Who is Cedar Creek?
Our church is a community of believers with Jesus Christ as its head. We seek to love, respect, and care for one another as a demonstration of our love for God.
The focus of our church is…
He is the reason we exist. Our very lives were created to glorify Him and bring Him honor.
on FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST:
We believe God gathers believers together for worship, fellowship, encouragement, teaching, and training. Many followers of Christ have become stagnant. The typical church becomes a place where the attenders have become consumers. We believe in providing Christians a vision, equipping them to live their lives for Christ 24/7, and encouraging them to take the love and message of Christ to their neighbors, family, friends, and the world.
on THOSE WITHOUT CHRIST:
We long to reach those who have no church home. Many in our area are disillusioned with religion. They have felt the sting of legalism with its impossible demands. Some have seen hypocrisy. Others have had no religious background and therefore see Christianity as irrelevant. The missing element has been healthy relationships with believers who are proclaiming and living out before them both the holiness and grace of God found in Jesus Christ. We believe God has called us to build a church that…
….Serves the community
….Lives out grace-filled relationships
….all for His glory!
What We Believe
1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
2. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled, and renewed.
4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Work of Christ
5. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
6. We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
7. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
8. We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor, and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
9. We believe in the personal, bodily, and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service, and energetic mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
Our Lead Pastor
Hello fellow image-bearer of the Great Creator!
I am thrilled that you have found our site and would very much look forward to meeting you in person. At Cedar Creek Church we love God and love people, and we seek to grow in knowing Jesus and making him known.
As a pastor, my personal vision statement is as follows: to know & reflect Jesus Christ as I celebrate the Gospel’s power to reconcile. I would express my personal daily goal this way: By the time this day is done, I’d like to know my God better and help the people around me to experience him too.
Here are some key components to my calling as I see it:
Shepherding: caring for people and their spiritual well-being.
Preaching: clearly & effectively communicating the word of God.
Counseling: compassionately leading people to embrace truth and transformation.
Evangelism: creatively sharing Jesus and helping others to do so.
Equipping: building into the lives of the next generation of spiritual leaders.
Curt enjoys preparing and preaching expository messages from the books of the Bible.
Curt and his wife Laurie have been married for 36 years and have three boys and three grandsons. They are a musical family, love living in our area, and thoroughly enjoy the outdoors.
Curt & Laurie have served churches in Chicago, Michigan and Colorado. They have been at Cedar Creek Church for 10 years. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and has taken graduate classes at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He’s a regular teacher with the Perspectives Missions organization and is licensed and ordained by the Evangelical Free Church of America.
Does Montrose Need Another Church?
That was a great question for the team of nine adults (plus kids) who moved from central Minnesota in the summer of ’04 to plant Cedar Creek Church. Joining them was a group of nine other adults who had been praying for a church in this community for a few years.
Convinced that Montrose didn’t need a “better” church where we would grow because people found something we did “better,” we believed that God called us to be a “different” church. And so we began building our DNA with serving our community.
That first fall we did a free car wash, cleaned up after the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, and began looking for other ways to bring the love and life of Christ to Montrose.
In December of ’04 we outgrew the living room we were meeting in on Sunday mornings though we hadn’t begun anything formal yet. On Easter of ’05 we held our first public preview service and had 100 people show up (that week we watched 5,000 Easter Eggs be found in 2 minutes at our Easter Egg hunt for the community).
By October we had outgrown the Region 10 building and had our public launch at the Holiday Inn Express. Since then we’ve moved around and grown. Eventually we found a home at 511 E Main Street (the old Masonic Temple building) the summer of ’08.
Since then we sent our Planting Pastor on to be the Director of Church Planting & Development for the EFCA Rocky Mountain District and welcomed our current Lead Pastor, Curt Mudgett, and his family from Stanton, Michigan. We have also found a new home at 222 South Townsend Ave.
Throughout our short history, however, we have not lost sight of God’s original purpose for Cedar Creek…that we would be making disciples for Jesus Christ by reaching out to and meeting needs of the unchurched, building up believers in their walk with Christ, equipping our body to minister to others, and multiplying ministries, leaders, and churches.