Prayer is not complicated,
it is as simple as having a conversation with God

Dee Fuller, Pastor

Dee attended a two-week long bible camp at nine years of age. She was taught about Jesus, but afterward, her spiritual upbringing was cut short. Her childhood years were difficult, full of trauma, uprooting and abuse; ultimately, she was separated from family.

 

Years later, Dee met and married Roger. They worked well together, eventually becoming owners of several small businesses. In time, they welcomed the birth of their daughter, Bonnie. Marveling at the miracle of life, Dee quietly prayed. “Lord, I lost you. I had you as a little girl and I want you in my life again.” That prayer was answered when her sister came for a visit. Judie was a teacher and preacher of God’s word, and the siblings had strong discussions about Jesus being the Son of God. Those talks left Dee unsettled, but desperate for God. After Judie’s visit, she stepped out in faith, inviting the Lord in to her heart. Salvation was instantaneous; Dee felt the forgiveness and liberation of her heart. Overflowing with joy, she told her sister what had happened and Judie advised her to pray for wisdom everyday.

Nine years after being born-again, a life changing experience gave Dee another incredible answer to her prayers. Gravely ill, she was taken to Heaven where she met Jesus. He taught her in parables and told her He was sending her back. “Go and make disciples of all nations. Tell them I am a Holy God and that Heaven is real.”

Since that extraordinary, supernatural event, Dee has answered the call. God told her to go back for one, impressing upon her the immeasurable love He has for all people. She has privately witnessed in homes, hospitals, restaurants and public gatherings as well as church congregations within the United States and abroad. She is founder and pastor of the Reno, Nevada based ministry, Families in Christ. The ministry provides discipleship training, and places special emphasis on the Holiness of God, His unalterable Word, intercessory prayer, family outreach and evangelism.

Jacquelyn Moore, Worship Leader

 

When I was a child I sang with joyful abandon. I didn’t notice others listening to me. I didn’t need an audience or applause. I sang because my heart freely expressed itself through music. It was natural, uncomplicated and pure. As a worship leader, I believe the redeemed can get reacquainted with the song of the inner child and discover that the greatest purpose of music is achieved when it inspires the soul to worship the Lord. Whether it’s one voice or a full choir with orchestra, the heart soars in song when it offers praise to God and self is forgotten. Just listen to a robin or meadowlark sing. Now that’s worship.

What We Believe

 

“The way to preserve the peace of the church is to preserve its purity.”

Matthew Henry

THE ETERNAL GODHEAD

We believe that there is only one true God.  He is manifested in three Persons:

Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The triune God is self-existent, sovereign, almighty, absolute truth, holy, supreme in wisdom, just and good. He has revealed Himself in creation, the Holy Scriptures and in Jesus Christ, the fullness of Grace and Truth.  God is love—His very nature is love and He is the perfection of love.

(Scriptures: Exodus 3:14, Genesis 1:1, Colossians 1:17, Revelation 1:8, Numbers 23:19, Isaiah 9:6, John 10:30, Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19, 1 Peter 1:1-2, Ephesians 4:4-6, 1 John 4:7-21)   

            

The Father is unseen, so glorious that no one can look upon His face and

live. He is mysterious, His thoughts and ways beyond tracing out. From Him and through Him and to Him are all things. He is the holy Creator of the heavens and earth and all that is in them.  Love comes from God, He poured it out on the world when He gave His only begotten Son to redeem and reconcile mankind to Himself.

(Scriptures:  Exodus 33:20, Romans 11:33-36, John 3:16)

THE SON

The Son is the exact image of the Father. When you have seen the Son, you have seen the Father — He is co-existent with the Father. Having emptied Himself, He took on the form of a humble servant made in human likeness. “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.” Possessing two natures in one person, the Son is both fully God and fully man.  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and given the name, Jesus, which means, “Savior.” As God incarnate, Jesus was without sin and never sinned. He bore our sins, carried our sorrows and shed His blood on the cross of Calvary.  He was buried, rose again on the third day, ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  Jesus purchased redemption for all that believe upon Him.  As the perfect mediator between God and man, He constantly makes intercession for us. 

