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Wednesday Bible Study & Prayer Meeting
Every Wednesday 7pm -pot luck style meal follows
Every Sunday 10:00am Classes for Pre K - Adult
Every Sunday 10:45am
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Community Free Will Baptist Church
130 Plain City Georgesville Rd - PO Box 313
West Jefferson, Ohio 43162-0313
FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH
Faith is more than what happens on Sunday mornings. It's a part of who we are, inside and out. At Community, we believe in sharing the joy of the gospels daily, and living a life that embodies the spirit of Christ.
We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of God and that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
ONE GOD Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Mark 12:29; John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7
We believe in one true and living God revealed in the Scriptures as eternally existing in three Persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. This belief is called the Trinity.
JESUS CHRIST Luke 1:30-55; John 1:1-15; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:15; Matthew 1:18-25; 1 John 5:20; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24; Luke 24:36-48; Acts 1:9-11; 1 John 2:1-2; Ephesians 1:20; Matthew 25:31-32; Revelation 20:6
We believe that Jesus Christ, eternally existing, is the only begotten Son of God born of a virgin; He is true God and true man. He lived a sinless life upon the earth and died a substitionary death for the sins of all mankind; He rose bodily from the grave on the third day; He ascended bodily into Heaven where He continues His ministry at the right hand of God as our Advocate and High Priest; He is personally, visibly and imminently returning to this earth to setup His kingdom.
THE HOLY SPIRIT Acts 5:3-4; John 16:7-11; John 3:3-5; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Romans 8:14; Acts 1:8
We believe that the Scriptures assign to the Holy Spirit all the attributes of God; that this present era of the church is, in a special way, the dispensation of the Holy Spirit; and that His ministry in the world includes reproving, regeneration, indwelling, guiding, and empowering men.
SIN Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:16-17; Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-19; Ephesians 2:1-3; John 3:3; Romans 3:10-23; Romans 6:23
We believe that man was created in the image of God and in his original state made innocent; that by exercise of his own free will he disobeyed God and, thereby, fell into a state of sin and condemnation; Now all of mankind exists as a fallen race, with an inherited sinful nature and are separated from God at the age of accountability, and are in need of a new birth.
SALVATION Luke 13:3; Isaiah 55:7; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 3:16; John 14:6; John 1:12-13; Acts 4:12; John 5:46-47; Romans 8:29-30; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Timothy 2:3-4; Titus 2:11; 2 Peter 3:9; Revelation 22:17
We believe that salvation is a gift of God’s grace and is received by biblical repentance and personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, trusting in His atoning sacrifice at the cross. There is no other means of being saved. God desires to let all people everywhere be saved; but since man has the freedom to choose, God saves only those who repent of their sins and trust Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Acts 1:8; Hebrews 10:25; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 23:23; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Titus 2:11-12
We believe that Christian life is to live a righteous, pure and holy life; that he is called to be a witness for Christ; that he is to be faithful in attending his church; and that he is to support his church by his tithes and offerings.
THE CHURCH 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27; Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11; Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1,4; 1 Cor. 3:9,16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4
The Bible. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God and are our infallible rule of faith and practice. They are the very words God intended us to have. We profit from them by learning the truth about many things; they also speak to us about wrongdoing; they even correct us and get us back on course as well as instructing us in right living.
God. There is one living and true God, revealed in nature as the Creator, Preserver and Righteous Governor of the Universe; and in the Scriptures as Father, Son and Holy Ghost; yet as one God, infinitely wise and good, whom all intelligent creatures are to love, adore and obey supremely.
Christ. He is God's unique Son; the only one of a kind. The Scripture teaches that He is God revealed in flesh. In His Divine nature He is truly God and in His human nature truly man. He is the One once crucified for man's sin, the now risen and glorified Savior and Lord who mediates between God and man and who gives us access to the Father through His intercession. None can come to the Father unless they come through Him.
The Holy Spirit. The Scriptures assign to the Holy Spirit all the attributes of God. It is He who convicts and convinces men of their sin. He also convinces man of that which is right, and that a final day of judgment will come. He, it is, who comes to live in us at conversion, to open our understanding to the Scripture, and to lead us into the truth.
The Government of God. God exercises a wise and benevolent providence over all beings and things by maintaining the constitution and laws of nature. He also performs special acts, not otherwise provided for, as the highest welfare of men requires.
The Sinfulness of Man. God created man in a state of innocence. Man, being tempted by Satan, yielded and willfully disobeyed God, becoming a sinner and incurring God's judgment upon sin. All of Adam's descendants inherit his fallen nature and thus have a natural inclination to sin. When one comes to an age of accountability, he is guilty of sinning before God and in need of salvation.
The Work of Christ. The Son God by His incarnation, life, sufferings, death and resurrection effected for all a redemption from sin that is full and is the ground of salvation by faith.
The Terms of Salvation. The conditions of salvation are:
(a) Man receives pardon and forgiveness for his sins when he admits to God that he is a sinner, when in godly sorrow he turns from them and trusts in the work of Christ as redemption for his sin. This acceptance of God's great salvation involves belief (faith) in Christ's death on the cross as man's substitute and the fact of God's raising Him from the dead as predicted. It is salvation by grace alone and not of works.
(b) The unreserved committal of one's self to Christ as Savior and Lord with purpose to love and obey Him in all things. In the exercise of saving faith, the soul is renewed by the Holy Spirit, freed from the dominion of sin, and becomes a child of God.
(c) Continuance in faith and obedience until death.
Election. God determined from the beginning to save all who should comply with the conditions of salvation. Hence, by faith in Christ, men become His elect.
