cedarhome baptist church
 

What We Value

Celebrating the Gospel of Jesus

Faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is at the center of all we do at Cedarhome.  We desire to lean into the truths of the Gospel as we rely on Christ to work in and through us.  The goal of every sermon, Bible study, Sunday school lesson, community group, conversation, and prayer is not to make a big deal out of people or out of religion, but to make a big deal out of our crucified, resurrected, and reigning Lord Jesus!

Family-Friendly Atmosphere

We are thrilled to include people from every generation in our church family!  Rather than separating people according to age groups, we encourage multi-generational friendships and ministry.  Parents are welcome to keep their children with them during church services, so that they can worship together as a family. Many of our community groups are open to the whole family.  Whether you are one day old or 99 years old, we love you and value you!

Expository Preaching

Our Sunday morning sermons are not only based on the Bible, but also saturated with the Bible.  We preach the Bible exclusively, because the Bible is exclusively God’s Word.  To preach the Bible most accurately and helpfully, we tend to preach verse-by-verse through one book of the Bible at a time.  Preaching at Cedarhome is a time of worshiping Jesus together and exalting His great name!

Gracious Hospitality

We want to welcome and serve one another well, both on our church property and in our own homes.  We desire to exemplify a warm, welcoming atmosphere in which people are loved, valued, and safe.  We want to reach out to one another, to learn each other’s names, and to get to know each other over a beverage or meal.

Prayer

When we work, we work. When we pray, God works. Prayer, or talking to God, is a gift God has given us to know him personally and to request his power to be unleashed in our lives and the world around us. Whether we’re gathered together for a worship service, or we’re having coffee with a friend, we want to cover our time in prayer for God’s glory and for our blessing.


Gospel-Centered Community

Choosing to share a common life with other Christians is a vital part of following Jesus.  We want every person at Cedarhome to know others and to be known by others.  In addition to worshiping the Lord as a church family on Sunday mornings, we also strongly encourage people to attend a weekly community group, church-wide fellowship events, and to invest in discipleship relationships.


Gospel-Centered Discipleship

A disciple of Jesus is a person who has trusted in Jesus for eternal life and who is subsequently growing in a love for God and a love for others. The gospel guides the content of our discipleship, the form of our discipleship, and the attitude of our discipleship.  We do not seek to grow in Christ in order to earn His approval; rather, we believe that Christ earned God’s approval for us on the cross, and we now desire to obey God, because we love Him.


Gospel-Centered Service

Our Lord Jesus exemplifies what it means to serve others at great cost to oneself.  As disciples of Jesus, we want to serve others as Jesus has served us. Whether we’re cleaning the church, teaching Sunday school, playing a musical instrument, volunteering in the local schools, or serving at the soup kitchen, it is a joyful privilege to use our time and energy to serve the Lord by serving others.


Gospel-Centered Multiplication

We want to see God glorified and people blessed. We want to make disciples of Jesus who make more disciples of Jesus.  We want to make leaders who make more leaders.  We want to make community groups that make more community groups.  We want to reach our homes, neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces with the gospel of Jesus. 


Shepherd Leadership

In Scripture, God institutes two primary leadership offices in the local church: elders and deacons (1 Timothy 2-3).  The elders are the overseers or “shepherds” of the local church, and their duty is to know the flock, to feed the flock, to lead the flock, and to protect the flock in their care.


 

 

What We Believe

1. The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

2. The Trinity
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.

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

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

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

6. Regeneration
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.

7. The Church
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.

8. Christian Conduct
We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.

9. The Ordinances
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

10. Religious Liberty
We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.

11. Church Cooperation
We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary basis.

12. The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked.

(Adopted by the Baptist General Conference in 1951, reaffirmed in 1990 and amended in 1998.)

 Our church is led by elders and assisted by deacons, staff, and ministry teams.

Our Elders

Rob Buchanan

Jon Conley

Dan Hallock

Chris Maier

Dan Olson

Gary Williams

Our Deacons

Shea Alexander

Matt Daniels

Aleph Fackenthall

Eric Fuentes

Keith Hutsell

Dylan McFadden

Matt Mekelburg

Ray Warlick

Our Staff

Dan Hallock: Lead Pastor

Dylan McFadden: Worship Director

Kim Nelson: Cedarhome Kids Director

Julie Olson: Nursery Director

Julie Pearce: Secretary

Dan Mattson: Treasurer

Melissa Alexander: Bookkeeper

Membership

Covenant membership is a commitment to one another—a willing pledge to guard, care, submit, support, and minister together for the building up of our church body. Please download this file to learn more about membership at Cedarhome:

Covenant Membership Packet

Resources

This is a list of websites and books recommended by Pastor Dan.  While these resources have been selected because they are excellent in their respective topics, it’s still important to use discernment when using them.  The fact that a resource is included on this list does not mean that Cedarhome agrees with absolutely everything it says.

