We believe that no matter who you are or where you come from, you deeply matter to God who showed us His compassion and love by sending His Son. Jesus came not only as an example and expression of God’s love, but also to give His life so that we could have a full and real life with God today. Because of God’s love for us, we want to help others connect, worship and engage God’s world in a way that reaches beyond ourselves.
For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
As a church, we desire to be a people who are “All About Jesus.” We might not have all of the answers to life’s biggest questions, but we strive to provide a safe and authentic place to worship God, connect with others, and engage our world.
A Place to Connect
We believe that life is better when it is lived together in meaningful community. We desire to be more than just a place to come on Sunday. We want to be a place where relationships are made, where hurts can heal and where you can belong.
A Place to Worship
To us worship isn’t what we do, it is a part of who we are. Through teaching, music, giving and serving, we want worship to be the lifeblood of Chaparral. To worship is to experience God in a deeper way, and we desire for that to be a part of everyone’s story.
A Place to Engage
Every week we are given 168 hours to leave an imprint on the world. As followers of Jesus, we want to engage our neighbors and world in a way that is unmistakable, unselfish, and undeniable. In John 20:21 Jesus challenged us when he said, “As the Father sent me, so I send you.” We want to rise to that challenge and bring hope and help to a world that desperately needs to experience the love of God.
The Bible contains 66 books, produced by more than 40 authors over the span of more than 1,500 years, across three continents and in three languages. We believe that the Bible provides a message from God that is both eternal and life changing.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; John 5:39; Psalm 19:7-14
The Bible teaches that there is only one God, manifested in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). He is one divine essence but exists as three persons. While the thought is hard to comprehend, we believe that God has chosen to reveal this reality in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These all fully and equally comprise the one God of Creation.
Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:18-20; Deuteronomy 6:4; John 1:1; Genesis 1:26; John 14; Colossians 1:15
There is a song which says, “You’re a good, good Father. It’s who you are.” Our definitions of what is “good” and what is “evil” come from the nature of God. The Father is all-loving, all-powerful, all-knowing and ever-present. Simply by the power of His Word, He spoke the universe into existence. From creation to redemption, The Father has completed and is completing His work through and together with the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1; 1 John 4:7-12; 1 Timothy 6:15-16; Job 38-39; Exodus 3
In Christ, God has reached out to us in a way that has changed history. Knowing that we could never work our way to God, God became part of his creation to meet us here and now, right where we are. Jesus is God with us. Jesus lived a perfect life and through His sacrifice alone, the penalty of our sin and faithlessness is paid. We believe that Jesus willingly went to the cross for us, and three days later rose from the dead, showing us that He has conquered sin and death once and for all. Now, He holds the keys to life and offers it to anyone who will faithfully follow Him.
Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-23; John 1:14; Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 53
The Holy Spirit
After the Son died on our behalf, rose from the grave and ascended into Heaven, the Holy Spirit was sent to serve as a guide for those who follow Jesus. Everything the Holy Spirit does points people to Jesus and leads our hearts and minds to the truth. He convicts us of our sin, He comforts us with truth, He gives us understanding, He empowers those who follow Jesus to serve and accomplish God’s purposes, and He ultimately leads us to be more like Christ.
John 14:26,16:7-11; Genesis 1:2; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 2:12-15
After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to His disciples telling them to share the message of Jesus with the world. For 2,000 years, followers of Jesus have been fulfilling that message and we call this group of Christ-followers, the Church. As the Church we are called to be a reflection of Jesus.
Matthew 28:18-20; John 13:34-35; Philippians 2:1-4; Ephesians 5:25-32; Hebrews 10:23-25
God the Father sent His Son, Jesus, to die on our behalf. Jesus died so that we may have eternal life. Through faith, we are reconciled to God and the process of aligning our lives with God begins. We are saved by God’s grace through our faith. Salvation is not something we earn. Instead, it is a free gift of God for those who will trust in Him.
John 14:6; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:29; Genesis 3:15; Genesis 22:13-14
Giving is a spiritual exercise for those who are believers in Christ. If you are visiting our church, welcome, we are glad that you are here and hope that you will find our community safe and authentic and a place that you want to belong. If you feel led to give, then do, but in no way do we expect you give. We want you to experience God and see how He can play a role in your life. If you are a believer in Christ then we believe that we are called to give, not reluctantly, or under compulsion, but willingly. This is a spiritual act of faithfulness and one that we believe will bless your life.
2 Cor 9:7; Malachi 3:10; Proverbs 3:9; Matthew 6:21; Deut 16:17
We believe that one day, whenever God sees fit, Jesus will return, and usher in an eternal existence for He and His church to live together. Nobody knows when this end will come, but we do know that life is short and often uncertain. In the end, those who trusted that Jesus’ sacrifice paid the penalty for their sins will spend eternity with Him; those who trusted in their own efforts will spend eternity separated from God.
Matthew 24:36-44; Revelation 21-22; James 4:13-14; Isaiah 65:17-18; Matthew 25:31-46
We desire to provide a place where community is sought after, where all are welcomed, and where grace is active.
We desire to be a place where the Word of God is taught in a relevant way so that seekers discover who God is; new believers discover what it means to live for Christ; and seasoned Christians discover their true purpose.
We desire to be a community that uses our spiritual gifts, time, energy and finances to honor God through ministry within the church, in the community and throughout the world.
We commit to staying true to Christ and his teachings and at the same time commit to remaining relevant to the culture around us so that we can be a community where the 80% who do not currently attend church feel safe and are able to connect, worship and engage.
We are a community who value our children and youth. Together we commit to sharing the responsibility of raising faithful children knowing that today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders.