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who we are, what we believe, and why we do it

About us

We exist so that those who are far from God would be engaged by the Gospel, embraced in community, equipped for God’s mission, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and raised to new life in Christ for God’s glory.

Risen Church

Vision & Values

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Gospel centrality: We are all about jesus.

The central message of the Bible is the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the amazing news that God became a man, lived the perfect life we could not live, died the horrible death we deserved to die and was raised to life from the grave, conquering sin and death and paving the way to eternal life for all who place their faith and hope in the finished work of Jesus Christ. The eternal and abundant life that Jesus promised us doesn’t begin one day when we die, but the moment we place our faith in Him as our Lord and Savior King. Therefore, nothing could be more central, and nothing could be more relevant to our everyday life and identity than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus is risen, and His resurrection changes everything! 1 Peter 1:10-12, 1 Peter 1:22-25

Joyful generosity: we live out of radical generosity because we've been given more that we deserve in Christ.

The things we have been given are a display of God’s grace toward us.  That means we are not owners, rather, stewards.  We make it our aim to be a church that responds to this grace by being generous stewards of our time, talent and treasure. Generosity strengthens our devotion to Christ and frees us to live open handedly with the gifts God gives us. Matthew 22:39, Acts 20:35, Matthew 10:8, 2 Corinthians 8

Rooted in the word of God: We love, believe and trust in God's word.

The Bible, being God’s inspired and authoritative Word, is God’s witness of Himself to humanity. It is therefore free from falsehood and error. We confess that when all the facts are known, and when the Bible is properly interpreted, the original autographs of the Bible will be shown to be completely true in all that they affirm. We believe that the word of God is inspired by the Spirit of God, and we seek to have our hair blown back by the breath of God each time we open our Bibles. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, John 17:17, Matthew 5:18, Isaiah 40:8, John 10:35

Filled with the spirit of god: We love, depend upon and desire the Holy Spirit.

Jesus told his disciples that it was better that He leaves so the Holy Spirit would come. (John 16:7) Isn’t that a wild thought? It was better for Jesus to go, that the Spirit come. At Risen, we believe that the Church is the body of Christ sent into the world to shine forth the glory of God. God, by His Word and Spirit, creates the Church, calling sinful humanity into the fellowship of Christ’s body (1 Cor. 12:12-31). By the same Word and Spirit, He guides and preserves that newly redeemed humanity. The Church is made up of those who have become genuine followers of Jesus Christ and have personally appropriated the gospel. The Church exists to worship and glorify God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The ministry of the Church is an extension of the ministry of Jesus in the power of the Spirit to bring glory to God by making disciples (Matt. 28:18-20). We do this through worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances, fellowship, the exercise of our gifts and talents, and the proclamation of the gospel both in our community and throughout the world. John 16:7, Acts 1:8, Luke 11:13, Acts 2:38, John 6:63, Ephesians 4:30

Gospel Community: we cherish community with each other, because we treasure fellowship with Jesus.

Jesus used very strong words to convey the value of gathering together consistently. For us, community isn’t just something we do, it’s who we are. It’s not just something we need, it’s something we offer. While our identity in Christ is personally intimate, our relationship with Jesus is designed to flourish in community with one another. We believe that gospel community in the local church is the primary means through which the Holy Spirit makes disciples, accomplishes the Great Commission, transforms our hearts and receives the greatest glory. Therefore, we are tenacious in our heartfelt commitment to joyfully pursue one another and intentionally invite the outsider into this community we cherish in Christ. Matthew 18:20, Hebrews 10:24-25, Acts 2:42-47, Galatians 6:2, Romans 12:3-13, 1 Corinthians 12:25-27, Colossians 3:13, John 13:33-34, Ephesians 4:2-6

People Are the mission: We passionately pursue the lost and push one another toward Christ.

Jesus commanded that we be a people on mission. We do not need to ask what our purpose is, only how we are strategically positioned and gifted to fulfill that purpose. God’s mission is to reconcile all things to himself through Jesus. That includes the good, bad, saved, lost, churched, unchurched, de-churched, hate-the-church, Pharisees, saints and sinners. Jesus didn’t give options on what kind of people He wants us to engage. We have as much responsibility to love the outsiders as we do the insiders and we are committed to lean toward those far from God with the compassion of Christ. Matthew 24:14, Matthew 19:19, 1 Corinthians 9:23

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Beliefs

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Scripture

The Holy Bible was written by men, divinely inspired, and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain until the end of the world, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21

God

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal being – the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing, and His perfect knowledge extends to all things past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him, we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes but without division of nature, essence, or being.

Deut. 6:4.; 1 Cor. 8:4, 6; Gal. 3:20; 1 Thess. 1:9; Jer. 10:10; Job 11:7–9; Job 26:14; Ps. 139:6; John 4:24; 1 Tim. 1:17; Deut. 4:15–16; John 4:24; Luke 24:39; Acts 14:11, 15; James 1:17; 1 Kings 8:27; Jer. 23:23–24; Ps. 90:2; 1 Tim. 1:17; Ps. 145:3

God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.

Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7

God the Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and completed the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the one mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.

Genesis 18:1; Psalms 2:7; 110:1; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21- 22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination, He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and He effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration, He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service. 

Distinctive: Continuationism refers to the continuation of the Holy Spirit’s work in the church today. We believe that the church is to be Spirit-led and Spirit-filled. We also believe that the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit are to be at work in our lives on a regular basis. Regarding the gifts of the Spirit, we do believe that they are valid today and should be exercised biblically.

Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.

The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous, local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ. In such a congregation, each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors/elders and deacons. Risen Church is Jesus-ruled, elder-run, and congregationally responsible. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor/elder is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ, which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.

Distinctive: Complementarianism refers to the equality of male and female in value as they complement one another in the home and church, and the humble principle of male servant leadership in the role of elder, as indicated in the scriptures. 

Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9- 14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3.

Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and it is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense, salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour.

Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal, upon principles of His righteousness, of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God.

Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes. It enables man to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.

Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.

Distinctive: Compatibilism refers to the belief that God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility are compatible doctrines. We do not minimize or overemphasize one over the other, and we do not argue the various views on Election or Free Will. We believe both are compatible doctrines, and see them in healthy tension throughout the scriptures. We believe that God’s sovereignty in this salvation neither diminishes the responsibility of people to believe in Christ nor marginalizes the necessity and power of prayer and evangelism, but rather reinforces and establishes them as the ordained means by which God accomplishes his ordained ends.

Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8- 10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2- 23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5

Leadership team

John Allen

Lead Pastor

Tad Sellers

Elder

Rich Lee

Elder

Hannah Allen

Communications

Julia Prescott

Administrative Assistant

Caroline Bellot

Kids Ministry Director

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