Many of us are already tired of COVID-19 emails, posts, and news. The reaction to COVID-19 is as polarized as our political climate. There are those who refuse to accept that there is any reason for concern. Then there are those who are living in fear and panic. Neither is helpful. Fear Our response in […]
Many of us are already tired of COVID-19 emails, posts, and news. The reaction to COVID-19 is as polarized as our political climate. There are those who refuse to accept that there is any reason for concern. Then there are those who are living in fear and panic. Neither is helpful.
Our response in this should be no different than our everyday life. Refuse to live in fear and panic. This too will pass. Take reasonable precautions. This is one of those many opportunities we have in life to put faith to work. Look to God and trust him to guide you through these uncertain days.
God is faithful. Someday I might write a book about all the times God has helped me through danger and uncertainty. I’ve lived through a cholera epidemic, an extended period without running water, lawlessness, 2000% inflation that made money worthless and more. He has always been with me. He cares deeply. The Holy Spirit is in me and guides me. That is true for you also.
Rely on God and don’t let the news dictate how you feel or respond. Let God guide how you feel and react – that’s real faith. Remember the Apostle Paul’s simple but profound words – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7).
Love comes first. Love protects (1 Corinthians 13:7) and that means we do what we can do to protect ourselves and others. We put others first and fight against our own selfishness that draws us to focus on us while forgetting about caring for others. Hoarding is wrong…period. If folks are in need, be willing to help and share. That has always been the way of Jesus. We are still on mission. Our mission is to love people to Jesus. Now, with the pandemic upon our world, we have the opportunity, more than ever, to express the love of Jesus to so many who are in need or living in fear.
The Blood of Jesus
Let me address one theological issue. I’ve heard and read Christians saying that the blood of Jesus will protect them from COVID-19. That is not true. That is not a promise found in the New Testament. Paul was stricken by a health matter and he prayed repeatedly in faith to have it removed, but it wasn’t. God’s response was this – 9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). The blood of Jesus protects us from the eternal punishment from our sin and spiritual death, not from viruses, sickness or disease. God is with us to help us in and through our difficulties, but he has not promised to insulate us from them. We live in a broken and fallen world. But, we are not alone, nor are we helpless!
To put it another way, our hope is not found in stockpiling tons of toilet paper, masks, and disinfectants. Our hope is in the blood of Jesus, not to eliminate the virus today, but to one day create a new heaven and earth where “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).
This Sunday, we will continue to meet as one church online at 9 am, 11 am and 1 pm. We’ll finish our Ghost series about the Holy Spirit with a focus on spiritual gifts. We’ll have additional resources for your kids and our students have their own online option.
We are still going to have our Deeper Dive: Holy Spirit Q & A session. We’ve moved it to Thursday, March 26th at 7pm. This will be a free online streaming event at our Online Campus, pantano.online. Josh Reich, our Southeast Campus Pastor, will be asking me the questions you have posted about the Holy Spirit and we’ll take a Deeper Dive into what the Bible says about this topic. You still have time to post your questions at – https://mypantano.church/deeperdive
Keep watching our webpage – https://mypantano.church/covid for updates on when our physical meetings will resume. Don’t forget to text “Pantano” to 31996 to get text updates.
All languages have several ways to say “Bye!” “Goodbye” seems rather final. “So long” implies a lengthy separation. “God’s speed” is rarely used anymore, but it suggests danger and the real possibility that one won’t make it back. Then there is “See you later.” But that still implies a period of separation. So what word […]
I want to thank you all for the kind words and ways you honored Jolene and me on Sunday during Pantano’s 60th anniversary. We are so grateful to be a part of a church that has loved us so well. We are blessed! Sunday I announced that I’ll be ending my active time on our […]
In January of 1962, Pantano Christian Church had her first public meeting held in a home on 31st Street. There were 32 people present that Sunday for its beginning. Today, after 60 years, several building projects, and eight Lead Pastors, we have grown to average over 3100 people. We’ve started three thriving congregations in southern […]
Sunday I preached on one of my most cherished and helpful passages of scripture – Matthew 11:28-30. I felt so inadequate to teach the power and depth of this passage. I’ve come to see it as Jesus’ great invitation. Here’s the passage: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will […]
Located under a tent in front of the welcome center
Won't start until 15 minutes before each service to allow time for cleaning
Volunteers will ask you health screening questions
If your kid has noticeable symptoms or says yes to screening questions, we will ask you to join us online that day
Masks are recommended for kids age 5 and older.
Limited personal items will be allowed with your child in the classroom - we recommend a small diaper bag or Ziploc bag containing 1 diaper and 1 bottle
If your kid is over the age of 3, they will wash or sanitize their hands as they enter the room
Please remain outside of the classroom
If your kid is over the age of 3, they will wash or sanitize their hands as they exit the roomp
In The Classrooms
Volunteers and staff will wear masks
Snack time will be done as normal, with snacks being prepared only by volunteers wearing masks and food handling gloves
Cleaning between Services
All larger toys will be wiped and cleaned between services
All rooms will receive a deep cleaning between services
God made me & God loves me!
