About Us Supplement
"The Nitty Gritty"
Who — and what — are we? If you walked into our church services, what would you find?
First of all, God calls the weak of the world to confound the mighty (I Cor. 1:26-27). He calls the weak to become strong, and we are becoming strong. Our specific calling or anointing, the task God empowers us to perform, is to set others free in the power and love of Jesus (Isaiah 58 and 59:1-3). Yet we are also in the process of being set free, being renewed day by day (II Cor. 4:16).
As you walk into our services, you would first of all realize that we do not keep the day of corporate assembly most keep in the Christian world. That's because Satan has stolen the knowledge of this day of freedom from the religious world. It is Kingdom day, the Sabbath day, clearly and unequivocally ordained in both testaments of the Word of God. It is one of the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:8), and nowhere does the Bible say it is the first day of the week. It is the seventh day (Ex. 20:8-10), from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset (Gen. 1:5; Lev. 23:32). God ordained it for mankind, not just for the Jew (Gen. 2:2-3; Mark 2:27-28; Heb. 4:9; Mat. 24:20; Luke 23:56). For more, read a resume chapter in the Appendix of Bible Code Broken! — The Truth about the Christian Sabbath.
Our obedience — by God's loving and merciful revelation — to the Sabbath commandment and covenant is the reason you will hear profound understanding of the Bible taught in our services. Not everyone may be ready for this strong meat, but God does meet each of us where we are, and our Teacher, the Holy Spirit, leads us into all truth (John 16:13).
We do not worship any man, but lift up in praise and worship our Father, who is Love (I John 4:8), our Brother Jesus and our Comforter, the Holy Spirit. These three are all distinct personalities who live and speak in perfect unity and love as the Supreme Godhead, the Eternal Ones who created all things. The Sabbath points to God as our Creator and our Redeemer in the sacrifice of Jesus (Deut. 5:15).
While the Bible does say that tares will be among the wheat, or bad apples among the good, you will find most of our members to be endeavoring by God's power to walk in love. We are a close-knit family whose standard is love (John 14:34-35).
While we accept anyone who wants to know more about Jesus, in whatever clothing they wear, we encourage our members to wear clean clothing on the Sabbath. We avoid stuffy formalism, religiosity and legalism. Our informal but proper attire is indicative of our style of service. Attendees often ask questions of the speaker so as to prove all things and hold fast to the truth (I Thes. 5:21).
We believe that praising God and inviting His powerful presence in song is the most important part of the service, so we often spend close to an hour in praise and worship singing to begin services.
Our Sabbath services, beginning at 1 PM Saturdays, and our Tuesday Bible studies that begin at 2 PM include announcements and discussion of news items of a prophetic nature, followed by messages from men and women called to teach. Women were the first evangelists, and the Bible makes no distinction regarding sex when speaking of spiritual gifts (John 20:16-17; Acts 2:17-18; Gal. 3:28). For more detailed study on this subject in our article, "Should Women Preach
We practice God's system of government as outlined in Ephesians 4:11-13. The five-fold ministry leads in love, encouraging all members to walk in their gifts and anointings. We value every member of the Body of Christ.
We also value our bodies. The snacks and meals we enjoy abide by the principles of Scripture (Leviticus 11; Deuteronomy 14) since our bodies are the temples of God (I Cor. 3:16). Pastor Robert Scott's article, "Pork and More
" covers this subject in more detail.
We are a small and varied group of sincere believers, families, single parent families, singles, young — and less young. We have special times when we pray blessings on the children, as Jesus did (Mat. 19:13-15). We love children and allow them to be children, praising Jesus in their way, while still allowing services to proceed decently and in order (I Cor. 14:40).
We believe in the biblically based understanding of what you can call "the perfect prayer" (I Cor. 14:39, I Cor. 14:4, Jude 20, Mark 16:17, Rom. 8:26-27). To read more on this subject in Pastor Robert Scott's article, "Pray the Perfect Prayer,"
God is a Spirit, and so we endeavor to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). His truth makes us free (John 8:32), including freedom from demons (Col. 2:15).
We understand that our battle is not with the physical world, but with the spiritual world (Eph. 6:12). You may see small groups gather before or after services as they exercise their God-given authority in spiritual warfare.
You may even see a prayer shawl or two, the kind Jesus wore and strongly recommended we use (Num. 15:37-40) in laying down burdens to Him on the new moon, a monthly appointed and anointed time when we worship Jesus in a special, personal way. The believers in Colossae, when we understand the context, kept the Sabbath, the holy days, and the new moons, and were judged by stricter elements of the church who condemned them for not being ascetic. Rejoicing in the holy days and laying down long-term problems to Jesus at the new moon are liberating celebrations. New moon observances were ordained forever among the believers, the true meaning of the word "Israel" (II Chron. 2:4; Gal. 6:16). For our article on new moons, the basis of Pastor Robert Scott's messages on this subject, click here…
Believers believe they will be blessed by obeying God. That's why we pay tithes and offerings (Mal. 3:8-10; Mat. 23:23). As with the Sabbath, true believers, including the father of the faithful, Abraham, practiced tithing long before the Sinai covenant (Gen. 14:20). We don't force anyone to pay tithes and offerings. You may, however, see members poised in front of our offering basket at the altar, speaking out God's Word over their tithes and offerings, sowing the seed of the Word along with their financial seed.
We also follow the Biblical injunction to sound the ram's horn or shofar on special occasions (Ps. 81:3). We even obey the Biblical command to raise our hands in praise to God, and we often dance as we praise Jesus in song (Ps. 150:4; I Tim. 2:8)!
While our practices do not often agree with the present system of churchianity and religiosity, you can find them in the First and Second Testaments, the entire Word of God, which we believe and endeavor by God's strength to obey (John 14:15; Mat. 4:4; Acts 24:14). We have much growth to achieve still, but we thank God that He meets us where we are, as He does all of you who read these words. We thank God that by reading the words on our web site, you can know the truth that has been hidden from the religious world, and know the real Jesus in fullness. Only He can make you free!