-We Have A Long-View Point Of This Church Plant. We Want To Affect The Community Of Deland By Having An Effect on People Through Discipleship.
-We Ask God That Our Desire To See The Multitude In Our Gatherings Does Not Overshadow Our Obsession With Discipling Individuals How To Do Ministry, Walk Out Their Call & Live Their Faith.
-We See Duplication of God’s Vision For Abbey Church In The Hearts Of Our People As Success For The Kingdom’s Sake, Not Our Own.
-We Pray That The Multiplication God Does In This Body Will Have Lasting Effect Here In The Now, & In Eternity.
-We Trust That God’s People Will Have Learned Here How To Love Others, Help Bear Their Load, Connect With Them, & Show Them The Way By Modeling In Their Own Lives What It Means To Call Themselves Believers Of Jesus Christ.
May We Have Done Our Calling Well, So Others May Speak Well Of Him.
What We Believe
-Assurance of Salvation
Assurance means that you, a believer in Jesus Christ, have confidence that you are in the family of God and therefore have eternal life. Assurance looks at our eternal salvation from man’s viewpoint. The central passage is 1 John 5:13. Each clear verse about eternal salvation, such as John 3:16, stresses the basis for assurance because God keeps His Word.
We believe the New Testament teaches at least three baptisms. First, there is the baptism whereby the repentant sinner, upon trusting Jesus Christ as his Savior, is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13). Secondly, there is water baptism by immersion for believers only. This we believe to be an ordinance of the church, whereby the believer experiences the reality of co-crucifixion and co-resurrection with the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:3-6). Thirdly, there is the filling or baptism in the Holy Spirit by the Lord Jesus Christ, which may occur at or subsequent to conversion. We believe that speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance is one of several normative evidences of this baptism. In addition, there are several ways the Holy Spirit Is Manifest In The Life In The Life Of The Believer. (1 Corinthians 12) Further, we believe that by the believer’s continued submission to the Holy Spirit, his very weakness is transformed into strength to witness for Jesus Christ in power, and to live according to the will of God (Acts 1:5-6; 10:46; 11:28; 19:6).
Carnality comes from the word for flesh, sarkikos, and by extension often refers to man living apart from God’s power and Word, whether a believer or unbeliever. When one lives by his own power, he is living by his human fallen nature, which works through the flesh or body. The believer who lives by his human nature instead of by the Holy Spirit is said to be carnal. The central passage is 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 where believers are living like unbelievers and are called carnal. Galatians 5:16-21 states the conflict between the flesh and the Holy Spirit, and gives some works of the flesh that are sins. Carnality is opposite to spirituality. Confession of sin to God restores the believer to walking in the light, to fellowship (1 John 1), and to walking by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5).
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and the blessed hope of the church (I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 15:51).
-Infallible Word of God
We believe that the Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, were written by holy men inspired by the Holy Spirit and are God’s revealed word to man. They are the sufficient, infallible rule and guide to salvation and all Christian worship and service (II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 3:15-17; I Thessalonians 2:13). The Bible is the inspired Word of God, equally in all parts and in the whole; it is totally inerrant in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme revelation from God and of God, superior to conscience and reason, though not contrary to them; and it is therefore our infallible rule in all manners. All the Scriptures center about the Lord Jesus Christ and hence, no portion is properly read nor understood until it leads to Him.
We believe that Scripture teaches there is one and only one true and living God, who is self-existent, and the eternal “I AM,” the creator of heaven and earth, and the redeemer of mankind. We believe that He has chosen to reveal Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the same in essence, though distinct in personality (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:18-19; Luke 3:22). These three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfection and are worthy of the same homage and obedience (Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3, 4; II Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 1:4-6). The mode of His existence, however, is a subject far above the understanding of man. He is the fountain of all perfection and happiness. He is glorified by the whole of creation and is worthy to be loved and served by all intelligence. He, therefore, is the only proper object of worship (Jeremiah 10:10; Exodus 3:14; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19, 20; Job 11:7; Psalms 19:1, 2; 145:10; 150:6; Exodus 34:14).
What We Value
-The Leading Of The Lord
We cherish the fact that God desires to guide us daily, by His Holy Spirit. In all aspects of life He has purpose in His direction.
-The Vision That God Has Given Us
This Journey exists for one purpose, to glorify God. So with that, we appreciate the vision God has given us for Abbey Church Plant. As He continues to reveal it to us, we desire to be faithful to have more of Him & less of us in it.
God's Church is for God's people. You cannot be a church and not love people. We value the individual more than a crowd. Christ always had crowds around, but He worked in individual lives. We place value on building small groups that can more deeply & efficiently serve the needs of our members.
-Evangelism & Outreach
The Church should never be contained to the four walls of the church building. We know that people won't care how much you know, until they know how much you care. We value & relish opportunities to engage in community outreach to show love, interest, and commitment. We plan to carry this out through projects with local schools, homeless communities, & young families.