Thanks for taking the time to find out more about our community. We believe you belong here. Don’t worry about whether you look the part or act the part (whatever you think that might be). We don’t have to agree on every religious or political idea in order to be a part of what Jesus is doing in our midst. In fact, when we come together around Jesus in spite of our differences we get to experience a beautiful picture of the way God designed the Church. The Holy Spirit wants to do amazing things in each of our lives.
You may have wondered what God is like or what the Bible actually says. We believe God looks like Jesus and that the Bible is a story that points to Him. We’d love to invite you into that story and show you how a Jesus-looking God changes everything. It is this view of Jesus that shapes what we believe and how we live in this world with others. It brings meaning to our pain, hope to our suffering, and a future to create. This world is broken, but Jesus wants to use people like us to make all things new.
The apostle John quoted Jesus when He said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). This is the abundant life that is only found in Him. It’s why the Gospel is referred to as good news. The mission of Abundant Life Church is simple: “Giving ourselves to make the Gospel good news for others.” The Gospel is inherently good news, but there are too many examples of people turning it into bad news for others by the way they use it only for their personal gain. We invite you to experience the good news for yourself and then join us in extending it to those around us.
We’d love to see you soon at one of our campuses.
IN THE ESSENTIALS, WE HAVE UNITY
At Abundant Life Church, we believe that God, in His grace and mercy, because of His love for us, redeemed sinful man to Himself through Jesus Christ. Jesus, by His death on the cross, paid the penalty for our sins and it is only through Him that we can receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life. We come to know and understand God’s will for our lives through His Word, the Bible. It is the only supreme source of authority and no other writings are similarly inspired.
We affirm the essential beliefs of the Church, including:
- the inspiration and authority of all Scripture
- the triune nature of God
- the deity, humanity, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ
- the creation of the world
- the fall of humanity
- the need for salvation in Jesus alone
- the return of Jesus
- and God’s ultimate victory over evil
IN THE NON-ESSENTIALS, WE HAVE LIBERTY
IN ALL OUR BELIEFS, WE SHOW LOVE
1 Corinthians 13:2
FULL STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
God is the creator and ruler of the universe, He eternally exists in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three are co-equal and are one God (trinity). He is constantly operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.
Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:17; Matthew 28:18-19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:6; Exodus 3:14; Colossians 2:9; Acts 5:3-4
God the Son became a man in the person Jesus Christ, was without sin and died for humanity’s sins, rose physically from the dead and will come again to earth to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
John 1:1,14; 1 Peter 2:24; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Revelation 22:20
God is present in the world through the Holy Spirit to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit also lives in Christians after salvation, guiding believers in understanding and applying spiritual truth, as well as providing power to lead a life of Christ-like character and bear fruit to the glory of the Father.
Acts 1:8, 2:38; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16, 6:19; John 14:26
People are made in the image of God to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin which separates us from Him.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God which makes each of us in need of salvation. The good news of the gospel is that salvation is a free gift out of God’s grace to us and cannot be earned nor is it deserved. That gift is available to all who believe in Jesus Christ and accept the perfect and sufficient work of the cross which paid for our sins.
Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9-10; John 3:16
Spiritual gifts are available for all times, however, God in His sovereignty gives gifts on whom He will and must be practiced according to the principles found in the Bible.
Romans 12:3-8; I Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11-16; I Peter 4:10-11
We were created in the image of God but due to sin are all in need of salvation. Those who accept the free gift of salvation will have ever lasting life in fellowship with God in Heaven. Those who have not accepted this gift, will be eternally separated from God.
Genesis 1:27; John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Romans 10:9
We observe communion as an opportunity to remember the deity, humanity, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This opportunity, which is a culmination of our celebration and worship, is provided for all believers following the precedent of the early church who assembled every first day of the week and shared in this remembrance.
Acts 2:42, 20:7; I Corinthians 11:23-29
We believe the scriptures are God’s inspired word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth and authority for Christian beliefs and living.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
THE SECOND COMING
The second coming is a subject of many differing opinions. It is enough that Jesus will return to this earth to gather His church at a time when no one knows.
Matthew 24:36; I Thessalonians 4:13-5:2; John 14:3
STEWARDSHIP AND GIVING
The Bible teaches that all we have (time, talent, income) comes from God and belongs to God. He has given it to us, and we are to be good stewards, or managers, of it. The church is supported by the members who are faithful stewards. A part of being a good steward is giving back to God the first part of our income for the work of the local church.
1 Chronicles 29:16; Psalm 24:1; 1 Corinthians 10:6; 1 Corinthians 16:2