Freedom in Christ Bible Fellowship
Frequently Asked Questions
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Questions and Answers
Who is the pastor?
We believe Jesus is ultimately the Head and Shepherd of every believer and desire the same for Freedom in Christ Bible Fellowship. By God's grace, Flynn Huseby will be the pastor/teacher of the fellowship, however, at Freedom in Christ we believe God has equipped His entire body to minister and serve as the Lord sees necessary. With that in mind, it's important to note here that the elders at Freedom in Christ will be encouraged to share in both teaching and serving the fellowship as the Lord leads.
Flynn has been a born again believer for 20 years and enjoyed serving and teaching in Bible study, church, and Christian school settings for over 15 years. His wife, Cherrie, recently went home to be with the Lord. They would've been married 18 years on June 1, 2014. They enjoyed serving the Lord in Wisconsin, Northern Kentucky, and then here in Tucson since 2009. Flynn has a step-son, Jacob, daughter-in-law, Bri, and new granddaughter, Langstyn who currently live in the Phoenix area.
Are you connected with a denomination or another church?
We are not part of any denomination or affiliation other than to say that all born again believers who love God's Word and make Jesus Christ and His finished work upon the cross the focus are already connected by the Holy Spirit. All true believers are united not by man's opinions, but rather by the Holy Spirit of Truth that dwells within us. Freedom in Christ Bible Fellowship is an independent body of born again believers that simply seeks to worship Jesus Christ in spirit and in truth. We intentionally choose to place a strong emphasis on the Word of God during our time together each week.
Why the name?
Much thought and prayer went into the name Freedom in Christ Bible Fellowship. Freedom in Christ was chosen to remind believers that our true and eternal freedom only comes through Jesus Christ. Jesus is not merely part of our lives. Once we are born again, He should become our lives. Jesus said, "If you continue in My word, then My disciples you will be and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free." John 8:31-32. He also said just a few verses later, "If the Son shall therefore make you free, you shall be free indeed." John 8:36. The world is seeking freedom, but searching in all the wrong places. Christians are set free from sin, self, and Satan not so we can once again serve ourselves, but so we can begin allowing Jesus Himself to live in us and through us, daily renewing and transforming us into His image as we take up our cross, deny ourselves, and follow Him.
We chose to include the word Bible in our name because there has been such a continued and rapid decline in teaching and trusting God's Word within so many of today's churches. We intentionally choose to make God's Word the priority each week, knowing God's Word is the only seed that will bear eternal fruit, revealing to others the truth and love of Jesus Christ.
Lastly, we choose to call ourselves a fellowship instead of a church for the simple reason that many people forget the church ultimately is the combined body of born again believers throughout time. People tend to associate a church with four walls and a roof, etc. Jesus, and the apostles, did mention specific, regional churches, however for the sake of clarity in the days in which we live, we have chosen to use the word "fellowship" instead. One final reason for this is found in 1 John 1:3. "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ." We want our time together as a fellowship to be focused on the Father and the Son through the study of God's Word and the power of the Holy Spirit. Using the word "fellowship" in our name will hopefully serve as a small reminder of the real reason we gather together.
What is the leadership structure of the church?
Although there is no perfect structure to leadership within a church fellowship, we do believe there are several key ingredients necessary in providing room for the Lord do the work in and through His people.
