Who We Are
We are a JESUS church.
We believe that the whole story of the world and how we fit into it is most clearly understood through looking at the story and person of Jesus Christ. We believe that there is only one way to Heaven, singular and exclusionary, and it is only through acknowledging and accepting that Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins and then conquered death by rising from the grave. Simply put, it's all about Jesus.
We are a BIBLE church.
We believe that although God speaks to us in many ways, His primary method of communicating is through Scripture. We believe that within the pages of the Bible lies the answer to every question, the solution to every problem, and the guidance for every situation we can encounter in this life.
We are a WORSHIP church.
We believe in the power of worship. Although worship is definitely a lifestyle, we often express ourselves in worship through music and singing. We believe that when we worship, we position ourselves before God in a way that allows Him to speak to us, change us, and guide us.
We are a FAMILY church.
We believe in ministering to the whole family. States are changed by cities, cities are changed by communities, and communities are changed by families. As we strengthen each family unit through Godly Men's, Women's and Children's ministries, positive change occurs throughout the entire region.
We are a MISSION church.
We believe in Jesus' mandate, "Go into the whole world and preach the Gospel." We are aggressive in our support of missionaries and mission organizations both overseas, nationwide and in our own local community of Elkins, as well as regularly sending mission teams on trips to proclaim the Gospel and practically serve where it is needed.
Statement of Faith
If you have any questions concerning any statement, we welcome you to discuss them with a member of the church staff.
We believe in one God who is seen in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:2,26; Matthew 3:16-17; John 1:1,14;; John 4:24; John 10:30; John 14:9,16-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We believe in God, Creator of all things visible and invisible. (Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3)
We believe Jesus was born fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. (Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:14; Romans 5:15-17; Philippians 2:7-8; Colossians 2:9; I John 1:1)
We believe that mankind was meant to have fellowship with God, but through Adam's disobedience, sin separated us from God, our source of life. (Isaiah 59:2; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12)
We believe that hell is a place that was made for Satan and his demons. Those who do not accept salvation through Christ will also spend eternity in hell. (Matthew 25:41; Hebrews 6:1-2; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 19:20)
We believe that Jesus suffered and was crucified to pay the price for our sins and to undo the works of the devil. (Galatians 3:13; Colossians 2:14-15; I John 3:8)
We believe Jesus was buried and resurrected in bodily form on the third day. (Luke 23:44-24:8; John 20:24-29; I Corinthians 15:3-8)
We believe that salvation and forgiveness of sins is only received by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. (Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:17; Ephesians 2:8-9; I Peter 1:18-19; I John 1:7-9)
We believe that when someone chooses to give their life to Christ, their spirit nature is made new and they receive eternal life. (John 3:3-5, 16; I John 5:12-13; Romans 10:9-10; II Corinthians 5:17)
We believe that Christ's death on the cross also provided deliverance from sickness which is a privilege for all believers. (Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:18; John 5:6-14; 1 Peter 2:24)
We believe that water baptism is an outward expression of the inward work of salvation. (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12)
We believe that Jesus ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father. (Luke 22:69; Acts 1:1-9; Colossians 3:1)
We believe in the imminent return of Jesus to the earth where He will judge both the living and the dead. (Matthew 24:36-42; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10-11, 10:39-42; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Peter 4:5; Revelation 22:20)
We believe in the Holy Spirit, Who indwells every Christian. (John 15:26; John 16:5-15; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; II Timothy 1:14)
We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, an experience that empowers the Christian. (Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26-27)
We believe that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are still for today. (1 Corinthians 12; 1 Corinthians 14)
We believe the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, written by men who were moved by the Holy Spirit. (Mark 12:36; John 14:26, 16:12-15; Acts 1:16; I Corinthians 2:12-13; II Timothy 3:14-16; II Peter 1:20-21)
We believe that the Bible is the final authority for all matters of faith and conduct. (Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18, 24:35; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12)
Summit Church Core Values
Our desire is to allow the personality of Jesus to permeate everything we do. Jesus was genuine, relevant, accepting, pure and fun. Therefore, at Summit Church we strive:
- To be a Spirit-filled, faith-based church
- To be culturally relevant without compromising the Word of God
- To be a community of believers who love God and express that love in our desire to worship the Lord and to learn from His Word
- To strive for the spirit of excellence in all we do and say
- To be intentionally missions-minded in every aspect of our ministry
- To keep reaching people as our focus
- To be motivated by God's love in how we treat all people regardless of who they are
- To be a family of believers who serve their community and a place where each person can discover, develop and use their gifts for the Lord
- To pursue purity and right living
- To model authenticity to the world around us
- To be believers In Jesus Christ who are connected in authentic relationships and are accountable to one another
- To be leaders who are committed to servant leadership and to the team concept of ministry
- To have fun and enjoy life, each other and worshiping God
- To be faithful to our vision of win, equip and release
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