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We believe the Bible to be inspired of God; the infallible Word of God. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16).
The Bible is the only God-given authority which man possesses; therefore, all doctrine, faith, hope, and all instruction for the church must be based upon, and harmonize with, the Bible. It is to be read and studied by all men everywhere, and can only be clearly understood by those who are anointed by the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:27)."... no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" (2 Peter 1:20, 21).
We believe in the one ever-living, eternal God: infinite in power, Holy in nature, attributes and purpose; and possessing absolute, indivisible deity. This one true God has revealed Himself as Father, through His Son, in redemption; and as the Holy Spirit, by emanation. (1 Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; 2 Cor. 5:19; Joel 2:28).
The Scripture does more than attempt to prove the existence of God; it asserts, assumes and declares that the knowledge of God is universal. (Romans 1:19, 21, 28, 32; 2:15). God is invisible, incorporeal, without parts, without body, and therefore free from all limitations. He is Spirit (John 4:24), and a spirit hath not flesh and bones. (Luke 24:39).
This one true God manifested Himself in the Old Testament in divers ways; in the Son while He walked among men; as the Holy Spirit after the ascension.
The one true God, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, took upon Himself the form of man, and as the Son of man, was born of the virgin Mary. As Paul says "and without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory" (1 Timothy 3:16).
"He came unto His own, and His own received Him not" (John 1:11). This one true God was manifest in the flesh, that is, in His Son Jesus Christ. ". . God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. . ." (2 Cor. 5:19).
We believe that, ". . in Him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily" (Col. 2:9). "For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell" (Col. 1:19). Therefore, Jesus in His humanity was man; in His deity was and is God. His flesh was the lamb, or the sacrifice of God. He is the only mediator between God and man. "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5).
Jesus on His Father's side was divine, on His mother's side, human; Thus, He was known as the Son of God and also the son of man, or the God-man.
"For He hath put all things under His feet. But when He saith all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted, which did put all things under Him" (1 Cor. 15:27). "And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all" (1 Cor. 15:28).
"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty" (Rev. 1:8).
God used different titles, such as "God Elohim," "El Shaddai," "Jehovah," and especially "Jehovah Lord," the redemptive name in the Old Testament. “..unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: ... and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). This prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled when the Son of God was named, "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His People from their sins" (Matt. 1:21).
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
In the beginning God created man innocent, pure and holy; but through the sin of disobedience, Adam and Eve, the first of the human race, fell from their holy state, and God banished them from Eden. Hence by one man's disobedience, sin entered into the world. (Gen. 1:27; Rom. 3:23, 5:12).
Pardon and forgiveness of sins is obtained by genuine repentance, a confessing and forsaking of sins. We are justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). John the Baptist preached repentance, Jesus proclaimed it, and the Apostles emphasized it to both Jews and Gentiles. (Acts 2:38, 11:18, 17:30).
The word "repentance" comes from several Greek words which mean, change of views and purpose, change of heart, change of mind, change of life, to transform, etc.
Jesus said, -except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3).
Luke 24:47 says, "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."
The scriptural mode of baptism is immersion, and is only for those who have fully repented, having turned from their sins and a love of the world. It should be administered by a duly authorized minister of the Gospel, in obedience to the Word of God, and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the Acts of the Apostles 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5; thus obeying and fulfilling Matthew 28:19.
John the Baptist, in Matthew 3:11, said, "...He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire." Jesus, in Acts 1:5, said, "...ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence." Luke tells us in Acts 2:4, they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues (languages), as the Spirit gave them utterance."
The terms "baptize with the Holy Ghost and fire," "filled with the Holy Spirit," and the "gift of the Holy Ghost" are synonymous terms used interchangeably in the Bible.
It is scriptural to expect all who receive the gift, filling, or baptism of the Holy Spirit to receive the same physical, initial sign of speaking with other tongues.
The speaking with other tongues, as recorded in Acts 2:4, 10:46, and 19:6, and the gift of tongues, as explained in 1 Corinthians, chapters 12 and 14, are the same in essence, but different in use and purpose.
The Lord, through the Prophet Joel, said, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; ..." (Joel 2:28). Peter, in explaining this phenomenal experience, said, having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He (Jesus) hath shed forth this which ye now see and hear." (Acts 2:33). Further, "...The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." (Acts 2:39).
The basic and fundamental doctrine of this church body shall be the Bible standard of full salvation, which is repentance, baptism in water by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.
We shall endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit until we all come into the unity of the faith, at the same time admonishing all brethren that they shall not contend for their different views to the disunity of the body.
The first covenant that the Lord (Jehovah) made with the children of Israel after they were brought out of Egypt was a covenant of healing. The Lord said, ". . if thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord (Jehovah-Rapha, the Lord that healeth) thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians; for I am the Lord that healeth thee." (Exodus 15:26).
