Our mission is simple. Love God. Love People. Serve the World. Everything we do as a church fits into one of those 3 categories. Above all, we love God and strive to lives that reflect his Word.
We also love people. Regardless of how broken you may be, we believe there is a place for you in God’s family. No one has fallen so far that God’s love can’t rescue them. God loves you! We love you and are saving a seat for you!
We believe one of the best way to love people is by serving them. We do our best to reach out into the world we live in and make it a better place. Whether it is locally, in another state or in another country, we are committed to serving the world and telling it about the hope we have in Jesus.
Nathan Winiecki, Pastor
Nathan became pastor of Village Creek in 2014. He has served as pastor at a number of churches in Arkansas. He also has served at mission projects in Ghana, West Africa and Mission Arlington in Arlington, Texas. Nathan truly has a heart for people. He believes in seeing the best in people regardless of what they have done or been through. His philosophies of "people matter to God" and "we exist to bring glory to God" drive his ministry and our church.
Nathan has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Counseling from Central Baptist College. He is currently working on his Masters Degree in Marriage and Family/Mental Health Counseling from John Brown University. He has one son, Parker.
Don Nichols, Worship Pastor- Don began serving at Village Creek in May of 2017. Don has served at churches and camps in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee since 1979. Don has been blessed with a gift to lead people in worship. Not simply at church, but also in their daily walk with Christ. Besides worship, he also has a heart for missions and to see the Gospel spread among the nations. Don also teaches from time to time at the church.
He is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and holds a degree in Church Music. Don married Cristenae Faith Alexander in Summer of 2013. They have 4 children, and 3 grandchildren. Don is employed as manager of Little Rock Piano in Breckenridge Village. Crissy is an LPN but has taken time off to be a full time mom.
Youth Pastor- We are in the process of hiring a youth director. If you or someone you know would be interested in applying for the job please email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Children's Ministry- Our children's ministry is led by a team of volunteers that include, parents, teachers and long time ministry volunteers. They work tirelessly to ensure our children not only to learn the word of God but also learn how to live it .
2/24/19- Water for Christ- Ben Temple
3/3/19- 40 Days of Prayer Part 1
3/10/19- Part 2- A Beginners Guide to Prayer
Part 3- 40 Days of Prayer- Who do you think you're talking to?- Pastor Nathan
Part 4- 40 Days of Prayer- Praying in 5 Dimensions- Pastor Nathan
Part 5- 40 Days of Prayer- Praying for Healing and Restoration- Pastor Nathan
4/7/19-Part 6- 40 Days of Prayer- When God Says No- Pastor Nathan
4/14/19-Palm Sunday- Pastor Nathan
4/21/19-The Power of the Resurrection- Pastor Nathan
4/28/19- Fake News Part 1- God isn't asking me to help!
5/5/19-Part 2 of Fake News- Demons aren't real!- Pastor Nathan
5/12/19-Part 3 of Fake News-Women are Better Seen, not Heard!- Pastor Nathan
5/19/19-Part 4 of Fake News- Tithing is an Old Testament Principle- Pastor Nathan
What We Believe
We are associated with the Baptist Missionary Association of America. The association of churches sends missionaries all over the world to proclaim the Gospel of Christ. the following is our doctrinal statement when it comes to what we believe concerning the scriptures:
CONCERNING THE THINGS WE TEACH, WE BELIEVE:
There is one living and true God, the creator of the universe (Exodus 15:11; Isaiah 45:11; Jeremiah 27:5). He is revealed in the unity of the Godhead as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, who are equal in every divine perfection (Exodus 15:11; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14).
God the Father is the supreme ruler of the universe. He providentially directs the affairs of history according to the purposes of His grace (Genesis 1; Psalms 19:1; Psalms 104; Hebrews 1:1-3).
God the Son is the Savior of the world. Born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:26-35), He declared His deity among men (John 1:14, 18; Matthew 9:6), died on the cross as the only sacrifice for sin (Philippians 2:6-11), arose bodily from the grave (Luke 24:6, 7, 24-26; I Corinthians 15:3-6), and ascended back to the Father (Acts 1:9-11; Mark 16:19). He is at the right hand of the Father, interceding for believers (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25) until He returns to rapture them from the world (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16-18).
God the Holy Spirit is the manifest presence of deity. He convicts of sin (John 16:8-11), teaches spiritual truths according to the written Word (John 16:12-15), permanently indwells believers (Acts 5:32; John 14:16, 17, 20, 23), and confers on every believer at conversion the ability to render effective spiritual service (I Peter 4:10, 11).
