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We begin with Praise and Worship. We sing contemporary Christian songs, raise our hands, clap, shout, and other sincere expressions of worship to God. We also give pause to the Holy Spirit to allow him the opportunity to minister to the congregation in prophetic message. We greet one another, share testimonies about the good things God has done in our lives, and make known our prayer requests. There is also a time for announcements. Anyone wishing to sing a special song (typically arranged ahead of time) does so at this time. On the last Sunday of each month, we have a "Singing Service" in which anyone who desires to praise God with a special song or other solo or group performance may do so. This is an open-mic opportunity to glorify God with your talent. On the other Sundays of the month, the pastor preaches a sermon that includes reading passages from the Bible. This is a time when the congregation listens and receives the Word of God. It is the responsibility of each receiver to mix the spoken words with faith and apply its message to oneself. Once a month (usually on the first Sunday of the month), we receive Communion, also called the Lord's Supper. To remember the suffering of Jesus in his body, we break and consume a piece of unleavened matzos bread. To remember the shedding of Jesus' blood on the cross, we drink non-alcoholic grape juice. Only people who confess Christ as Savior and have no unconfessed sins or plans to sin should partake. Children may partake at the discretion of their parents. Near the end of each church service, we pray for anyone who wishes to receive prayer. People are welcome at this time to approach the altar (the area forward of the front row of seats), and the pastor will anoint with oil and lay on hands while praying. For prayers that are answered (for healing, deliverance, etc.), all credit and glory is directed to God, not to any man.

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2915 Island Home Avenue · Knoxville, TN

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Spirit and Truth Fellowship of Knoxville (STFK) is a local and independent Evangelical Christian Church. We are not related to Scientology, Christian Science, or the organization called Spirit and Truth Fellowship International.

You can read our statement of faith here (http://www.spirit-and-truth.net/beliefs/index.html). We are worshipers of God, followers of Jesus Christ, and supporters of science and science education. We see no conlict between believing in the Creator and understanding the creation. As a church, we take no official position on Genesis chapters 1-11 in the Bible, so controversial matters such as the age of the Earth are avoided. Newcomers can basically believe what they want about Genesis 1-11 without being criticized for it.

People usually think of a skeptic as someone who finds it difficult to believe in God. We are not a church comprised of skeptics. We are a church who ministers to skeptics by making a non-controversial environment based on mutual respect where skeptics can explore the concept of believing in God.

In the South, many Christians have this concept that the study science is somehow a threat to their faith. We also exist to help those Christians learn that faith in God and the study of science are not mutually exclusive.

You might find it helpful to watch our video describing the church vision, located here (http://www.spirit-and-truth.net/videos/index.html).

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