What we believe
In essential beliefs there should be unity. (Ephesians 4:4-6)
In non-essential beliefs there should be liberty. (Romans 14:1,4,12)
In all our beliefs there must be charity and love toward each other. (1 Corinthians 13:2)
We believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
The worst insult you could conjure against us would be to call us stale. We have long desired to be refreshing. That means several things. We desire to be a refreshing place to worship, fellowship and grow. We are not afraid of change, and in fact you’ll find we frequently do things differently on Sunday mornings. We believe that listening to and obeying the instructions of the Holy Spirit in our worship services is more important than anything we had planned. We desire to be a place that pours into those that partner and worship with us. When you leave The Well, we hope you have been refreshed.
God is on the move in our area and in our world! We are not finished fulfilling the great commission. Not even close! As such, we know that there is still work to be done in our surrounding towns and cities, our country, and all over the world. It has long been the vision of The Well to be a church that is not satisfied with the status quo. Churches play a vital role in Kingdom work. We will be a church that works to encourage and support church plants wherever God calls those to be.
Be A Snapshot
God has placed The Well in Moody for a very specific reason. How can we be effective in what God has called us to do if we are nothing like the town in which we serve? God has called us as a church to strive to represent the city of Moody. This may mean different things to different people. God continues to reveal it to us as we continue to serve Him.
new Day to Moody
God has called us to serve the town of Moody, Texas. Though many of us come in from surrounding towns and communities, we know that God has placed us here for a reason. He is at work in the town of Moody! With every decision we make, we keep this vision in mind. How will what we do today bring a new day to the town and people of Moody? We have seen Moody change greatly in the life of the church. We know God has a great plan for the city, and we pray that we can continue to be a part of that.
Be a Springboard for Missions & Ministry
We desire as a church to be a place where people can get their start in missions and ministry. Our calling is not just to this town or even to this area. Jesus commands us in Matthew 28 to “make disciples of all nations.” Our missional focus involves a dedication to seeking God’s will in other places across our state, country and world. God has equipped us all for ministry and for bringing His word to others. We desire to help individuals shape and refine the gifts God has already given them for ministry.
We are a church led by elders, shepherded by pastors and supported by deacons. We strive to follow the model of the New Testament church.
Brandon & Gwen Whatley
Essential Beliefs expounded
1) Attributes of God: We believe that God is:
SELF-EXISTENT: God has no cause; He does not depend on anything for his continued existence. (Ex. 3:14; Isa. 41:4; 44:6; 48:12; John 5:26; John 8:58; Rev. 1:8, 17; 2:8; 3:14; 21:6; 22:13)
TRANSCENDENT: God is entirely distinct from the universe, as the carpenter is distinct from the bench. (Gen. 1:1; Psa. 102:25-27; Isa. 66:1-2; Acts 17:24; I John 2:15-17)
IMMANENT: Though transcendent, God is present with and in the world. (Deut. 4:7; Psa. 139:7-10; Jer. 23:23-24; Acts 17:27-28)
IMMUTABLE: God is perfect in that He never changes nor can He change with respect to His being, attributes, purpose, or promises. (Ex. 32:9-14; Psa. 18:25-27; Psa. 102:26-27; Isa. 51:6; Mal. 3:6; Rom. 1:23; Heb. 1:11-12; James 1:17; Heb. 13:8)
ETERNAL: God is perfect in that He transcends all time and temporal limitations, and is thus infinite with respect to time. (Ps. 90:2; 93:2; 102:12; Eph. 3:21; 2 Pet. 3:8)
OMNIPRESENT: God is perfect in that He transcends all space and spatial limitations, and is thus infinite with respect to space, with His whole Being filling every part of the universe and being present everywhere (not diffused through the universe, but present at each point in His fullness). (1 Kings 8:27; Isa. 66:1; Acts 7:48-49; Eph. 1:23; 4:10; Col. 3:11)
OMNIPOTENT: God is perfect in that He can do all things consistent with the perfection of His being. God cannot do the self-contradictory (e.g., make a rock He cannot lift), nor can He do that which is contrary to His perfect nature (e.g., He cannot change, He cannot lie, etc.). Gen. 18:14; Jer. 32:17, 27; Zech. 8:6; Matt. 3:9; Mark 10:27; Luke 1:37; 18:27; Eph. 1:11; 2 Tim. 2:13; Titus 1:2; Heb. 6:18; James 1:13)
OMNISCIENT: God is perfect in that He knows all things, including events before they happen. (1 Sam. 16:7; 1 Chr. 28:9, 17; Psa. 139:1-4; Isa. 41:22-23; 42:9; 44:7 Jer. 17:10a)
INCORPOREAL: God has no body or parts, and is immaterial, being a simple and infinite being of spirit. (Num. 23:19; 1 Sam. 15:29; John 4:24)
ONE: God is a perfectly unique and simple being, existing as one infinite Being called God. There is therefore only one God, who is called Yahweh in the Old Testament, and who reveals Himself in the persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the New Testament. (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10; 44:6, 8; 45:5-7, 21-22; Zech. 14:9; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; Gal. 3:20; Eph. 4:5-6; 1 Tim. 2:5; James 2:19)
CREATOR: God is the One through whom all things have come into existence; by His unbounded power and knowledge He created finite existence ex nihilo and formed the universe as it now is. (Gen. 1:1; Psa. 33:6; 102:25; John 1:3; Rom. 11:36; Heb. 1:2; 11:3)
PERSONAL: God, as the author of personhood in the created universe, cannot be less than personal Himself; thus He experiences relationships with other persons, or self-conscious beings. Note that God may be more than personal, indeed, His infinite nature suggests that He must be.
