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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.

 

OUR MISSION

Making, Teaching, and Sending Disciples for the Glory of God.  Matthew 28:19-20

 

OUR VISION

We envision a church with a passion for making disciples.

A church where every worship service and ministry event creates a Christ-connection for people by telling them the timeless Gospel of the cross.

A church where engaging people with the Gospel through relationships in our daily lives and in the marketplace is “mission critical for every Christian”.

A church where new believers move past decision into discipleship, learn the essential truths of Christianity, and put their faith into action by being baptized and growing in the experience of Christian community, worship and ministry.

Loving, engaging, and training hungry hearts in the Gospel, for His glory!

 

We envision a church with a passion for teaching disciples.

A church where every ministry is committed to discipleship and every person sees themselves as a disciple.

A church where everything we do, on the platform or in our programs, involves clear and passionate Gospel Centered Bible Teaching.

A church where worship reflects the Word.  A church that exalts His Truth and calls forth His Power through prayer.  A church where every believer can discover deep Biblical truths, learn to defend their faith and reproduce this knowledge in others.

A church where singles, couples and familes can grow into their Biblical purporse.  A church with clear gateways for anyone to discover and pursue their God-designed ministry pathway.  A church where people bear real spiritual fruit in life-giving contexts of prayer-empowered Christian community.

Preaching, teaching and building the Word of God into lives, for His glory!

 

We envision a church with a passion for sending disciples.

A church that encourages and equips people at all ages and stages of their life to discern the further call of God upon their lives for ministry.

A church that is continually sending out humble, called and qualified people into professional or volunteer ministry in Spokane, the USA, and around the world.

A church that intentionally partners with sister-churches in other people-groups worldwide to help their leaders develop and their ministries thrive.

A church with a “Shared Missions Culture” in which global outreach is ingrained in every one of its ministries and communities.

Developing, supporting and sending Gospel-bearers worldwide, for His glory!

 

 

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 GOSPEL

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).