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FreeWay Belief Proclamation

More than two thousand years ago, God, through Jesus Christ asked a question that transformed the world forever.  In Matthew 16:13 Jesus asked his disciples “Who do men say that I am?” Finally, Peter boldly proclaimed the correct answer, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus replied in verse 18 “…upon this rock I will build my congregation (church) and the powers of hell will not conquer it.” (International Standard Version)

FreeWay’s belief system hinges on this divine truth.  God, desired to have fellowship with us so He created man in his own image. Man failed to obey God’s commands and God sent His son Jesus to die and pay for man’s wrongdoing (John 3:16) and display His grace (Romans 5:8). We believe that the eternal, triune God or the God that has existed perpetually as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14, Matthew 3:16), sent Jesus to make it possible for us to live in right standing with God.

In order to maintain fellowship with man, God inspired men to write the book called the Bible or Holy Scriptures.  Additionally, this book would personify God the Son, or Jesus.”  The Bible says in John 1:14 “…and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Bible also trains us in righteousness, (2 Tim. 3:16) enabling us to thrive in “restored relationship” with Him (2 Corinthians 5:19).

We believe there are characteristics that should mark or identify a “Christ follower” or Christian. You will be able to “see” the transformation in us as we (2 Corinthians 5:1) put to death our old life and walk in new life by faith in God (Galatians 2:20). Since we have received the gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8) through repentance, (1 John 1:9) we practice certain sacraments that indicate our “changed life,” such as baptism by immersion (Matthew 28:19) and communion (commemoration of the Lord’s supper via symbolic use of bread and juice of the vine) (1 Corinthians 11:24,25).

While these are basic applications of our faith (Hebrews 6:1), there is a life change that is manifested by distinct changes in our conduct.  We purpose in our heart to live a “spirit filled life (Romans 8:2).” This is derived from the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) which empowers us to exhibit the gifts and fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11). We are compelled to share with others our new life (James 5:20) and the miracles we have witnessed, such as divine healing (James 5:14-16) and advance the kingdom of God through generous contributions to our local church and other ministries (Malachi 3:10; 2 Corinthians 9:7).

Finally, we believe that every person on earth has eternal life and they will spend it either in paradise (John 14:1-3, Revelation 7:15-17) or torment (Revelation 20:10, 15). God will return to earth and there will be a time of final judgment (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17, 2 Corinthians 5:10). Until that time, we believe it is imperative that Christians become an active member of a local church (Acts 16:5) and serve one another in love in view of Christ’s second coming (Hebrews 10:25)  These are the primary beliefs we promote at FreeWay Church; all for the glory and honor of God!!

 

CHURCH VISION

The Bible states that without a vision the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18) Often times the word vision is misused, misrepresented and misunderstood. Yet, the Word of God is true and without vision an individual, company, organization and, yes, a church will die.  Therefore, the founders of FreeWay carefully sought the Lord and received this mandate for FreeWay.

The premise for the vision of FreeWay is based on Galatians 5:1. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. We know that God desires for us to enjoy a life of “freedom” in Him. The FreeWay vision is to see people set free from sin by Jesus, live free every day and be free to bring others to Him. It is three pronged and each facet identifies an increasing level of freedom in Christ.

First, once you have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, there is a liberty that compels us to live free from the entanglements of this world. This phase of the FreeWay vision is mentioned first, “set free from sin by Jesus” because “personal freedom” must be realized before you can minister to anyone else. Similarly, the undisputable truth is, apart from the Word of God both the living (Jesus Christ) and the written word, you will never experience a life of freedom.  John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. A profound knowledge of the Word of God or Bible (truth) develops this relationship with Jesus and the spiritual by-product is freedom in Him.  John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Now that we have been set free we make it our aim to experience this freedom in our everyday life, thus the second phase of the vision is to “live free every day.” The confirmation of our freedom is found in our daily activities and conduct. The Word of God states in 1 Peter 2:16 make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are God’s emissaries for keeping order. It is God’s will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you are a danger to society.  Exercise your freedom by serving God, not breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God.  Respect the government and those appointed over you. (The Message)

Finally, now that we have been set free and are living free each day, we cannot help but desire for everyone to experience the abundant life we have discovered.  We want to “bring other to Him,” the third prong of the FreeWay vision.  Luke 4:18  “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor,  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free”. (NIV) Again, the Bible makes it clear that if we love God, we must love and serve His people. We must note that the Bible refers to the people we are to serve as “prisoners” and “oppressed.”  There is no reference to race, culture, social or economic status. Therefore, FreeWay intentionally seeks a diverse, relevant fellowship no matter what their spiritual condition may be. This is the epitome of freedom to bring others to Him and the Bible describes it beautifully in Galatians 5:13 -14  It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. (The Message)

 

FreeWay Church Governance Model

“… Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

FreeWay Church abides by the Holy Scriptures in reference to authority. God is the head of this church (Ephesians 5:23) and his Spirit directs the leadership regarding church matters.  As long as FreeWay looks to God for guidance or “follows Christ,” church business will be conducted in decency and order.

