A Message From Pastor Steve

OUR VISION & DIRECTION

So, why is Spout Springs Church here? Well, we believe there are four main reasons God has placed us here.

We are a church in process. Always. The statements we use to describe ourselves are just as much about what we aspire to be as who we are. These statements don’t imply that we do these perfectly or that no other churches do them as well as we do. They are simply a way of pointing to who we want to be when we grow up.

When we ask people what they like best about SSC, the answers usually circle a single idea: Spout Springs Church is a safe place. We don’t pretend to be anything we’re not. We’re just a bunch of screwed up people trying to figure out life together. That’s both who we are and an intentional part of our strategy. We work hard to create an environment where people can come with their quirks, hang-ups, and problems, and feel accepted from the first moment they drive on campus.

Max Lucado says that God loves everyone just the way they are, but he loves them too much to let them stay that way. We are the same way. In everything we do we strive to help people advance on their spiritual journey, whether it’s to accept Christ by opening a Blue Bag, develop the personal habits that lead toward maturity, or join a group for accountability and encouragement on the journey.

We don’t lead our people to be comfortable, we push them to accomplish things that have authentic impact. We work to help the least and reach the lost, both locally and around the world. There is no mission tourism. We look for ways to help people with real needs in ways that will make a difference. We get our hands dirty.

While we hold strongly to our beliefs, we allow great freedom within those beliefs. We try to learn from Christians who are different and fully accept people into our fellowship from all authentic Christian traditions.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

What you believe drives what you do just as much as your values . This is What We Believe!

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22 ; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 11 Corinthians 13:14

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He bodily arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Matthew 1:22,23 ; Isaiah 9:6 ; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30 ; Hebrews 4:14,15;  1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4 ; Acts 1:9-11 ; I Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian should seek to live under His control daily. 2 Corinthians 3:17 ; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17 ; Acts 1:8 ; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13 ; Galatians 5:25 ; Ephesians 5:1

The Bible is God’s Word to all humanity. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13 ; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Although we have tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This attitude separates us from God. Genesis 1:27 ; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6 a; Romans 3:23 ; Isaiah 59:1,2

Salvation is a gift from God to us. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith. Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in the salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. Romans 6:23 ; Ephesians 2:8,9 ; John 14:6, 1:12 ; Titus 3:5 ; Galatians 3:26 ; Romans 5:1 ; John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14 ; I Peter 1:3-5

We were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. John 3:16 ; John 2:25 ; John 5:11-13 ; Romans 6:23 ; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12 ; Matthew 25:31-46

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