For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
God The Father is our Architect: We believe we serve a big and supernatural God. One who is eternal, self-existent, immutable, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He has perfect Holiness, perfect righteousness, perfect faithfulness and perfect love. We believe that God The Father is our architect, source and foundation.
God The Son is our Advocate: We believe that Jesus was both fully man and fully God and represents the sinless union of the divine and human natures which qualifies Him to be the only sacrificial mediator between God and man. God The Son is our advocate, mediator, and redeemer. And is the center of everything that we do. We call Him the agenda because His name is the only name that saves. His power is the only power that can raise us from the dead and set people free. Our goal will never be simply to get people in the doors of our church, it will ultimately be for people to meet Jesus. We want to be known by and remembered for Jesus.
God The Spirit is our Illuminator: The Holy Spirit is the third divine person of the eternal Godhead, co-equal, co-eternal and co-existent with The Father and The son. It is His ministry to convict and convert man as well as to reveal The Son and The Father to the believer. We believe that God the Spirit is our illuminator, our revelatory, our communicator and our window. We seek to lead and be led by the spirit not by our flesh.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Scriptures are a revelation of God, coming from God, and flowing through and to man. We believe that the Bible is the only written authoritative revelation of God, articulated by God through His word. It is the word of God revealed to human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is infallible and 100% accurate. It has supreme authority in all matters of faith and morals and has eternal relevance. It is our only offensive weapon against the spirit of darkness. We read the Bible to learn what God said about Himself, to draw closer in intimacy with Him and to fight the good fight of faith.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
In the Great Commission, Jesus commands us to go out into the world to make disciples. Please see remaining of list for a more detailed look into how He has called us to walk this out.
A WORLD REDEEMED IS OUR VISION
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us." Ephesians 1:7-8
The word redemption represents the deepest most awe provoking event in the history of mankind, Christ dying for our sins. Redemption literally means to purchase back something that had been lost, by the payment of a ransom. Our redemption was purchased at the highest price: JESUS. He tore down every veil that separated us from our Father, allowing us to step into a right relationship with Him.
REDEMPTION is a gift that our Father gave in exceeding measure because He is rich in grace. We are forgiven, through His blood - A PRESENT POSSESSION that can be understood when you accept that salvation is not a product from a hand raise, but an ongoing and outworking of a relationship with Him.
So when we say a world redeemed is our vision we mean seeing people walk in the gift that God has given to all of those who have been predestined to receive it. Our vision is for P Ē Ø P Ł Ë Š all over the Earth, praising and glorifying God. Walking in the wrecking truth that they were purchased back (redeemed) at the highest price, not by merit but because of who God is.
(1 Timothy 2:5-6)
THE GOSPEL IS OUR DECLARATION
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son."
The Gospel is not about you or me. The Gospel is about Jesus.
He is not a Christian concept. He is the Messiah. There is no other name under which we will gather or upon which we will stand.
We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners. We have a default sinful condition that leads to death and destruction and severed any ability to commune with our God the Father. But God, who is rich in mercy, made a way through His Son, Jesus. Who came to Earth, fully God and fully Man, bearing the weight of our sins so that we may have life and have it abundantly.
This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ: The Good News of His redemptive love.
When we remove the Gospel from our lives we lose the depth of our sinfulness and the greatness of God’s love for us. This is dangerous because a person, who does not believe that they are a sinner, will see no need for a Savior.
(1 Corinthians 15:1-5) (Romans 1:16)
THE KINGDOM IS OUR LENS
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness… "
We want to be known for celebrating what God is doing, regardless of where He is doing it and through whom He has chosen to do it through. To celebrate His work is to celebrate Him. We love our family at For the Peoples Church, but we know that we are just a small part of the global body of believers, where Christ is the head. This is His Church. We will join Him in edifying and strengthening His Church in whatever way He asks us to.
We are committed to being Kingdom minded in all matters standing unified with The Local and Global Church.
