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About 15:5 Church

 
15:5 Church is a group of people who have been transformed by the love and grace of God found in Jesus Christ.  We have fallen in love with Him because He loved us first — just the way we were.  His love continues to change the way we think, speak and live and impacts all of our relationships.  We realize how much grace God has shown us and we want to share His love, grace and forgiveness with others.  
 
Growing in our relationships with God and people is why we are here.  We know that we aren’t better than anyone — we just realize how desperately we need a Saviour!  Our lives are better than they were before following Jesus, but God is far from finished with us!   We’re all on a journey together and we invite you to consider walking this journey with us.  Our church is intergenerational (babies to seniors) and composed of people with and without faith backgrounds.  Some of our people who have been followers of Jesus for years and others are still trying to understand what it means to follow Him.  God’s Word, (the Bible), is foundational to all we do. We desire to walk in a daily, vital relationship with Him through His Holy Spirit, His Word, His Spirit and walking with His people changes us from the inside out.  We want to follow Jesus, love people and serve the world as God leads us.
 
We began meeting as a church family at Willowgrove School in October of 2015. Our desire is to minister to the growing communities of Willowgrove and Evergreen specifically, as well as the greater Saskatoon.  We are in partnership with the Canadian National Baptist Convention and Elim Church.  We are grateful to be a part of the Body of Christ in Saskatoon. 
 

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Our Mission —

Following Jesus.  Loving People.  Serving the worldto help people know God more intimately and follow Him more faithfully.

 

Our Vision —

A warm and caring church family, transformed by God’s grace and love, giving ourselves away for the sake of the Gospel.

 

Our Mission Defined —

  • Following Jesus —
    • First love (Jesus) focused.
    • Filled with God’s Spirit.
    • Faithful to God’s Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
  • Loving People —
    • Gospel centered. A saving relationship with Jesus is people’s greatest need. We love people regardless of their beliefs.
    • Gracious – quick to forgive and to ask for forgiveness.
    • Generous with our time, talents and treasures in serving others.
  • Serving the world —
    • Giving ourselves away for the sake of the Gospel.
    • Going wherever God leads us, locally or globally.
    • Global perspective on God’s Kingdom.
  • Our Strategy
    • Simple structure (we can’t and won’t try to do everything)
      • Sunday worship.
      • Small groups to foster community and discipleship.
      • Special meetings for fellowship and communication.
      • Servant evangelism.
  • Our Leadership Structure
Jesus Christ is the Head of His Church. He appoints pastors, elders and deacons to lead, serve, and shepherd His people. Our decision making process is outlined below.
 

 

Our Faith & Values

  • God’s Word (the Bible) is our foundation and guide for discovering Who God is and how we should live in relationship to Him, all people and His creation. We believe in the complete veracity, authority, and unique and divinely inspired nature of the Bible as the Word of God as revealed in both the Old and New Testaments. We teach the Word of God on a weekly basis. Our small groups are Biblically-focused. We encourage others to read the Bible daily to grow in intimacy with God. We are called to be people who hear the Word of God, and humbly submit to its authority in every area of our lives. Our faith and practices as 15:5 Church are based on the teachings of Scripture.
  • Loving & Growing Relationship with the Triune God — Father, Son & Holy Spirit. We believe in one God, consisting of three distinct Persons as revealed in the Bible: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit. Each Person of the Trinity is fully divine in nature, character and being, without beginning or end. 
 
The Bible teaches that people were created in the image of God to know, love, and worship Him and reflect His glory to all creation. The first man and woman chose to rebel (sin) against God’s Sovereign authority and rule. Due to the sin of the first people, all have been generationally cursed, separated from God, and are spiritually dead in sin.

Salvation (forgiveness of sin and new spiritual life) is found exclusively by faith in the grace of God in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death and atonement on the cross. Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God, lived a perfect and sinless life. He was born of the Holy Spirit through the Virgin Mary. Jesus was fully human and fully God. He freely gave His life as the only atonement for our sin, was buried and raised to life on the third day. He ascended to Heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to indwell all of His followers who have repented of sin and accepted God’s grace through faith. We are given new life by spiritual rebirth through the Holy Spirit and adopted forever as God’s children because of God’s love, mercy and grace.

The Holy Spirit was sent at Pentecost, as promised by Jesus before His ascension back to Heaven. The Holy Spirit indwells all who have been born again through faith in Jesus Christ, teaches us the truths of God through His Word, and convicts us of sin and the need of righteousness. God’s Spirit bears spiritual fruit in the lives of believers and gives each believer spiritual gifts for the building up of the Church. The Holy Spirit empowers followers of Jesus to do whatever God calls them to do. The Spirit of God testifies with our spirits that we have been adopted as children of God, intercedes for us and helps us to know how to pray. Followers of Jesus are commanded to be daily filled with the Holy Spirit as we submit to His work in our lives.

Jesus Christ will one day return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. All who have been born again because of trusting Him for salvation will dwell with Him for eternity. Those who have rejected God’s grace will be eternally separated from Him.

In response to God’s great love and mercy towards us, we are called to love and worship God with our whole being. God alone is worthy of our worship, and we worship Him through prayer, adoration, praising Him through song and other acts of worship, studying and obeying His Word, and offering our lives in total submission to Him.

As we expect children to grow and mature, followers of Jesus should be on a journey of growing in their love and intimacy with God and faithfulness in following Him.

Practicing spiritual disciplines (e.g., reading God’s Word, praying, gathering for weekly worship, giving of ourselves and our finances, fasting, serving others, sharing the Gospel, etc.) helps us mature in our faith and know God more intimately.

  • Loving people as we love ourselves. Jesus said that people would know that we are His followers by the love we have for one another. He also said that we are to love our neighbours as we love ourselves.
 
