Church at The Epicenter operates within a Kingdom Government ... overseen by elders and supported by Deacons. Our ministries are developed under the New Testament administration of a 5-Fold Ministry.
It is our firm belief that, in order for the glory of God (His presence and power) to be fully realized within His church, its ministries must be administrated the way it was established by Jesus Christ, in the New Testament. (Ephesians 4)
We believe in ...
1. God the Father : the creator and sustainer of all creation; the One who has a plan and destiny for every created being.
2. Jesus the Son : the savior and redeemer of all fallen mankind; the One who, through His life, death, burial, and resurrection made it possible for every believer to be restored to His original, righteous state before a Holy God.
3. Holy Spirit : the teacher, comforter, and empowerer of every believer; the One who equips us to live victoriously in a fallen world by walking in the power and authority of Christ's completed work on the cross.
CATE CORE VALUES
God Is Good
This truth is THE cornerstone of our theology. Jesus perfectly reveals the nature of God as a good Father. God is good, regardless of our circumstances. God is generous, and as we remember and retell what He has done, He is able and eager to do it again.
Nothing Is Impossible
We know that God alone lives in the realm where nothing is impossible. However, through the completed, victorious work of Jesus, He made it possible for those who believe in Him to experience that same reality. When we truly believe that NOTHING is impossible with God, we realize that we carry solutions for the death, sickness, loss, and destruction that plagues humanity.
Jesus' Blood Paid For Everything
When Jesus uttered the words for the cross, "It is finished", He meant it! In that exact moment, everything that needed to be done for our eternal destiny was fully accomplished. As believers, there is nothing that we will ever need that has not already been purchased and paid for in full.
Every Person Is Significant
Honor recognizes and affirms how valuable and powerful other people are because they are made in His image. Stability in life only comes when people see themselves the way God sees them. It is our responsibility to be active in this process, and serving well opens the door.
Salvation Establishes New Identity
We are NOT merely “sinners saved by grace”, we are completely new creations ... saints who have been given HIS righteousness. We are the very sons and daughters of God, adopted as royalty into His family.
Grace Frees Us
God wrecklessly loves His creation and extends grace, empowering believers to love Him and others at a higher standard than the law. Jesus died to set us free from the law of sin, death, fear, and shame. Deeply experiencing grace enables us to walk out sin and into righteousness.
The #1 value of Heaven is the presence of God. Therefore, the #1 value of our lives must be His presence. Our first ministry is to Him. As a way of life, we focus on Him first. Then, out of the overflow, we minister to others ... striving to say what we hear God saying, and do what we see God doing.
God's Word Transforms
When we encounter God in the Word, faith is released into our lives. As we study Scripture, it empowers us to learn who God is, who we are, and how He wants to live His life through us.
God Still Speaks
Jesus said that His sheep would know His voice and that the Holy Spirit would teach us all things. It’s natural for God to communicate with His family and important for us to listen, learn His language, and test what we are hearing with Scripture.
Kingdom Ministry is Supernatural
Jesus promised that miracles, signs, and wonders would follow believers, and that they would do even greater works than He. Through His Holy Spirit working in and through us, no person or situation is beyond His ability to bring complete restoration.
God's Kingdom Is Advancing
Every believer is in full-time ministry because God is advancing His Kingdom, not just building His Church. Our work and effort, whether big or small, inside or outside the church, is sacred and valuable to God. In every area of life, we serve the God of increase.
Modeling Healthy Family
Because we are adopted into God’s family, we intentionally purpose to model family and community wherever we go. We strive to think like healthy family members, looking to do what’s best for the whole environment, honoring to one another, and living selflessly.
The Church Matters
We believe that the Church is still the entity that God intends to use to successfully fulfill Christ’s great commission to make disciples of all nations. Thus, it is our belief that it is only through the restoration of the original intent of the New Testament Church, as set forth in the Book of Acts, that nations have the hope to be transformed.
Generosity Reflects Our Father
God is extravagantly generous. The depth of His generosity is clearly seen throughout His creation.His covenants, provision, the person of Jesus, and the release of His Kingdom consistently model the truth that it is more blessed to give than to receive. God's promise is to bless us in every way, so that we can be a blessing to the world around us.Generosity is a powerful way to advance the Gospel of our Kingdom.Our generosity is a response to, and reflection of ... HIM!
7 NON-NEGOTIABLES ...
1. God is always good
... nothing about Him is bad!
2. No irrelevant teaching
... we teach the Word of God; not social issues!
3. The church is Christ's Body
... not man's business organization!
4. No one stands alone
... everyone is accepted; no judgment!
5. No religious pretense
... real people; no "masks"!
6. Purpose matters
... we are not driven by programs!
7. No part-time worship
... worship is more than a Sunday morning "activity"; it's a 24/7/365 WAY OF LIFE!
It is the stated conviction of our founding pastor, Kyle Byrd, that the missing element of today's church is the principle of New Testament community. Community is ... the experience of knowing and being known, loving and being loved, supporting and being supported, celebrating and being celebrated.
If you are looking for more than just a place to "go to church"; if you are looking for a community of faith, a faith "family", we invite you to visit Church at The Epicenter! We are not perfect, but we know the One who is and we are striving to know Him and make Him known!
Church at The Epicenter is a Christ-centered, Bible-based, non-denominational church that believes every saint has a past and every sinner has a future! In short, there are no "perfect" people here ... only those looking to be changed!