You can tell a lot about a church by their story. Past and present, ours is a story about faith. God’s faith in his people and faith of his people in God.
"What if we started a new kind of church?"
Lead pastor Paul Dudley and his wife Karen jokingly asked this question in 2005 while doing ministry in Grand Rapids, Michigan. What started as a joke evolved into a major life shift, and in December 2005, Paul & Karen moved to Lynchburg to follow God's calling to plant a 'new' kind of church. In a city of 400 churches, Paul questioned 'why Lynchburg?' God continues to answer that question:
One Community started with 2, then grew to 7, then 20, then 50, and on and on with the dream of doing life together and following the simple mission: love God and love people. One Community meant being one with the other local churches - being THE church, not just another church. One Community met in a basement, then a living room, then the James River Conference Center in 2007, to The Plaza, and then in 2010 to its current location on Kemper St.
As our church grows, it has become more important to clearly articulate the values that define and shape our culture. These are the core values we live by:
1. We embrace GRACE – The Grace of God is the forgiveness of sins for everyone and it empowers you to live a righteous life by the power of the Holy Spirit. When you embrace Grace you will see the truth and the truth will set you free.
2. We REST in His PRESENCE – Everything is about Jesus, and when we Rest in His presence we will begin to see how good He is and how much He loves us. His presence is so overwhelming that it moves us to respond to Him with love, worship, and adoration.
3. We PROCLAIM the FAVOR – Because we have received God’s favor, we extend His blessing to others. We give generously, serve selflessly, and love unconditionally.
4. We ENCOUNTER God’s REVELATION – The encounter of revelation will happen when we see God through Jesus who is the exact imprint of the nature of God (Hebrews 1:3). This revelation ignites His creativity in our lives by the Holy Spirit who breathes life into us, and opens our ears to hear His voice.
5. We are REAL – Christ’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. For this reason, vulnerability is how we live. We don’t pretend to have it all together, and don’t expect that from others either.
All of us believe in something or someone. Beliefs help us guide our lives and helps others understand who we are. Here is what We Believe.
There is but one God. He is the self-existent, eternal creator of all things. He is three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) sharing a single, unified nature, but administering different duties. All three possess the entire nature of God: eternal, all-powerful, all knowing, ever-present, loving, holy and good. As creator, God maintains His ownership and sovereignty over all things. What is revealed about Him is by His choosing through nature, human conscience, history, the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Genesis 1:1-2:1; Exodus 3:13-14; Deuteronomy 29:29; Psalm 19:1-6, 24:1-2;
John 1:1-4, 1:14, 1:18; Romans 1:18-21, 2:14-16; 1 Corinthians 10:1-6; 2 Peter 1:20-2
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, both fully God and fully man. He is eternal in His deity and everlasting in His humanity. Born of a virgin, He is without a corrupt nature. Having lived a pure and perfect life, He is the unblemished sacrifice to cover all of our sins. Jesus is the only means of salvation for man. Today, He reigns on a heavenly throne and will one day return to earth to complete His redemption of mankind and nature.
Matthew 1:18-23, 28:1-7; Luke 1:26-35, 24:44-53;
John 1:1-18, 3:13-18, 14:6-7, 14:19-20; Acts 2:29-36; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20;
Galatians 4:4; Colossians 1:1520; 1 Timothy 2:3-6; Revelation 1:5, 3:21
The work begun by Jesus Christ is brought to fruition through the Holy Spirit. The Holy
Spirit raised Jesus from dead and, at the moment of conversion, he indwells all those who put their faith in Jesus, equipping them with gifts, sealing them for all eternity and sanctifying their lives. The Holy Spirit is living and active as evidenced by the continuous spiritual growth of true believers. His work continues in the lives of believers – teaching, interceding and growing.
John 14:15-27, 16:7-15; Romans 5:5, 8:9-13, 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19;
Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 1:13-14
Man is the crowning achievement of God’s creative actions, distinct from the rest of creation with capacity to choose to worship God or reject Him. Created in God’s image with emotions, intelligence, self-awareness and free will, all of humanity, through the actions of one man, Adam, sinned against God. This cast a cloud of judgment over all of creation. This action introduced death, and, since that time, all of mankind have sinned and are deserving of death. Man is incapable of overcoming the separation from God without God’s direct intervention through the saving work of Jesus Christ, the ultimate expression of God’s grace.
Genesis 1:26-31, 2:7, 3:1-24; Romans 6:23, 8:18-25; 1 Corinthians 15:21
Since the fall of Adam, all of mankind has been condemned to death. However, God has offered the free gift of salvation through faith in the accomplishments of Jesus Christ. This faith must be more than just intellectual belief. It must involve an active acceptance of God’s gift and submission to the authority of Jesus Christ as Lord. This will result in a changed character that will exhibit itself through good works and improved character. Once the gift is truly accepted, the believer is sealed by the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of future glorification as a child of God.
John 1:12-13, 3:3-21, 3:34-36, 10:27-29, 14:15-17; Romans 3:21-30, 8:35-39, 10:9-13;
Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 1:7-14; Philippians 1:4-5; Colossians 1:13-14, 1:21-23;
I Peter 1:18-21, 2:24; Jude 1:1
There is but one Church, the body of Christ, operating under the leadership of Jesus
Himself. The purposes of the Church are: going out to all of the nations and sharing the good news about Jesus, baptizing and equipping believers and gathering together for the purposes of worship, communion, ministry, encouragement and growth. All of this is done through the authority of the local church, working in unity with other local churches, with the ultimate goal of glorifying God in all that we do.
Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:8, 2:42-47; I Corinthians 1:2, 12:12-31; Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:19-25.
The 66 books of the Bible are God’s personal, special revelation of His Son Jesus who is the Word and the exact imprint of the nature of God (Hebrews 1:3). We believe that through the experiences and culture and personalities of the human authors, God directed and inspired the content of the Bible to help us see Jesus.
Matthew 5:18, 22:32, 24:35; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11; 2 Timothy 3:15-16; 2 Peter 1:20-21