(Scriptures. Hebrews 1:3, Colossians 1:15-17, John 1:18, Isaiah 7:14, 1Peter 2:24, John 1:1, 1:14, Colossians 2:9, Romans 1:1-4, 1 Timothy 2:5) 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead.  He is omnipotent and omnipresent and performs an inexpressible mission upon earth by convicting mankind of sin, righteousness and of judgement. The Holy Spirit draws sinners to the Savior, Jesus, indwelling every believer at the moment of salvation.  He bears witness as to our eternal inheritance in Christ, performing the work of rebuking, pleading, searching, comforting, guiding, regenerating and anointing believers.  He repeatedly empowers us in response to our surrender to the Father’s will, equipping us for the glorious purpose of serving God, the body of Christ and witnessing to a lost world. As in the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit continues to bestow spiritual gifts among believers for the purpose of building up the body of Christ.

(Scriptures John 3:6-8, Romans 8:2-6, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10)

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God.  The sixty-six books of the bible are divinely inspired, true, and infallible.  Original scripture is without error, written by men as they were moved upon by the Holy Spirit.  The word of God cannot be added to, subtracted from or superseded by any doctrine, philosophy or carnal influence.  The word of God is alive and active, it is the ultimate source of wisdom, and opens the believer’s heart for communion with God.  The holy scriptures transform the mind and heart, equipping the believer for good works. It is the utmost source of all doctrine, instruction, correction, reproof and training in righteousness.  

 

(Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:2, Revelation 22:18, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16 )

THE FALLEN STATE OF HUMANITY AND SALVATION

Scripture says God created man in His own image.  Our true value and potential come from God. However, since the original sin of Adam, all humans are born with sin nature.  This inherited nature promotes rebellion against God; our fallen state has resulted in death, both spiritual and physical. Miraculously, God reconciles us to Himself through Jesus. It is by grace we are saved, and not by works.  Salvation comes through Christ.  We are forgiven and justified through faith when we believe and receive that Jesus took our sins, shed His sinless blood and died on the cross for us.  Jesus paid the penalty for all mankind; through Him we are reconciled to the Father and given the ministry of reconciliation.  

 

(Scriptures:  Gen.1:25-27, Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 1:17, 3:10-12, 22-23, 5:1, 5:12-21, 2 Corinthians 5:16-18, Ephesians 2:1-3)   

THE CHURCH 

We believe the Church is made up of all who believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ. It is described in the New Testament as the Body of Christ and the Temple of the Holy Spirit.  Since the days of the early church, incalculable growth and response to Christ has championed ministry outreach within local communities as well as world wide.  The prophetic call of the Church is to make disciples of all nations.  Within this great commission, there is a spiritual and physical mission to feed the hungry, provide shelter for the homeless, clothe the naked, and nurture family.  All believers are important to God. He gives immeasurable opportunities to His children to grow in Christ and realize true worth. True, eternal worth negates counterfeit worth taught by the world.  We believe the Church is called to worship God in Spirit and in truth. We maintain that prayer, learning scripture, submitting to godly authority, fellowshipping and living the Word are essential for reaching spiritual maturity.

We believe in the five-fold ministry made up of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, and that they are called to govern, shepherd and edify the congregation.  Elders of the local church—those entrusted to oversee the local flock—must be godly, self-controlled, able to teach, and humble in spirit.

 

In addition to conducting weekly services, we keep the Lord’s supper, conduct water baptisms, and observe Christmas and Resurrection Sunday.  And although no person can know the exact time of the Lord’s second coming, we believe Jesus Christ will return at the end of the age to rule and reign. 

 

(Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 6:19, 1 Corinthians 12:27-31, Matthew 28:19, John 4:23, Ephesians 4:11, 1 Timothy 3:2, 1Peter 3:21, 1Thessalonians 4:16-17, Matthew 24:44, Revelation 1:7)

Families in Christ

7689 South Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada 89511
(775) 771-6325
www.familiesinchristreno.com