Membership at The Epicenter Church means that the individual becomes a part of the whole. It means a mutual commitment of all the members to each other; a commitment to love each other, to care for each other, and to support each other. It is realized in worshipping together, working together in common goals, and growing together on a clear pathway to Christ-likeness. As a member, you will become a recognized part of this group of Christ followers and enjoy all the benefits of shared commitment, support, and accountability.
Our vision is defined as a compelling picture of what should be. The Epicenter Church vision is the collective picture of where we are going, what we are building and who we are becoming. The Epicenter’s vision is “To Disciple Minds, To Disciple The WORLD…..” Our mission: is to Transform Lives through Relevant, Biblical, and Practical Teaching for Spiritual Empowerment. Our vision is “To Disciple Minds, To Disciple The WORLD…..”
Repentance and Conversion Pardon and forgiveness of sins is obtained by genuine repentance, a confessing and forsaking of sins. We are justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:1). John the Baptist preached repentance, Jesus proclaimed it, and the Apostles emphasized it to both Jews and Gentiles. (Acts 2:38, 11:18, 17:30). The word “repentance” comes from several Greek words which mean, change of views and purpose, change of heart, change of mind, change of life, to transform, etc. Jesus said, “… except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). Luke 24:47 says, “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem”.
Water Baptism The scriptural mode of baptism is immersion, and is only for those who have fully repented, having turned from their sins and a love of the world. It should be administered by a duly authorized minister of the Gospel, in obedience to the Word of God, and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the Acts of the Apostles 2: 38. 8:16, 10:48, 19:5; thus obeying and fulfilling Matthew 28:19.
The Baptism of the Holy Ghost John the Baptist, in Matthew 3:11, said, “…He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire”. Jesus, in Acts 1:5, said, “Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence”. Luke tells us in Acts 2:4,.. “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit”, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance”. The terms “baptize with the Holy Ghost and fire”, “filled with the Holy Spirit”, and the “gift of the Holy Ghost” are synonymous terms used interchangeably in the Bible. It is scriptural to expect all who receive the gift, filing, or baptism of the Holy Ghost to receive the same physical, initial sign of speaking with other tongues. The speaking with other tongues, as recorded in Acts 2:4, 10:46, and 19:6, and the gift of tongues, as explained in 1 Corinthians, chapters 12 and 14, are the same in essence, but different in use and purpose. The Lord through the Prophet Joel, said, “ … I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh;…” ( Joel 2:38).
In One God Whose Name Is Jesus In the gospel of Jesus Christ, which declares Him to be the only begotten Son of God, who was born of a virgin and who lived to show us the words and works of God. As the Savior, He was crucified and died on the cross in our place to be the supreme sacrifice for sin. He was buried in a tomb but rose again the third day, as the Scriptures foretold, and is now exalted as King of kings and Lord of lords. As God manifested in the flesh, He is true God and true man; in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. (Acts 10:38 -40; I Corinthians 15: 1-4; Colossians 2:9)