ABOUT OUR CHURCH
Building a generational community that flourishes in God conversations and the authentic love of Christ.
To lead others into a genuine relationship with Jesus that reflects his love in the places where they live, work and play.
Family Culture Values
Pray in power (we believe that when we pray, things move)
Speak truth (we believe honesty and feedback are emotionally healthy)
Affirm and protect (we affirm strengths, protect weaknesses)
Celebrate (we celebrate what we hope to replicate)
Stop (we believe in the soul’s need for work and rest)
Learn (we embrace a lifelong learners attitude)
Reach (we chase the lost/hurting to the ends of the earth)
Embed (we embed the Bible in everything)
Process (you are safe to be in process here)
Esteem words (words have power to give life)
“Building for sending…” the strategy is to become a medium sized multiplying church. That every time we reach a healthy size (approximately 500-700 people), we send out a group of leaders to start a new church for a city in need.
God has existed in a mysterious relationship as Father, Son and Holy Spirit within Himself for all eternity. Although each member of the this Trinity are One, each serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority. This is the mystery part.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21-23; 14:10, 16; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14
About The Father
The Father is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons – 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
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and The Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death validating everything He did and said. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again 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
About The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides us with power for living, understanding of Spiritual Truth, and guidance in doing what is good, right and pleasing to Him. The Christian seeks 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
Man is made in the image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates us from God.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2
Salvation is a gift from God. We can never make up for our sin good works – only by trusting in Jesus as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty – eternal death. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
About Ever After
We were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God or in union with God through salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with him is eternal life we call Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; 1 John 2:25; 1 John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:31-46
About The Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to all mankind. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of Truth for Christian faith, hope, love and life. Because it is inspired by God, it is Truth without any mixture of error. The Bible contains everything we need to know to have a relationship with our Creator.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It is the public declaration of a person who has accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a Biblical command and demonstrates one’s love and obedience to Christ.
Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Peter 3:20-21
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross.
Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; John 6:35; Luke 22:19-20
In addition to these Core Convictions, we have liberty in the Non-Essentials
“We welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.”
— Romans 14:1 / The Message
From the very beginning Watermark has been part of a much bigger story than our own. In our first year God used us to start a new church called Misión El Camino to serve the people of Santa Ana. Recently, we planted a church in Baja called Nueva Casa and another church in Costa Mesa called Narrative.
We know we can't do everything so we get into the rhythm where we see God moving. For Watermark it's missions in our homes, work, where we play, and beyond. One of our favorite "beyond" missions is to build houses for at-need people in Rosarito, Mexico and short-term mission projects in Cost Rica that have long-term benefits.
God continues to grow, challenge and guide Watermark to accomplish His mission. As our story continues to unfold through His story we invite you to be part. Browse our website and if you have any questions contact any of our staff members. Then come spend a Sunday morning with us. There is something for everyone including great music, Biblical teaching, children’s and youth programming and people who care more about where you’re headed than where you’ve been.
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