ABOUT WESTSIDE

Westside Christian Fellowship is a non-denominational Christian church located in Leona Valley. We recognize the desperate need for Truth, Love, Discipleship, Holiness, Prayer, Power, and Christ.

STAFF

Shane Idleman
Lead Pastor

Morgan Idleman

David Thies
Elder

Donna Thies

Windsor Taunton
Elder

Pat Taunton

Joe Lindaman
Elder

Melinda Lindaman

Jim Davis
Elder Emeritus

Diane Davis

Brant Goodwin
Worship Director

Ambrosia Well
Children’s Director

Susie Woodruff
Church Facilitator

Luke Duncan
Youth Ministry

Mike Livingston
Deacon

Jim Lewandowski
Deacon

Mike Thomas
Deacon / Facility Maintenance

Larry Tyler
Deacon

Lenny Nicodemo
Deacon / Facility Maintenance

Vern McKim
AWANA

Randy McMillen
Deacon / Treasurer

Jack Rose
Deacon / Prayer Team

Rick Carr
Deacon

Don Emard
Deacon

INFORMATION

Address
9306 Leona Ave,
Leona Valley, CA 93551

office@wcfav.org
661-270-0353

Weekend Services
Sunday Mornings at 9am & 11am

Midweek Services
Wednesday service at 6pm

Children’s ministry available @ 11am Sun. & Wed. @ 6pm. Nursery available at both Sunday services and Wed.

MISSION STATEMENT

To promote the TRUTH through inspired preaching and teaching, praise-filled worship, compelling discipleship, passionate intercession, and compassionate outreach….Striving to honor God, individually and corporately, by applying the wisdom of His Word to our daily lives….Continually growing in a deeper, more intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

WE EXIST TO…

Welcome all to the kingdom of God…

(John 1:12-13)

Worship God in spirit and truth…

(John 4:23-24, Matt. 6:9-13, Acts 17:24-28, II Tim. 3:10)


Through unity and corporate worship by the Holy Spirit.
Through individual and corporate prayer.
Through the proclamation of the Word of God.

Walk in personal relationship with God…

(Eph. 2:18-22, Eph. 4:10-16, John 3:16-18, Deut. 6:7-9)


Through commitment to Jesus Christ.
Through the application of Biblical principles to life.
Through strengthening and equipping.

Work with one another in service to God…

(Rom. 15:5-7, Gal. 6:1-2, I Cor. 12:4-6, Acts 2:44-45, Matt. 18:15-17)


Through development and deployment of spiritual gifts.
Through sharing resources and meeting one another‘s needs.
Through mutual accountability.

Witness about God’s love to the world…

(Matt. 28:18-20, I Peter 3:15-17, James 2:14-16)


Through the process of personal and global evangelism.
Through caring for those in need.

Wholeheartedly study God’s Word…

(II Tim. 2:15, Psalm 119:111, II Tim. 3:16-17)


Through faithful preaching in weekend services.
Through personal study time
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Through proclaiming God’s Word in small group settings

WE BELIEVE…

The Bible

(Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:3-4 and 1:21)

We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error and the infallible rule of faith and practice. The Word of God is the foundation upon which this church operates and is the basis for which this church is governed.

The Trinity

(Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:8 and 48:16; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3)

We believe that there is one living and true GOD, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all things.

God the Father

(Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; John 3:16 and 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3)

We believe in the person of God the Father, an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

God the Son

(Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2, 8:58 and 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8)

We believe in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, his substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth.

God the Holy Spirit

(Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:26 and 15:13,16; Hebrews 9:14)

We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit, Who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ.

(John 6:13, 14:16-17 and 16:8-11; Romans 8:26)

We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide.

Salvation

(Acts 8:15-17; Ephesians 2:1-3 and 8-9; Romans 3:23 and 5:8; Titus 3:5)

We believe that all people are sinners by nature and, therefore, are under condemnation; that God saves and regenerates based upon faith by the Holy Spirit, those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

The Church

(1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:15-16)

We believe in the universal church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head and all who are born again are a part of the Body of Christ.

The Ordinances

(Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances for the church: (a) full immersion water baptism of believers, and (b) the Lord’s Supper.

Water baptism is an outward sign of what the Holy Spirit has performed in the heart of the believer; it doesn’t save, it solidifies. The Lord’s Supper is observed by the believer at Christ’s request until His return as a memorial of His sacrifice in securing our redemption.

The Second Coming

(Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15)

We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ which is His personal, visible return to earth, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and endless separation of the wicked.

Heaven and Hell

(Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 5:22, 18:9 and 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11 and 20:11-15)

We believe in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell and that all those who place their faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord, while those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from the Lord.

You don’t want to live your life with a question mark here.

7 CORE VALUES

Recognize the Desperate Need for Truth

Absolute truth is a hill on which to die. In battle, there are key strongholds that must be taken, or kept, at all costs in order to win–these are “hills on which to die.”

Today, absolute truth is one such hill.

A weapon of destruction has set its sights on our nation, our homes, and our families. Relativism/postmodernism continue to challenge truth, but to their own destruction. Attacking absolute truth is like waging war on a lighthouse. It cannot be negotiated, bargained with, or debated. When people, groups, denominations, or movements depart from absolute truth, and thus, quench and grieve the Spirit of God, they become mechanical in their approach to Christianity and lose the ability to guide. The Word of God is not “in their hearts like a burning fire,” but relative, powerless, and debatable. This is what we see today; many are not truly worshiping

God, as Jesus said, “in spirit and in truth.”