Celebrating what God is doing throughout the world wherever He is proclaimed and submitted to.
(Ephesians 1:22) (1 Thessalonians 5:10-11)
HEAVEN IS OUR CITIZENSHIP
"But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body."
The scriptures teach that man is on probation during his time on Earth.
Those who respond to God’s grace and obey Him will be eternally rewarded in heaven.
In a world laced with uncertainty and ever-changing circumstances, we will remain grounded in the truth that Earth is not our home. Although we are in the world we are not of the world.
We are citizens of Heaven, residents on Earth.
WORSHIP IS OUR HEART
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
Worship is not a feel good song. It's not a self-focused experience. It is a God glorifying posture.
It is a daily heart posture fully submitted to Him and His way.
It is an ever-increasing acknowledgment of who God is in perfection, holiness and righteousness.
True worship is un-phased by changing circumstances. It is about WHO He is, not simply what He can do for you. It’s never about us. It’s always about Him.
We are committed to not be consumers of an experience or a feeling, but PARTICIPATORS in authentic truth filled, Spirit led worship pointing all the value, worth and praise to our Father.
"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."
1 John 3:16-18
Jesus was in the business of people. So in modeling His character, and growing in Christ-likeness we believe that we should exemplify His heart.
People greatly matter to God. Therefore, they are important to us.
Both the lost, who we have yet to encounter and the saved that He has entrusted to us.
People aren't simply assets to be used. They are hearts to be stewarded.
We aren't interested in building a congregation to socially parade, our hearts are aimed at strengthening individuals in truth to carry their crosses, and learn to die to themselves daily.
(Matthew 22:36-40) (Luke 19:10)
FAMILY IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY
"Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
Church is much more than an organization you join, it is a family to which you belong.
The Body of Christ is not some metaphorical family that meets one once a week to exchange pleasantries. The first Christ followers saw themselves as literal brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers to everyone who bore Christ’s name.
We love you because we are family, placed together in the House of God. We are God’s people, alive because of His grace.
So we are committed to walking with you through all seasons even if it isn’t comfortable or convenient. Your burdens are our burdens. Your wins are our wins.
Together we build, together we suffer and together we stand for the sake of the Gospel.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Our love for people will not water down the offensiveness of the Gospel. Ou love for people will in fact do the opposite.
Frivolous words of affirmation aren’t love. But neither is condemnation.
True love confronts sin, not because it is wrong but because it is killing you and is in conflict with God in your hearts.
Love and truth are not divorced from each other. They work in concert with each other as an extension of Him.
For the Peoples Church will take the time and initiative to prayerfully execute Christ centered love because true love exposes sin with the goal of repentance and true love cares for you no matter the season.
Just like Jesus’ ministry, our aim is to meet needs (physical, spiritual, emotional) making a pathway for the power of the Gospel to penetrate the hearts of His people.
(1 Corinthians 13:13)
JOY IS OUR CHOICE
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." James 1:2-5
Happiness is contingent upon circumstances but joy is everlasting and endures through hardship.
Every day is a gift. Every breath is a gift. We deserve death but God gives us life and that’s something to always rejoice in.
Joy is a choice we get to live by because we have salvation and eternity in Him.
Joy is our choice to honor God no matter what we might be facing.
Joy is a consistent response not a circumstantial choice.
We can be content in all things because Christ gives us the strength to. Taking all of our thoughts and making them obedient to Him and taking care of our thoughts when we are alone with Him so we can take responsibility for our attitudes and words when we are with His people.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. & the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”
We want to be a house that doesn't just try to let things go but that knows how to die to self daily because that is a picture of surrender.
The cross was a system of death so to take up one’s cross and follow Jesus means to die to oneself. It’s not a slogan or charm on a neckless, it’s our privilege.
