DEFINITION OF VANGUARD
Avant garde, forerunner, a group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas, the foremost part of an advancing army.
Vanguard Church was birthed over 30 years ago in 1981 as a result of a move of the Holy Spirit in North Tonawanda. New believers and Spirit-filled Lutherans hungry for a place to allow God to freely move in their meetings joined together to form Community Christian Church.
Families have formed the core of our gathering and now those who originally founded the church have kids, grandkids, and even great-grandchildren building God’s kingdom through Vanguard Church today.
Vanguard continues to be a place for families to grow and thrive in freedom with the Spirit of God. We are a prophetic house of forerunners, centered on our heavenly Father’s plan of revival for every individual, home, and community.
Jesus came to restore us to the Father’s love, and to healthy relationships with the world around us. “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35
It is our desire to see God moving powerfully in every avenue of life, not just inside the church walls. We recognize and empower His calling for people in business, in education, in the arts, in government, in sports and entertainment, and every place where we as believers live.
What We Believe
There is only one true God who is the eternal King, Creator, and Redeemer of all that is. He is perfectly holy, just, loving and truthful. He has revealed Himself to be the eternally self-existent one being in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Bible in its original languages is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God.
Humankind was created in the image of God to know and enjoy Him yet we willfully rejected the Lordship and glory of God for which we were intended. Because of this, sickness, death, and judgment entered the world and now creation experiences the effects and consequences of sin.
The Lord Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin, Mary, lived a sinless life and is God’s Anointed One, empowered by the Holy Spirit to inaugurate God’s kingdom on earth. He was crucified for our sins, died, was buried, resurrected and ascended into heaven, and is now alive today in the presence of God the Father and in His people. He is “true God” and “true man.”
We are saved by God’s grace, through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Anyone can be restored to fellowship with God through repenting, believing and receiving Jesus as their Savior and Lord. The Holy Spirit, convicts, regenerates, justifies, and adopts us as we enter the kingdom of God as His sons and daughters.
In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live holy and minister supernaturally. The baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 1:4-8 and 2:4 is poured out on believers that they might have the power to be witnesses.
The victorious redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides freedom from the power of the enemy–sin, lies, sickness, and torment.
The Church consists of all who put their faith in Jesus Christ. He gave His church the ordinances of baptism and communion. The Church exists to carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ and further advance His kingdom by undoing the works of the enemy, preaching and living the good news of God’s love, and discipling the nations–baptizing and teaching them to love and obey God.
In the ever-increasing government of God and in the Blessed Hope, which is the glorious visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ for His overcoming bride–His church. Heaven and hell are real places. There will be a resurrection of the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting death.
Worship Pastor/Sozo Ministry
Dick & Marian Stilwell
Rob & Hadassa Bachellor
John & Katie Puscheck