---What to Expect

 
Checking out a new church can be totally strange and uncomfortable – from where to park, to what type of donuts they will have, to how long winded the preacher will be, we get it! So…park in either one of our two lots (upper east or lower west). We have Lamar’s donuts (because that’s the kind Jesus ate), and the preacher normally goes for about 30 minutes (after that the sound guys just turn off his mic and start playing some music).  Below are a few other things you might want to know before you come to WBCC.  
 
*FUN, FRIENDLY COMMUNITY
We take the word “community” very serious around here (it’s in our name for a reason). We don’t want people to simply “pass through” our services but instead to be personally welcomed, met, known, and encouraged. Our hope is that everyone who comes to WBCC feels like an important part of our community and that they see themselves as an intricate part of God’s work in this community. We love and celebrate that we are truly a multigenerational church where every age and life stage is honored and utilized. 
 
* AN EMPHASIS ON GOD’S GRACE
The greatest Christian hymn of all time isn’t entitled “Amazing Grace” for nothing. Although there is a lot of work to do as Christians, the greatest thing we can do is stand in awe at the amazing work that has already been DONE by Christ.  We believe we are truly saved by grace, an undeserved free gift from God, and therefore we adamantly speak against perfectionism, religiosity, guilt, shame, or condemnation of any kind.    

* A VARIETY OF WORSHIP STYLES
We believe worship has a unique way of “refocusing” us on The Lord. But, not everyone connects to one type of music. So on any given Sunday you will be led by our 70 person choir (yes we still have a choir and we LOVE them) AND/OR our worship band (oh don’t worry, we can crank up the volume with the best of them).  But because some people connect to hymns, while others want to jam out to Hillsong, we have decided to offer both at our worship services. If you don’t like the current song/style, just wait a few minutes, it will change (kind of like CO weather).  
 

*A CHALLENGE TO LIVE LIKE JESUS

We believe the gospel should not only change our beliefs but also our behaviors. Our lives, over the course of time, should start to reflect and look more like Christ.  On that note, we unapologetically offer and provide countless opportunities to serve, share with, and strengthen others.  If you just want to sit on the sidelines and not put your faith into practice, you are still welcome here, but you are going to get tired of hearing us talk about, celebrate, and push you to live like Jesus in very tangible ways. 

 

---What We Believe

 
KEEP THE MAIN THING, THE MAIN THING
Our beliefs are what anchor us in our faith & unify us as followers of Jesus. We believe that a healthy church is united on and committed to the issues that matter most (Acts 4, 2 Tim.4) and that they fight for truth.  AND, we also believe that a healthy church is one that extends lots of grace on issues that are secondary (and if we are honest, most issues fall into this category). WBCC is a place where we “agree to disagree” on a lot of things but strive to “keep the main thing, the main thing”. Below is a summary of our core beliefs.
 
*GOD
We believe there is one Creator, God – all knowing, all loving, and all powerful, who co-exists in three persons: The Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Gen 1:1, Deut 6:4, Matt 28:19, Luke 10:21, John 10:30, I Peter 1:2). God is called by many different names because of the different dimensions of His personality, but God is one (Deut 6:4).
 
*JESUS
We believe Jesus is the eternal Son of God, fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, died on the cross for our sins, was raised from the dead on the third day, ascended to heaven, and will return again in power and glory to judge the living and the dead. Jesus is our High Priest, our mediator, our perfect sacrifice, and our advocate (John 1:1-5, Gen 1:1, Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:18-25, I Peter 2:24, Ephesians 1:7, Luke 24:6, I Corinthians 5:21, 15:4, Acts 1:9-11, Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25, 9:24, I John 2:1-2, I Peter 4:5, 2 Timothy 4:1).
 
*THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit dwells within every follower of Jesus in order to counsel, equip, empower, guide, and transform them into the likeness of Jesus, and help the church carry out the work of God in the world. We believe The Holy Spirit imparts gifts and talents to us for service in the church and that the fruits of the Spirit are the evidence of spiritual maturity and growth. The different gifts of the Spirit are all different manifestations of the Spirit and they are all designed to build up the entire body of Christ and they must be exercised in an orderly way and in the context of love (Acts 1:4-5, 2:38, 2 Cor. 3:17, 12:1-11, Romans 8, Galatians 5, I Cor. 13:1-13, 14:26-33). The nine fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) are the by-product of a Spirit-filled life and evidence of spiritual maturity.
 
*SALVATION
We believe salvation is a gift from God and a deep reflection of His love, grace, and mercy towards us. The only means of salvation is Jesus Christ. Jesus paid the ransom for our sin, undid the consequences and penalty of sin, adopted us into the family of God, and began the process of reconciling all things back to God. By placing our faith and hope in God’s great work done through Christ, we are saved from our past, set free in the present, and given hope for the future. When we are saved we are given eternal life, we are credited the righteousness of Christ, we are born-again and anew, we become citizens of heaven, and are we are promised an eternal inheritance. As a response to God’s great love and gift, we in turn declare our love for Him publicly in baptism (Acts 4:12, John 14:6, I Peter 2:24, Hebrews 9:26, I John 3:1-4, John 3:16, Galatians 4:4-7, Romans 4:4-5)
 

*THE BIBLE

We believe that the entire Bible is the authoritative, infallible word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and the only written revelation from God to man. The Bible is a vital component for helping us understand God’s will for our lives and is the final authority for faith and life (Matthew 5:18, John 16:12-13, 2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Thess. 2:13, 2 Peter 1:20-21).
 

*THE CHURCH

 We believe the church is the body of Christ, and thus, Jesus is the head of the church. The church is the people of God, who have been called and sent by God to bring glory to Him and to bless the world. The church finds her visible, yet imperfect expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached and lived out, where purity and unity are pursued, where sacrifices are made for the sake of others, where the sacraments are administered with humility and reverence, where scriptural disciplines are practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained (I Cor. 12:12-27, Ezekiel 47, Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:11-16, 5, Matthew 16, 28).