Welcome to Forest Park Church Panama City!


Our purpose is to fulfill the Great Commission: To make, baptize, and teach Disciples of Jesus. (Matthew 28:18-20)


Forest Park Church seeks to make Disciples of Jesus by sharing the hope of the Gospel, helping discover purpose in God’s Kingdom, and offering a place of belonging in God’s family.

What we Believe

We believe that the Holy Bible is the infallible word of God written by the fallible hand of humanity. Even so, we believe that Holy Scripture is inspired by God and contains no error or contradiction as it tells God's history to His people and shows us how to live a life that is pleasing to Him. (Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21)

We believe God is exactly Who He says He is in the Bible. He is the Maker and Creator of everything, including you and me, and He desires relationship with all His human creation. (Genesis 1, in total; Psalm 139:13-14)

We believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God, Who was born
(Christmas) to a virgin named Mary. Jesus lived a sinless life of ministry and service. Because He was sinless, He was the perfect sacrifice to pay for all our sins through His death on the cross (Good Friday), at the hands of the Roman government, and some Jewish religious leaders. Jesus came back to
life (Easter), in body and spirit, three days after He was crucified. Forty days after His resurrection, He ascended into Heaven and took His place at God’s right hand. His death paid for all the sins that had ever, and will ever, be committed. His resurrection proved His power over physical death and lets us
know that His promise of life after our physical death is true. (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew; Mark; Luke; John, in total; Acts 1:6-11; Philippians 2:5-11; I Timothy 2:5, 3:16; Revelation 11:15-17)

We believe that the Holy Spirit is how God manifests Himself in the world through Christ followers, today. In short, the Holy Spirit is God's very real presence in the lives of those who follow Christ. Through His presence in our lives, we find the power, the path, the passion, and the purpose to live Godly lives, and offer sacrificial service to help God's will be brought from heaven to
earth. (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6)

We believe in the holy Trinity; that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are equal as One in God. (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11)

We believe that heaven and hell are very real places. Heaven, wherever it may be, is the eternal, conscious presence with God. Hell, wherever it may be, is the eternal, conscious separation from God. (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34, 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 9:27; 11:16; I Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8)

We believe that all humanity is born sinful, and that our sin separates us from God. The only thing that can restore our relationship with God is to come to Him through relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ (being saved, salvation, conversion). We enter this relationship by professing our belief that Jesus is
Who He said He is, confessing our sin to God, repenting, and asking for His forgiveness, and by putting our faith in Jesus. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 2:21, 3:19; 16:31; Hebrews 9:22; I John 1:9)

We believe that there are two ceremonies (Sacraments) that Jesus instituted during His ministry here on earth, and in which we are called to participate. These ceremonies are Baptism and Communion (The Lord’s Supper). Baptism and Communion are both signs of God’s grace and of His good will
toward us, His creation. (Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25)

We believe that we are drawn to God, restored by God, and made more like God through His undeserved, unmerited love that we call grace. God’s prevenient grace (Luke 24:45; John 6:44, 65; 12:32; Acts 16:14; I Corinthians 2:14) draws us to Him, His justifying grace (Romans 3:22-24; Ephesians 2:8-9) cleanses us when we seek forgiveness for our sins, and His sanctifying grace (I Thessalonians 5:23; Titus 2:11-12; Hebrews 10:14) helps us to grow to become more like Him after we are saved.

We believe the Bible when it says that God made us in His image and as such, He has given each of us free will. We do not believe that God created some of humanity to respond to Him with a predetermined/predestined faith while others have no hope of knowing Him at all. (Deuteronomy 30:15-19; Joshua 24:14-15; Mark 8:34; Galatians 5:13; Revelation 3:20)

We believe that Christ's death for the sins of humanity was not once-for- some (known as “limited atonement”), but once-for-all who choose (through exercise of their free will) to respond to His desire for relationship with us, His creation. He makes His desire for a relationship with us known to us
through His prevenient grace. (Acts 2:21; Romans 8:28; 9:33; II Corinthians 5:14-15; II Peter 3:9)

We believe that even after we have received God’s grace in salvation, because we possess free will, we may depart from that grace and fall, again, into a life characterized by sin. However, our God is patient and forgiving, and through His grace we may rise again, be forgiven, and renew our relationship with God. (II Chronicles 15:1-2; Matthew 7:19-23; Romans 11:18-22; I Corinthians 9:27; Galatians 5:1-5; Revelations 22:19)

We believe that those who follow Christ should bear witness to their relationship with Christ through the testimony of their faith and their service of good works. God's grace leads those of the faith community to trust in Him to hold to and cherish the Spiritual union that binds the universal Christian
Church together, and to serve others in the name of Christ by following the example that Christ set for us during His life and ministry on earth. (Psalm 133:1; John 17:21; I Corinthians 12:13, 27; James 1:1-27, 5:16; Hebrews 10:1-39)

We believe Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. On His return and at His command the dead in Christ will be resurrected to life. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures. (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; John 5:28-29; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7)

We believe that marriage is defined in the Bible as a covenant, a sacred bond between one biological man and one biological woman, instituted by and publicly entered into before God, and that human sexuality is a gift of God that is to be affirmed as it is exercised within the legal and spiritual covenant of a loving and monogamous marriage between one biological man and one biological woman. (Genesis 1:28; Matthew 19:4-6; Hebrews 13:4)

We believe the practice of abortion to be abhorrent except in the cases of tragic conflicts of life against life. (Psalm 51:5-6, Psalm 139:13-16; Isaiah 49:1b; Jeremiah 1:4-5; Luke 1:39-45)

Rules to Live By

First: Do no harm. Avoid evil of every kind. (Romans 13:10)

Second: Do good. Be merciful; as you have opportunity, doing good of every possible sort, and, as far as possible, to all humanity. (II Thessalonians 3:13)

Third: Tend to your relationship with God. Participate in the public worship of God and minister in His Name. Participate in the Lord’s Supper. Practice family and private prayer. Reading, study, and search the Scriptures. Practice fasting and/or abstinence. These are just a few of the ways to be mindful of
and grow in your relationship with God. (James 1:1-27; Hebrews 10:1-39)