Durango Christian Church is a part of the Restoration Movement. This movement began among churches that had a great desire to promote unity among believers and to let go of the denominationalism and sectarianism that had torn churches apart for so long.
As a part of that movement we desire to be a church who's focus is on Christ and the Word of God, who practices that which is commanded in scripture, and who's sole authority comes from Christ. It has been said many times that our only book is the Bible, our only creed is Christ. We desire to follow Christ, proclaim the freedom found in Him, and to be characterized by love for Him and one another.
We know that Jesus created the Church and is the head of the Church. As the authority over the Church, Jesus gave us our mission and holds us accountable for it’s achievement. The mission of the church can be found succinctly in two statements that Jesus made. The Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
The Great Commandment (Mark 12:30-31)
"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength...Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these." --Mark 12:30, 31
The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." --Matthew 28:18-20
Our Mission Statement
Durango Christian Church exists to bring people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and fellowship in His Church, educate them to a sincere faith in Him, help them to employ their gifts in Christian service and prepare them to actively engage the community to reach others for Christ!
What We Believe
God is the Awesome Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has lived forever in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. God the Father cares for all He has made and is only revealed to us through Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19; John 14:26; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:6
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, God in the flesh, God revealed! He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin named Mary, and lived a sinless human life. He was fully God and fully Man. He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead bodily after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven where He lives and works on our behalf. He promised to return personally again someday to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.
Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22,23; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-5; 14:6-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3,4; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 7:25-27; Revelation 19:11-16
About The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. The Spirit of God is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He lives, as the Comforter, in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts to serve Him and His church and nurtures those gifts as they grow. As Christians and the Church, we seek to keep in step with the Spirit, living under His control daily. We know how much we need His guidance & direction…and we are so thrilled by His presence in our daily lives!
John 14:16, 17; 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18
About The Church
We believe the Church is the Body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit to do the will of God according to the Word of God. Through faith in Christ we are members of the church in a universal sense, and we practice that membership in the church locally. Believers humbly submit themselves to Christ and the leadership, which He has established in the church. Believers belong to one another and take care of one another, and use their time, talents, and treasure to serve the church and the world. The Church’s mission is the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, to “go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Can you believe it? We are the church, Christ’s body, God’s tangible expression of His message of love to our world – what and awesome privilege and responsibility.
Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:15-16; Colossians 1:17-18; Romans 12:4-8; Hebrews 10:23-25; Matthew 28:18-19
About The Bible
The Bible is God’s very Word to us. Human authors, under the supernatural guidance of God’s Spirit, wrote it. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because God inspires it, it is the truth without error. Because God uses His Word to transform our lives, we love to dig into God’s Word and let His Word dig into us!
Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This condition separates people from God eternally and causes many problems in life, including our own eventual spiritual & physical death. But because people are God’s most special creation, His heart & love goes out for us…and good thing too…He is the only one who could somehow bridge this separation, and defeat the death which seems to loom ahead of us and even around us!
Genesis 1:17; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1,2; Romans 3:23, 5:12-20
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Our Core Values
Absolute Authority Of The Bible
The Word of God is the ultimate authority for the church and standard of right living for the christian. We are dedicated to proclaiming the truth of the scriptures to the world through this body and utilizing any reasonable strategy to help believers become fully committed and developed disciples of Jesus Christ.
Leadership within the body of Christ ought to reflect a courageous walk of faith. We believe that Christian leadership is simply following Christ first. Courageous leadership means leading with vision, serving with compassion, learning with diligence, sacrificing with love, and walking with accountability. Courageous leadership calls us to empower others to soar using the gifts that God has given to advance the kingdom of God.
Pursuing Intimacy With God
As believers, our first priority is to pursue an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. We do this through the personal intimate communion of prayer, scripture meditation, sacrificial giving, personal worship, and spiritual discipline. As a body we pursue intimacy together through corporate worship, loving and serving one another, and passionately praying for one another.
Authentic Christian Fellowship
Christian fellowship is all about sharing our lives at a deep, meaningful level. It means we walk through life’s joys and heartaches together. God has given us a wonderful gift by giving us a church family, it is our great pleasure to cherish one another, build one another up, and meet the needs of the Body of Christ wherever they are found.
Active Commitment To World Missions
The Kingdom of God is advancing throughout this world - to the glory of Christ. We take seriously our co-mission with the universal body of Christ to “go” and make disciples. Our commitment to world missions includes sending long-term missionaries overseas to reach unchurched people groups as well as raising up and sending out people from among this body for short-term missions as well. We are called to love, support, and pray for our missionaries and minister to their needs as they minister in places around the world were we cannot.
Compassionate Community Evangelism
Every believer is called to share their faith in a way that will advance the cause of Christ right in their own community. We desire to reach the community with the love and message of Christ through serving the community in any way we can, meeting the needs of those in need, welcoming newcomers into the church, and making a difference in people’s lives wherever we are able to.
Mobilizing Members For Ministry
Every believer is a minister. Every Christian is called to serve. Through personal introspection and Bible study, we want to help every believer discover the specific nature of their calling and help them to employ their God-given gifts in a ministry that will make a difference in the Kingdom and bring fulfillment and joy to their life as well.