Jim and Shirley Bedsole, Senior Pastors
Jim and Shirley have been pastors for 47 years. They have pioneered local churches and ministered extensively on the mission field in Africa. Eastern Europe and Europe.
In 1999, Jim and Shirley became the pastors of First Assembly of God Church in El Cajon, CA. Together with their church family, they continue their passion for missions on an international level.
Jim and Shirley are native San Diegans. They have three children and eleven (very cute!) grandchildren.
What We Believe
1. The Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Bible is God inspired (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).
2. The Eternal Godhead
We believe that God is Triune: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14).
3. The Fall of Man
We believe that man is created in the image of God but that by voluntary disobedience
fell from perfection, thereby imputing sinfulness to all human beings (Romans 5:12).
4. The Plan of Salvation
We believe that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, signing the pardon for all who believe in Him (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).
5. Salvation through Grace
We believe that we receive salvation when we come to God through faith in the atoning work of Jesus on the cross; salvation is God’s gift to us (Ephesians 2:8).
6. Repentance and Acceptance
We believe that, upon sincere repentance and a whole-hearted acceptance of Christ, we are justified before God (Romans 10:8-10; 1 John 1:9).
7. The New Birth
We believe that a very real change takes place in people who accept Christ as Savior; believers allow Christ’s life to be lived through them (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20).
8. Daily Christian Life
We believe that it is the will of God for believers to walk in progressive sanctification, growing continuously in the faith (Hebrews 6:1).
9. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that baptism by immersion is an outward sign of an inward work
(Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4). We believe in the commemoration of the Lord’s Supper
by the symbolical use of bread and the fruit of the vine (1 Corinthians 11:24, 25).
10. Baptism with the Holy Spirit
We believe that the baptism with the Holy Spirit empowers believers and that the Holy Spirit’s incoming follows the same pattern that is described in the New Testament
11. The Spirit-filled Life
We believe that it is the will of God that we daily walk in the power of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30-32).
12. The Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit has gifts to bestow upon Christians (1 Corinthians 12:1-11), and that we should show spiritual fruit as evidence of a Spirit-filled life (Galatians 5:22-25).
We believe that people who follow Christ should avoid the extremes of fanaticism
and pursue lives of balance and moderation, demonstrating gentleness and patience
(Philippians 4:5, KJV; Colossians 3:12, 13).
14. Divine Healing
We believe that divine healing is the power of Christ to heal the sick in answer to the prayer of faith (James 5:14-16).
15. The Second Coming of Christ
We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent
(1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Titus 2:11-13).
16. Church Relationship
We believe that followers of Christ have a sacred duty to identify with the visible church
of Jesus Christ and should meet regularly with fellow believers (Hebrews 10:24, 25).
17. Civil Government
We believe that laws and ordinances come from God’s ultimate authority and should be upheld, except when they are in opposition to the revealed will of God (Romans 13:1-5).
18. The Final Judgment
We believe every person will one day stand before the judgment seat of Christ to receive eternal life or death (Revelation 20:11-15; Hebrews 9:27; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
We believe that heaven is the glorious eternal home of born-again believers
(John 14:1-3; Revelation 7:15-17).
We believe that hell is the place of eternal torment for all who reject Christ as Savior (Revelation 10:10-15).
We believe that the church’s primary responsibility is taking the gospel to the entire world and making disciples (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19-20).
22. Tithes and Offerings
We believe the method ordained of God for the support and spread of His cause is giving tithes and offerings (Malachi 3:10; 2 Corinthians 9:7).
First Assembly is an Assemblies of God church and as such, we adhere to the 16 Fundamental Truths of The Assemblies of God.
These tenants of faith are based on the truths found in God's Word, The Bible. Click below to read The Statements of Truth.