A Word from Pastor Les
Jesus Christ is The Journey
Our purpose is to help people experience Jesus Christ—He is the journey. Those who experience the journey are meant to invite all to join the journey.
Our church journey is guided by God’s Great Commandment to love and Jesus Christ’s Great Commission to go. Our purpose defines how we read the map of life, how we travel together, and what we deem important for this life.
Our purpose is to get people on this “Jesus journey” and help them develop “Christ-strength” so they can help others travel well on the journey. “We believe when we are committed to a journey of God-love and God-stories that we will grow great people, do great things, and live great lives.
The Great Commandment: Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…soul…and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:36-40
The Great Commission: Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20
First, before I see a church, I see a PEOPLE…
I see a people passionately connected to God and reflecting His love for them in every word they speak, in every thing they do, and wherever they live.
I see a people where religious preferences take a back seat to God’s overwhelming love and amazing grace; where a person with different morals, shallow character, and no church history can enjoy their company; where their stories about God are practical, inspiring, and Biblically true.
I see a people that are fun; a people where joy runs rampant and the laughter is captivating; where people experience God’s love in the midst of fun people.
I see a people who understand and utilize their spiritual gifts and talents for the benefit and rescue of all who live on this planet; a people who are unselfish in what they give, uninhibited in how they give, and who open their lives, their homes, and their finances.
I see a people whose calendars and check books reflect God’s heart towards helping the hurt and needy people within this community; a people who look after the “least of these” in this community.
I see a people who desire to see God move in supernatural ways; a people who are engaged in natural endeavors while always praying for supernatural results; a people who actively participate with God through their prayers, their faith actions, and their God-driven lives.
I see a people who are His People even if there are no buildings, no programs, no preaching, and no singing; a people radically marked by God’s tattoo of freedom and love.
Then, I see a Church: A Community of Believers Who Gather…
I see a church full of loving and caring people; where strangers are greeted like they were invited.
I see a church where the leaders respect your intelligence, understand your right to make decisions, and who clearly see your pain, while at the same time they challenge your thinking, question your choices, and force you to search out the source of your pain.
I see a church where the people are openly and unashamedly spiritual without being false; where God’s presence is felt in worship; where prayers were prayed with confidence that God was listening and responding; where the spirituality within the church service translated into life change.
I see a church where every member is a minister who is sharing their personal story with every step of their journey; where every member finds their ministry and uses their gifts and talents to meet other’s needs; where Christians can grow in home Bible studies and classes; where people can learn and grow in safety; where close friendships develop that will last a lifetime.
I see a church with thousands of members who gather at multiple sites in a variety of venues who are more interested in being His People then being a part of this church.
I see a church where all of our facilities are utilized to reach the community; where the property is a tool to engage the marketplace community; where the facilities benefit and bless the community beyond the activity of a worship service.
What We Believe
It is the inspired word of God and the foundation for all we believe.
He is the Creator of this universe. He is equal part Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. His greatest desire is to have a relationship with us.
Mankind was originally created in God’s image, but then the first man voluntarily disobeyed and fell from right standing with God.
The only way to the God of this universe is through His Son, Jesus Christ. Since we were born into sin and separated from God, there is a need for someone to reconnect us with our Father. Jesus, through His experience of overcoming a brutal death, is our connection to the Father.
It is the will of God that we be cleansed (sanctified) daily, always growing to better reflect the love of Jesus.
Baptism by Water
Being placed under water is simply an outward sign of what is taking place within your heart.
Baptism by the Spirit
This is a challenging thing for many people, but something that is not mystical, nor impractical. This baptism is to fill you up with God’s power, similar to that in the days of Jesus and His followers.
We are to walk daily with the help of the Holy Spirit; freely experiencing the natural results of God’s presence in our lives, while showing regular spiritual growth as evidence of God in our lives.
God has the power to heal the physically, mentally, and emotionally sick person in answer to the prayer of faith.
This return is both personal and guaranteed to happen in the future. After Christ returns, ALL of us will stand before God in Heaven and receive eternal life or death.