Articles of Faith and Rules of Discipline

Church of God Sharing Village, Inc.



It is the mission of the church hereunder referred to as Church of God Sharing Village, Inc. (COGSV), to promote, preach, publish and share the word of God as written in the Holy Scriptures (Old and New Testament), as received, taught and practiced by the apostles and the early New Testament churches of God.

The Church follows the two-fold commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ:

The Church also purposes to the assembling of ourselves together in worship of Almighty God, to minister to those whom God has called, for mutual edification of the Body of Christ, and to practice the pure and undefiled religion. (John 21:16-17;Acts 20:28;1;Eph 4:11-12; Peter 5:2)


Section 1:  PREAMBLE:

We recognize the Holy Scriptures to be infallible in the original writings, complete in its Old Testament and New Testament, as the basic rule of faith and practice. Doing the will of the Father and living in obedience to the teachings and examples of Jesus Christ is the true test of discipleship, doctrine and fellowship. The following article though not intended to be a comprehensive statement of beliefs, represent our confession of faith. 


We believe in one God, the Father, who is the Eternal, without beginning and without end. He is Spirit and is a personal Being of supreme intelligence, knowledge, love, justice, power, majesty and authority. He, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and the Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him. He, through His Word, is the Creator of all things in heaven and on earth. (Genesis 1:1;Deut 6:4-5; John 4:8; John 10:30; John 17:11;Corinthians 8:6)

We believe in Jesus Christ who was the Word made flesh, He is the only begotten of the Father, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, and through His sinless life and atoning sacrifice, provides the only salvation for man. (John 1:1-2; Isaiah 9:61; Matthew 1:23; Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:13)

We believe that as the Christ, Jesus was three days and three nights in the heart of the earth and after resurrection from the dead, and as the firstfruits of many brethren, ascended to heaven to be at the right hand of God the Father to be our King, Apostle and High Priest. (1 Peter 1:17-21; 3:22; Matthew 12:40; 1 Corinthians 15:53; 2 Timothy 1:10; John 20:17; Hebrews 8:1; 12:2)

We believe that man was made in the image of God but has corrupted himself after the example of Adam. All men have sinned and therefore in need of the saving grace of God. (Gen 3: 1-24; Acts 2:38; Romans 5:10;6:23; 1 Tim 2:5; 1 John 1:8-2:1; 1 Pet 1:3-4)

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the power of God given through Jesus Christ. Through the Holy Spirit, God convicts man, and leads him back to God.  Through the Holy Spirit God inspires, teaches, converts, and gave enabling gifts to empower His begotten children. (Acts 1:8; 2:38; Romans 8:9, 14; I Corinthians 2:16; Ephesians 1:13-14)

We believe that we are saved by grace, and not of ourselves, it is the gift of God. Salvation comes through faith in the atoning sacrifice and life of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. (Gen. 6:8; Ex 34:6; Titus 2:11; Acts 4:12; Rom 4:6)

We believe that sin is lawlessness, and to commit sin is to transgress the laws and the commandments of God. (I John 3:4; Rom. 4:15; Rom 3:23; 5:1-2; 6:14-15)

We believe that when a person is called, is led to repentance by God, places his faith in God, repents of sin, is baptized through immersion, and has hands laid on him, he receives the Holy Spirit as an earnest of eternal life. As he made a new covenant with God, he should live a life of obedience to God. (Matthew 3:13-16; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-8; Colossians 2:12: Matthew 19:13-15; Acts 6.5-6, 8:17-18; 13:3; I Timothy 4:I 4; Hebrews 6:2: Matthew 5:21-22; II Timothy 3:15-16; Hebrews 8:6-13)

We believe in the Holy Scriptures as God’s revelation to man of His will and therefore is the authoritative Word of God, complete in both Old and New Testaments. It is inerrant in its original languages and is inspired by God. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 10:35; 17:17)

We believe that the Church of God is a spiritual organism—the ‘ekklesía’—composed of those people (regardless of affiliation), Christians or saints of God, called by the Father and led by, and in whom dwells, the Spirit of God. (I Tim 3:15; 2 Timothy 2:2; I Corinthians 12:12-14, 27; Colossians 3:15)

We believe in God’s eternal law, which is spiritual, holy, just and good, as embodied in the law of love as revealed and amplified by Jesus Christ: the Ten Commandments. (Exo. 20:1-17; Deut 5:1-22; 6:1-9; Deut. 6:24-25; Matthew 5:1-48; Matthew 19:17; Eccl. 12:13; Romans 7:12; 1 John 5:3)

