We are so glad that you have taken the time to visit us on the web! It is our hope that this welcome page will help make any future visit to Servanthood Fellowship less stressful and more rewarding. If you should have any questions please feel free to contact us directly.
Here’s a rundown of what you can find here:
There are a few words that get tossed around at Servanthood, that when not understood in context, could leave you scratching your head. Hopefully this list will prevent that:
Every church has it’s quirks and ways of doing things differently than other churches or what’s normally expected. Here are some of ours:
Look for these guys and gals when you visit and they will be more than happy to show you around.
At Servanthood Fellowship, we desire to lift up the name of Jesus through our corporate worship and honor the sacrifice of Jesus through our lifestyle worship. We believe that the church was never designed to be a place to impress the world or wow our community. At Servanthood Fellowship, the focus is on discipling the body and compelling the Christian to fall passionately in love with Jesus, which in turn, will impact the heart and impact our community. Rather than asking the question, “What can the church do for me?”, we resolve to ask, “What can we do for the kingdom?”.
We trust that God will continue to send people our way to partner with us in worshiping our savior, loving our community and advancing the gospel. We also understand, however, that Servanthood Fellowship is one of many churches in our area providing means to serve and worship Jesus Christ. In order to better allow you to make a spirit driven decision on whether on not God would have you partner with our body, we have created this website. Please take the time to explore. If The Holy Spirit stirs your heart by what you see and hear, we would love for you to be an intricate part of our fellowship. If your heart is not compelled to join us, we pray that God would draw you to a church where you can grow and serve Him in a manner that glorifies His great name.
A Fellowship of Foolish People (Isaiah 64:4) LISTEN »
He must become greater; I must become less. (John 3:30) LISTEN »
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20) LISTEN »
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47) LISTEN »
We are a group of “foolish people”(1) who understand that even in our most glamorous appearance we are in need of God’s righteousness(2) , which comes only through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ(3). We are a group of “foolish people” who have come united in spirit(4) to forcibly advance the kingdom of God(5) through an attitude of servanthood(6) and consecrated obedience(7), as modeled by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are a group of “foolish people”(8) who refuse to demand the church cater to our expectations(9) and who commit to being made more into the likeness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ(10).
(1) Isaiah 64:6, (2) Romans 3:9-20, (3) Romans 5:12-21, (4) John 17:9-11, (5) Mathew 16:18-19, (6) Philippians 2:3-8, (7) Luke 22:42, (8) 1 Corinthians 1:26-28, (9) Acts 20:24, (10) 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
We believe the Bible to be completely true(1). We believe the Bible to be the absolute and infallible Word of God(2), written for our instruction to live a life of peace(3) and righteousness(4). We believe in the One True God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God who is the Father of Jesus Christ(5). We believe that all mankind are born separated from God(6), because of the sin that entered into the world through the fall of Adam(7). We believe that in God’s love for all mankind, He chose to send His Son to the earth, born of a virgin by the power of The Holy Spirit, to be crucified on a cross(8), in order to remove the barrier of sin between us and Himself(9). We believe that Jesus Christ is the absolute only way to the Father and eternal life(10). We believe that every individual must choose personally to accept the free gift of grace afforded to us by the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ(11), in order to have a restored relationship with God and enter into the kingdom of heaven(12). We believe that upon salvation, a person is completely forgiven of their past debt of sin and becomes a new creation in the eyes of God(13), is filled with the Holy Spirit of God(14), will desire to follow His will and instructions(15) and will be recognizably different from the pattern of those apart from Christ(16).
(1) John 17:17, (2) 2 Timothy 3:16, (3) Matthew 7:24-27, (4) Hebrews 4:12-13, (5) Matthew 1:1-2, (6) Isaiah 59:2, (7) Genesis 3, (8) John 3:16, (9) Colossians 2:13-15, (10) John 14:6, (11) Romans 10:9-13, (12) Colossians 1:21-22, Romans 5:6-11, (13) 2 Corinthians 5:17, (14) Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, (15) John 14:15, (16) 1 Peter 2:11-12, Romans 12:1-3, James 4:4
We believe that all people have been separated from God through the act of one man’s (Adam) rebellion. Through the act of one Man’s (Jesus Christ) obedience, we have been afforded the opportunity to be reconciled in our relationship with God through His grace(1). We believe that the only way to The Father is through The Son, Jesus Christ(2). Without Jesus serving as our sacrificial sin offering, we would forever be cursed and cut off from God(3).
(1) Romans 5:12-21, (2) John 14:6 (3) John 1:29-30
We believe that Jesus showed, by example, the biblical basis for water baptism(1). We believe that a biblical model for baptism is one that is conducted by bodily submersion(2). We believe that baptism should take place only following salvation(3). We believe that baptism is not a step or method of salvation, but is a symbolism and act of obedience that we are called to, following salvation as noted above(4).
