ABOUT DESTINY CHURCH
Love God, Love People, Make Disciples
OUR PASTOR & FIRST LADY
Keith Thomas Sr is the founder and Senior Pastor of Destiny Church in Moreno Valley, CA. He has spent more than 16 years in active ministry preaching and teaching the gospel. Destiny Church is a lively high-spirited ministry called to reach the urban and inner-city community with the love of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Keith has a compassionate heart to reach the lost and to encourage them to have a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. He has attended Friends International Christian University, Long Beach Bible Institute and is currently enrolled at Liberty University to further his education in religious and pastoral studies. Pastor Thomas is also a certified lifestyle and weight management specialist.
He is married to the lovely Lynnae Thomas who holds a degree in biblical and theological studies, and they are the proud parents of six children, Keiarah, Akemian, Keith Jr, Michellay, Britney and Dayvon.
GATHER - GROW - GO
Our Desire is to be a New Testament church like the one we see in the book of Acts. When we look at how the early church walked out their faith, we see them doing three important things:
Gathering Consistently in Fellowship for Worship
Growing Spiritually in the Word of God
Going Intentionally to share the gospel of Jesus Christ
Gather: Acts 2:46-47 NLT- They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
Grow: Acts 2:42 NLT- All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper, and to prayer.
Go: Acts 1:8 NLT- But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
What We Believe
God is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27: 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, 1 Peter 1:2, II Corinthians 13:14)
Man is made in the image of God. He is the supreme object of God's creation. Although God designed man to have fellowship with him, man became alienated from God through disobedience. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God. Man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own efforts. (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6a, Romans 3:23, Colossians 1:21, Isaiah 59:1-2)
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. When you die, you will either spend eternity in Heaven or Hell. Eternal separation from God happens in Hell. Eternal union with Fod occurs in Heaven. (John 3:16, I John 2L25; 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5: 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15, I Corinthians 15:3-4. Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11. I Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13)
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6: 1:12, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. (II Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13: 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:18)
The Bible is God's Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. (II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21, II Timothy 1:13, Psalm 119L105, 160, Psalm 12:6, Proverbs 30:5)