The Purpose of our Church is to

Lead people into a GROWING RELATIONSHIP with Jesus Christ.

 

This mission shapes everything we do, and the way that we do it.  There are lots of great churches in Kings County, but our goal is to reach people who don’t have a church family and lead them into a real, growing relationship with Christ.

We believe spiritual growth is best understood as a series of steps as we surrender more and more of ourselves to God and His will for our lives.  We think of these steps in terms of CONNECTING, GROWING, SERVING, and SHARING.

Connecting

Entering into a relationship with God and with the South Valley Church family

Growing

Developing the spiritual habits of a follower of Jesus

Serving

Using your God-giving gifts and abilities to serve God and others.

Sharing

Sharing the Good News of Jesus with others

Learn more about us by reading the questions below.  For questions about our beliefs, check out our Statement of Faith

Common Questions

What is the Mission of South Valley Community Church?

“Our mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.” We accomplish our mission by helping people take steps of faith that reflect an increased level of commitment and intimacy with God.

How can I have a relationship with Jesus and receive salvation?

Jesus did not come to this earth to create a new religion; He died on the cross to establish a relationship.  In fact, we believe religion may actually be the problem by suggesting that human effort can somehow make us right with God. In an attempt to establish good terms with God, we ask the question, “What do I need to do?” and then develop a list of ways that we can earn God’s favor. We’ll follow the rules, attend church, and give some money, whatever it takes to be good enough. In the process, we take what could have been a beautiful relationship and reduce it down to a list of rules and rituals. Instead of sincerely putting God first in our lives, we began to “work” the list of dos and don’ts, looking for ways to get by without really knowing him. As a result, we exchange the very thing we want – relationship – for what we don’t need more of – rules.

The answer lies not in what we ourselves should do, but what has been done for us. God sent his son Jesus Christ to suffer the consequences of our sin and death, so that we might experience life and a relationship with God as we were meant to.

To learn why salvation is necessary and how to begin a relationship with Christ, click HERE

How can the church help me grow spiritually?

We believe spiritual growth is best understood as a series of steps as we surrender more and more of ourselves to God and His will for our lives.  We think of these steps in terms of CONNECTING, GROWING, SERVING, and SHARING.

Spiritual growth happens when we connect with God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; grow in our faith and understanding through Bible studies and small groups; use our gifts and abilities in meaningful areas of service; and tell others the Good News of Jesus Christ.

You can register for the New Member Orientation or any of our classes or events several ways:

  • On line through our website.  Register by clicking HERE
  • Filling out the communication card next Sunday, or
  • Simply calling the church office (924-3458).
I'd like to know more about your community groups (small groups).

We know that you can’t connect to a crowd.  As SVCC continues to grow it becomes more and more important that people connect to a small group for fellowship and accountability in their Christian walk.  We offer a wide variety of groups that meet all across Kings County and at NAS Lemoore. Click HERE to learn more about our Community Groups

What does it mean to be a member of South Valley and how do I join?

At South Valley, we believe that membership is more than just having your name on a list – membership equals shared involvement in the mission of the Church.  The membership of South Valley is made up of individuals who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and have publicly professed their faith through baptism (See below).  To help carry out the mission of South Valley, members:

  1. Regularly attend the weekend Worship Services
  2. Participate in a Small Group and/or Ministry Team, and
  3. Are committed to sharing their faith with others

To join the church, you need to complete the New Member Orientation which is held several times throughout the year.  It’s really the best way to find out who we are and what we believe.   (If you would like to review our Faith and Lifestyle statements, you can do so by clicking HERE.)  We meet in the Chapel during each of the Sunday morning services at 9:00am and 11:00am; choose the time that works best for you.  We will have refreshments available and your children will be able to participate in Kid Connect while you attend the orientation.   You will find most of your questions will be answered in this class.

What does South Valley believe about Baptism?

We believe that baptism is an important step of obedience for every person who is a follower of Jesus Christ.

Who Should Be Baptized

Christians believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation occurs only when a person places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for his or her sin.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are ready to be baptized. Just like a bride and groom show others their love for one another by wearing wedding bands, your baptism is your opportunity to show others that you have accepted Christ and are now walking with Him. 

What Baptism Symbolizes

Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation:

  • Accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
  • Shared in His death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (new life).
  • Were symbolically washed clean, and sins were forgiven by His death on the cross.

