Who We Are

Stephens Valley Church exists to love the church, the city, and the world with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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 Philosophy of Worship and Ministry

Stephens Valley Church believes in the "ordinary means of grace.” That is to say, we affirm the primacy of the Word and sacraments.  

Because we understand the Bible to be the living word of God we proclaim it knowing it will always bear fruit. Both the Old and New Testaments point us to the good news of Jesus Christ who died for our sins and rose for our justification. As far back as the darkest day of human history (Genesis 3) the grace and love of God was present in the Garden of Eden where He promised a redeemer who would one day crush the devil and save His people. That Redeemer was His own Son who bore our sins and suffered our penalty in His death and burial.  Without Jesus we are hopeless, cursed, and damned. But in Him we have been born again to a living hope (1 Peter 1:3-4) and an eternal inheritance that will never fade away. 

While we have numerous programs and ministries we are not a program-driven church but a gospel-driven one. Evangelism, missions, fellowship, worship, discipleship, and service are all grounded in this confidence in the gospel. Our sufficiency is in Christ (2 Corinthians 3:4-6) and the Holy Spirit has promised to bless the preaching and teaching of the gospel.

Our worship is God-centered and meant to glorify Him by enjoying Him. Thus we sing enthusiastically and praise God from whom all blessings flow. We realize we are unworthy of such blessings and therefore corporately confess our sins and hear again His pardoning grace. Historic creeds and catechisms are used as we reaffirm our faith and unite with the cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1) who have gone before us. The Lord’s house is to be a house of prayer so our services are saturated with prayer. We bring tithes and offerings with cheerful hearts because God loves cheerful givers. Sermons are expositional as our ministers typically preach through a particular book of the Bible. The Lord’s Supper is observed at each service as a visible means of God’s invisible grace. He feeds us from His word and then from His table where we remember the wondrous cross and anticipate the great salvation feast that is to come in heaven. In short, our worship is not driven by our felt needs. However, as we worship Him in spirit and in truth we find that His grace is sufficient for all our needs.