Who We Are
At Palm Vista we love the Bible and are ultimately submitted to it in all things. Although labels can be misunderstood, a few of the distinguishing characteristics that define our church is that we are 1. A Christian church. 2. An evangelical church. 3. An essentially reformed church. 4. A charismatic / continuationist church.
What exactly does all that mean? Below is a brief explanation:
1. A Christian Church
While this may seem evident, we want to affirm that we are indeed a church that believes the Bible and is in line with the historic Christian faith that was "once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). We are “in Christ” and gather together as a local expression of His body.
2. An Evangelical Church
By evangelical we mean that we treasure the Bible as God’s very Word and, therefore, as our final authority in all matters of life and doctrine. We also mean that we love the gospel, or good news, of Jesus Christ and see it as the central and saving message of the Scriptures.
3. An Essentially Reformed Church
By essentially reformed we mean that we embrace the general tenets of Reformed Theology. We love God’s sovereignty in all things, especially in our salvation, and His power to keep us to the end! However, we by no means minimize our responsibility to pursue holiness and live lives that please God.
4. A Charismatic / Continuationist Church
By charismatic or continuationist we mean that we believe that God, the Holy Spirit, is actively at work building and maturing His Church by glorifying Jesus Christ and giving gifts to each member of His body. We believe that all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Scripture are still given to believers today and are to be pursued and used in love to bring God glory and bless His church.