We believe the Bible to be inspired of God, and that it is the infallible Word of God. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16). Repentance... Pardon or forgiveness of sins is obtained by genuine repentance, which is a confessing and forsaking of sins. True repentance is changing directions from the old sinful life to a life lived for Christ. John the Baptist preached repentance, Jesus proclaimed it, and the Apostles emphasized it. Jesus said, "...except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3). Luke 24:47 says, "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Baptism... We believe in water baptism by immersion in the Name of Jesus Christ, according to Acts 2:38, which is a direct fulfillment of Matthew 28:19. Water baptism is a very important part of the Plan of Salvation, for Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." According to the Book of Acts, all baptisms in the early Church were performed in the Name of Jesus Christ. Holy Ghost... John the Baptist, in Matthew 3:11, said, "...He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire." Jesus, in Acts 1:5, said, "...ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence." Luke tells us in Acts 2:4, they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues (languages), as the Spirit gave them utterance." It is scriptural to expect all who receive the gift, filling, or baptism of the Holy Ghost to receive the same physical, initial sign of speaking with other tongues. The speaking with other tongues, as recorded in Acts 2:4, 10:46, and 19:6, and the gift of tongues, as explained in 1 Corinthians, chapters 12 and 14, are the same in essence, but different in use and purpose. The Lord, through the Prophet Joel, said, "I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh" (Joel 2:28). Peter, in explaining this phenomenal experience said; "having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He (Jesus) hath shed forth this which ye now see and hear." (Acts 2:33). Further, "...The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." (Acts 2:39).
Since Bis. Prather's childhood in Caruthersville, Mo., he has dreamed of preaching the gospel. "He started preaching when I was 12 years old, He preached his first funeral at 13, performed his first marriage at 18 and was ordained at 21. At 47, Prather became a bishop and within a year he was leading his own congregation. Prather said the Living Word church is not the first he's ministered. "Bis. Prather moved to Alton in 1979 to pastor," he said. "I was so young and didn't feel comfortable, so instead I went out and evangelized." Prather said he worshipped at the Pentecostal Power Church Inc. for 29 years before starting the Living Word church in April 2005. "We started with four members at his home. In September 2005 the congregation moved into the storefront on East Broadway. It took a lot of prayer to get what we needed done,Then but by the Grace of God we were blessed to move to Harrison st.But God had greater blessings for us, We now are at 991 Riley in Alton.IL. "Bis. Prather known for hell and fire brimstone preaching," That's something young people need so they can find their way." At age 59, Bis. Prather is thankful to God and his parishioners that made It happened. "God blessed us with this church." To God be the Glory!!!
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