God not only invites us into a relationship with Him, but also with His family, the church. We are created to know God individually and corporately. We strive to make our worship participatory each Sunday and create opportunities for our people to get to know each other in meaningful ways.
 

We desire to help meet people’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Loving people includes fostering warm, genuine and loving community and inviting others to be a part of God’s Kingdom and our local church family. We intentionally reach out with love and the Gospel to those who do not yet have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Every person is important and matters to God and to us.

We strongly encourage local church membership as a declaration of commitment between members of the 15:5 Church family to love and serve together.
 
  • Remaining God dependent. Although God gives spiritual gifts to the church, He created us to remain dependent on Him in using our gifts for His glory. In John 15:5, Jesus said, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.” 

 

Prayer is foundational to all that we do. We regularly seek God through prayer for His leading and direction. We trust Him to meet all of our needs to accomplish whatever He calls us to do. We continually express thanks for His grace and generosity. We know God as our Heavenly Father, Leader, Teacher, Redeemer, Great Shepherd, Provider, and Healer and All-Sufficient One.

God is still the God of the miraculous and He calls us to follow Him as He leads. We desire to see God do things for which only He will receive the credit and glory!

 

  • Warmth, transparency and grace. Because we personally experience God’s generous and amazing grace through Jesus, we want to readily extend His generosity and grace to others.

God sees and knows us as we really are. He is loving and forgiving and deals with us as a loving father deals with his children. We want our church to be a safe and non-judgmental family, where people can be honest with who they genuinely are, including their dreams, hurts, struggles and fears. As we are honest with one another, we can help one another become the people that God created us to be.

An atmosphere of honesty and grace are key for genuine love, burden bearing and Christian growth. We want everyone who encounters our church to feel genuinely loved and welcomed.

 

We are called to live a holy life, set apart for God. In love, we help one another walk intimately with Jesus and follow Him more faithfully. We are called to first examine and repent of our own sin before humbly helping others to turn away from their sin. Instead of judging one another, we are to help each other on the journey of becoming more like Jesus.

 

  • We are created to serve God and His people. The Holy Spirit gifts every follower of Jesus to build up His church and expand God’s Kingdom. As followers of Jesus, we are saved by God’s grace alone, not by the good things we do. As God’s children, however, we are created by God to do the good works that He prepared for us to do. All gifts given by God are valuable and meant to be used for His glory. As we serve God, one another, and those who do not yet know Jesus, we grow spiritually and experience joy and His pleasure.

 

  • A culture of generosity. God blesses us to bless others. God’s love is lavish and undeserved, and His generosity to us motivates us to be generous to others. Whether we have much or little, everything is an underserved gift from God. We are responsible stewards of God’s resources in order to bless other individuals and ministries in generous and tangible ways.

 

  • Investing in future generations. Every stage of life is important and we need one another to journey well. Our church is inter-generational, not just multi-generational. We honour every person, from our senior adults to our youngest children. We expect every generation to invest in younger people through encouragement, nurture, teaching, role-modeling and mentoring. We will always protect the vulnerable among us.

 

  • Marriage, family and singleness. The Bible teaches that every person is valuable and made in the image of God. We are to find our wholeness and value through an intimate relationship with Him. Relationships are to honour God and teach us more about others and ourselves.

 

Marriage is a beautiful gift created by God. The Bible teaches that marriage was designed uniquely for one man and one woman and is to reflect the relationship of Jesus and His church. The gift of sexual intimacy is reserved exclusively for a husband and wife within the covenant of marriage to deepen and enrich the marriage relationship. Sexual intimacy depicts the man and woman becoming one flesh. Pre-marital sex, extra-marital sex or any other sexual relationship outside of the marriage covenant violates God’s design for sex.

 

Successful marriages involve hard work, time, support, and commitment. God may, or may not, bless a couple with children. We want to support married couples that have children, as well as those that do not. We offer resources to strengthen marriages and we will do whatever we are able to help marriages navigate difficulties. We intentionally do not over-program our church schedule, to allow families time to spend together, as well as to protect people from “burn-out.”

 

Any couple desiring to be married by a pastor of 15:5 Church must go through pre-marital counseling and understand the Biblical foundation of marriage. The pastor has the right to refuse to marry a couple.

 

God’s Word teaches that divorce is not God’s ideal or design, but it is a reality of our broken world. Divorced people are fully loved and embraced. Those who have experienced divorce and desire re-marriage by a pastor of 15:5 Church must go through pre-marital counseling and understand the Biblical foundation of marriage. The pastor has the right to refuse to marry a couple.

 

Single people (whether never married, divorced or widowed) are appreciated, honoured, embraced, loved, and encouraged because they are vital members of the 15:5 Church family.  

 

Single parents have an extremely difficult responsibility and we

support them in as many ways as possible.

 

  • We follow the Biblical pattern of the church discerning God’s will in community through reading Scripture, prayer, worship, and collaboration. Although the Lord has provided pastors as leaders and teachers, we believe that the Holy Spirit speaks to His entire church participating in Christian fellowship. We will discern God’s direction through Scripture, prayer, input from members and others, dialogue, consensus, and peace, from those seeking His will. Any important decisions that affect the whole 15:5 Church community and ministries will be reached through some form of the process outlined above.

 

  • Christian unity. Jesus and the Gospel are the foundation for Christian unity. We value the diversity of individual Christians, churches and ministries that make up the universal Body of Christ. We participate with other Christian churches and ministries to foster local and global Christian unity. We pray for other churches, ministries and missionaries. We value relationships with other churches and ministries through local ministerial fellowships, our denomination and participating in larger Christian events.

 

15:5 Church also affirms the Canadian National Baptist Convention Statement of Faith: http://cnbc.ca/articles/statement-of-faith