Family Life Church is associated of the Foursquare Denomination. Foursquare was founded in 1922 by an evangelist, Aimee Semple McPherson. Family Life Church (also known as the Waukegan Foursquare Church) was founded in the late 1920s, following one of McPherson”s Chicago-area evangelistic campaigns.
The Apostle Paul once wrote these words: “Watch your life and doctrine closely.” To have an outward display of Christianity but have wrong doctrine is as inadequate as to have the right doctrine, but not be living it. In the Foursquare Church we stress both. Our doctrine comes from the Bible. We believe that God the Holy Spirit inspired the Bible to be written as He moved upon His prophets. Since the Holy Spirit inspired it, the Bible is trustworthy and true in all it says. The Foursquare Church emphasizes four main ministries of Jesus Christ:
#1 Jesus is the Savior
All people have rebelled against God. This rebellion is called sin. The only provision God has made for forgiveness is through Jesus. When Jesus died on the cross, He was taking our sins upon Himself, dying in our stead.
“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
#2 Jesus is the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised to ask the Father to send the Comforter. “Comforter” is another name for the Holy Spirit. Shortly after the Ascension, while the disciples were still in Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit came upon them. This fulfilled the words of Jesus…
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
Throughout the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit came upon numerous followers of Jesus, meaning that the Baptism in the Spirit was not just for the original twelve disciples. The power of the Holy Spirit is a gift, not a reward. It is always for the purpose of promoting Jesus.
#3 Jesus is the Healer
Everyone who knows anything about the ministry of Jesus knows that He healed many, many people. He healed out of His compassion and love. The Bible says that Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Thus Jesus is still a God of compassion and love. Therefore He still heals today!
“Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil, in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:14-16)
#4 Jesus is the returning King
The first time Jesus came, He was born in relative obscurity. The next time He comes He will come with power. Actually, there are more prophecies in the Bible about the second coming of Jesus than about the first!
“For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
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