Our Sunday classes are designed to incite wonder, provoke discovery and help your child develop a passionate love for Jesus!
Our curriculum is built around simple, but powerful truths, simple crafts and age-appropriate activities that meet little ones
where they are at spiritually, cognitively and socially.
All Bible lessons focus around 3 basic truths:
God made me
God loves me
Jesus wants to be my friend forever
Worship music, crafts, prizes and games
Our Sunday classes are all about digging into the Bible! Kids will be challenged in their spiritual growth through
Bible lessons taught personally and through creative teaching techniques. We also incorporate upbeat worship music,
as well as crafts, prizes and games that help kids remember the lesson and keep them engaged and excited to come back to church!
We want the church to be a fun and safe place to grow, develop friendships and learn about our amazing God!
Safety Info for KidZone
Screened & Background Checked
All teachers and helpers must be regular attendees of Pantano Christian Church, (having attended regularly for at least 3-6 months or past church attendance is verified if new to the area), and must have a Confidential Application and Background Check on file.
Parents are encouraged to have their kid use the bathroom before class.
If a kid has to go to the bathroom, we always have one teacher/helper take up to 3 children, particularly for the preschoolers.
In the elementary department, children can be sent in pairs or groups.
Our policy is to never have one kid alone with one adult in the bathroom
For Benevolence info, please call the church office at 520.298.5395.
Personal Financial Coaching (PFC)
Personal financial coaching in available upon request at no charge. A coach will work along side of you in preparing personalized financial statements,
establishing a budget, a debt-reduction plan, or whatever else in necessary to get your financial life in order. The goal is to assist you in becoming
more effective stewards of the resources God has provided.
We're excited to work with you on your upcoming wedding, and look forward to making your day special. Our goal is to
equip you for a lifetime marriage and to partner with you to have a marriage that reflects Jesus Christ. With that in mind,
we have designed a pre-marriage process for couples desiring to be married by one of our pastors.
Peer counseling is first and foremost a relationship between you and the counselor. It is a free short-term, solution-focused care in a safe and confidential
environment, designed to help you move forward on your personal or family journey.
Times: 6:30 - 8 PM Dates: January 15 - Apr 29 (No class on Feb 19, Mar 18, Apr 8) Location: Zone 45
When our eyes are set on God, we act right, think right, and live right. God created us to love Him and love others well! This Spring,
our preteens will be studying practical lessons from the Bible in order to put God at the center of their lives and guard their hearts
and their minds in Christ Jesus. Through games, activities, and small group discussion we will check our heart condition and discover
ways to get our spiritual hearts in the best shape possible!
Kinder - 3rd Grades
Finding Jesus under the Sea
Times: 6:30 - 8 PM Dates: January 15 - Apr 29 (No class on Feb 19, Mar 18, Apr 8) Location: Rooms KZ 11-13
The sea contains many wondrous sights created by God. When we go under the sea and take a closer look, we see that the sea
has much to teach us about God. Join us as we DIVE deeper into what the Bible says about who God is and how he made us!
God's Little Artist
Times: 6:30 - 8 PM Dates: January 15 - Apr 29 (No class on Feb 19, Mar 18, Apr 8) Location: Rooms KZ 4, 5, 6
God created the Heaven and the Earth; and God created you!! He designed us to be creative and use our imagination! This
Spring, our preschoolers will have fun making Feathery Friends, Mini Maracas, Crazy Creatures and much more as we learn
some amazing stories from the Bible. Come join us as we color, paint, glue and draw our way through God’s amazing world!
Resources For Life’s Issues
We've complied a listing of resources from support groups to hotlines to websites to books for anyone in need of
assistance/help with a particular life issue.
Alcohol & Substance Abuse
Tucson Area Intergroup Inc.
Local Help Line – Available 24/7
800.622.2255 (National Council on Alcoholism)
God, Help Me Stop! A 12 Step Bible Workbook for Recovery from Compulsive Behavior (Claire W.)
