SCF is an inclusive community where people are invited, equipped, empowered to worship and follow Jesus.
Who We ARe
Who We Are
A church that's engaged in the everyday life, where real people encounter a perfect God. Authenticity is welcomed!
Invite. Equip. Empower.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible is God’s record of what happened from the beginning of time. It helps us see who God is, who we are, what we were made for, how this world got the way that it is, and God’s plan to make things right. We are comforted, convicted, challenged, and changed by what it contains. We believe it is 100% true and 100% accurate, and that it will change our lives for the better if we will let it.
God is our loving creator. He is active in our world today and is the preserver of all truth. He has gone to incredible extremes so that we can have a great relationship with Him and one day He is going to take His followers home, where we will spend the rest of eternity with Him. We understand from the Bible that He created all that there is and that He is the ultimate source of power, truth, and freedom in life, and that God is ON OUR SIDE. God is the best Father we could ever hope for.
Jesus is God’s one and only Son, who was personally willing to leave the perfection of heaven to come and live on Earth as a man and then to willingly give His life as a sacrifice to pay for our sins. His life was so pure and holy that death couldn’t hold Him in and He came back to life (was resurrected) three days after He died on the cross. The next time Jesus comes, it will be with power and to set all things straight and heal what is broken. Jesus’ teachings are the most important tool for us in navigating this life in a way that pleases God and ends up with us winning in the end.
The Holy Spirit is the help that Jesus promised to send to us after He left earth. The Holy Spirit is part of God and actively works to lead us back to Him and help us stay on track seeking and honoring God. He empowers us to do things we couldn’t do on our own, like forgive, love, believe, and serve.
Getting Right with God
We were made complete, but we got broken when we chose to do life apart from God. That brokenness is called sin and it separates us from God and messes up our lives both now and in the future. No matter how hard we try to fix things on our own or how good we try to be, there is no way for us to make things right with God on our own. God was the One who did what it took to fix things. He and Jesus agreed that Jesus would die to take the penalty for our sins and restore us to God. When we accept Jesus as our replacement and commit ourselves to living for Him, God sees us as restored to the way He made us to be.
While God offers this gift of salvation to everyone, it requires a choice on our part. We see the first Christians responding to God’s solution to our sin problem by:
Developing an active faith in God, His Son (Jesus), and the Bible that endures for the rest of our lives
Confessing that we really are sinners and Jesus really is our much-needed Savior and Lord
Changing the way we think and turning away from the way we once lived (the Bible calls that repentance) and living for Christ from now on
Identifying with Jesus by being baptized as our own personal choice. Our baptism unites us with Christ and the church and communicates that we are giving up on our own way of living and instead living for God’s purposes
Desiring to be known by everyone as a devoted follower of Jesus (which the Bible calls a disciple)
The Church is Jesus’ idea for gathering all those who believe in who Jesus is and what He did so that we can strengthen each other and help more people get right with God. It is a family of imperfect people serving a perfect and holy God. The Church is the body of Christ on the earth and God's design is that all followers of Jesus are a committed part of a local church.
The Lordship and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ
In all we are and do, our foundation and focus will always be the honor and lordship of Jesus Christ and all things will be for His glory. Furthermore, understanding that with God all things are possible, our mission and ministry shall be limited only in those ways God Himself determines. We shall allow our hearts, minds, and souls to be stretched by the hand of God as He shapes and fashions us as a Church according to His perfect will.
The Authority of Scripture
The authority of our ministry originates and concludes with the Word of God as we submit ourselves to its teaching, commit ourselves to do what it says, and yield our lives to become what Christ desires us to be.
The Importance of Reflecting God's Image
We are created in the image of God. We are ambassadors for Christ to this earth. We lift up the importance of reflecting the holiness and beauty of our maker, allowing others to see Him through us in a way that is both clear and appealing.
The Supremacy of Unconditional Love
The love of God has been freely demonstrated to us. It was from a heart of love that God sent Jesus Christ to this world. God's love never fails. We shall lift up unconditional love as the supreme spiritual gift and as the standard for excellence in our lives and ministry.
A Lifestyle of Discipleship and Servanthood
We shall stress the imperative nature of the continued relationship with Jesus Christ - the process of discipleship. We shall deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow Him with the daily goal of growing in His grace and knowledge. This shall be facilitated with a humble servant's heart, willingness to wash the feet of the needy, and gratefulness for every opportunity to serve Christ and His people.
An Emphasis on Evangelism and Missions
We believe that Jesus Christ alone is the way to salvation. Our ministry calls for a strong emphasis on taking the Good News of Jesus Christ to this community and around the world.
The Strength of Prayer
Understanding prayer to be our direct point of access to God the Father through Jesus Christ, and observing in Jesus' life and ministry the importance of communicating to the Father through prayer, our lives and ministries shall be under-girded and bathed in prayer if we are to expect the blessing, power and presence of God's Holy Spirit to rest upon us.
An Atmosphere of Accountability
True Christian discipleship requires total commitment. We believe that biblical expectation calls for loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. We shall live and minister with integrity and responsibility as well as personal and corporate accountability.
An Investment in People and a Focus on the Family
Understanding man to be God's most significant creation and realizing Christ's mission was and is to eternally redeem the spirit of every human being, our investments shall foundationally be in people.
We recognize the family as God's ordered pattern for our lives. We realize the significance of the home in the Christian life and development. Therefore, we shall be committed to strengthening the spiritual lives of families as they seek to build their homes on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ.
A Spirit-Led Worship
Personal and corporate worship are vital to Christian growth. We shall strive for a worship experience that focuses on our relationship to Jesus Christ. This relationship is authenticated by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit and brings us into a fresh and holy encounter with God.
Freedom to Innovate and Change
We recognize the eternal and unchanging nature of God's Word and the ongoing need for ministry change and innovation in order to effectively facilitate the sharing of the Word and growth of God's kingdom.
A Streamlined Ministry Approach
Desiring effectiveness and maximum potential in every area of ministry, we shall operate with as much simplicity of organization and structure as possible. We believe in the importance of being doers of the Word.