The Scriptures are God's inerrant revelation, complete in the Old and New Testaments, written by divinely inspired men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21). Those men wrote not in words of human wisdom but in words taught by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 2:13).
The Scriptures provide the standard for the believer's faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16, 17), reveal the principles by which God will judge all (Hebrews 4:12; John 12:48), and express the true basis of Christian fellowship (Galatians 1:8, 9; II John 9-11).
The World - God created all things for His own pleasure and glory, as revealed in the biblical account of creation (Genesis 1; Revelation 4:11; John 1:2, 3; Colossians 1:16).
The Angles - God created an innumerable host of spirit beings called angels. Holy angels worship God and execute His will; while fallen angels serve Satan, seeking to hinder God's purposes (Colossians 1:16; Luke 20:35, 36; Matthew 22:29, 30; Psalms 103:20; Jude 6).
Man - God created man in His own image. As the crowning work of creation, every person is of dignity and worth and merits the respect of all other persons (Psalms 8; Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:7; Matthew 10:28-31).
Satan is a person rather than a personification of evil (John 8:44), and he with his demons opposes all that is true and godly by blinding the world to the gospel (II Corinthians 4:3, 4), tempting saints to do evil (Ephesians 6:11; I Peter 5:8), and warring against the Son of God (Genesis 3:15; Revelation 20:1-10).
Although man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 2:17), he fell through sin and that image was marred (Romans 5:12; James 3:9). In his unregenerate state, he is void of spiritual life, is under the influence of the devil, and lacks any power to save himself (Ephesians 2:1-3; John 1:13). The sin nature has been transmitted to every member of the human race, the man Jesus Christ alone being excepted (Romans 3:23; I Peter 2:22). Because of the sin nature, man possesses no divine life and is essentially and unchangeably depraved apart from divine grace (Romans 3:10-19; Jeremiah 17:9).
The Meaning of Salvation - Salvation is the gracious work of God whereby He delivers undeserving sinners from sin and its results (Matthew 1:21; Ephesians 2:8, 9). In justification He declares righteous all who put faith in Christ as Savior (Romans 3:20-22), giving them freedom from condemnation, peace with God, and full assurance of future glorification (Romans 3:24-26).
The Way of Salvation - Salvation is based wholly on the grace of God apart from works (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:9). Anyone who will exercise repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved (Acts 16:30-32; Luke 24:47; Romans 10:17).
The Provision of Salvation - Christ died for the sins of the whole world (John 1:29; John 3:16; I John 2:1, 2). Through His blood, atonement is made without respect of persons (I Timothy 2:4-6). All sinners can be saved by this gracious provision (Hebrews 2:9; John 3:18).
DIVINE SOVEREIGNTY AND HUMAN FREEDOM
God's sovereignty and man's freedom are two inseparable factors in the salvation experience (Ephesians 2:4-6). The two Bible truths are in no way contradictory, but they are amazingly complementary in the great salvation so freely provided. God, in His sovereignty purposed, planned and executed salvation in eternity while man's freedom enabled him to make a personal choice in time, either to receive this salvation and be saved, or to reject it and be dammed (Ephesians 1:9-12; Ephesians 1:13, 14; John 1:12, 13).
All believers are set apart unto God (Hebrews 10:12-14) at the time of their regeneration (I Corinthians 6:11). They should grow in grace (II Peter 1:5-8) by allowing the Holy Spirit to apply God's Word to their lives (I Peter 2:2), conforming them to the principles of divine righteousness (Romans 12:1, 2; I Thessalonians 4:3-7) and making them partakers of the holiness of God (II Corinthians 7:1; I Peter 1:15, 16).
All believers are eternally secure in Jesus Christ (John 10:24-30; Romans 8:35-39). They are born again (John 3:3-5; I John 5:1; I Peter 1:23), made new creatures in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17; II Peter 1:4), and indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9; I John 4:4), enabling their perseverance in good works (Ephesians 2:10). A special providence watches over them (Romans 8:28; I Corinthians 10:13), and they are kept by the power of God (Philippians 1:6; Philippians 2:12, 13; I Peter 1:3-5, Hebrews 13:5).
The Nature of the Church - A New Testament church is a local congregation (Acts 16:5; I Corinthians 4:17) of baptized believers in Jesus Christ (Acts 2:41) who are united by covenant in belief of what God has revealed and in obedience to what He has commanded (Acts 2:41, 42).