The first ingredient is humility. All in the body of Christ are level at the foot of the cross. While we may have different roles, we do not lord over one another, but rather prefer one another, esteeming others better than ourselves. This is not some manufactured, half-hearted attitude, but one of sincerity and love, first to the Lord and then to others, knowing that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. We are never to think too highly of ourselves, falling into the trap of comparing ourselves to one another. Instead we should compare ourselves with our great and holy God. When we do this, reality will set in and humility will be produced. Humility is simply reality. We are nothing when compared to God. Jesus truly should be our All in All! (Proverbs 22:4;Romans 5:8;Ephesians 1:23)
The second ingredient is a love for the truth of God's Word. Above even loving God's people is our love and heartfelt obedience to God. Our trust should never be in men and our confidence should never be in the flesh, but in the Lord Jesus and Him alone. God's Word must be our final authority in all matters and our hearts and minds should be exclusively the Lord's, not men's. (2 Thessalonians 2:10;1 Peter 1:22;1 John 3:18)
The third ingredient is a yieldedness and submission to the work of the Holy Spirit. God, not men, does the sanctifying work in people. We can sometimes be used as His tools, but ultimately we must simply yield to Him. This usually involves us getting out of the way and always means choosing to allow God's Word to direct our steps. True conviction and the power to overcome sin and walk the victorious life in Christ comes as we study the Word of God and yield to the revelation and power provided for by the Holy Spirit. (John 16:33;John 17:17;1 John 4:4)
Next, we should always make Jesus Christ the central focus. Jesus explained to the Pharisees that they thought their life came through simply searching the Scriptures, but in reality the Scriptures pointed not to themselves, but to Jesus, the One who is our Life! (John 5:39) In Psalm 40, the Holy Spirit, through King David, wrote of Jesus saying, "Lo in the volume of the book it is written of Me." Psalm 40:7. Knowledge can puff up, but spending time understanding and knowing Jesus in His Word is the key. Jesus condemned the lawyers saying, "Woe unto you, lawyers! for you have taken away the key of knowledge: you entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in you hindered." Luke 11:52. Jesus must always be the key, the reason for what we learn, think, speak, and do.
The last ingredient ties in with the first, but has to do more specifically with a servant's heart. Jesus said He came to serve not to be served. Matthew 20:28. This ingredient is directed at a specific popular leadership style within many organizations that's designed to lord certain teachings and directions for growth over others. We believe anyone who seeks to lord over others is in great error and has chosen to foolishly step in place of the Holy Spirit. God calls His people sheep and unfortunately sheep can tend to follow other sheep. Some leaders understand that if people are basically forced (herded/driven) into submission that they will pretty much comply. This is what the Bible calls "lording over" another.
Leaders should never simply tell others what to think, rather we all should lovingly go to God's Word, allowing Him to teach us not only what to think, but how to think. In Isaiah 1:18, the Lord invites Israel and us to come and reason together with Him. In 1 Peter, God reminds the elders, "Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock." 1 Peter 5:2-3
We believe that because we live in a fallen world, that there is no perfect structure to govern the body of Christ, but do believe God does desire basic structure to allow for His Word to be taught truthfully and lovingly. It is also there to ensure our time together is conducted in an orderly fashion, not seeking to draw attention to ourselves. We also believe leadership is there to ensure the safety and godly growth of those whom the Lord has entrusted to us. (1 Corinthians 14:40,43)
Freedom in Christ Bible Fellowship is focused on body ministry, allowing the individual parts of the body to serve one another to the edifying and equipping of the whole fellowship. While teachers are raised up to equip and warn the body, the fellowship should function as a body with Christ, not any man, as the Head. Freedom in Christ also believes teachers/elders, deacons, and all others in the fellowship should have input in the overall, God-given direction of the fellowship whenever possible. (Acts 15:22;Ephesians 4:11-16)
Although there are a variety of church leadership models, i.e. pastor-led, elder-led, etc., it is the goal of Freedom in Christ to always remain an elder-led, body-focused, lost-loving, Christ/Word-Centered, and Holy Spirit filled fellowship. (Acts 15:2, 4, 6, 22, 23; 35;1 Timothy 5:17;Titus 1:5;James 5:14)
There will be no market driven, i.e. Walmart philosophies/tactics of manipulation or drawing from other churches as a means of "building" the body. (Romans 1:16;Romans 15:18-20;1 Corinthians 1:18;2 Timothy 4:2)
At Freedom in Christ, there will be a deliberate emphasis on personal interaction as the primary means of informing others of the fellowship, emphasizing the Gospel, always seeking to allow God to be the One adding to the church daily. (Acts 2:46-47;Romans 10:14-17)
All resources will be deliberately and thoughtfully designed, utilizing all forms of technology to point people first and foremost to Jesus Christ and His Holy Word, not a website, Facebook, resources, or even Freedom in Christ Bible Fellowship. (Psalm 40:16;Psalm138:2;John 5:39;1 Corinthians 1:18;Philippians 1:20)
What is your basic philosophy of church?
