Fresh's core values come directly from God's Word, the Bible. The core and crux of our church is the Cross of Christ. God is on a mission to redeem and restore this world. The Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is He forgives those who change their mind to totally and completely trust Him. He gives us real life. A life that is meaningful and complete.
Jesus said, "How can I account for this generation? The people have been like spoiled children whining to their parents, 'We wanted to skip rope, and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk, but you were always too busy.' John came fasting and they called him crazy. I came feasting and they called me a lush, a friend of the riffraff" (Matthew 11:16-18 The Message).
Fresh is a church plant in the Northwest corridor of Richland County. Pastor Greg Dowey, a native of Columbia, planted Fresh because church, for the most part, has become stale to many.
"We are a church for the riffraff and for real people."
We have a desire to reach people searching for meaning and truth, teaching them how to live life to the fullest, and leading them to find the ultimate fulfillment of joy in Jesus Christ. God's mercy and love for us is fresh every day! We have met in at least 5 places in the last two years. God is teaching us to BE the church! Feel free to join us in worship each Sunday, to explore God's grace, hope, love, peace, and freedom given to you, and we invite you to be a part of us.
"God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before Him. When I got my act together, He gave me a fresh start.
"Do everything readily and cheerfully, no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society."
"Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah, gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; the new life burgeons!"
-2 Corinthians 5:17
Fresh's Core Values reflect our passion, our desire and our pursuit to make difference in our community.
We deeply desire to see people grow in Christ and live an authentic life. It's simple; healthy things grow. We want disciples.
"Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven't stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you'll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work."
God is relevant! We will passionately pursue a unique worship experience each week with excellence in honoring Him, to inspire people because we believe in the supremacy of Christ.
-1 Chronicles 16:30
Relationships are essential. We desire to live out an authentic life. We fiercely value reaching out to our neighborhood and world with excellence to help them know God. Relationships matter more than activity.
"Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.”
We believe everyone matters to God and He wants to give us a fresh start in life, and leave our sins behind. We want to equip people for ministry.
"Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”
-1 Corinthians 1:31
Knowing Him gives us hope...so we serve with integrity and give generously. Christ...our only hope. When we hope and serve we send!
"To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."
Evangelism is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to someone who does not know Him.
"The invitation of Jesus is a revolutionary call to fight for the heart of humanity. We are called to an unconventional war using only the weapons of faith, hope, and love. Nevertheless, this war is no less dangerous than any war ever fought. And for those of us who embrace the cause of Christ, the cost to participate in the mission of God is nothing less than everything we are and everything we have." -Erwin McManus
"From that time Jesus began to preach saying, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.'"
"And he said to them, 'Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.'"
To live right and Godly lives, by growing up in Christ, led by the Holy Spirit
Definition of a Disciple: We are on a fresh journey to experience a deeper & changed life, going farther with God even if it means to the end of the earth! Simply put we want to make mature followers of Jesus Christ. A disciple is a Christ follower that seeks to please God, living a righteous life, desiring to be changed to reflect Jesus, in order to serve Him.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."