WHO WE ARE
We’re a church made up of people who come just as we are to connect with God in a genuine way. Whether you’re simply exploring the Christian faith or have been around the church for a while, there’s something here for you!
WHAT WE BELIEVE
OUR PURPOSE: To be a Christ centered community helping people faithfully follow Jesus both locally and globally.
At the heart of who we are is the reality of who Jesus is. He is the Eternal Son of God, the perfect God-Man who gave His life on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins so that we could be forgiven and have the abundant and eternal life that He offers.
Our passion is to know Him and to make Him known; He is the best that life has to offer. So at our very core, we exist to help people begin, develop, and sustain a relationship with Him. All that we do is designed to contribute to that.
We don’t exist to carry out our own agendas and plans, but to follow His leading, as it is revealed primarily in His Word.
Our highest privilege and greatest responsibility is to help you begin a life-changing relationship with Jesus. To learn more about a relationship with Christ, click here.
Woodlands Church is part the Evangelical Free Church of America – an association of over 1500 churches that affirm the statement of faith below.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus – Israel’s promised Messiah – was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe the personal, bodily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
Grounded: Building on the Word of God and Prayer
We aspire to be a Christ-centered community grounded in the Bible and prayer. The Bible is God’s Word, our ultimate authority, and we seek to study it, understand it, and be transformed by it. Therefore it will be the basis of our teaching, shape our ministries, guide our decisions, and govern our conduct. Prayer is powerful and essential in the pursuit of God and His purposes. Therefore we will engage in widespread and consistent prayer at all levels of church life.
Grace-Filled: Proclaiming the gospel of grace, and living graciously.
We aspire to be a community marked by grace. Grace is the foundation of our faith, and the essence of Biblical love. All people are made in the image of God, infinitely valuable to Him, and yet in need of His grace. Therefore we will love all people and will continually proclaim the grace-filled love that has come to the world in Jesus Christ. God is honored and people thrive when Biblical love is practiced, so we will express our differences with graciousness and pursue our mission with unity.
Going: Sharing the good news about Christ, and the love of Christ.
We aspire to be a church that goes intentionally into our local community and world with the Gospel. Jesus is the hope of the world, so we will strategically and creatively share the good news and love of Christ in relevant ways. We will seek to bless and impact others by doing good works to meet pressing needs.
Growing: Helping everyone become more like Christ, in all of life, and for all of life.
We aspire to be a community where everyone is growing in their knowledge of, trust in, dependence on, and obedience to Jesus. He is Lord, and calls us to live surrendered to Him, so we will help people pursue spiritual growth in all of life, for all of life. To facilitate spiritual growth in our community we will coach people to walk with Jesus, equip them for service and witness, and develop leaders.
Gathering: Pursuing the Christ centered life together in large and small gatherings.
We aspire to pursue life in Christ together; therefore we commit to gather consistently in two ways. Every Sunday morning, we gather for corporate worship, prayer, and the teaching of God’s Word. We also meet together in smaller groups as transformational communities to support, challenge, and encourage one another to be Christ-centered. In our times together the Holy Spirit shapes us to be like Jesus and sends us to be Jesus in our community and the world.
Giving: Practicing faithful generosity with our time talents and treasures.
We aspire to practice faithful generosity in all areas of our lives, believing that the extent of our fruitfulness will be determined by our faithfulness with what He has entrusted to us. Jesus gave his life for us so we will give our time, talents, and treasures for his purposes. As stewards of everything and owners of nothing, we will seek to manage the resources entrusted to us with integrity and use the abilities he has equipped us with to serve faithfully.