We also believe that the law includes the command to remember the seventh-day Sabbath, enjoin the observance of the ‘feasts of the LORD’, food laws, etc., for it to be written in the hearts and minds of God’s spirit-begotten children. (Gen 2:1-3; Exo 20:8-10;Isa 58:12-14; Mark 2:27-28; Luke 4:16; John 15:10; Heb. 4:4; Leviticus 23:1-44; Lev. 11:1-47; Deut 14:3-21: Leviticus 23; Zechariah 14:16; John 7;8-10; Acts 2:1; 12:3; 20:6, 16; 27:9; 1 Corinthians 5:8; 16:8)

We believe that God created spirit beings—angels—whom He uses as His agents and messengers. We believe that Satan and the demons (fallen angels) are adversaries of God and of the children of God. (Gen 3:1, 24;Isa.14:12-15; Job 1:6;Luke 10:18; John 8:44; Eph 2:2; Heb 13:2; 1Peter 5:8; Rev 12:9-10)

We believe that Jesus Christ will return to earth to rule all nations as King of kings and to establish the everlasting, spiritual Kingdom of God. We believe that the ultimate purpose of men and women, accomplished at their resurrection to immortal life, is to reign forever with Christ as sons and daughters of God born again (as spirit beings) into the Kingdom and family of God. (Matthew 24:30, 44; Revelation 1:7; 11:15; 19:16; 20:4-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16; John 14:3; Isaiah 9:7; 40:10-12; Jeremiah 23:5; Luke 1:32-33; Acts 1:11; 3:21; 15:16; Daniel 7:14, 18, 27)

Finally, we believe that Christian life is meant to be shared doing the will of the Father in the service of His Son!  (Matthew 24:14; 28:19-20; Luke 24:47-48; John 12:26; Acts 28:31;  )



We acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Lord, the Apostle of our faith and the Head of the Church; not any man or person, nor any of its instrumentalities. As such, no person should exercise lordship over to any of its members or individuals.

Section 2:  SERVICE

The Church as a spiritual organism recognizes the gifts that the Father through the Holy Spirit has bestowed on each members in the Body of Christ. As such, having given different and varied gifts, and as servants of Christ we have the privilege of the free exercise thereof, to serve in the One Body in the Spirit of gentleness, humility, patience and cooperation while submitting to Jesus Christ, for the equipping of the saints, for the work of the ministry, and for the edifying of itself in love.  


The Church should be guided and served by mature individuals chosen and ordained to the eldership as outlined in I Timothy 3, Titus 1 and other Scriptures. The Elders are responsible for general oversight of the Church and in setting up the administration and operation of the Church as corporate entity. 

Section 4: WORSHIP

It is the thrust of the church to present a place, an atmosphere and an attitude conducive to the worship and glory of the Almighty God.

Section 5: OPENNESS

The Church should make public as indicated herein, its statement of policies and other circumstances of the church, including but not limited to, the size, time of meeting, beliefs and practices, holding of office, and other requirements for membership.


The use of tithes and offerings is an act of personal worship and therefore a private matter and must not be interfered with by anyone. The church does not teach nor seek financing from the public, but depend solely upon tithes and/or freewill offerings by its members and co-workers. Therefore, we do not solicit funds from the public by any means.


For the exercise of transparency and accountability, the Church should make periodic and accessible accounting of the monies and other assets and liabilities (if any), and other supports/contributions made to the church and the distributions of such contributions.


Section 1: COUNCIL OF ELDERS (Overseers) –The “Council of Elders” as Overseers of the entire affairs of the Church is established to provide oversight and guidance, care and service of the congregation. The Council of Elders shall conduct itself in accordance with Scripture, this Constitution, and the duly adopted corporate bylaws. They are to select, in consultation with the whole congregation, those who will compose the “Board of Trustees”.

Section 1.1 Duties and Responsibilities of the Council of Elders.

The Council of Elders, by a vote of simple majority, recognizes the following duties and responsibilities:

1) To nominate, elect and ordain an elder into the Church, with prayer and fasting.
2) To approve/improve changes in the policies, teachings and doctrine of the Church.
3) To approve policies and direction, operational plan and budget of the Church. 
4) In consultation with the Church or whole congregation, to approve selection and composition of the Board of Trustees.
5) To approve all amendments to the Articles of Incorporation.
6) To approve any amendments to this Constitution and the duly approved Bylaws of the Corporation or to repeal this Constitution and the duly approved bylaws.
7) To approve or establish association with other church or groups. 

