THE DISCIPLES FAMILY
We like to keep it real around here. So here is the scoop on who we are:
We’re a motley crew of dysfunctional people. We’re trying to figure this Christian life out and we mess up often. We’re learning to think of others above ourselves and it takes practice. Someone will probably hurt you or offend you, but not intentionally. We are not perfect, but we’re being perfected. Please be patient!
We have people experiencing crisis, serious health issues, financial ruin, wayward children, addictions, and death of loved ones….that’s just the beginning. We have new believers and mature believers navigating as best they can, stepping on toes along the way. We turn it into a dance of grace. There’s a lot of baggage, wounds, and sins that people bring with them, we don’t have you check your baggage at the door – we encourage you to bring it in – it’s what Jesus did! We love to watch as Christ gently removes the unnecessary and burdensome baggage and replaces it with His truth.
It may get messy (actually, it will), it will be uncomfortable, but Jesus died to expose the mess so that HE could clean it up….it’s His great pleasure! We believe the Gospel is the power of God in our midst bringing salvation and restoration to everyone who believes! It’s what the abundant life is all about (John 10:10) So, please bear with us! Be willing to get messy without getting wounded. It requires thicker skin, abundant mercy, humility, surrender and people who won’t give up when the going gets tough.
The bottom line is we love Jesus! We are devoted to Him! LOVE is our foundation and we cling to the cross! We cling because if not, we’d be a hopeless mess! We’re quick to forgive, because we recognize Jesus has forgiven the inexcusable in us! Some may find forgiveness hard, but we believe it’s the foundation of freedom in Christ.
If you feel tired, broken, and empty, if shame and condemnation weigh heavy, if you have skeletons in your closet, join us! If you don’t know about the Bible or Jesus, join us! If you know about the Bible and Jesus but want more, join us! If you have a feeble prayer life and a shallow faith, join us!
You probably won’t fit in if you think you have it all together. If you don’t, join us! Come as you are, bring your baggage and stay a while!
Meet Our Team
Pastor- Tyson Hilton
Thanks for visiting. I hope we get to meet soon. Till then, I’ll share a little about myself.
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, a husband of 18 years, father to a 16 year old daughter, church planter & pastor, business executive, golf loving, 49er Fan, who hopes to one day hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
My greatest desire is to shepherd and disciple people so they see and experience the abundant life Christ offered (John 10:10). My ultimate passion is rooted in the fact that Jesus is living and active in our midst. We’re called to be a light in the darkness. His Kingdom is advancing and He uses us broken folk to share His good news and represent. Regardless of your history, education, or job, you are God’s Royal Priesthood destined to change the world…right where you are. I’ve served as Men’s pastor, community pastor and led the charge to develop and launch a satellite church where I served as campus pastor.
Prior to this, I spent almost 20 years in a professional career including VP of Sales and Operations for both corporate and start-up environments. My years in both business and church helped develop a passion to connect individuals with the mission of God within their everyday lives. I have a B.A. degree in Political Science and is pursing an M.A. degree in Biblical and Theological Studies.
I live in Huntington Beach with my best-friend, and wife: Alicia. We’ve been married for 18 years and were blessed with an incredible teenage daughter who just started driving.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of men and the divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.
God the Father is the Sovereign Creator of heaven and earth. He freely choose to create all things by His Word and for His glory. He reigns over all and sustains all by His Word, accomplishing all of His plans perfectly. He is faithful to every promise and works all things out to His glory and for our good to those who love Him. God was pleased to show humanity immeasurable grace by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, in order to redeem us from our sin.
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man. Having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of majesty on high, He now is our high priest and advocate. We believe in the centrality of Jesus Christ in the life of the believer.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age, to convict, regenerate, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer to Truth for Godly living and service.
The Holy Trinity
We believe in one God creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God’s Glory, Man’s Fall
We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, as a result, lost and cut off from God. Only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe. Only those that receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God. We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, and in Christ alone for the glory of God alone.
Baptism & the Lord’s Supper
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the church in the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as a means of salvation.
The Universal Church
We believe the true Church is composed of all such people who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ, of which He is the head.
The Local Church
We believe only those who are members of the true Church are eligible for membership in the local church. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and head of the Church and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.
The Return of Christ
We believe in the personal and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and this “blessed hope” has a crucial bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting life and joy with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgment. The redeemed will spend eternity in heaven, in their glorified bodies, living and enjoying the presence of God forever.