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The Good News

 

Everything we do as a church, and the reason we exist in the first place, is because of God’s gift of forgiveness through his son Jesus. More than anything else, we want you to know that God loves you and has a plan for your life!

 

Many spend their lives trying to earn God’s approval by following rules, attending religious services, or being a good person; the truth is that the only way to a fulfilling life and an eternal future in heaven is through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

  1. God loves you.
    Because of God’s love for all persons, He desires that you have unbroken fellowship with Him.
    (
    John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4-5)

  2. You are a sinner.
    All persons are "sinners" in that they disobey God. Sin is choosing to go your own way and do your own thing as opposed to being obedient to God.
    (
    Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:10)

  3. Sin separates you from God.
    Sin forms a barrier that prevents you from entering into unbroken fellowship with God, Who is holy. As an unholy sinner, you can’t have fellowship with God. You are headed for a Christ-less eternity that the Bible calls Hell.
    (
    Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:23)

  4. You can’t save yourself.
    People often think that through their efforts they can overcome the sin barrier between themselves and God. That isn’t true. There’s nothing you can do to restore the broken relationship with God. You can’t earn God’s salvation.
    (
    Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:4-5)

  5. God sent His son Jesus to remove the sin barrier.
    What you cannot do for yourself, Jesus Christ has done for you! Your sin is a barrier between you and God. But the Good News is that Jesus died on the cross for you and then rose from the dead to demonstrate that His payment was acceptable to God. By taking your punishment on Himself, Jesus made a way for relationship with God.
    (
    1 Peter 2:23; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:9)

  6. You can receive Jesus Christ through faith.
    Faith is trusting in what Jesus has done for you rather than trusting your own efforts to restore fellowship with God. Faith is complete reliance on Christ to put you in right relationship with God, allowing Him to live His life through you. Faith also involves repentance or genuine sorrow for sin and willingness to turn away from sin.
    (
    John 14:6; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10)

  7. Through prayer you can trust in Jesus Christ.
    Admit to God that you are a sinner. Express sorrow or repentance for your sinfulness. Ask Him to forgive your sins. Invite Jesus into your life as Savior and Lord. Commit yourself to live for Him.


If you just prayed to receive Christ for the first time, please give us a call (515) 226-9973 or email us and let us know! We would love to help you grow, because accepting Christ is just the beginning of an awesome life-long journey!

 

What We Believe - Valley Church Statement Of Faith

 

GOD

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

 

THE BIBLE

We believe that God has spoken in the scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

 

THE HUMAN CONDITION

We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

 

JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus, Israel’s promised Messiah, was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

 

THE WORK OF CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

 

THE CHURCH

We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

 

CHRISTIAN LIVING

We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

 

CHRIST’S RETURN

We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

 

RESPONSE AND ETERNAL DESTINY

We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

Common Faith Questions

Have questions? Here are a few of the most common inquiries.

 

Am I good enough to go to heaven?

Nope. Not on your own. But the great news is that you don’t have to try to go it alone!

 

Although it may sound harsh, the Bible says no one is good enough to go to heaven on their own. According to scripture, even our good deeds are like filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6) It also says that all men have gone astray (Isaiah 53:6), all have sinned (Romans 3:23), and none are worthy (Romans 3:10).

 

Which makes the love of God even that much sweeter.

 

You’re not good enough to go to heaven on your own, but Jesus has prepared the way for you. He lived the perfect life you couldn’t live, and died the death you should have died, paying the sacrifice you couldn’t pay.

 

You’re not good enough to get to heaven on your own, but Jesus is. And he says, “Follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)

 

Is Jesus really the only way?

Yes. But don’t take our word for it. Because Jesus himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

 

Many people try many ways to get to heaven. But only one man lived a perfect life, and paid the sacrifice for you. His name is Jesus. Though there have been a lot of great men and women throughout history, none were the Son of God like Jesus was. So none could live the life He lived, die the death he died, and offer you true life like he does.

 

What makes the Bible different from other religious books? Can we trust it?

We believe you can, but we also recognize that there is a faith step required in that trust.

 

The Bible is God’s inspired, inerrant, infallible word. God has preserved exactly what we need “that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3-4) in the pages of Scripture. The picture that the Bible itself paints is that Scripture is “breathed out” by God, useful for “for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

 

But to fully trust something, you’ve got to take a step of faith. And trusting the Bible is no different. Read it for yourself. Wrestle with its claims. Live out the truths is calls us to live out. Find out for yourself its trustworthiness.

 

What translation should I read?

There are plenty of good translations that we’d suggest. Our Pastor typically preaches from the English Standard Version, so if you’d like to follow along with him word-for-word, this is the one for you. It’s a nice, “readable” translation that stays true to the original text.

 

The New Living Translation is one that’s a little easier to understand, especially if you’re reading through the Scriptures with your children. It’s written on a 5th grade reading level.

