Twin Falls

Responding To Muslims

How does the gospel motivate us to respond to Muslims? This is an extremely important question, and we're excited to have Samy Tanagho join us to help answer it. 

Samy was born and raised in Egypt, and has ministered to Muslim people groups for over 30 years. It's his love for Jesus that has motivated him to spend his life serving Muslims, and equipping the church to do the same. Samy is the founder of Glad News Ministries, and has also written the book, Glad News! God Loves You My Muslim Friend. Through his years of ministry, he has seen Jesus change lives in remarkable ways. 

We're happy to have partnered with Calvary Chapel Buhl in bringing this seminar to Twin Falls. Our prayer is that Samy's teaching and experience will serve to equip the church in loving and serving Muslims as God continues to afford us the opportunity to have them as our neighbors. Samy's teaching will help to dispel the many fears that people in our city have, teach us to see Muslim people as image bearers of God, and equip us to speak the good news of Jesus with wisdom and care. 

We hope you will join us.

The seminar is Sunday November 8th, at 5:30 p.m., at The Boys and Girls Club of the Magic Valley. Coffee will be provided by Twin Beans Coffee Co. and desserts will be served as well. 

If you have any questions, please visit our Connect page. You can also check us out on Facebook

Christ is all!   

The Value Of The Church Gathered

In Taproot Church, we gather every Sunday morning to worship Jesus, sit under the preaching of God's word, and be equipped for the work of ministry in everyday life.

We also gather in Gospel Communities (GC's). GC's are small groups of people, joined by the gospel, pursuing the renewal and redemption of their community together for the purpose of being discipled and making disciples of Jesus.

The Sunday Gathering and Gospel Communities are invaluable pieces to the ministry and mission of Taproot Church. These are two of the primary ways in which we're able to press into the reason for our existence, which is to know Jesus and make him known.

Below are some reasons why we value these gatherings the way we do.

1. It's biblical. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." The early church valued the gathering of the saints to the point that correction was necessary if there was a neglecting of it. It was in the context of the church gathered that people were encouraged in the midst of all that is difficult in this life. 

2. It reflects God. The God of the bible is Triune. This means that he has existed in perfect community for all eternity. Being his image bearers, we long for this kind of community, but sin has distorted it. Now, instead of enjoying the presence of God and others, we would rather hide (Genesis 1:8). In the finished work of Jesus, the type of community we see in God is restored to his church, and we reflect that to the world. "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35).

3. Discipleship. The commission of Jesus to his disciples is to make disciples. A disciple is a follower of Jesus. Discipleship is the process of learning how to follow Jesus. This does not happen alone. It also doesn't happen in the context of a one and a half hour service on Sunday mornings (though this is vital). Discipleship is the process of a lifetime and it's greatest value comes when we are gathered with others who are learning how to follow Jesus along with us. It's in the context of the gathered saints where our weaknesses and sins are revealed, and it's in these gatherings where we are most likely to be pointed to Jesus. Proverbs says, "Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgement" (Proverbs 18:1). Living life in this type of community is often not easy, but it's always worth it.

4. Equipping and maturity. Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, saying, "And God gave the apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood" (Ephesians 4:11-13). Paul is not talking about offices in the church, but gifting. In other words, there are those in the church who still operate in this APEST model of gifting, and they've been given these gifts for the equipping of the saints. (We'll talk more about APEST another time). Furthermore, the hope in this is that the saints would reach maturity in Christ, that is, that all followers of Jesus would know Jesus more fully, and realize their value in the gathering of the church. If left to a small group of people or one "dynamic" preaching pastor, the local church is sure to never see real maturity. This isn't always the case, but often it is. We are equipped and we mature when we gather and are equipped through the gifting of many. 

5. Whole body ministry. The church is referred to as a body (1 Corinthians 12), which requires all parts in order to function well. Often, there are several parts of the body which are neglected or not used at all, but when the church places value in the gathering of the church, the whole body is included in ministry. This is why our Sunday gatherings are not referred to as services. The goal of the Sunday morning gathering is not simply to serve you, but to serve you by equipping you, helping you to see that you are a vital part of the ministry of the church. You are then equipped to go out and serve not only in the local church, but in your city, neighborhood, workplace, schools, etc. In this, you are doing the work of ministry in your everyday life.

