Our church exists to proclaim the Gospel of the New Covenant of Grace in the finished work of Jesus Christ both across the street and around the world. As we pursue this mission together, we seek to develop biblically healthy relationships that are tangible expressions of this gospel message that has changed our lives both now and forever.
Acts 20:24 — “But none of these things move me…to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
We invite anyone and everyone to begin a relationship with God by believing and receiving His gracious gift of righteousness that has been paid for by the finished work of Jesus Christ - the hope for every person who has ever lived.
“…much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17)
The only thing that truly changes a person is a growth deeper in an understanding of the reality of the gospel of God’s grace. We desire for all believers to grow in their gratefulness for the grace of God. (2 Pet. 3:18)
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…” (2 Peter 3:18)
When you realize how full and complete you are in Christ, it is easy to give out to others. (Col. 2:10) He is the endless supply of all we need. (Phil. 4:19; John 7:38) His yoke is easy and His burden is light. (Mt. 11:28-30)
“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10)
Word-Driven — We desire our ministry to be a governed, guarded, and guided by a careful study of the written Word of God. It is in knowing better the written Word that we grow in our worship and adoration of the Living Word. We discover the person of Jesus Christ upon the pages of scripture.
Gospel-Centered —We believe a careful study of the Word of God will reveal to us the central message of the entire Bible - the Gospel of Jesus Christ, full of grace and truth. From Genesis to Revelation, the Gospel is the core theme of the entire Bible. So our study of God’s Word will lead us to a greater understanding and application of the Gospel in our daily lives.
Grace-Anchored —We have realized as a people who live on this side of the cross (the cross being a past event for us in human history) that we are recipients of the New and Final Covenant of Grace, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. God has revealed Himself in the full revelation of His Son Jesus Christ and we see that He is full of Grace and Truth. Through Christ, we have received the abundance of Grace and this gospel of grace, was a mystery to those in the Old Testament, but has now been more fully revealed unto us - His Bride, the Church. The message of the gospel of grace gives context and purpose to everything we do and anchors our lives in gratitude.
Spirit-Filled — We desire to live controlled by the Spirit. The source of power for the church has always been in the Spirit-filled life of the believer. As believers in the Gospel, we are not on a continual search for “more power” but have received all that we ever will in Christ. We are complete in Him. As we walk in His Spirit, we will produce a fragrant fruit that entices the lost world around us to also place their trust in the “Tree of Life” (Jesus Christ).
We believe that God is a Person, eternally existing, as a Trinity in unity - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit - three Persons, yet one God.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 26:19; I Corinthians 8:6; I John 5:7
We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of God and that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Trinity. He is equal in essence to both God the Father and God the Son. The Holy Spirit is a person, He has intellect, emotion, and will.
John 16:13, Acts 2:4, 5:9, 8:29
We believe that Jesus Christ, eternally existing, is the only begotten Son of God, who became a sinless man in order to redeem us. He was born of a virgin, and is true God and true man.
Luke 1:30-35; John 1:1-15; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:15
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died as a substitutionary payment for the sins of the whole world. He physically arose from the dead and then ascended into Heaven. Simple faith in this sacrifice is the only way of salvation for mankind.
Luke 24; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 5:8-9; I Peter 3:18
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but fell through sin, bringing not only physical death, but also spiritual death or eternal separation from God. Now all of mankind exists as a fallen race, with an inherited sinful nature.
Genesis 1:26-27; 2:16, 3:16-19; Romans 3:10-23; 6:23
We believe, based on the Bible, that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
John 6:37-40; Romans 8:1, 38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-5; I Peter 1:4-5
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe the Bible format of repentance toward God (turning away from all other means of salvation and toward Christ and His blood atonement) and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 6:37-40; Romans 8:1; I Corinthians 1:4-8
The local church is a group of believers baptized by immersion, banded together for edification, exhortation, and evangelism as commanded by Christ in the Great Commission; preaching the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:15; I Corinthians 12:12; 15:58; Ephesians 1:22-23
Pastor Brian McLaughlin and his wife, Rebekah, are the parents of three children - Kaitlyn (13), Joey (10), and Luke (8). For a little over six years Pastor McLaughlin served in youth ministry in Indiana. In 2009, the Lord called Pastor McLaughlin back to his home town as an assistant pastor. He served at Fairview in that capacity for a little over a year. In January 2011, Pastor McLaughlin was called by Fairview as Senior Pastor. As a native of Decatur, Pastor McLaughlin has a heart to reach Decatur with the gospel of Christ and to help families as they strive to live a life pleasing to God. He would love to meet you and to be a blessing to you in any way he and his family can be.
Pastor McLaughlin was born and raised in Decatur. Rebekah grew up in Vermillion, Kansas. They are both graduates of Pensacola Christian College. Pastor Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pastoral Studies and Rebekah, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a proficiency in piano. They enjoy serving their local church and being used by God for His Glory. Their ministry is centered around loving people where they are and helping them get to where God wants them to be. They have no greater joy than seeing people come to know Christ and become disciples as they surrender their lives to God. Email Pastor McLaughlin ->
Pastor Ryan Johnson joined our pastoral team in May 2012. Pastor Ryan serves in many areas of our ministry. He leads our FUEL Student Ministries. He also oversees many other areas of the ministry such as outreach, property development, and administration.
Pastor Ryan met his wife Becki at Pensacola Christian College. They were married in 2002. Ryan and Becki have three children--Ashlyn (11) and Aubrey (6) and 2 year old Aidyn.
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*not drawn to scale; not all rooms and locations are displayed