To Help Reach
Through Jesus Christ
Our purpose, heartbeat, and core values represents a love for God, a bond with family, and compassion for people.
To authentically experience the love of Jesus Christ, joyfully model the life of Jesus Christ, and compassionately show the grace of Jesus Christ.
To help you reach your full potential through Jesus Christ.
Passion is greater than perfection.
People need people.
You grow when you give.
Lance Martin with his wife Allison and their three children
At age 19 Pastor Lance began serving in various churches around the upstate while finishing biblical training and gaining ministry experience. Within that 15 year time of service God was molding him for a future task that many are not called to do. In the Fall of 2011 the Holy Spirit began to influence Pastor Lance with a renewed vision for the local church. That renewed vision was cultivated through the leading of the Holy Spirit, personal coaching, biblical study, fasting, and intense prayer. God was leading him to create a new church that was focused on the life change that can only be provided by Jesus Christ.
In the Spring of 2012 Pastor Lance asked 2 other young talented men to join in the mission of planting a church in the Lyman, Duncan, Wellford community (District 5). This group of 3 began praying and dreaming soon after the heartbeat of Potential Church was born. It was to be a church where people reached their full potential through a relationship with Jesus Christ. A place for authentic people that believed that passion is greater than perfection.
The small group of 3 quickly became a group of 12 and a location was needed to continue. Several locations were researched, prayed over, and finally God revealed His plan that an old 1920’s Armory built with massive granite stones sitting in the middle of the town of Lyman would be the home of His new church. This huge facility owned by the town of Lyman sat abandoned, dirty, and wasting away for the last 3 years. You could say that the building had “potential”. Pastor Lance spent his childhood growing up in the shadow of this massive stone building. He began to pray specifically over the location which lead to a meeting with the town mayor to present his vision for using the building on Sunday’s for a new church. God sparked the heart of the mayor and council to renovate the facility to be used as an event center. That vision lead to intense renovations by the town and the people of Potential Church over the summer of 2012.
The first public informational gathering was held on June 3, 2012 in which a weekly gathering blossomed. The months of believers uniting in prayer, giving, and the ultimate dream of launching Potential Church became a reality on Oct. 7, 2012 at our first worship service. Since the launch we have seen an overflow of blessings from God with countless lives changed by people accepting Jesus and beginning to reach their full potential.
Today Potential Church is a healthy growing church established in the Lyman, Duncan, and Wellford community with a modern worship experience, kids worship, and weekly small groups. What is before us is so much greater than what we have already seen.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, I Peter 1:2, II Corinthians 13:14)
Man is made in the image of God. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although God designed man to have fellowship with him, man became alienated from God through disobedience. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God. Man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own efforts. (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6a, Romans 3:23, Colossians 1:21, Isaiah 59:1-2)
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. When you die, you will either spend eternity in Heaven or Hell. Eternal separation from God happens in Hell. Eternal union with God occurs in Heaven. (John 3:16, I John 2:25; 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5; 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, I Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13)
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6; 1:12, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1)
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that 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. (John 10:29, II Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14, I Peter 1:3-5)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
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 believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. (II Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13; 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:18)
The Bible is God’s Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. (II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21, II Timothy 1:13, Psalm 119:105,160, Psalm 12:6, Proverbs 30:5)