What We Believe

The Church of God in Trumann, AR is one of many local Church of God's that are located throughout the world. In each of our local churches we bear the same name, strive to adhere to the same Biblical teachings, operate within the same New Testament governmental principles as outlined in the scripture, and have the same General Headquarters
(located in Cleveland, TN).
Our # 1 mission is to fulfill the commission that Christ Jesus entrusted in our care when He organized The Church of God around A.D. 28 cf. (Mark 3:13,14 ; Luke 6:12-16). In fulfilling that commission we purpose to spread the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ throughout this world by every means available to us, to equip the born again believer with the spiritual armor needed to fight the good fight of faith.  


 The Church of God accepts the whole Bible rightly divided as our guidebook by which to follow and live. The following are just a few of the Fundamental Truths we adhere to from the Bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.


The Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God.


That there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Deuteronomy 4:35; 6:4; Genesis 1:26; 11:7; Isaiah 6:8; Luke 3:21,22;
John 5:37; John 1:1,14


God has revealed himself to us through his Son,
Jesus Christ, who is the visible image of the invisible God,
the Holy Scriptures.
In the deity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in the physical miracles He performed, in His redemptive work on the cross, in His bodily resurrection from the grave, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His return in power and glory at the second coming.  
 John 1:1-14;


Humans, both male and female, were created in God's image for His glory. The first humans, Adam and Eve, were created without sin and appointed as caretakers of the rest of God's creations.

The Fall

When Adam and Eve chose not to obey God, they ceased to be what they were made to be and became distorted images of God. This caused them to fall out of fellowship with God, and fractured all of creation ever since that time.
All have sinned and are in need of salvation. Humanity's only hope of redemption and salvation is through repentance of sin and faith of what Christ did for us on the Cross.
Romans 3:23


Jesus Christ came to reconcile us with God. He lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions. God raised him from the dead and now, by grace, offers as a free gift eternal life to all who follow Christ, by faith, as their Lord and Savior. That is why salvation can be found in Christ alone.

Repentance is the act of turning from and forsaking sin.
Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3; Acts 3:19.

Justification is a state and an act. It is the state of being void of offense toward God by the act of God's forgiveness of the transgressions for which one has repented.
Romans 5:1-9; Titus 3:7.

Regeneration is an act of God performed in the justified heart whereby new, spiritual life is generated.
Titus 3:5. ... Regeneration is simultaneous with the new birth.
Matthew 19:28.
 To be born again is to become a new creature in Christ and a child of God. This new birth is the result of repentance, justification and regeneration and is accompanied by a definite inner witness.
John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 3:9. ...
The new birth is a prerequisite for the experience of sanctification.


Water baptism is the act of being immersed in water according to the instructions of Christ. This represents that the person being baptized has already passed from spiritual death unto spiritual life by them placing their faith in what Christ did for us on the Cross and them repenting and forsaking of their sins. Although this ordinance has no power to wash away sin, it represents the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Only those who have already been born again are eligible for water baptism.
Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:8-10; John 3:22, 23;
Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47, 48; 16:33.

Sanctification / Holiness

Sanctification is the second definite work of grace, an instantaneous work wrought in the regenerated heart by the Holy Ghost with the blood of Christ. In regeneration actual transgressions are forgiven, but in sanctification the Adamic nature, or inbred sin, is eradicated. Sanctification restores man to the holy estate of Adam before the fall, and gives him the grace to live a life of holiness, thus making him eligible for the indwelling of the Holy Ghost. Sanctification is
subsequent to justification.
Romans 5:2; 1Corinthians 1:30; I Thessalonians 4:3;
Hebrews 13:12; 1 John 1,9.

Holiness is the state of being free from sin, a condition made possible by the experience of sanctification. God requires man to live sinless in this present world and provides the means through the shed
blood of Christ.
Luke 1:74, 75; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; Hebrews 12: 14.

Baptism of The Spirit

The Baptism with the Holy Ghost which is subsequent to sanctification is the enduement of power for service. This baptism is always accompanied by the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance. It is the filling of the temple already made clean by sanctification and is a gift of God in answer to the prayer of Christ.
Matthew 3:11; Luke 24:49-53; Acts 1:4-8.

Speaking in Tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance is the initial, physical evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost. This is separate and distinct from the gift of tongues, which is one of the nine gifts of the Spirit.
John 15:26; Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:6.

Spiritual Gifts

The Spiritual Gifts in These Last Days were given to the church to be operated by the Spirit according to the will of God.
1 Corinthians 12:1, 7-10, 28, 31; 14:1  

In Signs Following Believers. Miraculous signs will accompany the work and ministry of true believers.
Mark 16:17-20; Romans 15:18, 19; Hebrews 2:4.

Life In The Spirit

The Spirit-filled life will manifest the Fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. These virtues are divine in origin and spring from a Spirit- filled heart.
Romans 6:22; Galatians 5:22, 23; Ephesians 5:9; Philippians 1:11.


