The Trinity: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one. The trinity is an essential teaching in Christianity. While it is never clearly explained in Scripture, it is clearly alluded to throughout the OT and NT.
*See Gen 1:26; Matt 3:16-17, 28:18-20; John 1:1-5, 14:9-11; 2 Corinthians 4:4, 13:14; Col 1:15-20; I Peter 1:2, etc.
The Bible: We believe in the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of the Scripture. Our “Equip” class teaches about the history, authenticity, and interpretation of Scripture.
*See Psalms 12:6, 119:105; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21, etc.
Sin: Man is made in the image of God to be like Him in character. 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 spiritual separation from God. We are all sinners!
*See Genesis 1:27; Psalms 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 3:23, etc.
Salvation: We believe people are saved by grace when they express faith in Jesus. The appropriate responses to Christ’s offer of salvation includes: hearing the gospel, trusting in Christ for salvation, turning away from sin, confessing Christ as Lord, and being immersed in Christian baptism.
*John 1:12, 14:6; Romans 5:1, 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5, etc.
Eternity: People will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. We believe in a literal heaven and hell.
*See John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 6:23, 8:17-18; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9; Revelation 20:15, etc.
Unity: We believe that church unity is absolutely essential. We are a church that has agreed to disagree on negotiable issues, and we refuse to fight, or allow divisive behavior in the church.
*See John 17:20-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10, Mtt 12:25, etc.
In His Image: We believe man and woman were created in the image of God. Though Christians may disagree about creation and evolution, we must understand and agree that we are created, with a eternal/spiritual component, in the image of God.
*See the creation account in Gen 1:27 where Adam and Eve are both created in God’s image.
Communion: One of our distinctives at Adventure is that we take communion at every worship gathering. We believe that communion is a memorial; we remember what Jesus did for us. Communion is an announcement; we are expecting his return. It should be taken in a worthy manner; after examination and remembering.
*see 1 Corinthians 11:23-28
Sacrificial Giving: At Adventure we do teach tithing (10%) as the biblical standard of giving in the local church. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
*See Leviticus 27:30; 2 Samuel 24:24; Malachi 3:7-12; Matthew 23:23; Mark 12:43-44, etc.
Ministry: The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to ministry. We believe that every Christian is gifted by God’s Spirit to serve and we encourage every partner to find a place to serve and minister with Adventure.
*See 1 Cor 121:31, Rom 12:3-8, Eph 4:11-16; 1 Pet 2:9, Rev 1:6, etc.
Gender: We believe God created human beings, male and female, in His own image. Adam and Eve belonged to the created order that God Himself declared to be very good, serving as God’s agents to care for, manage, and govern creation, living in holy and devoted fellowship with their Maker. Men and women enjoy equal access to God by faith in Jesus Christ and are both called to move beyond passive self-indulgence to significant private and public engagement in family, church, and civic life. Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a “one flesh” union that establishes the only normative pattern of sexual relations for men and women, such that marriage ultimately serves as a type of the union between Christ and His church. In God’s wise purposes, men and women are not interchangeable, but rather complement each other in mutually enriching ways. God ordains that they assume distinctive roles which reflect the loving relationship between Christ and the church, the husband exercising headship in a way that displays the caring, sacrificial love of Christ, and the wife submitting to her husband in a way that models the love of the church for her Lord. In the ministry of the church, both men and women are encouraged to serve Christ and be developed to their full potential in the manifold ministries of the people of God. The distinctive leadership role within the church given to qualified men (elders) is grounded in creation, fall, and redemption and must not be sidelined by appeals to cultural developments.
*see Genesis 1:26-31, 2:15-25; Acts 2:17-18, 21:9; Romans 16:1-16; 1 Timothy 2:12-3:13; Galatians 3:23-29; Ephesians 5:22-33; 1 Peter 4:10-11.
ABOUT US: OUR STORY
In 2002 the Christian Churches in Yamhill County contacted Bill Putman, the director of the O.C.E.F. Church Planters, regarding the possibility of planting a church in McMinnville. Bill called Erik Neilson and asked if he would consider planting a brand new church to reach the new people who were coming into our rapidly growing town. Like all OCEF church plants, Adventure Christian Church was started people for who don’t know Jesus Christ and for Christians without a church home.
After going through church planter assessment, boot camp, and a few interviews, the Neilson family began the greatest “adventure” of their lives…planting a new church. Adventure’s beginnings looked something like this:
We started our first life2life group in a living room on Nov 1, 2002 and 3 subsequent small groups.
We formed a launch team, and officially began worship services on Easter Sunday 2003, at the facilities of the McMinnville Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
On November 1, 2003 Community Christian Church closed their doors and gifted ACC with their property and facilities after 36 years of faithful service.
On Easter Sunday 2004 we opened our newly remodeled facilities.
Since then we have supported church plants in Salem, Eugene, Springfield, LaPine, Prineville, Sherwood, Corvallis, Dallas, Sisters, Italy, Rwanda, China and Nepal.
God has been so faithful to us and we couldn't have done anything without his power and providence. We're still meeting in homes after all these years and still partnering to plant more churches around the world! It has truly been an Adventure!