WHAT WE VALUE MOST
GOSPEL: The preaching, teaching, study, and living of God’s good news.
COMMUNITY: We need each other and the life Jesus offers works only in connection with a community of faith.
MISSION: Jesus commands us to take the story of God’s good news to “…the end of the earth.”
PRAYER: Jesus taught us to pray, calls us to pray, and provided a way to communicate directly with God.
CITY REACHING: We want people who do not know Jesus to come to know Jesus through God’s work at The Well.
INTEGRITY: We aim to be the most consistent example of Jesus that this world has seen.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Our beliefs drive our actions.
The Well exists to engage the city of San Antonio with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We look forward to being a part of a movement that will transform the city of San Antonio with the Gospel. Listed below are the core beliefs that shape who we are and why we do what we do. While we will use many methods to accomplish the vision God has given to us, the bedrock of our beliefs will never change.
The Bible is a collection of God’s words to us. It was written by men over the course of thousands of years through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because God inspired every word, the Bible is truth without flaw and it is completely relevant and applicable to our daily life. (Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalms 119:11, 89, 105; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 3:16)
God has existed in three persons for all eternity. These persons are God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. While possessing equal authority and power, each person of the Trinity carries out a different role in the life of a believer. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 1:35, John 5:21-23, 14:10, Romans 8:9-11, 1 Corinthians 8:6, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Hebrews 1:8-10, James 2:19)
God is all powerful, all knowing, always the same, perfectly holy, and completely worthy of our trust and devotion. It is through Him alone that we live, move, breathe, or do anything for that matter. He is sovereign and powerful yet loving, compassionate, and fully faithful to all of His people and all of His promises. He is our Heavenly Father. (Exodus 3:14, Leviticus 11:44-45, Psalm 11:4-6, Malachi 3:6, John 3:16, 4:24, 5:26, 14:1, Acts 17:28, Romans 3:3-4)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was also the Son of Man. God became flesh and left heaven to become one of us. In his life and death was the only plan to bring people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God himself. Jesus lived a sinless life in order that he could be the substitution for us in satisfying God’s demand for perfection found only in Jesus. This satisfaction was made through his death payment of sin at the cross. He ultimately defeated death in His resurrection so that we could have life eternal. (Matthew 1:19-23, 3:17, 8:29, 14:33, 16:1, 28:5-6, John 1:1,14, 10:30, 11:25-27, 17:1-5, Romans 1:3-4, 3:23-26, 8:1-3, 10:4, Galatians 4:4-5, Phillipians 2:5-11, 1 Timothy 2:5-6, 3:16)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is God still here with us. We know we have a relationship with Christ because we have the Holy Spirit in us. He guides all believers into the path of holiness and truth. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the judgment to come. He comforts us, shapes us into the likeness of Christ, and gives to us spiritual gifts to be used for the glory of God. (Gen. 1:2, Psalm 51:11, Isaiah 61:1-3, Mark 1:10, Luke 1:35, 4:1, 11:13, 12:12, John 15:26, 16:7-14, Acts 1:8, 2:1-4, Romans 8:9-11, Ephesians 1:13-14, 2 Peter 2:21, Rev. 22:17)
Man is made in the image of God and as such should be treated with dignity, respect and love. Man is the treasure of God’s creation and was created to have fellowship and relationship with God. This relationship was ruined by the sinful disobedience of man. As a result, man cannot have a right relationship with God on his own. (Genesis 1:26-30, 2:7, 18:22, Psalms 8:3-6, 32:1-5, Isaiah 6:5, Acts 17:26-31, Romans 1:19-32, 3:10-18, 7:14-25, 1 Corinthians 1:21-31, 15:19, 21-22, Ephesians 2)
The only way to have a relationship with God is through forgiveness of sin. Forgiveness of sin is found only in the shed blood of Jesus Christ upon the cross. Salvation happens when sinners place their faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Salvation is a gift of God and it cannot be earned or achieved through our good works or efforts. (Matthew 1:21, 27; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24; Acts 2:21, 4:12, 16:30-31; Romans 1: 16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Ephesians 2;8-10; Phillipians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9: 24-28; Rev. 3:20 )
Being made in God’s image, man was created to exist forever. He will live forever either separated from God for all eternity in a place called hell or he will exist forever connected with God in a place called heaven. Heaven and hell are both places of eternal existence and man will spend forever there. (John 3:16, 36; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25, 5;11-13; Rev. 20:15)
The Church is the community of God’s people who are baptized believers in Jesus Christ. The Church is committed to love people, obey the commands of God, and deliver the life changing Gospel to the entire world. The Church works and serves together in love and unity with the ultimate goal of reflecting the love of Christ and bringing glory to God. (Matthew 16:18-19, 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 9:13-14; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-23; 3;10-12; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Rev. 21:2-3)