Our four distinctives guide our understanding of God, direct how we interpret His Word and shape the methods we employ for ministry. Whereas our four points describe what we do and what we hope for our people, our four distinctives define who we are as a community, in relation to who we believe God to be. If someone were to ask us to describe Four Points Church, we would most likely start with our four distinctives.
The first four words of the Bible sum it all up. “In the beginning, God…” (Genesis 1:1a ESV). It all starts with God, it’s all about God, and it’s all for God. Staying focused on God keeps our ministry, our theology, and our lives in the right place. We aren’t in the self-help business. God has not called us to make everyone feel better about themselves, but to help people realize they are nothing without God.
What God says is more important than what we think. On most Sundays, you will find us preaching through a book of the Bible, chapter by chapter, verse by verse. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, the Apostle Paul tells us that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” It is so beautiful to see the “whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) come into focus, as we dig deep into God’s Word each and every Sunday.
We believe that all of Scripture and all of life finds its’ epicenter in the person of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the good news that no matter what has happened in the past, there is hope for the future because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We never graduate from or outgrow the Gospel. Every situation, every issue, and every problem we face find its’ answer in the Gospel. For this reason, all our worship, all our teaching, and all our ministry point us to the good news of Jesus Christ (John 5:39; Colossians 3).
We believe that on our own we can do nothing and that only through the power of the Holy Spirit can we live the life and do the work God has called us to. The model for our reliance upon the Spirit and our experience of His indwelling and empowering presence is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, who was filled with the Spirit and entirely dependent upon His power for the performance of miracles, the preaching of the kingdom of God, and all other dimensions of His earthly ministry (Acts 1:8; Romans 8:11; Galatians 5).