There is only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is holy and perfect in all aspects. He reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through His Word, the Bible, and His Son, Jesus.
When we accept Jesus as our Savior, He comes to dwell within us through the person of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who inspired holy men to write the Scriptures that became the Bible. He enables men to understand God's truth, convicts of sin, and exalts Jesus.
Jesus is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, he was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. During his life on earth, Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, living his life fully free of sin. He suffered and was crucified on a cross as redemption for mankind's sin. Following His death by crucifixion, He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples. He ascended into heaven and is now eternally exalted at the right hand of God. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His mission to redeem from sin those who believe in Him.
The Bible was written by men who were divinely inspired. It is God's revelation of Himself to man. It has God as its author, salvation as its end, and truth without error for its matter. It is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. The Bible is alive and relevant to live by today.
Heaven and hell are actual places. God's heaven is perfect, therefore God cannot permit sin into heaven. Those who accept Jesus as their personal Savior are forgiven of their sin, allowing them to have eternal life with God in heaven when they die, or when Christ returns. For those who have not accepted Jesus as Savior, they will stand in judgment for their sin and will be condemned to eternal torment and separation from God in hell.
The church is where a local group of believers come together for the purposes of worshipping God, ministering to the needs of others, seeking to become more like Christ in how we live, growing in fellowship with other Christians, and seeking to lead others to know and accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord. As a part of Jesus body (the church), we are called to live and treat others as Jesus would.
God makes salvation from sin possible solely through His grace. Due to our sinful nature, mankind can do nothing to earn God's favor or salvation, other than accept Jesus as Savior. By faith, man accepts the free gift of salvation from sin that God has made available through His Son, Jesus. God's grace is a glorious display of His love for man and the forgiveness He makes possible. Those whom God has accepted in Christ will never fall away from their state of grace and forgiveness.
Man was created by the special act of God, in God's own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin. By his free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. By his nature man is sinful. Only the grace of God can bring man back into a relationship with God. God has made this work possible through the person, life and death of Jesus Christ.
When we accept Jesus as our Savior as payment for our sin, His Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us. The Holy Spirit guides us, leads us in seeking and understanding God and His holy will, and comforts us. As Christians, out of devotion and gratitude to Jesus, we are to seek to live a Christ-like life. Jesus came to give believers a more abundant life, both now and eternally in heaven. Our response is to make Him Lord of our lives and to seek to serve Him.
TYLER & ABBY PARRISH
LINDSAY & PETER FULLERTON
From Left: Rachel, Ava, Matt, Jane
IN 2003, WHILE STUDYING IN SEMINARY, GOD BEGAN TO PLACE A PASSION IN MATT & RACHEL SETLIFFE TO CHURCH PLANT. AT THE TIME THEY DID NOT KNOW WHERE, WHEN, OR HOW THIS WOULD COME ABOUT, THEY SIMPLY KNEW THAT ONE DAY GOD WOULD ALLOW THEM TO BE PART OF STARTING A CHURCH. DURING THE LAST SEVEN YEARS, MANY OPPORTUNITIES CAME THEIR WAY TO JOIN OTHER CHURCH PLANTING TEAMS AND EFFORTS, BUT NONE OF THESE SEEMED TO BE GOD’S LEADING.
THROUGH A CONVERSATION WITH SOME FRIENDS FROM SCOTLAND, GOD BEGAN TO OPEN THEIR EYES TO THE GREAT NEED FOR GOSPEL-CENTERED CHURCHES. AFTER MUCH PRAYER THEY DECIDED TO TAKE THEIR FIRST TRIP TO SCOTLAND IN FEBRUARY 2011. WHILE THERE, THEY FELL IN LOVE WITH THE PEOPLE, HISTORY AND CULTURE AND GOD BEGAN TO CLARIFY THE CALLING ON THEIR LIVES TO JOIN HIM IN HIS WORK IN SCOTLAND. AFTER A SECOND EXPLORATORY TRIP IN JUNE 2011, THEIR CALLING TO SCOTLAND BECAME AN UNMISTAKABLE BURDEN ON THEIR HEARTS. WHILE VISITING CASTLE RUINS, GOD LAID ISAIAH 61:4 ON MATT & RACHEL’S HEARTS. THEY BELIEVE THIS VERSE TO BE THEIR CALLING: “THEY WILL REBUILD THE ANCIENT RUINS AND RESTORE THE PLACES LONG DEVASTATED; THEY WILL RENEW THE RUINED CITIES THAT HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED FOR GENERATIONS.”
GOD HAS BEEN SOVEREIGNLY PIECING TOGETHER A TEAM OF PEOPLE WHO WILL JOIN THE SETLIFFE FAMILY AS THEY CHURCH PLANT IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND. THE TEAM IS PREPARING TO BE SENT OUT BY BELL SHOALS BAPTIST CHURCH AS MISSIONARY CHURCH PLANTERS TO SCOTLAND IN EARLY 2013.
TYLER AND ABBY HAVE HAD A VISION TO PERSUE MISSIONS WITH THEIR LIVES FROM A YOUNG AGE. IN THE MONTHS LEADING UP TO THEIR WEDDING, THEY BEGAN TO INTENTIONALLY PRAY AND SEEK OUT GOD'S VISION FOR THEIR FUTURE LIFE TOGETHER. GOD RESONDED TO AN IRRESISTIBLE PULL FOR EUROPEAN MISSIONS. THE WEEK FOLLOWING THEIR WEDDING, AND AFTER MONTHS OF PRAYER, BELL SHOALS BAPTIST CHURCH ANNOUNCED THEIR PLANS TO SEND A TEAM LED BY MATT AND RACHEL SETTLIFE TO GLASGOW, SCOTLAND TO PLANT A CHURCH. TYLER AND ABBY SINCE THAT DAY HAVE PRAYED AND PERSUED A LIFE AS A MISSIONARY IN GLASGOW. AT THIS TIME, THEY KNOW THAT GOD HAS CALLED THEM TO MOVE THERE ALONG WITH THEIR DAUGHTER ROWEN.
PETER AND LINDSAY MET IN LIBERIA, WEST AFRICA WHILST SERVING ON MERCY SHIPS. LINDSAY WAS SERVING AS A NURSE DURING A SIX MONTH CAREER BREAK AND PETER WAS SERVING AS A DECK HAND DURING A GAP YEAR AFTER UNIVERSITY. PETER ONLY PLUCKED UP THE COURAGE TO ASK HER OUT THREE DAYS BEFORE SHE LEFT THE SHIP! THEY DATED LONG DISTANCE FOR A WHILE BEFORE GETTING MARRIED IN 2010 AT BELL SHOALS. THEY ARE CURRENTLY IN GLASGOW AND RECENTLY BOUGHT THEIR FIRST HOUSE. LINDSAY WORKS AS A NURSE AT A CANCER HOSPITAL AND PETER WORKS PART TIME AS AN ENGINEER 3 DAYS A WEEK AND IS STUDYING AT A BIBLE COLLEGE 2 DAYS A WEEK. THEY WORSHIP AT PARTICK TRINITY CHURCH WHERE THEY ARE GROWING IN THEIR FAITH AND WHERE THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE. THEY HAVE A HEART FOR GLASGOW AND EAGERLY DESIRE THAT ITS PEOPLE WOULD PUT THEIR HOPE, TRUST AND IDENTITY IN CHRIST.