WORDS FROM PASTOR JERRY W. DOSS
Hello and welcome to our church website, it’s always a real joy for us to meet and have new members in our church family. Here you will find useful information about our beliefs. Our mission is leading people in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Please join our church and start a new life.
Whatever that next step is, it’s time to take a bold step of faith out of your comfort zone and discover what God has for you. We believe that you can’t go with God and stay where you are.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator align=”align_left” el_width=”50″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text] Email: firstname.lastname@example.org[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text] Call: +1.217.585.4000[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row video_fullscreen=”true” video_url=”” video_type=”video/youtube”][vc_column width=”1/2″]
WHAT TO EXPECT
At Abundant Faith we have something for every age child that visits! We have our interactive Sunday School class that will give your child bible lessons that make learning them come to life. Sunday school starts at 9:30 and ends at 10:45. Or they can participate in our Christ Like Ministry for children age 5 & up.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Should I be Baptized?” tab_id=”1554302678510-4234e4c2-5211″][vc_column_text]The Purpose of Baptism:
- Water Baptism identifies the believer with the Godhead – Father, Son & Holy Spirit.
“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.” Matthew 28:19 (NIV)
- Water Baptism identifies the believer with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
“When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. It was a spiritual procedure–the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.” Colossians 2:11-12 (NLT)
“We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”Romans 6:4 (NIV)
- Water Baptism is an act of obedience for the believer. It should be preceded by repentance, which simply means “change.” It is turning from our sin and selfishness to serve the Lord. It means placing our pride, our past and all of our possessions before the Lord. It is giving the control of our lives over to Him.
“Peter replied, ‘Each of you must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church–about three thousand in all.” Acts 2:38, 41 (NLT)
- Water Baptism is a public testimony – the outward confession of an inward experience. In baptism, we stand before witnesses confessing our identification with the Lord.
We at Abundant Faith believe in total immersion water baptism and celebration of your decision. If you are interested in being baptized join us at 9:00 on the third Saturday of the month at our Taylor Ave location. One of our ministers will share with you what the scriptures command about Baptismal.
Your family and friends are invited to come share with you in your declaration that you have died with Christ and have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life during our 11:00 Sunday service.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”What about fasting?” tab_id=”1554302718363-a565f472-876d”][vc_column_text]What is Fasting?
Throughout Scripture, fasting refers to abstaining from food for Spiritual purposes. It stands in contrast to the hunger strike, or for health reasons such as dieting. Biblical fasting always centers on spiritual purposes.
Scripture Describes Different Types of Fasts
The Normal Fast.
This involved abstaining from all food, solid or liquid, but not from water. In the forty-day fast of Jesus, we are told that “He ate nothing” and toward the end of the fast that “He was hungry” and that Satan tempted Him to eat, indication that the abstaining was from food, but not from water (Luke 4:2).
The Partial Fast.
The Bible describes what could be considered a partial fast: that is, there is a restriction of diet, but not total abstention. Although the normal fast seemed to be the custom with the prophet Daniel, there was an occasion where for three weeks he “ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all” (Daniel 10:3).
The Absolute Fast.
There are several examples in Scripture of what has rightly been called an “absolute fast,” or an abstaining from both food and water. It usually appears as a desperate measure to meet a dire emergency. Upon learning that execution awaited herself and her people, Esther instructed Mordecai, “Go, gather all the Jews… and hold a fast on my behalf, and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will also fast as you do” (Esther 4:16). Paul engaged in a three-day absolute fast following his encounter with the living Christ (Acts 9:9). It must be underscored that the absolute fast is the exception and should never be engaged in unless one has a very clear command from God, and then for not more than three days.
Is Fasting a Commandment?
Nowhere in Scripture do we find Biblical laws that require regular fasting, nor do we find a direct command to fast. What we do find are examples of many biblical personages to whom fasting was a regular part of their lives: Moses the lawgiver, David the king, Elijah the prophet, Esther the queen, Daniel the seer, Anna the prophetess, Paul the apostle, and Jesus Christ the incarnate Son.
Many of the great Christians throughout church history fasted and testified to its value. Among them were Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, David Brainerd, Charles Finney and Pastor Hsi of China.
Jesus gives instruction on fasting in the Sermon on the Mount. He states: “And whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do,” (Matthew 6:16). Jesus did not say “If you fast,” neither did He say ” You must fast.” He seemed to make the assumption that people would fast, and what was needed was instruction on how to do it properly.
Seven Day Prayer & Fasting Focus
Sunday — Joel 2
Make a decision to consecrate yourself this week. Position yourself to hear God clearly regarding your next place in Him. Make a declaration to your flesh that it will not rule & reign but it will be brought into subjection to the Spirit.
Monday — Esther 4, 8 & 9
Ask the Lord to help you align properly in the Body of Christ to help fight against the enemy. Commit to pray and fast for God’s people. Be willing to boldly enter in to the King’s Throne Room. Take the house of your Haman.
Tuesday — Daniel 1; Romans 12:1, 2
Declare you will not be swayed by the world’s system even as it relates to food. Prepare to present yourself to the King by offering your body as a living sacrifice. Declare you are holy, acceptable unto Him. Receive supernatural wisdom from God.
Wednesday — Daniel 9, 10
Understand the importance of repentance & prayer that identifies what you need to repent & pray for. This is important for your bloodline, city, our nation, churches, etc. Refuse to give in and withstand until you receive an answer from God and embrace breakthrough.
Thursday — Isaiah 58
Renew your mind regarding fasting.
Friday — Luke 4
Be led by the Spirit. Know that satanic attacks will come. Refute attacks with the Word of God.
Saturday —Acts 2; Acts 13:2, 3; Acts 14:23
Be empowered by the Holy Spirit. Allow Him to speak to you heart regarding your gift/s – how and where they will be utilized.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″]
LIFE CHANGE STORIES
FIRST VISIT PLAN
How do I get there?
You can find detailed directions to your right.
Where should I park?
If you’re attending the main campus, multiple parking lots are available. Our parking team will escort you to the closest available parking spot, and will gladly assist you if you have a special need.
What should I wear?
“People look at the outward appearance,” we are reminded, “but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7).
We are a contemporary church and our worship experience is contemporary. We believe it is OK if your attire is convenient and comfortable. And we don’t have a problem if you are in full dresses, a suit or business casual.
What shouldn’t I wear?
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Exalting the Lord – “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” (Psalm 34:3)
Evangelizing the World – “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
Equipping the Saints – “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:11-12) NKJV
Educating the Body – “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
Empowering the Community – “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” (Ephesians 3:20)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]
- A gathering of servants committed to sharing the good new of Jesus Christ with the residents of the City of Springfield, Central Illinois, the United States, and the world.
- A congregation reflecting the diversity of God’s Creation, extending beyond racial, class and denominational barriers.
- A body of baptized believers, nurtured by a culture of discipleship that addresses their needs spiritually, naturally, and physically.
- A people that rise above mediocrity and operate in a spirit of excellence.
- A hospital and refuge for lost and hurting souls seeking the peace that one can only find through the love of Christ.
- A purpose-driven church that recognize its true potential through expressing its diversity of God-Given gifts.
- An army of spiritual warriors that walk by faith and possess all that God has intended for them.
- A collection of families operating in divine order restored and strengthened by the word of God.
- A resource for empowering impoverished communities that provides teaching, educational and recreational avenues to instill esteem, respect and confidence in men, women and children as an alternative to drugs, violence and other satanic influences.