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Table of Contents

       Church History ……………………….................…..........……..…....... 

       Our Mission  …………………………………......…...…….......…........ 

         
   The Bible
       Bible Basics…..……………………….…….….........…..…................... 

       Books of the Bible ……………..…………….......……....….................. 

       History of the Bible ….………..……………......….......…...….............. 

        The Nature of God

      The Trinity of God……………………….…..….............……............... 

      God The Father………………………………......…......….…............... 

      God The Son……………………………….…......…......……............... 

      God The Holy Spirit………………………..……........…...................... 

      The Salvation of Man
       The Need of Salvation ……………….………..…………….….…….. 

       The Salvation Process ……………...…………………………...…….. 

       Spiritual Growth ………………..…………………………....….…….. 

         God and Human Sexuality
        Marriage, …………………………..……………....…..……….…….. 

        Sexual Immorality …………………..……...……….……………..…..

        Sexual Orientation and Identity …………..…….......………….…….. 

        Sexual Healing and Redemption ………..…..…….….………..…….. 

        Celibacy ……………………………………….…..…………………. 

 Our Church, “The Church” and Its Ordinances
        “The Church” and King’s Way Community Church ……   ……..….. 

        Ordinances of Our Church (Baptism) ..…………...……...…….…….. 

        Ordinances of Our Church (Communion) ..………………..…..…….. 

        Our Church Government…..…………….…..………….……...…….. 
        
        Stewardship and Giving ..………………………..………   …….……

        Ministries of Our Church …………….…….…………….…….……. 

     The History of King’s Way Community Church
The Beginning

King’s Way Community Church is a “local church” that does not have ties to any denomination of churches or outside governing body of any kind other than God Himself. We were initially formed from two parts of “The Church”. We were a blending of a local Baptist congregation and a Foursquare congregation. Our initial Senior Pastor and Associate Pastor, one from each congregation, brought their congregations together to form “King’s Way Community Church” in 1995. We are truly an independent, non-denominational church that has secured its own non-profit corporate status and not a church that is hiding denominational ties by simply making the claim they are non-denominational on their sign. We believe this blending of the two congregations into one loving family under the headship of Christ is definitively what being non-denominational is all about. This union has been very successful and has endured to this day.  

Our Pastors and Ministers
Pastor Nori Hanaoka, an ordained Pastor from the Harbor City Foursquare Church, initially served as our founding Senior Pastor. Pastor Ken Mayes, ordained in the Baptist church, who had just retired after a lengthy history as the pastor of Western Avenue Baptist Church, initially served as our founding Associate Pastor. We were then also honored to have Pastor Dorothy Sharp, ordained in the Foursquare church, as an additional Associate Founding Pastor. We were gifted with at least three additional ordained ministers that became part of our early congregation from the Assembly of God church and other denominations. We were founded with strong leadership and solid, strong, doctrinal background from God’s teaching through multiple organizations. As such, we emphasize the fact we are to be an active part of “The Church” and treat all true believers as part of our family regardless of where they are from.

Finding the Promised Land:) (Our Lot)
Initially we rented a sanctuary about a block from where we are now from another congregation and met early in the morning before the owning congregation had their services until what appeared to be by chance (we know it was God’s plan),
our present location was stumbled upon by one of the Charter members that was attending at the rented sanctuary. He was searching for an unrelated piece of property. It was just under an acre and had an old shack and a metal welding shop on it. We made an offer to buy it contingent on being allowed the required permits by the various authorities to build a church on it.

The Permitting Process
After the offer was accepted we applied for our CUP (Conditional Use Permit) with the city of Lomita and began the process of presenting our case to City Council for approval. At that time we were told the location and size of the lot 
would likely not allow for a church to be built, but in faith we persisted and continued the process.

In addition to investigating the suitability of the lot for the construction of a church, we ordered a traffic report, soils environmental and compaction study, studied the hydrology and adjacent storm drains, introduced ourselves to the neighborhood and prepared to address their concerns to City Council in addition to working with an architect on our plot plan and elevation drawings. The many volunteers and their varied talents made all this affordable along with professionals that were willing to work with our volunteers, of which many were Christians. We all shared the same faith that this project was God’s will. 

Pastor Dorothy Sharp was a key part of this project for the nearly two years it lasted. Pastor Dorothy was part of a team that volunteered on a daily basis. She was willing and able to contribute to the project by doing everything from assisting in our letter writing by editing and proofing them to assisting Carole Missirlian of (QA)2 Environmental by digging soil samples out of the empty lot. Dorothy built the Communion table we still use today in the sanctuary during the construction of this church.

Test of Faith

Our faith was first tested by city council not approving our CUP at our first hearing and then by us receiving a soils report positive for lead contamination.
However, again with the help of volunteers, we overcame. A generous parishioner (Lee Murphy) volunteered his time and his company donated the equipment for cleaning our soil. Another parishioner arranged for the trucking to remove the lead-contaminated soil. We also cut a deal with Lomita to drain their flooded alley under our parking lot if we could use it in conjunction with our rear parking lot to obtain the needed parking spaces and earned the recommendation from the city planner that our permit be approved.

To make a long story short, after our blended family had been worshiping in a rented sanctuary on Western Avenue for about two years since escrow was first opened, with God’s guidance, the dedication of our many volunteers and faith, we acquired all the necessary permits to build our church. Finally after opening it the year before, escrow could close and construction could begin.

Construction
With Rob Gray as our CEO and Pastor Nori supervising the construction the building began. As was the case in the two years of planning this project, the volunteers were key to the building. Volunteers contributed to the perimeter wall, survey, excavation, footings, framing, wiring, plumbing, wallboard, painting and the roof. In some cases, such as the roof, perimeter wall and excavation, the work was done entirely by volunteers. The material for the roof was donated from a loving members business in addition to them providing labor. Our stained glass windows were a result of a donation from another member.  The red brick pathway along the sidewalk adjacent to the church office is lined with red bricks with names memorializing and thanking most of the contributors to this project. This church quite literally was built from love for God and one another. 

A New Pastor

In 2015, after faithfully pastoring the flock for 18 years and after completion of the building, pastor Nori Hanaoka decided it was time to retire in 2015. Rob Gray, a charter member, after years of being mentored by both Pastor Nori Hanaoka and Pastor Ken Mays who went to be with the Lord on August, 21 of 2011, and a long history as our CEO that faithfully lead our worship ministry from the beginning, was prompted by the Lord by a calling to the ministry.  We were blessed by Rob Gray’s dedication to the Lord and his calling to the ministry.  The Board recommended Rob Gray to the membership as the successor to Pastor Nori’s ministry at this church. The members agreed and he became our new pastor.

A Bond of Love
This small congregation shares a very special bond as a result of the victory we won in the completion of this little church and we are excited to add you to our family.

                        The Mission and Purpose of KWCC

We here at King’s Way Community Church believe every service has a unique group in attendance and each service should be treated as a special event. We believe filling the needs of others is an opportunity for ministry we should thank God for. After all, our reason for being on this earth is to grow and prepare ourselves for eternity and without God placing those in need in our path, we would not be able to develop the selfless love we should be developing as Christian believers. King’s Way Community Church is truly a ministry that tries to fill the spiritual needs of our community.

