The Bible is the sole authority in everything we do. We believe that it came from God, and because of that, we strive to live and worship by its commands, as well as rejecting all human creeds (Galatians 1:8-9; Revelation 22:18-19).
What We’re About
We love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19), and we love you because He loves you (1 John 4:11). Our goal is for everything we do to come out of love for God and for people.
No matter what we go through in this life, we never give up hope. That’s because our hope isn’t based in this life, or even on this Earth. Our hope is in heaven and the One who lives there (Colossians 1:5).
Every single one of us has a purpose. Every member of God’s body, His church, (Colossians 1:18), has a purpose (1 Corinthians 12:14-27). We all belong, we are all important, we have found our home.
Because of everything He’s given us, we trust God. We trust that He cares for us, that He knows what we’re going through, that He hurts when we hurt. We trust that Jesus is coming back someday to take us home. In this trust, we find peace.
Because of everything He’s given us, we worship Him. As Isaiah 12:5 says, “Sing to the Lord, for He has done excellent things.” He’s given His Son, His love, and His church. He’s given us everything, so we give Him the glory.
Because of everything He’s given us, we serve. We serve Him and we serve our fellow man. Just as Jesus “did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28), we want to humbly “through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13).
What We Believe
We believe that there’s nothing man can do to earn God’s salvation (Ephesians 2:9). If we had a million years on earth, we could never earn salvation through our good deeds. But Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” We couldn’t earn salvation, so God gave the greatest gift ever given: Jesus Christ, His Son. That is the grace of God. That grace is what allows us to be saved (Ephesians 2:8).
However, the Bible gives us five “steps of salvation,” conditions God has told us we must meet before we can accept His gift of grace.
- Hear the Word (Romans 10:17)
- Believe that Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24)
- Repent (turn away from) sins and strive to be like Jesus (Luke 13:3)
- Confess that you have sinned (Romans 10:9-10)
- Be baptized in water (1 Peter 3:21)
If you are interested in learning more about what the Bible says about salvation, feel free to request a Bible study. We’d love to study with you!
We believe that there are five different “acts of worship” given in the Bible. Because of that, every Sunday in our worship assembly, we perform all five:
What People Are Saying
We were drawn to Jacksonville church for its group of loving and friendly people. They are truly a caring family. I would recommend you visit anytime you are in the area.Larry & Kelli Sewell // JCOC Members
We love the Jacksonville church. Its folks are Christ-centered, active, inclusive, humble, and evangelistic. We also like that the shepherds, preachers, and teachers care about our family's spiritual growth and that the youth and college groups have such an inspiring, integral role in the work of the church.Cade & Amy Somers // JCOC Members
Come & See For Yourself
We’d love it if you came and saw what God is doing in Jacksonville for yourself. Come check out a church of love, service, and hope. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else.
Interested in finding out more?
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