Unfortunately, Christians who are sounding the alarm are often categorized as irrational, judgmental, bigoted, and intolerant. But how can we warn if we won’t confront; correct if we won’t challenge; and contend if we won’t question? We are not called to make truth tolerable, but to make it clear. It is a “hill on which to die.”

Recognize the Desperate Need for Love

Will others know that we are Jesus’ disciples by how well we translate the Greek? or unravel the Hebrew? or by how well we convey pneumatology, eschatology, soteriology, or eschatology? Will they know by how many scriptures we quote, or how often we read the Bible? The answer is a resounding, “No”. Jesus said that love, not knowledge, is the characteristic of a genuine disciple.

It’s possible to be “Bible taught,” but not “Spirit led”—straight as a gun barrel theologically, but just as empty—”the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” This is fertile ground for modern-day Pharisees. Don’t get me wrong, we are to study the scriptures and defend the faith. I enjoy reading systematic theology; it’s essential to Christian living, but how often are we taught to fast and pray for wisdom? How often are we taught the need for brokenness and repentance instead of how to dissect and translate the Greek language—more concerned about a Master’s Degree than a degree from the Master? We must equally balance truth and love.

Recognize the Desperate Need for Discipleship

Your faith must stand trial. When God strengthens our faith, He does so to help us meet the challenges ahead, to prepare us for life, and to mold us in to Christ’s image. Trying times are not intended to break us down, but to build us up. The only way to build into our lives such qualities as love, joy, peace, humility, and patience is to be confronted with situations that require love, joy, peace, humility, and patience.

Discipleship in these areas is vitally important.

How do we develop patience if we’re not tested? How do we develop forgiveness if we are never wronged? How do we develop humility if we’re never humbled? How do we develop character if we are never challenged? James 1:2-4 advises us to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” “The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction” (C.H. Spurgeon). Brokenness, true brokenness, is humiliating and painful, but it strengthens faith.

Recognize the Desperate Need for Holiness

Holiness is not a prudish, outdated word. It means being set apart, or separated from anything that causes us to sin, whether mentally (in what we think), or physically (in what we do). Holiness begins in the heart. We should continually strive for holiness in all that we do and say. “The Holy Spirit is first of all a moral flame. It is not an accident of language that He is called the Holy Spirit, for whatever else the word holy may mean it does undoubtedly carry with it the idea of moral purity” (Tozer).

Why walk willingly into the enemy’s camp? Why quench and grieve the Spirit of God? It’s impossible to develop a deep respect and desire for God if we repeatedly fill our mind with things that oppose Him. If we would make it our goal to know Christ more personally, we would preach Christ more powerfully. For example, if a Christian fills their mind with the world all week and expects the Spirit of God to speak boldly through them, they will be gravely mistaken. “The gratification of the flesh and the fullness of the Spirit do not go hand in hand” (R.A. Torrey). “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). What goes in ultimately comes out. It’s time to recognize the desperate need for holiness, beginning within our homes.

Recognize the Desperate Need for Prayer

A prayer-less Christian is a powerless Christian. Where are those with uncompromising spiritual power in the church today? Granted, there are some, and I so appreciate them, but as a whole, the church is lacking. The men, and women, who do the most for God are always people of prayer.

Need examples from the past? E.M. Bounds, who was born in 1835, began his three-hour prayer routine at 4am. To him, prayer was not a prelude; it was a priority. Edward Payson, who ministered during the Second Great Awakening, was said to have wore grooves into his hardwood floors as a result of prayer. Adonia Judson attributed his success in Burma as a missionary to a life of prayer, as did J. Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission. George Mueller petitioned God for millions of dollars to fund his orphanages in the 1800s. John Fletcher, one of the leaders of the Methodist movement, “stained the walls of his room with the breath of his prayers” until his death in 1785.

Recognize the Desperate Need for Power

The Holy Spirit is not some weird, mystical force; He’s part of the triune nature of God. The Bible says that the Spirit intercedes, leads, guides, teaches, and so on. (Check out Romans 8:26; Acts 8:29; John 16:13.) He enables and empowers us to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to boldly live for Christ, and to help others within our sphere of influence. God’s Word becomes living and active in the life of the believer who is continually filled with the Holy Spirit. Charles Spurgeon said it best, “What can a hammer do without the hand that grasps it, and what can we do without the Spirit of God?”

Recognize the Desperate Need for Christ

If current statistics hold true, many will continue to reject Christ, never to return; or, they will embrace a glamorized Christianity, both to the same end. Life is a battleground, not a playground! Who is Jesus? How you answer this question is the difference between right and wrong, light and darkness, heaven and hell. When asked this question, the apostle Peter gave the correct response: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Jesus Himself confirmed this by saying: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

Seriously consider who and what you choose to follow. We are sinners who need a Savior. Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. Hebrews 9:22 says that without the shedding of blood, there is no removal of sin. His blood was shed for our sins; we should be forever thankful. Jesus isn’t an option; He’s the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).