Our purpose as a local church is to provide a place that can offer the intimate Christian fellowship that will feed you as you find the path God has ordained for you to walk in. We offer an opportunity to hear the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in our church and be ushered in to your role in “The Church”. The members of this local church are only one part of the greater Body of Christ. Jesus told all of us we should all be a unified part of  “The Church” both while on this earth and through eternity.  The true ministry of this church is to help build a unified eternal Church. Our family includes all true believers from all local churches, past present and future that are now alive in Christ Jesus.

          Bible Basics

“Bible” is rooted in the Greek word for “books”. Our Bible consists of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments that are the inspired Word of God. It has truth without error for its content and salvation for its end. It records God’s revelation of Himself to humans.

As stated in our bylaws and amended statement of faith:
We believe that the Bible is the word of God, fully inspired, and its truths are infallible.
 
We believe in the supreme authority of the Bible and its sufficiency as our only rule of faith and practice.

We believe that all matters of faith and conduct must be evaluated on the basis of Holy Scripture, which is our infallible guide.

It is our firm conviction that we uphold the dignity of each individual as we embrace the unchanging and longstanding principles of scriptural truth.

All believers must know at least these basic facts about the Bible:
1. The Holy Scripture (the Bible) is the fully inspired unchanging and longstanding principles of God’s truth. (2 Timothy 3:16)

2. The Bible (The Holy Scripture) is the supreme authority for all matters concerning thoughts and actions in the life of all Christians. 

3. The Bible’s truths are infallible. (2 Peter 1:19-21 Psalm 19:7)

4. The Holy Spirit as the teacher reveals the truth in the Bible to the individual soul when in direct approach to God. (John 16:13)

5. The Bible is sufficient as our only rule and infallible guide that we must use to evaluate all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16–17)

The Bible is divided in two parts. Thirty nine books of the Old Testament which are primarily written in Hebrew, with some portions of Ezra-Nehemiah and Daniel in Aramaic and the New Testament, consisting of twenty-seven books, written in Greek after the birth of Jesus. Combined, there are sixty-six books in the entire Bible.

       These are the books of the Bible in order and divided by type:
Old Testament-39 Books     New Testament-27 Books                   


5 Books of the Law The Four Gospels
     (The Pentateuch)
Matthew
 Genesis Mark 
 Exodus Luke
 Leviticus John
 Numbers  
 Deuteronomy


The 12 Books of History     1 Book of History
Joshua    II Kings             Acts
Judges    I Chronicles
Ruth    II Chronicles         The 21 Letters (Epistles)
I Samuel    Ezra Romans                    Titus
II Samuel    Nehemiah I Corinthians       Philemon
I King    Esther II Corinthians      Hebrews
  Galatians             James                     5 Books of Poetry Ephesians            I Peter
Job Philippians        II Peter
Psalm Colossians            I John
Proverbs I Thessalonians     II John
Ecclesiastes II Thessalonians    III John
Song of Solomon I Timothy         Jude
II Timothy


17 Books of Prophecy

Isaiah     Jonah       1 Book of Prophecy 
Jeremiah     Micah     Revelation
Lamentation      Nahum 
Ezekiel     Habakkuk 
Daniel     Zephaniah
Hosea     Haggai
Joel      Zechariah
Amos      Malachi
Obadiah

These above 66 Books of the Bible we believe are the inspired words of God.
    
 Facts About the Inspired Texts of the Holy Bible
These facts to follow are not critical to our Christian faith but will help you understand how God miraculously preserved His Word and the foot notes in your Bible:
 The God Chosen Stewards of His Word
The Bible was written over a span of nearly two thousand (2,000) years and the way God preserved His inspired books was a miracle. There were many other historical books that were written in the time period the books of the Bible were written, but they were not the inspired Words of God. God used His chosen people, Israel, to record and keep the Holy Scriptures safe on earth for many years for us. We should be thankful to the Israelites for being God’s chosen vessels through which He supernaturally revealed and preserved His Old-Testament Word. Here is some history on how He accomplished this miracle of preservation.

The Hebrew Text
The Hebrew text used in the Tanakh, also called the Mikra (the original Hebrew Bible), was written before Jesus came to us in the flesh. The Jews believed it was the inspired Word of God. According to the Jewish Bible Society, TaNaKh is an acronym derived from the first letters of its three basic divisions: Torah, Nevi’im, and Ketuvim. The Tanakh consisted of four parts called the Torah (“Teaching”), the Nevi’im (“Prophets”), the Treisar (Minor Prophets) and the Ketuvim (“writings”). The Nevi’im and the Treisar being both books of prophets. The Torah contains our Old Testament Pentateuch arranged the same. The other three parts contain all the rest of our Old Testament but in slightly different divisions and order. 
  The Greek Bible
The Septuagint Bible (Ancient Greek Old Testament) was translated from the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible), into Koine Greek. It was the Greek Christian’s Old Testament in ancient times. The name Septuagint means “translation of the seventy interpreters” and it is abbreviated as LXX (the seventy). This is a reference to the seventy-two scholars that translated it. It is taught there were six translators from each of the twelve tribes of Israel that were each in separate rooms while they translated the original Hebrew Old Testament scriptures into Greek and upon completion their translations all agreed. 

   Origin of The Ancient Old Testament Text 
The original Septuagint Bible is considered by some to be more reliable than the available copies of the Masoratic Text that we have now. Most scholars accept that the Septuagint Bible was translated from the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) before Jesus was here in the flesh. The original Hebrew texts of the Tanakh are now lost. There is debate over the age of the Hebrew texts (Masoratic Text) being used today in translations and the exact time of the Septuagint’s translation. In other words, not all agree on whether the present Masoretic text we have now is an exact copy of the original text the original Septuagint was translated from.

    The Apocrypha
There were some additional books (the apocrypha) added to the Septuagint that were not inspired by God and because of this, had never been part of the ancient Hebrew Canon and in turn, the Hebrew Bible. The protestant Canon (our Bible) agreed with the Palestinian Canon (Hebrew Bible) regarding the Old Testament books, so the apocryphal books are not in our Bible as well. 

    The Scripture Read Before Our Bible Was Translated
Most believe the Greek Septuagint is a reliable translation and that it existed and was read at the time of Jesus. It is believed that Jesus read the Tanakh, which was written in the Aramaic and Hebrew text, later known as Masoratic text. It is generally accepted that Jesus was fluent in both Aramaic and Hebrew and most likely Greek too.  The original version of the Septuagint Bible is not very useful to most of us though unless we speak Greek. 

God’s Original Old Testament Text We Have Today
Today we are fortunate enough to not only have the Tanakh (from what later became known as the Masoratic text), but also the Septuagint and more recently, the Dead Sea Scrolls. We also have more texts to reference in the original languages of the Scriptures that all have content in agreement. What a miracle that these Scriptures, repeatedly hand written, passed through thousands of years, from diverse sources, when compared, all carry the same message to us from our God!

Different Translations Can Still Deliver The Same Message

One interesting observation is that during Jesus’ time, there was more than one translation of the Palestinian Canon (Holy Scriptures used by the Hebrews) from the original languages that were in agreement. Jesus and others quoted from several of them based on the words that we read in the New Testament and they were all translated with amazing agreement. Sounds similar to today with our numerous translations. He has since guided the translators that have used these original texts to give us our English Bibles we use today.

