Hi, my name is Jeff Markland I have been the pastor of Good News Community Church since 2016! I know I am blessed and in the place God wants me to be.
In 1985 at the University of Illinois I accepted Jesus into my Heart, I was born again, but not ready to surrender my will and life over to Gods care.
The Lord called me to use my Athletic talents for His glory. God impressed on me that when people focused on me and my football talent, would I use that as an opportunity to point them to Jesus and give Him the glory. I wasn’t ready to do that, and that started a 22-year wilderness journey.
After destroying my NFL careen after 1 season I tried to find Love in all the wrong places. As a result, Addiction, prison, and a life of rebellion caused me and my family a lot of pain and suffering.
On December 30, 2007 while in the ugly pig pin of self-will, I came to my senses. Our heavenly Father ran to meet me, His Love, grace, and goodness allowed me to truly forgive myself for all my mistakes and sin. I was set free!
I could go on and on about Gods good work, His calling and purpose from my life are now being fulfilled.
There are two promises from God that have helped me along the way. First, Jesus restores what the enemy has taken from us, and secondly, Gods calling on our life is irrevocable.
I hope that you are encouraged, we would love for you to come and join us for a Sunday service, our one of our many ministry opportunities throughout the week.
Thank you for taking your time to read this introduction, and I look forward to meeting you soon.
Pastor Jeff Markland
Statement of Faith
- The Trinity: We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in power and Deity; by Him all things were created, are upheld and governed. Gen. 1:1, Deut. 6:4, Matt. 28:19, John 1:3, 1 John 5:1-8.
- The Bible: We believe in the Holy Bible, the sixty six books of the Old and New Testament, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings. The Holy Bible is the supreme rule of faith and truth. We believe in the whole counsel of God. Ps. 19:7-11, Matt. 24:35, John 10:35
- Jesus Christ: We believe in Jesus Christ, true God and true man, in His virgin birth, His teaching, and His miracles. We believe that He gave His life on the cross where He, who knew no sin, was made sin for us. Also, that He was buried and rose from the dead, afterward ascended into heaven, from whence He will come again. Matt. 1:24-25, Luke 1:35, Luke 2:7, John 1:1:1-14, 1 Cor. 15:3-4, Heb. 7:26-28; 9:11-15
- Man: We believe that man is made in the image and likeness of God. We believe that all after Adam are born sinners by nature, under eternal condemnation. The Holy Spirit convicts man and regenerates all who repent of their sins, confessing Jesus as their Savior and Lord and believing in His resurrection. We believe that we are saved by grace through faith, apart from works, that all sinners who repent and all sinners who repent and personally accept the finished work of Jesus on the cross become children of God. That they are new creatures in Christ and have the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Gen. 1:26-27; 3:1-19, Is. 43:1-4; 49:1-6; 59:2, John 3:1-15, Eph. 2:1-18, Col. 3:10, Heb. 2:7-9.
- The Church: We believe that the church is the bride of Christ and consists of all Believers. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, is coming again for His Church, to establish His kingdom on earth, to judge the wicked and the lost, cast death and Satan into the Lake of Fire and dwell with the saints (all believers) forever and ever. We believe in worship as the central element of the church carried out through preaching, teaching, prayer, music, discipleship, evangelism and ministering to the needs of others since our love for God and our neighbor are inextricably linked. Matt. 16:13-19, 1 Cor. 12:12-14, Eph. 1:22-23; 4:1-6, Col. 1:13-18, 1 Peter 1:13-25, Matt. 36-40.
- Ordinances: We believe in two church ordinances: 1) Baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and 2) Communion, done in remembrance of the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ, both ordinances reserved for Believers. Matt. 28:19, Acts 2:38, Ro. 3:20; 6:1-5, 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-29.Dated: July 28, 2012