About Victory Church
Pastor Lou Pagano with his wife Louise began leading First Family Church in April 2018 as their Lead Pastor. At a very early age, Lou knew God had a plan for his life and served in various ministries, he would later answer the calling to go into full-time ministry. Lou majored in Organizational Management at Nyack College & Seminary in Nyack, New York and had a successful business in the financial services industry. In pursuit of God’s will and calling, he attended the New York District School of Ministry and Southeastern University. He and Louise got married in 1997 and have three daughters, Nicole, Adrianna, and Addison. In 2010, Lou and his family responded to God’s calling and moved their family to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to become the Executive Pastor of New Life Church. Pastor Lou is dedicated to sharing the message of salvation and teaching people to live Spirit-filled lives. He is passionate about promoting unity in the body of Christ and a hunger for the word of God in the lives of people.
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2 Timothy 3:15-17 [KJV/NIV] 1 Thessalonians 2:13 [KJV/NIV] 2 Peter 1:21 [KJV/NIV]
Deuteronomy 6:4 [KJV/NIV] Isaiah 43:10,11 [KJV/NIV] Matthew 28:19 [KJV/NIV] Luke 3:22 [KJV/NIV]
THE ADORABLE GODHEAD
a. Terms Defined
The terms “Trinity” and “persons” as related to the Godhead, while not found in the Scriptures, are words in harmony with Scripture, whereby we may convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of Christ respecting the Being of God, as distinguished from “gods many and lords many.” We therefore may speak with propriety of the Lord our God who is One Lord, as a trinity or as one Being of three persons, and still be absolutely scriptural.
Matthew 28:19 [KJV/NIV]
2 Corinthians 13:14 [KJV/NIV]
John 14:16-17 [KJV/NIV]
b. Distinction and Relationship in the Godhead
Christ taught a distinction of Persons in the Godhead which He expressed in specific terms of relationship, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but that this distinction and relationship, as to its mode is inscrutable and incomprehensible, because unexplained.
Luke 1:35 [KJV/NIV]
1 Corinthians 1:24 [KJV/NIV]
Matthew 11:25-27 [KJV/NIV]
Matthew 28:19 [KJV/NIV]
2 Corinthians 13:14 [KJV/NIV]
1 John 1:3-4 [KJV/NIV])
c. Unity of the One Being of Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Accordingly, therefore, there is that in the Father which constitutes him the Father and not the Son; there is that in the Son which constitutes Him the Son and not the Father; and there is that in the Holy Spirit which constitutes Him the Holy Spirit and not either the Father or the Son. Wherefore the Father is the Begetter, the Son is the Begotten, and the Holy Spirit is the one proceeding from the Father and the Son. Therefore, because these three persons in the Godhead are in a state of unity, there is but one Lord God Almighty and His name one.
John 1:18 [KJV/NIV]
John 15:26 [KJV/NIV]
John 17:11 [KJV/NIV]
John 17:21 [KJV/NIV]
Zechariah 14:9 [KJV/NIV]
d. Identity and Cooperation in the Godhead
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are never identical as to Person; nor confused as to relation; nor divided in respect to the Godhead; nor opposed as to cooperation. The Son is in the Father and the Father is in the Son as to relationship. The Son is with the Father and the Father is with the Son, as to fellowship. The Father is not from the Son, but the Son is from the Father, as to authority. The Holy Spirit is from the Father and the Son proceeding, as to nature, relationship, cooperation and authority. Hence, neither Person in the Godhead either exists or works separately or independently of the others.
John 5:17-30 [KJV/NIV]
John 5:32 [KJV/NIV]
John 5:37 [KJV/NIV]
John 8:17,18 [KJV/NIV]
e. The Title, Lord Jesus Christ
The appellation, “Lord Jesus Christ,” is a proper name. It is never applied in the New Testament, either to the Father or to the Holy Spirit. It therefore belongs exclusively to the Son of God.
Romans 1:1-3,7 [KJV/NIV]
2 John 3 [KJV/NIV]
f. The Lord Jesus Christ, God with Us
The Lord Jesus Christ, as to His divine and eternal nature, is the proper and only Begotten of the Father, but as to His human nature, He is the proper Son of Man. He is therefore, acknowledged to be both God and man; who because He is God and man is “Immanuel,” God with us.
