WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU VISIT SVEFC


Susquehanna Valley Church was formed in the Spring of 1985 by some pretty awesome people.  They chose to be affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America (we are glad they did).  "Evangelical" means that we want to tell people about Jesus and His mission to rescue people in their world so they live forever with Him.  "Free"  means we are free from any governing body outside of our local church.


At Susquehanna Valley Church, we like to stay simple and get things done. It’s our mission to love God and love people. We hope to have a profound impact on our community by doing so.


It’s clear to us (because we’ve all been there), that people come to God from all different places in life. We want you to know that we feel the same way about you that Jesus does. At the end of the Bible He invites everyone to come to Him. If He invites everyone, everyone is invited to Susquehanna Valley.  We hope you come see us, and maybe even join us as we seek to love God, love people and be a beacon of hope in our community. 



Church attire:  We dress casually. Jeans and a tee shirt are fine, but if you prefer to dress traditionally and make the rest of us look bad, go ahead :-)


What type of music do we have? We like to have music that reflects modern worship while still maintaining a connection to our roots. While our style is more contemporary we appreciate the tradition that got us here. 


What is our preaching style? We want you to understand the Bible, see how it meets your life and live differently by God’s strength. Because of that we will stay true to the context of the Bible while explaining what it looks like in life. 



What are our services like? We meet for about an hour and fifteen minutes. The service is a blend of music, a sermon and some other elements depending on the day.



OUR MISSION & VISION


Mission


LOVE GOD • LOVE PEOPLE • WANT PEOPLE TO FOLLOW JESUS


Vision


We will love God, and love people by helping people to follow Jesus in the Harrisburg area and beyond. We exist for impact not attendance. 


Love God


Christianity is simply about connecting people with God. If what the Bible says is true about God’s incredible efforts and sacrifices to reach humanity, then our highest love is from God, and our truest purpose is to love Him in response. 



Love people


His love changes us. It inspires us to love others in a way that strives to imitate His love for us. It’s about being gracious. It’s about seeking truly authentic community where we want other people to love God (see above). No one’s perfect, but as we strive to love others, the church will make an impact on this world that is worth being part of. 



People following God


This is where the previous two collide. The most loving thing we can do for God is to follow Him and help others follow Him. It also happens to be the most loving thing we can do for people. The church is here to do just that, by His strength that’s our goal - see more and more people following Him. 





STATEMENT OF FAITH 

The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:

 

GOD

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory. 


THE BIBLE

We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.


THE HUMAN CONDITION

We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed. 


JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate. 


THE WORK OF CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation. 


THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service. 


THE CHURCH

We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer. 


CHRISTIAN LIVING

We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed. 


CHRIST'S RETURN

We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission. 


RESPONSE AND ETERNAL DESTINY

We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.