130 Humanities Religion of the World
September 2, 2007
The religion that I chose to do my report on is Christianity. Since Christianity is divided into many denominations I picked Church of God in Christ (COGIC). I wanted to give you some history on the COGIC foundation so that you can have knowledge of how COGIC got started. In 1907 Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, who was expelled from his Baptist church due to his views and teachings of salvation, sanctification, and holiness founded the COGIC denonmination. Under Bishop Mason's spiritual and apostolic direction the church has grown from ten congregations in 1907, to the largest group in America. COGIC is generally acknowledged to be the largest African-American and Pentecostal body in the United States, with over 6,000,000 members. The membership of the Church of God in Christ grew from three million in 1973 to an estimated 5.2 million in 1997. The COGIC is a Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in which the word of God is preached, ordinances are administered as well as the doctrine of sanctification or holiness is emphasized, while being essential toward the salvation of mankind.
The Church forms a spiritual unity of which Christ is the divine head. It is animated by means of one Spirit, the Spirit of Christ. It acknowledges one faith, shares one hope, and serves one King. It is the citadel of the truth and God's agency for communicating to believers all spiritual blessings. The Church subsequently is the purpose of our faith rather than knowledge. It is generally admitted that for an ordinance to be valid, it must have been instituted by Christ. When we speak of ordinances of the church, we are speaking of those instituted by Christ, in which by sensible signs the grace of God in Christ, and the benefits of the covenant of grace are represented, sealed, and applied to believers, and these in turn give expression to their faith and allegiance to God. The Church Of God In Christ recognizes three ordinances as having been instituted by Christ himself and therefore, binding upon the church practice. I attend a service at a COGIC church and it was a service was different that my church. I did enjoy the service but it did confuse me since, I’m non denominational some of the things that were talked about had me puzzled. I loved the music and how they worship in music and song. I interviewed Rene Bates on more then one occasion. We met once after service for lunch and then we met at her house to talk about more things that we couldn’t cover at lunch. Rene attends West Angeles Church of God in Christ. West Angeles is one of Los Angeles’s mega churches. Since this is considered to be a mega I wasn’t sure what to expect from the congregation. Everybody was nice and they spoke to you as you entered the doors on the sanctuary. I attended the 11:00 am service and I am glad I got there early because it was starting to crowd when I got there. For those who can’t attend Sunday services or need a little boost during the week. These is Bible Study, Bible Study is held on Wednesday once at 12 noon and the again at 6:00 pm. They worship in the sanctuary of there church. West Angeles exceeds 22,000 members. The church has been recognized as one of the fastest growing churches in the nation, through extensive ministry as well as outreach services including television and radio broadcasts.Rene has been going there for almost ten years and enjoys her worship experience there. Rene grew up COGIC (Church of God in Christ). She told me that she has tried to go to other worship services at other churches and she has also tried other denominations, but she has always come back home to West Angeles. My first question for Rene was; what is your belief? She broke it down for me the best way she could. COGIC believe that the Bible is the Word of God, we believe in the full inspiration of the Word of God. We believe in God, the Father Almighty,...