  How God Revealed Which Books Were Inspired By Him

The ancient process of certifying the books of the Bible in Church councils as inspired by God was called the “Canonization of the Scriptures” and followed these basic rules:

- The author must have either been an apostle or a close associate of an apostle
- The document could not contradict other "inspired" writings with respect to doctrinal teaching
- The document must share the overall "feel" and "character" of other inspired writings 
- It must have been cited by early Christian writers and be accepted by the majority of churches

The New Testament had been written within one hundred years from the time Jesus was born and according to the British and Foreign Bible society, 20 of the inspired books of the New Testament had already been agreed upon by the end of the second century AD. The first official list that contained all of the New-Testament books was confirmed at the Church Council of Carthage towards the end of the 3rd century AD to be reaffirmed by the Council of Trent by 1563.
        The Catholic Bible
Here is a little history about why the Catholic Bible is not exactly like the one we use according to Trinity Communications, a respectable Catholic Corporation. Pope Damascus requested that one man named St. Jerome translate the original Vulgate Bible from the Hebrew, Greek, and other text available to the Pope at that time into Latin. This man dedicated much of his life to this work beginning about 390 AD. Later versions of this same Vulgate bible were translated to English when the Catholic church decided the people should have direct access to the Word of God in English and are now common to the Catholic Church today. Since the Catholic Church did not agree with the Hebrew Canon of the scriptures, the Vulgate Bible did and still does contain the Apocrypha (The books we do not believe are inspired by God).

     The Jehovah’s Witness Bible
A warning about the Jehovah’s Witness Bible, The New World Translation. They tried to hide much of God’s truth. These corrupt translators primarily used Kittel’s Biblia Hebracia text for the Old-Testament and the Westcott-Hort text for the New. This is  different text and is not the same as the Textus Recptus (TR) and the Masoratic text used in the King James or most other Christian Bible translations in common use today. This bible reads very similar to one of our Modern English Bibles but has numerous words that have been modified from the original meaning of even this text. They have tried to support many incorrect beliefs including one that Jesus is not deity. They claim this is the only correctly interpreted Bible and many think it came from the Dead Sea Scrolls. Don’t be deceived, five men translated this bible and four of them were only High School graduates.  Only one of them knew Greek and he could not pass a Hebrew test he was ordered to take in court proceedings. Also a very small part of the text came from the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Witnessing To A Jehovah’s Witness

Interestingly some of God’s truth still remains in the New Word Translation bible even though it is a corrupted translation. A Christian can still quote some verses from the New World Translation and witness to Jehovah’s witnesses about their mistaken beliefs from their own bible. Even though they don’t believe in the Trinity, Isaiah 53 is still in that bible and describes Jesus. There are numerous other verses containing truth they did not find to mistranslate. If you are curious, Google Isaiah 53 or John 3:16 in the New World Translation to see a couple of the many examples. If you ever do choose to witness to one of these cults from their own bibles however, you must compare all New World Translation verses to our reliable Christian Bible so as not to be deceived.

                          Our King James Bible
Our King James Bible was translated by forty-seven of the fifty-six scholars approved by King James. The forty-seven scholars that participated were then divided into six groups. King James also made sure there was a major impact on the translation by Jewish (Hebrew) Scholars being in the groups. It followed the Protestant Canon, which agrees with the Hebrew (Jewish) Canon. The early King James Bible did contain the Apocrypha in the back as non-inspired historical books, but later editions did not include them. It was the greatest undertaking of a Bible translation by any government to that day and possibly until now.

Old Testament

The Old Testament was primarily translated from the Hebrew Bible text that had largely been kept and produced by the Masorites (Masoritic Text) until around eight hundred BC.
 
       The New Testament “Textus Receptus”

The King’s James New Testament was from the Greek text that for the most part became known as the “Textus Receptus” (Received Text). The “Textus Receptus” contained the Alexandrian Text, Majority Text, Byzantine Text, Syrian Text and other trusted text available at that time. “Textus Receptus” actually was a reference to the fact that the text was received by the scholars of the day as being the most complete and accurate. 

        When Did They Start Calling It The “Textus Receptus”?

This phrase “Textus Receptus” was actually coined in 1633, after the King James Bible had already been published in 1611.  Most of the text that was to become the “Textus Receptus” had just been used in translating the New Testament of the King James Bible and was now being used in a re-publication of the Greek New Testament in 1633. The publisher made the statement that his translation was from the “text that had been received as accurate” and the term was born. 
        God Confirming The Accuracy Of His Recorded Word
A considerable volume of text has been discovered since that time that helps to confirm the accuracy of the “Textus Receptus” that was used in the early New-Testament translations. God has preserved His Holy Scriptures in numerous continents and through various language interpretations and they all share the same message of salvation. There is no other set of books from forty authors writing from three continents over nearly two thousand years that share this kind of agreement and accuracy that was made possible by God! 

                  The Nature of God
As stated in our bylaws:
We believe in one God, manifested in three persons, the Father, the Son (the Word), and the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7, Matthew 28:19). 

We believe that Jesus Christ was virgin born (Isaiah 7:14), and was God manifest in the flesh (John 1:14, Colossians 2:9). 

We believe in the perpetuity of the gifts of the Holy Spirit [All the gifts will continue].

The Trinity of God
All Christians must know they are worshiping the one and only true God
that manifests Himself in three parts, or persons (1 John 5:7). These three persons are the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). 

He (God) is the three in one. He was the three in one from the very beginning before creation existed (John 8:58; Isaiah 48:16). God has always manifested Himself as three persons that are separate parts of the one true God (Psalm 90:2; John 17:24; Isaiah 48:16). That is why God often references Himself in the plural (Genesis 1:26). 

If you have seen or experienced any of the three persons of the Trinity, you have had an encounter with the one true God (John 14:9). 

God in His eternal triune form, Father Son and the Holy Spirit, created us and everything else in the universe in the very beginning (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-16; Job 33:4).

Although the actual word “trinity” is not in the Bible, 1 John 5:7 comes pretty close by stating “these three are one” as quoted in the King James Version. The teaching of the trinity is spread through the context of the entire Bible from start to finish and clearly teaches the nature of God as a triune being. 

The early church leaders have taught it from the time of Christ. There is documentation from the time of a disciple of John named Polycarp in 70AD until the doctrine of the trinity was made official by the church at the Council of Nicea in 325AD. 

  God the Father
All Christians must believe that God is real. (Hebrews 11:6) God is not the result of a vivid imagination. God is a personal being. God is not an inanimate object. He is not an it. When we search for Him with our whole heart we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13). 

The Bible references His person, Yahweh with such titles as Father (1 Corinthians 8:6), Wonderful (judges 13:18), I Am, and Jehovah to name a few. 

Jehovah is not actually the name of God as some think. It is an intentional mispronunciation of Yahweh (God) by the Hebrews made up of the Hebrew pronunciation of Yahweh (God) and Adonai (Father) out of their fear of saying God’s full actual name in respect of Him. 

Some of the attributes to the character of God within our understanding are:

He is a God of love (1 John 4:16, 4:8).

God the Father is a spiritual being. (John 4:24) If we are to have true communication with Him it must be spiritual. 

Yahweh is the only God. (Isaiah 44:6, I Corinthians 8:4-6, I Timothy 2:5) The God that we serve is the Only True and Living God. 

God is pure, holy, and perfect (1 John 3:3, 1 Peter 1:15, Matthew 5:48).

God is a God of Justice. The Bible says God is without injustice (Deut 32:4). Where there is sin, there must be judgement (Psalm 7:11). God is the perfect judge and says vengeance is His.

God is omniscient. (1 John 3:20, Colossians 2:3) Nothing is hidden from God. He has infinite knowledge, awareness and wisdom. He knows the inner most thoughts of humans. God is able to search our hearts and even knows the number of hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7).