Because Jesus commanded us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God. We immerse (rather than sprinkling or pouring) because we believe Scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the way to publicly acknowledge our faith in Him.  Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion and it is the only mode that properly reflects the picture of death, burial, and resurrection.

  • Infant Baptism

Some denominations choose to baptize infants. However, we believe that the Bible, not religious tradition should determine how we live out our faith.  We understand Scripture to teach that only professing believers qualify for baptism. Baptism does not make you a believer, rather it shows that you already believe. We believe that when people are old enough to understand what it means to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, they should have the opportunity to make that choice for themselves. An infant or preschooler is not able to understand sin, forgiveness, the sacrifice our Savior made for us, and what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. For that reason, we believe that it is proper to have infants dedicated but baptism is reserved for those who have entered into a relationship with Christ through faith.

  • How to Schedule Your Baptism

Baptisms are held regularly and scheduling is very easy.  Simply indicate your desire on the Communication Card attached to the bulletin during one of the weekend services. A member of our staff will contact you to set a date.  You can also register online by clicking this link: REGISTRATION.

If this is your next step, we encourage you to take it soon.  There’s no reason to delay.  And remember, your baptism is both a celebration and a statement of your faith, so you will want to be sure to invite your friends and family to the service.

What is the best way to get involved at South Valley?

The first experience most people have with South Valley is through one of the weekend worship services.  But, its hard to connect with a crowd, so we encourage everyone to be involved in a Community Group or serve on a Ministry Team.  Both of these offer you the best opportunity to connect with other people and begin building relationships.

Click HERE to learn more about Community Groups

What are Ministry Teams?

Ministry teams are volunteers gathered together to serve within the church. Volunteers are vital to South Valley and we look to them to facilitate and potentially lead the various ministries of the church to help lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Below are several ministry teams that offer you a great way to plug into life at South Valley. Contact us at (559) 924-3458 and ask to speak to someone from the ministry you are interested in.

Some possible areas of service include:

  • Host Team – greeters, ushers, parking, hospitality
  • Care Ministry
  • Worship and Production Teams
  • Band
  • Drama/Production
  • Student Ministries
  • Nursery & Children’s Ministries (Fingerprint and Background check required)
How do I begin serving on a Ministry Team?

You can be involved in most of our ministries almost immediately.

In fact, the best way to get involved is to just jump in!  We don’t have a lot of complicated hoops for you to hop through or weeks of classes to take.  We will walk with you every step of the way.  All you need to do is let us know whether you want to work with children, students, or adults.  Then, a member of our staff will work with you to find the best place of service that fits your spiritual gifts, heart (passion), abilities, personality, and experiences

Why do you emphasize Community Groups more than Sunday School?

We actually have several Adult Sunday School Classes and they do an excellent job teaching God’s Word.  But, in very practical terms, we don’t have the room to add any more.  As our Children’s Ministries grew, it was necessary to give them most of our campus space.  But more importantly, our mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and we feel that this is best accomplished in a true small group atmosphere. There are several reasons why we feel that community groups tend to work better than adult Sunday school:

  • Home meetings provide safe, predictable environments where no one slips through the cracks. People benefit from the consistency and accountability of small groups.
  • These groups tend to be much more inviting than a typical class environment.  It is a completely different feeling sitting in a comfortable living room than around classroom tables.  People tend to be more open and relationships are built more naturally.
  • We also place a lot of emphasis on acting on what we have learned.  We believe that spiritual maturity is not measured simply by what you know, but by how you put Biblical teachings into practice.  Participating in small groups during the week allows people to be free to serve in a ministry area on Sunday mornings.

What We Believe

 

In essential beliefs – we have unity.

“There is one Body and one Spirit… There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…” Eph. 4:4-6

In non-essential beliefs – we have liberty.

“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22

In all our beliefs – we show charity.

“…If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains – but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Cor. 13:2 (Ph)

 

The Essentials We Believe:

 

About God
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2; 1 Corinthians 13:14

About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13

About The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under his control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1

About The Bible
The Bible is God’s word to all men. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

About Man
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates man from God.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2

About Salvation
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

Security of the Believer
Since salvation is by God’s Grace and not the result of our good works, believers are secure in their salvation.  Though we may still sin and fall short of God’s will for our lives, His grace will sustain us.  Followers of Christ need not live in fear and anxiety, worrying that their sin will result in a loss of their salvation.

John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5

About Eternity
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46

 

Additional Beliefs:

About Baptism
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.

Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20

About Communion
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross.

Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29