6. To be sent. When saints are equipped, saints are sure to be sent. This is a difficult but beautiful part of being the church. The work we do is in hopes that more would come to know, follow Jesus, and be gathered with Jesus' Church. This happens as people are sent.

7. Worship. The final thing I want to say about the gathering of the church is that it's an act of worship to King Jesus. He paid the price for our sins on the cross, rose victoriously from the grave, and is alive and well, ruling and reigning at the right hand of God today! All this is for the church. Jesus loves his church. We are his bride, and no matter how messed up we tend to be, he sees us as perfect, beautiful, and holy! When we gather, we do so because of the love and finished work of Jesus. 

Christ is all!

Pastor Mike   

Why We're Planting A New Church In Twin Falls

One of the most frequently asked questions I've received since moving to Twin Falls to plant a new church is....Why? That question is then followed by a small series of questions: Why Twin Falls? Why another church? Doesn't Twin Falls already have enough churches?

So I thought I'd share some of our primary reasons for planting a new church in this city.

1. It's biblical

I'm not going to take the time to quote every passage in the bible that talks about church planting, but it is clear as you read the New Testament, that planting new churches is of primary importance. The entire book of Acts is devoted to showing us the result of the Holy Spirit working in the lives of Christ-followers. That result was the church spreading throughout the entire world. In particular, Acts 13 and 14 tells us about the first missionary journey of Paul and Barnabas. What did they do? They preached the gospel. What was the result? Churches were planted. Beyond the book of Acts, the rest of the New Testament is written to churches. How did those churches get there? People went into cities, preached the gospel, gathered believers, and established churches.

This is a cycle that's never to end until the return of Jesus.  

2. Calling

Our second reason for moving here was calling. First, we couldn't stop a couple of people from literally calling us on the phone, asking us to plant a church here. Second, we simply couldn't get around the fact that God was stirring our hearts to move to this city. I'll admit, it wasn't our first choice. Many people, when they ask, "why Twin Falls," usually ask with a tone of why in the heck would you do that? And I get the tone. There isn't much that's inherently exciting about Twin Falls. But this doesn't mean we ditch the call of God for something a little more sexy. We knew that if we ignored this calling, we'd be just like Jonah. I don't think we would have been eaten by a whale (though I suppose something like that could have happened) but we certainly would have been fleeing what we knew God wanted us to do.

3. We love Twin Falls

Our third reason for planting a church here is that we love the city. That's right. We love Twin Falls. We find her to be truly beautiful. This isn't the view we always had. Abby and I grew up here. I graduated from Twin Falls High School (go Bruins!). Most of our lives were lived in Twin Falls. And when we left for Seattle, we never imagined moving back (as with most who leave this city). But in the midst of God calling us back to this city, he was also breaking our hearts for her. We were able to look at Twin Falls, not as where we grew up or a city lacking in excitement, fun, and life, but as a city that God loves. I think we could say that he's been giving us his eyes for the people here. Furthermore, he has established a core group with the same heart.

Taproot Church Twin Falls loves Twin Falls! 

4. Twin Falls needs more churches

This point is a little difficult to tackle because it seems to mostly be a matter of opinion and perspective. (Or is it?) It's true that Twin Falls has a lot of churches (there's at least a lot of church buildings). But just because it seems like there's a lot of churches at first glance, doesn't mean we don't need new ones. 

Prior to moving to Twin Falls, I had a conversation with someone about the spiritual health of the city. That person told me Twin Falls is one of the most spiritually healthy places they knew. They then emphatically told me, "Twin Falls doesn't need more churches!" Now, I don't have exact numbers to tell me whether this city is spiritually healthy or not, but I wholeheartedly disagree. In fact, one of the continual story lines I've heard and seen since moving here is that the city is broken. And though there may be many here living lives filled with religion and good morals, many of these are far from Jesus. Furthermore, over half of the population of Twin Falls has no association with any religion at all. Some might conclude that's good enough, but I think we should keep preaching the gospel and planting churches until all are followers of Jesus or until he returns.

Timothy Keller is one of the greatest thinkers I know on why we need to continue planting churches in cities. Listen to the excerpt from his book Center Church.

