The Bible Way Church of Sumter was originally established as The Shady Grove Bible Way Church on February 3, 1985 on South Main Street, Sumter, SC. In September 1989, the South Main Street location was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo. The property on 1765 Camden Highway was then purchased and services were held there in October 1989.
The first service in our present sanctuary was held November 24, 2002. Through the years Pastor Belton has reminded us that “God rewards faithfulness”, and we have experienced those rewards through definite increase—both in quantity and quality.
Our history is rich with anointed worship, soul-saving preaching and teaching from God’s word, and powerful manifestations of God’s glory. Our history is rich with profound moves of God resulting in deliverances from bondage, and healings from sickness, balanced with the simplicity of acts of love, kindness, and benevolence.
As we express gratitude for our past, we continue to passionately pursue further encounters and experiences with God.
About the Bible
The Bible is the infallible Word of God and the authority for salvation and Christian living. (See II Timothy 3:15-17.)
There is one God, who has revealed Himself as our Father, in His Son Jesus Christ, and as the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is God manifested in flesh. He is both God and man. (See Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 2:9; I Timothy 3:16.)
About Sin and Salvation
Everyone has sinned and needs salvation. Salvation comes by grace through faith based on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. (See Romans 3:23-25; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9.)
About the Gospel
The saving gospel is the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again. We obey the gospel (II Thessalonians 1:8; I Peter 4:17) by repentance (death to sin), water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (burial), and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit (resurrection). (See I Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2:4, 37-39; Romans 6:3-4.)
About Christian Living
As Christians we are to love God and others. We should live a holy life inwardly and outwardly, and worship God joyfully. The supernatural gifts of the Spirit, including healing, are for the church today. (See Mark 12:28-31; II Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; I Corinthians 12:8-10.)
About the Future
Jesus Christ is coming again to catch away His church. In the end will be the final resurrection and the final judgment. The righteous will inherit eternal life, and the unrighteous eternal death. (See I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:11-15.)
Here at Bible Way, we strive to make a positive impact and serve as a beacon of hope in people’s lives. Our mission is simple:
To transform lives by the Word of God, the Love of God and through Prayer.
Word of God
The Bible is our standard. Our prayer is that lives will be transformed by anointed, accurate and relevant preaching and teaching from God’s word and by being doers of the Word as reflected in our Christian living.
Love of God
We strive to genuinely demonstrate God’s love through wholesome fellowship, reaching the lost and responding to the needs of our community, and by effectively ministering to the needs of those within the Body of Christ.
Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons God has given us. We strive to transform lives by effectively and consistently including prayer in every aspect of ministry.
The Bible Way Church of Sumter seeks to effectively minister to the “total man”.
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