12 Steps: A Spiritual Journey (RPI Publishing)
It Will Never Happen To Me by Claudia Black
Abuse & Relationship Issues
National Domestic Violence Hotline, 800.799.SAFE (7233)
Community Crisis Center, 847.697.2380
Child Abuse National Reporting Hotline, 800.25.ABUSE (22873)
National Child Abuse Reporting Hotline, 800.4.A.CHILD (224453)
The Emotionally Destructive Relationship: Seeing It, Stopping It, Surviving It by Leslie Vernick
Who’s Pushing Your Buttons? Handling the Difficult People in Your Life by John Townsend
Boundaries (When to Say Yes, How to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life) by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse book & workbook by Dan Allender
Into Abba’s Arms, Finding the Acceptance You’ve Always Wanted by Sandra Wilson
Mending The Soul by Steven R. Tracy
Pornography & Sexual Issues
Sex Addicts Anonymous
Out of the Shadows by Patrick Carnes
False Intimacy by Harry Schaumburg
Breaking Free: Understanding Sexual Addiction & the Healing Power of Jesus by Russell Willingham
Every Man’s Battle by Steve Arterburn
Suicide & Depression
National Crisis Help Line, 800.SUICIDE (800.784.2433)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800.273.TALK (800.273.8255)
Southern Arizona Mental Health Corp (SAMHC) (520.622.6000)
Happiness is a Choice: Symptoms, Causes and Cures of Depression by Frank Minirth and Paul Meier
Search for Significance by Robert S. McGee
The Freedom from Depression Workbook by Frank Minirth and Les Carter
Grieving A Suicide: A Loved One’s Search for Comfort, Answers and Hope by Albert Y. Hsu
A Symphony in the Dark: Hearing God’s Voice in Seasons of Grief by Barbara Rainey and Rebecca Rainey Mutz
When Life Changed Forever by Rick and Judy Taylor
If God Is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil by Randy Alcorn
When Bad Things Happen: Thoughtful Answers to Hard Questions (Mini-book) by William P. Smith
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What We Believe
Our vision is to be a catalytic force to bless Southern Arizona and the
world and all of our ministries are dedicated in accomplishing this vision. It is the passion and
calling of our staff to carry out our vision and core values each and every day.
We are part of a group of churches often referred to as the “Independent Christian Church.” We have no formal connection to a denomination – hence the word “independent.”
There are about 5,600 churches like us around the US, with more than 150 averaging over 1000 in attendance.
Mission: Loving people to Jesus & launching passionate difference makers.
Vision: is to be a catalytic force to bring God’s influence to Southern Arizona and strategic places in the world.
There is an ancient saying, “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things love.” This reflects our heart and belief at Pantano Christian Church. We are a non-denominational
church that seeks unity in Christ, based on the essential truths of Scripture while allowing for diversity, differences, and even disagreements over non-essential doctrines. Below are six
statements that reflect our corporate essentials and upon which we base our unity in Christ. We all believe much more than these statements and we encourage those who are part of Pantano
Christian Church to vigorously search the scriptures and discuss “non-essential” although important doctrines, while not making those views a test of fellowship. Therefore, we believe in
and are committed with our whole being to…
The one eternal God who is love, revealed in three persons as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14).
Jesus, who is the “Christ, the son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16), who died for our sins, rose again and will return one day (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Titus 2:13).
God, who is always present in all believers through the person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is active in transforming us into Christlikeness and empowering us to make our world different (John 14:16-17; 1 Peter 4:10).
The Bible as God’s primary message or word to us, a guide for living and our trustworthy and final authority (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
A loving God who wants to save every person from the power of sin so that we may be free to do what is good. Salvation is a gift from God through Christ which allows us to be in deep relationship with our Father, now and forever. (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-8).
God, who is bringing about a spiritual revolution and wants to transform our lives and our world as his kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 4:17; 6:10).
The above statements do not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind and is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For the purpose of Pantano Christian Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, discipline, and policy our Elders are the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
The following are core beliefs that shape who we are as a church community and define how we do ministry.
We seek first the kingdom of God. Being kingdom first drives us beyond our own church community. We strive to join God wherever He is at work to advance the kingdom of God and his influence. We are an externally focused church that is not church-centric, but kingdom-centric. (Matthew 4:17; 6:10, 33; 28:18-20)
God created his church to be both unified and diverse (gender, race, generations, and socioeconomic status), which best reflects the heart of God and the way of Jesus. (John 17:20-23; Romans 12:16; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:11; Revelation 7:9-10)
God created sex to be practiced in the context of marriage. God ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and God himself. Therefore, we recognize biblical marriage to be between a biological man and a biological woman as given at birth. (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:1-12; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5-8)
Women may minister, serve, lead and teach in any and all ministry positions, contexts, and roles except one, that of elder. Specifically, women may be ordained, serve as pastors and perform pastoral ministry, teach in groups of mixed genders of any size or location, and lead departments or programs of the church. (Genesis 1:27; Galatians 3:28; Romans 16:1-16)
Jesus called his followers to be all in and focus on making disciples of Jesus. It begins with ourselves. Being “All In” means that we are growing to be like Jesus, reaching lost people, helping others to be like Jesus, sharing life together, serving, and being generous with our time, talents, and treasures. Worship services at Pantano are designed to both reach lost people (Luke 15) and inspire believers to put the Word of God into action (James 1:22-25). True discipleship happens best in the context of a small group. (Matthew 4:19; 16:24; 28:18-20; Luke 6:38; Acts 2:42-47; Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Peter 3:15; 4:8-11)