God is omnipresent. (I Kings 8:27, Jeremiah 23:24, Psalm 139:7-10) God is everywhere at all times. There are no hiding places from God.
There is no place where anyone can escape the presence of God.

God is omnipotent. He can conquer anything. No thing or no one is more powerful. He is able to do whatever He pleases (Psalms 135:6, Job 42:2). There is none as powerful as God (Revelation 19:6). He is the Almighty.

God is immutable. He never has and never will change (Malachi 3:6). His love endures forever.
     God the Son
Jesus is the Son of God and was there in the beginning (Isaiah 48:16, John 1:1-5) Jesus has always existed. Jesus was present with God before the beginning. Jesus is not a created being, He is our creator along with the rest of Himself (the Trinity) the Father and the Holy Spirit. He worked with God to create everything that was created (Genesis 1:26). Jesus was foretold of in Old Testament scripture. (Isaiah 7:10-15, Micah 5:2-5). 

Jesus Christ is and will always be the same. This same Jesus that came to earth and bled for our sins is the same Jesus that helped God create everything in the universe, natural and spiritual. Jesus is also immutable as God is. (Hebrews 13:8). 

The Word of God acknowledges His person with such other titles as, Emmanuel, the Word, Prince of Peace, Christ, Lord, Master, Son of God, Son of Man, Lamb of God, Light of the World, King of the Jews to name a few (Matthew 1:23, Isaiah 7:14, John 1:1, Isaiah 9:6, Jude 1:4, 1 john 5:20, John 3:13, John 1:29, John 8:12, Matthew 2:2).

Jesus was born of the woman Mary who was a virgin at the time of Jesus’ birth. None of Jesus’ DNA came from Joseph (Matthew 1:18). Jesus was conceived in Mary by God’s Holy Spirit and entered this earth in human form (Luke 2:6-7). He was born of the “Virgin Mary” (Luke 1:35). 

Jesus was an example for all Christians by how He lived from the time He was a child (Luke 2:49-52). He was tempted by Satan and did not sin (Matthew 4:1-11). He lived a perfect, sinless, holy life (1 Peter 2:22). He was the perfect sacrificial Lamb of God (Hebrews 9:22). The last blood sacrifice (Hebrews 10:12). He was sinless.

Jesus suffered and died on a cross. He did not lapse into a coma. (Luke 23:46-47, John 19:30). After Jesus died His body was taken by Joseph of Arimathea and placed in a tomb that Joseph had purchased for himself. Jesus was buried. (Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-56, John 19:38-42).  A stone was placed across the opening of the tomb and Pilate sent soldiers to guard the tomb (Matthew 27:57-60, 27:62-66). 

Jesus was resurrected (Matthew 28: 5-7, Mark 16:4-6,  John 20:6-9). He did not awaken from a coma in the tomb. He arose from the dead and ascended to Heaven. (Act 1:9-11) to sit at the right hand of the Father (Hebrews 10:12). Neither death nor the grave had the power to hold Jesus captive (Acts 2:24).

Jesus was the last blood sacrifice, the final atonement for our sins (Hebrews 10:12). Jesus paid the penalty for sin with His blood (Matthew 26:28). Jesus intercedes on our behalf to God (Hebrews 7:25). He is our advocate with the Father (1 Timothy 2:5). He is our high priest (Hebrews 4:14). God has left judgement of the world and us to Jesus (John 5:22, Acts 17:31).

Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit was there in the beginning. (Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 48:16)
The Holy Spirit was present with God, The Father and Jesus, The Son before the
beginning.

The Holy Spirit is personal, not impersonal. (Romans 8:27, 1 John 14:16-17) The
Spirit is revealed as Him not it. The Holy Spirit is the direct agent between heaven and earth. 

The Holy Spirit regenerates. (John 3:7, Romans 8:11) Through the Holy Spirit we are born again, or are born of the spirit. The Holy Spirit indwells all believers.

The Holy Spirit teaches. (John 14:26, 16:12-14) When we study the Word of God we must ask for the aide of the Holy Spirit to teach us the information that God desires we have knowledge of. He leads believers in all truths. 

The Holy Spirit guides. (Romans 8:14, Galatians 5:16, 18) In order to live successful Christian lives all Christians must rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

The Holy Spirit convicts sinners (John 16:5-11). The Holy Spirit reveals all the truth about sin. 

The Holy Spirit provides comfort. (Acts 9:31).  There are times in the life of a believer when the circumstances of life seem unbearable. God in His infinite wisdom has sent the Holy Spirit to comfort believers at such times. Before Jesus ascended to the Father he promised the apostles he would send the Holy Spirit to dwell with them and all believers as another comforter (John 14:15-26).

God baptizes in His Holy Spirit (Mark 1:8 ). This is a gift from God (Acts 2:1-4). The Holy Spirit can fill us with His power (Luke 24:48-50). We do not always know how to pray so the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words (II Peter 1:21, Romans 8:26).

We believe in the perpetuity of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Like the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit never changes. Our God, the three in one is Immutable.  God’s Holy Spirit can give us special Spirit lead abilities such as, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Leadership, Mercy, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues. He gives these and more to each one individually as He wills (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). 

        Salvation                                                                                                                                 As stated in our bylaws:
We believe in the preeminence of Jesus Christ as our only Savior and Lord.

We believe that Christ died a substitutionary death on the cross, rose from the dead, and that all who believe on Him, and confess Him before men, are saved.

We believe in a Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ [Jesus included in everything].

We believe in the priesthood of the believer [We have direct access to God].

We believe in the literal return of Christ, the eternal life of the saved, and the eternal punishment of the lost.

We believe in a regenerate church membership [Members must be believers].

We believe persistently engaging in sinful practices without repentance, denying faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior from sin [evidence of departing from the faith], or advocating or propagating any belief or position contrary to our statement of faith is reason to be removed from the membership rolls of our church.

The Need for Salvation
SIN-The literal translation of the word “sin” as used in the Bible is to miss the “mark” (1 John 3:4). Except for Jesus Christ Himself, (1 Peter 2:22) no man has lived a life that has displayed actions and thoughts that have made the target of achieving God’s perfect standard of righteousness. Evil desire is conceived in our minds (James 1:15) and gives birth to sin which is straying from the commands of God (Isaiah 53:6) and opens the door to be mislead (Acts 13:10) by Satan the great deceiver (Revelation 12:9). We have all yielded to temptation and have sinned (Romans 3:23) but sinning by habit can harden our heart (Hebrews 3:13-15) and lead us away from repentance and grace.

THE FALL-The first humans to sin were Adam and Eve when their obedience to God’s first covenant was tested in the garden (Genesis 1:16-17) and they yielded to the temptation of Satan to eat the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:4-5). God will never lead us into temptation so we can be assured the only person that appeals to our sin nature as the tempter is Satan and his demons, the fallen angels (James 1:13). Man’s decision to disobey God established his sin nature and allowed Satan to bring sin into the world (Romans 5:12). All of mankind since then apart from Jesus are sinners (Romans 3:23) and the world is now in a fallen state under the control of Satan (1John 2:15-16).

JUDGEMENT-God is a Holy (1 Peter 1:15-16), righteous, and just judge (Psalm 7:11) and He will eternally punish the lost (Matthew 25:46). God’s Word promises that the “wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men” (Romans 1:18). If God associated Himself with sin without judging it, He would no longer be Holy. God has promised to judge sin and He keeps all of His promises (Numbers 23:19). Our Holy and just God must judge sin. 