 

Websites

The Gospel Coalition: Hosts many blogs and resources available from pastors and scholars associated with one of our networks of churches.

Desiring God: Sermons, articles, and free books from the ministry of Dr. John Piper, former pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, a Converge Worldwide (BGC) church.

Got Questions: A very helpful site to ask questions about God, the Bible, and life from a biblical worldview.

Bible Gateway: Read the Bible for free in dozens of translations.  Also, free commentaries are available to explain passages of the Bible.

Redeemer: Blogs, sermons, and other resources from the ministry of Tim Keller.

Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation: Articles, videos, and resources on a variety of issues from a biblical perspective.

Be Thinking: A collection of articles and media related to understanding and defending the Christian faith.

Monergism: An archive of sermons, media, articles, websites, and free books written by Puritans and authors from a reformed perspective.

9Marks: A ministry that helps pastors and churches think biblically about churches and leadership.

The Joshua Project: An informational site about all the people groups on earth and the Church’s progress on reaching them with the Gospel of Jesus.

 

Books

Bibles

The ESV Study Bible

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible

 

Christianity 101

More Than a Carpenter by Joshua McDowell

Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem

The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones

 

Christian Living

Desiring God by John Piper

The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges

A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent

Future Grace by John Piper

Simplify Your Spiritual Life: Spiritual Disciplines for the Overwhelmed by Donald Whitney

Running Scared by Ed Welch

The Gospel for Real Life by Jerry Bridges

Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul

The Singing God: Feel the Passion God Has for You…Just the Way You Are by Sam Storms

The Mortification of Sin by John Owen

When I Don’t Desire God by John Piper

Resolving Everyday Conflict by Ken Sande

Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

Practical Religion by J.C. Ryle

Radical by David Platt

Openness Unhindered by Rosaria Butterfield

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions by Tim Chester

The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving by Randy Alcorn

 

Theology

Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem (shorter version of Systematic Theology)

Integrative Theology by Lewis and Demarest

The Unity of the Bible by Daniel Fuller

Finally Alive by John Piper

Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen

Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris

Preaching Christ from the Old Testament by Sidney Greidanus

 

Suffering and Forgiveness

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges

Choosing Forgiveness by Nancy DeMoss

Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb

How Long, Oh Lord? by D.A. Carson

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller

Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault by Justin Holcomb

Shame Interrupted by Ed Welch

When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper

Spiritual Depression by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

 

Understanding and Defending the Christian Faith (Apologetics)

The Reason for God by Tim Keller

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Geisler and Turek

The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig Blomberg

Christian Apologetics by Doug Groothuis

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Gregory Koukl

 

Prayer

Prayer by Tim Keller

A Praying Life by Paul Miller

Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels

 

Sharing Your Faith (Evangelism)

Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus by Mack Stiles

Speaking of Jesus by Mack Stiles

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer

God’s Love Compels Us: Taking the Gospel to the World by Carson and Nielson

Let the Nations be Glad by John Piper

 

Church

What is a Healthy Church? by Mark Dever

What is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile

Why We’re Not Emergent by DeYoung and Kluck

Why We Love the Church by DeYoung and Kluck

The Shepherd Leader by Tim Witmer

Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch

Total Church by Tim Chester

Everyday Church by Tim Chester

 

Church History

Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley

The Rise of Christianity by Rodney Stark

Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity by Mark Noll

All the Saints Adore Thee by Bruce Shelley

The Canon of Scripture by F.F. Bruce

 

Marriage

The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller

When Sinners Say “I Do” by Dave Harvey

This Momentary Marriage by John Piper

The Five Love Languages by Gary Smalley

 

Books for Men

Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle

Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes

Men of Courage by Larry Crabb

Finishing Strong by Steve Farrar

Point Man by Steve Farrar

King Me by Steve Farrar

 

Books for Women

Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney

Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full by Gloria Furman

Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper

 

Parenting

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

Gospel-Centered Family by Moll and Chester

Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson

The Strong-Willed Child by James Dobson

Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch

 

Books for Kids

The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Big Truths for Young Hearts by Bruce Ware

The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung

The Action Bible

The Action Bible Study Bible (ESV)

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

 

Books for Teens

Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris

Jesus Freaks by D.C. Talk

The Peacemaker for Teens by Ken Sande

Help! I’m a Student Leader by Doug Fields

Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

 

Biographies

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton

Charles Spurgeon Autobiography

Newton on the Christian Life by Tony Reinke

Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield

A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot

Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper

Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper

Contending for Our All (Athanasius, John Owen, and J. Gresham Machen) by John Piper

Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ (William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John Paton) by John Piper

George Whitefield by Arnold Dallimore

Lloyd-Jones: Messenger of Grace by Iain Murray

The Hidden Smile of God (John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd) by John Piper

The Journals of Jim Elliot by Elisabeth Elliot

The Forgotten Spurgeon by Iain Murray