Who We Are
In 1993 Warsaw Community Church began out of a vision and passion to provide a relevant and grace-filled environment where people come to know just how much God loves them. By God’s hand and blessing we’ve grown from 150 people meeting in an elementary school to a couple thousand people gathering in our own facility in Warsaw.
Warsaw Community Church exists to help people; explore who God is, grow in their faith and relationship with Jesus Christ, connect with others through true Biblical community, and equip them to invest their life in serving and reaching others.
It’s what drives every decision we make and guides every conversation we have. This is who we are…
Growing deeper in our relationship with Christ, sharing the hope of the Gospel
We believe that God is eternally existent, co-equal in three persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (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; that He is true God and true man; that 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. (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).
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Trinity, whose present ministry is convicting us of our sins; and, who indwells the Christian; comforting, teaching and empowering the believer to lead a godly life. (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. (Isaiah 40:8; II Peter 1:21; II Timothy 3:16-17).
We believe that man was 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 was 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 that man could resume his original divine mission in life. (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 that salvation is only by grace, not by works, and is received by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, thereby permitting us to be reconciled to God. (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. (Matthew 6:20-21; Revelation 20:11-15, 21:8).
We believe that 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 that he and his followers shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6; Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 22:31; Ephesians 6:11-12; Revelation 20:10).
Grace and Truth
We believe that grace and truth are inseparable.
Jesus loved people enough to accept them as they were, and too much to leave them there. He never avoided the truth, but consistently presented it in a gracious and loving way. We are committed to presenting biblical truth in exactly the same manner. We feel that truth will not be heard effectively outside the context of grace, and that it is impossible to be truly gracious without teaching the truth - they cannot be separated.
Relevance and Inclusion
We believe that relevance and inclusion please God and attract people.
We feel strongly that using culturally relevant methods to present timeless truth is an effective tool for reaching people. This means we will continually evaluate and change our methods as necessary to remove as many barriers to connecting with God as possible. We also want anyone, regardless of his or her background or beliefs, to feel welcome and accepted at WCC. Relevance and inclusion were two hallmarks of Jesus' public ministry.
Worship and Teaching
We believe that dynamic worship and teaching are at the heart of life change.
Throughout history God has used heartfelt, passionate worship and clear, relevant teaching to capture the hearts and minds of people. We are committed to helping people experience God in an environment that encourages passion and intimacy with Him and openness to his Word.
We believe that the church should be led by maturing believers using their leadership gifts to further the Kingdom.
It is very clear in Romans 12:4-8 that the church functions best when all believers are serving in their specific area(s) of spiritual giftedness - teachers should be teaching, administrators should be administrating, leaders should be leading, etc. This is why specific ministries within WCC are led by leaders and the church itself is governed by appointed Elders who meet the qualifications of 1Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:5-9.
We believe that servanthood is the essential mark of a fully devoted follower of Christ.
Fully devoted Christ-followers are not consumers: they are actively engaged in serving God and others by the stewardship of their spiritual gifts. Mark 10:45 says, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve." We must follow his example.
We believe that loving, authentic relationships should permeate all of life.
The Bible makes it clear that life at its best happens in the context of community; a place of unity where people can be known and loved deeply. We believe this happens best in smaller groups of people gathering for the purposes of developing relationships and caring for each other.
We believe that full surrender to Christ and his cause should be normal for every believer.
We believe that the principles of stewardship, servanthood, sacrifice, and the pursuit of Kingdom goals should typify every believer's life. This should be a normal response to God's grace, mercy and forgiveness. This is what happens when Christ becomes Lord of our lives.