The Bible – God wrote a book
The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.
(Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalms 119:11, 89, 105; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 3:16)
Trinity – God: Three in One
God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one substance in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21-23; 14:10, 16; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8-10; James 2:19)
The Father – God is great, God is good
God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good: He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.
(Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6 John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4)
The Son – God became man
Jesus Christ is completely human, but at the same time completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are enemies of God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we could have life.
(Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 14:33; 16:16; 28:5-6; Luke 22:70; 24:46-47; John 1:1, 14; 10:30; 11:25-27; 17:1-5; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 8:1-3; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Gal 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15; 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16)
The Holy Spirit – God is always present
His presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth, and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.
(Genesis 1:2; Psalms 51:11; 139:7 ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Lk 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17)
Eternity – Somewhere forever
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
(John 3:16, 36; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13;Revelation 20:15)
Man – God’s image bearers
Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God, but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
(Genesis 1:26-30; 2:7, 18-22; 3; Psalms 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6; 6:6; 7:14-25; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19, 21-22; Ephesians 2; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11)
Salvation – God’s only way
The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.
(Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24;Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18;3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10;Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20)
The Church – God’s design for community
The church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ, to obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
(Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3)
What is the mission of Elevate Church?
Elevate Church exists to lead people to become passionate followers of Christ.
How do we accomplish the mission?
We accomplish the mission by being what we call a 4-C Christ follower.
1. Come – The mission begins when we come.
*The first step is to simply come to our weekend service. Our desire is that the Elevate family would make attendance at church a priority. This way you won’t miss out on what God is doing and you will be able to be a blessing to others. Hebrews 10:25 says, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
*We also want to invite others to come with us to experience the love of Christ. An empty chair has never made a decision to follow Christ. We want to see the chairs filled with people who need to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. Luke 14:23 says, “Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.”
2. Connect – The mission gains traction when we connect.
*We connect with one another weekly through our life groups. We believe that church doesn’t only take place sitting in rows but it also takes place sitting in circles. Let’s do life together at Elevate. John 13:35, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
*We connect to God daily by taking responsibility for our own relationship with God. Our desire is that everyone at Elevate would connect to God personally through Bible study and prayer. John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
3. Contribute – The mission thrives when we contribute.
*We contribute by unleashing our talents. At Elevate we believe that God has uniquely gifted each person and that each person has a ministry in the church. 1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in various forms.”
*We contribute also by leveraging our treasure. We want to be faithful to bring the first portion (a tithe) of all we make to the Lord. The tithe is 10% of my income that belongs to the Lord. Malachi 3:10, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
4. Commit – The mission multiplies when we commit.
*Every follower of Christ is called to have a mission in the world. We are not called to simply be spiritual receivers. We are to be spiritual reproducers. As we commit to reach and disciple people, there will be a multiplying effect. There is no plan B. We are the church and we exist for the world.
*Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Our core values are simply called “The Elevate Way”.
1 We operate with urgency. Life is short. Eternity is long. People matter. John 9:4: As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 2 Corinthians 5:20: So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
2 We are ALL IN risk takers. We cannot play it safe and expect to please God.
Ephesians 3:20: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us Hebrews 11:6: “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”
3 When you get it, you show it. Actions today are better than intentions tomorrow. We don’t exist for ourselves. We are the church and we exist for the world. Mark 10:45: For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. James 1:22: Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Ephesians 4:16: He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
4 We bring it. Our best, every time. Every Sunday. In everything. Right here, Right now. Let’s do this! Colossians 3:23: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. 2 Timothy 2:15: Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed.
5 Together we can do more. We need each other. Can’t do life alone. Teamwork makes the dream work. 1 Corinthians 12:27: All of you together form the one Body of Christ and each of you is a separate and necessary part of it. Ephesians 2:10: For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
6 We refuse to take this for granted. We will take time to celebrate. We will be grateful! Develop an attitude of gratitude. Philippians 4:4: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 1 Thessalonians 5:18: Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
7 We believe the best is yet to come. We anticipate even “greater things.” We are crazy enough to believe God can use us to change the world in this generation. John 14:12: I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.
8 We are blessed to be a blessing. We give to get more to give more. “Others” is our mentality. Matthew 10:8: Freely you have received so freely give! 2 Corinthians 8:7: Excel in the grace of giving.
9 We believe in the next generation. They are not only the hope of the future, but they are the hope of today. Matthew 19:14: Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 1 Timothy 4:12: Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
10 We will enjoy the journey! Laugh hard. Have fun. Nothing is more fun than serving God with people you love! Ecclesiastes 2:24: There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God. Proverbs 17:22: A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.