What We Believe
WHAT DO WE BELIEVE?
We exist to see our communities transformed by God’s grace one person at a time.
To love God, love others, and to give ourselves away through acts of service.
– A place that is Biblically centered: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Deuteronomy 6:6-17
– A place that is culturally relevant: Acts 17:22-34
– A place that is authentically driven: Ephesians 4:14-16
– A place that relationally focused: Luke 19:1-9, John 2:1-11, Matthew 5:1
– A place where service is modeled: Philippians 2:5-11
– A place where community is valued and unity is essential: Acts 2:41-47, Acts 4:32-37
– A place that is radically inclusive: Matthew 11:19, Matthew 11:28-30
– A place where transformation is happening: Acts 9
STATEMENTS OF FAITH
– We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
2 Peter 1: 20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16; Revelations 22: 18-19; John 17: 17; Matthew 5: 17-18
– We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Deuteronomy 6: 4; 1 Corinthians 8:4; Psalm 90: 2; 1 Timothy 1: 17; Matthew 28: 19; 2 Corinthians 13: 14
– We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; in His virgin birth; in His sinless life; in His miracles; in His taking of our place and in His atoning death through His shed blood; in His bodily resurrection; in His ascension to the right hand of the Father; and in His personal return in power and glory.
John 1: 1; Colossians 2: 9; Matthew 1: 23; Hebrew 4: 15; Acts 2: 22-23; 1 Peter 3: 18; 1 John 1: 7; 1 Corinthians 15: 4; Mark 16: 19; Hebrew 7: 25; Matthew 24: 30
– We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. (SALVATION)
Romans 3: 23; Romans 6: 23; Isaiah 59: 2; Ephesians 2: 1-10; John 3: 1-18
– We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. (SANCTIFICATION)
1 Corinthians 2: 10-11; 1 Corinthians 6: 19; Ephesians 5: 18; Galatians 5: 16, 22-23; John 14: 16-17
– We believe in the resurrection from the dead of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved are raised to eternal life and they that are lost are raised to God’s judgment and eternal punishment. (GLORIFICATION)
Matthew 25: 31-46; Matthew 13: 36-43; Luke 16: 22-23; Revelation 20: 11-21
– We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 17: 20-23; Ephesians 4: 3-6; 1 Corinthians 12: 12-27; Revelation 7: 9-10
1. THE BIBLE DECLARES ALL HAVE SINNED
- “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23
- “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9
- “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6
2. THE BIBLE DECLARES SIN’S PENALTY
- “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
- “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” Revelation 20:14
3. THE BIBLE DECLARES SIN’S PENALTY WAS PAID
- “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
- “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:” 1 Peter 3:18
4. THE BIBLE DECLARES WE MUST REPENT
- “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10
- “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:7
- If we are truly sorry for our sins and willing to turn from them, we can be saved.
5. THE BIBLE DECLARES WE MUST RECEIVE CHRIST
- “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” John 1:12
- We need to exercise our faith by receiving Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. Faith and repentance are both necessary for salvation.
6. THE BIBLE DECLARES YOU CAN BE SAVED TODAY, IF YOU WANT TO BE
- “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9
- “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
- God loves you and wants you to experience peace and eternity in heaven with Him.
I hope you noticed the caption “God’s Message to You.” Scripture is God’s Word – His message to us – and not our “theory.” We pray that after reading these six thoughts from God’s Word that you believe the message God has given us. He gives free pardon of sin, and a “know-so” salvation. You don’t have to hope that God will save you, or hope that someday you will go to Heaven. The Bible says in 1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” Do you know where you’re going when you die?
WHAT YOU MUST DO:
- Admit your need (I am a sinner).
- Be willing to turn from your sin (repent).
- Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross.
- Through prayer, invite Jesus to come in and control your heart and life (receive Him as Saviour and Lord).
“Dear Heavenly Father, I know I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now ask Jesus Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour. I am willing, by God’s grace, to follow and obey Christ as the Lord of my heart and life.”
If you have made a decision to make Jesus Christ the leader of your life, please let us know by contacting us at 618-489-1045. We would love to follow up with you and connect you in the local church.
Baptism: Baptism is a symbolic reminder of a new life in Christ that occurs after a person places their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. We believe that baptism does not get us to heaven, but is a reminder to us that we have been changed by Jesus through His death, burial, and resurrection. It is an outward sign of an inward change!
-We practice baptism by immersion. When a person is placed under the water it symbolizes that the old is washed away, and when a person is lifted out of the water it symbolizes a new life, and a new way of living.
-Baptism always occurs after faith in Christ and never before
-Baptism is a decision that someone makes for themselves, not a decision that someone makes for them, therefore, we don’t practice infant baptism.
Instead of infant baptism we do infant and children dedications where the parents make a commitment to raising their children in the way of the Lord. The parents will be asked to repeat a commitment of dedication with a desire to raise their children to know Jesus as Lord and Savior.
-Parents, grandparents, and anyone else you wish to invite and be a part of this event for your child are welcomed. Dedications happen 1 or 2 times a year at Damascus Road Fellowship
Communion: Communion or the Lord’s Supper symbolizes the broken body (BREAD) and the shed blood of Christ (The JUICE). Communion is for those who have a personal relationship with Jesus, and for those who have examined their hearts to make sure there is no un-confessed sin in their lives.
-We practice Open Communion, meaning if you have personal relationship with Jesus Christ you can take Communion at DRF regardless of your religious or denominational affiliation