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WHAT TO EXPECT

At Pathway, we love to worship Jesus Christ through song, learning from the Bible, and through our relationships with one another. Attending a service at Pathway, you should expect:

TO BE WELCOMED

We want you to feel welcome here. God has changed our lives and we want you to experience that as well. We are normal people, who don’t have it all together, but we know the God who does. So come as you are. Dress how you are comfortable. On any given Sunday, you’ll find people wearing anything from suits to jeans.

TO LEARN SOMETHING

Learning and applying God’s Word to everyday life is the key to a personal relationship with Christ. That is why Sunday School plays such a vital role in spiritual growth and development. Our Bible study groups also provide time for us to be together with other believers where questions can be asked, discussions can occur and fellowship can take place. Pathway has a class for everyone from the nursery to senior adults. classes start each Sunday Morning at 9:30.

TO WORSHIP

Jesus taught us to worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Therefore, our worship times at Pathway are filled with both expressive times of celebrating and solemn times of reflecting on the truths of God that are found in the Bible. Our song selection includes a blend of contemporary and traditional music.

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TO HEAR THE BIBLE

We take the Word of God seriously around here and don’t just sprinkle it in here and there for good measure. You don’t need to hear what we think about stuff, you need to hear what God thinks and that can only be found in what He has revealed to us in the Scriptures. Typically, Pastor Charles preaches a series of sermons from a Book of the Bible that we work through verse by verse for several weeks and months. This forces us into the full counsel of God, even the parts most people tend to neglect. Our Sunday morning services typically end around noon.

TO HEAR THE GOSPEL

What Christ has done for us in His death and resurrection is the climax of all Scripture, and every page of the Bible points to Him in some way. At Pathway, we are constantly connecting whatever passage of Scripture we are studying to the work of Christ that saves sinners like us. 

WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe there is one and only one living and true God, the creator and sustainer of all things visible and invisible, infinite in holiness and all His perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in divine perfection and without division of nature, essence, or being, yet executing distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. To God we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. (Gen 1:1, 26; Deut 6:4; Matt 3:16-17; 28:19; John 1:1, 3; 4:24; 2 Cor 13:14; Col 1:16-17; 1 Tim 1:17)

JESUS CHRIST

We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of His saints (Matt. 28:1-7; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Cor. 15:42-58; 1 Thess. 4:13-18). We believe in the premillennial, personal, bodily return of Christ as the crowning event of the Gentile age. This event will include the resurrection of the righteous, and the Millennium will be followed by the resurrection of the unrighteous unto eternal punishment in the lake of fire and that the righteous shall enter into the heaven age.  (John 14:1-6; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 2:8; Rev. 19; Rev. 20:4-6; Rev. 20:11-15; Rev. 21:8).

LOVE

We believe that love for one another as Jesus loves the believer manifests our discipleship, proves our love for God and symbolizes our authority as New Testament churches. Love is therefore the great commandment of the LORD Jesus Christ upon which all others are dependent. 

(Matt. 22:35-40; John 13:34, 35; John 15:12; 1 John 4:7-21; 1 John 5:1-3; Rev. 2:4-5).

GOD'S WORD

We believe in the complete verbal inspiration and inerrancy of the whole Bible as originally written, and that the Bible is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice. 

(Psalm 119:160; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17). 

SALVATION

We believe that salvation is wholly by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and the requisites to it are repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3-5; John 3:16-18; Acts 20:21; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8, 9), and that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners, regenerates, seals, secures, and indwells every believer (John 3:6; John 16:8, 9; Rom. 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Eph. 4:30; Titus 3:5). We believe that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure in Him and shall not perish. (John 3:16, John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:27-30; Rom. 8:35-39; Heb. 10:39; 1 Peter 1:5).

 

THE CHURCH

We believe that Jesus Christ established His first church during His ministry on earth (Matt. 4:18-22; Matt. 16:18). We believe that His churches today are those local, visible assemblies of scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship to carry out the Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that each church is an independent, self-governing body, and no other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it. We believe that Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission to His churches only, and that He promised the perpetuity of His churches (Matt. 4:18-22; Matt. 16:18; Matt. 28:19, 20; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51; Eph. 3:21). We believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in a church, pastors and deacons, to be filled by men whose qualifications are set forth in Titus and 1 Timothy.

BAPTISM / THE LORD'S SUPPER

We believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord’s churches: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of penitent believers in water, administered by the authority of a New Testament church in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial ordinance, restricted to the members of the church observing the ordinance (Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 8:12, 38; Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 5:11-13; 1 Cor. 11:1, 2, 17-20, 26).

 

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

We believe that the miraculous spiritual manifestation gifts were done away when the Bible was completed. Faith, hope, and love are the vital abiding Spiritual Gifts (1 Cor. Chapters 12-14). 

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