Beliefs

Core Values

Mission

  • We believe that we exist to be on the mission.
  • We are glad to live every moment with a purpose.
  • We believe that our lives are to be under the joyful absolute directive given to us by Jesus Christ to share to Good News about the Gospel to our neighbors, our city, our region, among those we do not understand, and to the ends of the earth. – Matthew 28:18-20.
  • We believe that we are privileged to demonstrate the love of Jesus by loving the people around us.
  • We believe that we are to be champions for the broken, hurting and marginalized.
  • We are committed to being the church gathered as an expression of Christian unity, a place of worship, and a team united to bless our community.

Community

  • We believe that the church is meant to be expression of the unity of Christ – a “body” joined together, whole, and healthy.
  • We believe that we are better and stronger together!
  • We believe that we are meant to do life with each other. None of us is meant to do this alone.
  • We believe that our love for each other is both an invitation for others to join us and the best possible witness to our words about Jesus Christ.

Generosity

  • We believe it is irresistible for God to bless a generous church! The more he gives us, the more we will give it away.
  • We believe that we are meant for generosity. A generous church has the resources to actually help people in need and advances the mission.
  • We believe generosity is contagious.
  • We believe that generosity is a living, practical testimony of our faith.
  • We believe that generosity produces joy and provision. The tight-fisted reap a tightfisted life. The generous reap an open-handed joyful life.

Mission

  • To Live by Faith
  • Be a Voice of Hope
  • Be Known by Love

Culture

  • Expect the unexpected
  • Irrelevance is irreverence
  • Love people when they least expect it and least deserve it
  • Playing it safe is risky
  • Pray like it depends on God and work like it depends on you
  • Everyone is invaluable and irreplaceable
  • Everything is an experiment
  • You cannot out give God
  • The church ought to be the most creative place on the planet
  • Maturity does not equal conformity
  • Go the extra mile

Statement of Faith

This Statement of Faith describes the beliefs that drive the mission and vision of Canyon Creek. In that way, they accurately describe what we are. However, they fall short of describing who we are. The best way to get to know us is to come to one of our Gatherings on Sunday. So we hope you will read this statement, then come check us out!

What we believe about TRUTH:

  • We believe that there are things that are absolutely True or False, both in the physical world and the spiritual.
  • We believe that the whole Bible is inspired and the infallible and authoritative Word of God. Consequently, it is our rule of TRUTH. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13)

What we believe about GOD:

  • We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that they are co-eternal in being, co-equal in power and glory. Even so, we recognize that each member of the Godhead has appropriate roles within the redemption of creation and humanity that involve submission and sacrifice. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
  • We believe in Jesus Christ, who became human without ceasing to be God. We believe in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death for our sins. We believe in His bodily resurrection, in His return to the Father, in his advocacy as our Priest, and in His personal return in power and glory. We believe that He is the only way of salvation and reconciliation to God. (John 1:1–2, 14; Luke 1:35, Romans 3-8; 1 Peter 1-2; Ephesians 1:7, Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7-9; 2 Timothy 4:1)
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit, who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. We believe that He is the Agent of regeneration and sanctification, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8–11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18)

What we believe about PEOPLE:

  • We believe that humans are the pinnacle of God’s creation; that they are made in the very “image of God;” and thus embody His attributes, morality and purposes. (Genesis 1:26-27, Psalm 8:3-8)
  • We believe that people are born broken; that is to say that each and every part of their being is damaged by Sin. But, we do not believe that they are totally broken! Because we are all made in the image of God, we all have the capacity for beauty, courage, selflessness, and creativity. Because we are all broken, we sadly also have the capacity for ugliness, cowardliness, selfishness, and to be spoilers of the creation. (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12)
  • We believe that all people are in need of reconciliation to God. We are meant to be united to the Father, the Son and the Spirit – we exist to be in relationship with our creator. Sadly, our inherent brokenness separates us from them and there is no way for us to repair the relationship. There is no spiritual path of enlightenment. That is why the Godhead paid the penalty themselves to reconcile their creation back to themselves! (Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19)

What we believe about LIFE:

  • We believe that life has purpose. All of us have been created by a loving and intimately aware Father with specific gifts and abilities to serve the world and His Kingdom. Ultimately, the purpose of every life is that it is reconciled to God, transformed into the likeness of Jesus and lived with beauty, light, hope and to the full! (Genesis 2:15, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28-30, 1 Corinthians 12:7)
  • We believe that life is for community. It was not good for Adam to be alone and it has not been good for any other person since. We are made to be around other people. Heaven will be full of people and perfect community. The Church, as a reflection of that hope, is our gift, our proving grounds, our school, our comfort and our picture of things to come. That is why Church must be part of every Christian journey. (Gen. 2:21-24; Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17, 2 Corinthians 11:2, 1 Timothy 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11, Revelation 21)
  • We believe that life has an ending, that we will all die or be raptured, that we will all be judged for our lives and that we will all live eternally in either heaven or hell. (Matthew 6:20; Luke 12:33, Ephesians 5:5, 2 Thessalonians 1:9, Revelation 20:11-15)