Christians in Kalispell

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Aletheia Christian Fellowship,   Bethel Baptist Church-GARBC,   Bethlehem Lutheran Church- ELCA,   Bible Baptist Church,   Bible Presbyterian Church,   Calvary Chapel,   Calvary Lutheran Church-ELCA,   Central Bible Church,   Christ Church Episcopal,   Canvas Church,   Community Congregational Church- UCC,   Easthaven Baptist Church- SBC,   Epworth United Methodist Church,   Faith Alliance Church,   Faith Baptist Church,   Faith Covenant Presbyterian Church- PCA,   Faith Free Lutheran Church- AFLC,   Family Life Christian Church,   First Baptist Church-GARBC,   First Church of the Nazarene ,   First Presbyterian Church of Kalispell,   Flathead Valley Cowboy Church,   Fresh Life Church,   Glacier Church,   Gospel Light,   Grace Church,   Kalispell Church of Christ,   Kalispell Foursquare Church,   Mountain View Mennonite Church,   Hope Church,   New Life Center,   Northridge Lutheran Church- ELCA,   Rocky Mountain Baptist Church,   Salvation Army Church,   Seventh-Day Adventist Church,   Stillwater Free Lutheran Church,   The River,   Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church,   Valley Community Church of God,   Valley Victory Church,   Word Of Life Christian Center

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The list above, although probably incomplete, is the churches in Kalispell comprised of many true Christians.  We consider these assemblies  useful to the Lord and encourage anyone to meet with these believers as you are led by the Lord.  It could be that you have wondered what these churches have in common, and what makes these Kalispell churches different from one another.   It may come as a surprise to you, but there are many truth claims that all Christians agree about.  All the churches in Kalispell, if they are assemblies* of true believers in Jesus Christ (or the Messiah) have Him in common, and essential beliefs or truths in common.  These essential truths are what we refer to as our common Christian Faith and together with the person of Jesus our Lord are a uniting basis that all Christians in Kalispell can stand on.

    What about the differences?  There are no two Christians that are exactly alike- they have different functions, are different colors, have different backgrounds, and even have different interpretational opinions on what the Bible says.  Some of these differences are things we cannot change or keep covered, and these are not improper.  There is one characteristic, the meeting location for example, that can never be permanently common for practical reasons, although it would be great if we could meet together once in a while to remember the Lord’s supper together.  Unfortunately when Christians focus on their interpretational differences, insisting that all who they meet with support a certain opinion, it usually causes practical division.  Insisting on our preferences- what kind of music we like for example, also causes practical division.  These are reasons why there are so many denominations of Christianity.   It may be that the local assemblies have some unity within their group, but the fact remains that the different groups within greater Christianity are sects and are practically divided from the rest of the Christians living in Kalispell.  While some Christians may consider practical unity outside particular assemblies not important or even possible, we feel that 1 Corinthians 1:2; 1:10-13 addresses all the believers in Corinth, not just those in a particular assembly- the exhortation still applies today.

 We realize that we will always have denominations and improper differences before the Lord comes back, but regardless many of us are seeking more change in a positive direction.  Is more movement toward genuine practical unity possible?  We strongly believe the answer is yes and we believe this is encouraged by limiting the basis of the assembly to the common Christian Faith alone- on the foundation of Jesus our Lord God, Savior, and King.  We then have the freedom to leave the study of the many differing interpretational opinions of doctrine to our personal study time.  This practice gives us the encouragement to minimize the improper distinctions we have among ourselves (Acts 15:9 - Romans 3:22; 10:12 - 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 - James 2:4), and enjoy speaking the same thing with all genuine Christians in our meetings (Romans 12:16 - 1 Corinthians 1:10 - 2 Corinthians 13:11 - Philippians 2:2; 4:2). 

    The many assemblies (including us) in Kalispell can never be the church in Kalispell on their own, but each genuine believer and any group of genuine believers collectively are a part of the church in Kalispell.  In this spiritual sense, all Christians are already united in our Lord- this truth must never be forgotten as it is the key to our practical unity.  This is our desire,  to see the spiritual reality of our unity in Christ have a greater impact on our practical unity.  In seeking practical Christian unity, we cannot encourage all assemblies in Kalispell to be conformed to an image that man invents, or dilute our common Christian Faith to relativism or ambiguously defined religion, but we can encourage believers to stand together on our common ground.  Pray that all of His believers will be open to the Lord’s separating of our human traditions and opinions from what He desires the church in Kalispell to be.  Pray with us that the Lord’s believers in Kalispell will be willing to allow  Him to deal with our spiritual pride and give us a burden to “keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3), with all His believers in Kalispell.  We rejoice in the ground the Lord will clear to have a strong testimony of Christian unity in Kalispell.

Consider the following verses and how they apply to assemblies of Christians today:

Be of the same mind toward one another.  Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.  Do not be wise in your own opinion.  (Romans 12:16 NKJV)

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave or free, there is neither male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28 NKJV)

Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.”   Is Christ divided?   Was Paul crucified for you?   Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? (1 Corinthians 1:12,13 NKJV)

In closing, we would like to submit an idea for your consideration.  Imagine if all the true believers in Kalispell churches were simply known as Christians- Christians in Kalispell meeting on “A” street, Christians in Kalispell meeting on “B” street, etc.  We realize that our unity has to be much deeper than a name, but perhaps our name or description could be a testimony of a deeper reality that all genuine Christians are in the same body of Christ.   Some would argue that this is unification- or man made organization.  We would say, "yes it could be, but it would not have to be- maybe it would help".  We'll have to let you decide for yourself.  We challenge all Christians everywhere, including ourselves to be open to change in regard to how we meet together.  We accept all Christians as fellow members of His one body, and recognize that God uses ways of meeting together other than what we promote, so if you are at peace with God in how you meet we say amen.

Footnotes section

We do not claim that our list above of the Churches in Kalispell includes every Christian assembly or congregation meeting in Kalispell Montana.  It is not, nor should it be used as basis for the exercising of spiritual judgment.  The list was compiled using public information that we know is incomplete.  Assemblies on the list were not asked to be included and were not notified if they were excluded.  If you represent an assembly and would like to be on the list, or would like to be removed from the list, please contact us. We will consider requests to be included according to the criteria below.  Any request to be removed from the list will be honored as soon as time permits.  

The assemblies on the list may or may not agree with our practical points or other views expressed on this site.

The list was compiled using the following criteria:
 - The assembly has a Kalispell phone number or meets in the Kalispell area as defined by phone number.
 - The assembly appears to affirm the beliefs of the Common Christian Faith, as we have shared it, according to public statements associated with the assembly.

* We prefer to use the word assembly instead of “church” since the church in Kalispell is biblically and spiritually only one. Other words have similar connotations, such as congregation, or fellowship. The spiritual reality is that all the Christians in Kalispell belong to the same local church, the church in Kalispell. This is how the local church is distinguished from the universal Church, the one Body of Christ, in the Bible (Acts 8:1, Revelation 2:1,8, Revelation  2:12,18; 3:1, Revelation  3:7,14) .   The only instance that the word “church or ekklesia (gk.)” is used in a plural context is when a collective statement or geographic distinction is made, as in 2 Corinthians 8:1, 2 Corinthians 11:28; 12:13, Galatians 1:2, Revelation 2:11.  This distinction between the word church and assembly is not a distinction we insist on in our fellowship, but we do believe it is a healthy distinction to make, for our vocabulary is often an expression of our thinking.