What We Believe
Inviting people to find HOPE and experience LOVE through FAITH in Christ
Orchard Community Church is an inviting community of believers seeking to help people find and follow Jesus. Our desire is to build a community built on our FAITH, HOPE and LOVE in Christ. We will seek to help people of all ethnicities; ages and backgrounds grow in their relationship with God, connect in their relationship with others and share their faith with people in their neighborhoods and around the world. We hope this process will change the way people see and understand Christianity. This why we've chosen to meet at Orange Glen High School, 2200 Glenridge Rd, Escondido, CA 92027.
As a church our greatest hope and desire is to create a community:
Where people find hope and life change in Christ.
Where people can learn the truth of God’s Word and how to live it.
Where people connect with each other through life-sharing relationships.
That reaches out to people harassed and helpless (Matthew 9:36), helping them find truth and love through faith in Christ.
That works together to provide “easy to find” safe places for kids.
That strives to see the climate of the city move from unsafe and violent to safe and peaceful.
That is diverse in ethnicity and united by our common great love of God.
That serves in the church, in our neighborhoods, and around the world.
That is willing to try new and innovative things for the sake of helping people find a meaningful relationship with God.
That generously shares our faith, hope and love.
We firmly believe the great doctrines of historic Christianity as they are revealed in the Bible. A complete statement of faith appears in the church's constitution and bylaws, but to summarize briefly:
We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original manuscripts and authoritative for daily living.
We believe there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His substitutionary death for our sins, and His bodily resurrection from the grave.
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by practice, are sentenced to eternal separation from God, and are in need of personal regeneration by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who have so trusted Christ as their Savior are indwelled by the Holy Spirit of God and enabled to live godly lives through submission to Him and dependence on Him.
We believe in the imminent return of Christ, and in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the saved unto eternal life and the lost unto eternal judgment. It is our sincere desire and prayer that you may experience the assurance of forgiveness and eternal life that comes to those who have trusted the Savior.
1. God speaks to us through the Bible.
The Word of God is vital and transformative (2 Timothy 3:16) The Bible is relevant for all generations and provides our ultimate framework for what we believe and how we live.
2. Believers regularly gather.
Believers are better together (Hebrews 10:25, Matthew 18:20) God’s intent is that all believers work together as part of His family.
3. Healthy believers grow spiritually.
Spiritual maturity is essential for believers (Matthew 5:43-48, Colossians 1:28-29) God’s people are spiritually gifted by God for service and spiritual growth is demonstrated when believers use their gifts.
4. Serving matters to God.
Service is critical to the lifeblood of the Church (Matt. 20:28; Mark 10:45; Eph. 4:13-16) The Bible teaches and we are convinced that serving within the Church is imperative for spiritual growth and critical to the health and vitality of the local body.
5. All people matter to God.
Lost people matter to God (Luke 5:27-32, Matthew 28:19-20) The Gospel (Good News) must be proclaimed in ways that people can understand, both locally and globally. Multiplication is critical and life giving (Matthew 28:1-20, 6:33; John 13:34-35) Healthy believers are marked by their engagement in the process of both sharing their faith and multiplying leaders.
6. We were created to Worship God.
God’s people worship Him (John 4:21-25; Rom. 12:1-2; Eph. 2:10; Matthew 22:37; Hebrews 10:25) God desires to be worshiped by His people and is worthy of it.
7. We talk to God through prayer.
Prayer is vital for spiritual life (John 15:7, Hebrews 4:12) Communication with God is imperative for spiritual vitality and growth.