What We Believe

What We Believe

Our Core Values

  • The church is the hope for a world of lost people who matter to God.
  • It is vital that we be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure.
  • Loving relationships should permeate every part of our church.
  • Biblical teaching and worship is the catalyst for transformation.
  • We should be authentic and strive to grow in Christ.
  • Life change happens best in small groups.
  • We act as a unified community of servants and stewards of our spiritual gifts.
  • Excellence honors God and inspires people.
  • We are led by people with leadership gifts.
  • Full devotion to Christ is normal for every believer.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that you may have life, and have it to the fullest.
-John 10:10

Our Beliefs

The Trinity
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all. Matthew 28:19; Isaiah 40:12-26, 46:8-11

The Holy Bible
We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired and the infallible rule of faith and practice; and that they are to be interpreted according to their context and purpose and in reverent obedience to the Lord who speaks through them in living power. 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Romans 15:4; James 1:22

God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Matthew 6:9; Isaiah 6:3, 55:6-7; Romans 11:33-39; Psalm 138:5-6; Matthew7:11

Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and His personal, visible return to earth. We believe that in His first coming, Jesus inaugurated the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God. John 1:14-18; Luke 1:18-20; Hebrews 4:15; Romans 5:8-11; 1Corinthians 15:1-8; Ephesians 1:20; Mark 1:14-15; 1 Thessalonians 4:16

Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness, and judgment; and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of the Biblical gifts of the Spirit. John 15:26,16:8; Titus 3:5; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13; John 14:16; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Mankind
We believe that all men are sinners by nature and choice and are therefore under condemnation, that God regenerates and baptizes by the Holy Spirit those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. Ephesians 2:1-10; Acts 2:38; Ezekiel 36:26; John 1:12-13, 10:9

The Church
We believe in the universal Church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members. This one universal Church is composed of many local churches in given localities that exercise autonomous government through God ordained leaders under the Headship of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe the mission of the Church is to be an agency of God for leading the world to God. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:4-5; Ephesians 4:11-16; Matthew 28:19-20

Church Ordinances
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ commanded two ordinances to the church: Water Baptism and Communion (the Lord’s Supper). We practice Water Baptism by immersion and our Communion is open to all believers. Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30; Luke 3:3

The Second Coming
We believe in the personal, visible appearing of Christ to earth and the consummation of His Kingdom, and in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and eternal punishment of the wicked. Acts 1:11; Matthew 25:31; 1 Corinthians 15:20-24; Revelation 20:11; 21:8

In Essential Beliefs: We Have Unity
“There is one Body and one Spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…” Ephesians 4:4

In Non-Essential Beliefs: We Have Liberty
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters…Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls…So then each of us will give an account of himself to God…So whatever you believe about these things, keep between yourself and God.” Romans 14:1,4,12,22

In All Our Beliefs: We Show Love
“…If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge, but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains – but have not love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Corinthians 13:2

Our Mission

Goals
At Desert Breeze we wish to do nothing “for religious effect” but rather to operate in natural, low-key, “non-hype” patterns that are real and non-threatening. We aim to speak, act and dress in ways in which our culture can respond positively. We reflect this through our casual dress, soft-rock music and low-key approach to finances. In order to become fully devoted followers of Christ we encourage and provide for growth through the following four stages of Christian maturity: The Genuine Christian, The Growing Christian, The Giving Christian and The Going Christian.

