WE SEE A CHURCH consumed by the MISSION OF GOD:
consumed with helping people find the joy that only comes through salvation in Jesus Christ. It’s a church where people find freedom, answers, miracles, hope, and ultimately FIND GOD. They count whatever the cost and pay whatever the price to see people redeemed by God.
WE SEE A CHURCH that is God-centered and Holy Spirit driven
passionate about GOD’S WORD and WORSHIPPING GOD; a church full of divine encounters and life-changing moments. They believe in the power of PRAYER and that God still does MIRACLES. They are a church that advances, expands, and never settles for LESS than His MORE.
WE SEE A CHURCH committed to not just ATTEND church WEEKLY, but committed to BE the church DAILY
people who understand church isn’t something we DO, it’s someone we ARE.
WE SEE A CHURCH dedicated to RAISING up, SENDING out and EQUIPPING Godly leaders that will lead their homes, their church, their city and their world
a church that pours into other churches and leaders everywhere through relationships, resources, and training. They are a launching pad for NEW CHURCHES and NEW MINISTRIES that proclaim the message of Jesus Christ.
WE SEE A CHURCH that believes in, values, and loves the next generation and sees them as a priority now
They are a church that leverages what they have to reach kids and youth and empowers them to not just be the church of TOMORROW; but be the church of TODAY.
WE SEE A CHURCH reaching people of all ages, all backgrounds, all races, and all standings.
They are a church that loves people with God’s love; where DIFFERENCES aren’t TOLERATED; they are CELEBRATED. A church that doesn’t just TALK about HEAVEN but actually LOOKS like HEAVEN.
WE SEE A CHURCH compelled to serve, care, and engage with a city every chance they get.
They are not willing to SIT BY and WATCH but compelled to STAND UP and DO. Their heart extends beyond their city and reaches around the world. They are willing; they are motivated, they are determined to GIVE and GO so that EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE can know God’s love.
WE SEE A CHURCH in deep relationship with each other
Where everyone is welcome no matter their struggle, no matter their hurt, no matter their past and no matter their situation. They are a church where walls are TORN DOWN and relationships are BUILT UP; a church that is passionate, fun, contagious, and relevant.
Help people personally know God’s love, grace, and mercy.
Help people intentionally grow together in their faith.
Help people strategically find their unique purpose and giftings.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Help people fully engage in the ministry to make a difference.
We believe the entire Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative, eternal Word of God. God gave the Bible to us through men who were moved by the Spirit to write the words of Scripture. The Bible is without error. It can and should shape the way we live.
(II Timothy 3:16, 17; Hebrews 4:12; II Peter 1:21; Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 119:89, 160; 1 Thessalonians 2:13)
We believe that there is one triune God, eternally existent as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are all together separate and all together one. He created the universe, man in His image and is the savior of all people.
(Genesis 1:1,26-27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; John 5:18,23; 10:29,30; 1 John 5:7; II Corinthians 13:14)
We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
(John 1: 1-5; Colossians 1:15-17; Matthew 1:22, 23; II Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:25; Acts 1:9-11; 2:32-33; I Thessalonians. 4:16-18; Hebrews 4:14-15)
We believe that mankind was created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him. However, mankind became alienated from that relationship through sinful disobedience. When Sin entered the world, that sin separated us from our creator, a Holy God, and left man incapable of coming back into a right relationship with God by his own effort. Salvation is by faith alone through grace alone and is found in Christ and what He did on the Cross. Both justification and sanctification are the works of the Holy Spirit in those who trust in Jesus.
(Genesis 1:27-28; 3; Romans 3:22-26; 5:8; 6:23; John 3:5, 6; Titus 3:5, 6; Psalm 8:3-6; Ephesians 2:8; Galatians 3:2-3; I Peter 1:2; I Thessalonians 4:3-8)
We believe the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling helps us live for Him every day. The Holy Spirit connects people to Christ, equips them in their relationship with God, and helps them share Christ with people who do not know Him. We believe in the personal baptism with the Holy Spirit as received by believers “at the beginning.” We believe in the present day manifestation of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Church.
