Langley Church of God

2444 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Graniteville, SC   29829
(803) 593 – 9373
 
langleycog.office@gmail.com

#beingthechurch

 
The mission of the Langley Church of God is simple #beingthechurch.  Our desire is to be more than a church building or a set of classes but to live the mission of the church always.
Our prayer is that we are the “Salt & Light” unto the community.
 
There are three areas we focus on in #beingthechurch
 
GOD FOCUSED
 
The Langley COG is a church that is focused on Christ and Him glorified.  Each week we gather together for a corporate worship service.  Here we experience a time of worship, a challenging message from our pastor and a commission to go out. 
 
We have two main unity services Sunday AM and Sunday PM.
 
Worship of God is the key to a changed life.   We believe that music helps us get focused on God.  We also believe that giving is a part of our worship. 
 
DISCIPLE MAKING
 
The Langley COG is made up of people who are disciples of Christ. 
 
Disciple making is the key to helping people draw close to God and allow Him to lead their lives.
 
 
COMMUNITY ENGAGED
 
Our goal is to impact the community around us with love, acceptance and forgivness.  We are not just called to stay in a builiding but to go out into our community and make a difference. #beingthechurch.
 
We have many community clusters that meet in our community.  

Church of God is…

The Church of God was founded in 1886 upon the principles of Christ as they are revealed in the Bible, the Word of God. It has its foundation of faith and practice in the Scriptures and the vital experience of its constituents is scripturally oriented.

CHRISTIAN

First and foremost, the Church of God is a determinedly Christian church. It is built upon the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The doctrines and practices of the church are based upon His teachings.

 

PROTESTANT

The Church of God is founded upon the principles of Protestantism, although it is not a traditional follower of any specific leader of the Protestant Reformation. The denomination stands firmly for justification by faith, the priesthood of believers, the authority of the Bible, religious freedom, and the separation of church and state. It stands against abuses and extravagance of ecclesiastical ritualism and dogmatism.

 

FOUNDATIONAL

The Church of God subscribes to the following five foundational Christian doctrines:

  1. The inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible.
  2. The virgin birth and complete deity of Christ.
  3. The atoning sacrifice of Christ’s death for the sins of the world.
  4. The literal resurrection of the body.
  5. Christ’s second coming in bodily form to earth.

 

EVANGELICAL

Evangelical is the term used to describe those who affirm the primary doctrines revealed in the Scriptures. These doctrines include the inspiration and authority of the Word of God; the Trinity; the deity and virgin birth of Jesus Christ; salvation by faith in the atoning death of Christ; His bodily resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father; the ministry of the Holy Spirit; the second coming of Christ; and the spiritual unity of believers in Jesus Christ.

The Church of God has aligned itself with the basic statement of faith of NAE (National Association of Evangelicals) the largest association of Evangelicals in the USA. Members of NAE subscribe to a common statement of faith. The Church of God can be described as positioned in the mainstream of Evangelical Protestantism.

 

PENTECOSTAL

In 1896, many members of the Church of God experienced a spiritual outpouring they identified as the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Because it was so similar to the experience of the early Christians on the day of Pentecost, it came to be called a Pentecostal experience, an enrichment of the Christian life through the power of the Holy Spirit that empowered believers to be effective witnesses of Christ. The principle distinctive of the Church of God as a Pentecostal organization is its belief in speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance and that this is the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

 

CHARISMATIC

The charismata (Gk.) or gifts of the Spirit appeared early in the life and ministry of the Church of God. The gifts can be divided into three categories: the gifts of revelation, the gifts of power and the gifts of utterance or inspiration. The gifts of revelation are the gifts of the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge and the discerning of spirits. The gifts of power are faith, miracles, and gifts of healing. The gifts of utterance and inspiration are prophecy, tongues and interpretation. The Holy Spirit bestows these gifts and those who accept the validity of these gifts are called charismatic.

 

EVANGELISTIC

From its inception the Church of God has been a revival movement. Evangelism has been in the forefront of all its activities. The church has maintained an aggressive effort to take the message of Christ throughout the world by all means and methods. Every program of the church reflects an evangelistic attitude: revivalism, conferences, worship services, teaching, preaching and its missionary efforts.

