"In repentance and rest you shall be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength."
This page is dedicated to providing more information on Michael and Gloria Cotten and their ministry (Antioch International Ministries), what they believe, purpose statement, and biographical information.
There is one living and true God, infinite in glory, wisdom, holiness, justice, power and love, one in His essence but eternally substantial in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The books which form the canon of the Old and New testaments as originally given are plenarily inspired and free from all error in the whole and in the part. These books constitute the written word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
God sovereignly created the world out of nothing, so that His creation, while wholly dependent upon Him, neither comprises part of God, nor conditions His essential perfection.
Creation of Man
God created man in His own image, in a state of original righteousness, from which he subsequently fell by a voluntary revolt, and as a consequence is guilty, inherently corrupt, and subject to divine wrath. The unregenerate are totally depraved and do not possess a will that is free from the dominion of the sin nature.
Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, possesses all the divine excellencies, being co-substantial and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. In His incarnation, He united to His divine nature a true human nature and so continues to be both God and man, in two distinct natures and one person, forever. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, fulfilled the requirements of the law by His sinless life, suffered under Pontius Pilate, poured out His blood as a vicarious and propitiatory atonement for sin in satisfaction of the divine justice, and on the third day was raised from the dead in the same body, now glorified. He ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father interceding in Glory for His redeemed.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son, through the ministry of regeneration and progressive sanctification applies salvation, guides and comforts the children of God, directs and empowers the church in fulfillment of the Great Commission, and convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment.
Salvation consists of the remission of sins, the impartation of the righteousness of Jesus Christ, the gift of eternal life and all the accompanying blessings therein, which are a free gift of God, and received by faith alone apart from human works of merit. Even the ability to believe is a gift of God. This blessing in no way relieves men of their responsibility to repent and believe. After repentance towards God and faith towards the Lord Jesus Christ, the believer is to publicly proclaim his identity with Christ by immersion in water baptism, in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The Lord Jesus Christ baptizes regenerated believers in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes to empower believers to do the works of Christ. Whether this happens at the moment of salvation, or as a separate and subsequent event, is up for debate. Regardless, we believe that all believers should live in a continual state of being filled with the Holy Spirit according to Ephesians 5:18. Without the Holy Spirit’s continual, indwelling empowerment it is not possible to live a fully fruitful Christian life.
Gifts of the Spirit
All nine gifts of the Spirit listed in 1 Cor. 12:4-11 continue to be expressed in the church today and are subject to the order prescribed by Scripture.
Communion is to be taken frequently and offered to all believers except those who are living in unrepentant rebellion or immorality. The communion elements are symbols of Christ’s body and blood and are useful to the exercise of faith in the person of Jesus Christ as the only means of absolving guilt, shame, and punishment of sin.
At death, the souls of the redeemed are made perfect in holiness and immediately enter into the presence of Christ, enjoying eternal conscious fellowship with Him. The souls of those who have rejected Christ’s redemption will immediately enter into eternal conscious torment apart from joyful fellowship with Christ forever.
The Lord Jesus Christ will return bodily, visibly, and personally to conform believers to His own image. He will judge the quick and the dead and will effect a final separation of the redeemed and the lost, assigning unbelievers to eternal punishment and believers to eternal glory.
We believe that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. Sexual intimacy is designed by God for marriage and is a profound blessing therein. When sexual intimacy is taken beyond the boundaries of marriage, it becomes sin and is destructive to both body and soul.
· SOLA SCRIPTURA
“Scripture alone”: The Bible alone is our highest authority.
· SOLA FIDE
“faith alone”: We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
· SOLA GRATIA
“grace alone”: We are saved by the grace of God alone.
· SOLUS CHRISTUS
“Christ alone”: Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.
· SOLI DEO GLORIA
“to the glory of God alone”: We live for the glory of God alone.
The Apostle’s Creed is not scripture, but a summary of scripture. It was not written by the apostles, but was composed about 50 years after the last NT writing. Like the Five Solas, this serves has a helpful summary of our core convictions.
"We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen."
Antioch International Ministries, inc. exists to:
1. Be a legal, tax-deductible entity to represent the ministries of Michael Cotten and Gloria Cotten. For this end the ministry was incorporated as a North Carolina non-profit in 2009. Antioch achieved public charity status 509 (a) (2) pursuant to 501 (c) (3) of the IRC in 2012.
2. Glorify God
3. Make Christian disciples by
i. For men
ii. For women (through Gloria's Wellspring conferences)
iii. For Prophets (through Michael’s AIM – Antioch International Ministries. Michael currently has prophetic discipleship groups in the triad of North Carolina, Western NY State and the Clarksville, TN and Evansville IN areas.
iv. Marriage Conferences. Michael and Gloria have led marriage conferences nationally and internationally for forty of their fifty married years.
v. Michael also regularly leads Schools of the Prophets and co-owns with Clem Ferris the International School of Prophetic Development.
vi. Michael also leads Prophecy in the Marketplace, a prophetic conference geared for business owners.
e. Writing books. Gloria has published In the Beginning on a woman’s place in God and Michael has written When God Speaks, teaching the fundamentals of receiving prophecy. Both are actively writing. Gloria is also editing her third book for other authors.
f. Creating and releasing digital videos of teachings and messages.
4. Michael actively oversees other churches in the United States. Gloria actively mentors women privately, in bible teaching and in conferences.
Michael Cotten was born in Fuquay-Varina, NC. After graduating from St.
Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC, he was trained as a Lawyer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1970 he joined his father, Robert Cotten, in the practice of law in Fuquay-Varina, NC. During those years in law practice, he was saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit. God began to grow up a house church around Michael and his wife, Gloria, ultimately resulting in his leaving the law practice in 1982. He and Gloria have been full time in the ministry since that time. He left the pastorate of Manna Church Capitol Area (originally Jubilee Fellowship Church) in Fuquay-Varina in 2002.
Michael has been married to the lovely Gloria for 50 years. They have three sons, Samuel, Benjamin and Joseph, all married and all serving the Lord. They have three lovely Daughters-in-Law and seven robust grandchildren.
Michael and Gloria have also started a publishing company, Mercy Press, and have now published In the Beginning authored by Gloria. This book speaks to women and creates a vision for God’s purposes for them as it was in the beginning. Michael has also published the first booklet in the series, When God Speaks, which teaches people how to judge, receive, and appropriate personal prophecy. Both are writing new books in each series.
In addition, Michael and Gloria lead retreats and conferences around the country, including marriage and parenting conferences and prophetic business conferences. Michael oversees churches in the United States and overseas and has traveled as a prophet in over 37 nations. He is a co-founder with Clem Ferris of the International School of Prophetic Development. Michael and Gloria currently attend Living Hope Church in Kernersville, NC. Both Michael and Gloria are more and more involved in discipleship groups both in North Carolina and across the country. Michael also trains and disciples prophets currently in three different regions of the United States.
The ministry which Michael and Gloria started and lead and which covers all of their activities is Antioch International Ministries.