Beliefs of Christ Gospel
Christ Gospel Church of Tyler, Texas is an affiliate
Christ Gospel Churches
based in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Christ Gospel Church of Tyler is independently
organized and governed but is theologically affiliated with
Christ Gospel Churches
International, Inc. Christ Gospel is a fundamentalist, Pentecostal
Christian group. Like most Christian denominations,
it espouses a set of doctrines known as the
Apostles' Creed. Like most Pentecostal groups, the
church believes in the baptism of the Holy Spirit
with the evidence of speaking in other tongues, and
Christ Gospel services are exuberant celebrations.
People sing, shout, dance, clap, run, praise, and
worship God with all their beings.
Yet at times the services are quiet enough to hear a
pin drop as members study the Bible attentively.
Christ Gospel churches believe that worshipping God
embraces the use of all kinds of music and
At Christ Gospel
Church, one will hear traditional church instruments
-- drums, guitars, saxophones, violins, trumpets as
well as traditional church instruments accompanying
traditional church hymns, country gospel music,
black gospel music, even classical oratories.
Aerial View of
the Int'l Headquarters' Office located in
The church emphasizes the importance of
people being united in the love of Christ,
regardless of nationality, race, sex, or
creed. In fact, Christ Gospel churches were
racially integrated long before the rest of
society - not because the church was
politically active, but merely because it
strongly believed this was the right way for
Christians to be.
Neither its leaders nor Christ Gospel
Affiliated Churches believe that they are
the only Christians going to heaven. In fact
they maintain that Christians everywhere
should rejoice whenever the name of Christ
churches believe that their ministry is to help
Christians discover a closer walk with God. Like
other major religions in the world, Christ Gospel
Churches believe that the ultimate experience of
human beings is to achieve total oneness with the
Divine; consequently, the church's teachings involve
helping Christians grow spiritually until Christ
totally fills their lives.
Because they strive
for perfect union with Christ, most church members
renounce some activities that distract one's mind
from God. These renunciations follow the
standards of old-fashioned holiness. The women do
not wear makeup nor cut their hair. All dress
modestly. Their goal is to live full, complete lives
while keeping Christ at the center of their thoughts
and activities. The church, however, teaches that
there are different levels of commitment to God,
which are a matter of individual conscience.
Although the church has a strong sense of religious
commitment, there are no rigid requirements of
conformity for membership. People are encouraged to
devote their lives to God, and to walk in the light
of truth that God has given them personally. Most
Christ Gospel members attend church, Bible study, or
prayer groups several times a week. In all other
respects they participate fully in all aspects of
society. They believe in living full, wholesome
lives, enjoying good, clean fun, marrying, rearing
families, buying homes, going to school, college,
developing careers, striving for excellence, and
being responsible, moral citizens in all their
Rev. Bernice R.
Christ Gospel was founded nearly 50 years ago by
Rev. Bernice R. Hicks, who had no ambitions or plans
for ministry, but had a gift for studying,
understanding, and explaining the Bible.
Rev. Hicks' teachings
are unique in the way that spiritual themes and
Biblical principles are tied together. Hebrew is
used to bring out the hidden meanings of words in
The core of Rev. Hicks' teachings is founded on the
principle that the Old Testament tabernacle was laid
out in the form of a cross and serves as a picture
(a metaphor) of the Christian spiritual experience
in growing to maturity in Christ. Christ is the head
over all things, all things work together for good
for those that love the Lord; and if one seeks the
kingdom of God first, all other things will be
Rev. Hicks has written and published over 110 books,
which include studies on the Old Testament
tabernacle, the threefold nature of man, evolution
and creation, overcoming depression, and many
spiritual exegeses of various books of the Bible.
The church holds copyright to these materials; Rev.
Hicks receives no royalties from them.
Although now eighty-nine years old, Rev Hicks still
preaches an average of two services each week at the
Jeffersonville church, continues writing books and
Christian training materials, and answers hundreds
of letters each week. Annually, Rev. Hicks preaches
four to six major conventions, four in
Jeffersonville to a packed church, and two in
Mexico, one in Tampico to a filled 15,000 seat
stadium, and a minister's training convention in
Mexico City. Rev. Hicks also travels extensively for
her age and holds meetings in various churches.
Our pastors here in Tyler are
Revs. Ted & Gina Richardson. You can read more about