“Connecting People to Jesus”
This mission statement comes from 2 Cor. 5:20 where we are called Chirst’s ambassadors pleading with people to “Come back to God.” This simple statement is what drives everything we do. Our desire is to see those who do not have a relationship with Jesus united with Him. Sin has broken our relationship with God but Jesus has broken sin!
God’s vehicle to see this mission accomplished is His Church. Our desire is to see the local church(es) engaged in the Mission to which Jesus has called us. We see this lived out in our PACC Vision.
“To be a church of multiple sites within the Spokane/ CDA area”
We want to be active in meeting the true needs of the poor and disenfranchised in our community. We also want to see new believers and existing believers growing in their walk with God and connecting people to Jesus.
Gathering, Growing and Going is the strategy God has given us to fulfill the vision of seeing multiple church sites in our community. We faithfully Gather together to worship our Savior, hear God’s Word and experience the Holy Spirit. We also devote ourselves to coming together in community groups to Grow in who we are in Christ and what He has for us. The purpose of Gathering and Growing are to propel us to Go and accomplish the Mission of ‘connecting people to Jesus’.
The process comes full circle when as we Go into new parts of our community and establish community groups for the purpose of Growing, we reach a point where we have multiple community groups in that area and are able to launch a Gathering.
Gathering, Growing and Going are not mutually exclusive. They overlap in every area of church and life. It is essential for us to participate in each dynamic. This isn’t required to bring us justification or any kind of righteousness, rather it is in response to the amazing grace God has shown us in His Son Jesus Christ and the incredible redemptive work Christ did on the cross.
Our prayer is that this mission and vision would become your mission and vision. It wouldn’t be a “wouldn’t that be nice if that happened” statement. Instead it would be a “this must happen” statement! As we join together to build, may we be captivated by the potential of the church and God’s transforming power!
We embrace the Bible as Truth and inspired by God. Therefore it is essential for our faith and life. As believers we should faithfully study and apply it to our lives. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13
There is one eternal, living, loving, powerful and true God, the Creator of all things, existing in three distinct persons; FATHER, SON and HOLY SPIRIT.
Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Savior of all. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He was fully God and fully man, yet lived without sin. He walked, talked, drank, ate and breathed. He performed miracles and taught Truth to all who would listen.
Because of His sinless life He was the perfect sacrifice and exchanged His life of righteousness for our life of sin. He died on the cross, was buried in the grave and rose from the dead on the third day. He personally appeared to over 500 of His disciples after His resurrection. He then ascended to heaven and was and still is exalted and enthroned at the right hand of the Father.
Luke 1:26-35; John 1:18; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7; Colossians 1:19, 29; Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 2:33, 5:31; 1 Peter 3:21-22
The Good News for all mankind is Jesus Christ! Because of who He is and what He has done there is salvation for all who repent and put their faith in Him. In Christ we are a new creation, born again by the Holy Spirit, free from the power of sin, delivered from condemnation and given the righteousness of Christ.
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. While we cannot earn a right standing with God by doing good works, a life of righteousness and good works is the only appropriate response for someone who has believed the Gospel (Gal. 5:13). So while the Gospel is good news to be believed, a holy lifestyle is an outworking and implication of believing the Gospel.
Romans 1:16-17 Galatians 1:6-11; John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5 Galatians 5:13; James 1:22-26
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is present and active in our lives and gatherings. He lives in all those who believe and actively guides, strengthens and teaches us. We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, a tangible experience of God’s empowering presence. The Holy Spirit has given the body of Christ gifts essential to the growth and maturity of His church.
Mark 1:8; Acts 2:1-4, 8:14-17, 10:44-46; John 14:16-17; Romans 8:9-17; John 4:13; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11
Man was created by God in His own image. Man sinned and as a result is spiritually dead and now subject to physical death. All are now born with a sinful nature resulting in just condemnation by God. Man is incapable of doing anything to restore, reconcile or justify himself in relationship to God.
Genesis 1:26; Romans 5:6-19
Water Baptism and Communion
As followers of Jesus our desire is to identify with Him in being water baptized and participating in communion on a regular basis. Water baptism is an act that follows an individual’s personal repentance and confession of faith in Jesus. Both of these acts are visual representations of the Gospel and are given for our assurance and comfort.
Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
We are the church. The church is not a religious institution, denomination, or building. Rather, the church is made of up of people who have been brought into new life by God. We no longer exist to live for ourselves, but now follow Jesus and live for God. The church exists to worship God as its highest calling and joy, and to sweep others into this same joy by serving them and sharing the gospel with them. It is in the community of the church that believers learn how to follow Jesus as His disciples.
Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:42
The consummation of all things will be inaugurated by the physical, visible and glorious return of Jesus Christ, who will return in great power and glory to be seen by all, unlike his first coming in relative obscurity. Satan, his minions and all those outside of Christ, alive or dead, will be judged and cast eternally from the benevolent presence of God into a place known as hell, and will experience eternal conscious punishment for their sins.
Those who have experienced the saving grace of God will, however, be given glorious bodies that will be united with their eternal souls. These ransomed people will live and reign with God forever and ever, enjoying life free of sin, and an earth redeemed from the curse of sin. And so the People of God will be with God in His place, serving, working, playing, eating, drinking, reigning, and singing, to His glory and their joy, forever and ever, without end. Then shall the eager expectation of creation be fulfilled and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God, who makes all things new. In this we put our hope.
Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Timothy 4:1 Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10-15 John 3:16; John 5:24; John 14:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9