SALVATION-It is being saved from the righteous judgment of God (Romans 5:9) all sinners deserve (John 3:36). God loved the world so much that He sent His own Son to be judged for all the sins of the world rather than condemn us all to the fate we deserve (John 3:16). Jesus was the final (Hebrews 9:26) blood sacrifice to atone for our sin (Hebrews 9:12). God has made Salvation available to all people (Titus 2:11, 1 Timothy 2:4) through faith in Jesus Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross (1 Peter 2:24). Jesus Christ is our only Savior (Acts 4:12) and Lord. Jesus accepted all Gods judgement and wrath (Isaiah 53:4-5) God had promised for the sins committed by mankind (John 3:36). Jesus was judged innocent (Luke 23:4, John 19:4) at the time He was crucified and He had no sin of His own to pay for so His death paid the price for all the world’s sin (1 John 2:2). He was God’s perfect sacrificial lamb (1 Peter 1:19). God is being patient in His promise of judgement and is waiting for all to receive His salvation that will believe (2 Peter 3:7-9).

      The Salvation Process
Some or all of these following events may happen simultaneously. 


Conviction-It is remorse for breaking God’s law (Acts 2:36-37) or being sorry. Once sin is acknowledged the person must confess them to God (Acts 19:18). Conviction is a result of God calling mankind by His Holy Spirit to repentance. The Holy Spirit convicts the unbeliever so that he can understand he needs to repent.

Faith- Is to place your trust in Jesus and believe that you have now been saved from the penalty of your sin by His atoning blood (John 3:16). God has promised to judge all sin because He is Holy and just, however, He loves us so much He paid the penalty for all our sins by taking God’s wrath on Himself in the form of His Son Jesus with His substitutionary death on the cross. This satisfied God’s justice He promised. The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. This faith for things hoped for comes from God by hearing His Word.

Repentance-It is the turning away from sin and to God. Repent literally means to turn, or change direction. Genuine repentance changes how we think and act. When a person repents it causes Heaven to rejoice (Luke 15:7). Jesus instructed His disciples to preach repentance (Luke 24:47).  (Mark 1:15, Luke 5:32). Upon turning to God His Holy Spirit dwells in us, confirms our decision and leads us to righteousness.

Born-again-Part of this salvation experience is Him giving us the faith we need and to be born of the spirit. God’s Holy Spirit will come and dwell in your soul and you will be born-again. Jesus tells us that the only way an individual will see the Kingdom of God is to be born again(John 3:3).  All things will become new. Our relationship with Jesus Christ will become a part of everything we do and think. Our faith in God will become more than mere religion, it will become the reason for everything we are. As we study the Word to find our identity in Christ, this relationship will become very personal.

Baptism-Is an act of obedience in the new testament that should follow this rebirth and involves publicly confessing Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior before being symbolically submerged in water and raised to the newness of life. Baptism itself can not save anyone, but a true believer should desire to obey the Lord with this public testimony.
    
    Christian Growth
Ephesians 4:15
15 but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.
Christian Growth Defined
Christian growth results in increasing emotional and spiritual joy (Psalm 16:11) and contentment (1 Timothy 6:6) as a result of the completeness (Colossians 2:10) provided in our own loving relationship with Jesus. It is a lifelong process of learning how to seek and yield to God’s will (Job 22:21). Christian growth results in us being less tempted to turn back to sin after our initial turning away from sin in repentance (1 Timothy 4:15-17). God wants to help us in this process with His Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 2:9-11). The Holy Spirit will help us, teach us, and give us faith and much more if we just yield to His will. This is not something we can do without Him. The Holy Spirit will help us to live progressively more righteously (sin less often) as we grow in Him.  The fruits of the Holy Spirit will also manifest in our lives. The fruits of the spirit are, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. This all happens very personally and so the rate and order of growth will vary dramatically from one believer to another.

How It All Begins
It starts when we are saved and born again and continues as long as we are looking foreword to the blessed hope. We must be secure in Jesus Christ (1 John 5:12). Salvation in Jesus is the beginning of a new spiritual birth (John 3:3) that initiates a personal relationship (John 14:17) with God that will grow according to His intimate understanding (Hebrews 4:13) of the believer’s needs.  A Christian’s relationship with Him grows to become very personal since our Lord understands us completely (Luke 12:7) and can provide for our most secret and personal needs (Philippians 4:19) that may, or may not be the same as anyone else’s.

What Can I Do
We grow by having faith in the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, He helps in all things (John 14:16). We develop this faith by praising and praying to God continually (not just in Church, but daily) (1 Thessalonians 5:17), reading the Word of God and using His Word as a light to guide us in all matters of our life. The Holy Spirit is our counselor. That means He will guide and encourage us in all of this, but we must learn to follow His guidance and yield to it. The Holy Spirit is our teacher, but for a teacher to give us knowledge, we still have to listen. Additionally we should regularly spend time with the Body of Christ (the fellow believers) at Church in addition to seeking Christian fellowship in our personal lives (Hebrews 10:25). 

God and Human Sexuality
Marriage, Sexual Immorality and Celibacy

The basic tenants of our statement of faith and bylaws as found in 3.8 a, b, c, d, e and are summarized below:
2.8 a. Marriage is the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one
flesh” union of one man and one woman.
b.   Sexual Immorality are acts prohibited in The Holy Bible as sinful including
but not limited to, adultery, fornication, incest, zoophilia (Beastiality), pornography, voyeurism, pedophilia, exhibitionism, sodomy, polygamy, sologamy, or same-sex sexual acts.
c.   That God created mankind’s biological sex in His image: male (man) and
female (woman), sexually different but with equal personal dignity. 
d.  That God created and ordered human Sexual Orientation to be the permanent,
exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of man and woman, intrinsically ordered to procreation and biological family.
e.  That all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and should seek redemption through confession, repentance, baptism, and faith in Jesus Christ [and resist] sexual temptation, refraining from sexual immorality, and seek Sexual redemption. 
f. That celibacy and faithful singleness is to be celebrated and affirmed. 

As stated specifically in our statement of faith bylaws concerning marriage we believe:
3.8  
a. Marriage is the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of one man and one woman (Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2:18-24, Matthew 19:4-9, Mark 10:5-9, Ephesians 5:31-33). 

A man and his wife’s relationship were ordained by God to be comprehensive and conjugal. That involves complete emotionally intimate, loving support for each other. It is never to control or possess the other. It is to fill each other’s needs in harmony. This conjugal relationship is one that is completed by each other becoming one in all things and following the example of sacrifice set by Jesus Christ and His Church (Ephesians 5:31-33). 

God created man and Wife for a relationship with equal dignity between the sexes and unique abilities that should support each other’s divine purpose in life. The command to subdue the earth and have dominion over it was given to both the man and woman with equal charge at the same time. (Genesis 1:28)

One of the many purposes given to Mankind was to multiply (reproduction) (Genesis 1:28). Giving Mankind the ability to create through procreation is part of how God created Mankind in His image (Genesis 1:27).

God’s plan is for a Marriage to be one time, life-long, and exclusive (Matthew 5:32) with a very limited exception to the life-long. (Matthew 19:3-6). As long as the Man and Wife are alive, the only exception allowed by God is Adultery (cheating on each other) (Matthew 19:9). God does not honor a divorce and re-marriage due to incompatibility (Malachi 2:16). God also does not require a divorce due to cheating (Adultery), He allows it (Matthew 19:8). He prefers the marriage to continue through repentance, forgiveness, and healing. 
                 
