Taproot Church exists to know Jesus and make Him known. We exist to know Jesus because He has made Himself known to us and He is the only one who will truly satisfy our deepest needs and longings. We exist to make Him known because, after knowing Him, the only thing we’ll really want to do is make Him known in the everyday details of our lives.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who know, love, and glorify one another. This one true and living God is worthy to receive all glory and adoration.
We believe that God has inspired the words of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. These writings alone constitute the Word of God, utterly authoritative, without error in the original writings, complete in its revelation of his will for salvation, sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do.
We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in his own image. Men and women, equally made in the image of God, enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus and are both called to significant engagement in family, church, and civic life.
We believe that Adam, made in the image of God, distorted that image and forfeited his original blessedness – for himself and all his progeny – by falling into sin through Satan's temptation. As a result, all human beings are alienated from God, corrupted in every aspect of their being and condemned to death-apart from God's own gracious intervention.
We believe that from all eternity God determined in grace to save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe and language and people and nation, and to this end he foreknew them and chose them, all to the praise of his glorious grace. In love God commands and implores all people to repent and believe, having set his saving love on those he has chosen and having ordained Christ to be their Redeemer.
We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ – God's very wisdom. Utter folly to the world, even though it is the power of God to those who are being saved, this good news centers on the cross and resurrection of Christ.
We believe that, moved by love, the Word became flesh, fully God and fully human being, one Person in two natures. The man Jesus, the promised Messiah of Israel, was conceived through the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified, rose on the third day and ascended into heaven as our representative and substitute. On the cross he canceled the debt of sin and reconciled to God all those who believe. By his resurrection Christ Jesus was vindicated by his Father, broke the power of death, defeated Satan, and brought everlasting life to all his people. By his ascension he has been forever exalted as Lord and has prepared a place for us to be with him. We believe that salvation is found in no one else.
We believe that Christ, by his obedience and death, fully discharged the debt of all those who are justified. By his sacrifice, he bore in our stead the punishment due us for our sins. By his perfect obedience, he satisfied the just demands of God on our behalf, since by faith alone that perfect obedience is credited to all who trust in Christ alone for their acceptance with God.
We believe that this salvation is applied to his people by the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ and, as "another Helper," is present with and in believers. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and by his powerful and mysterious work regenerates spiritually dead sinners, awakening them to repentance and faith, baptizing them into union with the Lord Jesus.
We believe that those who have been saved by the grace of God through union with Christ by faith and through regeneration by the Holy Spirit enter the kingdom of God and delight in the blessings of the new covenant. Good works constitute indispensable evidence of saving grace. Living as salt in a decaying world and light in a dark world, believers should neither withdraw into seclusion from the world nor become indistinguishable from it. Rather, we are to do good to the city, for all the glory and honor of the nations is to be offered up to the living God.
We believe that God's new covenant people is manifest in local churches of which Christ is the only Head. The church is distinguished by her gospel message, her sacred ordinances, her discipline, her great mission, and, above all, by her love for God, and by her members' love for one another and for the world.
We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordained by the Lord Jesus himself. The former is connected with entrance into the new covenant community, the latter with ongoing covenant renewal. They are God's pledge to us and our public submission to Christ.
We believe in the glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ and in the resurrection of both the just and the unjust-the unjust to eternal conscious punishment in hell and the just to eternal blessedness in the presence of him who sits on the throne and of the Lamb. On that day the church will be presented faultless before God by Christ, and his people will be enthralled by the immediacy of his ineffable holiness, and everything will be to the praise of his glorious grace.
Taproot Church has five core values:
The Bible consists of 66 books–39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. We believe that every single one of these books is the authoritative word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). These words are not merely words on pages; they are living, active, and sufficient to convict and convince humanity of their need for God (Hebrews 4:12-13). In Taproot, the authoritative word of God is the foundation for who we are and what we do.
We believe that Jesus, the eternal Son of God, was born into human history as a humble servant to become the Lord and Savior of all peoples. Jesus did this by living the perfect life that you and I could not, dying the death that you and I should have, and rising from a grave after three days to defeat Satan, sin, death, and Hell. He is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, ruling and reigning as the true and great king of the universe.
By doing all this, Jesus has earned the salvation that you and I never could on our own. In other words, we don’t work hard to be really good people in order to earn God’s love. Rather, we’re saved by grace alone through faith alone in the finished work of Jesus Christ alone!
In Christ, you are loved by God the Father in the exact same way He loves Jesus! In Christ, your relationship with God is made right. In Christ, there is nothing that can separate you from the love of God.
Though the Christian life is one of abundant joy, it is not easy. We truly believe we need all the help we can get. This help comes through the Holy Spirit and prayer.
As Jesus was preparing his disciples for his death, resurrection and ascension, he told them he would leave them with a Helper. That Helper is the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-17). For those whose faith is in Jesus, the same Holy Spirit dwells inside us that raised Jesus from the dead.
One of the greatest ways we express a joyful relationship with God and our dependence on him is through prayer. We believe that prayer matters–and God hears and answers them. As we pray, we express our need for the Holy Spirit to lead and establish our plans, not the other way around.
We believe that the local church should be beautifully simple. In Taproot, this means we focus on and try to do a few things well for the sake of making as many disciples of Jesus as possible. We don’t have a lot of “programs” or “ministries,” and we don’t busy ourselves inside of the four walls of a building. Instead, we seek to gather well and scatter well.
We gather every Sunday for the serious and joyful worship of God through singing songs and preaching the Bible. This is an incredibly important facet of who we are as a church and it should not be neglected (Hebrews 10:24-25).
We also gather in Home Groups. These are smaller families within the greater family of Taproot that gather in homes on Wednesday nights.
From our gathering points we are scattered into our city to make much of Jesus wherever we are. We believe we’re all disciples of Jesus who are to be making disciples of Jesus. This means that wherever God has you on a regular basis is your primary place of ministry and mission.
We love Twin Falls and we are a church who exists in this city for its flourishing. We believe we’re to live as God told his people in Jeremiah 29:4-7:
“Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”
As we exist to know Jesus and make him known in Twin Falls, we believe our city will be a place where human lives flourish.
Taproot Church Twin Falls was planted out of Taproot Church Burien. Church planting is in our DNA. We believe that one of the best ways for the gospel of Jesus to continue spreading throughout the world and for more disciples to be made is through the planting of more churches. Therefore, we are laboring to equip and send more leaders to plant churches in Twin Falls, the Magic Valley, all of Idaho, and beyond.
Taproot Church Twin Falls is also blessed to be a part of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and to have such gracious, supportive church families.