About Us

Setting Captives Free exists to help men and women to freedom through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Setting Captives Free was established in 2000 by Mike and Jody Cleveland and was revised to Setting Captives Free 2.0 in 2017 to communicate more clearly the power of the gospel in the transformation of hearts and lives. 

Setting Captives Free is under the oversight of a board of directors and is a ministry of Gospel Growth Ministries, a 501C3 non-profit organization founded by Mike and Jody Cleveland.

Setting Captives Free 2.0 Doctrinal Statement 

We believe in God the Father, Creator of all, Who created the entire universe out of nothing by His powerful Word1. God the Father so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son Jesus to die on the cross, to purchase forgiveness and eternal life for all who believe2

We believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God3, co-equal with the Father4, Who came to this earth as God in the Flesh5, lived a perfect and holy life6, then died substitutionally7 to pay for the sins of His people8, according to the Scriptures.9 Three days later He rose from the dead according to the Scriptures10 and ascended to the Father11, where He now intercedes for all He died to save12 and will return to take us to be with Him forever13.  

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third Member of the Trinity14, whose role it is to draw sinners to Jesus Christ15; He does this by showing them the gospel, reminding them of everything Jesus said and did16, convicting them of sin (which is what we have), righteousness (which is what we need) and judgement (which is what we deserve)17, making Christ precious to all believers18. The Holy Spirit comes to live in all who receive Christ by faith19, as an earnest or down payment of the fullness of intimacy all believers will have with Christ through eternity20, and the Holy Spirit seals all believers forever21

We believe the Holy Spirit gives gifts to all believers for the purpose of building up the body of Christ22. These gifts are to be used in humility, never pointing to ourselves or to the Spirit but always used for the glory of God, always pointing to Christ, and always used for the benefit of others23

We believe the Scriptures are God’s infallible Word24, inerrant in their original languages25, and are used by the Spirit of God to make us wise to salvation26 through their constant portrayal of the gospel27 and calls for us to repent and believe the good news28

We believe the gospel is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe29, is the primary means the Holy Spirit uses in sanctification30 and is the primary subject of the Bible31. The gospel is to be preached in the power of the Spirit32 to reach the hearts of men and women33 and to transform them into the image of Jesus Christ34.  

We believe the gospel is to be heard, believed, received and confessed by men and women, who then confess their sins to God and receive eternal life as a gift of God’s grace and love35. Through believing the gospel the entire Trinity comes to live in each believer.36 

We believe the universal church is God’s invisible building on earth37, Christ’s body,38 and bride,39 and is made up of people from all nations, tribes and tongues, and will include people from all denominations40. The church’s role is to proclaim the gospel so as to evangelize and teach all people41

We believe the church was prepared beforehand to do good works42, to spread the gospel43, to love people44, to care for the sick and dying, to visit prisoners45, care for orphans and widows46, to fulfill the great commission of Jesus Christ47.  

We believe in the ordinances of baptism, communion (the Lord’s Supper) and marriage48

Written by Mike Cleveland

[1] Hebrews 11:3 and Colossians 1:16 

[2] John 3:16 

[3] John 20:31 

[4] John 1:1, John 10:30, 

[5] 1 Timothy 3:16, John 1:1-2,14  

[6] Hebrews 4:15, 1 John 3:5 

[7] 1 Peter 2:23-25, Mark 10:45, Romans 5:6, John 10:11 

[8] 1 Corinthians 6:20, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23, 1 Peter 3:18 

[9] 1 Corinthians 15:1-5, Psalm 22, Isaiah 53 

[10] 1 Corinthians 15:1-5, Psalm 16:10-11, Jonah 1:17 with Matthew 12:40 

[11] John 20:17 

[12] Hebrews 7:25, Romans 8:34, 1 Timothy 2:5-6 

[13] Matthew 24:30-31, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 

[14] Genesis 1:2,26, Matthew 28:19, John 15:26 

[15] John 6:44, John 16:7-15 

[16] John 14:26 

[17] John 16:7-15 

[18] 1 Corinthians 2:10 

[19] Ephesians 1:13 

[20] 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 

[21] Ephesians 1:13-14, Revelation 7:3-4 

[22] 1 Corinthians 12:11 

[23] 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, John 16:13-14 

[24] Psalm 12:6, Proverbs 30:5-6, Matthew 5:18 

[25] 2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Corinthians 2:13 

[26] 2 Timothy 3:15, Psalm 19:6-11 

[27] Luke 24:25-27, John 5:39 

[28] Mark 1:15 

[29] Romans 1:16 

[30] 2 Timothy 3:15-17 

[31] 1 Corinthians 15:1-6 

[32] 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 

[33] Acts 2:37 

[34] Romans 8:29, 2 Corinthians 3:18 

[35] Romans 10:13-17 

[36] John 14:23 

[37] 1 Corinthians 3:9 

[38] 1 Corinthians 12:27, Revelation 21:9 

[39] Ephesians 5:25 

[40] Revelation 7:9 

[41] Mark 16:15 

[42] Ephesians 2:10 

[43] Matthew 16:15 

[44] John 13:34 

[45] Matthew 25:36 

[46] James 1:27 

[47] Matthew 28:16-20 

[48] Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 11:23-25, Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6