What We Believe
The most important relationship a person will ever have is their relationship with God. One of our goals as a church is to create an environment where that relationship can be cultivated and deepened.
We strongly believe that we as Christians are called to be leaders, not just in the church but also in our homes and in the community. You will hear the concept “Servant-Leader” used to describe our volunteer team members. This is because we intentionally focus on helping people grow in their leadership qualities so they can affect their world for Christ.
The Church exists to fulfill the Great Commission (Mt. 28:19-20) and we take that seriously here at Pathways. We believe that Spiritual Development and Leadership Development will result in the expansion of the Kingdom of God, not only within the local church, but globally.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities revealed to us as: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God, known as the Trinity. Bible Verses About God: Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory, and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Bible Verses About Jesus: Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-4; I Corinthians 15:3-4; II Corinthians 5:14-15; Matthew 24:30; Revelations 1:7; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11.
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is an endowment of power available to every believer subsequent to conversion. We believe in the present supernatural ministry of the Holy Spirit through the believers by the manifestation of His gifts. Bible Verses About the Holy Spirit: II Corinthians 3:17; John 14:16-17, 26; I Corinthians 12:7-12; Ephesians 4:7-16; Galatians 5:22-25; Luke 24: 49; Romans 12:6-8.
The Bible is God’s Word to all men. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error, relevant to contemporary society, and carries power to impart faith in life. Bible Verses About God’s Word: II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105, 160; Psalm 19:7-11; Proverbs 30:5; Hebrews 4:12.
Humanity and sin:
God created mankind to live forever and enjoy the creation with Him. However, humanity rebelled (we call any disobedience of God’s standards “sin”) and was, therefore, excluded from relationship with God and destined to suffer eternal punishment in Hell after death. Because of that rebellion, absolutely no individual apart from Jesus is able to come to God; each is incapable of pleasing Him. Abraham’s faith was counted as redemption since the redeemer had not yet come. Bible verses about humanity and sin: Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12, 3:10-18.
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 a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts. Bible verses about salvation: Isaiah 53:5-6; Matthew 1:21; 27:22-28:6; John 1:12; 3:16, 36; Acts 2:21; 4:12; Romans 3:23-25; 5:8-10; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:8-10;Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20.
The moment someone accepts Christ into their lives as the only path to God they become a part of the church. The Church body, a metaphor often used in the New Testament, is not just the building in which we gather. Rather, the Church is the people who go forth from the place of worship and live out lives that are honoring to God. Within the Church each believer has a specific role and function according to their talents and abilities. In a very real and practical sense, the church is the Body of Christ; it is the life within God’s plan; being a part of the church means that the believer no longer belongs to himself/herself, but to the community of believers and the purpose for which it exists. Bible verse on the Church: Acts 2:41-47; Romans 12:3-8, 14:7; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22;; Colossians 1:18; 3:15.
Not only should God alone be worshipped, but He deserves as much as can be given. Worship should include every part of a person, since the whole being belongs to God—mind, will, emotions, body and lifestyle. When we worship at Pathways, you may see people clapping or raising hands. These are just natural expressions of joy, reverence, surrender, and love for God and all the good things He has done for us.
Baptism into Water: Every “believer” after decision of faith should be baptized into water to restore himself/herself into relationship with God. This symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is a sign to the world that he/she has identified Christ as his/her substitute and only means of salvation. Bible verses about baptism: Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-4; Colossians 2:12.
The Bible reveals that the purpose of communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is threefold. In communion, the believer identifies himself/herself with the death of Jesus since the bread and wine represent His body that was crucified and His blood that was shed for the salvation of mankind. When we participate in communion we are also identifying ourselves as apart of the church, the Body of Christ. Finally, communion reveals to us that Christ desires to walk in relationship with us. Bible verses about communion: 1 Corinthians 10:15-17, 11:23-26; Luke 22:17-20