Order of Authority at FreeWay Church

Scriptures  that  validate  the  benefits through  following  God’s established patterns or authority:

1 Corinthians 4:15-17 (King James Version) For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.16Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.17For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.

Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Hebrews 13:7  Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

Directives for Pastoral and Ministerial Leadership at FreeWay:

Exhort         – Encourage others in their ability or sharing of their gifts.

2 Chronicles 35:2 (Holman Christian Standard Bible) 2 He appointed the priests to their responsibilities and encouraged them to serve in the LORD’s temple.

Equip – To furnish with intellectual or emotional resources.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

16 All Scripture is inspired by God (A) [a] and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Execute – To carry out or accomplish; implement.

Eph. 2:10 (New International Version) For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Expectations for Pastoral and Ministerial Leaders:

  Imitators of Christ

Ezekiel 36:26-28 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will place My Spirit within you and cause you to follow My statutes and carefully observe My ordinances.

  Love like God – With mercy and grace

Ephesians 2:4-5 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

  Led (Anointed) by the Holy Spirit

Acts 1:8 (New International Version) 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses inJerusalem, and in allJudea andSamaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

  Obey like Jesus – unto death

Philippians 2:8 (New International Version) And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on across!

  Teachable

2 John 1:9 (New International Version) Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.

  Encourager

Hebrews 3:13 (New International Version)13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

  Able to Reproduce

Matthew 10:24-25 (New International Version) 24 “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!

  Sensitive to God’s Timing (timing was necessary to God, vital to us)

Galatians 4:4 (New International Version) 4 But when the set time had fully come God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

  Full of Joy

1 Peter 1:8 (New International Version) 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.

   Knowledgeable and Committed to FreeWay’s Vision, Beliefs, and Governance Model.  Romans 13 (New International Version) 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2

FreeWay Church Membership Structure

FreeWay Church is blessed to exist in a community that includes families and individuals in every season of life.  For example, there are college students, young professionals and families, and retirees, all working and living together in various locales. While regular church attendance is celebrated, it is important for all Christians to unite with a church. Mrs. William P. Janzen wrote, “Can I be a Christian without joining other Christians in the church? Yes, it is something like—being a soldier without an army, a seaman without a ship, a businessman without a business, a tuba player without an orchestra, a football player without a team, or a bee without a hive.” There are numerous scriptures that indicate God’s desire for us to become a part of a local church. Membership in a church is the first stage of belonging to the body of Christ or church universal.  Therefore, despite the challenges of living in a transitory community, FreeWay has instituted various levels of membership to accommodate the “need” for Christians to thrive in a loving, structured, effective church.

 

Membership Levels:

1 Corinthians 12:26-27 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ and members in particular. (KJV)

Member – Anyone that desires to make FreeWay their church home and has completed the membership orientation class.

Affiliate Member – Anyone who would like to maintain their membership at another church, while making FreeWay their “home church” while in Clemson and has completed the membership orientation class.

**These membership levels are interchangeable and if you desire to become an affiliate member (establish FreeWay church as your home church) despite your current transient community status you are welcome to do so.

 

Ministry Opportunities at FreeWay

Freeway believes that each member shares in the responsibilities of the local and universal church. Therefore, it is our desire for every member to participate in at least one organization here at Freeway. The Bible clearly states that this is how we will grow in love and fellowship with one another.

Ephesians 4:15-1 6   (Holman Christian Standard Bible) Instead, as we lovingly speak the truth, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ, who is the head. 16He makes the whole body fit together and unites it through the support of every joint. As each and every part does its job, he makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Current Ministry Offerings at FreeWay: 

Pastoral Care

Children’s Ministry

Hospitality Ministry (Koinonia)

Praise Team

Prayer Ministry

Ushers & Greeters’ Ministry

Video & Sound Team

 

