We are delighted that you chose to visit our site today. Throughout our century as a church family we have seen many lives changed and our desire is for you as well to have a life-changing encounter with God's Presence. We would love to meet with you personally and answer any questions you may have or hear of any blessings you may have received during one of your visits with us.
Many times people encounter faith in a dynamic way here at Eastway and we want to hear about your journey as well. The Eastway experience is designed to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and remain open to allow Him to lead people into a life-changing, Spirit-empowered relationship with Jesus. Only He can satisfy... and He does!
Our vision is to connect anyone anywhere to a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ, and to grow into spitting images of Jesus Christ, to the glory of God.
Organized in 1920, Eastway Drive Church of God is the oldest Pentecostal church in Charlotte, North Carolina and the 8th oldest Church of God in North Carolina. For well over a century, this congregation, now known as Eastway Church of God, has ministered in the Charlotte Community.
We are a body of Believers in the sovereignty of God the father, our salvation through Jesus Christ his son, and our help, comfort and guidance by the Holy Spirit. Love and unity are our priorities because Christ died to accomplish them in us and with us; and because it demonstrates to the world that we belong to Him and we are becoming more like Him.
According to Scripture, the local church’s mission is to proclaim, preserve, and display the gospel.
Proclaim the gospel. Jesus charged the apostles with proclaiming the gospel to all nations (Matt. 28:18-20), and he established the church to carry out that task. Preaching the gospel is central to the church’s mission (2 Tim. 2:15, 4:2)
2. Preserve the gospel. Paul calls the church a pillar and buttress of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15). The church is charged with the task of preserving the true gospel throughout the ages (1 Tim. 1:3-4; 2 Tim. 1:13; Titus 1:9). It does this through faithfully preaching the gospel, refuting false teaching, and maintaining doctrinal and moral purity among its members.
3. Display the gospel.Paul says that through the church God makes known his wisdom to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places (Eph. 3:10). Through the holy lives of its members and its unity-in- diversity (1 Cor. 12:12-26), the church is called to be a vivid, living color display of the gospel it preaches.
OUR STATEMENTS OF FAITH
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority for determining all doctrinal truths. The Bible is inspired, infallible and inerrant. (see Prov. 30:5; Rom. 16:25,26; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20,21)
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal. (see Gen. 1:26; Isa. 9:6; Matt. 3:16,17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; Heb. 3:7-11; 1 John 5:7)
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100-percent God and 100-percent man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He died on the cross for humankind and, thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (see Isa. 9:6; John 1:1,14; 20:28; Phil. 2:5,6; 1 Tim. 2:5; 3:16)
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. As a result, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected—they that are saved to the resurrection of life, and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation. (see Luke 24:16,36,39; John 2:19-21; 20:26-28; 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Cor. 15:42,44)
Humanity was created good and upright, but through voluntary sin, mankind fell. Humanity’s only hope for redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (see Gen. 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-21)
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and His death, burial and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human effort. (see Rom. 10:9,10; Acts 16:31; Gal. 2:16; 3:8; Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Heb. 9:22)
Repentance is a change of thinking, recognizing that a former way of living is inconsistent with God’s will. Therefore it involves a turning away from sin. (see Rom. 10:9,10; Acts 16:31; Gal. 2:16; 3:8; Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Heb. 9:22)
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Given at Pentecost, the baptism with the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father. The Holy Spirit was sent by Jesus after His ascension to empower the Church to preach the gospel throughout the whole earth. The initial evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit is the believer speaking in other tongues, as the Spirit gives him or her utterance. (see Joel 2:28,29; Matt. 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5; 2:1-4,17,38,39; 8:14-17; 10:38,44-47; 11:15-17; 19:1-6)
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. (see Rom. 8:29; 12:1,2; 2 Cor. 3:18; 6:14-18; 1 Thess. 4:3; 5:23; 2 Thess. 2:1-3; Heb. 2:11)
The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission. Every person born of the Spirit is an integral part of the Church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (see John 17:11,20-23; Eph. 1:22; 2:19-22; Heb. 12:23)
Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new believer is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (see Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48) The Lord’s Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (representing the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. (see Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 10:16; 11:23-26)
For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. (see Ezek. 36:25-27, John 3:5-8, Titus 3:5)
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the Church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection and confirm the power of the gospel. The lists of these gifts in the Bible are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters. (see Rom. 1:11; 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31; 14:1-40; Eph. 4:16; 1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:5-16; Heb. 2:4; 1 Pet. 4:10)
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ. (see Matt. 5:3,12,20; 6:20; 19:21; 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Cor. 5:1; Heb. 11:16; 1 Pet. 1:4)
After living one’s life on earth, unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to hell where they will be eternally tormented. (see Matt. 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Heb. 9:27; Rev. 14:9-11; 20:12-15; 21:8)
Second Coming of Jesus
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures. (see Matt. 24:30; 26:63,64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 4:15-17; 2 Thess. 1:7,8; Rev. 1:7)