Alright- this is what we’re about. Here’s what we believe God has called us to as a church:
We exist to glorify God by making disciples who make disciples. Put another way, we desire to reach, teach, grow, and go. We want to REACH people far from God. Specifically, people who have been hurt by churches or religious people. We want to help them reconnect with God and his people. And help bring healing. We are called to TEACH (“Go and make disciples…teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you”- Jesus). As we teach, we GROW. We become fully-devoted followers of Christ. Carrying a cross. And GO back into our world to reach more.
We’re pretty sure this is a good mission. Heck, it even fits on a bumper sticker 🙂 Reach, Teach, Grow, Go!
MARRIED: for 32 years to Dolores
KIDS: Trent, 22 yrs old
QUALIFICATIONS: Loves Jesus. And yeah…education and experience. Bachelors degree in Pastoral Ministries, Masters Degree in Church Leadership. Former Youth Pastor, Pastor, Church Planter and College Campus Missionary (Va. Tech). (“And I’m sure God is very impressed by all this…”- Brian). But mainly…Loves Jesus.
What’s on your playlist right now? What isn’t? The Hu, Jeff Beck, Led Zep, Sabbath, Skynyrd, Talking Heads, Seventh Day Slumber, Chris Tomlin, The Cars, Madison Rising. And on and on.
Why? If you have to ask…well, then, you just wouldn’t understand.
Alright, a proviso: A church can list great doctrinal beliefs, yet not live those out in it’s practice. They can have incredible purpose statements…and contradict those statements with their actions.
So, rather than give all the right answers in great detail, what follows is the Cliff Notes version of our beliefs. We are not looking to have really impressive documents and statements, but changed lives by God’s grace. If the Cliff Notes version is not enough, drop us an email and we’ll be glad to get back with you. If you want to argue about beliefs or push a particular belief, drop an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. And yes, we say that with good will and sideways smileys 🙂
It is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. If the preacher contradicts the Bible, go with the Bible, not the preacher. It is God’s Word to us. Sola scriptura (as opposed to solo scriptura. Just google it, dude!)
We are Trinitarian and out of the closet about it! God is Eternal, Creator, Self-Existent, Holy, Love and so much more!
God in the flesh. Sinless life, sacrificial and vicarious death, atonement through his shed blood, bodily resurrection
God’s empowering Spirit, the third person of the trinity. Regenerates, seals, empowers for service, gifts believers- and that’s just for starters!
Heaven and Hell:
Conscious eternal existence. Through Jesus, we deserve one but get the other
Umm…we’re for it! People become believers in Christ by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. However, profession without expression is not a basis for confidence in eternal things. Translation: praying a prayer or walking some aisle in church (or even being [gasp!] baptized) does not make you believer. Faith in Christ will bear fruit or it’s not real faith at all
God’s truth is woven throughout the fabric of existence. Even nature itself almost shouts his Name. Meaning…all truth comes from him. He alone is fully true. And we can often find the thread of his truth in all of creation as well as in popular music, movies, art and drama. (Yes, we can find the opposite as well within pop culture.) But truth itself comes from God
The Bible is divided into the Old Testament (Covenant) and the New Testament (Covenant). The story of Jesus is the story of God ushering in a New Covenant in which everyone, Jew and Gentile alike, are given equal standing before God through faith in Jesus. Christians are under the New Covenant rather than the Old. (Hebrews 8:7-8, 13; Hebrews 10:8-10; Romans 10:4-5). Christ did not come to destroy the law, but fulfill its righteous requirements so that all who are in Christ through faith have fulfilled the Law through Christ and are no longer under the Old Covenant law code. Jesus is “the end of the Law for all who believe.”
Our entertainment-oriented culture has conditioned us to expect to be served rather than to serve. To “get from” rather than to “give to.” When we carry this attitude into a worship service, we tend to judge the entertainment quality of the music, the message and the overall service from a perspective of what we’ve received. These concepts are foreign to biblical worship. In the Bible, God always expected people to “present themselves” for worship. To “bring and give” rather than “receive and sit in judgment of.” Yeah, we want to continually strive to do our best in leading you into worship and Word. But the reality is (here’s the hammer, yo!), you’ll never grow or become like Jesus if your whole mindset is geared towards what you can get. People seldom love everything about a service. But God-centered people are seldom sitting in judgment of the entertainment. Instead, they’re busy presenting their hearts in worship and gratitude to God and opening their hearts to his Word. Dare ya to pray, “God, help me to approach worship looking give of myself this Sunday instead of trying to get from you and your people.” See what happens!