The Autonomy of the Church - She acknowledges Jesus as her only Head (Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18) and the Holy Bible as her only rule of faith and practice (Isaiah 8:20; II Timothy 3:16, 17), governing herself by democratic principles (Acts 6:1-6; I Corinthians 5:1-5) under the oversight of her pastors (Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:7, 17, 24).
The Perpetuity of the Church - Instituted by Jesus during His personal ministry on earth (Matthew 16:18; Mark 3:13-19; John 1:35-51), true churches have continued to the present and will continue until Jesus returns (Matthew 16:18; Matthew 28:20).
The Ordinances of the Church - Her two ordinances are baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer as a confession of his faith in Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4) and as prerequisite to church membership and Participation in the Lord's Supper (Acts 2:41, 42). The Lord's Supper is the sacred sharing of the bread of communion and the cup of blessing by the assembled church (Acts 20:7) as a memorial to the crucified body and shed blood of Jesus Christ (Luke 22:19, 20; I Corinthians 11:23-26). Both ordinances must be administered by the authority of a New Testament church (Matthew 28:18-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26).
The Officers of the Church - Pastors and deacons are the permanent officers divinely ordained in a New Testament church (Philippians 1:1). Each church may select men of her choice to fill those officers under the leading of the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:1-6; Acts 20:17, 18) according to the divinely given qualifications (I Timothy 3:1-13).
Pastors (elders, bishops) are authorized to oversee and teach the churches under the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:7, 17, 24; I Peter 5:1-4). Each church is responsible to follow them as they follow Christ (I Corinthians 11:1; I Thessalonians 1:6; Hebrews 13:17) and to provide a livelihood for them that they might fulfill their ministries (I Timothy 5:17, 18; Philippians 4:15-18). Pastors are equal in the service of God (Matthew 23:8-12).
Deacons (ministers, servants) are servants of the churches and assistants to the pastors, particularly in benevolent ministries. Each church may select her own deacons according to her needs, and no church is bound by the act of another church in that selection (Acts 6:1-6).
The Ministry of the Church - Her mission is evangelizing sinners by preaching the gospel (Matthew 28:19; Luke 24:45-47), baptizing those who believe (Acts 2:41; Acts 8:12, 35-38), and maturing them by instruction (Matthew 28:20; Acts 2:42) and discipline (Matthew 18:17, 18; I Corinthians 5:1-5).
The Fellowship of the Church - She is free to associate with true churches in furthering the faith (I Corinthians 11:8; Philippians 4:10, 15, 16) but is responsible to keep herself from those who hold doctrines or practices contrary to Holy Scripture (Galatians 1:8, 9; I John 2:19). In association with other churches, each church is equal and is the sole judge of the measure and method of her cooperation (Matthew 20:25-28). In all matters of polity and practice, the will of each church is final (Matthew 18:18).
Human government was instituted by God to protect the innocent and punish the guilty. It is separate from the church, though both church and state exercise complementary ministries for the benefit of society (Matthew 22:21).
Christians should submit to the authority of the government under which they live, obeying all laws which do not contradict the laws of God, respecting officers of government, paying taxes, rendering military service, and praying for the welfare of the nation and its leaders (Romans 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13, 17; I Timothy 2:1, 2). They should vote, hold office, and exercise influence to direct the nation after the principles of Holy Scripture.
Civil authority is not to interfere in matters of conscience or disturb the institutions of religion (Acts 4:18-20), but it should preserve for every citizen the free exercise of his religious convictions.
Churches should receive no subsidy from the government, but they should be exempt from taxation on property and money used for the common good through worship, education, or benevolence.
Return - Our risen Lord will return personally in bodily from to receive His redeemed unto Himself. His return is imminent (I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 22:20).
Resurrections - After Jesus returns, all of the dead will be raised bodily, each in his own order: the righteous dead in "the resurrection of life" and the wicked dead in "the resurrection of damnation" (John 5:24-29; I Corinthians 15:20-28).
Judgments - Prior to the eternal state, God will judge everyone to confer rewards or to consign to punishment (Matthew 25:31-46; II Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15).
Eternal States - Heaven is the eternal home of the redeemed (John 14:1-3) who, in their glorified bodies (I Corinthians 15:51-58), will live in the presence of God forever (I Thessalonians 4:17) in ultimate blessing (Revelation 21, 22).
