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Fisher Memorial Church

Welcome to Fisher Memorial Church, a vibrant community dedicated to fostering spiritual growth, community engagement, and service. Our church stands as a beacon of faith, hope, and love in [Location/City], where individuals and families come together to worship, learn, and support one another

Church History

From Humble Beginnings to a Growing Community 

In October 1989, Reverend Alfred M. Fisher and his wife Myrtle Fisher answered their calling to pastoral leadership, birthing The Fisher Memorial Church - a Non-Denominational Church. Originating in their living room on 2315 109th Avenue, Oakland, services later transitioned to their double garage. This grassroots beginning featured a small team making music with fervor, including Brother Eugene Fortune on the organ, Pastor Fisher on guitar, and young Peter Fisher on makeshift drums crafted from pots and pans. 

From these humble settings emerged a vibrant ministry, quickly attracting a congregation of 56 individuals. The spirit-filled gatherings, while blessed, prompted concerns from neighbors, leading to meetings with the police due to the fervor of worship. 

In 1991, the church relocated to 8901 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, under the theme "A Church Where Love is Demonstrated, and the Spirit of God is Manifested." Here, the congregation not only grew in numbers but also in maturity, initiating various community-oriented programs. These included boys' and girls' mentoring, after-school tutoring, and a Food Pantry offering handcrafted bag lunches by dedicated church members. Over time, these initiatives expanded, touching the lives of thousands within the community. 

Continuing to witness God's blessings, the church found a permanent home. On September 18, 2011, the Fisher Memorial Church held its inaugural service at its current location, 4560 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland. We, the members, are profoundly grateful for the journey and growth the Lord has granted us. 

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Mission Statement 

Extending Christ’s Love, Transforming Lives 

Our mission is to serve as an extension of Christ’s Hands of Love and to proclaim God’s Word and provide an atmosphere enabling the lost, to be transformed from sin, bondage, sickness and poverty, to a state of being spiritually educated, mature and equipped disciples, who are living a victorious life style reflecting the principles of Grace through Christ.

Vision Statement

Transforming Lives and Empowering Communities 

Our vision extends beyond promoting the Kingdom of God globally. We aspire to establish transformative facilities that impact lives spiritually, mentally, financially, and socially. These include a Youth Gymnasium, a School for Transitional Training offering vocational skills, a GED Educational Institution, an Employment Office, Housing for the Homeless, and a Bible College. Our goal is to empower individuals, locally and globally, fostering growth and opportunity. 

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Fisher Memorial Church
Statement of Belief

The Holy Bible 

We affirm that the scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, comprising the sixty-six books, were directly inspired and verbally dictated by our Heavenly Father. They stand as the revelation from God to humanity, serving as the authentic, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. The Bible is the sole genuine standard and rule for Christian Faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

 

Man 

In accordance with Genesis 1:26-27, we hold that God created man in His own image, endowing every individual with inherent sanctity from birth throughout life. Following Christ's example, it is our responsibility to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of all individuals, treating them with love, dignity, compassion, and understanding. 

The Trinity Nature of God 

We believe in the existence of one God manifesting in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These persons are equal in power and glory and together created, uphold, and govern everything (Genesis 1:1; 3:27; 5:1). 

 

God the Father 

Our belief holds God the Father as the creator and ruler of the universe. He is eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. God is absolute in His holiness, righteousness, and justice, abounding in love and mercy as revealed in His plan for humanity (Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 46:10; Proverbs 15:3; Matthew 19:26; John 3:16). 

God the Son 

Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and embodied God in human form. He led a sinless human life, performed miracles, and conveyed the voice of His Father in the earthly realm. Christ offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for all humanity's sins by dying on the cross. As prophesied, He resurrected after three days, demonstrating power over sin, death, and the grave. He ascended to the right hand of the Father in Glory and will return to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Matthew 1:23; Luke 2:35; Hebrews 4:5; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Luke 24:50). 

God the Holy Spirit 

We acknowledge the Holy Spirit as a person, the "Comforter" promised by Jesus in John 14:15-26. The Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; acts as the supernatural agent of God in converting the lost; dwells within all believers, empowering them to live a godly life. Additionally, the Spirit serves as the divine teacher, guiding believers into all truth. 

 

Man’s Fall and Redemption 

We believe that man was initially created in God's image but became separated from God through disobedience and sin. This resulted in both physical and spiritual death (Psalms 8:3-6; Isaiah 59:1,2; Romans 3:23). 

Man’s Redemption through Salvation 

Through the disobedience of the first Adam, humanity not only severed communion with God but also corrupted its nature, leading to disharmony and an ungodly relationship. Through Jesus Christ's sacrificial offering on the cross, He paid the price for humanity's reconciliation with the Heavenly Father. This gift, termed salvation, is freely available to all who accept Jesus Christ as the Son of God and believe in Him according to Romans 10:9-11 (John 3:14,15; 5:24; 1 Corinthians 15:22). 

 

Water Baptism 

As Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:15-17) and commanded His disciples to baptize believers (Matthew 28:19), we believe in the significance of baptism by immersion. This act symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and signifies our transformation into new creations in Christ. It serves as a public declaration of accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. 

 

The Lord’s Supper 

We affirm the ordinance of the Lord's Supper as essential, following Jesus' command in Luke 22:19. All Christians are urged to continually observe this sacred ritual, examining themselves before partaking. It serves as a memorial of our Savior's suffering and death, to be observed until His return (Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32). 

 

Baptism of the Holy Ghost 

Following the example of the 120 individuals receiving the Holy Ghost in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) after Jesus' command in Acts 1:4-5, we believe in seeking the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This experience, distinct from the "New Birth," involves an overshadowing by the Holy Spirit, evidenced by speaking in tongues (Acts 2:1-4; 19:1-6). The baptism of the Holy Spirit provides divine power for witnessing and equips individuals to fulfill their God-given mission (Micah 3:8; Zechariah 4:6; Luke 4:14; Acts 1:8; Acts 4:33; Acts 19:11-12; Ephesians 3:11; 1 Corinthians 1:27; 2 Corinthians 12:10). 

 

Sanctification 

It is incumbent upon all believers to lead a sanctified lifestyle, separating from the secular (evil) to embrace the holy (good) or that which serves God's divine purpose. The Bible instructs us to discern between what is holy and unholy, clean and unclean (Leviticus 10:10). Hebrews 12:14 emphasizes the necessity of holiness to behold God (Leviticus 11:45; Luke 1:75; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 1:16; 2 Peter 3:11). 

 

Eternity 

Heaven 

Heaven stands as a prepared place for the prepared, being the hope and reward for every believer. According to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, Jesus will return to take all who have accepted Him as their personal Savior to be with Him eternally (Acts 24:15; Colossians 1:5; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 6:18-19; 1 Peter 1:3). 

 

Hell 

Hell is an actual place of permanent separation from God for the unsaved who do not accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. While God desires that none should perish but have eternal life, He sent His only Son to offer salvation and hope for all. 

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