Who We Are

We are a group of people defined by a belief in loving God completely, with all heart, soul, mind, and strength. This is a way of life for us, anchored in the Oneness of God, made possible by the power of the new birth, and realized in holy living and a genuine love for others.

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Our Message

Living Fully for the One True God

Jesus said that the greatest of all the commandments is, "Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength." This speaks to a way of living that is anchored in the belief in one almighty and indivisible God and built around serving Him completely with every part of one's self. We believe this kind of life is not only possible, but required of those who will be saved. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Mark 12:28-30)

Our Means

The Key to Living for God is the New Birth

Jesus told his disciples, "Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you." It is not in man to direct his own steps. Yet, through the infilling of the Holy Ghost, it becomes possible for a person to walk pleasing before God. We believe in being born again to this power, made a new creature in Christ. Everything we do, both in our services and in our daily lives, is built on a desire to feel after and follow the Spirit of God. We believe this is necessary, and the only path to true human flourishing. After the initial outpouring of the Holy Ghost, the apostles were asked, "What shall we do?" The answer was clear: Repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and receive the Holy Ghost. The promise is to you. (Acts 1:8, Jeremiah 10:23, John 3:3-8, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 8:14, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:37-38)

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Our Confidence

Living with a Clear Conscience Toward God

No human being is without sin: Every person has sinned in some way during his life. Yet, Jesus Christ shed his blood to cleanse us of our sins, and rose again to give us power over them. The Apostle John said that he came to save people from their sins, and he certainly does. Through repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, our sins are destroyed and remitted by faith in the offering of the body of Jesus Christ. We are washed in his blood and sanctified so that we can walk in the newness of life. So it is with a clear conscience that we serve the living God, as Peter said that baptism saves us by the answer of a clear conscience toward God. We cannot boast in ourselves or in anything we have done, but we have great confidence through the gift of God. (Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:7, Matthew 1:21, Romans 6:1-14, Acts 2:38, Hebrews 9:14, Hebrews 10:10, 1 Corinthians 6:11, 1 Peter 3:21, Ephesians 2:8-10)

Our Way

The Way of Holiness

The Prophet Isaiah prophesied that God would make a way of life for his people, saying, "And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness." Those who are born again are called on to turn from sin and bear fruit in righteousness. Our "old man" is cast down, and we are created as a new person unto true holiness. This lifestyle of holy living is joyous, beautiful, and forward looking to the salvation of the soul. We believe that salvation is through faith, but true saving faith is marked by the good works of righteousness seen in a holy life lived unto God. We believe that salvation is by the grace of God and that grace teaches us to live righteously in this present world, denying ungodliness and looking for the hope in Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 35:8, Romans 6:19-22, Ephesians 4:21-24, 1 Thessalonians 4:7, 1 Peter 1:8, Psalms 29:2, Hebrews 12:14, 2 Peter 3:10-12, Ephesians 2:8, James 2:17-19, Titus 2:11-14)

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Our Calling

Walking in the Love of God

The Apostle Paul spoke of the Lord's church, saying that "by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body," which is the body of Christ. He is the head of this body and the source of the power and love by which it grows and is strengthened. Jesus said that the first commandment is to "love the Lord thy God" and the second is like it: "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.Each member of the church is baptized into the body of Christ by the infilling of the Holy Ghost, and given the ability to realize within it the fulfillment of all the righteousness contained in the law given by Moses. We believe that the Apostolic Church of Des Arc is a small part of this great body of believers, and we are called to love God fully, to show the love of God to one another, and to show the love of God to you. (1 Corinthians 12:12-3, 1 Corinthians 12:27, Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 4:15-17, Matthew 22:36-40, Galatians 5:14)

You're Invited!

Please join us for service this coming Sunday at 10:30 or Wednesday at 7:30.