We believe that the sixty-six books of the Bible, in the original languages, comprise God’s inerrant (Proverbs 30:5; John 10:35; John 17:17; Titus 1:1-2) and inspired (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:20-21) Word delivered by human authors through the supernatural direction of the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures are God’s self-declaration and self-revelation of his own character, kingdom purposes, and redemptive plan, bringing mankind to a proper understanding of the need for salvation and the means by which that salvation is given. Scripture, by very nature of God’s inspiration, is the supreme manifestation of truth by which all things must be tested. (John 17:17; Psalm 19:7-9; 2 Samuel 7:28) Scripture is sufficient in every way to train believers for a life of godliness (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:3) and does itself impart life. (John 5:24; John 6:68; John 12:50; Deuteronomy 8:3 (cf. Matt 4:4) With the illumination and help of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and the application of the proper principles of interpretation, Scripture is clear to the believer. It is the responsibility of all believers to give themselves to the diligent study of God’s Word to ascertain the true intent and meaning of the Scripture.(2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 6:1-2)
Scripture teaches that there is but one God, (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4) infinitely perfect in all his attributes, eternally existing (Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 44:6; Ps 102:24-27; Hebrews 9:14) in three equal yet distinct persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.(Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14) These three are one God, co-eternal, uncreated, and co-equal in nature, (John 10:30; John 14:9; Hebrews 1:3; Matt 28:19 Acts 5:3, 4; 28:25, 26; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14) attributes, perfections, and honor, deserving of our absolute worship and obedience. God disposes all things according to his righteous purposes (Psalm 145:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 1:11) and is the creator (Genesis 1:1-31; Ephesians 3:9) and sustainer (Hebrew 1:3; 1 Chronicles 29:11) of all things. He is all-knowing (John 4:24) and sovereign in rule and power, (Psalm 103:19; Romans 11:36) and is thoroughly righteous and holy, in every way unaffected by sin. (Leviticus 19:2; Matthew 5:48; Habakkuk 1:13) He has graciously chosen to save and effectually call lost man to himself, (Ephesians 1:4-6) not according to merit, (Romans 5:6-11; Ephesians 2:4-10) but according to his own love and grace. In the substitutionary sacrifice of his son alone is true forgiveness found. (John 10:15; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:24, 25; 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24) He works all things out to the glory and praise of his own great name. (Ps 106:8; 115:1, 2; Ezekiel 20:9; Ezekiel 36:22; Romans 9:17)
Scripture teaches that Jesus Christ, the second member of the Godhead and God’s eternal Son, is the incarnate God (John 1:1, 14) and Israel’s promised Messiah. (John 3:16-17) Being conceived by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:34-35) and born of the virgin Mary, (Matthew 1:23) Christ exists as one man with two natures, fully God (John 1:1) and fully man. (Hebrews 2:14; Philippians 2:6-8) Within the fullness of time, Christ came to reveal the father, (Isaiah 9:6; John 17:25-26) redeem men, (John 1:29; Hebrews 7:25-26; 1 Peter 1:18-19) impart life, (John 10:10) and rule over God’s kingdom. (Psalm 2:7-9; Philippians 2:9-11) Having lived a sinless life, (Hebrews 4:15) Christ accomplished redemption for mankind through the voluntary shedding of his blood as the only suitable sacrifice for sin in fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan. (John 10:15; Romans 3:24-25; 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24) Crucified under Pontius Pilate, (Acts 4:27) Christ was buried (John 19:40-42) and on the third day, rose from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Acts 1:3) to vindicate the saving work of his life and death, (Romans 4:25) and has ascended to the father (Acts 1:9-11) where, at the right hand of God, he sits, (Hebrews 1:3) as the only suitable mediator between God and man, (1 Timothy 2:5) to make intercession for all his saints. (Hebrews 9:24; 1 John 2:1) We believe, as Scripture teaches, that he alone is the only sure hope of salvation. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) He is coming again for his beloved church, (Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) at which time he will usher in God’s eternal kingdom, defeat Satan, judge mankind, and receive all glory to himself for all time. (Revelation 20)
