WHAT WE BELIEVE

WHY WE DO THIS! 

Springfield Community Church is a gospel-centered church.  We believe that the gospel creates, sustains, and deeply shapes us.  The gospel tells us that those who are in Christ are perfect, spotless, and blameless.  This does not mean that we are without sin, but this reality of who we are in Christ should greatly affect the motivation in our pursuit of holiness.  Instead of righteousness being something we strive to achieve in order to earn the approval of God; the pursuit of righteousness becomes for us to live more and more like what we have already become in Christ.

We believe that the gospel creates a passion in people, and the Church, when it is properly understood.  A church that understands how and why it was formed, and that its power comes solely from the God who loves and saves, transforms the Church through the enjoyment of the gospel.  The Church is emboldened to join in God’s plan of reconciling all things to Himself.

At Springfield Community Church, we seek to be a people who enjoy the gospel by pursuing holiness in joy and gratitude; living in authentic real community; and worshipping the Triune God for who He is and what He has done.  Also, we desire to extend the gospel of Jesus by being a radical, counter-cultural community, within Lomira and our surrounding communities.  We believe that as we share with our community the love of Jesus with a compelling faith, hope, love, and service, we declare the glory of God’s salvation and demonstrate His renewing power.  As we begin to heal the brokenness of our community — the poverty….the injustice….the hunger — we give a preview of the kingdom of God and how God is reconciling all things through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

WHAT TO EXPECT!

Walking into a new church can be intimidating and at times terrifying depending on your previous church experience. If you are considering attending one of our worship gatherings, we pray that you would take the vulnerable step and come check it out! We can’t fully describe what you will experience, but at least we can try to give you an idea of what to expect.


On a Sunday morning you might see some people in a suit and tie, others in a t-shirt and shorts, and a lot of in between.  We believe that God doesn’t expect us to clean ourselves up before we come to Him and His church; so we say, come as you are.  Our worship gatherings usually last around 30 minutes and include worship through music, the preaching of God’s Word, prayer, and communion.  We also periodically celebrate through believer’s baptism.


Our prayer for every gathering is that you would feel welcomed and loved and that you wouldn’t leave the building thinking about how cool our artwork was, how funny the preacher was, or how awesome the guitar player in the band was. We want you to leave our gathering amazed at God’s radical love expressed through the finished work of Jesus Christ.If you don’t remember anything when you leave our gathering except how radically awesome Jesus is, we view that as a huge success.

THE BIBLE IS TRUTH

GOD: We believe that the one true God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power, and glory. Psalm 104; Psalm 139; Matthew 10:29-31; 28:19; Acts 17:24-28; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:9-12; 4:4-6; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6.


JESUS: We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and sacrificed Himself to be punished in substitution for sinners. By the blood of His cross and His resurrection from the dead, He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting. He was raised bodily and ascended to the right hand of the Father. He will return to the earth personally and visibly to consummate His kingdom. Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-18; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:10-14; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-23; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11;Hebrews 7:25; 9:13-15; 10:19; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 1 John 2:1-2.


THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates and forever indwells all Christians. Either subsequently or at the same moment, Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit to empower believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the church to fulfill its calling and mission. These gifts are subject to judging and are to confirm, and never supersede, what has been revealed in the Bible. Joel 2:28; Matthew 3:11; John 1:12-13; Acts 1:8; Acts 8:14-16; John 7:37-39; Romans 8:9; 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 14:29; Eph 1:13-14; 5:18.


SIN: We believe Adam was created in the image of God, righteous and without sin. In consequence of his disobedience, all people are born subject to sin and are therefore by nature and choice justly condemned in the sight of God, unable to save themselves or to contribute in any way to their acceptance with God. Genesis 1-3; Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 3:9-18; 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3.


SALVATION: We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ritual, work, or any other activity is required in order to be saved. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. John 1:12-13; 6:37-44; 10:25-30; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 3-4; 8:1-17,31-39; 10:8-10; 1 Corinthians 1:4–8; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 1:7,9.


WATER BAPTISM & COMMUNION: We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. They are not a means of salvation. Baptism in water is by immersion and a direct commandment of our Lord for believers only. Water baptism is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in death, burial and resurrection. Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; Col 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21.


THE CHURCH: We believe that the church is God’s primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip the saints for the work of ministry, God has given apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic, pastoral and teaching gifts to the church. We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints. God has called the church to preach the gospel to all nations, and especially to remember the poor and to minister to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. Matthew 16:17-19; Acts 2:17-18,42; Ephesians 3:14-21; 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5,9-10.