A Small Fellowship Exalting a Big God

Christians find their footing in Scripture alone, a sure foundation with Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone.  Our church welcomes those seeking to build their lives on this rock. If you desire the intimacy of a small gathering that worships through expositional Bible-teaching, Christ-centered singing, and encouraging one another in the Christian life, then this will be the place for you.


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What to Expect

WHAT TO EXPECT WITH SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES

> Catch a glimpse of our worship services!

We begin gathering at 10:00 AM for fresh coffee, refreshments, and fellowship; feel free to join us at this time!  As you come in, we have spare Bibles on our resource table just for you if you need one.  Expect comfortably dressed, modest people. 


The service starts at 10:30 am with announcements.  We begin worship with prayer, a New Testament Bible reading, another prayer, and singing.  We sing a lot of hymns and spiritual songs (mostly traditional, but a few good new ones) that all are centered on our Lord.  We then have an Old Testament reading, prayer, and more singing.   


At this point, one of our teachers can take anyone four and under for a time in nursery with games and a brief Bible lesson during the preaching.  We welcome older kids to sit with their families during the service.

 

The preaching time comes straight from Scripture, going verse-by-verse and demonstrating how God's Word intersects your life (known as expositional or expository preaching). After a closing song and benediction, visitors can expect to be heading home by noon... unless you want to grab lunch with one of us. (We just have to clean up before we go!)

 

WHAT TO EXPECT WITH OTHER MEETINGS

Discipleship Groups: On the first and third Thursdays of the month (excluding summers), we have discipleship groups in homes.  Our fellowship time with coffee and refreshments begins at 6:30 PM. At 7 PM, we begin our prayer and study time, focusing on what the Bible says in a passage or about a biblical theme and presented in a setting where you can ask questions and join the discussion. The study breaks at 8:00 PM.  


On Wednesdays, we head over to Ferguson Avenue Baptist Church for food, AWANA, youth group, prayer time, and Bible study under Pastor Bob Dimmitt.  

 

More opportunities are coming soon.  Come on out and worship with us!

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What We Believe

We are an independent Baptist church.  We adopted our statement of faith from Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA, where Dr. John MacArthur serves as senior pastor. Below, we provide a summary of that statement, and you can also read that whole statement here.

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Holy Scripture
  • We believe the Bible is the wholly inspired Word of God, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative for all matters of faith, life, and godliness.  As such, we teach the plain, literary, grammatical-historical interpretation of Scripture.
  • We reject the apocryphal or deuterocanonical books added by the  sixteenth century Roman Catholic Church, any other new “New Testaments” or gospel accounts, and any other revelation supposed prophets penned after the first century.
The Holy Trinity
  • We believe there is one God, eternally existing in three distinct persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each equally deserving worship and obedience.
  • GOD THE FATHER: We believe God the Father is the Creator and ordered of all that is.  Though He created people, He is spiritual Father only to believers.
  • GOD THE SON: We believe that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man, sent to reveal God to us and bear the sins of those who would believe on Him for salvation. He was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, died on the cross, was buried, and resurrected on the third day.  He ascended to the right hand of the Father and will return a second time to judge all people and rule over His Kingdom.
  • GOD THE SPIRIT: We believe the Holy Spirit is fully God and as much a Person as the Father and the Son. His work is revealed in creation, the incarnation of Christ, and the salvation of believers throughout time.  He convicts the world of sin and empowers believers through spiritual gifts.
Man
  • We believe all men and women are created in the image of God.  However, because of Adam's sin, every person is also a sinner, falling short of the glory of God, and are in need of salvation from sin and its consequences.
Salvation
  • We believe that salvation is by God's grace, mercy, and faith alone, through the preaching of the gospel, repentance, and the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that salvation includes justification, wherein God declares a believer righteous on the basis of Christ's merit, regeneration,producing increasing obedience and transformation into the image of Jesus, and sanctification, the believer's new position as one set apart to God, and security, forever sealing a believer's relationship with Christ.
The Church
  • THE CHURCH UNIVERSAL: We believe the Holy Spirit immerses all believers into the Body of Christ, the church, of which Christ is the Head. 
  • THE CHURCH LOCAL: We believe that, part of the universal body, each local congregation serves to spread the gospel and to equip and mature believers through the teaching of the Word, through fellowship, and through the church ordinances (Baptism and the Lord's Supper).  
  • THE CHURCH GOVERNANCE: We believe that it is to be autonomous, ruled by a local plurality of qualified elders and assisted by qualified deacons.
  • THE CHURCH AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS: We believe that the Holy Spirit providentially places Christians in local churches and empowers them to serve the Body of Christ in various ways.  We believe the miraculous gifts were for the founding of the universal church, authenticating the message of the apostles and the prophets, and not repeatable today.
  • THE CHURCH ORDINANCES: We believe in only two ordinances for the local church, water baptism and the Lord's Supper.  Water baptism symbolizes a believer's spiritual baptism and thus should be practiced by immersing the one professing faith in water.  The Lord's Supper likewise is symbolic, commemorating the death of Christ and the spiritual communion the believer shares with the Lord.
  • THE CHURCH AND DISCIPLINE: We believe when unrepentant sin in the life of a professing believer becomes known, it is necessary to lovingly confront that sin. The goal of 'church discipline' is the glory of God, the purity of God's church, as well as the restoration of the one who is sinning.
Angels
  • We believe angels are created to serve God and man, and are not to be worshiped.  One angel, Satan, rebelled, took a third of the angels with him, and introduced sin into the world.
Last Things
  • We believe that, at death, a person's immaterial soul continues in a state of consciousness in either Heaven or Hell.  In the future resurrection, saved souls go on to eternal life and the unsaved to eternal punishment.
  • We believe that we currently live in the end times.  The next event on the prophetic calendar will be the rapture of the church, to be followed by seven years of tribulation, the second bodily coming of Jesus Christ in which He will set up a literal kingdom on earth lasting one thousand years, and the eternal state and the new heavens and earth.