As stated specifically in our Statement of Faith and Bylaws Concerning Sexual Immorality, we believe:

3.8 b. Sexual Immorality are sexual acts prohibited in The Holy Bible as sinful including but not limited to, adultery, fornication, incest, zoophilia (Beastiality), pornography, voyeurism, pedophilia, exhibitionism, sodomy, polygamy, sologamy, or same-sex sexual acts. (Exodus 20:14, Leviticus 18:7-23, Leviticus 20:10-21, Deuteronomy 5:18, Matthew 15:19, Matthew 5:27-28, Matthew 15:19, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-13, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Hebrews 13:4, Galatians 5:19, Ephesians 4:17-19, Colossians3:5)

You may not of even heard of some of these things and it might be good if you have not. However, knowing about the enemy is usually the best way to equip yourself to defend against his attacks. Since we live in a world where these things happen every day, we need to know what to be on guard for. As believers, we are commanded to exhort one another daily (2 Timothy 4:2). Many people confuse exhort with exalt or praise, however, exhort means to correct other believers and encourage one another to do what is right.  If we are to avoid bad company (1 
Corinthians 15:33) and exhort one another as commanded in 2 Timothy 4:2, we must know what we are avoiding and teaching others not to do. We also risk Satan taking advantage of us if we are ignorant of his devices. (2 Corinthians 2:11 NKJV “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices”).

 Now let’s take a brief look at what each of these twelve sins are and what the Word specifically says in regard to them:

Adultery is a sin that can only be committed in relation to a marriage. It is what most people today call cheating on your spouse, not to be confused with two un-married individuals having sex outside of marriage. (Matthew 13:4) (Matthew 5:27-30) 
 
Fornication is the sin of having sex with a person of the opposite sex outside of marriage. There is no sexual act that is permissible outside of the marriage of a man and a woman. (Ephesians 5:3) (1 Corinthians 6:18-20) (Galatians 5:19)

Incest is the sin of having sexual relations with a close relative. The word is derived from the Latin word incestus, which has a general meaning of "impure, unchaste". Not only is this a sin in the Word of God, but there are also worldly laws against this as well. (Leviticus 18:6-18) (1 Corinthians 5:1) 

Zoophilia (beastiality in the Bible) is the sin of having sexual relations of any kind with any animal. Not only is this also a sin in the Word of God, but there are also worldly laws against this as well. (Deuteronomy 24:21) (Leviticus 18:23)

Pornography is any image in any format (print or computer) depicting any sexual act of any kind. From the Greek word pornographos "(one) depicting prostitutes”. The sin of lust does not require physical contact. Looking or touching 
for sensuous reasons outside of marriage is not part of God’s plan for sex. The pleasure of sex is a gift of God to be enjoyed inside marriage alone and to keep the bond strong. (Matthew 5:28) (1 John 2:16)

Voyeurism (peeping tom) is to watch or photograph any other person engaged in intimate behavior for sexual gratification. The term comes from the French voir which means "to see" (Job 31:1). This practice is Biblically sinful similar to viewing pornography, however the perpetuator is also violating the privacy of another person.

Pedophilia  is to gain any type of sexual gratification from any type of contact with a minor child. Whether it is through personal contact or pictures, it is still pedophilia. The word pedophilia comes from the paîs, paidós (παῖς, παιδός), meaning "child", and φιλία "friendly love" or "friendship". As commonly used, pedophilia also includes the other specific sinful acts of Hebephilia (typically ages 11-14) and Ephebophilia (typically ages 15-19) which are both sexual gratifications with older minor children and in the case of Ephebophilia, up to the age of young adults, if one person in the relationship is more than five years older. We have an even greater responsibility to not sin against children than with adults (Matthew 18:6). Not only is this an unnatural desire (Jude 1:7) but any sex or lusting to have sex outside of marriage is sinful, especially if it is harming a minor of any age. Many forms of evil come from the heart of man (Mark 21:23), however this evil is also against a child and God’s judgement will be great.

Exhibitionism is to indecently expose in a public place, parts of yourself that are private and would normally be covered. This includes streaking, mooning, flashing and many other forms of exposure. With few exceptions (in marriage), the Bible presents nakedness as sinful, shameful and degrading. (Genesis 3:7)  (Genesis 9:21) (Exodus 20:26) (Isaiah 47:3)

Sodomy is not as specific a term as some my think. It actually refers to any type of sex that is not procreative between two people. This word originates from the Bible story of Sodom and Gomorrah. For the purpose of this study, we are using the word to mean the same thing that was happening in the Bible story of Sodom and Gomorrah before its destruction. (Jude 1:7) (Romans 1:26-28)

Polygamy is to be married to more than one person at the same time.  Mark 10:8 says…the two shall be one flesh. (1 Corinthians 7:2)

Sologamy is the act of marrying one’s self. Although it sounds strange, it is the latest trend in the perversion of the institution of marriage. In addition to sounding strangely selfish, it is also a same sex marriage. Not to mention God has told us a marriage is two becoming one. (1 Corinthians 11:11) (Matthew 19:6)

Same-Sex Sexual Acts is any sex act with a member of the same sex and is always a sin according to God. Any of the above-mentioned sins if committed with a person of the same sex would be a sin on it’s own, but is sinful in both categories if committed with a member of the same sex. (1 Corinthians 6:9) (Leviticus 20:13) (Leviticus 18:22) (Romans 1:26-27)

As stated specifically in our statement of faith and bylaws concerning Sexual Orientation and Identity, we believe: 

    3.8        c.  That God created mankind’s biological sex in His image: male (man) and female (woman) (Genesis 1:26-27). God instructed both man and woman to subdue the earth, thus both are different, but with equal personal dignity.  (Genesis 1:28) Consequently, it is sinful to attempt to physically change, alter, or disagree with your predominant, God given (Mark 10:6) biological sex — including but not limited to elective sex-reassignment, transvestite, transgender, or non-binary “genderqueer” acts or conduct (Romans 1:26-32).

            d. That God created and ordered human Sexual Orientation to be the permanent (Mark 10:5-9), exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of man and woman (Genesis 2:24) (Matthew 19:4-6), intrinsically ordered to procreation and biological family, and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother, and child. We should resist any and all same-sex sexual attractions and refrain from any and all same-sex sexual acts or conduct, which are intrinsically disordered.    ( Revelation 21:2) 

3.8 a. and c. above are both related to God’s plan and purpose for creating the sexes of man and woman.  The Word says that God planned this from the beginning of creation (Mark 10:6) and purposed the sexes with an equal charge to “be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it…”(Genesis 1:28).  When by the limited power of man, sexual relations are altered or perverted to such a level that reproduction is not even possible, this is an abomination to God (Leviticus 18:22). What level of arrogance does it take to decide you know better than God?  God says it best in Psalms 10:2-4; “…Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised. For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire; …The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.”

God does not even want man to wear a woman’s clothes or a woman to wear a man’s clothes (Deuteronomy 22:5), He calls this an abomination. Taking this over the top of that to surgeries and drugs to change the very flesh of God’s creation to take on the appearance of the opposite sex has to be beyond the comprehension of ancient men. Attempting to change the appearance of a person’s natural sex (Romans 1:26-27) with surgery as it can be done today or with clothing as was the only possible way in the past is all sinful. 

