Valley Fourth Church is a fellowship of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ focused on gaining a deeper understanding of God's Word, experiencing a growing engagement with His will for our everyday lives, and lovingly sharing the story of God's forgiveness in Christ with those who have yet to know Him.
Here at Valley Fourth Church, we desire to bring glory to God by eagerly following his commandments, both individually and collectively as a church family. During the year 2016, our Leadership Teams have committed to take our church through a rediscovery of our Biblical Mission, Vision and Core Values as God reveals them to us for our next generation of ministry. So, you could say that our Church Vision is currently being “re-visioned.”
Nevertheless, we know that the key purpose for the Biblical church is unchanged, and is found in the great Purpose Statement that Jesus Christ gave to His church, known as The Great Commission. So, even as our discussion groups and Leadership Teams grapple with a detailed vision and strategy for ministry this next year, we still focus our efforts on the basic Biblical purpose for our church that we know is unchanged:
TO MAKE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST
The PURPOSE of Valley Fourth Church is found in the Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20) ESV
OUR PASSION: TO LOVE GOD AND PEOPLE
The PURPOSE of Valley Fourth Church is to be accompanied by a PASSION stemming from a vibrant love relationship with God that reveals itself in a passion for God, His Word and will, and for His church and those He desires to save. “And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40) ESV
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God and is the only rule for faith and practice.
We believe in one God who exists in three persons: the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit and that these three are coequal, coeternal and coessential.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for the sins of the world, was buried and rose again. We believe that he is ascended and is seated at the Father’s right hand where he now intercedes for all true believers.
We believe the Holy Spirit is come to convict the world of sin; that he comes to teach and guide believers into all truth; that he permanently indwells every true believer in Christ; that he wants to fill, control and empower each believer for service; that all who believe in Christ are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the church, the body of Christ.
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but in Adam’s fall, every person is a sinner both by birth and by practice. We believe that every person must be born again in order to be forgiven of his sin and saved from eternal separation from God.
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith apart from works and that every true believer will be kept saved forever by the power of God, and that this faith is personally to be in Christ’s substitutionary death on our behalf.
We believe that the privilege and responsibility of every Christian is to grow into spiritual maturity through obedience to the Word of God and the indwelling Holy Spirit.
We believe in the premillennial, pre-tribulation rapture of the church. We believe that the earth will then go through seven years of tribulation and then Jesus Christ will return to earth with his saints to set up his millennial kingdom.
We believe that the true church is one body composed of all believers, with Jesus Christ as head. We believe that baptism and the Lord’s supper are scriptural ordinances to be observed by the church today.
The Good News that we teach and believe is this:
- The one and only God who is holy made us in his image to know him (Gen. 1:26-28).
- But we sinned and cut ourselves off from him (Gen. 3; Rom. 3:23).
- In his great love, God became a man in Jesus, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law himself and taking on himself the punishment for the sins of all those who would ever turn from their sin and trust in him (John 1:14; Heb. 7:26; Rom. 3:21-26, 5:12-21).
- He rose again from the dead, showing that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us had been exhausted (Acts 2:24, Rom. 4:25).
- He now calls us to repent of our sins and trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness (Acts 17:30, John 1:12). If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God (John 3:16).
- He is gathering one new people to himself among all those who submit to Christ as Lord (Matt. 16:15-19;Eph. 2:11-19).