“Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God, the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.” John 2:9
Anyone familiar with historic Christian doctrine will find that the statements below fall in the center of evangelical theology (“evangelical” meaning “theology derived from the evangel, or the Gospel”); in other words, it’s biblical theology rather than speculative theology rooted in manmade tradition. At Adventure, we try not to be hard-nosed about matters on which Scripture is not clear, and we’re not dogmatic about matters where honest, Bible-based believers have held divergent views. We want our core beliefs to be centered on Jesus and His message as found in and supported by the clearest passages of Scripture. More obscure doctrine or teachings with less support are left to individuals to sort out on their own – we take no “official” position in these areas. As a church we have no written doctrine or creed except for the Bible itself. However, in order to help people get to know us better, here’s a summary of what we believe…
What we believe about the Holy Spirit and the Christian life
The essential accompaniment of a genuine saving relationship with Jesus is a life of holiness and obedience, attained by believers as they submit to the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply the saving work of Jesus to mankind. He enlightens the minds of sinners, awakens in them a recognition of their need for a Savior, and regenerates them. At the point of salvation, He permanently indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength and wisdom, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts for the up-building of the body. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Scripture. His power and control are appropriated by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christlike character and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father.
What we believe about the Church
What we believe about the Bible
What we believe about salvation
What we believe about Jesus Christ
What we believe about human destiny
What we believe about God
What we believe about faith and practice
We believe this is an accurate summary of what Scripture teaches. All members and regular attenders of Adventure should refrain from advocating doctrines that are not included in this Statement of Faith in such a way as to cause dissension. We desire the local expression of Jesus’s body at Adventure Christian Community to be a radiant example of love, grace, and unity.
How do I Join Adventure?
What most congregations refer to as 'membership', we call 'partnership' here at Adventure. Partnership implies responsibility. Biblical Christianity has always been about our responsibility in servanthood to others on behalf of Christ. Becoming a partner at Adventure is a process. A candidate for partnership must have completed three objectives.
Immersion -- Baptism by the biblical mode of submersion in water.
Discovering Adventure -- A one-hour class explaining the basics of Adventure's unique style.
Spiritual Gifts -- A three-part class creating a spiritual gifts resumé.
Once these objectives have been accomplished, a candidate can sign the Adventure Partnership Covenant. Church partnership has responsibilities. Adventure's Partnership Covenant is a promise between you and all other partners at Adventure that you will serve alongside each other faithfully. It's based on Scripture and covers the basics of the Christian experience and behavior.