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third member of the godhead, possesses the full attributes of God and is co-equal and consubstantial with the Father and Son, (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; 28:25-26; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14) fully divine in all his deeds. The chief ministry of the Holy Spirit is to magnify the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 16:13-14) Working through the Word of God, the Holy Spirit is the supernatural and sovereign agent in man’s regeneration (John 3:5-7; 2 Cor. 3:6) (conversion), effectually calling and making alive hearts that were once spiritually dead (Titus 3:5; 1 Pet. 1:23) and baptizing all believers into the body of Christ at the moment of conversion. (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13; 1 John 2:20,27) In addition to the bestowing salvation upon lost souls, in this present age the Holy Spirit also convicts the world of sin, (John 16:7-9) indwells the believer permanently, (Romans 8:9-11; Ephesians 2:22) causes the sanctification of the believer, (2 Corinthians 3:18) illuminates their study of Scripture, (Psalm 119:18,73; 1 Cor 2:14-16; Ephesians 1:17-18; 1 John 2:18-19,27) seals them unto the day of redemption, (Ephesians 1:13) and bestows spiritual gifts upon each one for the equipping of the body of Christ. (Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
We teach that God created man (Genesis 2:7) to bear and resemble his image. (Genesis 1:26-28; Genesis 9:6) Consequently man was created free from sin with intelligence, volition, and moral responsibility to God (Genesis 2:15-25) with the ultimate intention that they should glorify God (Isaiah 43:7; Revelation 4:11) and forever enjoy fellowship with him. (Colossians 1:16) Because Adam, as our representative head, sinned against the revealed will of God, mankind has collectively inherited both corruption and guilt for sin, (Romans 5:12-14) not by constraint but by choice, and stand hopelessly lost. (Ephesians 2:1-3) Being utterly void of the holiness required by the law of God, (Leviticus 19:2; Matthew 5:48) mankind stands liable to the wages of his sin. (Romans 6:23) Man’s salvation is thereby wholly of God’s grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:36; Romans 3:23, 24) and apart from God’s grace in the salvific work of Christ, mankind remains under God’s just wrath. We are spiritually dead until God makes us alive in Christ. (John 6:44; Ephesians 2:1-5)
We teach that salvation is the free gift of God, given to mankind on the basis of grace (Ephesians 2:8-9) and is to be received by faith (John 1:12)—apart from works (Galatians 2:16)—in Christ alone who purchased salvation by shedding his blood for sins (1 Peter 1:18-19) and bearing the wrath of God that was rightly reserved for us. (1 John 2:2; 4:9-10; Luke 24:26; Romans 3:23-25) As such, Christ’s substitutionary and atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation for all mankind. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) Apart from the effectual work of the Holy Spirit, no one would come to faith in Christ because all are dead in their trespasses and sins. (Ephesians 2:1) Regeneration, therefore, is that supernatural and sovereign act of the Holy Spirit by which the soul is born again and divine life is imparted. (John 3:3-8; Ephesians 2:4-5; Titus 3:5) All who are divinely regenerated and chosen for salvation (Ephesians 1:4-11; Romans 8:28-30; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:10) are made to be new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) and stand justified (Romans 3:21-26; 5:1; 8:30; Galatians 2:16) before a holy God, having Christ’s righteousness imputed to their account. (2 Corinthians 5:21; 8:9) Because of this divine work, mankind who was once alienated (Ephesians 2:12; 4:18; Colossians 1:21) and at enmity (James 4:4) with God can now be unified with him and adopted as children of God. (John 1:12) Thus, it is the responsibility of all mankind to repent from sin (Isaiah 55:6-7; Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10) and confess Christ as the sovereign Lord and only means of salvation, (John 3:16-18; Romans 10:9-10) apart from this no man will be saved.
