In a disconnected world, we are a place where people can connect to God and to others.
The more we know of God, His blessings and care, and His beautiful plan for the redemption of His world and His children, the more our love will grow toward Him. This knowledge and love of God will lead the newcomer from “observer” to making a life commitment to Christ in baptism.
For each area within our discipleship model, there are always initial steps to be taken and numerous additional steps to be taken as we grow spiritually. There’s always another step to take…
The initial step towards Loving God is a commitment to regular attendance at Bible Study (Sunday Bible Class) and Sunday morning worship.
Additional steps to be taken as we grow are commitment to daily individual Bible study, commitment to daily prayer, and attendance at other congregational services and Bible studies.
To properly love others as Christ did, we have to develop deep, meaningful relationships. One of the true joys of the Christian life are the bonds we develop within the church family. Our level of connection goes beyond what most experience in the society-at-large, as we truly “do life” together.
The initial step toward Loving Others is joining one of our Fellowship Groups. These small groups are comprised of 4-6 families that meet regularly in each other’s homes to share a meal together and to pray for each other.
Additional steps to be taken as we grow are participation in our First Sunday congregational meals, participation in one of our special-interest groups (Stitchers, etc.), or participation in one of our game nights, church picnics or parties. There are numerous fellowship opportunities at our church, as we love to spend time together.
As we continue to grow toward maturity in Christ, our lives begin to be more filled with service to others…just like Jesus. The proper loves that have continued to grow (love for God and others) literally spill out of the mature Christian’s life in acts of service to both those within the body of Christ and to those in the communities where we live.
The initial step toward Serving Others is participation in one of our church’s many ministries.
Additional steps to be taken as we grow are participation in more than one of our church’s ministries, participation in the community service opportunities offered through our Fellowship Groups, leading one of our church’s ministries, leading a Fellowship Group, leading Bible studies or teaching a class, or starting a new ministry that has captured your heart.
There is only one true God. He is the Creator of all life and the Supreme Ruler of the universe. He has always been (He is eternal) and co-exists equally in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. We learn about God through His creation, His Word, and His Son. God loves us more than we can imagine.
Genesis 1:26-27; Deuteronomy 6:4; Job 38:1-41:34; Matthew 3:13-17; John 3:16; Romans 1:19-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:6; Psalm 90:1-2
Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God. Co-equal with God the Father and God the Spirit, He came to earth and became man. He was completely God while at the same time being fully man. He revealed to us who God is. His miraculous acts, sinless life, life-changing teachings, and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead confirm the fact that He is God’s Son. His purpose for coming to Earth was to show God’s love by dying on a cross, thus taking the sins of all mankind upon Himself, and paying the penalty that our sins deserve. His bodily resurrection from the grave and His promise to return someday are testimonies to the fact that He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Jesus desires the deepest of relationship with every person.
Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1,14,18; Acts 10:37-43; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-21; Hebrews 1:1-3
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. He dwells in each member of God’s family as a Helper and Guide. When we are baptized the Holy Spirit dwells in us and He begins the work of sanctification in us. The works of the flesh begin to fade and the fruit of the Spirit begins to appear as we allow God’s Spirit to lead us daily.
The Bible is God’s written revelation about Himself, His plans, and how God and we can be reconciled in Christ. The process that God used to give us His Word is called inspiration, which means God-breathed. The Bible is the authority or standard for living our lives according to God’s will for us.
Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:105, 160; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
All human life is sacred and created in the image of God, including life of the child still in the mother’s womb. God gave us free will to choose right or wrong. The first man, Adam, chose to sin, and now every person lives in a marred creation. The outcome of the human experience is that we sin and become separated from God.
Genesis 1:27; Genesis 3:1-24; Psalm 8:3-6; John 4:24; Ephesians 1:4-6; Romans 3:23; 1 Timothy 4:3-4; Revelation 4:11
We need salvation because we have sinned. Sin separates us from God who desires relationship with us. It is impossible for any person to restore that broken relationship with God by any amount of personal goodness or religious deeds. We cannot earn, merit, or achieve a right relationship with God by our own efforts. Forgiveness is offered to all people, but there must be a change of actions. God will forgive all who sin if they repent and follow God’s plan of salvation that He’s given to us in the Bible. God loves all people and does not wish that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. The death of Jesus was not an accident. It was God’s plan from the beginning to save us from our sins through the death of Jesus Christ. The Bible calls God’s act of love grace. His grace is His gift to us. The way we receive His gift is by entering into a covenant relationship with Jesus by placing our trust and faith in Him and by obeying His command to be immersed (baptized) in water demonstrating the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. In baptism, our sins are forgiven, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and God adds us to the Church.
Daniel 9:9; Isaiah 59:2; Matthew 26:28; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 1:77; Luke 15:10; Luke 24:47; John 3:16; John 14:6; Acts 2:37-39; Acts 3:19-20; Acts 8:12,38; Acts 13:38; Acts 22:16; Romans 3:10, 11, 21-26; Romans 6:1-4; Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:1-10; Colossians 1:14; Colossians 2:11-12; Titus 3:3-8; 2 Peter 3:8-10
The Church is God’s spiritual family. It is made up of all those baptized believers who have chosen to place their trust and faith in Jesus and who are His followers (disciples). The Church is not a building but all the people who belong to Jesus. The Bible uses the analogy that Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is His body. God’s will is for the Church to gather regularly to worship, to use its various gifts and abilities to serve God and others, to love and encourage those who are in the body, and to work diligently to maintain the unity of the body. As the members of His Church love one another and maintain unity of purpose and relationship, the world around us will recognize that we belong to Jesus. The Church or body is to seek to do the will of God, which includes making and growing disciples of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 16:15-18; Matthew 28:19-20; John 17:20-23; John 13:34-35; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:4-10
Marriage is the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of one man and one woman, intrinsically ordered to procreation and biological family, and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother, and child.
Genesis 1:27-28; Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-9; Mark 10:5-9; Ephesians 5:31-33
Sexual acts outside marriage of a man and a woman are prohibited as sinful. Consequently, members should resist and refrain from any and all sexual acts outside marriage.
Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18:7-23; Leviticus 20:10-21, Deuteronomy 5:18, Matthew 15:19, Matthew 5:27-28, Matthew 15:19, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-13, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Hebrews 13:4, Galatians 5:19, Ephesians 4:17-19, Colossians 3:5
When God created you and me, He created us with a soul which will never cease to exist. Those who choose to follow Jesus as Lord, and have a growing relationship with Him, will spend eternity with God in Heaven. Those who reject Jesus by refusing to follow Him will spend eternity in Hell. Heaven, like salvation and grace, is a gift of God. Hell is the due consequence for those who have not accepted God’s offer of forgiveness. Heaven and Hell are real places.
Ezekiel 18:20; Matthew 7:21-23; Matthew 10:28; Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 16:19-31; John 5:28-29, John 14:1-6; Romans 6:23; Philippians 3:17-21; Revelation 20:15