See Christians Live Free, Joy-Filled Lives.
Encourage & equip Christians to live free of negative attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, & habits and empower them to live joy-filled in every relationship & circumstance.
Gospel-Centered Teaching & Redemptive Life Coaching
You know those negative attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, or habits that are seemingly impossible to overcome? Or, how about those relationships and circumstances where you feel completely trapped, powerless, or out-of-control?
For me, this was a deep-rooted bitterness toward my dad, an inability to share my feelings, and a 20-year addiction to pornography. My wife, Lacey, struggled with a fear that fed her explosive anger producing a need to control people and circumstances.
If our heart and mind are poisoned with feelings of being unloved or unsafe, we hurt.
We are all created in the image of God. This identity is intrinsic. However, our perspective of our identity can be distorted and devalued. When we feel loved and safe in our relationships, our heart and mind feel at peace. If our heart and mind are poisoned with feelings of being unloved or unsafe, we hurt. This pain affects how we see ourselves and others. As a result, we hurt others while continuing to hurt ourselves.
This devalued and distorted perspective of our identity is what led Lacey and I into our negative attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, and habits. It wasn’t until we were set free from our distorted and devalued perspectives that we were able to truly live a joy-filled life.
We are all created in the image of God. This identity is intrinsic.
We truly believe that every person has the potential to live a life of freedom and overflowing joy as Jesus promised. Our own lives are a testimony to this. That is why our vision is to see Christians live free, joy-filled lives.
The power of one person’s story of freedom and victory is life-changing. It is the best evangelistic tool a Christian has. Our mission is to encourage and equip Christians to live free of those negative attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, and habits and empower them to live joy-filled in every relationship and circumstance. Our hope is that Christians — through their life and story — would be the best testimony the world has of God’s transforming love, grace, and truth.
God is sovereignly in control of our lives, our future, and our eternity. Our choice to trust His goodness and wisdom—often in spite of our circumstances—comforts, encourages, and empowers us to live free of fear.
Whether in life or ministry we rely completely upon the Holy Spirit’s power to work through us. As Jesus was empowered by the Spirit to continually trust the Father and to serve others so we are empowered.
The two-fold mission of Jesus is to free people from the penalty sin and power of sin. Our lives flow out of who Jesus is and what He accomplished on our behalf.
The Bible, as the Word of God, is all about Jesus. We learn about who He is, what He has done, and how He empowers us for life and ministry through this collection of books, letters, and memoirs written by the Holy Spirit through men.
As Jesus focused on the joy that would follow His suffering we focus on the joy found in Him amidst our suffering. Our perspective is one that is centered around what suffering produces in us rather than the source of that suffering. We maintain this perspective through a lifestyle of thankfulness toward the Father for His goodness, love, and provision.
We strive for close life-giving authentic relationships rather than being in stagnant isolation. We hold our family and friendships sacred and mutually beneficial as these relationships are often the source of God’s specific encouragement and comfort.
In our effort to maintain a lifestyle of transparency and integrity we pursue and submit to specific leadership that will coach us toward right-living in all aspects of our life.
As the Father loves and values us we strive to reflect that same love and value toward all people. This comes out of a heart to see people go beyond feeling known, loved, and valued but transformed by the work of the Holy Spirit in their life. We desire to see all people live victorious and free from the negative effects of what they’ve done and what has been done to them.
We believe God is bigger, better, and closer than we can imagine. The Bible is God’s autobiography of His interactions with His creation. Jesus is God showing Himself to us. Through His Holy Spirit, God lives in and through us. Nothing in creation “just happened.” God made it all on purpose for a purpose. Faith is the only way to have a relationship with God. Grace is the only way to grow in our relationship with God. Evil exists because of sin; God can bring good even out of evil events. However, God promises victory over evil if we trust Him. The church is to encourage, equip, and empower God’s people to serve others. Heaven and Hell are real places. Death is simply a transition, not the end! Jesus wins and is coming back again!
While we hold studied opinions on many other biblical and theological issues, we do believe that there are both open-handed issues and closed-handed issues in matters of theology. We affirm the eloquent words of the German theologian Rupertus Meldenius as simply put in the following quote, “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty; in all things love”. With our primary focus on the study of the person and work of Jesus (Christology) we are able to define how we function in the local institutional church (Ecclesiology) which safe guards and directs our mission (Missiology).