We believe that because we live in a fallen world, that there is no perfect church format or structure. With that said, we do believe the church is a divinely ordained organism that God has designed in these, the last days, as a means to instruct, encourage, correct, warn, and grow the body of Christ. We also believe the church is to not only grow, but also go share the true freedom found exclusively in the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost. We believe we should not forsake the gathering together of one another. We also believe God will minister through different parts of His body and that unless allowed to exercise, certain parts will not grow as well as they could otherwise. We also believe God has allowed for many parts to be in His body.
Those weaker parts are not to be looked down upon, but rather encouraged and built up. Ephesians 4 reminds us, "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: " Ephesians 4:12. We believe God desires to equip the entire body to bear one another's burdens, comforting and encouraging one another. We do not believe in manipulating people into a response or in giving of money, time, giftings, or talents. We also believe God will add to the church daily according to His will and needs no help from us. Our job is to simply trust and obey Him, walking by faith and abiding in Jesus! (John 15:1-8;Romans 12:4-8;1 Corinthians 12:18-27;2 Corinthians 1:3-6;2 Corinthians 9:7;Galatians 6:1-3;1 Timothy 4:7-8;Hebrews 10:25;2 Peter 1:5-8)
What style of music do you have?
We have a variety of music from hymns to more modern songs. The emphasis is on a simple, Christ-centered approach, not wanting to draw attention to those playing or singing. Our desire is that the songs chosen will always inspire us to worship the Lord with understanding, not simply move our emotions. Psalm 47:7 reminds us to sing praises unto the King with understanding. (Jeremiah 9:23-24;1 John 5:20-21)
How would you describe the format of your service?
We do not want to have a "cookie-cutter" format, but basically, our goal is to begin with a general welcome. Then we'd like to allow time for a few prayer requests and praises, followed by reading a section of Scripture and short time of prayer. We then give thanks and praise to Jesus, worshiping Him with a few songs. We will then go through God's Word as a body, leaving a time for people to share, and finally close our time together with one or two more songs and prayer.
Where are you located?
We are at the southwest corner of Swan and E. Speedway in a small strip mall. Our address is 4648 E. Speedway Blvd. in Tucson, AZ. Freedom in Christ meets inside the last storefront on the right as you face the buildings. It is easiest to drive south on Swan, park in the back, and come in through the rear entrance. Keep an eye out for the A-frame sign on Speedway. Click "HERE" to see our location on Google Maps or click on the map at the bottom of the Home page. There's also a picture included here to help.
Why meet at 12:30?
For one simple reason- it's the only long term time slot the property manager has available on Sundays.
Do you have a children's church?
Yes. After prayer and songs are concluded, a time of Bible study for children will be provided. There may be rare exceptions when this will be unavailable, however most weeks this is available to children of all ages.
At what age can children stay in the service?
We will leave this up to parents. If a children's church/Sunday school option isn't available on a given week and your young child is getting a little loud, please do not feel like you have to leave. Although we sincerely desire the Word of God to be the focus, we also want our environment to be as family-friendly as possible.
How do I become a member?
Since the only membership requirement in getting to Heaven is to sincerely and humbly receive Jesus Christ, the only One who offers us full and free forgiveness of our sins based upon His perfect life, death, and resurrection, we do not seek to add any other requirements. Because our focus is first and foremost upon Jesus and the Word of God, not the church, we do not require any kind of membership to join Freedom in Christ Bible Fellowship. Our only membership requirement, so to speak, is that those who are actively involved at the fellowship have willingly joined God's family through Jesus Christ. We do not believe it is necessary to add another layer to what God has already done perfectly. (Hebrews 9:28)
How do I get involved?
Simple. Show up. Get to know us. Let us get to know you and God will make the how and when clear. Never forget, we serve the Lord, not man, so just keep being faithful to Him each and every day. The rest will come in the Lord's timing. (Luke 16:10; Colossians 3:23-24)
What version of the Bible do you use?
I have read and taught from the King James Version for years. It took a little time for me to get used to, but over the years I have found the text to be rich in meaning and over all, the most faithful to the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. In today's world, we care dearly about the purity of our drinking water and the air we breath. How much more so should we care about the purity of the precious Word of God?! "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple." Psalm 19:7. There are many different versions of the Bible today, but not all are equal. Sadly, there are even some that claim to be versions, but are not even close. For instance, I would strongly recommend avoiding "The Message". For more on why "The Message" is singled out here, click the following article- What Kind of Message is "The Message"?