Welcome to TerraNova Church (located in Lake Forest / Irvine). We're a Christian community that's passionate about loving God and making His love famous in our world. We hope you enjoy visiting our site. But if you really want to get an idea of what we're all about, there's no substitute for actually coming by to check out. Saturdays @ 5pm, and Sundays @ 9:30 and 11am.
what we believe.
God, Our Creator and Our Father
God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. He has revealed Himself to us in three ‘Personalities’: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each ‘Personality’ of the trinity is completely God and shares the same nature and attributes.
God the Father is perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. He is mercifully concerned with the affairs of people. And, by grace, He saves from destruction the spiritual death of all those who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, Our Savior
Jesus Christ is God’s Son. He is both fully God and fully human. He came to earth and shared in our humanity to reconcile us to God by living a sinless life and becoming the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by His death on the cross.
Having died on the cross, Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. He will return again to earth to consummate history and the eternal plan of God, according to His promise.
The Holy Spirit, Our Strength
The Holy Spirit was sent from God to apply to us the saving work of Christ: to enlighten our minds and make us aware of our need of a savior, and to regenerate and permanently indwell each believer, becoming the source of assurance, power and wisdom for godly living.
The Holy Spirit gives each believer spiritual gifts for the strengthening and proper functioning of the church. And He guides believers in their understanding and application of Scripture and truth.
The Bible, Our Authority
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors who were supernaturally guided by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is complete as a revelation of God’s will for salvation, and is the final authority for Christian faith and living.
Human Beings, Our Need and Our Salvation
God created people in His own image to have a relationship with Himself. We are created to be noble and glorious beyond our imagination. Yet, human beings have all rebelled against God and gone our own way, both actively and passively. God's image in each of us has become disastrously tarnished. The bible calls all of this, and the affects of this in our lives and world, "sin." And so we find ourselves separated from God, disconnected from our source of true life, and in need of the grace of God.
God reconciles people to Himself completely by grace, a gift to be received by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ alone. Having fully entrusted ourselves to God in Christ, we are given new life. We are spiritually regenerated, sealed with His Spirit, brought into His family, and empowered by Him to live a brand new life.
The Church, Our Mission
The Church is the spiritual community of all who have been reconciled to God, of which Christ is the head. While universal in nature, it finds expression in local gatherings of believers who unite to worship God, encourage one another and reach the world with God’s good news. As such, the Church is the "body" of Christ—the physical expression of Jesus in the world.
All believers are given vital functions within the local church through gifts of the Spirit. The local church is to be a unified community of servants, stewarding their spiritual gifts and resources for the ultimate purpose of bringing glory to God.
Eternal Life, Our Hope
People were created to exist forever. At the end of time, all people will be resurrected and will stand before God to be judged for what they have done in this life. While those who do not receive God’s forgiveness and acceptance will be eternally separated from God, those who have been reconciled to God through faith will rejoice together in eternal communion with Him.