God’s will is to either enjoy the gift of sex according to His plan in marriage or abstain (1 Corinthians 7:1-9). Not alter His divine gift of the pleasure of sex in marriage to something He did not create it to be. When wicked men do this, they are altering what God has said is His very image on earth (Genesis 1:26-27).

Sexual Healing and Redemption 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Ephesians 5:25-27

e. That all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and should seek redemption through confession, repentance, baptism, and faith in Jesus Christ. Since God forgives those who resist evil and turn to Him, we must welcome and treat with respect, compassion, and sensitivity all who experience and resist same-sex attractions or confess sexually immoral acts but are committed to resisting sexual temptation, refraining from sexual immorality, and are seeking Sexual redemption. (Matthew 11:28-30, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-10, I Corinthians 10:13, Hebrews 2:17-18, Hebrews 4:14-16).

Everyone Deserves Hell
We are all sinners and any sin of any consequence separates mankind from God. Even though God does single out some sins as abominations, and consequences may vary between now and judgement day, if not for salvation through Jesus Christ, all sinners from gluttons and liars to homosexual sodomites would be burning in the same hell along side each other for eternity. We must all be humble in our sinful human condition.

The Gift Of Salvation
Fortunately, all of mankind does have a savior, Jesus Christ that died to pay the price for all of their sin. The consequences of unrepentant sin may vary, but the availability of salvation to each and every man that will believe and accept it is the same.  Everyone from those committing sexual abominations to those that tell white lies are being called by God to accept Jesus Christ as their savior. All of us that accept His gift of salvation can escape this fate that has been earned by the sin of each and every man. Anyone who truly accept this gift of salvation by faith and repents (turns away from their sin), is even given the indwelling Holy Spirit to help them grow by the strength of the Lord to live according to His will.

“The Church” Includes All that Will Choose to Follow Him
We should be welcoming and teaching all that will listen. God is calling all sinners, including those that have committed sexual abominations to repentance. The great commission tells us to reach out with loving kindness to all that will listen to the Gospel. Every sinner that walks through the door of this church has the potential to share in the gift of salvation, become joint heirs with us and join our family in Christ Jesus, no matter what they have done in their past. 

We Support All That Will Come Into The Body of Believers
The Word tells us to exhort (teach and encourage to do what is good) them in all that is good if they accept the gift of salvation. To exhort someone is to be a mentor to him or her in their Christian life. We should be teaching by example and take this responsibility very seriously when God gives it to us, especially regarding a new believer. 

        Gods Gift of Celibacy:
f.         That celibacy and faithful singleness is to be celebrated and affirmed. The Holy Scripture grants two life-enhancing options for human sexual behavior: (1) the conjugal “one flesh” marital union of one man and one woman, and (2) celibacy. Either is a gift from God, given as He wills for His glory and the good of those that receive and rejoice in His gift to them. (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18, 21-24; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:5-8; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 7:1-8; Matthew 19:12; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Romans 12:10; 1 Timothy 5:1-2)

Celibacy is always an honorable option honored by God for any person. We should honor and respect this choice in any person’s life and not imply they are living any less a life than someone that is caring for a wife or husband and raising a family. The apostle Paul wished all could be at peace with the single life as he was. He went on to say that those who are single have more time to focus on God’s will for their life and not the care of a spouse and an earthly family. We should celebrate the fact that God uses many in the single life to further His will. Enjoying God’s gift of sex in a marriage bed is not a requirement for living a full life. God can provide completeness and peace to all Christians in all circumstances. A fulfilled life of celibacy is also a gift of God and is a plan God has for many as was the case the apostle Paul and many others in the Bible.
  
  “The Church” and “King’s Way Community Church”
As stated in part 10 of the Preamble of our ByLaws we believe in:


“The spiritual unity of all believers, for which the Master so earnestly prayed.”
and as stated in 2.2 of our ByLaws  The specific purpose for which this Corporation is formed is to operate a non-denominational Christian church.  … “recognizing the value of mutual cooperation and counsel, and mindful of the church's purpose to fellowship with other South Bay churches for the evangelization of the lost.”

Etymology
The word “Church” as used in “The Church” is from the Greek word--ekklesia. The Greek means, “To call out from and to.” So literally “The Church” is composed of the people, living and dead, that have been called out of the world and have come to Jesus Christ. 

Doctrine of “The Church”
All are called to Jesus but not all come. All true Christian believers from all “local churches” that do come however, are part of “The Church” which is the Body of Christ. Jesus lives in all believers through His Holy Spirit and all living Christians together on earth are literally the physical embodiment of Jesus Christ on earth of which He is the head. Jesus paid the ultimate price for all of our transgressions. He owns us, and is coming back in the end for His bride, which is “The Church”.

Marriage and “The Church”
We are part of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that God compares to the marriage of a husband and his wife. The relationship on earth of a bride and groom when lived according to God’s plan should be a reflection of the relationship of Jesus Christ and His Church. Since this institution of God ordained marriage is the only institution on earth that God compares to our relationship with Jesus in Heaven, it has been especially drawn into Satan’s battle with “The Church”. The Bible tells us that Satan is the god of this world. As the god of this world and its unbelievers, he does not like this heavenly image and wants it perverted into something that does not reflect heaven. Knowing this, “The Church” must be vigilant in keeping marriage within God’s plan.

King’s Way Community Church
As stated in part 8 of our Preamble we believe in “The complete independence of the local church and its interdependence in association fellowship with other churches.”

King’s Way Community Church is one of many “local churches” and believes in a “Regenerate membership”. We do not have any ties to any denomination of churches or outside governing body of any kind other than God Himself. We were initially formed, as you read in our history in the beginning of this book, from two parts of “The Church” that were from a local Baptist congregation and a Foursquare congregation. 

As a result of the special bond our parishioners have achieved as a result of the time spent building this local church together, this family has a very special bond of love. We at King’s Way Community Church rejoice at every chance we have to add new members to our family and in turn “The Church”.

        Ordinances of Our Church
Article 2.2 of our ByLaws state, “The specific purpose for which this Corporation is formed is to operate a non-denominational Christian church.  The purpose of this church shall be the maintenance of the preaching of the Gospel, the teaching of the Bible, the administration of the ordinances of the New Testament”

An ordinance is something that the Church practices because Jesus Christ has told her to do so. As a non-denominational part of “The Church” we only practice the ordinances Jesus Christ has instituted and established for His Church in the New Testament.

The New Testament makes it very clear that Jesus taught only two ordinances as mentioned in Acts 2:41-42, BAPTISM and  COMMUNION ("the breaking of bread") (Luke 22”19-20).

        Baptism
As stated in Preamble 7 of our bylaws we practice “The beautiful, symbolic Ordinance of Believer's Baptism in obedience to the command of Christ.”

The word "baptize" is a Greek word that means "to dip, to immerse, to plunge into something that surrounds or covers." When used of a liquid, it means that an object or a person is put into or under a liquid and is completely covered (totally submerged). In Acts 8:36-39 we read about the time when the Ethiopian eunuch was baptized. In verse 38 it says that " both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39 Now when they came up out of the water,”

Since we believe this method of baptism is clear in the Bible, King’s Way Community Church fully submerges in this same way when practicing this ordinance.

Water baptism does not save. Faith and repentance only is necessary for salvation (Acts 16:30-31). There is no such thing as an unsaved believer! 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "if any man be in Christ he is a new creature." 

Baptism is a symbol of being dead to sin and then born again in Christ Jesus with his identity in Jesus Christ.  His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5) is also illustrated in this act of the believers obedience. We are told to “confess Him before man", and what a perfect way he has provided for us to do this through the picture the ordinance of baptism illustrates.