The way to grow the number of Christians in a city is not mainly through church renewal but through church planting. When stagnant churches go through a renewal phase and begin to grow, it is typically through transfer growth from other churches. Strong programs attract believers who are suffering under poor preaching, poor discipleship offerings, or other signs of unhealthy discipleship elsewhere. But even older renewed churches cannot integrate unchurched persons like a new congregation can. Studies confirm that the average new church gains one-third to two-thirds of its new members form the ranks of people who are not attending any worshiping body, while churches over ten to fifteen years of age gain 80 to 90 percent of new members by transfer growth from other congregations. The average new congregation, then, will bring new people into the life of the body of Christ at six to eight times the rate of an older congregation of the same size. 

Keller goes on to say...

So how many churches does your city need? The reality is that churches are institutions. Some of them endure because they are continually revitalized, but all of them lose some flexibility; many of them stagnate for long periods between revitalizations, and a certain percentage die every year. We have seen, then, that it requires at least modest church planting in a city just to keep the body of Christ from steadily declining, and aggressive church planting is needed to grow the whole body–meaning ten to twenty relatively new churches in relation to every hundred existing churches...Studies and anecdotal evidence indicate that if there is one church per ten thousand residents, approximately 1 percent of the population will be churchgoers. If this ratio goes to one church per one thousand residents, some 15 to 20 percent of the city's population goes to church. If the number goes to one per five hundred residents, the number may approach 40 percent or more. The relationship of the number of churches to churchgoing people is exponential, not linear. We should not, then, simply aim to maintain the church's traditional place in a city or society. We long to see Christianity grow exponentially in conversions, churches, and influence in our city. While it requires many kinds of ministries to achieve this outcome, aggressive church planting is the trigger for them all.*

In his book Planting Missional Churches, Ed Stetzer writes, "C. Peter Wagner asserts, 'The single most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven is planting new churches.' That's because church plants can often engage persons within the lost culture in a way that established churches cannot or will not.** 

All that being said, I, in agreement with the above quotes, believe the single most effective way for more to be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ is through planting more churches. Taproot Church Twin Falls does not believe she is the end all be all of churches in Twin Falls. We're praying earnestly to plant more churches in Twin Falls, the Magic Valley, and beyond. As long as people aren't following Jesus (being discipled) we're going to labor to plant more churches.

5. Why Not?

Our fifth reason may seem simplistic, but think about it. Why not? Does it really hurt the city of Twin Falls and the Magic Valley to have one more church added to the list? I certainly hope and pray not. In fact, our prayer is to be a church to this city and valley, that if we were gone, we'd be missed. As much as possible, we will pour our resources into the flourishing of this city because we are here in the city for the city.

6. To know Jesus and make him known

Our final reason is the most important. It's why Taproot Church Twin Falls exists. In all we do, we want to know Jesus more and make him more known to the city around us. If at any point we've missed Jesus, then I agree it's unhelpful for us to be here. But all we do is because Jesus lived the perfect life we couldn't, died the death we should have, and rose victoriously from the grave reversing the curse of sin, death, and hell. In this, Jesus makes a way for all humanity to be reconciled (made right), into a right relationship with the God of the universe. We want as many as possible to hear this amazing good news.

There are many more reasons I could add to the list, but I think the above six sum it up well. I'd invite you to pray for us, join us, or even challenge our existence if you'd like, but in the end, Jesus the King is ruling and reigning, and because of this reality, we're here to preach the gospel and plant churches that will lift his name high.  

* Quoted from Center Church by Timothy Keller. Page 359 and 362.

** Quoted from Planting Missional Churches by Ed Stetzer. Page 33.

Welcome

Hi! Welcome to the Taproot Church Twin Falls website. We're excited to launch this new resource and we're glad you've found us.

Taproot Church Twin Falls is a new gospel-centered church plant in the city of Twin Falls, Idaho. We exist to know Jesus and make him known. We do this as we preach Jesus, make disciples, and send. We love this city and are praying and working for it's flourishing and constant renewal. 

It is our prayer for you–whether you've been following Jesus your whole life, have just begun, or are still sojourning and asking who Jesus is–that the content you find here is helpful. As we continue to establish, we hope to see more content and resources added to further help and equip you in your process of learning about and knowing Jesus.

We encourage you to take a look around, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Thanks for visiting.