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               Tifton First Assembly of God was begun in the fall of 1951 with the Rev. Lacey Whatley serving as the first full-time pastor after the Rev. Charles Rayburn conducted revival meetings in a tobacco warehouse east of Tifton. The revival was led by Evangelist Allie Taylor and made an indelible impression upon the entire Tiftarea.

               Under the pastoral direction of Lacey Whatley, R. B. Palmer and J. E. Harvell, the congregation located and established viable ministry on South Central Avenue in Tifton. In 1961, the Rev. O. L. Stokes became the pastor and led the congregation. In 1965, the growing congregation voted to relocate and establish a long range plan. After securing the property at 1800 North Central Avenue, the church relocated to the beautiful worship facilities in 1968. The congregation and its ministries continued to build and grow to its present 38,000 square feet of space in four buildings. One ministry sponsored and housed was Tifton Christian Development Institute, which began in 1972 to provide quality Christian daycare and education to hundreds of youngsters of the Tiftarea and served the community for more than two decades. Stokes gave pastoral leadership until 1994, and was followed by the ministries of the Rev. Stan Littleton, the Rev. Donald Saglimbene and the Rev. Robert “Eddie” Hutcheson.
             
              Our Current pastor John O. Thomas was elected and assumed pastoral leadership in November 2011. Thomas a native of north Georgia relocated to Tifton after 30 years of pastoral ministry in Alabama and Indiana. Serving alongside Thomas is his wife of 34 years, Cyndi; his son, John David Thomas, who leads the children and youth ministries; his  other son, Matthew Thomas, who serves over worship ministries. Passionate ministry for Christ is the life-blood of the Thomas family.
   
               As the congregation marks 64 years of ministry, Thomas said, “The congregation has a loving unity and zeal to reach Tifton for Christ. Our mission is to love God, love people and build his church.”
(this is taken directly from our church bylaws)

ARTICLES OF DOCTRINE/ STATEMENT OF FAITH

This church accepts the Holy Scriptures as the revealed will of God, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity, adopts the Statement of Fundamental Truths of the General Council of the Assemblies of God, to wít:

Section 1. The Scriptures Inspired

The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally
inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct, (2 Timothy 3:14-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).

Section 2. The One True God

The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self existent “I AM”, the creator of heaven and earth and the redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Ghost . (Deuteronomy 6 :4; Isaiah 43:10; Matthew 28:19 ; Luke 3:22) .

Section 3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.
The Scriptures declare:
(a) His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35).
(b) His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26 ; 1 Peter 2:22).
(c) His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38).
(d) His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Corinthians 5:21).
(e) His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4).
(f) His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1-3).

Section 4. The Fall of Man

Man was created good and upright; for God said let us make man in our image, after our likeness." However, man by voluntary transgression feIl and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, whích is separation from God (Genesis
1:26, 27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).

Section 5. The Salvation of Man

Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

(A) Conditions to Salvation

Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost., being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luke 24:47 ; John 3:3; Romans 10:13:15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7).

(B) The Evidences of Salvation

The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12).

Section 6. The Ordinances of the Church

(A) Baptism in Water

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with him
to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts l0:47, 48; Romans 6:4).

(B) Holy Communion

The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and the fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4; a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of His
second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers “til He comes!”

Section 7 . The Baptism in the Holy Ghost

All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment, of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 8, 1 Corinthians 12:2-31). This experience is distinct from the subsequent to the experience as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37 -39; Acts 4,:8), a
deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost (Mark 16:20) .

Section 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost.

The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:4-10, 28), but different in purpose and use.

Section 9. Sanctification

(A) Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1, 2 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). The Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without, which no man shall see the Lord." (Hebrews I2:14). By the Power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command: “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15, 16).

(B) Sanctification is realízed in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-11, 13; 8:1, 2:13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12,13, 1 Peter 1:5).

Section 10. The Church

(A) The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, wíth divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born
of the Spirit, is an integral part, of the General Assembly and church of the Firstborn, which are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22,23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).

(B) Since God's purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is
lost, to be worshipped by man, and build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority reason-for-being of the Assemblies of God as part of the Church is:

(1) To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15,16)

(2) To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Corinthians 12:13).

(3) To be a channel of God's purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son. (Ephesians 4:11-16); 1 Corinthians 23:28; 14:12).

The Assemblies of God exists expressly to give continuing emphasis to this reason-for-being in the New Testament apostolic pattern by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. This experience:

(1) Enables them to evangelize in the power of the Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs (Mark 16:15-20; Acts 4:29-31; Hebrews 2:3,4).

(2) Adds a necessary dimension to worshipful relationship with God.
(1 Corinthians 2:10-16; 1 Corínthians 12, 14).

(3) Enables them to respond to the fuLL working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit and gifts and ministries as in New Testament times for the edifying of the body of Christ. (Galatians 5:22-26; 1 Corinthians 14:12; Ephesians 4:11, 12; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Colossians 1:29).