Epic Church exists to bring glory to God by making disciples through Christ-centered worship, Christ-centered families, Christ-centered community and Christ-centered service.
The Mission of God
We all have a deep-set yearning for a better world, to be intimately connected to our creator, to live at peace with ourselves and to see justice and harmony between one another. We believe this is what God intended for us – that we were created to live in a perfect world and to take pleasure in a perfect relationship with God. We also believe that the whole creation is no longer what it once was. It is now groaning and breaking because of rebellion and sin against God.
Since that day, God has been on a mission to restore all things unto himself through the person and work of Jesus Christ. God creates, calls, rescues, redeems, saves, restores, restrains and gives so that He may be glorified. God’s desire is that He might be known and enjoyed for His nature and character. He redeemed us to be part of what He is doing to reveal his love and restore others to his family.
THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH
Christ invites us to join him on his mission. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commissioned us to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. We have been reconciled to God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are now ambassadors of reconciliation to a lost and broken world. From missional living in interacting with neighbors to short-term mission trips, our lives have been infused with the mission of Gospel restoration.
A disciple is simply one who follows Christ. The two greatest commands of Christ begin and end with the simple act of love…Love God with all our heart, mind and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself. We pray, serve, preach, teach reason and gather to see God glorified. The mission of the church is multiplied by equipping and empowering new disciples to do the same.
What is Christ-Centered?
The central focus of the gospel is the redemption of our fallen humanity by the person and work of Jesus Christ. We are Christ-centered because it is in Christ we are redeemed and it’s through Christ we see God most clearly for who He is and what he has done.
Life consists of constant worship. Every thought, word, desire and deed involves the ascribing of worth and value. Each attitude, affection and activity is an expression of our allegiance. God alone is worthy of our worship. Worship is related to every area of our lives. We are called to eat, drink, speak, think and work to the glory of God. Worship cannot be narrowed down to a particular time and place as if we could compartmentalize God to a certain aspect of our life. Our life is an expression of worship. We worship God by proclaiming the gospel and making disciples through preaching, teaching, singing, praying and celebrating the sacraments of baptism and communion. Each presents an opportunity for the church to receive, respond and rejoice in the work of our Savior.
Strong families start with solid foundations. The first place that we learn to follow Christ as a disciple is in the home. Unless the Lord builds the house we labor in vain. The first step is to allow Christ to be the main author of the story of our family. As he works his redemption in our lives and our marriages, he transforms parents to model discipleship to our children.
We strive help every child grow in wisdom, stature and favor with God and men (Luke 2:52). The two greatest influences in the life of kids are their parents and their community in Christ. That's why we partner with parents to help raise up the next generation of spiritual leaders and send them out to impact the world for Christ. Youth are not the future of the church. They are the church today.
God’s calling has no age requirement. We want every kid to see how God's Word fits in to their lives, to learn how to talk to him, and to build Christian friendships that will last. At Epic Explorers (nursery – 5th grade) kids will meet Jesus on their level and discover a God who’s big enough to trust with their life. During Fuel (6th-12th grade) gatherings, students grow in their passion for God, build friendships and make an impact through serving together.
A church isn’t a building – it’s the people. When we believe the Gospel, we begin a relationship with the perfect Father who fully loves and accepts us. He does this, not because of what WE have done, but because of what CHRIST has done for us. God calls us to live together in a family in such a way that we make Christ known in the world. Jesus gave us a new commandment: “Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35
Though each Christian has a personal relationship with God, that relationship is not individual or private. The Christian faith is not intended to be lived in isolation. We were made for community—relationship with God and with each other. Christ-centered community is a radical call amid a culture of mere attendance and casual involvement. The local church is not merely a place that we attend but a family to whom we belong.
Life Groups are gatherings where people can connect with others in the community and grow as disciples of Christ. Groups are not perfect and those who participate in them will find them messy at times. However, life is not meant to be lived alone. In community we discover the depth of God’s love and power to grow as a disciple of Christ. This takes time, prayer, effort, patience, love, trust and hope.