INCOMPREHENSIBLE: God is incomprehensible, not in the sense that the concept of God is unintelligible, but in the sense that God cannot be fully and directly known by finite creatures, because of His uniqueness and His infinitude. (Ex. 8:10; 9:14; 15:11; 2 Sam. 7:22; 1 Chr. 17:20; Psa. 86:8; 1 Kgs. 8:23; Isa. 40:18, 25; 44:7)
MORALLY PERFECT: The following are the moral attributes of God; they are listed here together because God’s moral nature is perfectly unified, with no tension between His wrath and His love, for example. (Gen. 1:31; Deut. 8:16; Psa. 107:8; 118:1; Nahum 1:7; Mark 10:18; Rom. 8:28)
2) The Scriptures: We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed (II Tim 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:20,21; Matt 5:18;John 16:12,13).
3) The Trinity: We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deut 6:4; II Cor 13:14) yet distinct in role and work.
4) The Person and Work of Christ: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Rom 3:24; I Peter 2:24; Eph 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9, 10; Heb 7:25, Heb 9:24; Rom 8:34; I John 2:1).
5) The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment. We believe in both the baptism and fillings of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit empowers, teaches, and entrusts gifts unto believers. (John 14:26; 16:8-11; II Cor 3:6; I Cor 12:12-14; Rom 8:9; Eph 5:18).
6) The Total Depravity of Man: We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved, and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen 1:26,27 Rom 3:22, 23, 5:12; Eph 2:1-3, 12).
7) Salvation: We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Eph 2:8-10; John 1:12; Eph 1:7; I Peter 1:18-19).
8) Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers: We believe that all the redeemed, having been saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Rom 8:1, 38, 39; I Cor 1:48; I Peter 1:5). We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom 13:13,14; Gal 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
9) The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts: We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their spiritual gift(s) (I Tim 4:14, II Tim 1:6-7) and to eagerly desire the greater gifts (I Cor. 12:31). We believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential (proving the presence of the Holy Spirit), nor an indication of deep spiritual experience (I Cor. 12:7, 11, 13 & Eph. 4:7-8). We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7 & I John5: 14, 15). We believe it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God given to him (Rom 12:1-8; I Cor. 13; I Peter 4:10-11).
10) The Church: We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons (Eph 1:22,23; 5:25-27; I Cor 12:12-14; II Cor 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament scriptures (Acts 14:27, 18:22, 20:17, I Tim 3:1-3 & Titus 1:5-11). We believe in the autonomy of the local churches (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Rom 16:1,4; I Cor 3:9, 16, I Cor5: 4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4). We recognize believer’s baptism and Communion as scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age (Matt 28:19,20; Acts 2:41,42; Acts 18:8; I Cor 11:23-26).
11) Eternity: 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 in Jesus Christ. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in His presence.
12) Sacraments of the Church:
Water baptism is only intended for the individual who has received the saving benefits of Christ’s atoning work and become His disciple. Therefore, in obedience to Christ’s command and as a testimony to God, the church, oneself and the world, a believer should be immersed in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is a visual demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that his former way of life has been put to death and vividly depicts a person’s release from the mastery of sin.
The ordinance of Communion symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and the shedding of His blood on our behalf, and is to be observed repeatedly throughout the Christian life as a sign of continued participation in the atoning benefits of Christ’s death. As we partake of Communion with an attitude of faith and self-examination, we remember and proclaim the death of Christ, receive spiritual nourishment for our souls, and signify our unity with other members of Christ’s body.
13) The Consummation: The consummation of all things includes the visible, personal and glorious return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead and the translation of those alive in Christ, the judgment of the just and the unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ’s kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. In the consummation, Satan with his hosts and all those outside Christ are finally separated from the benevolent presence of God, enduring eternal punishment, but the righteous, in glorified bodies, shall live and reign with Him forever, serving Him and giving Him unending praise and glory. Then shall the eager expectation of creation be fulfilled and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God Who makes all things new.
Finally, As an interdenominational church, we welcome believers of all backgrounds. As a result of this, Partners may find themselves to have differing opinions about debatable theological issues. Any major problems that result from these theological differences will be settled by a unanimous decision from the active elder body and the pastoral team.
We are a church led by elders, shepherded by pastors and supported by deacons. We strive to follow the model of the New Testament church.
brandon & gwen whatley
james & donna raabe
chad & jessica austin