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|The Identity of the Awakening Church|
|Written by Christopher Dubois|
|Sunday, 10 May 2009 02:43|
The Awakening Church is a non-denominational church. We want to welcome all Christians from various denominations, nationalities, traditions, ages, backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences to come and visit. We are a non or inter-denominational church, meaning we want all denominations to feel welcomed to come and visit us and if led by God, to join our family. We are a Christian church, meaning we are a local church comprised of followers of Jesus Christ. We would rather stay away from using labels because they have a tendancy to divide the body of Jesus Christ. However, we do realize that labels are helpful and sometimes even necessary to help clarify and identify what a particular local church is passionate about and what they value and believe.
Therefore, we are a conservative "Evangelical" church in that we are conservative (for more information click on "Our Doctrine") in our theology and our interpretation of the inspired, innerant (totally free from error), and infallible word of God (the Bible), and we are passionate in fulfilling the great commission by making disciples of all nations. We are also a "Spirit-filled" church in that we believe in the necessity of the continual filling of the Holy Spirit for effective power, service, and ministry to God and one another. We believe in the practice of all the spiritual gifts and believe that God still performs miracles today (such as healing the sick and casting out of demons). If you are a "Pentecostal", "Charismatic", or an "Evangelical" believer, you willl feel right at home! We seek to combine the best of all three and unite together around the essentials, and agree to disagree in unity and love around the non-essentials that have been open to debate throughout church history and often have divided the three camps (for what we believe to be the essentials in biblical doctrine read our statement of faith by clicking on "Our Doctrine"). We long to see the balance of the Word and the Spirit and to see both the Word proclaimed and the works of Jesus (His miracles) take place. We are "empowered evangelicals." Like the Pentecostals, we desire a "Pentecost" like experience today where we are filled fresh and anew with the Holy Spirit. Like the Charismatics, we eagerly desire spiritual gifts (see 1 Corinthians 14:1) and to put them into practice and to move in signs and wonders. And like the Evangelicals, we unapologetically hold to sound biblical doctrine and emphasize the centrality of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and fulfilling the great commission of world missions (please do not let the term "Spirit-filled," "Pentecostal," or "Charismatic" scare you, for we are not into hype, fanaticism, a show, or "Charis-mania" excess, but believe in proper order in the service and strive to be biblical and God honoring in all that we do while being sensitive to not quench or grieve the leading of the Holy Spirit).
We also believe that our local church should be self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating. Although we are not a denomination, the elders of the Awakening do have a relational covering with some like-minded local pastors and elders in the area for support, accountability, and wisdom (and we are also prayerfully considering being part of an outside network for accountability and support). We also want all people from whatever religious background or who might not have any particular belief or even no belief in God at all, to come check out our church. Come with an open heart and ask God to prove Himself to you and He will! God loves you and created you to know Him and have a relationship with Him! God desires all to be saved and to come to know His Son Jesus Christ as Lord (or master) and Savior. We would love to hear about your experience with us and if you have any questions feel free to talk to one of the leaders. If we can be of any help or service to you please do not be shy about asking. We want to help and serve you in any way we can. This is our commitment to you!
The aim of our church services is to first and foremost worship God and to give glory to Him. Second we seek to encounter God's manifest presence and see His kingdom advance on earth so that we will be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ. We long to grow spiritually and live holy lives in obedience to God in all that we do. We plan our services and everything we do in such a way where Jesus, not man, truly is the head of His local church not just in theory, but also in practice. The services have order but in the end, all of man's plans are open to being changed as the Holy Spirit is given full freedom to move as He wills. We do not want to "play church" but rather be the church. We resolve to be the triumphant and victorious church that Jesus called, equipped, enabled, and gave up His life for us to be.
I. GROW (Maturity)
1) A commitment to Sunday (this is where we connect with God)
2) A commitment to a Connect Group (this is where we connect with one another in community)
II. GIVE (Ministry)
3) A commitment to a ministry (this is where God uses us to serve others with the gifts He has given to us)
III. GO (Missions)
4) A commitment to the lost and the least (this is where we connect with the lost in relationships outside of the church service and the "least of these," or the poor and needy, as we share and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ)
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