Article 4—BOARD OF TRUSTEES (Management Team)

Section 1.  BOARD OF TRUSTEES (Management Team) –A Board that is established to meet the requirements for legal recognition of the Church of God Sharing Village or serve the administrative needs of the Church, are the “Board of Trustees”. The Board of Trustees herein referred to as the Board shall: with the assistance, recommendations and approval of the Council of Elders, prepare and adopt the policies, budget and will serve as the “Management Team” pertaining to all its policies, negotiations, decisions, and actions, relating to the performance of its administrative duties or corporate tasks as necessary. The Board will be composed of Elders, and non-elders selected from the congregation. The Board shall conduct themselves in accordance with the Scripture, this Constitution, and the By-laws.

Section 1.1:  COMPOSITION

The corporate officers shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Assistant to the Treasurer.

Section 1.2 SELECTION

The Board of Trustees will be selected from the congregation by a vote of simple majority and approved by the Council of Elders. The President and Vice President shall always be chosen from the Council of Elders.

Section 1.3:  ELIGIBILITY

Trustees must accept and be in agreement with the Statement of Beliefs of the Corporation. Further, Trustees pledge to work together in a Christian spirit of love, cooperation and harmony in an atmosphere of peace.

Section 1.4: EXCLUSIONS

No non-church person of the Corporation may serve on the Board. No two members of the same family may serve concurrently on the Board. No two individuals involved in an employer/employee relationship may serve concurrently on the Board.

Section 1.5 : TERMS

Trustees shall serve a three-year term. The term shall begin on July 1 and shall end on June 30 of the third year. When the Trustees’ terms expire, they may be reelected to the Board.

Section 1.6 QUORUM

A quorum is required for any action to be taken by the Board. A majority of all Trustees, one of whom shall be an Officer, shall constitute a quorum.

A Trustee shall not receive any compensation from the Corporation for services rendered.



The Congregation reserves all rights and powers to govern itself by: electing Board of Trustees after every three (3) years; approving all future plans, actions decisions that will bind the whole church/congregation.



No part of the funds of the Church or Corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its Trustees, Officers, or other private persons, except that the Corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.

Notwithstanding the above, the Council of Elders and the Board may not use the fund of the church for any activities outside the scope of the Bylaws. In case any of the church members requiring assistance in case of financial distress, such assistance may be rendered outside of the church funds (e.g., from the voluntary or group initiative of individuals in the Church body).


No substantial part of the activities of the Church/Corporation shall be carrying of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the Corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from taxes under the Bureau of Internal Revenue.



Section 1. Church Discipline --Church discipline has the purpose of protecting the purity and unity within the body of Christ in the spirit of humility and godly fear. It is understood that when a person joins the church, he or she is voluntarily giving fellow members the right to hold them accountable in their walk with Christ. Hence, it is expected that if a member sins against another, he will go to the person seeking forgiveness and reconciliation and offering restitution, as required in Matthew 5:23-24. Any member having a complaint against another must seek to resolve the conflict as directed in Matthew 18:15-17. The aim is to secure repentance and full reconciliation. If one is not able to effect reconciliation, then he should go to the Elders for counsel and assistance.

Section 2. Conflict Resolution by the Book

Matthew 5:23-24 “Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”

Matthew 18:15-17 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear you, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen [unbeliever] and a tax collector.”

Galatians 6:1-2 “Brethren, if an man is overtaken in any trespass [wrongdoing], you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 “I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.  For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges.  Therefore ‘put away from yourselves that wicked person’”.

2 Corinthians 2:5-11 “But if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but all of you to some extent—not to be too severe. The punishment which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man, so that, on the contrary you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. Therefore I urge you to affirm your love to him. For this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.  Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive.  For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devises.”

2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15 “But we command you, brethren, in the name of Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us…And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.”

James 3:13-18 “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.  But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.  This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing will be there.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

James 5:19-20 “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.”

Jude 1:22-23 “And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.”

Luke 6:42 “First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck in your brother’s eye.”

Titus 3:10-11 “Reject a divisive man after a first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned. “

I Timothy 5:19-20 “Do not receive an accusation against an elder except [supported] from two or three witnesses. Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear.“


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