Divine Healing of the body made possible by the atonement of Christ on the Cross and in answer to the prayer of faith. The sacrifice of Christ provided not only for the salvation of the souls of men but also for the healing of man's physical ailments
Psalm 103:3; Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16, 17; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24

Sacred Ordinances

The Lord's Supper and Feet Washing. The Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ and is a sacred ordinance which we are commanded to observe in commemoration of Christ and His death. Feet Washing was instituted by Jesus on the same night and is also a New Testament ordinance we are enjoined to observe. Its observance was taught by the apostles and practiced by the early church.
Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-33; John 13:4-17; 1 Timothy 5:10

Worship In Giving

Tithing and Giving. Tithing is the paying of one tenth of our increase into the treasury of the Church. It began with Abraham, continued under the law and received Christ's approval. Giving differs from and is in addition to tithing. Both are part of God's plan to finance His
work on earth.
Genesis 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 23:23; Luke 1 1:42;
1 Corinthians 1 6:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; Hebrews 7:1-21.


Restitution Where Possible. This is the act of restoring something wrongfully taken or the satisfying of one who has been wronged. God requires those who become converted to perform such tasks
if at all possible.
Matthew 3:8; Luke 19:8,9; Romans 13:8

Resurrection & Judgment

Pre-Millennial Second Coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the dead saints and to catch away the living saints to meet Him in the air.
Matthew 24:27,28; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17.

...Second, to reign on earth a thousand years.
Zechariah l4:4, 5; Luke 1:32; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; 2 Thessalonians 1:7- 10; Jude 14, 15; Revelation 5:10; 19:11-21;20:4-6.

All the dead will be resurrected. The righteous dead will be raised in the first resurrection which is at Christ's appearing. The resurrection of the wicked dead will occur after the thousand years reign of
Christ on earth.
Isaiah 26: 1 9; Daniel 12:2; John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:5, 6.

Eternal Life for the Righteous and Eternal Punishment for the Wicked. Those who die in the Lord and those are serving Him when He returns will receive a reward of eternal life. The unconverted are doomed to eternal punishment, from which there is no escape -
no liberation or annihilation.
Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 3:29; Luke 18:30; John 10:28; Romans 6:22;
2 Thessalonians 1:8,9; 1John 5:11-13; Rev. 20:10-15; 21:8

Purity In Life

Total Abstinence from all liquor, tobacco and other habitual drugs. The Bible expressly forbids the use of intoxicating beverages. Even slight indulgence is not in keeping with the Scriptural standard of holiness. The use of tobacco and the habitual use of narcotics are sinful practices which defile the body, the temple of the Holy Ghost, and is an outward evidence of an impure heart.
Isaiah 55:2; 1 Corinthians 10:31,32; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 5:3-8; James 1:21 / Proverbs 20:1; 23:29-32; Isaiah 28:7;
1 Corinthians 5:1 1; 6:10; Galatians 5:21

The New Testament makes no rigid rule concerning what the Christian shall eat or drink (with the exception of strong drink).  
Romans 14:2-3,17; 1 Corinthians 8:8; 1 Timothy 4:1-5.


Heartfelt worship is found throughout the Bible as the sacred recognition and gratitude toward the one and only true and living God.
Biblical worship is found to be conveyed through prayer,
 singing and praise.

The observance of the Sabbath was a requirement of Jewish law and as such was not carried over into the Grace Dispensation. Sunday is not the Sabbath but is merely a day set aside to give special attention to the worship of God. Instead of keeping only the Sabbath day holy, we are required in this dispensation to keep every day holy. The Jewish Sabbath is a type of Christ, who is our rest, rather than the day.
Hosea 2:11; Romans 14:5, 6; Colossians 2:16, 17

Holiness in Lifestyle

Scriptural Teaching Against Wearing Gold For Ornament. The Bible gives clear directives regarding the lifestyle and dress of a Christian.
1 Corinthians 3:16, 17; 1 John 2:15-17; Ezekiel 14:3-8; Ephesians 5:5; Deuteronomy 22:5; 1 Timothy 2:9; 1 Peter 3:3, 4.

Scriptural Teaching Against Belonging To Lodges. The Bible is opposed to the people of God being unequally yoked together with unbelievers; it is opposed to deeds done in secret. Many secret societies require the taking of an oath, which is expressly forbidden in Scriptures.
Matthew 5:34; John 18:20; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17; James 5:12.

Scriptural Teaching Against Swearing. The taking of an oath is a vain thing and condemned by the Scriptures. An affirmation to the truth of anything is sufficient.
Matthew 5:34-37; James 5:12.


Scriptural Teaching Against Divorce and Remarriage. We believe in the Sanctity of Marriage in that the Bible makes clear that marriage is between one man and one woman for life. Divorce and remarriage constitutes the sin of adultery.  The only Biblical reason for remarriage is because of the death of a spouse, or fornication as defined by the Bible. Fornication is not unfaithfulness or simple adultery, but is the state of being married to another's wife or husband.
Matthew 5:32; 14:3, 4; 19:3-12; Mark 10:12; Luke 16:18; Romans 7:2, 3;
1 Corinthians 5:1-5, 13; 6:9, 13, 16-18; 7:2, 10, 11; Acts 15:28, 29; Revelation 2:20-22

The Church

The Church is meant to be the visible body of Christ, sent into the world to glorify God and proclaim the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Church of God exists to be gathering place for all Christians.
Matthew 16:18; Mark 3:13,14; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 1:10; 5:27; Colossians 2:10; John 10:16