Beliefs & Values
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We believe God is eternally existent, co-equal in three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit according to Genesis 1:28; Matthew 28:18; Luke 3:22; John 1:1.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, in His virgin birth and sinless life; He is simultaneously fully God and fully man; He died as a redeeming substitute for our sins, was buried and bodily resurrected, and ascended to the right hand of the Father; and, in His personal return in power and glory according to Isaiah 7:14, 53:5; Matthew 1:23; John 1:14; Acts 2:29-36; Galatians 3:13; Hebrews 4:15; Philippians 2:6-11; I Thessalonians 4:16; I Timothy 2:5.
We believe in the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Trinity, whose ministry is convicting us of our sins; and, who indwells the Christian; comforting, teaching and empowering the believer to lead a godly life according to Ezekiel 36:27; Matthew 3:11, John 14: 16-17, 16:8; Acts 1:8.
We believe the Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, were written by men divinely inspired by God through the Holy Spirit, without error, to be the final authority in faith and life according to Isaiah 40:8; II Peter 1:21; II Timothy 3:16-17.
We believe man is created in the image of God to be in fellowship with God and to reconcile the earth to God. We believe man was tempted by Satan, fell under the influence of sin, became disobedient to God by choice and helpless to restore himself, thus forsaking his divine mission in life. Man is the object of God’s love in Jesus Christ, who came so man could resume his original divine mission in life according to Genesis 1:26-28; John 3:15-17; Romans 3:23, 5:12-21; I Corinthians 3:5-10, 16:8; Acts 1:8.
We believe salvation is only by grace, not by works, received by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, thereby permitting us to be reconciled to God according to Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10, 13.
We believe in the resurrection of the dead; the believer to life everlasting in Heaven and the unrepentant to the resurrection of judgment of everlasting punishment in Hell as outlined in Matthew 6:20-21; Revelation 20:11-15, 21:8.
We believe Satan rebelled against God; became the author of sin; is at war with God for control of the earth; is the enemy of God and man, and he and his followers shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire according to Job 1:6; Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 22:31; Ephesians 6:11-12; Revelation 20:10.
Grace and Truth
We believe grace and truth are inseparable.
Jesus loves and accepts people as they are, yet too much to leave them there. He embraced truth, and consistently presented truth with grace and love. We are committed to presenting biblical truth in the context of grace, and graciously teaching truth.
Relevance and Inclusion
We believe that relevance and inclusion please God and attract people.
Relevance and inclusion are hallmarks of Jesus’ public ministry. Similarly, we reach people by using culturally relevant methods to effectively present timeless truth. Regardless of background or beliefs, we want you to feel welcome and accepted at WCC.
Worship and Teaching
We believe an environment rich in dynamic worship and clear teaching encourages people to connect with God and experience an openness to his Word.
We believe the church thrives when led by maturing Christ followers who share Jesus Christ with others.
According to the Romans 12:4-8 model, each person has areas of spiritual giftedness. Some teach, some lead, and some serve. At WCC, leaders are appointed over specific ministries and the church is governed by Elders who meet the qualifications of 1Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:5-9.
We believe a fully devoted follower of Christ is first a servant.
Fully devoted Christ-followers actively use their spiritual gifts to serve God and people. Mark 10:45 says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.”
We believe our lives are characterized by loving, authentic relationships.
Community is where God teaches us about himself, and polishes us into better versions of ourselves where he is clearly reflected. In large and small groups, people gather at WCC to develop relationships and care for one another.
We believe a normal response to God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness is to invite Christ to be Lord of our lives. The Biblical examples of sacrifice, servanthood, stewardship, and the pursuit of a deepening relationship with God typifies the life of Christ followers.
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