Freshwater first opened its doors in the early 1930s as Wadsworth Alliance Church. With a passionate emphasis on Spirit-filled worship and seeking God's manifest presence, Freshwater has become known as a place where God shows up and meets with people in powerful and unforgettable ways.
We hope to see you on Sunday morning at our 8:45 or 10:30 service!
We exist to glorify God by…
by connecting to Him
by connecting to His family
by connecting to His mission
We strive to see disciples making disciples who bring transformation to the world through the presence and power of God.
"...when the water flows into the sea, the water will become fresh. And wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes."
Our leadership is committed to building a healthy and transparent culture by asking the Spirit to empower us in every moment of our lives to be:
We seek and submit to the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit
We live openly and honestly before God and people
We treat all people in ways that communicate that they matter and have worth
We advance God’s Kingdom in all aspects of life
Our Statement of Faith
There is one God (Deut. 6:4), Creator of all things (Rev. 4:11), who is infinitely perfect (Matt. 5:48), existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19).
Jesus Christ is the true God and true man (Phil. 2:6–11). He was sent by the Father (John 20:21), conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary (Luke 1:34–38). He died on the cross, the Just for the unjust (1 Pet. 3:18), as a substitutionary sacrifice (Heb. 2:9), and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood (Rom. 5:9). He rose from the dead according to the Scriptures (1 Cor. 15:3–4). He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on high as our great High Priest (Heb. 8:1). He will come again to establish His Kingdom of righteousness and peace (Isa. 9:6–7).
The Holy Spirit is a divine person (John 14:16–18), sent to indwell, guide, teach, gift, empower, and bear His fruit in every believer (John 16:13; 1 Cor. 12:4, 11; Acts 1:8; Gal. 5:22–23). He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:7–11).
The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for our salvation. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice (2 Pet. 1:20–21; 2 Tim. 3:15–17).
Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:27): he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature (Rom. 3:23), are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:20–23). The portion of the impenitent and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment (Rev. 21:8); and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss (Rev. 21:1–4).
Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all people (1 John 2:2). Those who repent and believe in Him are justified by grace through faith (Rom. 3:21–24), born again of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4–7), delivered from the dominion of darkness, transferred into the Kingdom of God’s Son (Col. 1:13), granted the gift of eternal life, and adopted as the children of God (Rom. 8:14–16; John 1:12).
It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly (1 Thess. 5:23), being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service (Acts 1:8). This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion (Rom. 6:1–14).
Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the whole person (Isa. 53:4–5; Matt. 8:16–17). Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures (James 5:13–16) as privileges for the Church in this present age (Acts 4:30).
The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church (Eph. 1:22–23), which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations (Matt. 28:19–20). The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:41–47).
There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life (1 Cor. 15:20–23); for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment (John 5:28–29).
The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent (Heb. 10:37) and will be personal, visible, and premillennial (Luke 21:27). This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service (Titus 2:11–14).
Visit cmalliance.org to learn more about the mission and beliefs of our denomination, the Christian & Missionary Alliance.
Our Operating Principles
- We will lead people to a place of freedom – freedom from the bondage of their past, addiction, sin, sickness, and fear.
- We will facilitate environments where people can find and maintain biblical wholeness spiritually, physically, emotionally, relationally, and mentally.
- John 14:12-14, James 5:13-20
- See: Freedom Ministry
- We will provide regular opportunities for our people to be involved in missions.
- We will be involved in missions work locally, regionally, and globally.
- We are committed to releasing and sending people as God calls them.
- Acts 1:8, Romans 10:14-17, Matthew 28:16-20
- See: Mission Team
- We will provide environments where people can worship in the manifest presence of God (Expectation without agenda).
- We will worship God in spirit and in Truth.
- Romans 12:1-2, John 4:21-24, Hebrews 12:28-29
- We will identify, develop and empower new leaders across all generations.
- We will call current leaders towards continued growth and development.
- We will provide an environments for emerging leaders to gain experience and mentoring.
- Proverbs 11:14, Titus 2:1-15
- We will provide environments to lead new people from the front door into the family.
- We will provide opportunities for the Freshwater family to be invited into authenticity and transparency.
- Acts 2:41-47, Hebrews 10:19-25
- See: Community Groups
- We call people to a lifestyle of sacrificial service through love and obedience (not volunteerism).
- We will regularly champion serving as a critical component of being a Christ-follower and being in a church family.
- We will help people know and use their spiritual gifts for building God’s kingdom.
- We will value people over production.
- Matthew 5:16, Philippians 2:4, I Peter 4:10, Ephesians 4:11-13
- See: Serving at Freshwater
- We will do everything through prayer (Phil 4).
- We will teach, model, and create opportunities for people to pray earnestly (James 5).
- We will emphasize big faith (Matthew 21).
- I Thessalonians 5:16-18, Philippians 4:6, Matthew 21: 21-22
- We will be discipled.
- We will be disciple makers.
- We will teach, model, and create environments where disciples are making disciples (program).
- We will lead people in the pathway from conversion to glory.
- Exploring Christ, growing in Christ, close to Christ, and Christ Centered
- Romans 10:14-17, John 8:31-38, Matthew 28:16-20, Colossians 1:28-29, II Timothy 2:1-2
- We will pursue understanding the times and do what we need to do. (I Chron. 12:32)
- We are committed to reaching the emerging generations.
- We will establish a model of ministry that is able to pivot quickly.
- We will not be bound by traditionalism.
- I Chronicles 12:32, Matthew 7:1-23