Faith Alliance Church is a gathering of people who seek after God because He is worthy to be sought after. We are a part of the C&MA focusing on growing deeper with our Lord Jesus Christ by Praying to seek God’s face, by Encouraging each other to follow Christ and be like Him, and by Evangelizing to the community and to the “end of the earth” and by Discipling the believers to be equipped for what God has called us to be and do. We hope that you will visit and worship with us if you are in the area.
The History of Faith Alliance Church in Lynchburg
Faith Alliance C & MA Church was formed in 2007, with its first Pastor Josef Shalev and family. The property at 7808 Timberlake Road has a rich history, beginning as a Southern Methodist Church in the 1960s until around 2005 and transitioning temporarily to an independent body for a very short while before joining the Alliance.
Several key families and members were excited to become a part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance with it's Christ-centered global movement rooted in the truth of God's word. Since that time the church has focused on discipleship ministries and reaching the underserved communities of Lynchburg with the love of Christ. While the church is a relatively small congregation, it is surprisingly diverse with many cultures , nations, and languages represented.
Students are given opportunities to serve in key areas such as worship ministries, teaching, technology and sound, and outreach. The congregation is mission driven and stands firmly behind the message of the Great Commission.
Visitors are welcomed and encouraged to come join us in worship.
Faith Alliance Church is a part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, or the Alliance (https://www.cmalliance.org). What the Alliance believes about God, how He relates to us, and how we relate to Him is foundational in our teachings. The Alliance wholeheartedly serves God and the people of His world, based soundly on the Bible. We live and die by these words and believe they bring the only life worth living—one wholly committed to the King Jesus.
History of the Alliance
Alliance founder A. B. Simpson [pic] left a lucrative pastorate in New York City to follow the call from God to reach the lost masses both in New York and around the world.
Prostitutes, longshoremen, and the homeless received the reconciliation message that all people are eligible for Christ’s amazing grace. He established the New York Gospel Tabernacle to bring like-minded people together into an organization that could facilitate outreach ministries.
He set up the Missionary Training Institute (MTI) to provide training and resources for men and women God was calling to take the gospel to the world. During that time, Simpson’s group sent out the first team of missionaries to the Congo in 1884.
Since then, thousands of people have followed God’s call to serve through The Alliance in the United States and abroad. In 1974, The Christian and Missionary (C&MA) officially became a denomination, but it still had at its core a heart for overseas missions. Past Alliance president Dr. L. L. King said of the C&MA that it “was not established as a mission divorced from the normal activity of a church, but a church which had within it the life and function of a mission…. The mission came first and the church grew out of a mission.”
Today, the C&MA focuses on planting churches in the United States and overseas. Alliance international workers minister among the least reached peoples planting churches and training national church leaders, providing relief and development assistance, medical and dental care, and micro-enterprise projects. More than 2,000 churches in the U.S. minister Christ’s love to their communities and cities. Learn more - https://www.cmalliance.org/about/history/
The Alliance - The U.S. Alliance is part of a Christ-centered global movement more than 6 million strong. Our Acts 1:8 family—inspired by Jesus’ love and empowered by His Spirit—is passionate to bring the good news about Him to our neighborhoods and world.
Our Alliance family celebrates Jesus—the image of the invisible God, the Lord of all Creation!
“For in Christ, all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.” Colossians 2:9-10
The heartbeat of the Alliance is to know Jesus as our:
1 Corinthians 1:30
Because of who He is and what He’s done, we are compelled to “go!” Humbled by the open invitation He extends to us—what we call the Great Commission—we join Him in His work to restore and reconcile lost and broken people to Himself.
We Rely on His Spirit
Acts 1:8 is in our DNA. We are convinced it is only by the Holy Spirit’s empowerment that we can fully express Jesus’ love, compassion, and mercy to those who do not know Him.
“… But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
We Are Family
We are part of Christ’s Church—His chosen means to fulfill His purposes on earth, restoring a lost and broken world until He returns to reclaim it. A member of the Alliance World Fellowship (AWF), the U.S. Alliance is one of a network of national churches that make up our global family.
“ …so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:5
We Love Our Neighbors
In the United States, our Alliance family extends His love to everyone we meet; we walk with our neighbors through the steep challenges life brings, introducing them to the One who offers true hope. We plant churches in spiritually thirsty neighborhoods, discipling and mentoring new believers to become healthy, passionate Jesus followers. Today in our U.S. Alliance family there are:
Over 500,000 worshipers
Speaking 37 languages and dialects
In 2,000 churches
We Love Our World
Our U.S. family sends and supports hundreds of Alliance international workers who care for the sick, befriend the lonely, and introduce spiritually impoverished people to the One who releases us all from the curse of sin and the sting of death. Right now,
More than 700 U.S. Alliance workers
Serve in 70 nations
What We Believe
The Triune God - There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ - Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest. He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace.
The Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is a divine person, sent to dwell, guide, teach, empower the believer, and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.
The Bible - The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.
Sin - Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God: he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment; and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss.
Salvation - Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.
Sanctification - It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service. This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion.
Healing - Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age.
The Church - The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations. The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism click here for more info and the Lord's Supper.
The Resurrection - There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment.
The Second Coming of Jesus - The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, visible, and premillennial. This is the believer's blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.
1 Deuteronomy 6:4
2 Matthew 5:48
3 Matthew 28:19
4 Philippians 2:6-11
5 Luke 1:34-38
6 1 Peter 3:18
7 Hebrews 2:9
8 Romans 5:9
9 Acts 2:23-24
10 Hebrews 8:1
11 Matthew 26:64
12 John 14:15-18
13 John 16:13; Acts 1:8
14 John 16:7-11
15 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:15-16
16 Genesis 1:27
17 Romans 3:23
18 1 Corinthi15:20-23
19 Revelation 21:8
20 Revelation 21:1-4
21 Titus 3:4-7
22 1 Thessalonians 5:23
23 Acts 1:8
24 Romans 6:1-14
25 Matthew 8:16-17
26 James 5:13-16
27 Ephesians 1:22-23
28 Matthew 28:19-20
29 Acts 2:41-47
30 1 Corinth 15:20-23
31 John 5:28-29
32 Hebrews 10:37
33 Luke 21:27
34 Titus 2:11-14