To be an intentional church family devoted to the hearing of God’s word, and the doing of God’s word; a distinguished community who intentionally gathers, equips, and serves together, for the glory of God.
Welcome to our website! We are excited to share some helpful information to you about us! We believe that the church exists for the glory of God alone. Human beings were created to be in relationship with God, and this is made possible through faith in Jesus Christ. We assemble frequently as a church (not a building, but a group of people) to bring glory to God through singing, praying, hearing God’s Word preached, loving God and loving one another. Our gatherings on Sunday morning consist of 80-100 of a warm & welcoming believers and unbelievers from many stages of life, many backgrounds, many ages (1 yr old to over 70 yrs old), and many cultures/races. We are multi-generational & multi-ethnic, and we would love for you to help us serve God together so that God may be glorified inside and outside of our building. We hope you prayerfully consider visiting us on Sunday mornings at 10:30AM and get plugged in. See you soon!
Located two blocks north of Youngstown State University, we are in the heart of Youngstown. Our congregation is comprised of families and individuals from all around the Valley, as well as local & international students from the University.
What we Believe
From the age of the Apostles to today, Christians of past eras have adhered to certain sets of beliefs using simple statements which distinguish the church. Our beliefs are ingrained in what we sing, teach, pray and exercise from leadership to its members (referred to as, Covenant Partners).
Statement of Faith
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
Luke 24:27, 44; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20:21; James 1:22:25
The True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Genesis 1; Isaiah 46:10:11; John 1:1:14; John 14; Acts 5:3:4; 2 Timothy 1:14
Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinitarian Godhead and equally God along with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the full manifestation of God. He took on flesh and became a man in fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. Jesus lived a sinless life and died on a cross as the substitutionary sacrifice for humanity’s sin and rebellion against God. He was buried, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and now serves as our mediating high priest. He will come again to judge the living and the dead and will reign eternally as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:18:25; Luke 24; John 1; Colossians 1:15:21; Philippians 2:5:8; Hebrews 4:14:16
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinitarian Godhead and equally God along with the Father and Son. He convicts the world of sin. He regenerates the dead hearts of sinful people, baptizing them into Christ and the church. He gifts every believer within the body of Christ to the glory of God for the building up of the church. The Holy Spirit indwells and seals believers, serving also as their teacher and comforter.
John 3, 14:16:17, 16:7:15; Acts 2, 5:4; 2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 8; 1 Corinthians 12:14
The Creation & Fall Of Man
We believe that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
Genesis 1:27; Genesis 3; Romans 3:23; Romans 5; Romans 6:23
The Way Of Salvation
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior. We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
Ephesians 1:3:14; Romans 8:29:30; Romans 16:31; Ephesians 2:8:9; John 10
We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
Romans 3:24; 8:30; Romans 4:5–8; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:30, 31; Romans 5:17–19; Philippians 3:8, 9; Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Romans 5:17; Romans 3:28; Galatians 5:6; James 2:17, 22, 26; Hebrews 10:14; 1 Peter 1:18, 19; Isaiah 53:5, 6; Romans 8:32; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:26; Ephesians 1:6,7; 2:7.
We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means, – especially, the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer.
1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17; 2 Corinthians 6:14:18; James 2:1:26; 2 Peter 3:18; 1 John 3:1:10
We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life.
Romans 3:24; 8:30; Romans 4:5–8; Ephesians 1:7. 3; 1 Corinthians 1:30, 31; Romans 5:17–19; Philippians 3:8, 9; Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Romans 5:17
Repentance And Faith
We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest and King, and relying on Him alone as the only and all sufficient Savior.
Zechariah 12:10; Acts 11:18; Ezekiel 36:31; 2 Corinthians 7:11; Psalms 119:6, 12; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Luke 22:31, 32; Titus 3:2–5;
God’s Purpose Of Grace
We believe that Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
Job 8:13, 14; Matthew 7:22, 23; 1 John 2:3; 3:14, 18, 19, 21, 24; 5:13; Romans 5:2, 5; Hebrews 6:11, 19. Hebrews 6:17, 18. 62 Peter 1:4, 5, 10, 11; Romans 8:15, 16. 81 John 3:1–3.
The Harmony Of The Law And The Gospel
We believe that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arises entirely from their love of sin: to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the Means of Grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.
Exodus 20:3-17; Leviticus 6:2-5; Deuteronomy 10:12; 27:17; Psalm 101:5; Micah 6:8; Zechariah 8:16; Matthew 5:13-16,43-48; 22:36-40; 25:35; Mark 1:29-34; 2:3.; 10:21; Luke 4:18-21; 10:27-37; 20:25; John 15:12; 17:15; Romans 12–14; 1 Corinthians 5:9-10; 6:1-7; 7:20-24; 10:23-11:1; Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:12-17; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; Philemon; James 1:27; 2:8.
We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His word; that its only scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
Acts 2:42:47; Ephesians 1:3:6; Matthew 5:7; Matthew 28:19:20; Luke 22:14:23
Baptism And The Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.
The Christian Sabbath
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, or Christian Sabbath; and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest that remains for the people of God.
Exodus 20:8-11; Matthew 12:1-12; 28:1.; Mark 2:27-28; 16:1-7; Luke 24:1-3,33-36; John 4:21-24; 20:1,19-28; Acts 20:7; Romans 14:5-10; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Colossians 2:16; 3:16; Revelation 1:10.
We believe that Civil Government is of Divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.
Genesis 1:27; 2:7; Matthew 6:6-7,24; 16:26; 22:21; John 8:36; Acts 4:19-20; Romans 6:1-2; 13:1-7; Galatians 5:1,13; Philippians 3:20; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; James 4:12; 1 Peter 2:12-17; 3:11-17; 4:12-19.
The World To Come
We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness. The souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord. Believers in Christ will dwell forever in the bliss of their resurrected bodies, in the presence of the Lord in the new heavens and new earth. The souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when they will appear at the final judgment and be cast into the lake of fire. They will not be annihilated, but instead suffer everlasting, conscious punishment apart from the presence of God.
Matthew 25:46; John 5:28:29; John 11:25:26; Rev. 20:5:6, 12:13; Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:16:17; Rev. 20:4:6; Matt. 25:41:46; Mark 9:43:48; Luke 16:19:26; 2 Thess. 1:7:9; Jude 6:7; Rev. 20:11:15
Learn more about what we believe HERE! (Baptist Faith & Message 2000)