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Welcome to Deeper Waters…

The heart and vision for Deeper Waters is to gather as a sisterhood of Christ followers — a sisterhood where all feel welcome, where voices from every generation are heard, and where every season of life is celebrated.

We are single.
We are married.
We are young moms.
We are empty nesters.
We work at home.
We work outside the home.
We school our kids at home.
We school our kids outside the home.

And we come together as part of the family of God. Because all are equally important in the Kingdom!

We are women seeking to know God in deeper ways, and we do that by diving deeper into God’s Word.

In addition to our online Bible studies and Bible reading plans, we are also committed to gathering in person — in real space and time — so we can encourage one another and give each other the gift of presence.

I. We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.
(Isaiah 40:6, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)

II. We believe there is one God in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Deuteronomy 6:4, John 17:21, 2 Corinthians 13:14)

III. We believe God created the heavens and the earth.
(Genesis 1:1, Psalm 102:25, Colossians 1:17)

IV. We believe God created man and woman in His image.
(Genesis 1:26-27, Psalm 8:4-5, Psalm 100:3)

V. We believe the first man and woman chose to sin through voluntary disobedience, resulting in separation from God. All men and women are now born with a sinful nature and have a need for reconciliation with God.
(Genesis 3:1-24, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-3)

VI. We believe Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered His life as the ultimate substitutionary sacrifice. He was crucified, buried, and raised to life on the third day. His work on the cross is the once-and-for-all atonement for sin. Jesus ascended to heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father as our Advocate.
(John 14:6, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 1Timothy 2:5-6, Hebrews 7:25)

VII. We believe salvation is by grace alone — through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ. No person can earn or work for salvation. Upon accepting Christ’s gift of salvation, every believer receives the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
(John 14:16-17, 26; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 1:9)

VIII. We believe the one true church consists of all believers who have accepted Christ’s gift of salvation. The church is God’s chosen instrument to exemplify His grace and truth to a lost and hurting world.
(Matthew 16:18, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 2:20-21)

IX. We believe Jesus Christ will return to establish His Kingdom on earth.
(Acts 1:9-11, Matthew 16:27, 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10)

X. We believe water baptism is by immersion — as act of obedience; it’s an outward testimony of the inward transformation that occurs upon accepting Christ’s gift of salvation.
(Acts 2:38, Romans 6:1-5, 1 Peter 3:21)

XI. We believe the Lord’s Supper is observed by the church to remember Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and His coming return.
(Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:14-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-34)

XII. We believe in the resurrection of the body. People will live eternally either with God in heaven or apart from Him in hell.
(John 3:16, Philippians 3:20-21, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, Revelation 20:11-15)

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only,
who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
~ John 1:14

“The Word became flesh
The disciple John wrote these words to testify that the eternal Word of Truth became flesh when Jesus was born.

and made his dwelling among us.
John could attest to the fact that Jesus dwelled among them because they journeyed together for three years of public ministry.

We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only,
John was an eyewitness to the transfiguration, where the glory of Jesus shone brightly on that mountaintop.

who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John observed firsthand how Jesus always interacted with others with a heart full of grace and truth.

As followers of Christ, we are pilgrims on this earth, journeying together to become more like Christ. Like our Lord, we want to always interact with others with a heart full of grace and truth.

Grace without truth isn’t really grace at all — it’s mere tolerance. Likewise, truth without grace isn’t whole truth either — it’s extreme legalism.

As people, we are born broken, and we tend to fall to one side or the other. We tend to be natural Grace Givers, or we tend to be natural Truth Tellers. Only Jesus was the fullness of both, which is why we are so much in need of Jesus. Christ alone is the perfect fullness of grace and truth.

The heart of Deeper Waters Ministry is to embrace Jesus Christ and the fullness of His grace and truth in all that we think, say, and do.

A-Grace The deeper life is saturated in grace. Just as God has bestowed His lavish grace upon us, we must also extend the same grace to others. Grace is unmerited favor. We cannot earn the Lord’s grace. It is a gift, freely given and freely received. In the deeper life, all thoughts, words, and deeds are conceived and delivered in grace.

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt,
so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
~ Colossians 4:6

A-Truth The deeper life embraces truth — factual reality and veracity. Truth is neither a social construct nor a relative concept. The four gospel accounts record over 75 occurrences where Jesus began his teaching with “I tell you the truth”; indeed, our Lord made a distinction between truth and falsehood.

“Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
Then you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free.”

~ John 8:31-32

AA-Integrity The deeper life is marked by integrity and authenticity. In the world of math, the word integer means a whole number — not a fraction. In the same way, the deeper life integrates all aspects of behavior and lifestyle into a whole person. In other words, a person of integrity behaves with consistency in every sphere of life, both privately and publicly; whereas, a person without integrity is duel-minded and behaves one way in one place and another way in another place.

“I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.”
~ 1 Chronicles 29:17a

AA-Humility The deeper life possesses a spirit of humility. C.S. Lewis said that humility isn’t thinking less of ourselves, but thinking of ourselves less. Indeed, the apostle Paul reminded us to look not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others. In humility, the deeper life seeks to put others first.

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider
equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant . . .”
~ Philippians 2:5-7

Community The deeper life is rooted in community. When we are connected to the people who make up our neighborhoods and workplaces, we are able to live out the second greatest command — to love others (Matthew 22:36-39). A commitment to loving and serving the people in our community is the natural outgrowth of a life that has been transformed by the grace and truth of Jesus Christ.

“Every day [the believers] continued
to meet together in the temple courts.

They broke bread in their homes
and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.”
~ Acts 2:42-47

Quiet The deeper life routinely incorporates times of quiet as a lifestyle. We live in a culture that thrusts a constant barrage of noise into our everyday lives. When the Lord passed by Elijah, He wasn’t in the mighty windstorm or the powerful earthquake or the ferocious fire. The Lord spoke to Elijah in a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:9-13). Today, we must regularly quiet our souls and unplug from the many sounds and distractions in our society in order to hear the voice of the Lord.

“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength . . .”
~ Isaiah 30:15

Rest The deeper life includes Sabbath rest as part of the natural rhythm of healthy living. We live in a culture that applauds a hectic and hurried lifestyle, where busyness seems synonymous with “importance.” The Lord, however, created Sabbath rest to bless us, and to remind us that we are dependent upon God alone as the true source of our strength. When Jesus felt the constant pressure of the crowds, He often withdrew to places of solitude for prayer and rest (Mark 1:33-38).

“Jesus said, ‘Come to me all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.”
~ Matthew 11:28-29

Simplicity The deeper life finds solace in simplicity. Our joy comes not from the accumulation of achievements, accolades, or acquisitions. Rather, our joy comes from a heart filled with gratitude for that which the Lord has already provided.

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

immersed in truth . . . transformed by grace

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