Water baptism is only for believers in Jesus Christ. This is why we do not baptize children unless they have the understanding to put their faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior first. If a parent or parents choose to “dedicate their younger child, or children to the Lord” we encourage this public ceremony and prayer, however, it is not to be confused as an ordinance of the Church as is baptism.
 
Ordinances of Our Church
    COMMUNION

 The Communion service is sometimes called by different names that all have the same meaning as Communion. Some other names are The Lord’s Table (1 Corinthians 10:21), The Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:20), The Breaking of Bread (Matthew 26:26) and The Eucharist. (Matthew 26:27; Luke 22:19 and 1 Corinthians 11:24). 

Communion service was instituted on the same night the Lord Jesus was betrayed. On the very next day Jesus would go to the cross, suffer and shed His blood for us. We read about what Jesus did on this night in the gospels (Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19-20) and 1 Corinthians 11:23-25.

Like Baptism, Communion presents a very important picture. The bread is a symbol (a picture) of the flesh of Christ (Matthew 26:26) and the cup is a symbol (a picture) of the blood of Christ (Matthew 26:27-28).  This is what Jesus meant when He said, "This is My Body" and "This is My Blood".  There are churches today that believe that the Communion bread actually changes and becomes the body of Christ. They believe also that the juice of the grape actually changes and becomes the blood of Jesus. This is called transubstantiation. We do not believe in transubstantiation. Jesus was using this terminology as a metaphor. 

When Jesus said, "This is My Body" the meaning of these words were, "This bread represents My body. When you look at this bread you will think of My Body and what I did for you when I died on the cross." When Jesus said, "This is My body," it had to be symbolic because His body was right there and separate from the bread when He said this to his disciples.  Jesus meant the same when He said "This is My Blood”

Before you take Communion you should first of all be a believer in Jesus Christ and trust Him and what He did on the cross for your eternal salvation. You should also examine yourself and affirm that you are ready to eat and drink in a worthy manner (1 Corinthians 11:27-31). Before partaking of Communion the believer needs to realize that Apart from Christ he or she is unrighteous and has no access to God. Sin and the Savior cannot come together. Humble yourself and confess before the Lord and thank God that the blood of Jesus Christ keeps on cleansing from all sin (1 John 1:7). Communion is not something to take lightly.

Jesus said, ”Do this as often as you wish in remembrance of Me”(1 Corinthians 11:24-25). God wants to keep the memory of what he did at Calvary strong in our minds. The communion service is a time when we should think back to the cross and how He died in our place to pay the price for our sins. We at King’s Way Community Church have chosen to “Do this” once a month to help us remember and not more often so as to not take this ordinance of the church for granted. Since Jesus told us to “do this as often as we want”, it is important that we don’t look down upon or wrongly judge other Bible believing churches that have decided to observe Communion less often or more often than we do.

Our Church Government
Christ the Head
In King’s Way Community Church, Christ is recognized as the head of the Church. He is supreme; and His life is the pattern for all ministry and conduct of the church (Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18).

     Corporation
We are our own 501(c) 3 Religious Corporation and as such, this local church is directly accountable to the government to be operated according to the law. There is no umbrella organization we operate under. We alone are accountable for our operations, elections and compliance with the law.
Elected Leadership
The Diaconate Board is elected by our congregation. The Diaconate Board is responsible for all decisions regarding business affairs and policies of our church.  It is also responsible to make recommendations regarding the Senior Pastor to the congregation if he departs from the tenants of our faith and bylaws. The Diaconate Board also assists all pastors in spiritual matters and the business operation of the church (Ephesians 4:11, 12; 1 Timothy 3:8-13).

    Elections
One half of the Diaconate is elected by the congregation each year for staggering terms in our last quarterly business meeting of the year. The Diaconate is responsible for nominating the candidates based on numerous qualifications stated in our by-laws. You must be a member in good standing over eighteen years old to be qualified to vote in any election or any other matter in this church. If you are under eighteen you still may attend the meeting if you do not vote. Membership is also one of the qualifications to be nominated to serve on the Diaconate Board of this church.

Duties of Members as in 5.4 of our ByLaws.
Persons applying for membership in the Corporation shall receive the Church Covenant and will be informed by a member of the Diaconate as to the duties of members in good standing, as follows:  
a. To strive to keep their covenant obligations;
b. To honor and support their Senior Pastor with prayer and by assisting in carrying out the programs of the church;
c. To annually sign the membership role to reaffirm their commitment;
d. To endeavor to preserve the unity of the church; 
e. To quietly withdraw from the church's membership, without seeking to disrupt its fellowship, if at any time they find themselves opposed to the fundamental doctrines of the church, or if for any other reason they are unable to harmonize with others;
f. To seek a hearing before the Diaconate and/or the church membership if they perceive a gross problem with the church or any other member or members of it. 
                      
Stewardship and Giving
3.9 of our ByLaws state:
We believe that all we have comes from the hand of God and we willingly give back His tithes for the furtherance of His kingdom.
 
Everything we have came from God and should be treated as His. Psalm 24:1 says “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 2 for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters." 

Not only is everything his, but he also created it as stated in verse two above and in Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

A steward is any person that manages the possessions of another as we learn in the story of Joseph and Potiphar for on example found in Genesis 39. Joseph owned nothing but was in charge of everything Potiphar owned. This is an image of a man left in charge of the part of God’s creation He has entrusted him with.

Genesis 39:4 “So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal attendant. Potiphar appointed Joseph overseer of his household and put him in charge of everything he owned. 5 From the time Potiphar appointed him over his household and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s household for Joseph’s sake. The blessing of the Lord was on everything that he had, both in his house and in his fields.”

As a manager, surely Joseph was able to eat the finest foods and wear the best clothes himself. Stewards often can enjoy the things they manage. We must always remember that since God created and owns everything, we also, are only the managers.

Giving back part of what they are trusted to manage is expected from employees managing the earthly possessions of their employers.  As Christians we are Managers of all God has blessed us to manage since God is the owner of all. 

If we really believe all we have is God’s and we are only good stewards (Managers) of all our possessions, we would have to use part of our blessings (God’s investment in us) for Gods work since he has trusted us to manage all of His blessings to us. To not give anything back is to pretend our blessings are not from God and His creation and deny His ownership of what we are trusted to manage.

How would an earthly employer treat his managers if they told everyone the property they were entrusted to take care of was theirs and used it completely for their own benefit? Thankfully our God is patient with us!

Our job of managing His blessings that we enjoy is one of the few things he actually tells us to test him in:

Malachi 3:10 “Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse so that there may be food in my temple. Test me in this matter,” says the Lord who rules over all, “to see if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until there is no room for it all.” 

We are stewards over all He has trusted to our care, which includes the duties and responsibilities of members in the operation of this local church as stated in our By-Laws. Our stewardship in filling the needs of this church with our time or money is blessed by God. 

Matthew 25:21 says, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.” Giving God back part of what we are trusted to manage is acknowledging that God is the owner of all we possess by our action of giving.

We should be happy to give and do so willingly 2 Corinthians 9:7 says:
7 “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

The reason you give is more important than what or how much you give. 
1 Corinthians 13:3, says, “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”

And above all, giving to God should be a willing act of praise. Proverbs 3:9 says: “Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase;”

We honor the Lord by acknowledging that what we possess we only manage for the Lord.


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