Some translations read: "For I am Jehovah, thy physician," He being our physician or doctor, we have the most capable in the whole world. Our Lord Jesus Christ went about Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and disease among the people. (Matthew 4:23, 24).
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). The vicarious suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ paid for the healing of our bodies, the same as for the salvation of our souls, for with His stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5). Matthew 8:17 reads, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses" (See also I Peter 2:24).
We see from this that divine healing for the body is in the atonement. That being true, then it is for all who believe. Jesus said of believers, ". . they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." Later, James wrote in his Epistle to all the churches: "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:14-16).
All of these promises are for the church today.
On the night of our Lord's betrayal, He ate the Passover supper with His Apostles, after which He instituted the sacrament. "And He took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, this is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper saying, this cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you." (Luke 22:19-20). Paul instructed the church how to observe it (I Cor. 11:23-34).
Thus was instituted the use of literal bread and the fruit of the vine, which are partaken of literally, as emblems of His broken body and shed blood. There is also a spiritual significance and blessing in partaking of the sacrament.
Godly living should characterize the life of every child of the Lord, and we should live according to the pattern and example given in the Word of God. "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and Godly, in this present world" (Titus 2:11,12). "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps: who did no sin, neither was 'guile found in His mouth: who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed himself to Him that judgeth righteously" (1 Peter 2:21-23).
"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord" (Heb. 12:14). "But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1 Peter 1:15-19).
"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and Godly, in this present world" (Titus 2:11,12). "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ" (John 1:17). A Christian, to keep saved, must walk with God and keep himself in the love of God (Jude 21) and in the grace of God. The word "grace" means "favor." When a person transgresses and sins against God, he loses his favor. If he continues to commit sin and does not repent, he will eventually be lost and cast into the lake of fire. (Read John 15:2, 6; 2 Peter 2:20-21). Jude speaks of the backsliders of his day, and their reward. (Also, read Hebrews 6:4-6). "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God" (Eph. 2:8).
We understand the scripture to teach the restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. (Acts 3:21). But we cannot find where the devil, his angels, and all sinners are included. (See Rev. 20:10).
Rev. Billy Cochran is an ordained minister with the United Pentecostal Church International organization. He currently serves locally as the districts (Section 3) - North American Missions (NAM) Secretary, and as the regional N.C. District Prayer Coordinator for UPCI. He also serves as the World Network of Prayer (WNOP) Coordinator for the southeast region.
Rev. Cochran received his licensing through the United Pentecostal Church International organization.  Local License: October 27,1999  General License: July 2, 2003  Ordination License: May 15, 2006.
He began his ministry under the pastorate of Rev. David Elms (Pentecostals of Charlotte, NC) where he served in various ministerial positions such as: Assistant Minister, Master of Ceremonies, Worship Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Nursery Attendant, Sound Technician, Youth Minister, Bus Ministry, Outreach Ministry, Home Bible Study Teacher, Nursing Home Minister, and Jail Minister.
Rev. Cochran, along with his family (wife: TINA, daughter: HANNAH, son: JOSEPH), founded Soul's Harbor Ministries (initially known as 'Apostolic Lighthouse') as a daughter-work church on December 5, 1999, in a community building located in Huntersville, NC. Upon outgrowing the community building, he decided to re-name the church and relocated the assembly to Cornelius, N.C.
Rev. Cochran is very passionate about helping everyone feel important, included, and empowered. His goals are to help people find their purpose in the Kingdom of God as well as plant many Apostolic Pentecostal churches in the area.
What are your services like?
At SHM, we enjoy Spirit filled worship services that include inspirational teaching/preaching, and life changing alter services. We endeavor to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in every service.
Our sanctuary is open for pre-service prayer on Sunday mornings from 9:30am-10am. We begin each service with lively worship unto the Lord with joyful singing and music. We pause briefly for announcements and special prayer requests. Then, we engage together as the pastor/speaker preaches from God's Word. Our services usually conclude with a time of worship and prayer.
The saints of SHM are the kind of people you'd love to meet! We love everybody! We love to worship together and fellowship together. At SHM, you're not just a member, your more like family.
We're a 'book of Acts' kind of church where the gifts of the Spirit are in operation as they should be (decently and in order). Many people have powerful testimonies of having experienced numerous miracles, signs, and wonders. We've seen many receive deliverance from depression, oppression, possession, and addiction. And many are still being filled with the life changing, awesome power of the Holy Spirit just as they received it in the book of Acts.
Periodically, SHM will have special prayer services on a Friday night. These Friday night prayer services can range from a couple of hours to all night prayer. This is a special time of focused prayer and fellowship.
How long are your services?
Sunday School is from 10am-10:45am. This is for all ages, including adults.
