June 4, 2015

About Us

Refreshing Winds
Poem written by Bob Glenn, Jr.

When the refreshing winds of the spirit blow,
There are many wonderful things that begin to show.
Life becomes beautiful, as a setting sun,
Or, as fresh as a sunrise, as a new day’s begun.

The light now is shining, as darkness fades away.
The night now is over, there’s a brand new day.
A day for loving and reaching out to another
With a hand that is gentle, as the touch of a mother.

When darkness has lifted, and the light shines in,
We can now see clearly, He’s more than a friend,
He’s the lover of the soul of both woman and man;
He brings us His strength, and helps us to stand.

Standing’s not easy, when we’re doing it alone,
But there’s one who is with us, we’re not on our own,
He lets us try, again and again,
Then comes the presence of His refreshing wind.

Please don’t run from the light of His love,
But rejoice and receive it, it comes from above,
Just as the wind sweeps the dark clouds away,
God’s refreshing winds, brings a beautiful new day.

 

We Believe In

… The Bible. The inspired Word of God to all men through the Holy Spirit; source of all truth;
Reliability of the Holy Scriptures. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20; Ps 119:105,160)

… the Trinity. There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and
Holy Spirit. (Ps. 90:2; Gen. 1:1, 26; 1Pet. 1:2; Is 9:6; Mt. 28:18-20)

… Jesus. His eternal deity, virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into Heaven,
and imminent return. (Jn. 1:1; Is. 7:14, Lk. 1:26-38; Jn. 14:10-30; Heb. 4:14-15; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 1:3, 4)

… the Holy Spirit. The Comforter who dwells in every believer’s heart to impart the character
of Christ, and comes upon God’s people in power to equip them for ministry.
(Acts 1:8, 2:38-39; Gal. 5:22-23; 1 Cor. 2:12, 12:4-11, 14; Eph. 1:13)

… Forgiveness of sins, available only through the blood of Jesus. (Mt. 26:27-28)

… Salvation, by grace,  through faith, apart from any works of our own.
(John 3:3; Acts 16:30-31;
1Cor. 15:1-5; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)

… Divine Healing for the whole man, through the stripes of Jesus. (Is. 53:5; Lk. 6:18-19)

… The Lord’s Supper, a covenant meal celebrating our unity with Jesus and one another.
(Lk.22:19-20, 1 Cor. 10:16-17)

…. Worship. Our purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. (I Pt. 2:9; Rom. 12:1; Ps. 100)


Why We Worship The Way We Do

The Bible teaches that worship is not a dull ritual, but a joyful and intimate celebration of God’s presence.
The Bible encourages us to express our love to God in a variety of ways:

– Singing – Psalm 30:4, 95:1

– Kneeling – Psalm 95:6, Luke 22:41

– Standing – Psalm 134:1, 135:2

– Lifting up Hands – Ps. 63:4, Ps. 134:2, I Tim. 2:8

– Clapping Hands – Ps. 47:1, 98:8

– Dancing – Psalm 149:3, 150:4

– Shouting – Psalm 35:27, 47:1

– Musical Instruments – Psalm 150:3-5, II Samuel 6:5

– Prophetic Song – Ps. 40:3, 96:1, 98:1

 

In addition to these expressions of our love, God also exhorts us to exercise the gifts of the Spirit in an
orderly way as we meet together.  In the course of our worship you may hear a prophetic word given to
encourage or edify (I Cor. 14:3, 26, 31) or a brief message in tongues, followed by an interpretation
(I Cor. 14:5, 18, 27). While all of the above expressions of praise are valid and acceptable, none are required.
If you feel uncomfortable expressing your praise in these ways, please feel free to just “sing along” or to quietly
express your love for God in prayer.