Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers!)
What is the Christian Church?
JESUS is the head of the church (Matthew 16:16, 18; Ephesians 1:22)-- we are not ruled by a headquarters or hierarchy. We are ruled by God's Word.
CHRIST-CENTERED --we wear no name but His--Christian (Acts 11:26). We are not the only Christians, but we are Christians only (I Corinthians 1:10-13).
BIBLE-BASED --The Bible serves as our only authority. Where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we are silent.
MEMBERSHIP --The only requirement is a confessed faith in Christ which results in repentance and baptism (immersion) Acts 2:38. Through this you are added to the Body of Christ (the Church).
Are you a "spirit-filled" church?
We get this question a lot and it boils down to how you define "spirit-filled." We believe that all Christians are filled with God's spirit at conversion and that the Spirit is working constantly in the life of our church Body. We believe that God's Spirit transforms the lives of believers and is instrumental in communicating the love and power of God to change lives. If you define "spirit filled" as a menu of experiences that validate a person's faith or salvation (ie. speaking in tongues during the worship service, prophetic "words of knowledge", or healing services) then, no we are not.
What do you believe?
God is our Creator, our Father and is our final Judge. We believe that God sent his son Jesus to take away sin which separates us from God. By accepting this gift, we believe people are set free to live purposeful lives which will draw others to Christ and allow them to grow in their knowledge and love of God.
JESUS is God's Son, a Savior to those who will receive Him as Lord, the answer to our guilt, and our example for living. Jesus, as the Son of God, is the foundation upon which all we preach and teach find their authority and meaning.
BIBLE is God's Holy inspired Word, worthy of our study and application. We have no cread but Christ; no book but the Bible.
CHURCH is made up of all those who are personally related to God through His Son Jesus. We encourage the unity of all Christians, and believe that this unity can be achieved when love for Christ is greater than love for man-made traditions. We do not claim to be the only Christians, but strive to be Christians only.
CHRISTIAN UNITY is found within the diverstiy of its members. We are made up of Christians of many different church backgrounds, including those with no church background at all. In regards to race, families of many different backgrounds worship and serve Christ side by side. Having Christ in common is what makes the church, builds relationships, and strengthens our families and our community.
What is the Trinity and can you explain it please?
I think the following article from another Christian minister explains it.
Understanding the God Head (Trinity)
By Bob Friend
Trinity or God Head?
I prefer the phrase the "God Head." As a Christian I believe in the "God Head," that God is one, yet three distinct Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each is independent, but never acts independently. Each is a distinct Person, but they are one in purpose, in essence, and in nature. The finite mind finds it difficult to comprehend this mystery; it must be accepted by faith.
"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)
The God Head and Redemption
God’s redemptive work cannot be understood apart from the God Head.
- The Father gave the Son
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
- The Son gave Himself
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20)
- The Father gave the Holy Spirit who regenerates
"The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear it's sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." (John 3:8)
- The unique ministries of the "God Head" in redemption
The part of the Father (Ephesians 1:3-6)
The part of the Son (Ephesians 1:7-12)
The part of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14)
Diversity and Unity
God's Word speaks eloquently of the reality of the "God Head." The Bible makes a convincing defense of the diversity and unity of the God Head. The following is a sampling of the more obvious texts (some I've already given you):
- The Father
One God and Father (1 Corinthians 8:6)
Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3)
Is all powerful (Ephesians 4:6)
Is unchanging (James 1:17)
The author of our redemption (Galatians 1:3-4)
The Father of believers (2nd Corinthians 6:17-18)
- Jesus Christ, the Son
Is eternal, from the beginning (John 1:1)
He became incarnate (John 1:14)
The author of grace and truth (John 1:17)
God's Son, our Savior (John 3:16)
The Father loves the Son (John 3:35)
The Son loves the Father (John 14:31)
The Son and the Father are one (John 10:30)
- The Holy Spirit
God is Spirit (John 4:24)
He authored the Scriptures (2nd Peter 1:21)
He guides into all truth (John 16:13)
He is sent of the Father to the World (John 14:26)
He dwells within believers (John 14:17)
He confirms that we are God's own (Romans 8:16)
He is a gift at Baptism (Acts 2:38)
- The "God Head" presented together
Jesus was baptized—the Holy Spirit descended—the Father spoke (Matthew 3:16-17)
Believers are to be baptized and discipled in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-19)
We will never, FULLY understand the "God Head" because we are not God. I think the above article is a good start of explaining it.
- The Father gave the Son
Do you provide child care?
Yes. We have a nursery during Sunday School and Worship service from birth thru 2. We have a preschool class (3, 4, 5 year olds) during Sunday School and Childrens' Church is provided during worship for infants through 1st grade.
What must I do to be saved?
In order for a person to be saved, according to God's Word, they must:
1) HEAR God's Word-----Matthew 7:24; 1 Cor. 15:1-4
2) BELIEVE God's Word (have faith in it)----Rom. 10:17; Heb. 11:1
3) REPENT from your sins and turn towards God----Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30
4) CONFESS with your mouth that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God-----Matt. 10:32; 16:16; Romans 10:8-13
5) BE IMMERSED (Baptized) into Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Acts 2:38 and Mark 16:16