(1) Matthew 3:16, (2) Matthew 3:16, Acts 8:36-39, (3) Acts 2:40-41, Acts 9:1-18, Acts 10:47-48, (4) Romans 6:3-5
Gifts of The Spirit
We believe in the gifts of The Spirit, as outlined in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 and 1 Corinthians 12:27-30. We believe that the gifts of The Spirit are not learned, but are freely distributed by God, according to His perfect will(1). We believe that every gift of The Spirit is to be used for The Body of Christ to reach its full potential and the individual Christian to experience full life. We insist upon biblical order in how the gifts are to be used(2). We believe it to be of utmost importance that every gift of The Spirit work together to meet one common goal, to show people the love of God(3).
(1) Hebrews 2:4, (2) 1 Corinthians 14, (3) 1 Corinthians 12:31 – 1 Corinthians 13
We believe in eternal security. Any person, who in simple faith, places their trust in Jesus Christ, receives the gift of eternal life(1). Eternal life never ends(2). Every child of God is sealed by the Holy Spirit and safe and secure for all eternity(3). A Christian can lose their fellowship, joy and power, but their relationship with God is eternally secure through their faith in Christ(4). We do not entertain the doctrine that suggests a person can lose their salvation, rather, we disciple people on what biblically secure salvation is and guide people into a personal and authentic belief in Christ(5). We do not believe that an individual can choose to walk away from the grip of salvation and grace of God. We believe that once a person places their faith in Jesus, nothing can separate us from the love of Christ(6).
(1) John 5:24, John 6:47, Romans 11:29, (2) John 10:27-30, (3) Ephesians1:12-14, (4) Romans 8:28-39, (5) Romans 8:9-11, (6) Romans 9:1-3
Predestination and Free Will
The Bible teaches predestination and the unconditional election of God, with God being sovereign in salvation(1). In His sovereignty, we believe that God created every individual with a clear plan and purpose designed to prosper them, rather than harm them(2) and desires for all humanity to be reconciled to Himself(3). The Bible also tells us to believe in Jesus, asserting a definite measure of free will(4). We hold to both predestination and free will(5). We do not attempt to logically reconcile the two. We accept them both as true, working together to restore the shattered relationship between mankind and God(6). The doctrine of free will and predestination is a complex mystery and we wait on further understanding, once we are in heaven(7). We challenge people to believe in Jesus(8), while trusting God to open their eyes and hearts into faith in Christ.
(1) Romans 11:1-32, Romans 8:28-29, John 6:44, (2) Psalm 139:13-17, Jeremiah 29:11, (3) 2 Peter 3:8-9, John 3:16, (4) John 3:13-18, John 3:35-36, John 5:23-25, John 6:35-40, Romans 1:16, Romans 10:8-10, (5) Romans 9-11, Ephesians 1:3-14, (6) 1 Corinthians 1:25, Romans 11:33-36, (7) Ephesians 3:1-13, (8) 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Our leadership team is made up of pastors(1), elders(2) and deacons(3). The elder body partners with the pastors to both lead the body and maintain a high level of accountability. Both major and minor decisions for the church will be discussed and decided upon by the elder body. Major business of the church will be brought before the body for fervent prayer and will be voted upon by the elders. A majority vote within the elder body is required for the approval of all decisions. In the event of a tie, the matter at hand will be tabled and re-examined at a later date. In addition, the elders will be able to rightly divide the Word of God through preaching or teaching(4). The deacon body leads by an example of service. They provide assistance to the body, in order for the staff to attend to prayer and the ministry of The Word(5). Additional pastors, elders and deacons will be introduced to the leadership team upon a vacancy or upon determination that additions are needed. New leadership will be instituted by recommendation, discussion and a vote of the current elder body. The removal of a pastor, elder or deacon will be instituted by recommendation, discussion and a vote of the current elder body.
(1) Ephesians 4:10-12, (2) Titus 1:5-9, (3) 1 Timothy 3:8-13, (4) 1 Timothy 5:17, (5) Acts 6:1-5
At Servanthood Fellowship, we do not have a body comprised of membership. Our church body is made up of a partnership. People joining in with our vision are not recognized as church members, but as ministry partners. Although it may seem to be a matter of semantics, the distinguishing between membership and partnership is a key component of our focus. Membership tends to send a message of privilege and expectation. Partnership sends a message of accountability and personal responsibility. We desire for the people called to partner with Servanthood Fellowship to embrace the gravity of the responsibility that God is calling them to and to recognize the accountability of being faithful to that call. We expect every partner to tithe(1) and respond in obedience to The Holy Spirit in relation to free will offerings(2). We anticipate every partner to serve The Lord as a functioning part of our church body with their time, talent and giftings(3). We imagine each partner faithful to the fellowship, refusing to forsake the assembly(4). We see each partner as a minister of the gospel(5), rather than a church volunteer, called to serve Jesus within our body and proclaim Jesus to our community and the world in general(6).
(1) Deuteronomy 14:22,Malachi 3:8-12, (2) Deuteronomy 12:5-7, 2 Chronicles 31:11-12, Nehemiah 10:37-39, Acts 5:1-11, (3) 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, (4) Hebrews 10:24-25, Acts 2:42-46, (5) 2 Corinthians 3:1-6, 1 Peter 2:4-12, (6) Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 10:14-15