 

Either translation is good.

 

Though there are many other good translations to choose from, these are two we’d suggest if you’re exploring scripture for the first time.

 

Is Hell a real place?

Yes, it sure is. Jesus talked about it. He said it was a place where the suffering never ends (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:48). It’s a curse worse than “being drowned in the sea.” (Mark 9:42) The pain of Hell will produce “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:12)

 

Hell is the place reserved for those who reject Jesus in this life.

 

Hell is a real place, is scary, and is (unfortunately) coming for many people. This grieves us, and motivates us to live self-sacrificially so that others might see the beauty of Christ that we see.

 

Can I lose my salvation?

No, you can’t. Here’s what Jesus said:

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”
John 10:27-29

 

Salvation is a gift (Ephesians 2:8) that God doesn’t take away (Philippians 1:6). When someone is living in a pattern of sin, a better question to ask might be, “Was I ever saved?” We know that people saved by God live a changed life. If someone isn’t living a changed life, there’s the real (and scary) chance that they’re not saved. To which we’d reply, “Be saved!”

 

Salvation is too precious of a gift for God to remove it once given. God gives us His Holy Spirit a deposit guaranteeing His fulfillment. (Ephesians 1:14) When He gives the Holy Spirit, He doesn’t take that away.

 

 

Looking For A Church?

 

4343 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265

phone (515) 226-9973 fax (515) 226-1103

 

SATURDAY AT 5:30 PM

SUNDAY AT 8:15, 9:30, AND 11 AM IN THE AUDITORIUM

Our main contemporary worship service with a full live band and teaching.

 

 

SUNDAY AT 9:30 AM IN THE CHAPEL

For those who prefer a more traditional style of worship.  Music is lead by a grand piano with a mix of classic hymns and worship choruses. The message from the main auditorium is shown via the big screen.

 

 

SUNDAY AT 11 AM IN THE CHAPEL

Join us for contemporary worship with an international flavor. The message from the main auditorium is shown via the big screen.

 

“He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. So you, too, must show love to foreigners…” (Deuteronomy 10:18-19 NLT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAVE A QUESTION FOR US? HERE ARE A FEW ANSWERS THAT MIGHT HELP YOU OUT:

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY FOR ME TO GET CONNECTED AT VALLEY?

Join a Life Group!  At a large church, it's often hard to feel like you're really connected.  Life Groups provide a warm and casual environment to meet people and form relationships.  There are groups to fit all stages of life. Find the right Life Group for you.

 

WHERE DO I TAKE MY KIDS DURING WORSHIP SERVICES?

We have childcare and/or Sunday School during all services including Saturday night. Children 0-2 years check in at the upper level nursery counter. Children 3 years-4th grade check in on the lower level. Find out more about all of our kids programs.

 

HOW DO I KNOW MY CHILD IS SAFE?

We take security in our nursery and Sunday School rooms very seriously.  When you check in at the counter, you will receive two name tags; one for your child and one for you.  These name tags have your child's name and matching identification numbers on them.  When you pick up your child, we will compare your name tags at the door (no matter how well we know you!) to make sure each child leaves with the correct person.

 

HOW CAN I BECOME A MEMBER?

To become a member, you need to attend NEXT, a four-week course for those new to Valley Church or for those looking to connect on a deeper level. Sign up for NEXT today!

 

I'D LIKE TO HAVE MY WEDDING AT VALLEY CHURCH. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

Congratulations! We rejoice with you as you as you take this exciting next step in your lives! Please call 515-226-9973 to set up an appointment with Pastor Linton Lundeen, our Pastor of Care & Counseling.

 

I'M STRUGGLING. IS THERE SOMEONE I CAN TALK TO?

Yes. No matter what you're going through, we are here for you. Please contact us or visit our Care & Counseling page to find out about our many support programs.

 

CAN I RENT A ROOM AT THE CHURCH FOR AN EVENT?

We have many different types of rooms available for rent that can fit your needs.  All you need to do is fill out a Facility Usage Request, better known around here as a "FUR."  You can fill out a FUR, see a list of fees and a map of the building on the forms page.

 

DON'T SEE THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION? EMAIL US.

 

Counseling Services

 

Valley Church Care and Counseling ministry offers free counseling services to any individual, couple, or family in need, whether it is for relational issues, addictions, depression, grief, or a difficult time.

 

Pastor Linton Lundeen and Jenise Rychnovsky are both well-trained and experienced in the area of counseling. While Pastor Linton is experienced in counseling men, women, and marriage counseling, Jenise generally focuses on women’s issues along with some marriage counsel.

 

If you are in need of counseling or interested in more information, please email Pastor Linton Lundeen or Jenise Rychnovsky or
call 515-226-9973.

 

For appointments scheduled with Jenise, please download and fill out the appropriate forms in the left sidebar.

 

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