Clayton & Courtney Small
Clayton and Courtney Small started The Ark Church with a heart to reach people with the life-giving message of Jesus! They have dedicated the past 15 years of their lives to ministry. The Small's have been married since 2012 and have two children.
Chris & Holly Fox
Chris and Holly have a heart to see families make the decision to follow Jesus. Walking with Him has completely changed the course of their lives. They want others to know Him in the same way. Chris leads the serve teams and discipleship ministries of The Ark Church as our Ministries Pastor. Holly serves as the Ark Kids Pastor. They have served in ministry for the last 14 years and now have the privilege to do it with their two kids, Jordy and Jack.
Our values shape who we are and what we do, guiding us to be more like Jesus every day.
What you believe is crucial to building a great future. At The Ark Church, our beliefs are rooted in God's eternal truths, which shape every aspect of our lives. We believe every person can build a stronger faith when they:
READ THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s Living Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.
The Bible is how God speaks to us. It tells us His story - and our part within that story. When you live your life according to God's Word you will find God's help and blessing in any and every area of your life. Reading The Word of God will encourage you, strengthen you, teach you more about God's ways and give you wisdom to live your life God's way.
One of the most exciting parts about the Christian faith is that not only can God be known personally by you, but he desires to build a personal relationship with YOU.
We serve one God. God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one God in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.
God is good. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises. God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist.
Jesus Christ is God's Son. He is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He lived a perfect life but chose to surrender it on the cross in order to bring people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we can have life. The best part is that He is alive right now, with the Father in Heaven and is coming back for you, me, and every person who has put their faith and trust in Him.
Jesus didn't leave us here to figure out life on our own. He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit who helps us in every area of life. When we receive the Holy Spirit, His presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides us into all truth. He corrects us and comforts us when we need it. For everyone who desires, the Holy Spirit gives gifts that help us live the Christian life with power, boldness and strength. His guidance in our lives helps to make us more like Jesus.
SAY YES TO JESUS
The blood of Jesus Christ, given for you on the cross, provides the only way of salvation. When you say "YES!" to following Jesus you are saved from the eternal consequences of your sin (death) and given eternal life.
Ephesians 2:8 says "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." The good news is that salvation is God's gift to you! It's about what God has already done for you – not what you can do for Him. When you say "Yes!" to following Jesus you are saved by the grace of Jesus through faith; not because of anything you have done but rather, because of what he did for you when he died on the cross and rose again.
Romans 10:9 says, "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Salvation is when you turn away from sin, repent, and believe and confess that Jesus is Lord. You don’t have to work for salvation, you can simply believe for salvation.(References: Romans 3:20, Romans 5:8, Romans 10:13)
We believe saying "Yes!" to and following Jesus is the best decision you could ever make! We would love to celebrate with you.
Following Jesus starts by saying "YES!" to Jesus' gift of salvation.
GET WATER BAPTIZED
The Bible teaches that we should be baptized in water in the name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We believe in water baptism because Jesus himself modeled it for us. Baptism is an outward confession of an inward decision. When you are baptized it is a public demonstration to the world of what God has done in your life. Going into the water symbolizes the death and burial of who you used to be. Coming out of the water symbolizes being raised with Christ into new life. It's important to know that baptism doesn't get you to heaven, it simply announces to your friends that you are headed to heaven!
All through out The Bible you will find the constant theme of generosity. Generosity is a practical way we acknowledge that God is first in our lives and it's our way of partnering with God to advance the kingdom. God was the first giver when He gave breath to man in the garden, and the most extravagant giver when he gave Jesus to die for our sins. Part of walking out the Christian life is learning to be generous with everything we have including our time, our talents and our treasure (finances). We believe The Bible teaches us that the tithe is for all believers. Tithing (also referred to as the “first fruits”) is giving back to God the first 10% of our income specifically to the local church. An offering is anything we choose to give God over and above the tithe.
LIVE WITH PURPOSE
After saying "Yes" to Jesus you become a part of the Body of Christ, known as His Church. The Church is committed to gathering together to strengthen and encourage one another in the faith as we worship Jesus, commit ourselves to his teachings and faithfully obey His commands. The cause of the Church is to reach the world with the powerful, life changing message of Jesus. Together we can do this as we work together in love and unity as we seek to make a difference in our community and all over the world.
Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20, Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28, 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12, Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32, Colossians 1:18; 3:15, 1 Timothy 4:14, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Revelation 21:2-3
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