What We’re About

Asbury Church is a family-friendly church that seeks to share the love of God in a contemporary way.

Our Mission

The mission of Asbury Church is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ who worship God enthusiastically, connect with the family of God regularly, grow in their faith consistently, serve others unselfishly and share their faith effectively.  All we do as a church flows from this central focus.

Our Vision: A Lighthouse to Our Community

We believe the Lord has given us this vision: “To be a lighthouse to our community.”  To some it may be a nice slogan, but to us, it is a mission, a mandate, a clear sense of purpose and direction.  Asbury Church does not exist as a religious club or a special interest group, but rather we are one expression of the larger worldwide Body of Christ functioning to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to our community using whatever means are available.  Our constant message, therefore, is “welcome!”  This is a place where you can easily become involved, build relationships, and reach your full potential in Christ!

Being a lighthouse to our community means OUTREACH! Because of our vision, we support missionaries and ministries on both foreign soil and in scattered parts of our own country.  Most of our outreach is directed toward the Lansing, Dryden, and greater Tompkins County areas that we may touch our community with the love of Christ.  Our pastoral staff is here to serve you and pray with you.  Our youth and children’s ministries are designed to reach those age groups with an exciting, relevant message.  In addition, most of our ministries exist for the ultimate purpose of outreach, so that people who may not otherwise attend a church would find a reason to come and freely discover the grace of God.

Being a Lighthouse to Our Community means FELLOWSHIP.  You will quickly notice we are a relationship-oriented church.  Jesus taught one of the simplest ways to draw others into faith was for His followers to love one another (John 13:35).  While no church can claim to be completely absent of strife, we do strongly emphasize whole-hearted love for one another, even as Christ loves us (John 15:12).

Being a Lighthouse to Our Community means TEACHING. As you get to know us, you will probably notice we place a great deal of emphasis on teaching and preaching the Word of God to adults and children.  Sunday School for all ages is a priority!  Our aim is to teach and equip believers with the spiritual and practical tools necessary to live a victorious holy life, and to lead others to do the same.  We believe the people should not be used to build the church, but the church should exist to build the people.

Being a Lighthouse to Our Community means WORSHIP.  It is our prayer to be a church that places great importance on a personal commitment to following Christ—for this is worship.  We also want to consistently create an atmosphere where people can come together to celebrate and magnify God together.  As we do, we eagerly anticipate the manifestation of God’s Spirit in our services to strengthen, encourage and comfort the body of Christ.

Being a Lighthouse to Our Community means PARTICIPATION.  Asbury Church relies heavily on the involvement of its congregation. We encourage each person who attends to be actively involved in the church in four important ways.  First, pray for your church and its leaders.  Second, financially support the church through the Biblical pattern of tithes (the first tenth of our income – Mal. 3:10) and offerings.  Third, attend faithfully rather than sporadically.  And last, serve in one of the many ministries of the church.

Asbury Church is a praying church.  We believe God has great things in store for our church.  We believe through personal and corporate prayer we will see God’s power and His will displayed in this church.  It is about His Kingdom and His will, His glory and His honor.  Our confidence is such: Things happen when Asbury Church prays!

Why not join us in this great mission?!

Our Beliefs

Our Core Beliefs are intended to be a basis of fellowship. There will always be peripheral doctrines that committed Christians disagree upon, but the core beliefs of Christianity are non-negotiable. Below is a list of our core beliefs:

  • The Bible is the Inspired Word of God
  • There is one true God
  • Jesus Christ is the Son of God
  • The Fall of Man
  • The Salvation of Man
  • The Ordinances of the Church
  • The Church and Its Mission
  • The Holy Spirit
  • The Final Judgment

The Bible is the Inspired Word of God.

The Old and New Testament are verbally inspired by God, the only written revelation from God to man. The Bible is infallible and the authoritative rule of faith and conduct for mankind (II Timothy 3:15-17, I Thessalonians 2:13 & II Peter 1:21).

There is one true God.

God is called by many different names because of the different dimensions of His personality, but God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4). God is super-dimensional and eternally self-existent (Jn. 8:54-59). God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He is the creator of the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1&2). While God is one, He has revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).

Jesus Christ is the Son of God

Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God. The Scripture declares his virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-23); His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26 & I Peter 2:22 & I John 3:4,5); His miracles (Acts 2:22 & 10:37-38); His substitutionary death on the cross (II Corinthians 5:21 & I Peter 2:24 & I Corinthians 15:4); His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:1-6 & I Corinthians 15:4); His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11 & Philippians 2:9-11).

The Fall of Man

Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). However, by a voluntary act of the will, Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Genesis 3:6). That first sin had several repercussions. Man was excommunicated from the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23), a curse was pronounced (Genesis 3:14-19), the process of physical death began (Genesis 2:17), and man died spiritually (Romans 5:12-19). Sin separated humankind from God (Ephesians 2:11-18) and left man in a fallen or sinful condition (Romans 3:23).

The Salvation of Man

The only means of salvation is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12 & John 14:6). He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins (I Peter 2:24). He offers each of us a pardon for our sins (Hebrews 9:26) and wants us to become children of God (John 1:12).

When we put our faith in Christ, it triggers a spiritual chain reaction. We become the Temple of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 6:19). Our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Rev. 3:5). We become citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:20-21). We are given eternal life (John 3:16). We are adopted and become children of God (Gal. 4:4-7). Our sins are forgiven and forgotten (Heb. 8:12). We are credited with the righteousness of Christ (Rom. 4:4-5). We are born-again (John 3:3). God takes ownership of us (I Cor. 6:20). We receive an eternal inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14 & I Peter 1:3-5).

The evidence of salvation is two-fold. The internal evidence is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). The external evidence is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23). We become a new creation (II Cor. 5:17) and are transformed into the image of Christ (II Cor. 3:18).

The Ordinances of the Church

     Baptism in Water

The Scripture teaches that all who repent and believe in Christ are to be baptized by immersion (Matthew 28:19). Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ. It is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It is a declaration to the world that we have died to sin and have been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).
The Lord’s table consists of two elements: the bread and cup. Those elements are symbolic of the body and blood of Christ. Communion is a memorial of Christ’s sufferings on the cross and a celebration of our salvation. It is an opportunity for a believer to examine himself and experience forgiveness.

The Church and Its Mission

The Church is the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:12-27) and has a three-fold purpose: To evangelize the world (Acts 1:8 & Mark 16:15-16), to worship God (I Cor. 12:13), and to equip for ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16 & I Cor. 12:28, 14:12).

The Holy Spirit

The nine fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) are the by-product of a Spirit-filled life and evidence of spiritual maturity. The nine gifts of the Spirit are different manifestations of the Spirit to build up the body (I Cor. 12:1-11). We are instructed to diligently seek the gifts (I Cor. 12:31, 14:1), but they must be exercised in an orderly way (I Cor. 14:26-33) in the context of love (I Cor. 13:1-13).

The Final Judgment

There will be a final judgment in which the dead will be resurrected and judged according to their works (Matt. 25:31-46 & Romans 2:1-9). Everyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life, along with the devil and his angels, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11-15). Those whose names are written in the Book of Life will be resurrected and stand at the judgment seat of Christ to be rewarded for their good deeds (I Cor. 4:5).