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If you are looking for a traditional Church experience where you attend, listen to a some songs and a sermon….then this is not for you. This is a family that cultivates intentional relationships with Christ and one another.
HCF is a safe place to enter into a relationship with God. A place that isn’t eager to condemn or judge who you are or where you’ve been. People ready to stand with each other as God continues His work in each one of us. When people think of church, they often think of a place or building they go to on Sunday mornings to sit and hear a sermon from an authorized minister. But the scriptures show us something else:
1 Peter 2:9 (NASB-U) “But you are a chosen race, a royal PRIESTHOOD a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”.
Rev. 5:10 (NASB-U) “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”
If we know Christ as our Lord and Savior, then we’re all priests before Him. As priests we’re ministers of the gospel with the role of leadership for…“the equipping of the Saints”. Our purpose for coming together is to encourage (exhort and equip) one another through our lives and ministry as well as agree with the heart of Jesus. Wherever His people are gathered together, there is His church and He is there with them, Matthew 18:20 .
We don’t go to church, we are the church.
Church is a family that needs a responsive relationship with Him as well as others. We’re to live out the two commandments we have paraphrased as, ‘Pursuing God and Pursuing Others’. We’re called to do both. If we love God but don’t love others, then we don’t love God (because God is love). But it’s also true that if we love others without loving God, we’re only partaking in a sociology class. Only through His power can we truly know what love is. Inside and outside this meeting we pursue God and others by giving people opportunity to express their gifts.
Our mission statement at HCF is: To unite the Body of Christ, bringing people to Jesus and embracing them as His family. To develop the people to Christ-like maturity, and equip them for their ministry and purpose in the world, in order to glorify Jesus.
This takes place through relationships. Relationships where you can get down to business and truly get honest with one another are life giving. Some tend to avoid relationships, but only because we have rarely seen them done well. Friendships born out of this community give us a place to rest; a place where we can be ourselves. Resting doesn’t mean inactivity, but we can rest by leaning on one another as we pursue Jesus.
We want ministries, such as children, youth, singles and outreach, to emerge out of a calling instead of a need. We don’t want our focus to be “how can you serve this institution”, but “how can we help you serve Jesus”.
Our Worship Format and Children’s Ministries
Our format feels more like a “family” where we desire to involve everyone. Though we have a nursery and classrooms, we are testing out ways for everyone to be involved…having our children “with us” many times and cultivating a family atmosphere.
New things are happening with youth through Dan and Dawn Dietz who came back to us after studying at Moody Aviation in Spokane Washington. Dan came back to start “Paraclete Aviation”- a youth outreach ministering to youth through fellowship, mentoring and aviation. We are excited to see what the Lord has in store here with Dan.
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319-521-9523
Statement of Faith
In the Inerrancy of the Bible- The Bible, in its original manuscripts, is the inspired and therefore inerrant Word of God, and thus the final authority for all we believe and how we are to live. Matthew 5:18; John 10:35, 17:17; II Timothy 3:16
The Sovereign Trinity– The one true God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and that these are equal in deity, power, and glory. We believe that God not only created the world as stated in the scriptures, but now also upholds, sustains, governs and providentially directs all that exists and that He will bring all things to their proper consummation in Christ Jesus to the glory of His name. Genesis 1:1 Psalm 104; Acts 17:24-28; Ephesians 1:9-12; Colossians 1; Revelation 1:4-6
Satan is Defeated– Satan was originally a great and good angel who rebelled against God along with one third of the angels in heaven. Satan was cast out of God’s presence then, and judged and defeated at the cross of Christ. Though working with his demonic hosts to establish his own kingdom of darkness and evil on the earth, Satan will, at the end of the age, be cast forever into the lake of fire prepared for him and his angels. Isaiah 14:12; Matthew 25:41; John 16:11; Colossians 2:15; II Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Revelation 12:7-9, 20:10
All Have Sinned- Adam was originally created without sin. He was then tempted and sinned. In consequence of his disobedience, Adam’s posterity are born subject to both imputed and inherent sin, and are therefore condemned in the sight of God, wholly unable to save themselves or to contribute in any way to their acceptance with God. Genesis 1-3; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3
Jesus Christ is God– Jesus Christ is our Holy God incarnate having existed eternally. Jesus is fully God and fully man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice for sinners, obtaining for us by His blood the forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting in the kingdom of heaven. He was raised bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father, there to make intercession for the saints. Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-18; Romans 8:34; I Corinthians 15:1-28; II Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-23; Hebrews 7:25, 9:13-15; I Peter 2:21-25
Salvation is through Christ Alone- “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 This salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies believers by enabling them to do what is pleasing in God’s sight, that they might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. John 1:12-13, 6:37-44, 10:25-30; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 3-4, 8:1-17, 31-39, 10:8-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; I John 1:7,9
God Baptizes Believers in the Holy Spirit-The Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit, who seals, regenerates, indwells and graciously equips the Christian for godly living and service. The Spirit desires to continually fill, empower and anoint believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, and all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the Kingdom and to empower and edify the church to fulfill its calling and mission. Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:15-20
In The Sacraments-Water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two sacraments of the church to be observed in obedience to Christ. Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 3:21; Acts 8:12; Romans 6:1-11; I Corinthians 11:23-24
Jesus Will Build His Church– The Church is the many membered body of believers throughout the earth who have received the grace of God and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 16; Ephesians 4:17
In Equipping the Saints– The Church is God’s primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip the saints for this work, He has given the church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints. Matthew 16:17-19; Acts 2; 2 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 3:14-4:16; Hebrews 10:23
We Are Called to Preach the Gospel-
God has called the Church to preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations. Matthew 28:18-20
In Ministering to the Poor– God has called the Church to remember the poor and to minister to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. This ministry is an essential part of the Kingdom of God. Jeremiah 22:16 Isaiah 58:6-12; James 1:27-2:17
In The Second Coming of Christ- We believe in the literal second coming of Christ at the end of this age to personally consummate His Kingdom. We also are preparing for a great end-time harvest of souls and the emergence of a victorious Church of unprecedented unity, purity, and power in the Holy Spirit. Psalm 2:7-9; John 17; Romans 11:25-32; I Corinthians 15:20-58; Philippians 3:20-21; I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; II Thessalonians 1:3-12; Revelation 7:9-14