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OUR MISSION

To engage with people throughout the world in the study of the Bible.

To share the good news of salvation by the grace of God through Christ.

To help congregations increase their membership involvement and effectiveness in evangelism.

To help seekers and disciples develop lasting relationships with local churches and Christians.

   OUR BELIEFS
  1. We believe that the Bible is the written word of God, that God saw fit to inspire certain men by way of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21), that these inspired writings were circulated and collected by the early Christians (Colossians 4:16; 2 Peter 3:15-16), and that such writings were authoritative and will always be profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
  2. We believe that Jesus is the one and only divine Son of God (John 3:16), that He shares in the Father's eternal and divine nature (Philippians 2:6-8; Colossians 1:15-17; 2:9), and that He gave His life on the cross to pay the debt of sin that we all owe (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 2:9; 9:28; 1 Peter 2:21-24; 1 John 2:2; 3:16).
  3. We believe that salvation is a gift of God's amazing grace (Ephesians 2:4-10), bountifully offered to all mankind (1 Timothy 2:4; Titus 2:11; 2 Peter 3:9), and accepted through faith in Jesus Christ and according to His conditions, but not merited by any work of man (Romans 4:1-5; 11:6; Galatians 2:16-21; Titus 3:5-7).
  4. We believe that the actual point of salvation occurs when, having believed in Jesus, we allow God to do His work (not our work) of baptism upon us (Colossians 2:12). When we obey God's command to be immersed in water, He does many wonderful things: He forgives and washes away our sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16), He saves us (Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21), He adds us to the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27), and He raises us to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-6; Colossians 2:13).
  5. We believe that every baptized believer is given the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38-39; 5:32; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19). The Spirit is a source of peace, hope, and joy (Romans 8:6; 14:17; 15:13), He helps in our prayers to the Father (Romans 8:26-27; Ephesians 6:18), and He helps us as we strive to be more godly (Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 3:16-19). However, we believe that "baptism of the Spirit" (Acts 1:5; 2:4; 10:44; 11:15-16) and the miraculous gifts of the Spirit as given to individuals (healing, prophecy, speaking in tongues, etc.) were limited to only a few during the age of the apostles and the infancy of the church (1 Corinthians 13:8-13).
  6. We believe and hope that, while some may tragically choose to forsake the Lord and return to a rebellious life of sin (Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26-31), the vast majority of people who come into a saved relationship with the Lord will forever remain faithful (2 Timothy 1:12; Revelation 2:10), being continuously cleansed by the blood of Christ as they diligently walk in the light (1 John 1:7).
  7. We believe in striving to grow spiritually, striving to overcome the bondage to sin and worldliness, striving to be less like the world around us and more and more like Jesus (Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:16-24; Ephesians 4:17-32; 2 Peter 1:3-11).
  8. We believe in generous giving, not only to the church for its work, but also personally to good works and to those in need (Mark 12:41-44; Luke 6:38; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8-9).
  9. We believe in the power of diligent prayer (Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:1-13; 18:1-8; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Hebrews 4:14-16; James 5:16) and the peace that comes from trusting in God (Mark 4:35-41; Philippians 4:6-7).
  10. We believe that Christ will one day come again (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), and that all will stand before the Lord in judgment (Hebrews 9:27; Matthew 25:31-46). Those who are in Christ will enter into eternal life; those who are not in Christ will be cast into eternal punishment (Romans 8:1; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:1-4, 8).

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Bob Williams is the pulpit minister for the Rose Hill Church of Christ in Columbus, Georgia. He is an alumnus of York College in York, NE (1977-1979), Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN (1982-1985), and Harding University Graduate School of Religion in Memphis, TN (1986-1990). Since its inception in 1998, thousands of people throughout the world visit BibleLessons.com every month, and Bob is privileged to conduct in-depth Bible studies with a great many of them.