We believe that God’s justifying work, (Romans 3:21-26; 5:1; 8:30, 33; Galatians 2:16) whereby he deems righteous all who through faith in Christ repent of their sins and confess him as sovereign Lord, (Romans 10:9, 10; Philippians 2:11) must never be viewed apart from his promise to sanctify his followers. Within the act of sanctification, the believer is set apart by God to share in the likeness of Christ (Ephesians 5:1-2) through the empowering of the Holy Spirit and obedience to the word of God. (John 17:17; Romans 6:1-22; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 5:23) Therefore sanctification is primarily a promised work of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 1:6) but also demands the individual participation of believers. (Philippians 2:12-13) Because God has promised the believer’s sanctification, we teach that all who are born of the Holy Spirit through faith in Christ can have assurance of salvation and are eternally secure in Christ. (John 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 5:9, 10; 8:1, 31-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-9; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 7:25; 13:5; 1 Peter 1:4, 5; Jude 24) Scripture declares that this work of sanctification is culminated when the believer dies and is ushered into the presence of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:35-44, 50-54; Philippians 3:21) Until that day, it is the responsibility of the believer and the mission of the church to make disciples by declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit to the glory of God the Father. (Matthew 28:19-20) The believer is also called to live a life of holiness, prayer, (Romans 12:12) joyful obedience (John 14:15) to the word of God, care for the hurting and needy, (1 John 3:16-18) commitment to the local church, and love of God and one’s neighbor. (Matthew 22:37-44)
We believe that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are justified by God’s saving grace and immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into the universal church (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)—the body (1 Corinthians 12:27) and bride of Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-32; Revelation 19:7-8) This universal body, of which Christ is the all-supplying, all-sustaining, all-supreme and all-authoritative Head, (Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; Colossians 1:18) is not limited to one people group but is comprised of believers from every tribe, language, people, and nation. (Ephesians 2:11-12; Revelation 5:9-10) The universal church, or body of Christ, finds expression in local churches, (Acts 14:23, 27; 20:17, 28; Galatians 1:2; Phil. 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1) whose responsibility it is to equip and edify the saints through the faithful teaching of God’s Word, (Ephesians 4:11-12; 2 Timothy 4:1-2) engage and lead in corporate worship (Ephesians 5:18-20; Colossians 3:15-16) and prayer, (Acts 2:42) practice the ordinances of water baptism (Matthew 28:19) and the Lord’s Supper, (Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26) to provide opportunities for the exercising of one’s spiritual gifts, (1 Corinthians 12:4-7; Romans 12:6-8) for biblical discipleship, (2 Timothy 2:2) and the evangelizing of the lost. (Matthew 28:18-20; Colossians 4:5-6)
We teach that the end of the world is approaching and that God will one day create the new heavens and new earth (2 Peter 3:10-12; Revelation 21:1) over which he will reign for all eternity with his saints, therefore, the Christian should not find his hope and fulfillment in this present world but in the world to come. At the last day, Christ will descend bodily, personally, (Acts 1:9-11) visibly, (Matthew 24:30) and suddenly (Mark 13:32-37) with great power and glory from heaven. (Mark 13:26; Revelation 19:11-16) We teach the bodily resurrection of all men, (Daniel 12:1-2; John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Revelation 20:4-6) the saved to everlasting life in God’s presence and unending joy, (John 6:39; Romans 8:10-11, 19-23; 2 Corinthians 4:14) and the unbelieving to everlasting punishment and separation from God for all eternity. (2 Thessalonians 1:6-12; Rev. 20:11-15) Having been defeated through the death and resurrection of Christ, fallen angels and Satan will experience the eventual culmination of God’s judgment by being consigned to the lake of fire for all eternity. (Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matthew 25:42; Revelation 20:9-10) As we look forward to this inevitable day, believers should live lives of constant expectancy and preparation for the return of Christ by pursuing Christ-likeness, sacrificial service, and gospel proclamation. (Mark 13:32-37; 2 Peter 3:10-12)
PastorIn March of 2017, Michael became the Pastor at Soma Community Church and has been richly blessed by the church family that he has inherited there. As Pastor, his primary roles at the church include the weekly preaching of God’s Word and the spiritual shepherding of the members of the Church. He has a passion for seeing people’s lives changed as Christ captivates their hearts through the knowledge of the Scriptures. Michael holds a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary where he received a Biblical training that instilled in him a high view of God and a love for His Word. Michael likes to spend time in the outdoors and reading, but especially loves the time he gets to spend with his family. He and his wife Brittney together have two children: James and Iris.
ElderBill has served at Soma Community Church since its inception. Besides serving Soma as an Elder, Bill is also a Community Group Leader. Bill was lead to salvation in 1969, then later extremely blessed when God brought him and his wife Colleen together. Colleen and Bill have 4 children, a daughter-in-law and a beautiful granddaughter. Bill is an Operations Manager for a government contractor and provides support for rocket testing, so going to work is like going to play. Colleen has served as the Business Manager for Soma since the inception of the church. Colleen also serves on the worship team as a leader and keyboard player. Bill and Colleen love to travel and find cool new places to visit and also going to watch the Angels play.
ElderAl was selected as a part of the Soma leadership team in September 2014 by Pastor Simon. Al and his wife Leanne were part of the original foundation of Soma Community Church and have been deeply honored by the Soma family to be included as a part of their lives. Jesus has blessed them both so greatly through Soma. Al has a heart for helping others, and serves on the music ministry team. Christ saved Al at the age of 16. He is an engineer for NASA and finds the power and grace of God in looking at the universe and the love of God in His people. Al loves time in the outdoors, and spends too much time to “consider the birds of the air.” Al and Leanne have two grown sons, Albion and Shane.