Christian Fellowship Church is a non-denominational fellowship of Christian peoples founded in 1968 by Neil Connolly who still maintains the pastorate. Our mission is the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that all might believe. John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. We believe that the Holy Bible is the revealed will of God to mankind and that it is relevant to this hour of time in which we live.
Because of the transgression in the Garden of Eden we became separated from God and each one of us is born with a sinful nature. Romans 3:10 – As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one. Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Therefore it is necessary that we be born again 1 Peter 1:23 – Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. This is accomplished only through Faith and acceptance of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed at Calvary.
The Bible clearly declares that there is one God, who manifested Himself in three office works: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God and is the only means or way that mankind can ever be reconciled back to God. 1 Timothy 2:5 – For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
We believe the message proclaimed by Peter on the day of Pentecost Acts 2:38 – 39 – Then Peter said unto them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For 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”. We likewise believe in the in-filling of the Holy Ghost, which is the gift of eternal life. This is an experience that enables a believer to live a life that is pleasing to God, it is also a Teacher, that will lead and guide us along this pathway of life and will show us things that are yet to be fulfilled. 1 Corinthians 12:13 – For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. Ephesians 4:30 – And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
We maintain that all the gifts and manifestations and the operations of the Holy Spirit that were placed in the Early Church are still relevant and active today and will continue to be until the Church is taken from this world. Hebrews 13:8- Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever. John 14:1-3 – Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 – But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleeps in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
What wonderful promises that were given to the Church. These we embrace with all our hearts, knowing that they shall soon come to pass. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 – Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
Christian Fellowship Church was born out of a desire that stirred in the hearts of a people -a desire for more of God in their lives. These people had become acquainted with an end-time message that God delivered by His prophet-servant, William Marion Branham. For the most part, this group of Christians had experienced the wonderful move of God in receiving the in filling of the Holy Ghost, and being baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Through the ministry of the Holy Ghost in their lives, they were made aware that the Lord had more understanding or revelation of His Word that He wanted to impart to mankind in this hour. In the fall of the year of 1968, some of them were privileged to journey to a church in Gastonia, North Carolina to meet and to hear Bro. Raymond Jackson, an apostle that was preaching the same message that Bro. Branham preached. Also it was through Bro. Jackson’s ministry that further light and truth was being taught to the church. This teaching was necessary so that the church, the bride of Jesus Christ, might be clothed in the complete revelation of Jesus Christ. Revelation 19:7-8 – Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
We stand today in a message that is firmly set in the Word of God: the Bible. We believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired, revealed will of God to man, and the word of God has been so written that with that belief. With this assurance it is impossible to set certain limitations on its application to man’s spirituality; there may be further revelations to the truth of God’s Word.
We are thankful for all of the great Reformers that have stood for truth and we have embraced their teachings. Luther on justification, John Wesley on sanctification, John Calvin, John Knox and many others that were part of the Reformation. When America began to receive that mighty out-pouring of the Holy Ghost at the turn of the last century, it likewise was a part of the restoration plan that God had designed, but it was not the end. As we have come almost to the end of this Laodicean age we have been made aware that God is to move amongst His people with an out-pouring of His Word that will put us scripturally back as it was in the beginning of the establishment of the Church at the Day of Pentecost. We must be restored back to the Word. Thus, setting the stage for Mal.4:5,6b – Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, b) and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. Luke 1:16-17 – And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. Matthew 17:10 – 13 – And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, “that Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed”. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spoke unto them of John the Baptist.
Likewise, we read in the book of Ephesians that there will be a five-fold ministry for the perfection of the saints. Ephesians 4:11-13 – And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
This is the foundation on which we stand today – believing in all the fullness of God toward man in this hour. We are grateful to God for each one whose heart God has touched and have been part of this ministry. We appreciate every one and pray that the Lord will bless you abundantly.
Pastor Neil Connolly
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