 

ORGANIZED

The magnitude of the Great Commission requires a united effort. This united endeavor is efficiently served by guidance, support, resources and leadership from a common center. The Church of God is centrally organized. Centralized church government is administration from the international, state or territorial and local levels. It helps facilitate the fulfillment of the mission of the church.

The control of the Church of God rests with the laity and ministers, who jointly form a governing body called the General Assembly which meets biennially. Benefits of centralized government include the following: uniformity of doctrine and practice; principles that bind together local churches in the same manner; membership commitments in all churches; expansion and extension of fellowship; accountability; cooperative decision-making; and united efforts in evangelism and world outreach.

WHY DO WE WORSHIP GOD?

YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND HIM ONLY SHALL YOU SERVE. MATTHEW 4:10

O COME, LET US WORSHIP AND BOW DOWN: LET US KNEEL BEFORE THE LORD OUR MAKER PS 95:6

FOR ALL NATIONS SHALL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE THEE REV 15:4

 

HOW SHOULD WE WORSHIP GOD?

BUT THE HOUSE COMES, AND NOW IS, WHEN THE TRUE WORSHIPERS SHALL WORSHIP THE FATHER IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH: FOR THE FATHER SEEKS SUCH TO WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH JOHN 4:23-24

FOR WE ARE THE CIRCUMCISION, WHICH WORSHIP GOD IN THE SPIRIT, AND REJOICE IN CHRIST JESUS AND HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH PHILIPPIANS 3:3

O WORSHIP THE LORD IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS PSALMS 96:9

 

WHY DO WE STAND TO SING?

AND THE LEVITES . . . STOOD UP TO PRAISE THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL WITH A LOUD VOICE ON HIGH 11 CHRONICLES 20:19

AFTER THIS I BEHELD, AND LO, A GREAT MULTITUDE, WHICH NO MAN COULD NUMBER, OF ALL NATIONS, AND KINDREDS, AND PEOPLE OF ALL NATIONS, AND KINDREDS, AND PEOPLE AND TONGUES, STOOD BEFORE THE THRONE AND THE LAMB, CLOTHE WITH WHITE ROBES, AND PALMS IN THEIR HANDS: AND CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE, SAYING, SALVATION TO OUR GOD WHICH SITS UPON THE THRONE AND UNTO THE LAMB. REVEVELATION 7:9,10

 

WHY DO WE CLAP OUT HANDS?

O CLAP YOUR HANDS, ALL YE PEOPLE, SHOUT UNTO GOD WITH A VOICE OF TRIUMPH! PSALMS 47:1

 

WHY DO WE LIFT OUR HANDS?

THUS WILL I BLESS THEE WHILE I LIVE. I WILL LIFT UP MY HANDS IN THY NAME. PS 63:4

LIFT UP YOUR HANDS IN THE SANITARY, AND BLESS THE LORD PSALMS 134:2

I WILL THEREFORE THAT MEN PRAY EVERYWHERE, LIFTING UP

HOLY HANDS, WITHOUT WRATH AND DOUBTING 1 TIMOTHY 2:8

 

WHY DO WE HAVE AUDIBLE PRAISE UNTO GOD?

BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL: AND ALL THAT IS WITHIN ME, BLESS HIS HOLY NAME PSALMS 103:1

BY HIM THEREFORE LET US OFFER THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE TO GOD CONTINUALLY, THAT IS, THE FRUIT OF OUT LIPS GIVING THANKS TO HIS NAME. HEBREWS 13:5

AND AFTER THESE THINGS I HEARD A GREAT VOICE OF MUCH PEOPLE IN HEAVEN, SAYING ALLELUIA; SALVATION, AND GLORY, AND HONOR, AND POWER UNTO THE LORD OUR GOD . . . AND I HEARD AS IT WERE THE VOICE OF A GREAT MULTITUDE, AND AS THE VOICE OF MIGHT THUNDERINGS, SAYING, ALLELUIA: FOR THE LORD GOD OMNIPOTENT REIGNS REVELATION 19:1,6

 

WHY DO WE DANCE BEFORE THE LORD?

