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Our Core Values

(From Article 1 of DC Bylaws)

  

In the world, you will find an abundance of denominations as well as independent churches like Devotion Church (DC).  My wife and I have had experiences with Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Assembly of God, Four Square several other independent churches.  The denominational differences are due to the specific practices adopted by each leadership. Being independent, we are not bound by a denomination that becomes compromised due to social pressures.
 

In our journey, our most important point of focus has been what is termed doctrine.  At DC, we also subscribe to Biblical Truth as well as Doctrinal Truth.
 

For instance, whether one strongly believes in water baptism by sprinkling or only by full immersion can create schisms

We believe that it is important to know and understand the meaning of baptism in it's full context and the link to the symbolism employed by the churches. At DC we prescribe to both methods of baptism as the symbolism for the truth of Baptism..
 

What we believe is incorporated into our Bylaws and hopefully will serve as confirmation of Doctrinal truth.
 

(From Article I of DC Bylaws)

 Section 1. [God’s Word]
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God, inerrant and infallible in their original writings, and that they are the ultimate Truth and final authority for faith, doctrine and Christian living.  {We attribute conflicting interpretations to our lack of understanding]
 (II Timothy 3:16,17; II Peter 1:20, 21).
 

Section 2. [One God]
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The terms trinity and persons, as related to the Godhead, while not found in the Scriptures, are words in harmony with Scripture, whereby we may convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of Christ respecting the Being of God, as distinguished from "gods many and lords many." We therefore may speak with propriety of the Lord our God, who is One Lord, as a Trinity or as one Being of three persons, and still be absolutely scriptural (examples, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:16,17).
 

Section 3. [Jesus]
We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His humanity, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious suffering and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His Ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His promised personal return in power and glory (Philippians 2:5-11).
 

Section 4. [Man]
We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and therefore lost. Only through spiritual rebirth by the work of the Holy Spirit can man's salvation and spiritual life be obtained. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. We are redeemed (made right with God) through the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7).
 

Section 5. [Salvation]
We believe that eternal salvation is the gift of God by grace alone apart from man’s works and is received through repentance and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and His substitutionary death on the cross and resurrection. Assurance and evidence of God’s regenerating work will include the internal witness of the Holy Spirit and the external witness of a life being transformed (II Corinthians 5:21; James 2:17; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 1:12; Romans 5:8, 9; 10:9,10; 12:2).

 

Section 6. [Membership]
We believe in a regenerated church membership: that is, persons old enough to understand their need for Jesus Christ and, of their own free will, accept Him as their personal Lord and Savior.
 

Section 7. [Sacraments]
We believe that baptism by water and the Lord's Supper is a memorial to His suffering and death on the cross. These are ordinances to be observed by the church in its present age in accordance with Article XI, section 1. They are, however, not to be regarded as means for man's salvation.
 

Section 8. [Parousia]
We believe in the personal, bodily, imminent, and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ and that His Second Coming, a.k.a. ‘Parousia’, inspires believers to lead a dynamic life and serve Him while waiting for His return.
 

Section 9. [Eternity]
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, the everlasting/eternal existence of the saved in heaven, and the everlasting punishment and separation from God of the unsaved in hell.
 

Section 10. [Our Church]
We believe in the autonomy of the local church. The church shall manage its own affairs and shall not be subject to any other religious body or organization. [
 

Section 11. [Denomination]
We subscribe to a "non-denominational" Biblical Truth as our larger statement of faith with scriptural references.
 

Section 12.
With legalization of “same-sex marriage,” churches are regularly being confronted with this marriage counterfeit and asked to recognize these relationships. PCUSA and the Methodist denominations are giving way and compromising on this dividing issue.

Devotion church follows the unchanging Biblical definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. Legalization does not erase a sinful way of life. Furthermore, marriage is the only legitimate and accepted sexual relationship.  A voluntary life of sin will guarantee an eternity in a place that is not heaven.

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