What We Believe
This simple process, according to the Bible, begins with becoming confident that God has offered a way back to Him through Jesus. The confidence leads to a choice to devote to God and change bad behavior. Devotion is public, not private, through confession and baptism. Finally, people who become Christ-followers must stay in the relationship by being disciples, making disciples, and loving other people.
Confidence. The Bible tells us emphatically that belief is the first step to a saving relationship with God. Belief and faith, which by definition is a ‘convincing’, are synonymous and foundational to transformation now & rescue (salvation) later at Christ's appearing (1 Peter 1:3-5).
Faith – belief – is found and strengthened from experiencing God by the Holy Spirit, the testimonies of Christ-followers, and the good news of God's Kingdom contained in the Bible (e.g., John 20:30-31; Romans 10:17).
Devotion. When we believe, we must choose to devote all we are and have to God through Jesus (Matthew 22:37-38). This is the confession of Jesus as Lord in Romans 10:9-10.
Repentance. If we truly believe In God and devote all we are and have to Him, then a radical change must follow. This change of heart, which brings a change in behavior, is called repentance. It’s not just feeling bad about things we’ve done against God, others, or our bodies. It’s turning away from anti-God behavior. Repentance is absolutely necessary for being rescued from coming judgment (Acts 3:19 and 17:30-31)! By the way, check out the references as well as Acts 26:20, John 3:16, and 2 Peter 3:8-9 and learn that God has offered a way back to Him to all people who will respond as we've outlined on this page!
Baptism. We must confess our belief and devotion aloud in the presence of other Christ-followers (see 1 Timothy 6:12, for instance). The proof of our devotion is the water baptism, done also in the presence of others. Water immersion allows us to express publicly our allegiance to God; He responds by giving us His Spirit. It’s a symbolic death of the old self & raising of the new. While water baptism is important to respond to God, it doesn't save us.
Just Stay! Entering into a relationship with God, Father and Son, is a choice. The relationship requires a response of complete devotion to them and charity toward people. These are the things by which we'll be judged at the end of this world (Matthew 25:31-46). But, just as we can choose to enter the relationship, we can choose to leave it. This is why Jesus stressed the need to abide - remain, and stay productive in our faith (John 15:1-17, for instance).
Finally, while staying in the relationship, we are meant to be and make disciples while we are being transformed for spiritual maturity (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:11-16; Matthew 28:18-20).
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What We Practice
We worship God corporately in several ways. Here's a short list:
- Prayer. Our congregation prays together with and for each other during the Sunday service.
- Testimonies. We begin corporate prayer with brief testimonies. After all, there's no better way to make worship more interactive, build faith, and experience the work of the Holy Spirit!
- Communion. By definition, the act is an intimate sharing of elements representing the body and blood Christ gave up to satisfy humanity's debt to God the Father. We do this together weekly.
- Giving. Christ commands us to love each other (actionably!). We encourage our members to make known their needs and offer resources to satisfy them. We also understand that while God didn't ask us for buildings, staff, and utility expenses, they must be covered for us to continue meeting in comfort. Therefore, we also encourage people to give toward operational expenses. All giving is worshipful and not compelled. Give as little or as much as you feel led to by God. We DO NOT pass an offering plate! Giving can be done in an offering box at each sanctuary exit or online.
- Singing. Our people enjoy singing praises to God. Because of the wide range of ages within our congregation, we sing hymns and contemporary songs.
- Teaching. The Church has one job: equip people to be and make disciples (e.g., Ephesians 4:11-16; Matthew 28:18-20). All we do supports that endeavor and teaching is essential! Our pastor is a well-trained Doctor of the Church and his messages are always exegetical (extracting intended meanings). This is true regardless of whether the purpose is to teach particular topics or present the Bible verse-by-verse.