Woodland Hills Family Church is a non-denominational, evangelical church in Branson, Missouri. We started in 2002 around a table at Bob Evans with nine guys. Now, 12 years later, we meet in two services, in a castle, in a theme park. How many churches can say they have a wooden roller coaster in their parking lot?
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives 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 a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8;
1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6;
Human beings 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 attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
Eternal security is solely possible through Jesus Christ. Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.
OUR MINISTRY PHILOSOPHY:
- Worship — Worship is bringing pleasure to God by expressing our love to Him. It is our objective to give priority to worship by providing resources to educate and inspire individual, family, and corporate worship experiences. Worship is normally thought of as the music portion of a worship service, but it is so much more. Worship is prayer, reading the Bible, obeying God, giving, building relationships with other Christians, sharing our faith, and serving others.
- Connect with Others — Fellowship is developing a dependence on God and each other. It is our objective to promote Biblical fellowship in the church by providing a friendly atmosphere of openness and acceptance for our guests and members. Fellowship is not just casual conversation, socializing, food, and fun, but rather, real fellowship is experiencing life together. It includes unselfish loving, practical serving, sacrificial giving, sympathetic comforting, and all the “one another” commands found in the New Testament.
- Grow in the Faith — Discipleship is taking on the life and practices of Jesus. There are simple steps to guide you in your spiritual journey of maturity. First, a growing Christian needs to spend time daily with God. Second, every growing Christian needs to talk with God. Next, God wants us to learn how to give. And finally, we need to meet together with other Christians regularly. The miracle of the Bible’s plan for spiritual maturity is that it can be followed by anyone, in any stage of life.
- Serve — Ministry is using our spiritual gifts to build one another up. It is our objective to involve each church member in ministry opportunities within the church by helping them to discover and understand their spiritual gifts. Each member of our family should be involved in a ministry opportunity in our church.
- Share Our Faith — Evangelism is reaching those who are without Christ. At Woodland Hills, we train and equip each member of our family to reach the lost for Christ.