Freedom of the Will. The human will is free and self-controlled having power to yield to the influence of the truth and the Spirit or resist them and perish.
Salvation Free. God desires the salvation of all; the Gospel invites all; the Holy Spirit strives with all; and whosoever will may come and take of the water of life freely.
Perseverance. We believe that:
(a) There are strong grounds to hope that the saved will persevere unto the end, and be saved because of the power of divine grace pledged for their support.
(b) Since man, however, continues to have free choice his future obedience and final salvation are neither determined nor certain, since through manifold temptations and the weakness of human flesh he can fall into the practice of sin and make shipwreck of his faith and be lost.
(c) We believe that any Christian who has sinned (whether we call him a backslider or sinner), but has a desire to repent, may do so and be restored to God's favor and fellowship.
(d) All believers in Christ, who through grace persevere in holiness (having God’s favor and fellowship) to the end of life, have promise of eternal salvation.
These positions distinguish Free Will Baptists from other groups who subscribe to a liberal theology; that is, who feel that some or all of these fundamental truths affirmed above are not essential.
Within the parameters of that which is theologically fundamental, Free Will Baptists most closely identify with those known as evangelical; that is, who actively strive to penetrate the culture, preaching the Gospel of Christ, in order to win to Christ anyone who will choose to accept Him by faith.
There are a few doctrinal positions on which Free Will Baptists hold a distinctive position, even from other groups with whom we may enjoy close fellowship and cooperation. So the question often arises, "What's the difference between Free Will Baptists and.. Southern Baptists, Missionary Baptists, or Independent Baptists? -
We believe the Scriptures give consistent emphasis to the responsibility every Christian has to continue to trust Christ throughout his life (Hebrews 3:6, 14, 10:23). Contrary to what some say Free Will Baptists do affirm salvation by grace through faith only, and further insist that the faith that saves is an on-going and active faith. (John 10:1-21). Further, Free Will Baptists believe that there are sufficient warnings in scripture that suggest the possibility that one may forfeit the faith (Galatians 5:4, Hebrews 6:4-6; Hebrews 10:29), though such a forfeiture is not probable. We do not believe that the forfeiture of the faith is easy, nor sudden, but do affirm the truth that if such state is reached, there remains no more sacrifice (Hebrews 6:6). Consequently, that person who forfeits his faith is irreversibly lost.
Nazarene, Methodist, Holiness Groups? - These groups are generally called Wesleyan , the founder of which was the 19th century Methodist Evangelist, John Wesley. A key distinctive of their theology is the teaching that a person may experience a second, definite work of grace, at which time the believer reaches a point of entire sanctification, and from that moment forward, the believer is capable of living a sinless life. We believe, on the other hand, that the Holy spirit is at work in the believer's life to progressively mold him into the image of Christ, and that this process will not be completed until we reach eternity.
Assembly of God, Charismatic/Pentecostal Churches? - We believe that the sign gifts mentioned in the historical record if the early church (the book of Acts) were used by God for the unique purpose of validating the authority of the Apostles, through whom He transmitted the Holy scriptures (I Corinthians 12-14). Do we believe that these gifts have ceased altogether? No, we do however assert that with the completion of the New Testament canon, the need for, and exercise of these sign gifts faded. We do not seek a Baptism of the Spirit sub-sequent to salvation, nor support the use of tongues or other sign gifts as evidence of the Holy Spirit's work in the Christian life.
Presbyterian, Reformed Churches? - Rather than affirming the predestination of specific individuals for grace, as the Reformed Churches do, we believe that when acted upon by the Holy Spirit, and individual as the freedom of will to accept or rejects God's offer of salvation. We do not believe, as we are often accused, in a works oriented salvation, affirming with Paul that faith is not a work (Ephesians 2:8-9). Further, we agree that sinful man is dead in sin, that is, he is unresponsive and insensitive to the work and presence of God unless and until he is acted upon from the outside by the Holy Ghost. Once the individual has experienced this work of grace by the Holy Ghost, it is given that he should persevere in that faith until the end. We hold that whosoever will may exercise his God given freedom of the will to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and in believing, receive everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Gospel Ordinances. We believe the Bible teaches three ordinances for the church to practice:
Baptism in water by immersion; the Lord's Supper; and the Washing of the Saints' feet, an ordinance teaching humility and reminding the believers of the necessity of a daily cleansing from all sin, which is to be ministered to all true believers.
Tithing. God commanded tithes and offerings in the Old Testament; Jesus Christ endorses it in the Gospel (Matthew 23:23); and the Apostle Paul said, “Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him.” (1 Corinthians 16:2). Both the Old and New Scriptures teach tithing as God’s financial plan for the support of His work. We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local Church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the Church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made (Gen.14:20; Pov.3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1 Tim 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17).
Resurrection. The Scriptures teach the resurrection of the bodies of all men, each in its own order; they that have done good will come forth to the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil to the resurrection of damnation.
Judgment. There will be a judgment, when time and man's probation will close forever. Then all men will be judged according to their works.
Final Retribution. Immediately after the judgment, the righteous will enter into eternal life, and the wicked will go into a state of endless punishment.
Church Government - Free Will Baptist churches enjoy local church autonomy (self-governing). The local church is the highest authority in the denomination. Local churches voluntarily organize themselves into quarterly meetings, district, state and national associations for the purpose of promoting the cause of Christ on the local, state, district, national, and world-wide level.
Christ's Second Coming - The Lord Jesus, who ascended on high and sits at the right hand of God, will come again to glorify His saints, and judge the world. All of the created universe as it now exists will be destroyed. God will create 'new heavens and a new earth'.
Missions - Free Will Baptists believe that Jesus commanded the church to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every nation.