Westbrook’s beliefs are in the mainstream of churches that consider the Bible to be the ultimate authority for faith and life. Simply stated they are:
- God is bigger and better than we can imagine and yet He desires to have a personal relationship with us.
- The Bible is God’s perfect guidebook for us.
- Jesus is God showing Himself to us.
- God lives in and through His followers today through the Holy Spirit.
- Grace is the only way to have a relationship with God.
- Faith is how we begin and develop a growing relationship with God.
- God works through all things, including difficulties in the lives of those who follow Him.
- Heaven and hell are real places. Death is a beginning, not the end.
- The church exists to increase the reputation of God and to serve people, just as Jesus served people.
- Jesus is coming again.
For a more complete statement of Westbrook’s core beliefs, including Bible verses, see below.
We believe that the Bible is the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God, inerrant in its original manuscripts. The Bible is our supreme and final authority in faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1, 3; 4:24; Acts 5:3, 4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4:5-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13)
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God, and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and become guilty sinners in thought, word, and deed. (Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-24; Romans 3:25; 5:12-18; 1 John 1:8)
We believe that the Lord Jesus died for our sins according to the scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; that He rose victorious from the grave on the third day; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. (Isaiah 53; Matthew 20:28; John 3:16; Romans 3:24-26; 5:1; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 2:2; Matthew 28:6; Romans 10:9; and 1 Corinthians 15:14)
We believe in the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
We believe that all who come by grace through faith to accept the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. (John 3:3, 5; 1:12-13; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23; Ephesians 2:8-9)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting joy of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. (John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:4-6; 11-15)
We believe that all Christians are baptized by the Holy Spirit when they are born again. We believe that water baptism by immersion is the biblical testimony of the professed believer in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:28-41,47; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:36-40; 10:47; 18:8; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 12:13)
We believe that born again believers walking in fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ should participate in the Lord’s supper. (Acts 2:42-46; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)
We believe that as Christians we are to meet together regularly for worship, ordinances, and the encouragement of each other. (Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:42, 46-47a.)
Kevin Sharpe has been in ministry for over 20 years working in the areas of youth, small groups, outreach, missions and adult discipleship. Kevin spent three years on staff at Westwood Community Church prior to helping birth Westbrook Community Church. These years in ministry convinced Kevin that when church is done right it is the greatest organization in the world. Unfortunately, the opposite has been a painful experience for many as well. Westwood was one of those ‘incredible’ experiences for Kevin and it was great to be on staff there. God is using Westwood to reach people in great ways…and we need more churches like it.
Practically speaking, there aren’t enough churches to minister to the growing suburban neighborhoods we now live in. Dave Olson, author of the book, The American Church in Crisis, says that between 1990 and 2000 there were 3200 churches a year that closed their doors, while 3600 churches started each year, for a net gain of 400 churches a year. Sounds great, right? But Olson points out that in order to keep up with growth, we should have planted 39,000 churches in that same time. More churches are needed.
Westbrook’s journey started with Kevin’s vision to take what is happening at Westwood and recreate it at a new church; married with Westwood Community Church Pastor – Joel Johnson’s vision to plant churches or satellite locations around Westwood. The timeline started with a church launching in early 2011, possibly in the Minnetonka lakes area (Minnetrista, Mound, Spring Park). The Lord’s plan, however, formed around a church along the 212 corridor south and west of Chaska, opening its doors in the Fall of 2011.
After searching for the best location to serve the church, Westbrook Community Church held its’ first service on September 18, 2011 at Clover Ridge Elementary School. In the fall of 2014, Westbrook made the move (just one mile away from Clover Ridge) to Southwest Christian High School in response to ministry expansion.
Future plans include a permanent building location further west to serve the growing communities of Carver, Cologne, Waconia, Victoria and west Chaska.