The churches we read about in the Bible can seem so different from the churches most of us have experienced...
The Bible describes the first churches as communities of people who were in awe of God. They devoted themselves to the Bible and prayer. They opened their hearts and homes to one another. They shared their time and money with those in need. Everything they did was motivated by joyful love. A love so contagious that their faith spread like wildfire.
That’s the kind of church we want to be today.
So we’re reevaluating the Western/Americanized church and getting back to the basics. We’re asking difficult questions and counting the costs but believe the future of the Church is bright. The same God who worked in power through the first churches is at work in us today. We don’t have all of the answers and won’t get everything right but, with the Bible and the Spirit to guide us, we’re stepping out in faith as a community of Christians in Wilmington, NC.
We exist to glorify God by enjoying him and loving others through faith in Jesus and the power of the Spirit.
Our Mission is Joy
It’s easy to imagine God as cold, distant and demanding. Christians often get mixed up about this too; assuming that God wants us to be doing something that we can’t quite figure out. But Jesus said, “This is the only work God wants from you: believe in the one he has sent.” Even more surprising, he taught that God is happy and promised his followers, “You will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” So what does faith and joy have to do with the mission of the church? Everything!
The Church is on a mission to share the love and hope of God with the world. But no one can give something away that they haven’t first experienced for themselves. That’s why Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing but, if you remain in my love, you will love each other in the same way I have loved you.” So we’re learning that finding our own joy in God each day is the key to seeing our lives transformed, relationships changed, and God’s love made known in the world.
We are a church of the
Word & Spirit
We’re all about Jesus
The message of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection is changing us from the inside out. He gave us a new relationship with a fatherly God who hears our prayers and cares for every detail of our lives. He gave us his Spirit who works in us and through us in beautiful and miraculous ways. When we read that Jesus said, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another” and “Love your neighbor as yourself” that changed the focus of our lives. Now we’re redirecting our time, money and attention away from buildings and services towards loving our community in relevant ways.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Our Statement of Faith represents core beliefs that are shared by all of our members. We’ve also identified several distinctives which shape the identity and direction of our church.
In place of traditional Sunday services, Home Groups are the primary way that Basic Church gathers throughout the week. Just like any other group of people, we aren’t exempt from the messiness and brokenness of life. But then again, our relationships are different because the message of a loving God is transforming us and the ways we relate to one another.
Beyond meeting together regularly, Home Groups function much like a loving family. Members hangout, share meals, celebrate special moments and walk through difficult seasons of life together. Care, discipleship, and service flow naturally out of these relationships in the normal rhythms of everyday life.
It’s easy to have a nice sounding value statement but a church’s true values can be seen in what they pursue, encourage, and celebrate. Our values represent the lifestyle that we try to work out every day.
Basic Church uses a simple reading plan that guides us through the Bible together over the course of three years. We find that having the same reading schedule is useful to us for teaching, discussion, and discipleship in our Home Groups.