What God is after in our surrender is to give us more of Himself. In society today, it’s natural for people to demand their own way. Especially as Americans, knowing and demanding our rights has become a part of our identity. However, when we make Jesus Lord of our life, we surrender the right to lead our lives as we see fit and place ourselves under His authority and submit to be led by Him. Followers of Jesus surrender their personal agenda to Him daily. Enjoying only in the privileges He loving and with sovereignty allows. You can't serve yourself and God. So, in saying surrender is our posture we mean that we are willing to take God's side against our own every time. You will either be a slave to your sin or a slave to His righteousness. And as a church we count with immense joy and honor to be slaves and servants to His righteousness.
SERVANTHOOD IS OUR POSITION
"In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!"
We believe the highest call in life is serving on the front lines in God’s Army. Jesus modeled serving. He came to serve not be served. Therefore, we believe that every person in the Body of Christ has a calling to serve others.
As a church, we believe that if you are too proud to serve, you lack the humility to lead. And if serving is beneath you, then leading is beyond you.
When you have been transformed by the Gospel, you can’t help but to want to participate in reaching the world with it.
Free people, free people and saved people, serve people.
It is not a matter of will I serve today, but how will I serve today. Serving is a daily heart posture not a weekly action. It is a lifestyle and therefore our position.
"This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."
Those who have shaped our world the most (for better or worse) have carried the deepest convictions.
Christ carried the heaviest conviction of all, that He was the Messiah.
Our conviction is to follow Him at all cost.
God is way more concerned with our character than our comfort. His plan is to perfect us, not pamper us.
While character and convictions can be learned in the classroom, they are built in the trenches of our circumstances.
How will you respond to sin? How will you respond to suffering?
Our prayer is that the preaching and resources of this house, convict people of their sin and point them to their need for their Savior. A person who does not see themselves as a sinner, will not see a need for a Savior.
HONOR IS OUR DEMONSTRATION
"When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Honor is a by-product of being with Jesus. As a church strive to stay close to and submitted Him. We believe that honor should go in every direction and leaders honor best when they wholeheartedly and loving shepherd the flock they have been entrusted with. We honor the Lord by honoring our leaders, teammates and our family.
We refuse to gossip and we refuse to slander as we are committed to not fighting against our bothers and sisters but for them, against the darkness, rebuking all that is not of God.
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."
Excellence isn’t a stage of development. It’s the spirit in which we serve.
We believe God deserves our very best.
God is worthy of excellence and the people He entrusts us with are worth our excellence because they were worth His life.
Excellence is more than a standard. It is a spirit in which we do things. God is into details, so we are into details. God is organized, so we are organized. We believe that excellence not only honors God but also inspires His people.
(Colossians 3:23-24) (Daniel 6:3)
GENEROSITY IS OUR PRIVILEGE
"You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to" God.
2 Corinthians 9:11-12
We believe that Christians should the most generous people on the planet because we are the recipients of the greatest gift the world has ever known. Something we could never earn, take credit for or possibly be entitled to.
Generosity is about giving back to God everything we have been given because it’s all ultimately His to begin with. It is our response to the acknowledgment of who He is and what He did for us. Generosity is less about money and more about our hearts and trust in the sovereignty of God to supply all our needs.
With our generosity, we refuse to be distracted by our (in)ability, and instead look to God’s ability, His never-ending, never exhausted fountain of life.
So we will be generous for His glory. We give not because we have to, but because it is our privilege to partner with Him. We have freely received, so we can freely give. Generosity is our response to the exceeding measure of His love He so generously lavished on us.
“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”
As a church, our success will be measured by our obedience to God. What has my Father asked me to do? Not how will He use me today? We will be willing vessels for His Glory no matter the cost because if God ordains it, it is eternally significant.
Whether it’s a mop or a microphone, using what God has entrusted in our hands to fulfill in His mission is the greatest honor He could bestow on us.
Doing what He has commanded of us in His word. Obeying Him at all cost. This is the greatest level of earthly success we could ever achieve for the Kingdom.