To love Jesus, love others, and meet needs.
The purpose of the Church is to glorify God by fulfilling the Great Commandment in Matthew 22:36-40 and the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20.
EVANGELISM & MISSION
To share the good news of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible in our community and throughout the world.
Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Peter 3:9
To help members develop toward full Christian maturity and train them for effective ministry. To promote personal, spiritual growth and discipleship through Bible teaching.
Ephesians 4:11-13; Matthew 18:20; 2 Timothy 2:2
To participate in public worship services together and to maintain personal daily devotions.
MINISTRY & SERVICE
To serve unselfishly, in Jesus' name meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those in our Church, community, and in the world.
1 Peter 4:10-11; Matthew 25:34-40; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Galatians 5:13
To encourage, support, and pray for each other as members of the family of God. To share our lives together.
1 John 1:7; Acts 2:44-47; Hebrews 10:23-25; Romans 15:5,7; John 13:34-35
This Church seeks to benefit the people of the Johnson Creek and surrounding communities, by providing opportunities for spiritual, physical, intellectual, social, and cultural development as described in Luke 2:52.
Our Core Values
Every venture we consider will be examined in light of these values, and we will never consider any ministry that falls outside the boundaries of these values.
Above all things, we treasure God and His glory. Christ is the very thing that sustains us and gives us hope, and we must remain connected to Him. He is the head of the church.
We value prayer, both corporate and personal, as a means of worship, confession, thanksgiving, and petition, and cannot expect the power of God amongst our people apart from prayer.
Psalm 46:10; Ephesians 6:18-19
We value the lost and believe that evangelism occurs at various levels, starting first with the individual, then the small group, then the corporate body, to include the support of missions and church planting.
We will present the truth of Jesus Christ in a relevant, creative format, through the power of the Holy Spirit, so as to impact and transform lives.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
We will be a place where people who are broken and stereotyped can come and receive love, forgiveness, acceptance, and a new beginning
Matthew 9:36; John 3:17
Every Christ-follower is a minister who has been given gifts by the Holy Spirit to be discovered, developed, and deployed for the expansion of the kingdom and the building up of the local church.
We value real connectedness, accountability to a local body of believers, and discipleship as it occurs best in small groups.
Acts 2:46-47; 1 Peter 3:8-12; 2 Timothy 2:2
We will identify emerging leaders who are fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ and train them to reach their generation with the Gospel
2 Timothy 2:2
Children are valuable and we will partner with parents in bringing them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Matthew 18:1-6; Ephesians 6:4
We will demonstrate sacrificial love and service to our local community.
Matthew 22:36-40; John 15:12-13; Romans 12:10, 13:8; Galatians 5:13, 6:2; 1 Peter 4:9; 1 John 3:16-18
Our Statement of Faith
We believe in a triune God, who, being one God, is also three entities: God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. And although being separate, being each God. He always was, is and always will be. He created all things. We believe that all three entities have always existed.
The only Son of God. He always existed with God. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died, was buried, and on the third day rose from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of God the Father. We believe He will come back in bodily form someday, to literally rapture all the Saints, and judge the living and the dead.
The third member of the Trinity. Active in humanity today. We believe that at the moment of salvation, every new believer is given the Holy Spirit, thus we do not hold to a second “baptism of the Holy Ghost”. We believe the evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit are the fruits listed in Galatians 5:22-23, and works or deeds. This does not in any way mean that “works” save, they do not. It is the result of what God does, not the other way around.
THE HOLY BIBLE
The Holy Bible (the 66 books) is God-breathed, complete, perfect, and infallible in the original text. They are reliable in every area of life. 2 Timothy 2:16 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” We take that literally. It is authoritative, profitable, and usable for reproof, correction, and instruction if one is to be righteous. God reveals Himself to us in character and nature, through His Word. If we are to be genuine Christians, we should seek to know the God of the Bible.
Created in the image of God. Adam sinned in the Garden, and original sin entered the world. Without a Savior, fallen man had no hope of having a restored relationship with God. We believe that when we are saved, our sin nature’s ability to control us is put to death. Romans 6:11 says, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” If we are truly regenerated, then we ought to be Saints who occasionally sin, rather than sinners who occasionally act like Saints.
We believe Jesus died once and for all. We believe the work was finished when He said it was in John 19:30 and Romans 10:9-10. We also believe in the security of the Believer, or “once saved, always saved.” from John 10:28. It is not what we do that gives us eternal life because God knows we won’t be faithful, but He is perfect, and He will be faithful even when we are not.
The church is God’s instrument on Earth, prior to the return of Christ, to accomplish the Great Commission. As the song states, “We are His hands, we are His feet, we are His instruments”. The only reason God does not rapture us as soon as we are saved, is because He called us to be “both salt and light” in a world that desperately needs both.
BAPTISM & COMMUNION
We believe in and practice two “Sacraments”: Baptism and Communion. We believe that Baptism is an outward proclamation of an inward decision. While baptism does not save, we are commanded to be baptized. We perform immersion baptism because that is the example that Jesus gave us. We celebrate communion as a memorial, in the pattern prescribed in 1 Corinthians 11.
We believe that the Bible teaches that marriage is ordained by God and is a sacred union between a man and a woman. In this relationship, a man and a woman become one flesh with God’s intention that the relationship is a lifelong and exclusive commitment of monogamy and faithfulness. Marriage between a man and a woman reflects what the Apostle Paul refers to as a “profound mystery” of the union between Christ and His Church. The only sexual relationship that is affirmed in the Bible as right and good is between one man and one woman in a loving marriage. Any sexual relationship outside of the confines of this biblical view of marriage is contrary to God’s design and is a sin. The Bible condemns sexual immorality in all its various forms, including same-sex relationships. We believe same-sex marriage to be a sin in violation of God’s design for marriage and human relationships as described in Genesis 2:21-25; Mark 10:6-9; Ephesians 5:3; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Leviticus 18:22, 20:13; and Romans 1:24-26. We believe God loves the sinner, whether that sin is homosexuality or any other sin. It is God’s desire to redeem the sinner and to transform the sinner into a new creation. Christians are to love all people regardless of belief, lifestyle, or personal history while holding forth the unchanging truth of God’s Word, including the truth about marriage, sexuality, and human relationships.