OUR VISION | TO SEE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE IN AUBURN MEET JESUS AND BE ADDED TO HIS FAMILY.
In March of 2017, 25 friends set out to start a church that would focus on enjoying Jesus as a family in Auburn. Pastor Chris grew up in Auburn and wanted to reach the city he loves. How everyone else's stories crossed paths, well that is a much longer story and one that is still unfolding. But together we desire to see more and more people in Auburn meet Jesus, and be added to his family. Continue reading below to learn more about Stone Church, why we exist, and what we believe.
At the center of Stone church is Jesus. Jesus promised SALVATION to all who would call upon his name! On the cross, Jesus took our sin and punishment upon himself - uniting us with God the FATHER. Jesus promised He would not leave his friends as orphans, but would send a helper, the HOLY SPIRIT, to guide us on this earth! After dying, JESUS rose from the grave in victory and is alive today! WE ENJOY JESUS!
At Stone Church, we see each other as family. Through Christ, we become ADOPTED into God the Father's family and are now brothers and sisters in Christ. This breaks through all dividing walls or stereotypes. Our DIFFERENCES no longer define us. We are members of the same family and united by a deeper meaning than anything else on earth. WE ARE A FAMILY!
Auburn is one of the fastest growing cities in the greater Seattle Metro area. It has BEAUTIFUL mountain views, easy access to Tacoma and Bellevue and countless hours of RECREATION within minutes. Stone Church is extremely excited to be in Auburn for the good of Auburn. We want to LOVE, SERVE AND BLESS this city from a humble standpoint that we are learners too. WE LOVE AUBURN!
AT STONE CHURCH WE LEAD BY SERVING.
WE ARE A GROUP OF SERVANTS LOVING AND SERVING BOTH JESUS AND EACH OTHER.
We believe the church should be led by a called and capable team of elders with a team leader who is a "first among equals." The pastor/elders of Stone Church have been appointed by God to lovingly guard, guide, and govern the church. Our other ministries are led by deacons who also lovingly serve the church in various areas.
THE ADVANCE MOVEMENT.
Advance is a global movement of churches partnering together to advance the gospel through planting and strengthening churches. Avance is a practical way of describing our shared partnership, and expresses our primary purpose of taking new ground for the gospel in small towns, suburbs, cities and nations. The Advance Global Team is led by PJ Smyth, pastor of Monument Church in the USA.
CHURCHES AND LEADERS PARTNERING TOGETHER ENABLES THE GOSPEL TO ADVANCE DEEPER AND WIDER.
"Gospel-centered" refers to the Bibilical philosophy of ministry that keeps the gospel message as the center of all ministry, whether to believers or unbelievers. Belief in the gospel is the means by which we enter God's kingdom, and it is also the means by which we make all progress in the kingdom.
We are convinced that God intends churches to be outward-focused mission agencies (both locally and globally), and that he intends all believers to be fishers of men. As such, we desire to equip and inspire our members to win people for Christ, as well as serve the community and plant churches.
Because Jesus himself made disciples and commissioned all believers to do the same, our goal is for every believer to become a disciple-maker. We desire to actively make disciple-making disciples who know, love and obey Jesus.
We believe that local churches should be in eager and intelligent pursuit of the presence, power, fruit and gifts of God's Spirit, as mentioned in the Bible. We believe that all believers should heed the Biblical call to be filled with the Spirit, and remain filled, throughout their lives.
We believe that churches should be led by a called and capable team of elders with a team leader who is "first among equals." This team of elders is called to lovingly guard, guide and govern the church.
WE BELIEVE IN
The one true God, who lives eternally in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The love, grace, and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming, and judging the world.
The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God – fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
The dignity of all people, made male and female in God's image, to love, be holy and care for creation; yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgment.
The incarnation of God's eternal son, the Lord Jesus Christ, born of the virgin, Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price for sin and defeating evil – and so reconciling us with God.
The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection, his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only savior of the world.
The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God, through faith in Christ.
The ministry of God, the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
The Church, the body of Christ (both local and universal), the priesthood of all believers – given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfill the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgment, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heavens and new earth.
For a further look into our beliefs on church, leadership and membership, download the following What We Believe packet:
We praise God the Father, Jesus the Son, and God the Holy Spirit for offering a way to save us and being our God amongst us!
The 66 books of the Bible are the inspired, truthful and authoritative words of God for us today. We read and obey the word of God.
God was exceedingly generous in sending Jesus to save us from our sins. Jesus empowers us to be generous to expand his Kingdom.
Jesus "humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death." Because Jesus served us, we are now enabled to serve Jesus, one another, and our city.
Ephesians 4 encourages us to "bear with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit." God enables us to care for one another.
Jesus compels us to "make disciples of all nations." He sends us with the good message of the gospel!