As a progressive church proclaiming the Word of God, we purpose to make Disciples of Christ by:
Kenneth A. Dean, Senior Pastor
Kenneth has been Senior Pastor of Mount Zion since January 1999. He and his wife Mercedes have three children.
Lyn Griffith, Secretary
Lyn became Mount Zion's Secretary in 2002 after a career in engineering and manufacturing. Lyn enjoys family time, reading and studying the Bible, and history.
BJ Myers, Financial Secretary
BJ has served in various financial roles at Mount Zion since 1980. She is also a retired Anderson County high school science teacher.
Brandon Groves, Music Director
Brandon is a talented and annointed musician and published songwriter who has been Music Director at Mount Zion since 2001, when he was still a senior in high school.
Carlton Griffith, Technical Director
Carlton is a photographer and school district educational technology specialist. He is the lead audio/video tech for most church functions and he coordinates Mount Zion's Internet and social media presence.
Walt Jefferson, Custodian
Walt, a Veteran who served in Korea, is a life-long Belton resident and Mount Zion member. Prior to becoming the Custodian in 2009, he was a professional house painter.
We Believe in one living and true God, eternal and of infinite power, wisdom, goodness and righteousness. He is a loving and faithful God who is the Creator and preserver of all things. In the unity of this Godhead there are three persons of one substance with identical qualities and attributes: the Father (God), the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal.
We believe in the divine nature of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary. Christ was both fully man and fully God. He walked on earth, suffered at the hands of men, was crucified, died and buried as a sacrifice for the sins of all men and women everywhere for all time. The purpose was to restore our relationship to God which is broken by sin (disobedience) Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven in full victory over Satan and sin. He now intercedes for the body of believers to God the Father.
We Believe 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 Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right, and transforming them into the image of Christ. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
We believe that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments combined constitute the Holy Bible; no books may be added or deleted. The Holy Bible is inspired and inerrant (that is, without error or failure of basic contents and meaning in the original manuscripts). The Holy Bible contains all the necessary truth to lead men and women into salvation, and gives instructions on how to live in perfect peace with God.
We believe that mankind was created by God in His own image, but because of Adam’s sin (disobedience) man inherits a corrupt nature that inclines him to do wrong. Man is not capable of achieving a life without sin on his own. Because man is created in God’s own image, we have a “God-likeness” which includes knowledge between right and wrong, the ability to choose which course we will take, and the responsibility for our actions, or our choices.
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. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
We believe that Jesus Christ, the living Son of God, was given by God as a sacrifice for the sins of all men. Christ died on the cross to mend the broken relationships which were caused by man’s sin of disobedience. This severed relationship between God and man may be restored into perfect harmony through belief in Jesus Christ by faith, and not on the basis of our works. This belief and faith in Jesus Christ, recognizing Him as Lord and Savior, gives men and women the free gift of eternal life. After receiving salvation by faith through belief in Jesus Christ, the “born-again” believer may live free from the judgment of God, by living a life according to the teaching of the scriptures and trusting the Holy Spirit for the power to live a holy life according to God’s Word.
We Believe that because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.
We believe that even though men and women cannot receive salvation by good works, their good works are still pleasing to God and show evidence of a true faith in God, and Jesus as Lord of the believer’s life.
We believe that sanctification is the work of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, making the believer pure in heart, totally committed, and dedicated to God. This work is both instantaneous and gradual (or progressive). It begins when a person is saved and continues throughout life. The believer empowered by the Holy Spirit, making him able to live a life of holiness. This does not mean perfection of the believer, but purity of heart, soul and mind.
We believe that the Holy Spirit has given spiritual gifts to all believers for the purpose of building up the body of Christ and bringing glory to God. The gifts are to be exercised in love and emphasize the need for unity.
(1 Corinthians 12:4)
We believe that those who have not accepted Christ as their personal Savior and are unrepentant will be judged by God in His perfect justice and doomed to eternal punishment. We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ to receive His believers into heaven and eternal life. The time of His return is unknown, but may be at any moment. This is the glorious hope of all God’s children.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.