EVERYONE HAS A NEXT STEP. WHAT'S YOURS?
We hope The Experience can be a place where you connect with others and grow in your relationship with Jesus. We believe in the core values of inclusivity and redemption, grace and love, and above all - the transforming power of Christ. We never arrive, but we are all committed to walking the journey together. We would love to connect with you and hear more of your story and help find the best place for you to flourish.
WHO WE ARE
We are a group of Christ-Followers focused on living the life Christ has called us to live. We are a non-denominational, completely self-sufficient community that teaches Biblical principles of grace, mercy, love, and community service. If you are intimidated or uncomfortable in traditional churches and desire genuine worship and community, this might be a great chance for you to experience a true and authentic encounter with God.
We believe all worship begins and ends in a genuine encounter with the person and the completed work of Jesus Christ. Salvation is not just found in one or two scriptures but through a personal walk and relationship with Jesus. We are a community dedicated to Christ's saving grace, constant repentance, baptism as a symbol and public profession of Christ's work, the indwelling & empowering of the Holy Spirit (the fruit and gifts), and the marriage of faith and works as the evidence of genuine salvation. We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, the Bible as the inspired word of God, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
We believe as Christ-followers we are strongest when we are pursuing Christ with other people. If we attempt to live the Christian life apart from community, we are more vulnerable to spiritual attacks and prone to deception. This is why we strive to create an environment in our small groups (Life Groups) where people are allowed to live transparent lives with one another and are safe to confess failures, struggles, and inconsistencies. Authentic community only happens when we give each other permission to be honest without fear of rejection. Life Groups exist to build relationships, discuss and learn the Bible in a small group setting, and give people the opportunity to pursue Christ together as a people united by His grace.
Authentic Community Service
We strongly believe in showing Christ's love by giving generously to our community. 20% of every dollar given to The Experience is given back through projects that directly benefit our community. 5,000, our homeless and low-income ministry, feeds breakfast at a local park every Sunday morning to those in need. The Bar ministry shows the love of Christ through serving hot dogs and water to individuals coming out of the downtown bars off of the square on Friday nights.
Through church-wide community service projects, we work together to get outside of the church walls and show love to our friends and neighbors closest to us.
We also work with Doors of Hope, Salvation Army, Portico Pregnancy Support Center, and numerous other projects and organizations that benefit members of our community. We believe Jesus has called His church to clothe, feed, & care for those who are in need.
WHAT IS A MAJOR?
A “major” is a doctrine which we understand to be essential to salvation. Some examples of majors include salvation being found in Jesus Christ alone, the inerrancy of scripture in the original manuscripts, and the trinitarian nature of God. These are “line in the sand” issues on which we as the Church are unified.
WHAT IS A MINOR?
A “minor” is a doctrine that we do not believe to be essential to salvation. Some examples of minors include Calvinism versus Arminianism (predestination versus freewill), the formula of baptism (see below for an explanation of baptism), and the instrumentation of worship. Whereas we as the Church are unified on the majors, not all Christians need to be unified on the minors. In other words, we can disagree on the minors and still worship and serve together in unity (Titus 3:5-9).
WHY THE DIFFERENCE?
God instructs us not to waste time quarreling over every little issue (2 Tim 2:14). While certain doctrines are worth pausing on, reflecting over, and discussing, others are merely distractions from the mission of Christ.
- The Bible is God’s unique revelation to people. It is the inspired Word of God providing an authoritative and trustworthy rule of faith and practice.
- There is one God, eternally existent as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- Jesus Christ is God’s Son, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, willingly took upon Himself all of our sins, died and rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father. He will return to consummate history and fulfill the eternal plan of God.
- All people are created in God’s image having innate value and dignity but alienated from God by sin and justly subject to God’s wrath.
- Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross.
- We believe in the indwelling & empowering of the Holy Spirit (the fruit and supernatural gifts). The indwelling presence and transforming power of the Holy Spirit gives to all believers a new life and a new calling to obedient service.
- All Believers are members of the Body of Christ, the one true Church universal.
- Faith without works is dead (James 2:14-17). We are not saved by our works, but we are not saved away from our works. Rather, we are saved by the power of Christ’s Gospel to do good works. The Bible teaches that faith and works are married as evidence of genuine salvation (Matt. 7:15-20).
The second coming of Christ. There are many different ideas concerning the specifics of how Christ will return including pre-tribulation rapture, mid-tribulation, and post-tribulation. For us, arguing the details of Christ’s return is about as pointless as arguing about the exact color and physics of a set of stairs- it doesn’t matter exactly how they work, all we know is that they’ll get us where we need to go if we do our part.
- Bible Translations
Many churches argue about which one is the best. Although there are versions and translations we recommend, like the CSB and the ESV, we believe almost any version you can read and actually understand is the best choice.