(Acts 1:8; 2:4; 4:31; 8:17; 10:44-46; Romans 8:9-15; 15:18,19; II Corinthians 1:21, 22; John 1:33; 20:21-23; I Corinthians 12:1-11, 27-31; 14:1-40; Ephesians 5:18)
We believe that the church is the body of Christ of which Jesus Christ is the Head. It is made up of people growing in God, celebrating God together, connecting to each other, serving those in need, and sharing Christ in their community. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to a lost world. The churches mission is to love God and Love people by fulfilling the Great Commission.
(Matthew 22:37; 28:18-20; Mark 16:14-16; 1 Corinthians 12:12-30; Luke 24:46-48; Ephesians 1:19-23; 4:15-16; Colossians 1:18; Acts 1:8)
We believe that Jesus Christ will return to the earth one day to take everyone who believe in Him and entered a relationship with God as savior to Heaven to live for eternity. People who have not chosen to accept Christ will be separated from God for eternity and will not be able to experience Heaven but experience eternal damnation.
(John 5:28, 29; I Corinthians 15:20-23; Romans 3:20-23; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:6-8)
We believe in the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to the time of death. All human life is precious in the sight of God.
(Luke 1:15; Galatians 1:15; Psalm 22:10; 71:6; 139:13-14; Mark 8:36; Psalm 72:14; Isaiah 43:4)
We believe that every Christian should live for Christ and not for himself. By obedience to the Word and being baptized in the Holy Spirit, every believer will mature, be conformed in the image of Christ, and receive power to be a witness in this world. Our life should show Christ.
(Matthew 16:24-26; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:29; Galatians 2:20, 5:24-25)
We believe that marriage and family are institutions ordained by the Lord God Himself from the very beginning of human history and these are sacred institutions. Marriage is between one man and one woman. Any other definition of marriage is contrary to the clear teachings of the Holy Bible and hence against the expressed will of God.
(Genesis 1:27-28; 2:20b-24; Corinthians 7:2; Hebrews 13:4)
We believe that unity regarding the foundational doctrines clearly taught in the Holy Bible is absolutely essential. At the same time we also affirm that we must accept one another in the love of Jesus recognizing that there are different styles and expressions of worship. All the members of the Body do not look alike. Together, we are the Body of Christ, called to build the Kingdom in harmony and agape love.
(John 17:11; Romans 12:1-13; 14:1-23; Corinthians 12:4-6; 27-28; Ephesians 4:1-6)
We believe the two scriptural ordinances of a New Testament church are water baptism and communion. We follow our Lord’s command to give public evidence of our salvation with baptism by water and faithfully remember Christ’s cleansing blood and broken body with the elements of Holy Communion. And while water baptism and Holy Communion are not required for salvation, they are Biblical commands that demonstrate your faith in Christ and obedience to Him.
(Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41, 8:12-13, 16:30-33; Ephesians 2:8-9; Matthew 26:26-29, Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30)
Garrett preaches, teaches and leads with a passion to see God’s people empowered to live a Spirit-formed life. He is the pastor of Grace Houston and has served in full time ministry for more than 20 years. Garrett is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University and holds a Master’s degree in Practical Theology from The King’s University, founded by Jack Hayford. He serves on the board of directors of Grace International, a worldwide fellowship of churches and ministries. Garrett and Andrea married in 1997 and have two fun-loving kids, Lauren and Austin.
By Pastor Garrett Booth
You can begin today to embrace God’s tomorrow. God loves you, and even in the worst parts of your past, He was working to bring you to this moment. God is with you as you march into your future, too. He has woven your past into your present, preparing you for a future of hope and purpose.
how to tap into the power of prayer for your tomorrow.
a new perspective that brings freedom from the past and faith for the future.
the obstacles that are keeping you stuck in yesterday.
and maximize your doors of opportunity.
how God will use your Journey to encourage and inspire others.