Purpose, Mission, and Beliefs

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Purpose, Mission, and Beliefs

Loving - Serving - Reaching

Our Vision

The vision of our church is to live for the glory of Christ that the world may see in us the hope for a satisfied life.
 

 

Our Purpose

Tapestry Community Church exists to glorify God by striving to keep the Two Great Commandments; namely, by seeking to make disciples of all nations through evangelism and missions, the faithful preaching and teaching of the whole counsel of God, through corporate prayer, by the encouragement of one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and through mutual accountability.
 

 

Our Mission

The mission of Tapestry Community Church is to glorify God by establishing a body of believers who find their greatest delight in Him, have a palpable love for their neighbor, have a passion for reaching the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, have an unwavering faith in the trustworthiness of God’s word, and an unyielding belief in the sovereignty of God over all things. 
 

 

What We Believe*

THE SCRIPTURES
The Scriptures, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.  It has God for its author, His glory for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.  All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation. 

GOD
There is but one God, who is self-existent, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of himself, all perfections, and being infinite in them all; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love.  God is all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures.  God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and all events.  Therefore, the Divine essence or being is never to be divided into three gods, nor are three persons ever to be merged into a single modal personality.
 
THE TRINITY
The one true God exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.  Each is fully God, and yet the Godhead is one and indivisible.  The Father owes His being to none.  He is Father to the son who is eternally begotten of Him.  The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.

GOD THE SON
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He secured the redemption of his people from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and His chosen people. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever-present Lord. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe.

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

ELECTION
Election is God's eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life—not because of foreseen merit or faith in them, but because of his mere mercy in Christ—in consequence of which choice they are called, justified and glorified.

THE FALL OF MAN
God originally created man in His own image, free from sin, and as a representative of all humanity; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors. The fall of man is the cause of the present disharmony of nature which often makes the world a hostile environment.

REGENERATION
Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickens those who are dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God's free and special grace alone. 

REPENTANCE AND FAITH
Repentance and Faith are mutual conditions for salvation, and both are gifts of God as a result of regeneration.  Once the heart is changed and freed from death and sin, repentance and faith are the first-fruits of God’s gift of new life by which a mature response to sin increasingly flows forth by an accompanying saving faith from the Holy Spirit. One cannot turn to God in faith without turning from sin in repentance with true contrition.  

SAVING FAITH
Saving faith is the belief, on God's authority of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness. 

JUSTIFICATION 
Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith.  Justification is the legal act of God in which He declares a sinner righteous by imputing the believer’s sin to Christ’s death on the cross for forgiveness and by imputing Christ’s sinless life of perfect obedience to the believer for righteousness.  The sole means by which a sinner receives justification from God is by faith in Christ alone.

SANCTIFICATION 
Sanctification is both the definitive work of God for us—whereby at conversion the believer is removed from Adam and place in union with Christ, thus destroying sin’s dominion over the believer—and the progressive work of God in us, whereby through the Word of God and the indwelling Holy Spirit the remaining lusts of the flesh are weakened and mortified so that true holiness of life may become more and more a greater reality.

PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS
Those whom God has accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance. We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. 

THE CHURCH
The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all true believers, in all ages both living and dead, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to his commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular churches; and to each of these churches he has given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which he has appointed.  We believe that a local Church of Christ is an autonomous congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his Word; that its only scriptural officers are Elders and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are primarily defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.  While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the offices of Elder/Pastor and Deacon are limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

REDEMPTIVE HISTORY
From the beginning of creation, God is moving redemptive history in a forward direction toward its predetermined end by means of covenants.  The Old Testament covenants are organically linked and find their fulfillment in Christ and the establishment of the New Covenant.  The former covenants were designed to preserve creation, to preserve the nation of Israel, to preserve the believing seed of Abraham, and to point humanity to the coming of Christ and their need for salvation in Him.  Now that the Messiah has come, the purposes for which the former covenants were established have been fulfilled.  Consequently, the purposes for which many Old Testament laws were established—though not all of them—have been fulfilled in the coming of Christ and are no longer binding upon New Testament believers. 

BAPTISM
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon all believers, wherein they are immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Baptism is the sign of a believer’s union with Christ in His death and resurrection, the washing away of sin, entrance into the universal Church of Jesus Christ, and the pledge to live in newness of life.  It is a prerequisite to membership in the local church.

THE LORD'S SUPPER
The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine, and to be observed by his churches till the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed commune with Christ and to commemorate his death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with him, and of their church fellowship.

THE LORD'S DAY
The first day of the week is the Lord's Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should include exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. Activities on the Lord's Day should be commensurate with the Christian's conscience under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE
God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it. Civil authorities being ordained of God, believers are to be subject to them in all lawful things commanded, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

THE SECOND COMING
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in power and glory to the earth; the dead will be raised and all those living at that time will be transformed; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

THE RESURRECTION
The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God—the righteous to conscious rest with Him; the wicked to conscious suffering, to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.

THE JUDGMENT
God has appointed a day, wherein he will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive according to his deeds: the wicked shall go into everlasting punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life.

EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man's spirit by God's Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to point the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

STEWARDSHIP
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer's cause on earth.

FAMILY
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.


Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
 

 
*In developing this confession of faith, Tapestry Community Church borrowed liberally from the London Baptist Confession of Faith (1689), The New Hampshire Confession of Faith (1833), the Abstract of Principles of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1858), and the Baptist Faith and Message (2000).