OUR STORY

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Our Story is one of a Homestead.

 Our Mission 

  To share the love and inheritance of God with all who are in need of refuge and a place to thrive in God’s household. 

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Our Vision

 To Engage people in the life of Christ, Equip people with Biblical answers, and to Empower people to exercise their gifts. 

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But why a homestead? 

A homestead is a cluster of homes and families, built to provide security, shelter, and a sense of home for those in the community and passers-by.

Not long after the railroad transformed a White River camp into the bustling little town of Branson, the Old Stone Church was built.  Gospel preaching had created the Presbyterian congregation, and the congregation worked with the townspeople to create the church.  People donated the land, lumber, and labor.  They gave or raised what they could for the project – even children chipped in by picking and selling wild berries.  Together, more than a church building was built.  A settlement became a community and residents became neighbors.  But even more importantly, God's people came to embody a special expression of the Father's heart for this place.  We received the call to draw Branson into God's work and family through partnership in His mission.

This particular kind of leadership has been our call and story ever since.  We call it homesteading.  It's not charge-ahead bravado or clever trend-setting.  Nor is it heroism that saves the world singlehandedly.  Instead, homesteading is about taking a stand on the simple Gospel truth that following Jesus means loving God and our neighbor more than ourselves.  We've staked this claim, and from it we raise a vision of our Father's household, welcoming in all who desire friendship or need shelter.  Although homesteading keeps our doors open to both neighbors and passers-by, it does not seek merely to entertain in parlors or living rooms.  We are called to combine nurture and grit, generosity and conviction in a way that calls visitors and refugees alike into participation in God's work for the common good.  By inviting everyone who enters from front door to kitchen and from living room to workshop, we grow together into daughters and sons of our Father, fully equipped to seek our promised inheritance and extend God's household to new people and places.

​​The rediscovery of this call is essential for these times.  Branson, though unique in our country, is not insulated from the sea of change that is engulfing our world.  We are unsettled and perplexed by the noisy, disruptive storms that shake us from foundation to core.  Things we once trusted as unchanging are now uncertain, and for all of our busyness and the promises of innovation, we feel ever more lost and abandoned in a spiritual, economic, and social wilderness.  But the Gospel thrives in conditions such as these.  God's household is a refuge, and His fathering creates community out of chaos and inheritance out of desolation.  We must redouble our efforts to extend welcome to neighbor and stranger.  We must strive to perfect our learning of the ways of Jesus that involve and engage everyone in the Lord's work.  We must send each other as daughters and sons, birthing many more households, until everyone has a chance to find a place in God's family.

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OUR BELIEFS

7 Core Values

 Jesus
Jesus is the son of God and Lord of all. He is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. We believe that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Cor. 15:2-4).

Sin
There is no aspect of creation or the human life that is untouched by sin. Sin corrupts what was God created. We know that the wages of sin is death, and eternal separation from God (Rom. 6:23). No human is exempt from this, without Jesus.

Salvation
We believe that no man is brought to saving faith is Jesus unless the Spirit draws him (Jn 6:44). Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father but through me”(Jn. 14:6). Through Christ alone do we receive salvation, fellowship with God and true fellowship with one another, “if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead” (Rom. 10:9). Salvation is my grace alone, through faith alone and in Christ alone. This is not of our own doing or work, but it is the free gift of God (Eph. 2:8-9). This grace enables us to live a life of trusting and following Jesus.

The Bible
The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, the only rule of faith and obedience. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16).

The Holy Spirit
Upon the confession of faith in Jesus, we are baptized by God’s Holy Spirit and he lives within us. We believe the gifts of the Spirit (as found in 1 Corinthians 12) as well as various signs and wonders, are operative and continue today to testify to the reality of God’s Kingdom as well as edify and empower Christ’s Body, the Church. God’s Spirit teaches, comforts, guides, directs, convicts, and empowers believers in the process of sanctification for the purpose of being made like God.

Baptism
We believe baptism is an outward sign of a person’s belief. Baptism itself does not provide salvation (that is through Christ alone), but it shows the world that an individual has put his/her trust in the finished work of Jesus and has died and been raised with Christ to walk in the newness of life.

The Life and Role of the Church
The Church is the primary instrument through which God plans to bring restoration and redemption to the broken creation. As God exists in the community of the trinity we have been made a priesthood of believers, a family, each to be joined with and actively involved in a local community of saints.

God’s desire for us, his people, is to be holy and set apart—a royal priesthood—and he calls us to clothe ourselves “with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Col. 3:12). Although we will never reach perfect holiness in this life, we seek to live a holy life while continually practicing disciplines of confession, repentance and forbearance.

We are called to love one another unconditionally. Love does not turn a blind eye on sin in each other’s lives, but it also does not condemn and reject one other outright. We ought to “forgive each other just as God, in Christ, has forgive us” (Eph. 4:32), and practice repentance and restoration in our daily life. Men and women alike are called and gifted uniquely to proclaim the Gospel and do the works of the Kingdom.

The primary mission of the Church is to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey all that Jesus has commanded (Matt 28:19-20).


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