PRAISE YE THE LORD. SING UNTO THE LORD A NEW SONG, AND HIS PRAISE IN THE CONGREGATION OF SAINTS. LET ISRAEL REJOICE IN THEIR KING. LET THEM PRAISE HIS NAME IN THE DANCE: LET THEM SING PRAISES UNTO THE TIMBREL AND HARP. PSALMS 149:1-3

 

WHY DO WE SING IN TONGUES AND IN ENGLISH?

FOR IS I PRAY IN AN UNKNOWN TONGUE, MY SPIRIT PRAYS, BUT MY UNDERSTANDING IN UNFRUITFUL. WHAT IS IT THEN I WILL PRAY WITH THE SPIRIT, AND I WILL PRAY WITH THE UNDERSTANDING ALSO: I WILL SING WITH SPIRIT, AND I WILL SING WITH THE UNDERSTANDING ALSO. 1 COR 14:14-15

 

WHY DO WE PRAY WITH LAYING ON OF THE HANDS AND ANOINTING WITH OIL?

THEY SHALL LAY HANDS ON THE SICK, AND THEY SHALL RECOVER MARK 16;18

IS ANY SICK AMONG YOU? LET HIM CALL FOR THE ELDERS OF THE CHURCH: AND LET THEM PRAY OVER HIM, ANOINTING HIM WITH OIL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JAMES 5:14
 

WHY DO WE HAVE SPEAKING IN UNKNOWN TONGUES AND TH INTERPRETATION IN THE CHURCH?

WHEREFORE, BRETHREN, COVET TO PROPHESY, AND FORBID NOT TO SPEAK WITH TONGUES 1 CORINTHIANS 14:39

BUT THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SPIRIT IS GIVEN TO EVERY MAN TO PROFIT WITHAL . . . TO ANOTHER DIVERS KIND OF TONGUES: TO ANOTHER THE INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES 1 CORINTHIANS 12: 7& 10

I WOULD THAT YE ALL SPAKE WITH TONGUES BUT THAT PROPHESIES THAN THE THAT SPEAKS WITH TONGUES, EXCEPT HE INTERPRET, THAT THE CHURCH MAY RECEIVE EDIFYING 1 CORINTHIANS 14:5

IF ANY MAN SPEAK IN AN UNKNOWN TONGUE, LET IT BE BY TWO, OR AT THE MOST THREE, AND THAT BY COURSE, AND LET ON INTERPRET 1 CORINTHIANS 14;27

 

WHY DO WE PROPHESY?

BUT HE THAT PROPHESIES SPEAKS UNTO MEN TO EDIFICATION, AND EXHORTATION, AND COMFORT 1 CORINTHIANS 14:3

FOLLOW AFTER CHARITY, AND DESIRE SPIRITUAL GIFTS, BUT RATHER THAT YE MAY PROPHESY 1 CORINTHIANS 14:1

 

WHY ARE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS A PART OF THE WORSHIP SERVICE?

PRAISE HIM WITH THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET: PRAISE HIM WITH THE PSALTERY AND HARP. PRAISE HIM WITH THE TIMBREL AND DANCE. PRAISE HIM WITH THE STRINGED INSTRUMENTS AND ORGANS. PRAISE HIM UPON THE LOUD CYMBALS. PRAISE HIM UPON THE HIGH SOUNDING CYMBALS. PSALMS 150:3-5

 

WHY DOES THE WHOLE CHURCH PRAY AT ONCE FOR SPECIFIC NEEDS?

AND WHEN THEY HEARD THAT , THEY LIFTED UP THEIR VOICE TO GOD WITH ONE ACCORD, AND SAID, LORD THOU ART GOD, WHICH HAST MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH . . . ACTS 4:24

 

 

Declaration of Faith

The Church of God believes the whole Bible to be completely and equally inspired and that it is the written Word of God. The Church of God has adopted the following Declaration of Faith as its standard and official expression of its doctrine.

We Believe:

  • In the verbal inspiration of the Bible.
  • In one God eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
  • That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor.
  • That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins.
  • That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
  • In sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word, and by the Holy Ghost.
  • Holiness to be God’s standard of living for His people.
  • In the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.
  • In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
  • In water baptism by immersion, and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
  • Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement.
  • In the Lord’s Supper and washing of the saints’ feet.
  • In the premillennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.
  • In the bodily resurrection; eternal life for the righteous, and eternal punishment for the wicked.