Hell is the place of eternal punishment and suffering (Luke 16:19-31) for the devil, his angels (Matthew 25:41), and the unredeemed (Revelation 20:10-15).
Worship is important to us. There is nothing like the people of God coming together and worshipping regardless of what we may be struggling with in our lives.
Our services are a blend of hymns and current worship music you hear on the radio, led by our worship team. Our hearts desire is for God to magnified and His name made famous by our praise.
If you sing or play and instrument, consider talking to Pastor Don about joining the worship team.
Our main worship services are excellent ways for you to worship, hear the word and invest in the kingdom. But at Village Creek, we believe you were created with a need for relationships. We make an effort to be intentional about helping you get "plugged in" and develop friendships that will last a life time.
The best way to do this is by joining a life group. Life groups are full of people who will encourage you, pray for you and walk with you through the ups and downs of life.
We have Life Groups for every age and new Life Groups form on a regular bases. Currently our life groups meet on Sunday mornings at 9:45. We would love to help find a group for you and your family.
Creek Kids Live
Kids in grades 1st-6th meet every Wednesday night from 6:00-7:00 p.m.. There is a snack shack, worship, games and a lesson that will always help your child become the person God created them to be. Creek Kids Live meets in the downstairs in the Education Building. Most kids show up early so they can play basketball, Video Games or Air Hockey. There is a separate class for younger kids.
Creek Kids Worship
Every Sunday morning at 10:30, kids in grades K-1st grade meet for kids worship. During this time kids sing, learn memory verses and have an interactive lesson. If you have children younger than kindergarten, there is a nursery and preschool class available as well.
Children's Life groups meet every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m
All of our teenagers meet in the gym on Wednesday night at 7:00. They hear the word, play games and worship. We are currently in the planning stage of a new, state-of-the-art youth room located upstairs in the gym.
Women are the backbone of many churches. Besides being a wife, mom and having a career, many churches have been built on the prayers and service of many Godly women.
This ministry is new to Village Creek and is evolving daily.
The women of the church meet once a week to pray. They also hold a Bible study in the Fall and Spring every year.
Currently "ladies fellowship" meets once a month at a local restaurant for lunch. please continue to check back on this page for further ministry updates.
Gods design for the family and the church has always been for strong God fearing men to lead by example.
Our Men's Ministry is designed to do just that. We want to help you become the man God designed you to be regardless of mistakes you have made in the past.
Once a quarter the men of the church meet with other local churches to encourage, pray and strengthen one another.
We believe we are called to make a difference! As church we believe we are at our best when we are living out the things we claim to believe.
Every year we partner with local schools, religious organizations and local non-profits to help advance the cause of Christ.
We believe we are at our best when we are the hands and feet of Jesus. So, whether your heart is to help with foster kids, the elderly, missionaries or the less fortunate; there is always a place for you to use your God given desires and talents to serve other.
We’re glad you’re reading this, and we know that it isn’t by accident. We want to help people come to life and to experience the radical grace that God offers through a relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. Keep reading to discover how to live life on purpose.
God has some wonderful purposes for your life.
You were planned for God’s pleasure! You exist for God’s benefit, his glory, his purpose, and his delight. Bringing enjoyment to God, living for his pleasure, is the first purpose of your life. We are able to bring pleasure to God through worship, which is far more than music – anything you do that brings glory to God is an act of worship. Every activity can be transformed into an act of worship when you do it for the praise, glory, and pleasure of God.“You created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11 NLT).
You were formed for God’s family! Because God is love, he treasures relationships. At Village Creek, we want to welcome you into our church family and get to know you better. Village Creek 101 is our basic introduction to Village Creek and is designed to explain what we believe and what we’re all about. Whether you’re looking to take your first step in a relationship with Jesus Christ, get baptized, or get plugged into a small group, we are here to offer you guidance and support.“God’s unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure” (Ephesians 1:5 NLT).
You were created to become like Christ! Spiritual growth is not so much about “doing” as it is about “becoming” – becoming more like Christ. It’s a life-long adventure that takes patience, commitment, and intentional focus. Ultimately, the Christian life is about building an intimate relationship with Jesus as the Holy Spirit changes us from the inside out, and loving others the way Jesus loves us.“As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more” (2 Corinthians 3:18b NLT).
