Get 2 know epic
Connecting People to God and Each other
1 person @ a time
- Epic’s a New Church, right? Why New Churches?
- Connecting People to God, One Person at a Time
- Tell me how Epic is trying to be the best church FOR the Community of Wichita?
- What’s a Connection Groups & Why do I need to get involved?
- Epic Beliefs
- Epic Affiliation
- Mission, Vision & Values
- Epic Church Team
Wichita, only has about 35% of the population attending church (that’s shooting on the high side of the statistic). I know, you would have thought more people than that go to church. Part of the problem is that church has lost it’s value in our culture. That’s why Epic is different! Our vision is to start churches that start churches! Churches that are relevant, churches that uphold the bible but also help us to understand how to take the bible and apply it to real world issues!
This means that Epic Church is a different kind of church. We are not trying to be a cruise boat, but a rescue ship! We want to see people connect to God one person at a time, over and over again! This means seeing change in your family! This means your kids learning to obey and honor their parents! This means getting to see life change in those who are closest to you!
We have one goal as a church – Connecting people to God, one person at a time. This is what drives our church – we volunteer, not to just change diapers in a church nursery – but to provide a safe environment for kids so their parents can be challenged in the service worry free – knowing their children are well cared for! This one concept really impacts EVERYTHING we do and how we do it.
This means that we don’t provide every possible program that you may have had at your last church – rather we focus on doing the best possible things. This means that our highest priority is to get you and your family to join a Connection Group (our small groups). This means that we each take how we live our faith out in the context of our personal lives more importantly than how we live it out at church (in other words – we don’t “act” at church)
We believe in one God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 5:16, 45; 6:1, 4, 8, 9; James 1:17; John 1:1; 4:24; 14:9; 14:16 -20; Genesis 1:2; 2 Peter 1:21).
We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of all things visible and invisible
(Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24 -28; Hebrews 11:3).
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, my one and only Savior
(John 1:14; 3:16; 1 John 4:9; 2 Peter 3:18),
Who was born Jesus of Nazareth, both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18; 21:11; John 1:14; 19:19; Romans 5:15-17;Colossians 2:9; 1 John 1:1; Luke 1:26 -38)
Who suffered and was crucified under Pontius Pilate
Who died and was buried, and Who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Luke 23:44 – 24:8; John 20:24-29; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8),
Who ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father
(Luke 22:69; Acts 1:1-9; Colossians 3:1), and Who will return to earth to judge both the living and the dead (Matthew 24:36-42; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10-11; 10:39-42; 1 Peter 4:5).
We believe in the Holy Spirit, Who is an active and operative part of the triune God(John 16:5 -15; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26 -27), and Who indwells every Christian(1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Timothy 1:14).
We believe in the Bible—God’s Holy Word, Scripture. I believe God inspired the autographs (original writings) of the Scripture and those autographs were consequently without error (Mark 12:36; John 14:26; 16:12 -15; Acts 1:16; 1 Corinthians 2:12 -13; 2 Timothy 3:14 -16; 2 Peter 1:20 -21).
We accept the Bible as the final authority for all matters of faith and practice(Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12).
We believe the Bible teaches that man, created by God, willfully sinned against God and is consequently lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23).
We believe the Bible teaches that salvation—the forgiveness of sins—is only by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18 -19; 1 John 1:7).
We believe the Bible teaches that one receives God’s grace by putting faith in Christ, repenting of sin, confessing Christ and being immersed into Christ, but that none of these is sufficient in and of itself for the assurance of salvation (Romans 5:1-2; 6:1 -7; Luke 24:45-47; Acts 3:19; 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:11; 1 John 4:15; Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21).
We believe in the Church of Jesus Christ, founded on the Day of Pentecost and consisting of all Christians everywhere (Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 2:14-47).
We believe the Bible teaches that the Elders are to exercise authority over the local congregation (Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
Epic Church is affiliated with the Non-denominational Independent Christian Churches of the Restoration Movement. Below is an excerpt by LeRoy Lawson on the general position of Independent Christian Churches, for more information on the Independent Christian Church, visit Christian Church Today’s website.
By LeRoy Lawson
- “A Christian church
Our message is that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.” We require no other creed. He alone is Lord and Savior.
- A church of Christ
The church belongs to Him. We have no authority to change the teachings, rewrite the rules, alter membership requirements, or usurp His place. The church is not a democracy.
- A church seeking unity
Like the Campbell’s and Stone, members of this church seek to be one in Christ with all others He calls His own.
- A church seeking to restore
As much as possible, we imitate the New Testament precedents. That is why our baptism is by immersion, our Communion is every Lord’s Day, our leaders are called elders, our preaching is about Christ, and our prayers are in Christ’s name. Even our church name is rooted in the earliest days, when disciples were called Christians and their congregations were often addressed as “churches of Christ.”
- An apostolic church
The church, Ephesians 2:20 states, is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” Whatever we know about Christ and the church we learned from Jesus’ closest companions, the apostles.
- A thinking church
In the same Ephesian letter, Paul prays that God will give a “Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. . . .” Christian faith demands the best our minds can give, so we are a studying church, seeking to apply biblical truth intelligently.
- A feeling church
Ours is not a dryly intellectual approach to God, however. We rejoice and praise and pray and love and serve from the heart. We are unashamed of the gospel and not embarrassed to let our excitement be seen.
- A sharing church
We share our faith and love with as many as we can reach and our possessions as persons who know that everything we have belongs to God to be used for His purposes.
- A free church
We have no bishops or superintendents or national headquarters to determine local church policies. We elect our own leaders, call and support our own ministers, and decide where our mission money will go. We are not isolationists, though. Our congregations freely associate with one another to accomplish tasks too big for one church alone.
- A growing church
We want to grow, because we are under Christ’s commission to disciple the world. We haven’t completed the task yet, so Christian churches and churches of Christ are renewing our commitment to go unto the ends of the earth, preaching and baptizing and teaching, until the whole world knows the one Lord of all.”