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TO SEE REVIVAL IN THE PHOENIX VALLEY THAT TRANSFORMS
NATIONS THROUGH A CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT
The book of Acts describes the early church as a group of people who shared life together. They ate together, saught God together, and gave to anyone who had need. They were family. And what happened as a result? They experienced awe and wonder and people were added to their number daily. This is the kind of community Jesus modeled with His disciples and it’s what we are each made for.
The heart of our house is the same. We’ve made it our mission to cultivate Acts 2 community among us as we daily encounter the presence of God, intentionally invest in life-on-life discipleship, and engage our city and the nations of the earth with the Gospel. This is what we’re pursuing together as a church family, and what we invite you to own personally as you pursue the heart of God with us.
Our Beliefs 👉
We believe that the Bible is the inspired, authoritative, living, eternally reliable Word of God, equally in all parts, and without error in its original manuscript, absolutely infallible, and our source of supreme revelation from God, superior to conscience and reason, though not contrary to reason; and it is therefore our infallible rule of faith and practice and necessary to our daily lives.
II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12
We believe in one God who has revealed Himself in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Romans 1:20, Matthew 28:19). The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all co-eternal, all stand equally superior to time, free from the temporal distinctions of past and future
Father - Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 102:27; I Timothy 1:17; SON - John 1:1-2; John 8:58; Hebrews 1:8; I John 1:2; Revelation 1:8; SPIRIT - Hebrews 9:14; 1 Corinthians 3:17-18
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, who came into the world to reveal the Father, and was the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person; that through Him all things were made. We further believe that in Christ dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and that He was very God and very Man.
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John 1:1-2 & 14; I Timothy 3:16; Acts 7:37-38; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15,16
We believe the Holy Spirit is God personally with us today. He was sent by Jesus to pour the love of God into our hearts, teach and remind us of all things, convict us of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and glorify Christ. He dwells in the heart of every believer upon salvation and seals him until the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit speaks to us through the Bible, intuitive thoughts, other people, and circumstances. We believe in His present ministry, His indwelling, His empowering, His impartation of gifts for today, and His transforming power in the lives of all believers.
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(I Corinthians 12:4-11, Galations 5:22-23)
Man and Sin
We believe that man was created in the image of God by a good, direct, and immediate act of God in order that man might glorify God and enjoy Him forever (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:4). We believe that man by transgression fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created into total spiritual depravity, a state of death in trespasses and sins in which he is held as a slave of sin and an enemy of God. Thus every person is born with an inherited sin nature and volitionally sins, because apart from the grace of God, we are all deserving of death and eternal separation from Him in hell.
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Genesis 3; Psalm 51:5; Romans 1:18-32; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12-21; Romans 6:23; I Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Thessalonians 2:5-10
We believe that repentance and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ are a necessary part of God’s work of justification of the believer. Through faith in the shed blood of Christ for the forgiveness of sins and His resurrection from the dead, he or she is justified and made a partaker in the death of Christ (Romans 5:1, 9; 10:9-10). We believe that "it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast"
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Ephesians 2:8-9 We believe that faith comes through hearing God's word Romans 10:17
We do not believe that water baptism is required for salvation but it is a necessary, obedient response to the command of Jesus. Baptism is to be performed only upon repentant believers in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20) as public proclamation of personal faith and the work of Christ. We further believe that the emphasis for a continuous walk in grace by faith should be evidenced by righteousness and purity of heart, believing in the keeping power of God, walking after the Spirit and not after the flesh, living a lifestyle that reflects the character and ministry of Jesus Christ, and not being conformed to the world for the glory of God.We believe grace is the unmerited favor of God as well as the power to do the will of God.
Jude 24; Romans 8:25; Galatians 5:16-25; Romans 4:1-5; 12:1-2; I Corinthains 15:10
We believe that the Church is the administration of God’s continuing work on the earth. The Church is the body of Christ, under His headship, whom he has called out of darkness and a life of sin to proclaim His glorious light to the rest of the world. The church gathers for mutual encouragement and seeks to fulfill the commission of God to make disciples in all nations
Matthew 16:17-19, 28:18-20, 24:14; Ephesians 1:22-23, 3:9-10; Hebrews 10:23; 1 Peter 2:9-10
We believe God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, protect, and lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.
Daily encountering the presence, power, and love of God.
Everything we do starts with encountering God. Whether through Sunday services or personal devotional times, we believe that what people truly need is to encounter Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit - not just once, but over and over again.
The Heart of our House
Intentionally investing in life-on-life discipleship and the local church.
We are committed to being a family, as members of a family, we give of ourselves to see that the family is strong, healthy, and the church is built up. We are those who share our lives with others, surrounding ourselves with life-on-life relationships that both challenge us to grow spiritually and deepen our love for Jesus.
Engaging our city and the nations of the Earth with the Gospel.
God has purposefully placed each one of us in our schools, jobs, families and neighborhoods to make an impact in the lives of those around us. We believe that the church is not a building, but the people of God living on mission.
Whether here in Phoenix or in the most remote parts of the earth, we believe a local church committed to evangelism and discipleship can change the world.
Antioch Phoenix is part of the Antioch International Movement of Churches, a network of churches both state-side and international that is connected by relationship and a belief that the local church is God’s instrument in bringing the hope and life of Jesus to a world in need. The Antioch movement, which began more than 20 years ago, is dedicated to seeing the local church reproduce the Kingdom of God through evangelism and discipleship throughout the United States and around the world.
Antioch now has more than 140 full-time workers around the world in 22 countries as well as a growing family of churches across the U.S. While it’s not about the numbers, every number represents a person who has encountered God. Each church plant and ministry means more people are experiencing the love of God and making His love known throughout the earth.
U.S. Church Plants