- Eternal Security vs. Conditional Security
It has been our experience that in American Christianity especially, there is much confusion on the doctrine of eternal security (often referred to as “once saved, always saved“). Some circles of Christianity, for example, might teach one can lose his/her salvation and fall into the error of trying to keep his salvation by personal effort. According to scripture, this is a serious error (Gal. 3:1-3). On the other hand, some circles teach one can never lose his/her salvation, and therefore fall into the error of sinning willfully because he/she believes salvation can’t be lost no matter how much an individual sins. This is also a serious doctrinal error (Heb. 10:26). Regardless of any denominational or traditional stance surrounding the issue of eternal security, it is obvious from the study of the Bible there are many in this life who will claim to have secure salvation but do not truly know Christ. Sadly, many of these people will have a shocking realization at the end of this life that the security they had in their own salvation was false (Matt. 7:21). Whether that salvation was lost somewhere along life’s journey or whether it was never there in the first place is beside the point. The point is, we are to be pursuing Christ and the promise of His salvation with a complete, total, and relentless pursuit. If we are actively following Christ by faith and our lives reflect a reality of a genuine relationship with God, our salvation is secure.
- Differences in Worship / Church Practices
This relates to how a church service should look. This includes but is not limited to - music styles, baptism methods, communion methods, titles for church staff, church membership, and the use of liturgy/readings.
- Calvinism vs. Arminianism
Calvinism and Arminianism are two systems of theology that attempt to explain the relationship between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility in the matter of salvation. While these theologies are interesting to study and discuss, arguing, and debating them is unprofitable. The Bible should be our starting and ending point - not the theories and writings of man-made theology.
During our weekend services, we teach the Bible line by line, verse by verse. As a church, we'll go through entire books of the Bible before moving onto another. We believe this is the best way to teach the will of God, by studying His Word in its entirety. It forces us to talk about the unpopular parts of scripture and to have meaningful conversations about difficult topics.
Sometimes we take breaks to do a Baptism Service, where we teach the meaning and importance of baptism, or a Vision Service, where we talk about the direction and status of the church. If you’d like to watch previous sermons in our current series, click on the button below!
We believe worship to be the entry point into our community, and we do that corporately through a couple of different avenues: Our weekend services and our Worship Nights. Ephesians 5:19 talks about “addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,” so our services are designed to create an atmosphere for the community to freely express their love for God through song.
These outlets serve as introductions to The Experience and are primarily led by our worship and production teams. The mission of both teams is to lead people into an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ by creating an innovative and welcoming service where those in attendance are led to worship, challenged to serve, and encouraged to prioritize their lives around the principles and values found in God’s Word.
Starting at a new church can come with a lot of questions. How do we handle finances? Where does the church stand on certain issues? Our Next Class is designed to help with these questions! We begin the evening at 6:30 pm with some pizza and coffee, then take a tour around the building. At 7:00 pm we will make our way into the sanctuary where you will hear the history of our church and the testimony of our lead pastor. Afterward, we’ll wrap up with an open time of Q&A and an opportunity to meet the team to find the best way to get connected!
As you begin this journey in following Jesus, often people believe coming to church is the same as walking with Christ. In truth, the purpose of the church is actually to help you walk with Christ. We offer two steps of classes to help you understand how to walk with Jesus in your everyday life. The first step at The Experience is a class called Following Jesus. This step is for everyone in our church to learn what it means to be a Jesus follower at The Experience Community Church. Whether you know very little about Jesus or have been in church your whole life; we need a healthy approach and understanding of our faith.
Then we have a second step called Authentic Discipleship. If you have understood what it means to follow Jesus, then your natural next step is to start making disciples and live out the great commission. In Authentic Discipleship, you will learn the concepts, identity, and practices of becoming a disciple-maker.
We believe as Christ-followers we are strongest when we are pursuing Christ with other people. If we attempt to live the Christian life apart from intimate and genuine friendship and fellowship, we are more vulnerable to spiritual attack and prone to deception. This is why we strive to create an environment in our small groups (Life Groups) where people are encouraged to live transparent lives with one another and are safe to confess failures, struggles, and inconsistencies. Authentic community only happens when we give each other permission to be honest without fear of rejection. Life Groups exist to build relationships, discuss and learn the Bible in a small group setting, and give people the opportunity to pursue Christ together. You can find a list of available Life Groups on our app or at the link below! If you’re not sure where to start, Life Group Central can be a great starting point! Life Group Central meets on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm.
We strongly believe in showing Christ’s love through giving generously to our community. Jesus tells us time and time again, the importance of serving others as part of a Christian life. A genuine commitment to Christ is ultimately a commitment to serving others. It will make a difference in the choices you make, the people you invest in, the way you spend your time and how you look at others.
We have many opportunities to serve within our church, city, nation, and world. In addition to prayer and serving, your giving has allowed us to support numerous organizations and missionaries worldwide. Twenty percent of every dollar given to our church is given back through community and world initiatives. For a full list of opportunities, click the link below!