Vision

 

Proverbs 29.18

Where there is no vision the people perish.

 

Definition: A clear mental picture of what could be fueled by the conviction that it should be.

-Andy Stanely, Visioneering 

 

We live in a dark world that believes there is no absolute truth: the Bible is just another book and the One, True God of Heaven is just another god. People consider themselves too good to need a Savior, sin is tolerated, and God is whatever generates comfort. Self reigns as king in our culture and reality is based on one's inner experiences. As a result, people are broken, weary, and hopeless in their identity, significance, and eternal destination.  

 

Today, the church is in midlife crisis. suffering in Biblical and theological literacy. Christ is a life coach, not a Savior. The Gospel has been sidelined, and God's mission has been replaced by worldly pursuits. We treasure happiness and comfort more than holiness. A take-it-or-leave-it Bible has led to take-it-or-leave-it marriages and relationships. Some believers worship busyness and others remain idle, while unbelievers are perishing. And our great commission to make disciples has been replaced with morality and programs. 

 

Compelled by the love of Christ, His return to set up His Kingdom, and the urgency that is needed to address these problems, Whitewater Community Church has a vision to...

 

UNITING in God's Mission - Matthew 28.18-20

In Scripture, God created man in His image to expand His glory on the earth. Man sinned, rebelling against God and falling short of His glory. But Christ redeemed on Calvary. He ascended to Heaven and will return to consummate His glory in an eternal Kingdom. Since Creation and despite man's rebellion, God has had a mission to make His glory known through representatives of His Kingdom and Gospel. We have a vision to represent our King, who first came to die and will return to rule. As ambassadors of Christ, our mission is to proclaim the Gospel and make disciples both locally and globally. This should be the very fabric of our being. We envision everyone at Whitewater Community Church united in one central effort to glorify God by making disciples. 

 

 

UNLOCKING the Transforming Gospel - 1 Peter 2.9-10

We envision Whitewater Community Church as a group of disciples who have been transformed by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His Gospel reaches all - from the worst to the best of mankind - we are all sinners. We proclaim the good news of Christ's death and resurrection apart from prejudices. We envision that salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone will lead to responsible Christian living. Our desire is the that the Gospel will continue to transform our lives as we walk in Gospel-saturated principles of humility, forgiveness, love, redemption, discipline, and grace to restore relationships, marriages, and families. In our communities, we will uphold unity and fellowship, allowing the world to see the glory of God in our oneness. 

UPHOLDING the Supremacy of Christ - Colossians 1.17

We envision Whitewater Community Church as a body of disciples who place Jesus above everything. He takes priority over our bloodlines, buildings, budgets, business, and busyness. We envision a church where God's Word is the supreme basis for all that we do because God's Word is authoritative and has the power to change lives. We envision that all our worship will draw us toward the Christ of Scripture. It is our hope and prayer that in every situation of life Christ will reign supreme for the glory of God. 

 

Our Mission

 

Making Disciples Who Make a Difference

 

Becoming a Partner in the Gospel

1. Attend our Connections Class

Every semester we offer a "Connections Class" where lunch and childcare is provided. During this class you will learn what we are about and where we are headed as a church. We also take time to clarify what we believe and make sure you are grounded in the Gospel.

 

2. Affirm Personal Faith in Christ for Salvation and Baptism

We will ask you to verbally affirm that you have palced your faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone for salvation from your sin. Also, if you have not already been baptized as a believer, we expect all of our Partners in the Gospel to make the public profession of faith as a follower of Christ through baptism. 

 

3. Meet with an Elder/Pastor

Before officially committing in partnership we ask that you meet with a team (usually 2-3 people) of elders and/or pastor. This is a very informal meeting to get to know you better, pray for you, and clarify your understanding of the Gospel.

 

4. Committed Partner in the Gospel 

This final step is something that we are currently implementing at Whitewater Community Church. Because of our changing culture, we have clarified what is expected from all of our Partners in the Gospel. The expectations are nothing less than the clear commands in Scripture to live selflessly in the local Body of Christ. We have been very intentional to stay away from legalism and checking the boxes in this partnership. Our desire is to motivate a Gospel lifestyle in the Body of Christ through grace, not Law. 

 

Philippians 1.3-5: I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer

with joy, because of your PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL from the first day until now.  

UNITING in God's Mission ... UNLOCKING the transforming Gospel ... UPHOLDING the supremacy of Christ