Meet our FreeWay Primary Ministers

Jeff Davis, Senior Pastor

Jeff Davis is a native of Greensboro,North Carolina. He grew up under the careful direction of a God-fearing mother and grandmother and developed a passion for athletics at an early age.  Following a successful football career at Clemson University and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he accepted the call of God into the ministry.  Later, he founded his first church in Tampa, Florida named Covenant Worship Church.  He pastored there for seven years. Then, God sovereignly caused Jeff to return to Clemson, South Carolina to “preach” in a variety of arenas. Currently, he is blessed to be an Assistant Athletic Director with the Clemson Football team and the Senior Pastor of FreeWay church, the second church he founded.  Jeff believes our lives should be surrendered to God in such a manner that everything we do brings glory and honor to His name. He loves his God, his family and his university.  He and his wife (Joni) of twenty-nine years have six children (four girls and twin boys) and in 2010 the Lord blessed them with their first grandson.

Jonathan Rasmussen, Associate Pastor

Jonathan is passionate about lives being transformed by the Gospel. He is committed to preaching and to teaching God’s Word so that people’s lives reflect Christ in their social and work contexts. Jonathan moved from California in 2015 to be the new associate pastor of FreeWay Church. He is happily married to Ashlyn (2009). They have three beautiful children: Grace (2011), Adalai (2012), and Isaiah (2015). Jonathan served in the USAF (2005) and was a missionary in India (2009). He has two bachelor’s degrees: Children’s Ministry (2000) and Christian Ministry (2011). He also has a Master of Divinity degree (2015). Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, listening to people’s life stories, and eating all kinds of foods.

Jon Parker, Pastor

Jon Parker is a native of Kershaw, South Carolina in the lower part of the state. He earned a management degree from Clemson in 1994 and a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Seminary in 1999. Jon married the amazing Leia Delaine Wall in June 1999. They have four wonderful kids: Hannah, Noah, Faith, and Micah. Jon served as youth pastor in Virginia for six years and in North Carolina for four years. The Parker family moved to Clemson, SC in August 2013 for Jon to teach Business Education at Daniel High School just down the road from FreeWay in Central, SC. He also coaches the Daniel Lady Lion’s Tennis Team. Jon was called to serve as a pastor at FreeWay Church during the summer of 2014. Jon has a passion for young people and seeing people come to Christ and even more importantly discipled. He longs to see the world impacted for Christ like is shown in the New Testament. Act 2:42-44 says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.”

Rodney Quick, Minister

Rodney Quick was born in Charleston,South Carolina in a large family; he has five brothers and four sisters.  Following a Godly upbringing he exhibited a passion for football and played for Clemson University and helped them win two conference championships.   Rodney has always loved young people so teaching became a way he could express that love. Currently, he is teaching Culinary Arts at the Oconee Career Center.  Similarly, God compelled him to use this same gifting for His glory as he became resolute concerning his ministry call.  He has served faithfully in various capacities in many local organizations and ministries.  However, his favorite is teaching Bible study or singing on the Praise Team in his home church, FreeWay. Rodney has been married to Thelma for twenty-one years and they have one daughter, Natasha a graduate of the University of South Carolina in August 2010.

 

Meet Our FreeWay Staff 

Elanda Ervin, Administrator

Elanda D. Ervin was born in Anderson, SC and raised by loving, God-fearing parents in Rock Hill, SC. She was baptized and became a member of Flint Hill Baptist Church at a young age. There she began what would be a lifetime commitment to ministry. Elanda returned to the area in 2002 to pursue a degree in education at Clemson University. She graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree and began her career at D. W. Daniel High School where she is an English teacher and varsity cheer coach.

Elanda came to FreeWay in 2012, shortly before finishing her master’s degree in education. She serves as praise and worship leader and administrative assistant. One of Elanda’s favorite scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11. She believes that God’s plans are perfect in every way and that she has been called to teach and mentor in order to help lead others to Christ.

Joni Davis, Facilitator, Teacher, Office Assistant

Joni Davis was born in Columbus,Georgia.  She accepted Christ at the age of eight and continued to serve him in her local church until high school graduation.  By God’s divine providence, she chose to attend Clemson University in 1980 where she was blessed to meet and begin dating Jeff Davis.  They married in 1984 and relocated to Tampa, Florida. During the seventeen years they lived in Tampa they were blessed with six children and numerous opportunities to serve God.  In 1991, they answered the call of God upon their lives and founded Covenant Worship Church.  However, they always had a desire to return to Clemson and God graciously granted “…the desires of their heart” in 1999.

Currently, Joni serves alongside her husband in various capacities at FreeWay. Her primary ministry gift is that of teaching and she loves to study God’s word. Her heart’s desire is to honor and glorify God in every aspect of her life.