After serving for over a decade in one of the Valley’s original “mega-churches”, Dr. Steve Isaac was convinced that Christians need the immediacy of encouragement and strengthening through walking in close relationship with other believers. In the summer of 1999, Pastor Steve and a group of friends met in a local park to worship and pray together. The Reunion Church was born.
Today, the Reunion Church is a flourishing community of faith called to love God, teach His truth, and care for one another in fellowship, communion, and prayer.
As Senior Pastor of the community at Reunion, Dr. Steve Isaac continues to pursue a love of learning. He holds a doctoral degree in Theology and is passionate about accurate communication of God’s Word. He is an author, teacher, coach, and mentor to people from all ages and all walks of life.
Pastor Steve continues to pursue his calling to teach and grow relationships (with a non-religious agenda) while discovering a wonderful life together with others in Christ.
The desire to know Jesus and live the gospel comes alive in Pastor Steve’s conversational teaching style and strong “biblical and historical” content. His deepest passion is reading and writing, and His heart remains committed to the disenfranchised, wounded, and lesser-thans of society.
These days he views himself simply as “cura animurim” a “caretaker of the soul”, desiring above all to be faithful to the real message of Jesus, to his family, and to God’s people.
We are a community of believers who Love God and demonstrate this through our worship and faithfulness to Him.
We believe that the Bible is inspired of the Holy Spirit and is God’s order and authoritative truth for us.
We believe God has called us not only to Himself but to one another as well. At the Reunion Church, we are committed to encouraging and supporting each other in both spiritual and practical ways.
Because of this we hope that all who worship with us can find an open and welcome homeplace that will make a wonderful difference in their day to day life.
Every believer in Christ should know something about their faith and then be able to articulate what they believe. As Christians, it is important that we commit ourselves to the Bible and to time-tested Spirit-inspired truth. Because of this, the Reunion Church believes what Christians have at all times and all places have articulated, defended, and embraced for over 2,000 years as the essential biblical doctrines.
We believe this to be… Salvation is our conscious acceptance and confession of Jesus Christ the Son of God, as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9). In Christ we receive the God’s gift of eternal life (1 John 5:10-12). This process begins with repentance for the life we have all lived apart from Christ (1John 1:9). At that moment we are completely forgiven by God through Christ for how we have lived and we are made a new creation in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17)… this is called regeneration. Both salvation and regeneration come to us through Christ as a gift of God’s love and grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). We can not earn the gift of God’s love but we certainly believe that by His grace Christ will forever keep us in His love (John 11:25-26).
We believe this to be… We believe in water baptism for those who repent of their sins, and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. Baptism is a public witness of our new life in Christ, and is an outward sign of an inward work of God’s grace (Acts 2:38). We fully embrace the New Testament doctrine of “one Lord, one faith, and one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5). Jesus was baptized in obedience to God the Father at the Jordan river by John the Baptist, and so we encourage every believer who has the opportunity to be baptized in water – to do so in the name of our Lord (Matthew 3:.13-17).
We believe this to be… Sanctification is the life-long process of spiritual maturity in Christ, in which we learn to think like Jesus and live in the way He desires for us. To be sure it is the metamorphosis of our thoughts, words, and actions as they begin to resemble His character and reflect His presence (1 Thessalonians 4:7). Jesus said, “But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” But who on their own power can do that? The understanding of the sanctification and holiness process is revealed to us more through “our being” than solely through “our doing” (John 17:14-19). This means simply to focus each day on who we are becoming in Christ; and then is evidenced by a deeper commitment to the simplicity of our intentions and the purity of our affections (1Peter 1:13-16).
We believe this to be… In grace we are awakened to the central thing; we walk with God under his eye, confident that he is looking at us and searching our heart, our soul, and all that is within us (Hebrews 2:12-16). Discovering then, that in all he sees of us and all that He knows about us did not stop Him from loving or choosing us… that is grace (Romans 5:6-8). Bottom line is that we have all sinned and in that condition, we are lost and unacceptable to God (Romans 3:23). But, God’s love for us came to us in Jesus Christ His Son. Only in the goodness and kindness of Christ, we are made right and can find the way to God (Titus 3:4-7). So, by faith, we accept Christ’s forgiveness for the entirety of our sin. We believe that our sin’s debt is forever paid for by Christ giving His life on the cross for us. He stands in righteousness before God for us, so that we can without shame, freely come to God… that is justification (Romans 3:24).
We believe this to be… Christ promised the disciples that He would send to them a comforter when he left them (Luke 24:29). The fulfillment of that promise came to them on the “Day of Pentecost” in the upper room in Jerusalem. That day the Holy Spirit empowered them to spread the Gospel around the world. Today, we too, are filled with the Holy Spirit as evidenced by the nine “gifts of the Spirit” described in 1 Corinthians 12:1-13, which are given to us (the body of Christ) by God, as He wills (Hebrews 2:4). These gifts are given by God as a power for service and ministry of the gospel and as a sign to unbelievers. When the “gifts of the Spirit” are expressed through us and shared according to God’s will everyone is loved, built up, and encouraged. So the “gifts of the Holy Spirit” help equip believers to do the will of the God… to love Him and to love one another. We also believe that using and expressing “spiritual gifts” can only be validated by sincere evidence of the “fruit of the Spirit” active in the day to day life of the Christian believer (Galatians 5:20). Our understanding is that we serve people with “gifts of the Spirit”, and according to the scripture as our life faithfully displays the “fruit of the Spirit” we become a witness to a watching world of the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. And people are led by the Spirit to Christ and into the kingdom of God.
We believe this to be… The Scripture teaches us clearly that no one comes to the Father except through the Son (John 14:6), which is Jesus Christ. In fact, there is no other name under heaven (Christ) whereby a man can be saved. Having understood “access to God” to be only in Christ – then it is only logical to conclude that He alone is our redemption (Colossians 1:13-23). The second coming of Christ is the literal act and culmination of the redemption process. Christ comes for us to present us to the Father as His own. We fully embrace the idea of an actual second coming of Jesus Christ, and His gathering up and transformation of all those alive or dead who have believe in Him, as described in (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). In that same passage of John’s gospel, Christ says, “Don’t be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am (NLT).
We believe and accept this promise from Christ our Lord – as our own.
The Reunion Church embraces the biblical model of prayerfully appointing elders to provide spiritual leadership for the church. Descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of elders can be found in Acts 6:4, 15:6, 20:17, 28-31, 1 Timothy 5:17, 2 Timothy 3:13-17, Titus 1:7-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-2. The elders that lead our faith community are mature, faithful servants of our Lord who have answered the call to provide loving ministry to those who call the Reunion Church home.