Who We Are
Thunder Mountain Community Church exists to empower people to advance the kingdom of God. We will constantly seek opportunities to reach out, touch lives, and grow people to know, love, and serve Jesus. We are a place where you can discover God’s purpose for your life, and we will equip and encourage you to succeed. We enjoy serving God and will take the transforming presence of Christ to every street in every neighborhood. We will advance the kingdom of God in ways that value people and honor God.
What We Believe
We affirm that the Lord our God is one God revealed in three distinct persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is self-existent, eternal, unchanging, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, holy, righteous, and loving. God created the universe from nothing and in His sovereignty, rules over all creation, including both human and angelic beings. Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who became man though he was by nature God, miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of a virgin named Mary. Christ lived a sinless life of perfect obedience, died a substitutionary death on the cross as an atoning sacrifice for sin, rose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven where He now intercedes for us as our only Mediator and eternal High Priest. He will return someday bodily and visibly to the earth not to bear sin but to judge the living and the dead and bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.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; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
The Holy Spirit is equal to the Father and the Son as God and is the continued presence of God on earth. He convicts the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness, and judgment in order to lead the unbeliever to salvation and the believer to a transformed life that exhibits the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). He indwells believers as a guarantee of the inheritance to come and guides them in understanding truth. The Christian desires 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; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
The Holy Bible, comprised of the Old and New Testament Scriptures is God’s verbally inspired Word, inerrant and infallible in the original writings, and completely trustworthy. The Holy Bible is God’s complete revelation to man and therefore the final and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
People were created to glorify God and live in a relationship with Him. Each person is God’s unique workmanship, created for a purpose that can only be fulfilled in a relationship with Christ. Through disobedience (sin) people fell short of God’s standard of righteousness and thereby became separated from their creator, severing their relationship with Him. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2
Salvation is granted to the righteous but in God’s justice, anyone who has ever sinned must pay the penalty for his own sin by eternal separation from God (hell). Since it is impossible for people to restore their relationship with God on their own, Jesus came to do for us what we could not do for ourselves: live a completely righteous life and die to pay the penalty of sins for others. By God’s grace, the righteousness of Jesus is credited to those who trust in His atoning sacrifice on the cross on their behalf by accepting His death as a substitute for their own thereby making them righteous in God’s sight. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5;Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
The church is the body of Christ and is comprised of people who have accepted God’s free gift of salvation. The purpose of the church is to encourage others to join them in glorifying God by following Jesus and being transformed by the Holy Spirit. To accomplish this, people are to use their spiritual gifts, talents, and abilities in ministering according to the purposes of God’s design so that those who follow Him may increase in number and maturity as we all together await His return.
Second Coming and Judgement
God’s redemptive purpose will be consummated by the return of Christ to raise the dead, judge all humanity, and establish His kingdom. Those who have received the free gift of salvation will be raised bodily from the dead or raptured (snatched up from their earthly lives) to meet Christ at His Second Coming and their earthly bodies will be transformed into eternal bodies. They will live forever in the fellowship and Kingdom of God in a new heaven and a new earth. Eternal, conscious punishment, separated from the fellowship and Kingdom of God (hell), is the ultimate destiny of unredeemed humanity, Satan, and his entire angelic host of demons.
Baptism by immersion was the way new believers responded to faith in Christ in the Bible and this will always be the teaching and practice of TMCC. We don’t consider this an “essential” of faith (i.e. we don’t condemn those who see it differently) but it is our only practice.