We strive to be faithful to the unchanging Biblical text (Jude 3) while ministering in the context of a continually changing culture (1 Corinthians 9:19-23). Our goal is to see people set free to be joy-filled, purpose driven disciple-makers of Jesus.
The Holy Scriptures are the revealed purpose and plans of Jesus by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit through men — using personality, cultural background, and educational training — to the glory of God the Father. We believe the sixty-six books of the Holy Scriptures contained in the Old and New Testaments to be the dynamically inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, without error in the original writings, infallible, inerrant, and God-breathed and without essential error in it’s translations. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13; Romans 16:25-26; Revelation 19:10)
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections with differing roles and responsibilities. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We believe that the Jesus — the eternal Son of God — became fully human in all ways without ceasing to be God (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 2:11-18). Having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18. 20, 23; Luke 1:27-35; Isaiah 7:14) in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful mankind (John 1:1-2; Luke 1:35). We believe that Jesus accomplished our redemption through His life and death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5). We believe that Jesus ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2). We believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and of judgment; He is in the regeneration, baptism, and indwelling of all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling, and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8–11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18). He transforms and empowers the believer for life and ministry.
We believe that humans were created in the image and likeness of God and that their identity is intrinsic. However, because of other’s sin and our sin our perspective of our identity is distorted and devalued. Instead of trusting God we reject Him through unrighteousness and self-righteousness. We habitually incline ourselves toward sin through our attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, and habits. Adam’s sin brought the curse of physical death upon the human race. Additionally, his sin broke relationship between humans and God. As a result of being born separated from God and our choices to incline our hearts away from Him, we are unable to remedy our lost condition (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in who Jesus is and what He has accomplished on our behalf. Jesus blood was shed on the cross for the forgiveness of ever persons’ sins (Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19). Repentance is a commitment to turn away from our unrighteousness and self-righteousness to follow Christ. Through receiving our Heavenly Father’s forgiveness and through our repentance we become reconciled with the Him (2 Corinthians 5:16-21). A Christian is a person trusts Jesus with their sin and live empowered by the Holy Spirit. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He lived, died, buried, and rose again from the dead (John 1:12, 14:17, 23, 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20). Water baptism is an act of obedience that symbolizes us dying to our habitually inclined flesh and living empowered by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38).
We believe that the redeemed and reconciled, once saved, are kept by God’s power through the Holy Spirit and are thus secure in the love that is in Jesus for those who remain in Him (John 6:37–40, 10:27–30, 15:1-17; Romans 8:1, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4–8; 1 Peter 1:5). We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh (Romans 13:13, 14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11–15).
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts (abilities). It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to develop their sovereignly given spiritual ability. Although the sealing of the Holy Spirit occurs at salvation the baptism of the Holy Spirit only may occur at conversion. We also believe that particular spiritual abilities are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience or maturity (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7–8). We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15). We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the abilities and grace of God that is given to him (Romans 12:1–8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10–11). Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus and is included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. Healing is a provision of Christ’s atonement on the cross and is given as a sign which is to follow believers. (Matthew 8:16-17; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; III John 2; Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Mark 16:17-18) (Note: This does not imply the false concept that immediate healing always accompanies true faith. There are many righteous people in scripture who didn’t immediately receive healing in this life. Rather, healing can also be a process which is finalized by entrance into heaven.)
We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all reconciled persons (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25–27; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11). We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control (Acts 13:1–4; 15:19–31; 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 1 Corinthians 5:4–7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1–4). We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26).
Jesus established His Kingdom when He first was on this earth. Since then it has been spreading and growing. Sometime in the future, He will physically and visibly return to the earth to bring to completion His kingdom. This will occur at a time undisclosed by the Scriptures (Revelation 1:7; Acts 1:9-11; Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; I Thessalonians 4:15,17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8). We believe that Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. One day all believers in Christ will also be physically resurrected in glorified bodies to their reward in heaven with God. (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15)
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place of all who trust in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:1; I Peter 1:4; Hebrews 11:16; John 17:24; Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34). After living one life on earth, those who have not trusted the Father will be justly judged by Jesus for their rebellion or religion. They will experience eternal death together with the devil and the fallen angels in hell. (Hebrews 9:27; Matthew 25:41-46; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8; Mark 9:43-48)