Sunday Worship Service begins at 11am and usually ends around 12-ish (noon). Though we aim to be cognizant of everyone's time, we try to be most respectful to the flow and presence of God in each service. Currently, we do not hold a Sunday evening service. Instead, we get to genuinely enjoy our time together during our Sunday morning services without the worry of rushing through them.
Wednesday night service begins at 7:30pm and usually ends between 8:30pm and 9pm.
What should I wear?
We invite you to come dressed as comfortable as possible. You do not have to dress like us to worship with us. Our desire is to draw attention to God, not ourselves. But, to help you understand our beliefs on the subject, in addition to inward holiness, we also believe in the outward holiness guidelines of the Word of God concerning how believers in Christ are to dress. We believe God's Word teaches that Christians should dress in a modest fashion so as not to cause an immoral distraction to others.(1 Peter 1:16) We also believe God's Word encourages Christians to dress in a manor that reflects a distinction between genders. (Deut. 22:5)
Where do my children go after Sunday School?
At the close of our Sunday School services, we take a 10-15 minute break. At 11am, everyone gathers in the sanctuary for Sunday Worship Service (including children ages 4yrs and older). If need be children ages 0-3yrs old are permitted to remain in the Nursery with our nursery attendants during this time.
How to I receive important notifications?
SHM provides forms you can fill out to help keep you in the loop of current events and important notifications. Once the forms have been received you will be immediately included in our emails and text notifications.
We also offer updates on our website and Facebook page.
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What does your church do for fun?
We love fellowship! Each year we try to include many opportunities for the church and community to come together for wholesome and safe fellowship. While each year may differ, we do revisit some of the most enjoyable fellowship activities such as 'CONNECT'. CONNECT is a great Christian based fellowship gathering where we transform our facility for a time of fun, fellowship, and lots of games for all ages! Drinks and snacks are available at this event.
If schedules allow, we try to have 3-4 seasonal in-house dinners, or times of fellowship and refreshments, a year. We have special events for graduation other celebrations. On occasion, our fellowship will go on a churchwide outings [ex: bowling, zoo trips, etc.].
Do you offer ASL translation for the hearing impaired?
Currently, we are blessed to have a certified ASL translator for our hearing impaired guests. Occasionally, SHM offers free classes to learn ASL. We also have a sign language drama team called 'Hands of Praise'.
How do I become a member of SHM?
First, let me say you do not have to be a 'member' of this church to attend our services. We welcome everyone to come and enjoy our services and fellowship. We encourage our guests to visit as long as they like. Should you decide to become a member of SHM, all you have to do is meet with the pastor and advise him of your decision to be a member. If you're comfortable to do so, the pastor will then make an announcement to the congregation with a warm welcome of you as a member of this fellowship. Our office will provide you with some forms to fill out for office purposes as well as to help us get an idea of your talents, and interests. We will also provide you the opportunity to be included in our emails and texting notification programs.
How can I get water baptized?
After repentance, we are required to be water baptized 'in Jesus name' for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38). Those who desire to be water baptized can either notify the pastor before or after service, or schedule a brief meeting with the pastor to discuss the process.
How do I get involved?
SHM endeavors to help everyone find their place in the kingdom of God. All members are asked to fill out one of SHM's 'Personal Information Forms'. Included in this form are areas you can mark to show your personal skills, as well as areas of church ministries you're interested in. Afterwards, if you'd like to get involved in the church, simply schedule a brief meeting with the pastor to discuss your personal areas of interest. Some positions of involvement at SHM require members to complete our JumpStart discipleship courses.
Can a guest take communion?
Yes! Guest are encouraged to participate in our communion services. You do not have to be a member of SHM to take communion. Communion services are offered several times a year.
What is the Snack Shack?
SHM offers a variety of coffee, snacks, and drinks before service begins and a few minutes after service. The Snack Shack closes 15 minutes before services begin. Cash, Credit Cards, and Checks are accepted methods of payment.
Do you provide mobile transportation services?
Currently, we do not have mobile transportation services. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will update this page as soon as transportation services are available. We encourage you to view our live services online on our SHM Facebook page.
How can I financially support SHM?
We are grateful for everyone who helps support the kingdom of God with their financial offerings. SHM offers various way to financially support this ministry. We have an offering box located in the sanctuary where you can privately make your donations. We also take up an offering at the end of service for those who prefer this method of giving. In addition, we provide supporters the ability to safely and privately give online through our secured website. We encourage financial supporters to use our SHM offering envelopes when giving in house for record keeping purposes, but this is not mandatory. At the end of each year we provide financial supporters who use our offering envelopes, or give on line, with a contribution report for your records.
JumpStart is a series of bible study courses that's free of charge to all who attend. We cover many of the fundamental topics to help ground you on basic biblical doctrines. It begins on Sunday Mornings at 10 AM. We endeavor to offer this program several times a year. In addition, we offer extended bible studies that cover a general overview of the stories of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. And yes, all questions are welcome and encouraged.