We desire to see lives transformed by God, through the gospel, for His glory.
Freedom is a gospel-centered church. The gospel is the good news of Jesus’ victory over sin and death and it changes everything. In 2006, a group of like-minded believers launched Freedom Church with the conviction that this gospel be central, that leadership be biblical, that membership be meaningful, and that styles be flexible.
After meeting in the Lincoln Cultural Center for a couple years, Freedom purchased the old Belk department store building on 125 E. Main St. in 2008. From this location we seek to love and serve our city with the gospel, and in particular, we labor toward the following aims, which we refer to as Freedom in 4D:
Freedom in 4D
Freedom in 4D
Every week we will gather to delight in our Triune God corporately for worship through the study of the Scriptures, prayer, fellowship, taking the Lord’s Supper, and the giving of our offerings – all of it – that we may know and delight in Christ more and more. We also want to help people individually delight in Christ more and more through daily spiritual practices.
- Socializing and Sharing
- Study/Discussion of the previous Sunday’s sermon (or special focus for that week)
- Prayer and Worship
- Freedom to digress
- Local ministry projects
We see these D-Groups as necessities for healthy church members. Lack of participation makes it next to impossible for the Elders to exercise appropriate care for members. Therefore in the membership covenant we ask that you commit to meeting together consistently in one of these small groups.
We intend to do this through:
- Personal Evangelism
- Church Planting
- Mission Trips
This aspect of our mission will take many shapes and forms. However, our focus will be on glorifying Christ through active and passionate social justice.
We intend to:
- Serve the poor and the needy by providing for them physically and spiritually.
- Pray and provide assistance for the sick.
- Fight for the rights of those who are oppressed by slavery or abuse.
- Care for the orphan, those who are racially discriminated against, the unborn, and all others who are without a voice to defend themselves.
The Nine Core Beliefs are:
1. THERE IS ONE TRIUNE GOD:
2. THE BIBLE IS GOD’S WORD:
3. PEOPLE ARE CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE:
4. PEOPLE ARE IN NEED OF REDEMPTION:
5. JESUS IS BOTH LORD AND CHRIST:
6. JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY OF SALVATION:
7. SALVATION IS BY FAITH ALONE:
8. THE CHURCH IS CHRIST’S BODY:
9. JESUS CHRIST WILL RETURN:
1. THE GOSPEL
Teaching that’s rooted in the Gospel of Jesus–the central message of God’s Word.
Goal: To keep the Gospel central in everything we think, say, and do. We intend to dwell on the Gospel deeply, to live on it desperately, to teach it faithfully, to sing about it passionately, to reflect on it in the Lord’s Supper weekly, and to live it out obediently.
That’s reflected in leadership, the congregation, and our love for the nations
Goal: To develop a multi-racial, multi-generational leadership and congregation.
3. MERCY MINISTRY
Ministries that meet the urgent physical & spiritual needs of our city and the world
Goal: To impact the world through ministries of word and deed. We do not exist to develop programs for people to attend in a building, but rather to equip people to serve others in the city and the nations.
4. MISSIONAL COMMUNITY
A church where meaningful relationships are formed.
Goal: For small groups to gather weekly in homes for sermon application, prayer, fellowship, and ministry in the city. Each small group will have a “shepherd” to the lead word and care ministry, and a “deacon” to lead the “deed ministry.” The goal will be to do at least a couple projects in the city every year, led by the deacon of each small group.
Expressed by honest questions and humble repentance, not pharisaical legalism.
Goal: To cultivate a church that is authentic, where seekers, doubters and Christ followers are welcomed.