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.
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 and the Love of God.
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 : 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”. It is our desire to provide accurate and balanced teaching from God’s word and to provide an overall atmosphere that promotes a message of wholeness and truth. With God’s help, we seek to reach the lost and then establish them in the faith. We strive to accomplish this through the following:
OUTREACH: To communicate Christ’s message through evangelism. (Acts 1:8; Matthew 8:19-20)
FELLOWSHIP: To incorporate the community into fellowship in the body of Christ and the local church through spiritual conversion and membership.
WORSHIP: To acknowledge, yield and surrender to, and celebrate Christ’s presence through prayer, praise and worship, and giving.
DISCIPLESHIP: To educate Christ’s followers to maturity through sound Bible-based teaching and training for ministry. (I Peter 2:2)
SERVICE: To demonstrate Christ’s love through compassion, kindness, and care to all people.
We lift our hands in praise and worship because in the Bible we read, “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.” (Psalm 134:2)
We sing with all our hearts because in the Bible we read, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth; make a loud noise and rejoice, and sing praise.” (Psalm 98:4)
We pray together because in the Bible we read, “They lifted up their voices with one accord…” (Acts 4:24)
The Bible Way Church of Sumter seeks to effectively minister to the “total man”.
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