Matthew 1:23 [KJV/NIV]
1 John 4:2 [KJV/NIV]
1 John 4:10 [KJV/NIV]
1 John 4:14 [KJV/NIV]
Revelation 1:13 [KJV/NIV]
Revelation 1:17 [KJV/NIV]
g. The Title, Son of God
Since the name “Immanuel” embraces both God and man in the one Person, our Lord Jesus Christ, it follows that the title, Son of God, describes His proper deity, and the title, Son of Man, His proper humanity. Therefore, the title Son of God, belongs to the order of eternity, and the title, Son of Man, to the order of time.
Matthew 1:21-23 [KJV/NIV]
2 John 1:3 [KJV/NIV]
1 John 3:8 [KJV/NIV]
Hebrews 7:3 [KJV/NIV]
Hebrews 1:1-13 [KJV/NIV]
h. Transgression of the Doctrine of Christ
Wherefore, it is a transgression of the Doctrine of Christ to say that Jesus Christ derived the title, Son of God, solely from the fact of the incarnation, or because of His relation to the economy of redemption. Therefore, to deny that the Father is a real and eternal Father, and that the Son is a real and eternal Son, is a denial of the distinction and relationship in the Being of God; a denial of the Father, and the Son; and a displacement of the truth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.
2 John 9 [KJV/NIV]
John 1:1 [KJV/NIV]
John 1:2 [KJV/NIV]
John 1:14 [KJV/NIV]
John 1:18 [KJV/NIV]
John 1:29 [KJV/NIV]
John 1:49 [KJV/NIV]
1 John 2:22,23 [KJV/NIV]
1 John 4:1-5 [KJV/NIV]
Hebrews 12:2 [KJV/NIV]
i. Exaltation of Jesus Christ as Lord
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.
Hebrews 1:3 [KJV/NIV]
1 Peter 3:22 [KJV/NIV]
Acts 2:32-36 [KJV/NIV]
Romans 14:11 [KJV/NIV]
1 Corinthians 15:24-28 [KJV/NIV]
j. Equal Honor to the Father and to the Son
Wherefore, since the Father has delivered all judgment unto the Son, it is not only the express duty of all in heaven and on earth to bow the knee, but it is an unspeakable joy in the Holy Spirit to ascribe unto the Son all the attributes of Deity, and to give Him all honor and the glory contained in all the names and titles of the Godhead except those which express relationship (see Distinction and Relationship in the Godhead, Unity of the One Being of Father, Son and Holy Spirit , and Identity and Cooperation in the Godhead) and thus honor the Son even as we honor the Father.
John 5:22,23 [KJV/NIV] 1 Peter 1:8 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 5:6-14 [KJV/NIV] Philippians 2:8,9 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 7:9-10 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 4:8-11 [KJV/NIV]
His virgin birth,
Matthew 1:23 [KJV/NIV] Luke 1:31 [KJV/NIV] Luke 1:35 [KJV/NIV] His sinless life,
Hebrews 7:26 [KJV/NIV] 1 Peter 2:22 [KJV/NIV] His miracles,
Acts 2:22 [KJV/NIV] Acts 10:38 [KJV/NIV] His substitutionary work on the cross,
1 Corinthians 15:3 [KJV/NIV] 2 Corinthians 5:21 [KJV/NIV] His bodily resurrection from the dead,
Matthew 28:6 [KJV/NIV] Luke 24:39 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 15:4 [KJV/NIV] His exaltation to the right hand of God.
Acts 1:9 [KJV/NIV] Acts 1:11 [KJV/NIV] Acts 2:33 [KJV/NIV] Philippians 2:9-11 [KJV/NIV] Hebrews 1:3 [KJV/NIV]
Genesis 1:26,27 [KJV/NIV] Genesis 2:17 [KJV/NIV] Genesis 3:6 [KJV/NIV] Romans 5:12-19 [KJV/NIV]
Conditions to Salvation
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 [KJV/NIV] John 3:3 [KJV/NIV] Romans 10:13-15 [KJV/NIV] Ephesians 2:8 [KJV/NIV] Titus 2:11 [KJV/NIV] Titus 3:5-7 [KJV/NIV] The Evidence of Salvation
The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit.
Romans 8:16 [KJV/NIV] The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.
Ephesians 4:24 [KJV/NIV] Titus 2:12 [KJV/NIV]
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Saviour 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 [KJV/NIV]
Mark 16:16 [KJV/NIV]
Acts 10:47,48 [KJV/NIV]
Romans 6:4 [KJV/NIV]
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 [KJV/NIV]), a memorial of his suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26 [KJV/NIV]), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26 [KJV/NIV]), and is enjoined on all believers “till He come!”
