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Whether you are looking for a church family or just visiting, we would love to meet you. We invite you to study God’s Word, worship, and praise God with us together. The environment is casual and usually includes singing, prayer, communion and Bible teaching. We have nursery care available for young children. Children are an important part of our community, and we welcome them! From the moment you pull into the parking lot, we strive to make you feel at home. Our greeter team will help you find anything you need, including an earpiece if translation is needed. On any given Sunday, you’ll hear a mix of different musical styles from a live band to a choir singing.
[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”872″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large” style=”vc_box_shadow_3d”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”877″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Mikhail Vasyukhnevich – Senior Pastor
Because this section is called “Meet the Pastor,” I have decided to personally share the story of my life, the plain truth of a sinner, who has been saved by the grace of God. Out of the billions of people on this earth, the Almighty God had a specific plan for my life. He has lifted me up and placed me into His ministry. Born in November 1967 in the southern part of Russia, I was raised in a family of farm workers, the youngest of five children. In 1985, I graduated from high school, was admitted to a university, and later drafted into the army. Two years spent in the USSR army can be considered as a waste of time, however, this time span played an important role in my life and the development of my character. By the end of December 1987, I came back home. Because I missed the university semester exams, I had a nine month break before repeating classes. Thus, I went to Minsk, Belarus to work with my cousin. This is where I found God. I repented of my sins, accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, and was baptized on the same day. God changed my life completely. In 1990, I married a young lady with beautiful eyes and a beautiful voice from our church choir. By 1999, we had two sons when we came to America. As of now, my wife Nadia and I have three sons and a daughter. From the time I began to remember and ponder upon the memories of my life, I understood that life is not easy or fair. Around the age of five, I remember making a promise to myself that I will never drink alcohol because I saw its negative effect on my beloved father. My parents’ childhood was disarranged by World War II. My mother was left uneducated her entire life because she never attended school. My father lost his dad at an early age. Together, my father and mother began their family when they were 18 and 16 years old. When I heard of these stories from my mom, many questions arose. I asked “why,” but nobody could answer why there is so much suffering in life. As a family, we lived similarly to many others in communist USSR. However, our family had one difference- our mother believed in God. She was a Christian and prayed for her children: my three brothers, sister, and me. When I went to Belarus for work, God revealed His love and grace to me through His Son, Jesus Christ. This was a critical turning point in my life; it went a completely different direction. By that time, I had already seen the “dark” side of life. Rejection, hate, and betrayal have always been and still are common among people. I was disappointed by the corruption of people who, I assumed, were honest. Because of this, I thought it was pointless to start a family. I did not see any faithfulness around me. People that surrounded me, including my friends, did not prove themselves as trustworthy. Cheating was a norm of life for them. They cheated on their wives, work, school, tests- everything. As I looked around, I concluded that there was no purpose or meaning in life. Only by the mercy of God was I saved. It was God who saw me struggling in my life. He opened my eyes and showed me a different life that is filled with meaning and purpose, joy and peace, happiness and love. Since that time, I have served God for almost 22 years, and this is why I enjoy my life. In attempt for you to understand that we all need Jesus in our lives, I have shared my personal story so openly. There is no one on earth whom you may place your trust in. Place your trust and hope in our Savior sent by God, Jesus Christ, and you will never be disappointed in Him. As to me, I am greatly privileged to be God’s servant. All that I want is to be aware and responsive to God’s desires, while sharing His love with the people of this struggling world. May all glory be to God![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_separator color=”grey” align=”align_center” border_width=”5″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]What We Believe
We believe in Bible, as the only Word of God reviled to people 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 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21). We believe in One True God, who created everything 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 the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4; Isaiah 43:10, 11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22). We believe in Jesus Christ, The Son of God The Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, having by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high, angels and principalities and powers having been made subject unto Him. And having been made both Lord and Christ, He sent the Holy Spirit that we, in the name of Jesus, might bow our knees and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father until the end, when the Son shall become subject to the Father that God may be all in all (Heb. 1:3; I Peter 3:22; Acts 2:32-36; Rom. 14:11; I Cor. 15:24-28). We believe that man can not save himself Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19). We believe in redemption through The Son of God, Jesus Christ Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 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:l3-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7). 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 (Eph. 4:24; Titus 2:12). We believe in the Baptism of Holy Spirit All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit 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 endowment 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 Cor. 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9). With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Heb. 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost (Mark 16:20). The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit 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 Cor. 12:4-10, 28), but different in purpose and use. We believe in Sanctification Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Rom. 12:1, 2; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 13:12). Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14). By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (1 Pet. 1:15, 16). Sanctification is realized 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 (Rom. 6:1-11, 13; 8:1,2,13; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 2:12,13; 1 Pet. 1:5). We believe in Church and its specific purpose on Earth The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with 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). Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshiped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority of the Church is: a) To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15, 16). b) To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Corinthians 12:13). c) 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; I Corinthians 12:28; 1Corinthians 14:12). Center of Life Church 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: a) 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). b) Adds a necessary dimension to a worshipful relationship with God (1 Corinthians 2:10-16; 1 Corinthians 12-14). c) 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) We believe that Church has two ordinances to conduct until the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. a) Baptism in Water The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on 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 10:47, 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 (I Cor. 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Cor. 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers “till He come!” We believe in Divine Healing Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the Atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matt. 8:16, 17; James 5:14-16). We believe in The Blessed Hope The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church (1 Thess. 4:16, 17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51,52). We believe in The Millennial Reign of Christ The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Zech. 14:5; Matt. 24:27, 30; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6). This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel (Ezekiel 37:21, 22; Zephaniah 3:19, 20; Romans 11:26, 27) and the establishment of universal peace (Isaiah 11:6-9; Psalm 72:3-8; Micah 4:3, 4). We believe in The Final Judgment There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Matt. 25:46; Mark 9:43- 48; Revelation 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8). We believe in The New Heavens and the New Earth “We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21, 22[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]