Knowing where we come from
In the late 1910’s, Camrose, Alberta, was home to a teacher training institute. A Camrose resident who was affectionately known as “Mother Sarah Monroe” hosted female students in her home. Mother Monroe carried a deep concern for the spiritual well-being of these ladies, so she began a bible study for them, using written materials published by the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). In the 1930’s, when Alberta Bible Institute moved to Camrose, an informal fellowship began meeting for worship in its library facility. A church was born there, and in the 1950’s the first pastor was called to serve the congregation.
We are a church, coming from something called the Holiness Movement (key words to search on wikipedia: Wesleyan, Arminian, Anabaptist, Free-church, Protestant). We are part of a global family of 7,300 churches with 23 of those congregations here in western Canada.
Deer Valley Meadows, a retreat center near Alix, Alberta is part of that family.
You will find a great diversity of convictions and practices within the Church of God. Though we have differences, we share a common story of faith, growing together into the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13). We worship and serve as citizens of God’s Kingdom. We celebrate our life in Christ and accept our call to be the body of Christ together for the sake of this world—all to the glory of God.
We believe strongly in the work of God's Spirit in the church and in the lives of individuals to:
-make us aware of our need for change and transformation
-convince us that we are loved and accepted, forgiven of all wrongs
-give us new life
-help us to understand and apply the teachings of the Bible
-make us more like Jesus in character
-give us giftings and abilities for service
The church actively supports career missionaries in Uganda, Malawi, and Guam. If you’d like, you can visit www.bistritan.com to meet our missionaries to Guam – Gary and Gwen Bistritan and their family.
Camrose Church of God is a partner with NeighbourAid Camrose, an interchurch coalition which provides care to persons in need of food, clothing, and other life essentials.
What we believe
Since the beginning of our faith journey, the worship, study, fellowship, and mission of CCoG have been set within the framework of historic holiness theology. What is our primary source of theological guidance? Scripture, the Bible and yet faith or belief is an interactive and growing relationship with Jesus Christ and not an intellectual affirmation of a faith statement, true as it may be. We don't hold a formal membership, though we create an annual voters list for business purposes. We tend to hold a commitment to seeking what Christians have in common and to build on those things rather than emphasizing differences or distinctives.
We believe the Bible to be inspired, the only infallible authoritative Word of God. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Scriptures have supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
II Timothy 3:16–17; II Peter 1:20–21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12–13; Hebrews 4:12
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are equal in every divine perfection and execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption respectively.
Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14; Mark 12:29; Matthew 28:19; Isaiah 43:10–11
God, the Father
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 48:12; Psalm 95:3, 6; Isaiah 40:21–26; Psalm 139:1–12; John 7:37, 38
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return for His church in power and glory.
Philippians 2:6; Hebrews 1:8; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20; Romans 3:25; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 15; I Thessalonians 4:13–18; John 20:31
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, the third Person of the Trinity. In the present age, He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness; He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; He is the agent in the new birth, indwelling all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, baptizing them into the body of Christ; and He bestows gifts as He wills. We believe that every believer is filled with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12–14; Ephesians 5:18–20; I Corinthians 3:16–17.
We believe in the depravity of man, that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are therefore in need of salvation—divine redemption through personal regeneration. We believe that those who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ as Saviour are saved, regenerated by the Holy Spirit
We believe that all believers are indwelt with the person of the Holy Spirit at the time of regeneration, given every spiritual blessing, all things pertaining to life and godliness, and empowered with the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit, drawing upon the resources available through the resurrected Christ, to the end that our lives increasingly manifest the very life, character, and power of Christ.
Acts 2:38; II Peter 1:3; Ephesians 1:3; Ephesians 2:1–6; II Corinthians 3:16; Romans 12:1–3; Galatians 2:20.
We believe God can bring deliverance to the sick and afflicted and that it is the privilege of all believers to pray for His healing virtue.
Isaiah 53:4–5; Matthew 8:16–17; Mark 16:18; John 5:14; Isaiah 5:14.
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ who have a credible profession of faith and have associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that the calling of the church is to be the very presence of Christ in the midst of the world, standing as a testimony of His life and character. We believe that the testimony of Christ’s life is seen most fully in the corporate expression of His life that is the church and that when God calls people into life with Himself, He necessarily calls them into fellowship with other believers as well.
Ephesians 1:22–23; Ephesians 5:25–27; I Corinthians 12:12–14.
Considering the many theological and cultural backgrounds of our fellowship, we wish to stress the importance of Jesus Chris as being absolutely necessary and to be understanding in minor differences that so often are merely differences in terminology or custom.
“In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”