About Us: What We Believe

We believe the Bible to be inspired by God and written down by people of His choosing. It speaks with God’s authority through the individual styles and personalities of those who wrote it down. The Bible is the final authority on what is believed, taught, and practiced by this church. There are no other writings inspired by God.
We believe in the one true and holy God, eternally existing in three separate personalities: God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. By His power, God created the world displaying His wisdom, goodness, and creativity. God continues to work throughout history by sustaining His creation and fulfilling His redemptive plan.
Man was created in the image of God to have fellowship with and glorify God. Man, however, sinned against God by choosing his own way. Sin separated man from God and corrupted his nature with a tendency to sin. Everyone who has ever lived, except Jesus Christ, has sinned against God and is in need of salvation. Salvation is only available through the person and work of Jesus Christ. Salvation is the free gift of God’s grace and cannot be earned in any way.
Jesus Christ is eternally equal with, and the same as, God. He became a man through the miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a perfect life, committing no sin. He voluntarily died on the cross for our sins and bodily rose from the dead after three days, appearing to many people. Jesus will return at God’s appointed time to judge all of mankind according to God’s will.
The result of a saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a life that is being transformed to be like Jesus. The Holy Spirit comes to life within every Christian at the point of salvation to empower them for this transformation process and for the building up of the body of Christ.
Every man and woman who has ever lived will one day stand before God in judgment. Those who have rejected God and His offer of grace through Jesus will be eternally separated from God in condemnation. Believers will enjoy eternal communion with God and be rewarded for works done in this life.
All those who experience union with Christ through salvation are united with His body, the Church. The Bible instructs believers to gather together in devotion to fellowship, worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of communion and baptism, service to the body, and outreach to the world. Wherever Christians meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the Church. Under the watchcare and guidance of elders, its members are to work together in love and unity to extend the Kingdom of God on the earth.
We teach that Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been committed to the local church:.

Scripture teaches that we are saved by Grace at baptism to do good works.

The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration and proclamation of the death of Jesus Christ. The bread and the juice are only representative of the body and blood of Christ, but the Lord’s Supper is still an actual communion with the risen Christ, who is present in a spiritual way. We offer the Lord’s Supper weekly. Believers should use this time to remember Christ and His death, examine their lives and ask God for forgiveness, and recommit their lives in service to Christ.

Larry Snavely

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Title: Senior Minister

Email: lkbels@cityofbryan.net

Martial Status & Family: Married with 4 adult children

Favorite Book: John Adams

Favorite Song: “I Can Only Imagine”

Favorite Quote: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Melissa Beerbower

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Title: Secretary/Treasurer

Email: mbeerbower@bryanfcc.org

Martial Status & Family: Married with 3 grown children, 3 in-law children and 5 grandchildren

Favorite Book: Chronicles of Narnia

Favorite Songs: “Need You Now” by Plumb, “Someone Worth Dying For” by Mikeschair, “Come to Jesus” by Chris Rice and “Worn” by Tenth Avenue North, “Oh My Soul” by Casting Crowns

Favorite Quote: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21