A Look Inside Westwinds
A church for the misfits and miscreants, rabble and rebels. We’re an orthodox (meaning: not crazy, not cultists) church with an unorthodox (meaning: high energy, non-traditional) approach, on mission to shadow God, build the church, and heal the world.
Learning to follow God and to experience the life He desires for all creation.
Build the Church
Creating a place where people can be changed, affect change in the world, and introduce more people to God’s plan to heal the world.
Heal the World
The local church is the hope of the world. It is our task to find ways to help those in need and to share the message of God’s love and redemption of world as we do it.
To bring Christ to the spiritually curious, those disenfranchised with organized religion, the thinkers, and the creatives.
Ephesians 4:4-6 (NIV)
Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22
I Corinthians 13:2
We believe the Scripture, both the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error when they were initially penned by their authors. We believe it to be the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of all people, the divine and final authority for the Christian life and faith.
We believe in the Trinity, the Triune God, one God who has always and will always exist as three distinct persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They all share the same essence or substance but have distinct personalities and roles.
GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God the Father, Creator of all things visible and invisible, who is true holiness, all powerful, infinite love, and absolute truth, all knowing, and all present.
GOD THE SON
We believe Jesus Christ is simultaneously 100% human and 100% divine. We believe He was born of a virgin, that His death was a pleasing and acceptable sacrifice for the sins of all, that He was resurrected bodily as a proof and vindication of His claims, and that He ascended to heaven. We believe He will return in bodily form to gather all Christ followers. We believe Jesus is the only way to have a personal relationship with God and that by personally accepting His death and resurrection, anyone can be spiritually birthed (born again) into this relationship.
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit’s goal is to bring glory and honor to Jesus Christ. We affirm He is actively involved in the lives of Christ followers. He is not only responsible for their new birth, He also instructs and empowers them to live the Christian life. He grows fruit in their lives as evidence of character development. He gifts them in ways that enable fulfillment of their God given destiny of being God’s teammate in reaching the world. We affirm He is also active in the lives of all unbelievers, whether skeptics or inquisitive seekers. He is at work prodding them about sin, pointing out their distance from God, and heightening their sense of emptiness that only God can fill.
We believe that all people are created in the image of God. Through the fall of Adam and Eve, we were separated from God. We remain in that state until the moment of new birth by the Holy Spirit. Only through the work of the Holy Spirit can this eternal life be received.
We believe that God, in His great love for all people, provided the ultimate sacrifice for sin in His Son, Jesus Christ. Salvation can come through Him alone. Only through His shed blood and resurrection are there any grounds for justification and reconciliation to God. Salvation is, therefore, received as a free gift of faith.
JUDGMENT AND ASSURANCE
We believe that death seals the eternal destiny of each person. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into eternal condemnation. Believers will be received into God’s loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life.
THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that the local church is a congregation of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and community with each other. Together, the local church comprises the “Body of Christ”. Through it, believers invest time, energy and resources to fulfill the Great Commission – reaching lost people and growing them into fully devoted followers of Christ.
It takes teamwork to make the dream work. Here is ours.
200lbs of premature wisdom & never-ending youth with pale skin and dark tattoos.
Executive Director @ the Hub Teen Center. Teacher. Developer. Pastor. Coach.
Kids’ Journey Designer
Terri. Encourager. Developer. Listener. Counselor. Theolog. Fun Generator. Glitter Fairy.
Communicator. Multi-tasker. Coordinator. Believer. Manager. Problem Solver.
Music guy. Art guy. Husband and family guy. Lover of Jesus and life guy.
Pianist. Singer. Resourcer. Song Charter. Teacher. Encourager.
Renaissance woman. Book binder. Graphic Designer. Creative. Listener.
Editor. Ailurophile. Researcher. Pastor Decoder. Word Wrangler. Reader. Ruminator.
Team Jesus. Latte Designer. Faith Artist. Hufflepuff. Reader. Thinker. Ted The Cat.
Screen-wrangler. Innovator. Tester. Digital Native.
Creator. Listener. Coffee Enthusiast. Former Sith.
A church in which everybody gets to play and a mission to which everyone can belong.
Have any questions or comments? Want to visit? We’d love to hear from you! You can call us at (517) 750-1111 or click the contact button to e-mail us.