Type of Church
Under the Christ, the many congregations are united and organized. Christ Jesus said, “My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me”. There is only one doctrine (teaching) and that doctrine is the Word of God. God's people do not operate under a belief system but under truth. It is not about what we believe but what is pleasing to God.
The books of the Bible are the recorded instructions that God provided to make sure that His disciples do everything decently and in order. Fellowship exists automatically with those who walk in the light of truth. The Richwood congregation endeavors to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace that exists in Christ.
The Church of God does not need reformed, restored or rearranged. The Church—the Bride of Christ—is pure, without spot or blemish. She is beautiful and healthy. The remnant of the Church is greater than the beginning. Just as Jesus fed the multitude with two fishes and five loaves, and then collected 12 baskets of remnants, so too is the Church today. It is glorious and wonderful; its walls need expanded to accommodate those serving God.
One cannot separate the Church from Jesus Christ. To do so would mean pulling people from heaven. Those held in Christ’s hand cannot be removed. There is one body, the body of Christ - the Church of God. Apostle Paul said, “I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.” There is one family; those in the body of Christ. The Church of God is made up of all those in heaven and all those serving Him here on earth.
Concerning the Trinity
He alone is God. The commandments tell us that, “Thou shalt have no other Gods before me”. Jesus Christ said, “I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” God is the God of Jesus, the God of mankind and the God of all. Concerning this, these three agree as one: God the Father, Christ the son, and the Holy Spirit. We too must be in agreement with God. That one God is called the Ancient of Days, the Majesty on High, God the Father, and the invisible God.
Our Lord Jesus, speaking of God the Father said, "Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape". Paul said, "God...Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person" obtained a more excellent name than the angels. Jesus reflects all of God the Father. Paul continued and said Jesus "is the image of the invisible God, ...For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell". Jesus was given the complete authority to act as God, by God the Father. Again, the scriptures tells us, "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead [divine nature] bodily".
John said, "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him”. Jesus holds all the power of God and acts in that capacity as a son and heir. Jesus said, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him" and then he said, "No man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Jesus has been given the power of God and is a separate entity than God the Father. Jesus said, "For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority...I can of mine own self do nothing...because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me". All the authority and power of God the Father is given to Jesus Christ his son. This is what the scripture means when it says that “God was manifest [revealed] in the flesh [of his son Jesus].” Apostle Paul said that after Christ had conquered all, "Then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all."
There is only one God and even Jesus is in subjection to Him. We must all be in subjection to God, through the directions of the Holy Spirit that Jesus sent.
The Son of God
As members in the Church of God, the Richwood congregation lives by the truth that the Lord Jesus Christ is the son of God, in His divine birth, sinless life, death, burial and resurrection, in His exalting to the right hand of God, and that He is reigning over all that exists.
The lost and disobedient person cannot enter into the Kingdom of God—the Church of God—until they ask forgiveness, stop sinning and allow Jesus Christ to deliver him or her out of his or her sins. People's only hope of redemption is through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Those in the Church of God practice the holy ordinances, and water baptism, as commanded by our Lord. Water baptism is required for anyone wishing to enter into the Kingdom: this Kingdom is now and not in the future.
The Holy Spirit
There is a present ministry and guidance of the Holy Spirit, by whose anointing the disciple of Christ is enabled to live a pure and holy life. If a person does not have the Holy Spirit, they are “none of His” and will not be in the resurrection of life. There is a resurrection of the saved and the unsaved - Those that have done good unto the resurrection of life and those that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation. All who are filled with the Holy Spirit are in the Church of God, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
See: What is the Church of GodTop