You were shaped to serve God! When we become a Christian, God gives us salvation and the hope of eternity in heaven. He also gives us the opportunity to serve others and make a real difference in our community. Every member of Village Creek is a minister. We all are shaped by God with individual gifts and talents that are to be used to support the body of Christ.“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
You were made for a mission! You were made for a mission. God is at work in the world, and he wants you to join him. God wants you to share His love where you are. As a student, mother, teacher, salesman, manager, or whatever you do, God wants you to reach out to the people in your life. That might mean inviting a friend to church or showing love to those in need around you. God invites you to participate in the greatest, largest, most diverse, and most significant cause in history – his kingdom.“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15)
But there is a problem…
God has these great purposes for us, but we have sinned against Him, making it impossible to fulfill the eternal purposes God has in mind for us. We have broken His rules and disobeyed His commandments, and none of us can escape the responsibility of this.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 ESV)
And because of our sin, we are spiritually dead and separated from God, unable to experience His purposes as we are. In fact, if we remain as we are, as unforgiven sinners, we will spend eternity apart from God in hell.
“For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23 ESV)
But God has the perfect solution!
We have sinned, we’ve lost our way, and we’re sentenced to death as a result, but God is love and God loves us too deeply to leave us lost. Instead, He has taken the initiative to send His one and only Son, Jesus, to earth, to be our Savior, our Rescuer, our Redeemer.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV)
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 ESV)
Just what did Jesus accomplish when He died on the cross? He paid the penalty that our sins had incurred for us. And because He has paid for sin, He offers us forgiveness, a fresh start, a clean slate. He offers us new life in Himself!
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved…” (Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV)
You must respond to Jesus and what He has done for you.
In order to live out God’s intended purposes for you, not only during your life on earth, but for all of eternity in heaven, you must respond to what Jesus has done for you on the cross. God doesn’t force people to turn to Him and become His children, but He lovingly and openly adopts into His eternal family anyone and everyone who comes to Him by faith in Jesus.
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved… For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:9,13 ESV)
To receive Jesus today, simply turn from your sins and trust in Him and what He has done for you on the cross. Believe that He died to save you and rose again to give you eternal life. You can express this belief in a simple prayer, offered from a sincere heart…
Dear God, thank you for having greater purposes for my life. I acknowledge that I have failed to live for you on my own and that I have sinned against you. But I believe that Jesus Christ, Your only Son, died to pay for my sins and rose again from the dead so that I could trust in Him as my Savior and have eternal life. I receive Jesus today as my Savior and commit to live the rest of my life for Him and for Your glory! Amen.
Baptism publicly announces our faith, identifies us with Jesus, and symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. It’s the way that God wants all new believers to go “all in” and go public with their faith. It’s a simple act, but it takes great courage.
Keep in mind that baptism is not something that saves us eternally – that happens when we come to know Jesus!
Who should be baptized?
Baptism is a command and expectation for every believer who has made a commitment to Jesus. If you were baptized as a child, you may not have made the decision on your own to follow Christ in baptism. If you have not been baptized by immersion since asking Jesus to be the forgiver and leader of your life, we invite you to be baptized at Village Creek. We also encourage people who have been away from church for many years to consider baptism as an act of public re-commitment to Jesus.
How should I be baptized?
At Village Creek we believe the Bible teaches that baptism should be by immersion in water as a believer. We set up baptism dates and baptism on Sunday morning before the service.
Does baptism make me a Christian? Do I have to be baptized to go to heaven?
Baptism is something that God commands and expects every believer to take seriously and to go through as an act of obedience. It’s vitally important, but to say that baptism “saves” us or that baptism is required before I can go to heaven contradicts the teachings of the Bible. Jesus told the thief on the cross, “Today, you will be with me in paradise.” The thief had no time to be baptized before dying moments later. Baptism is simply the first next step for a new believer in Jesus.
When can I be baptized?
Baptisms are usually set up in advance. In the ideal situation, baptism is scheduled the first Sunday of every month. You can view upcoming events on the website under the news and events tab to see when the next baptism is scheduled. We will also post this information on Facebook when the time comes.
Can my family be baptized together? Can family members participate in my baptism?
Yes. We love to see family members go through baptism together, but we don’t recommend waiting long for family members to make a decision for Christ and we are careful to make sure that kids “own” their own decision for Jesus. We do invite believing parents or close family members to assist our Pastor during baptism.
What should I bring on baptism day?
Bring your own shorts/pants, undergarments, Shirt (nothing white or revealing) and a towel, along with anything else you think you might need.
How can I let you know I’m ready, or have questions?
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