At The Anchor, we desire to be a place where the hurting, the broken, the depressed, the frustrated, and the confused can find love, hope, peace, acceptance, help, forgiveness, guidance, and encouragement in this difficult life. We believe this is accomplished through the Holy Spirit empowered preaching, proclamation and worship of Jesus Christ among the fellowship of believers.
We want to reflect that through:
THE GOSPEL- WE PREACH JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED AND RESURRECTED. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and so, we preach Him and Him crucified. We know that because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, there is hope for all of us. It is through the darkness of the cross that we find light and life as we discover who God is and the life that He alone can give. The Gospel is the center of Christianity and the cross is the center of the Gospel.
COMMUNITY - WE LIVE LIFE TOGETHER. Discipleship happens when we are intentional in teaching and living out the teachings of Jesus in our community. We believe that individualism separates us and causes disunity. When we make intentional efforts to look past our differences and submit to the command of scripture to love one another, we are able to heal, grow, and reflect Christ to the community God has placed us in.
SIMPLICITY - WE BELIEVE IN SIMPLE CHURCH. While much of life is complicated and living it can be difficult, we believe church should be simple. Buildings, programs and methods do not define a "good" church. We believe that growth as a church is the result of knowing Jesus through immersion in His word, prayer, communion, fellowship and song. We want to see lives changed and transformed by the Gospel. The less we complicate the process the more we are able to “build one another other up to love and good deeds.”
LOVING OUR CITY - WE ARE COMMITTED TO LOVING THE CITY OF GILROY. Gilroy is where we have been strategically placed. This is where we live and where we have the most opportunity to show others the love of Christ. We do not believe the Gospel can change Gilroy unless those who believe in the Gospel actually invest their time and energy in the city for the glory of Jesus. Our desire is that Gilroy will know we are Christians by our love for each other and our service to everyone and that, through our example and the drawing of the Holy Spirit, all of Gilroy’s residents will come to know and love the God we serve.
We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God. We believe the Bible is the final authority in every area it addresses for every individual Christian, as well as for the church collectively. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21, John 10:35)
We believe there is one God who eternally exists as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that all things were created by Him and for Him. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 45:21-22, Matthew 28:19, Colossians 1:16)
We believe that God the Son became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. That He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life (for He was without sin), died a substitutionary death for all mankind, was raised from the dead the third day, ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God until His enemies are made His footstool. (John 1:1, 14, Matthew 1:18-25, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 3:18, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Hebrews 10:12-13)
We believe the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. We believe the Holy Spirit regenerates and indwells and seals every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that He empowers us to live as witnesses for Christ. We believe that all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to His church today. (John 14:16-17, John 16:7-11, Titus 3:5-6, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 1:13-14, Acts 1:8, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12-14, 1 Peter 4:10-11)
We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in His own image. He created them sinless, equal in value, dignity, and worth. Because of the fall, men and women have fallen from their original design, have inherent sin and cannot save themselves. Each one of us needs a perfect Savior and Jesus, being fully God, fully man, fills that need. (Genesis 1:26-28, Psalms 51:5, Ephesians 5:22-6:4, 1 Timothy 3:1-7)
We believe there is one church, the body of Christ, consisting of men and women from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. We believe that each local congregation is an expression of that universal church. (Ephesians 4:4, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Revelation 5:9, Acts 2:42-47)
We believe the church will be delivered from the “hour of trial” which will come upon all who dwell on the earth, being “caught up” in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (the Rapture). (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 1 Corinthians 15:51-55, Revelation 3:10)
We believe the saints will return with Christ to the earth, at His Second Coming, to rule and reign with Him. (Jude 1:14, Revelation 19:11-16, Revelation 20:4)
We believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ, to sit upon the throne of David and rule over the house of Jacob (Israel), and the entire cosmos, forever. (Revelation 20:1-6, Luke 1:31-33, Isaiah 9:6-7)
We believe in the resurrection of the dead. Some will be raised to life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt (hell). We believe that God will create a new heaven and earth in which righteousness will dwell. We believe that the throne of God and the Lamb (Jesus Christ) will be established in the New Jerusalem forever. (Daniel 12:2, John 5:25-29, Revelation 21:1-22:5)
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
- John 13:34-35
If you’ve been to The Anchor, there have been a team of people that have purposed to serve Jesus by serving you. Whether you are welcomed by greeters at the front doors, teachers in your child’s classroom or even something as simple as a cup of coffee or tea, all this exists because of faithful volunteers. Anything from clean bathrooms stocked with toiletries to musicians on stage leading worship to the loving arms taking care of babies in the Nursery, these are all areas where someone signed up and offered their time and talent for the sake of the Church.
These are our ministry leaders who lovingly serve our teams of volunteers. If you'd like to know more about any of the ministries, click the picture and it will connect you with their email.
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