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Meet the Staff

Hi, I’m Eric, and this is my family: KaiLoni and Cohen.

You can call me ‘pastor’ if you want, but most people just call me Eric.

God led us to this little church when we least expected it and gave us a job to do. He’s pretty amazing.

Most people don’t know it, but this church has been around for more than 100 years (don’t worry, the building’s not that old). We’ve gone through different names and different buildings, we’ve seen plenty of ups and downs in that century, but God has proven Himself faithful.

There’s a verse at the end of the Bible where God tells us that He is making all things new, and that’s what He’s doing with Venture. God has blessed us with an amazing place to call ‘home.’ We look out our windows and see schools with thousands of students. We see houses with families that have lived here for decades and homes to people that have just moved in. We see diversity and originality. We see people just like us, because this is our home too. Venture is a small group of people (we’re kind of like a family with different last names) who have found incredible hope.

That’s why we do what we do. Each member of this little Venture family has a story to tell. We each had a time when we didn’t have much hope, but God reached out to us. For some, it was the words of a friend, for others, a stranger. For some, it was the influence of family members. Some of us just randomly picked up a Bible and started reading. We came from different places and circumstances, but God changed each of us.

So we meet at this little church each week. We drink coffee together, talk, pray, study God’s Word, sing, and enjoy our hope in Jesus. We’re here to seek God desperately, engage the world within our reach with God’s love, and empower people to live in devotion to Jesus.

Feel free to join us sometime, no strings attached. I’d love to meet you and hear your story.

With love,

-Pastor Eric

 

THE ALLIANCE STAND

Venture is a Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. What The Alliance believes about God, how He relates to us, and how we relate to Him are foundational in its teachings. The Alliance wholeheartedly serves God and the people of His world, based soundly on the Bible. We live and die by these words and believe they bring the only life worth living—one wholly committed to the King Jesus. For more information on the Christian and Missionary Alliance, visit www.cmalliance.org

Our Statement of Faith

There is one God,(1) who is infinitely perfect,(2) existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.(3)

Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man.(4) He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.(5) He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust,(6) as a substitutionary sacrifice,(7) and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.(8) He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures.(9) He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest.(10) He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace.(11)

The Holy Spirit is a divine person,(12) sent to indwell, guide, teach, empower the believer,(13) and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.(14)

The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.(15)

Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God:(16) he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature,(17) are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.(18) The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment;(19) and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss.(20)

Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.(21)

It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly,(22) being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service.(23) This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion.(24)

Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body.(25) Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age.(26)

The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, (27) which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations.(28) The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.(29)

There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life;(30) for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment.(31)

The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent(32) and will be personal, visible, and premillennial.(33) This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.(34)

[1] Deuteronomy 6:4, [2] Matthew 5:48, [3] Matthew 28:19, [4] Philippians 2:6-11, [5] Luke 1:34-38, [6] 1 Peter 3:18, [7] Hebrews 2:9, [8] Romans 5:9,[9] Acts 2:23-24, [10] Hebrews 8:1, [11] Matthew 26:64, [12] John 14:15-18, [13] John 16:13; Acts 1:8, [14] John 16:7-11, [15] 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:15-16, [16] Genesis 1:27, [17] Romans 3:23, [18] 1 Corinthians15:20-23, [19] Revelation 21:8, [20] Revelation 21:1-4, [21] Titus 3:4-7, [22]1 Thessalonians 5:23, [23] Acts 1:8, [24] Romans 6:1-14, [25] Matthew 8:16-17, [26] James 5:13-16, [27] Ephesians 1:22-23, [28] Matthew 28:19-20,[29] Acts 2:41-47, [30] 1 Corinthians 15:20-23, [31] John 5:28-29, [32] Hebrews 10:37, [33] Luke 21:27, [34] Titus 2:11-14