Luke 24:49 [KJV/NIV] Acts 1:4 [KJV/NIV] Acts 1:8 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 [KJV/NIV] This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth.
Acts 8:12-17 [KJV/NIV] Acts 10:44-46 [KJV/NIV] Acts 11:14-16 [KJV/NIV] Acts 15:7-9 [KJV/NIV] With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as:
an overflowing fullness of the Spirit, John 7:37-39 [KJV/NIV], Acts 4:8 [KJV/NIV] a deepened reverence for God, Acts 2:43 [KJV/NIV], Hebrews 12:28 [KJV/NIV] an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work, Acts 2:42 [KJV/NIV] and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost, Mark 16:20 [KJV/NIV]
Acts 2:4 [KJV/NIV] The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues, but is different in purpose and use.
1 Corinthians 12:4-10 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 12:28 [KJV/NIV]
Romans 12:1,2 [KJV/NIV] 1 Thessalonians 5:23 [KJV/NIV] Hebrews 13:12 [KJV/NIV] The Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.”
Hebrews 12:14 [KJV/NIV] By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: “Be ye holy, for I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:15,16 [KJV/NIV] Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by the faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 6:1-11 [KJV/NIV] Romans 6:13 [KJV/NIV] Romans 8:1,2 [KJV/NIV] Romans 8:13 [KJV/NIV] Galatians 2:20 [KJV/NIV] Philippians 2:12,13 [KJV/NIV] 1 Peter 1:5 [KJV/NIV]
Ephesians 1:22,23 [KJV/NIV] Ephesians 2:22 [KJV/NIV] Hebrews 12:23 [KJV/NIV] Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, and to demonstrate His love and compassion for all the world, the priority reason for being of the Assemblies of God as part of the Church is:
To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world.
Acts 1:8 [KJV/NIV] Matthew 28:19,20 [KJV/NIV] Mark 16:15,16 [KJV/NIV] To be a corporate body in which man may worship God.
1 Corinthians 12:13 [KJV/NIV] 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 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 12:28 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 14:12 [KJV/NIV] To be a people who demonstrate God’s love and compassion for all the world.
Psalms 112:9 [KJV/NIV] Galatians 2:10; 6:10 [KJV/NIV] James 1:27 [KJV/NIV] The Assemblies of God 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:
Enables them to evangelize in the power of the Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs.
Mark 16:15-20 [KJV/NIV] Acts 4:29-31 [KJV/NIV] Hebrews 2:3,4 [KJV/NIV] Adds a necessary dimension to worshipful relationship with God.
1 Corinthians 2:10-16 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 12 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 13 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 14 [KJV/NIV] 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 and care for the poor and needy of the world.
Galatians 5:22-26 [KJV/NIV] Matthew 25:37-40 [KJV/NIV] Galatians 6:10 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 14:12 [KJV/NIV] Ephesians 4:11,12 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 12:28 [KJV/NIV] Colossians 1:29 [KJV/NIV]
Evangelization of the world.
Mark 16:15-20 [KJV/NIV] Worship of God.
John 4:23,24 [KJV/NIV] Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son.
Ephesians 4:11-16 [KJV/NIV] Meeting human need with ministries of love and compassion.
Psalms 112:9 [KJV/NIV] Galatians 2:10; 6:10 [KJV/NIV] James 1:27 [KJV/NIV]
Isaiah 53:4,5 [KJV/NIV] Matthew 8:16,17 [KJV/NIV] James 5:14-16 [KJV/NIV]
1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 [KJV/NIV] Romans 8:23 [KJV/NIV] Titus 2:13 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 15:51,52 [KJV/NIV]
Zechariah 14:5 [KJV/NIV] Matthew 24:27 [KJV/NIV] Matthew 24:30 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 1:7 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 19:11-14 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 20:1-6 [KJV/NIV] This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel,
Ezekiel 37:21,22 [KJV/NIV] Zephaniah 3:19,20 [KJV/NIV] Romans 11:26,27 [KJV/NIV] and the establishment of universal peace.
Isaiah 11:6-9 [KJV/NIV] Psalms 72:3-8 [KJV/NIV] Micah 4:3,4 [KJV/NIV]
Matthew 25:46 [KJV/NIV] Mark 9:43-48 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 19:20 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 20:11-15 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 21:8 [KJV/NIV]
2 Peter 3:13 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 21 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 22 [KJV/NIV]
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