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 coequal and are one God.
About Jesus Christ:
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King.
About the Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit empowers Christians to live a godly life. The body of each believer is a “temple” in which the Holy Spirit is present. We believe in the post-salvation experience of Spirit Baptism which is evidenced by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit enables us. The Holy Spirit provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, guidance in doing what is right and spiritual gifts to edify the church. We believe the church should operate in the fullness of the Spirit as the first century church did in the book of Acts.
About the Bible:
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error.
About Human Beings:
People are made in the spiritual image of God. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our life.
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.
Dayspring Church’s ministries offer spiritual growth and support to the whole person and the whole family. We know that you want a church home. The support and love a church home can give is vital to your spiritual growth as well as a helpful hand if things are tough. Anytime in life is a good time to have people around you to assist in pray and in practical help.
Our Children’s Ministry is staffed with loving, professional and experienced teachers. Each Sunday, the children are taught God’s Word using teaching, crafts, music, and fun! Our goal is to enhance the children’s understanding of God’s love for them and encourage the children in prayer and Bible reading. We offer Nursery through 5th grade on Sunday mornings. Encourage your child to join the fun!
Tony Crawford is founder and senior Pastor of Dayspring Church. He graduated from Mercer University/Atlanta cum laude with degrees in Psychology and Religion. His ministry style incorporates humor, illustrated sermons and gifts of the Holy Spirit. His ministry experience includes international evangelism, healing crusades and church leadership seminars. He has also hosted a live talk show called On Line with Tony Crawford.
Tony is also active in the community. He has served as President of the Cherokee Ministerial Association and is a graduate of Leadership Cherokee. Tony is also the founder of the Woodstock Freedom Run which starts off the Independence Day festivities in Woodstock. This year marks the 17th year of the Woodstock Freedom Run. Runners come from all over Georgia to participate in the race. Tony has raised thousands of dollars for local charities and individuals in the community.
Julie Crawford, Tony’s wife, is co-Pastor at Dayspring Church. Julie graduated from Texas Christian University with a major in Interior Design and a minor in Religion. Julie has had a successful business and has managed their coffee shop, Jehovah Java, in downtown Woodstock. She is a Bible teacher and has led numerous Bible studies and ladies retreats. Julie has taught internationally as well.
Tony and Julie have been married since 1982 and have one son.