Who We Are
Valley is an independent, Bible-based, non-denominational church. We recognize that a healthy church is not about programs or buildings, but people!
We grew from a movement of Christians at the turn of the 19th century who said, “Let’s not be the only Christians, but Christians only. Let’s set aside creeds and denominations that tend to divide us and simply take the Bible as our guide.”
No, we’re not perfect…but, we pursue lives that are dedicated to Jesus and invite you on this journey with us!
We desire to focus upon a changed life in Christ by becoming “disciples” or followers of Jesus. In order to demonstrate this, we design everything we do to intentionally:
Help people become spiritually mature by knowing Jesus more, and/or
Introduce people to a real relationship with Jesus by making Him known
THREE PRINCIPLES WE STAND BY
In ESSENTIAL beliefs, we have UNITY!
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day…” (1 Corinthians 15:3 NIV)
In NON-ESSENTIAL beliefs, we have LIBERTY!
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls…So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God…So whatever you believe about these things, keep between yourself and God.” (Romans 14:1-22 NIV)
In ALL our beliefs, we have CHARITY or LOVE!
“I may have the gift to speak what God has revealed, and I may understand all mysteries and have all knowledge. I may even have enough faith to move mountains. But if I don’t have love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2 GW)
We believe in one infinitely perfect, eternal and personal God, the transcendent Creator and sovereign Sustainer of the universe. This one God exists eternally and simultaneously as three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All three persons in the Godhead share equally and completely in power, nature and glory.
We believe Jesus Christ is both God and true man. We also believe in the great events leading up to and surrounding Christ’s life and ministry, including: His eternal preexistence, His virgin birth, His attesting miracles, His sinless life, His sacrificial death on the cross, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, and His present work in heaven as High Priest and Advocate. He will return in glory to resurrect and judge all mankind.
We believe the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, coequal with the Father and the Son. We also believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit in salvation, glorifying Christ, convicting people of their sin, bringing about the restoration of a right relationship with God, and indwelling believers and empowering them for godly living and spiritual service to God.
We believe the Bible (the 66 books of the Old and New Testament) is the Word of God. As a “God-breathed” revelation, it is verbally inspired and completely without error, (historically, scientifically, morally and spiritually) in its original writings. While God supernaturally directed the writing of the Bible, that writing reflects the words and literary styles of its individual human authors. Scripture reveals the being, nature and character of God and especially His will for the salvation of human beings through Jesus Christ. Therefore the Bible is the supreme and final authority in all matters that it addresses.
We believe God has acted sovereignly to bridge the gap that separates people from Himself. He sent His Son, born of a virgin, attested by miracles and by a sinless life, to bear the full penalty for humanity’s sin. Christ suffered and died in the place of sinners, bringing about true reconciliation between God and mankind. Redemption is solely a work of God’s grace, received through faith in Jesus Christ, and never by works of human merit.
We believe Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead, conquering sin, death and all the powers of Satan. The resurrection is God’s historical affirmation and vindication of Christ’s unique identity, mission and message. Jesus Christ now resides at the right hand of the Father, and lives to indwell all who recognize their sinfulness, who repent and who turn their lives over to His loving authority.
We believe the church is the spiritual body of Jesus Christ and that it encompasses all true believers at all times and places. The function of the church is to carry out the Lord’s expressed will through the power of the Holy Spirit. One of the central purposes of the church is to preach the Gospel (both in word and deed), the Good News that people can find hope and salvation from sin through faith in Jesus Christ. This community of believers is made up of people who are neither perfect nor sinless, but by grace their lives are coming more and more under the control of the Holy Spirit, expressing His love, joy, peace, and other Christ-like qualities.
The Great Commission
We believe Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. And since Christ has commissioned His people, the Church, to go into all the world to disciple, to baptize, and to teach everyone everywhere to obey His Word, we desire, by His grace, to fulfill our part in reaching the world with the Gospel of Christ.
We believe Jesus Christ will return to this earth bodily and visibly to establish His glorious Kingdom that will never end. As the sovereign Lord, He will resurrect and judge all humanity. Those who have received His offer of life through faith in Him will go to eternal blessings in heaven; those who have rejected Him, to eternal separation from God in hell. We look forward to, and seek to prepare every person we can for, Christ’s Second Coming in glory.