Do I have to change my religion to attend this church?
We are not looking to “convert” anyone to a different form of Christianity. At Bethpage Assembly of God Church, our sole mission is to point people to the Bible as the sole source of Christian truth. People from many different denominations attend our services and all are welcome!
What do we believe?
We believe the Bible (both the Old and New Testaments) is the inerrant and inspired Word of God. Written by over 40 authors in 66 separate books over a period of approximately 2,500 years, it contains the complete revelation of God to man. We believe in one God, revealed in three different persons called the Trinity, consisting of God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit.
Is our service called a “Mass”?
Our service is not called a “Mass” since that term means a religious ceremony in which Jesus Christ is re-sacrificed ceremonially for our sins. We believe that Christ was crucified once and for all 2,000 years ago and that He has accomplished His mssion of redemption for us and that He is now seated with God the Father on the throne of the universe. Since we emphasize the risen Christ, you will not see many crucifixes displayed depicting Christ on the cross. We prefer the cross to be visualized as empty since Christ is no longer on it.
Do we baptize infants or people?
We only baptize those who make a confession of faith in Christ and choose to accept Him as Lord and Savior of their own free will. Therefore, we do not baptize infants. Instead we dedicate infants to the Lord which is a cermony that calls upon the parents and friends of the child to be godly examples of Christianity.
Do we celebrate communion during the service?
Yes, communion as given by Jesus consists of sharing both bread and wine by all believers. Jesus specifically tells us “Do this in remembrance of me” in Luke 22:19. We celebrate communion once a month, typically the first Sunday of the month.
What about raising of hands and speaking in tongues?
See I Cor. 12 regarding Spiritual Gifts
Everyone will likely react differently when they have a deep, personal encounter with the Living God. The lifting up of hands is a sign of devotion and worship as mentioned in the Bible. There are many forms of demonstrative worship such as raising of hands, waving of palms, clapping of hands, shouts of praise, dancing and other forms. No worship should ever be done to call attention to one’s self but should focus solely on God.