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We do so believing that God has ordained this new work in our community to display His Glory and draw us all closer to Him. We embark together on a journey today to discover what it means to love well – to love God well, to love each other well, and to love our community well.
We do so knowing that God is the best teacher, and that we are to be guided by Biblical truth from Him. We know that He is the true shepherd of this church, and that we are each members of His body, with Him as our Head. We know that we are imperfect clay pots filled with the precious treasure of His glory.
We do so trusting that God will be our guide through hardships and joys, laughter and tears, conflict and reconciliation, setbacks and victories. We trust that He will complete the work that He has begun. We trust that He is already in our future, working all things together for the true good of us all.
We do so intending to honor one another, pray for one another, bear one another’s burdens, encourage one another, be kind to one another, and to love one another well.
We do so expecting great things from our great God.
Staff @ Chelsea Creek
Born in Wisconsin but raised in Birmingham, our pastor is a graduate of Huffman High School and Samford University with a Major in Religion and a Minor in Psychology. He has served in churches both full time and part-time, including Roebuck Park Baptist Church (now North Park Baptist church), Second Baptist Church of Griffin Georgia as the student pastor and then as the associate pastor, and most recently, Double Oak Community Church as the Pastor of Discipleship. He has also worked in sales, computer programming, and as the Vice President of a robotics company. He and his wife Tammy have three children, Crystal, Nicholle, and Ian. Our pastor also writes a devotional blog.
Often, we are asked, “What are your basic beliefs?” We always start by saying that we believe that the Bible is God’s Word and is to be interpreted by the literal method, where the rules of grammar, literature, history and culture are consistently applied.
In this way, we can accurately understand the author’s meaning, and properly apply the Bible’s principles.
THE BIBLE (2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17; 2 PETER 1:20-21; HEBREWS 4:12)
We believe that the Scriptures in all 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are verbally and plenarily inspired by God, error free in the original manuscripts, and the supreme authority of faith and practice for followers of Christ.
GOD (DEUTERONOMY 6:4)
We believe there is one living and true God, who is one in essence, while eternally existing in three distinct persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
MAN (GENESIS 1:26-27; ROMANS 1:18-32, 3:10-23)
We believe that mankind was directly created in the image of God to enjoy His fellowship and fulfill His purposes on earth. However, in Adam, all mankind fell into sin; consequently all people are spiritually dead and subject to the certainty of both physical and spiritual death apart from faith in Jesus Christ.
SALVATION (JOHN 1:12, 3:16, 14:6; EPHESIANS 2:8-9)
We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. All who believe in Him are declared righteous by the Father on the grounds of Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection, being regenerated by and baptized in the Holy Spirit.
THE CHURCH (ACTS 2:41-47; HEBREWS 10:24-25; 1 CORINTHIANS 12-14)
We believe that all who are “born again” by the Holy Spirit belong to the one true church and are instructed by the Scriptures to associate themselves in local, visible churches.
ORDINANCES (MATT. 28:18-20; ROMANS 6:3-7; 1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-29)
We believe that baptism is an essential “first step” for all who, having believed in Christ for salvation, desire to walk as His disciple. Baptism is a clear injunction of the Scriptures which outwardly expresses the inward reality of new life in Christ. Our method of baptism is immersion as described in the New Testament and practiced in the early church.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Christ and His redemptive death. It is also an expression of our fellowship with one another. In communion we are reminded of Christ’s first coming and encouraged to look forward to His coming again.
THE FUTURE (MATTHEW 24:36; 1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-18)
We believe the next great event of human history will be the personal return of Jesus Christ. This is the blessed hope for which all those who love Christ yearn. While the exact time of Christ’s return is unknown, it is imminent and certain.