Our local congregation in just one of a number that meet as the church of God throughout the United States, Central America, South America, Asia, the Philippines, Africa, and throughout the world.
We’re a group of people of different races, ages, and nationalities who love God, love his Word, have been saved from our sins, and who meet every week as a church body to praise God, testify, sing, and hear the preached word of God.
We are not a white church, a black church, a Spanish church, or divided into any nationality. In fact, our congregation is made up of people of different ages, races and nationalities and from different countries. Our main attraction to this church is not a band, a particular church ministry, not the social activities, and not a huge screen and a fancy sound system. Our attraction is the gospel that’s preached and seeing it lived out in a daily way in the lives of the people who attend. What we all have in common is a love of God and a heart to obey his word. That makes us Christians.
What We Believe
We believe the Bible is God’s message to mankind, and that it is complete and relevant for our time.
The foundation of our faith is the Word of God. There is no creed, book or statement of faith that can improve upon the Bible: it is the ultimate written authority upon which we base our faith. The Holy Spirit of God provides an assurance of the things written in the Word of God. As we read the Word, the Holy Spirit assures us that the Word of God is Truth. (John 17:17, II Peter 1:21)
We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he gave His life to purchase our redemption.
God’s son Jesus Christ was born as a mortal man, did no sin, died, and rose from the grave. In death he became the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people everywhere. Jesus purchased redemption and power with his death, and through faith, everyone can be delivered from sin and the bondage it brings. (II Peter 3:9, John 1:12)
We believe salvation produces holiness in an individual’s life.
Sin separates people from God, but God commands us to be holy. Salvation empowers God’s people to cease from sin all day, every day, and enables them to “live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.” (Titus 2:11-12, John 8:32-36)
We believe God’s people are one.
The early church was a single body of believers who believed the same doctrines, worshipped the same God and had faith in one savior: Jesus Christ. God’s church is not divided among the religions of the world, nor even among the Christian denominations we see today. Jesus Christ is the head of the church, which is His body, and all of the redeemed make up that one church (Eph 1:20-23, Eph 4:4-6).
Come and See…
In the book of John, when Nathaniel wondered whether Philip had indeed found the Messiah, Philip told him to “come and see” for himself. So we also invite you to come and hear the word preached, and meet the congregation in Brandon, Florida. If you’re not in our area, read our blog or contact us for more information. We look forward to sharing the good news of the gospel with you!
History of the Church of God
When Jesus first used the word “church,” he was introducing the New Testament period of time. Jesus asked Peter in Matthew 16:15, “But whom say ye that I am?” Peter’s reply was “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. “ Upon Peter’s confession of this truth, Jesus replied, “Upon this rock (or foundation of Truth) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
After His public baptism, Jesus began to build His church; first with the Jews and later with the Gentiles (non-Jews who believed He was the Messiah and obeyed His teachings). These were disciples who had repented of their sins. Jesus called them out from a life of sin and brought them together to form a Christian assembly or congregation, the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:4-6).
At Calvary, Jesus purchased the church (His followers) with His own blood and empowered the saints at Pentecost with the Holy Ghost to preach the gospel (Acts 1:8). Today, His church continues to grow as His ministers “feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28). This, they will continue to do until Jesus Christ returns again (I Thessalonians 5:14-18). “And this gospel of the Kingdom (the church) shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matthew 24:14).
Learn more about the history of the church of God by reading “At Evening Time it Shall be Light”. Click to download the PDF version.
Church of God at Brandon, Florida.
- 1203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Brandon, FL
- (813) 650.0037
- Pastor Travis Hyatt