What We Believe

It is our desire to promote an atmosphere of freedom in authentic worship to God and transparent relationships with one another. We believe God is calling us to be a community of Believers that know Him, His Word and the power of the Holy Spirit. We value “body ministry” and desire to see members thrive in the gifts God has given them to produce much fruit for the Glory of God. We are excited about the plans the Lord has for this church and are honored to share in the ministry of His Kingdom.

Foundational Beliefs

Here are some foundational truths on which Dwelling Place Christian Fellowship has been built.

–The Bible is the inspired, infallible and authoritative Word of God (2 Tim.3:16). It is the truth of God (John 17:17), which was not written by the will of men. Holy men were moved by the Holy Spirit, and these men spoke and wrote God’s truths (2 Pet.2:20,21).

–There is one God and Father of all and He is the one out of whom are all things (1 Cor.8:6). He dwells in unapproachable light and of whom no one has seen at anytime (1 Tim.6:16). God the Father is the one who gave His only begotten Son for the salvation of all who believe (John 3:16). His promise to us is that He will be Father to us and that we can be sons and daughters to Him (2 Cor.6:18).

–Before Jesus Christ came to earth, He was God and was with God (John 1:2; John 17:5). All things have come into existence through Him (1Cor.6:11). Jesus was in the very form of God and emptying Himself, He became a man (Phil.2:6) being born of a virgin (Matthew 1:23). He expressed the will of the Father by performing miracles, living a sinless life (2 Cor.5:21), willingly offering Himself up as a sacrifice for our sins, sickness, and pains (Is.53:4-6). Jesus was raised from the dead, He ascended to Heaven and took His place at the right hand of the Father (Eph.1:20). At a time ordained by God, the last trumpet will sound and the voice of the archangel will be heard. Jesus will then appear in the clouds and receive those who are His to Himself (1 Thes.4:16). He will physically come to earth a second time to rule and reign forever more.

–The eternal Spirit of God is the One who convicts the world of sin and enables us to be born again. At salvation, the Holy Spirit seals us in Christ (Eph.1:13). He is given to us as a pledge of our inheritance (Eph.1:14). The Holy Spirit anoints us (1 John 2:27) (1 Cor.6:19). He also is the guidance and power that enables us to get victory over the flesh as we walk in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit fills us with His presence (Eph.5:18) and baptizes us with power to be witnesses and ministers of His grace (Lk.24:48,49).

–The forgiveness, cleansing (1John 1:9) and forgetting (Heb.10:17) of sin occurs through confession (1John 1:9) and faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ (Rom.10:9). It is only through the Name of Jesus that salvation is received by faith.

–We believe in believers’ baptism, which is a critical part of our walk with the Lord following salvation (Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:36).

Our Worship

Our worship is intentional and expressive. We seek to base our worship on the pattern that the Lord has given us through His Word as shown in the following scriptures.

Why do we Worship?

“You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve” (Matthew 4:10; Psalm 95:6; Revelation 15:4).

How Should We Worship God?

“…God is Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24; Psalm 96:9).

Why Do We Clap Our Hands?

“O clap your hands all ye people, shout unto God with a voice of triumph” (Psalm 47:1, 98:8; Isaiah 55:12).

Why Do We Lift Our Hands?

“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord” (Psalm 134:2, 63:4; 1 Timothy 2:8).

Why Do We Give Audible Praise To God?

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” “And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God…” (Psalm 34:1; Acts 4:24).

Why Do We Pray By Laying On Of Hands & Anointing With Oil?

“They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” “Is there any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (Mark 16:18; James 5:14).

Why Do We Operate In Spiritual Gifts?

“Pursue love yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts.” “Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy and do not forbid to speak with tongues. But let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner” (1 Corinthians 14:1, 39, 40).

Why Do You Hear People Shouting From Time To Time?

“And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, and I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy” (Psalm 27:6, 32:11, 33:3, 35:27, 47:1, 66:1, 71:23).

Why Is The Worship Leader Singing Something That Is Not On The Overhead?

“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth” (Psalm 96:1, 98:1, 149:1; Isaiah 42:10).

Why Are There Periods Of Silence During Worship?

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

Why Do Some People Dance From Time To Time?

“Let them praise His name with the dance.” “Then David danced before the Lord with all his might” (Psalm 149:3; 2 Samuel 6:14).