that all who have repented and wholeheartedly believe in Christ as their Lord and Savior should be baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:16)
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
We belive in the baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4: "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them."
Fruit of the Spirit
We believe that a true believer strives to live a holy life through the power of redemption and that he can be recognized by the fruit of the Spirit according to Galations 5:22: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."
Spiritual gifts (Charisma)
We believe that God works through spiritual gifts, services and workings of the Holy Spirit in the church for the benefit of all believers, to equip for ministry, build and encourage the church: "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work." (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
We believe that salvation also includes the healing of diseases through divine intervention.
We believe in the resurrection: in eternal glory for all who accept the divine salvation in Jesus Christ by faith and in condemnation for all who indifferently live without Christ.
God's Word, the Bible, determines our thinking and actions and is the standard of our relationship with God and the relationship with each other. For this reason, the following values are the most important to us:
Authenticity, Honesty, Credibility
Authentic and truthful in all that we say and do, including our relationships to one another.
Passion and Excitement
To serve Jesus and his Church cheerfully, with all our heart, our soul and our might, and with a passion in a way that’s contagious.
To encounter everyone unbiased and with a compassionate heart.
Commitment and Liability
Willingness to invest ourselves and our capabilities. Faithful and reliable in our service in the church and in our relationships with one another.
No one expects perfection but we are willing to give our best for the glory of God and out of respect for one another.
It’s not about self-realization but rather about growing in our dependence on Jesus Christ and about serving one another.