WHAT WE DO

Share God’s love and grace with all who come.

WHO IS WELCOME

Anyone seeking a fuller, more rewarding life.  We welcome everyone , no matter where you are now, no matter how messy your life, no matter where you have been, all are welcome to come and be a part of Area 3:16.   Here you can connect with others in a community that will help you become the person you were intended to be.

Beliefs that Guide Us

The Bible

We believe the Bible is the inspired, living Word of God, written through the eyes of our ancestors. The Bible reveals the grace-filled nature of God and His will for humanity. It is the guide for faith and living an abundant life.

God

We believe there is one living and true God, infinite in grace, power, wisdom, justice, goodness and love, who is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Jesus

We believe the eternal Son of God was born of a virgin as fully God and fully man. As a man, He lived among us, taught us, and became the sinless sacrifice for humanity’s waywardness from God. He was put to death on a cross, was buried, rose again and ascended into heaven. He lives forevermore as the Savior of the world and is the mediator between God and people.

Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit, as the third person in the trinity, lives in all people. His work is to reveal our sin, to draw us to Christ, and to lead followers in their development for godly living and service.

Humanity

We believe that all of mankind is God’s special and loved creation. Man has not been created by chance or mistake, but intentionally in God’s image. However, every person has chosen to rebel against God resulting in separation from Him, which the Bible calls sin. Our separation from God can only be healed through faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.

Salvation

We believe God loves each person so much that He sent Jesus to die on the cross for us. No amount of good works or human effort can restore us from our state of alienation from God. We are restored to a full relationship with God by His free, unlimited grace through faith in Jesus Christ to forgive our sins. When we accept God’s grace through Christ, we are forgiven and freed from the burden of sin and our hearts are changed forever.

Baptism

We believe baptism is an act of obedience shared in the context of the church to publicly symbolize the change in a life transformed by Jesus Christ. Jesus was baptized to give all believers a model to follow as a testimony to the world that He is their Savior and Lord. We use all Biblical forms of baptism.

Assurance

All who have accepted the gift of salvation can, through the sure promises of God,  be fully assured of eternal life from the very moment they put their faith in Christ.  John 3:16

Communion

We believe the church is instructed as a community to share a meal in remembrance of Christ. The meal is a symbol of the body and blood of Christ that was broken and spilled out in love for the forgiveness of our sins.

Grace

We believe God’s grace is available to all and precedes our acceptance of it. We believe that when we say yes to a relationship with Him, we acknowledge and accept that grace, and that His grace works through the Holy Spirit to grow us in the image of Jesus.

The Church

We believe the Church universal exists as a community of all those who follow Christ, globally and locally. The Church consists of many, diverse, believers working together in unity to carry out God’s mission for the church: to live in unity and spread the word of His unlimited grace and love to everyone.