The Five Streams
At Adventure Community Church we believe that Jesus came to give us – in His own words – "life to the full" (John 10:10). However, we have found that not all believers are experiencing that kind of LIFE. We believe that five critical practices, which we describe as "streams," flow together to help produce that LIFE. If a follower of Christ is engaging only one or two, their experience of "life to the full" will be elusive. These streams are: "Walking with God," "Restoration," "Spiritual Warfare," "Community," and "Mission".
Walking With God
We believe that God created us for intimacy. The Bible is filled with examples for us of God personally interacting with His people. A conversational relationship with God is available here on earth. We are encouraged to both talk to God and also listen for His loving voice to affirm us, correct us and guide us in His ways. We walk with God by the guidance of His Word (the Bible) and by His Holy Spirit which He gives as a counselor and guide to every person who puts their faith in Jesus. The Bible and the Holy Spirit will never contradict each other. We believe that the result of walking with God is true intimacy with Him and a relationship that brings forth an abundant life. (Eph. 6:18, John 10:27, John 15:15, Gal. 5:25)
We believe that there is an enemy who aims to steal, kill and destroy God’s beloved, His bride, which is the church, comprised of all who believe and follow Jesus. Throughout your life there has been an assault on you to create distrust in God’s leadership, a false identity for yourself, and a false hope for life apart from God. We exist in a world that is in a spiritual war. The ground that the warring parties seek to possess is your heart. We believe that for a follower of Christ to become who they were meant to be, they will have to learn to fight the enemy in the power and victory given them under the authority of Jesus. (Eph. 6:12-18, 1 Peter 5:8-9, 1 John 5:19, James 4:7)
We believe that Jesus came to restore us. Originally, Adam and Eve were glorious beings, unfallen image-bearers of God. The enemy of our souls led them to doubt God’s heart and leadership and that sin produced shame and a desire for independence from God. Sin has affected every human since. We have a brokenness that needs to be healed at a heart level and a glory that God intends to restore, so He sent His son to heal us, set us free and give us the identity that we were meant to have through adoption as His children. Letting God restore us, ultimately brings glory to Him. As we walk with God, He will lead us into the restoration of our heart and life. (1 John 3:1-2, John 1:12-13, Isa 61, Luke 4:16-21, Rom 7-8, 2 Cor. 3:15-18, Gal. 5:1, Eph 4:22-24)
We need one another; made in the image of God, we were never intended to live apart from Him and others. Even God expresses Himself as one God in the community of three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Every person longs to be truly known and to experience true connection with others. Every person is a unique and necessary part of God’s church. The church is likened to a body with many parts. Each part is critical to the function of the whole. Only together can we accomplish all that God desires for us. (Luke 3:21-22, 2 Cor 13:14, Eph. 4, 1 Cor. 12, 1 Thess 5:10-11)
We believe that God created every man, woman and child for a purpose. All throughout scripture, we are told to "go," "make disciples," "love our neighbors," and "run the race"; each of these directives require action on our part. In order for us to experience the abundant life that God has called us to, we need to be on mission with Him, using our gifts and resources for His glory. Whether that means being kind to our neighbor, praying for a stranger, sharing the good news of Jesus with others, serving in the church, ministering to the local community or traveling on a mission trip around the world, as we walk in the five streams and grow deeper in our relationship with God and others, He always calls us towards action. Our goal is to live from our union with God as we partner with Him in pursuing the purposes of His heart. (John 13:14-15, John 15:16-17, Heb 12:1-3, Matt. 9:37-38, Matt. 22:37-40, Matt. 28:18-20)