About faith

Mission

The mission of Faith Church Statesville is to equip people to Experience God through Bold Worship, Real Relationships, and Engaged Outreach. 

Experience God

Our primary purpose is to provide a variety of opportunities for you to Experience God through a personal relationship with His son, Jesus Christ.

bold Worship

Our Sunday morning worship service is the primary setting that encourages this “experience”. We are made by God and for God! The way we experience God is by becoming a worshiper – when we worship God we express our love and devotion to Him. 

  • to learn more about beginning a personal relationship with God click here

  • to get the details on our Sunday worship service click here

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." Matthew 22:37

 

REal RElationships

Doing life together with other Christ followers enhances our relationship with God. We grow and mature when we worship, study God's word, and serve with other believers. The people of Faith Church connect to one another in a variety of ways. Click here for a list of current special and ongoing events such as...

 

  • Connect Class

  • Prayer Nights

  • Home Groups

"From now on you are not strangers and people who are not citizens. You are citizens together with those who belong to God. You belong in God's family." Eph 2:19

 

Engaged Outreach

Faith Church believes it is our privilege and responsibility to communicate God's love to people around the world. We do so on a local and global level. Our efforts involve serving the people of Statesville and Iredell County, mission trips within the US to assist with disaster relief, church construction, and lastly, international mission trips. These“hands on” ministries provide us with the opportunity to reach people with the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of those we encounter. Finally, we are committed to connecting to God's world by supporting global missions through prayer and giving of financial resources.

"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:19

 
 
faith Staff:
Charles Burleson
Tim Lowery

Executive & Youth Pastor

tim@connect2faith.church

Amy Baity

Worship Director

amy@connect2faith.church

Pam Hellman

office Administrator

pam@connect2faith.church

Cindy Marshall

Faith Kids Director  

cindy@connect2faith.church

Our Ministry Leadership

Team

From Left to right:

  • Andy Baity

  • Alan Bradshaw

  • Tim Lowery

  • Charles Burleson

What We Believe

 

 

The way Faith Church does ministry is contemporary and ever-changing in order to meet the needs of the cultural context in which we serve. Our  theology, however, is grounded in the Baptist tradition. Faith Church adheres to the Southern Baptist Convention Statement of Faith. The details of what we believe are below.

About God The Father

 

God the Father is the Sovereign Designer and Ruler of the universe. He is the Source of all things and has eternally, or always, existed. He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises. He is co-equal with God the Son and God the Holy Spirit within the Triune Godhead.

 

Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14; Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6 John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4

 

 

About God the Son - Jesus Christ

 

Jesus Christ is God the Son. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus came to earth and was completely human, and at the same time completely God. He lived a perfect, sinless human life so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God's demands for perfection. He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of king's and Lord of lords.

 

Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15: Titus 2:13

 

 

About God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides Christians with power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. His presence also assures us of our relationship with Christ. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.  As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18; Genesis 1:2; Psalms 51:11; 139:7; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Luke 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17

NOTE: Although each member of the Trinity (God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit) serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.  They are not 3 separate "Gods" but the Lord is One God displayed in 3 "personalities". Deuteronomy 6:4 and Mark 12:29

 

 

About the Bible

 

The Bible is God's Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.

 

II Timothy 3:16 ; II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

 

 

About Human Beings

 

People were made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. The purpose of our creation was to have fellowship with God. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates people from God, causes many problems in life, and results in eternity in hell.

 

Genesis 1:26-30, 2:7; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2

 

 

About Salvation

 

The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus, in faith, we are saved. Eternal life with Jesus Christ begins the moment one receives Him.

 

Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:1, 8-10; 6:1, 6:23; Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20, 26; 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:2; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5

 

 

About Eternal Security

 

People were created to exist forever. Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.

 

John 10:29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; I Peter 1:3-5

 

 

About Eternity

 

People were created to exist forever. We will exist eternally either:

  • In hell, separated from God by sin, or

  • In heaven, with God, through forgiveness and salvation

 

Heaven and Hell are real and literal places of eternal existence.

 

Ecclesiastes 3:11; John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; I Cor. 2:7-9

 

 

 About The Church

 

The church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ, to obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to take the gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.

 

Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3

 

Baptism

Why Should I Be Baptized?

Baptism should be the first step of obedience to Christ as a new believer. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are ready to be baptized. One of the reasons we should be baptized is to follow the example set by Jesus. Jesus was baptized, in the Jordan River by John, and we should follow His example. (See Mark 1:9)  We should also be baptized because Christ commands it. Therefore, baptism is an act of obedience. Jesus said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." (See Matthew 28:19)   Finally, you should also be baptized to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.

 

 

What Is The Meaning of Baptism?

Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is an outward sign of what has already happened in your heart. You can think of it like a wedding ring which is simply the outward symbol of the commitment you have made in your heart to another person. Baptism is symbolic of two things:

  • The burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, illustrated by going under the water (burial) and rising up out of the water (resurrection).

  • Your new life as a Christian, by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising up out of the water (living a new life).

The Bible mentions this symbolism in Colossians 2:12 and Romans 6:4. Baptism doesn't make you a “Believer”, it demonstrates that you already believe. It's important to understand that baptism does not "save" you or wash your sins away. You are saved only by your faith in Jesus. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9, that God has saved you by His grace when you believed in Him through faith. The Bible says that you can’t take credit for your salvation because it is a gift from God and not a reward for the good things you have done, so that none of us can boast about it.  We believe in and perform what is called “Believer’s Baptism” which demonstrates that you have already placed your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Why Be Baptized By Immersion?

We immerse because Jesus modeled that for us as the way to publicly acknowledge our faith in Him. The Greek word "baptize" actually means "to immerse or dip under water." Immersion also best symbolizes a burial and resurrection.

 

 

Who Should Be Baptized?

Every person who has trusted in Christ as their Lord and Savior should be baptized.

Do You Baptize or Christen Babies?

We wait until children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of salvation and baptism before we baptize them. Some churches practice a "baptism of confirmation" for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed and is not found in the Bible. We do have a dedication service for infants and children that emphasizes the parent's role in raising a child to follow Christ. This custom is different from baptism because scriptural baptism is only for those old enough to believe and place their personal faith and trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord.  If you were baptized or christened as an infant or child and are now a follower of Christ, you should be baptized. 

 

 

When should I be baptized?

There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have received Christ into your life as Savior and Lord, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are "perfect" you will never be ready. You can call the church office at 704.872.3311, notify us on a Connect Card during Sunday services , or e-mail us at worship@connect2faith.church

 
 

704-872-3311

worship@connect2faith.church

403 Barry Oak Road 

Statesville NC 28625

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