Genuine Christian
The starting point is to acknowledge our need for a relationship with God and to recognize that Jesus is the way to have that relationship. Through confession of sin and the Lordship of Christ we become Genuine Christians and become part of the family of God. “…To all who receive Him (Jesus), to those who believe in His name, He gave the right to become children of God…” John 1:12

Growing Christian
Through the inspiration and teaching of the weekend services and the fellowship and teaching in small groups, we grow in our knowledge and love of God. We also grow through personal Bible study and prayer. “Continue to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18

Giving Christian
Christians who have learned to give their time, talents (abilities) and treasures to God by channeling them through a local church are expressing a greater understanding of what God has accomplished in their life. “God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other.” 1 Peter 4:10 “There are different kinds of service to God…together you form the body of Christ and each one of you is a necessary part if it.” 1 Corinthians 12:5,27

Going Christian
The full measure of a Christian is when we see beyond the four walls of the local church to do what we can to reach the unbeliever with the message of the good news of Jesus Christ. “Go, then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples…” Matthew 28:19 “…And you will be my witnesses…” Acts 1:8

Our Story

Desert Breeze Community Church was founded by Pastor Ray L. Davis. Ray grew up in a Christian home in Phoenix’s northwest valley. His family’s church roots are found in the Assembly of God church where his Grandfather was a pastor. God put a passion in Ray’s heart to begin a church much different than that of his upbringing. It would provide a safe and less intimidating environment where unchurched people could become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
In September of 1991, with 16 friends and family members Ray began DBCC in his own living room. After immediately pursuing and gaining its 501(c)(3) status, the first official DBCC church service was held on Easter Sunday 1992. At the time Ray was working as a Fire Fighter/ Paramedic for the Phoenix Fire Department. There were no paid staff members in the church at this time. In 1992 the church grew to approximately 40 people and moved its services to a small gymnasium at the Boy’s Club at 4730 W. Grovers, in Glendale, AZ. There DBCC grew to approximately 150.

In 1995 the facility no longer met the needs of the church family so it relocated to a leased facility at the Rose Garden Business Center located at 19th Avenue just South of Rose Garden Lane in North Phoenix. Here DBCC hired its first paid employee, a church administrator. DBCC then grew from 150 to approximately 400.

By 1998 the church had hired two additional part-time staff members to assist in the church office. Through out our history we have seen God pour out His grace and provision on the church and He has allowed us a front row seat for seeing miraculous life change for many. DBCC was experiencing aggressive growth and just before our next move Pastor Ray Davis made the decision to leave the Phoenix Fire Department and be added to the church payroll. Ray did not accept any compensation from the church until this point. Once again challenged for space, DBCC relocated to and remodeled an old nightclub called Sinsations at 1707 West Bell Road in North Phoenix. (God does have a sense of humor.) By now the staff consisted of 3 fulltime pastors 1 part-time pastor and 2 part-time office staff. We continued to grow the staff, adding an accounting/HR person. In January 2003 a fulltime Executive Pastor and fulltime Youth Pastor were added to the staff. Later that year we hired a fulltime Children’s Ministry Director, a fulltime Assimilation Director and 3 part-time departmental coordinators. All total we then had 7 fulltime employees and 6 part-time employees.

From its inception DBCC had always held to the practice of governing the church through a plurality of leaders known as elders and deacons. This form of church governance is still in practice today with 6 current board members.

By the end of 2003 DBCC outgrew the 1707 W. Bell Road facility and decided to decentralize our administrative offices and meet for Sunday services in a school in the north valley. Upon moving from our Bell Rd. facility we purchased a large home on a horse property to house our administrative offices. This property served us well for a year. At the end of that year we took advantage of the housing market boom, sold the property and gained a profit of $107,000.00. From January 2004 to October 2013 we have held our church services on the campus of Sandra Day O’Connor High School located at 25250 North 35th Avenue in North Phoenix. Our administrative offices have been housed at various locations, now residing at 17600 N. Black Canyon Hwy, suite 101.

We have now entered the second phase of our “Dare You to Move” campaign, better known as DYTM 2.5. In this phase are asking God to guide us in raising $1.5 million so we can develop the rest of our 36,000 square feet of building to accommodate our growth and move from development to long term impact in our neighborhood. We believe the church is the people–not the buildings. And we are so excited to be growing in more ways than just square feet. Our commitment to God’s calling on us to make this impact, the relationships within our church body and the growth and maturity of our leaders has never been better. We’re not perfect, but we serve a God who is. We are excited that God has opened doors for these opportunities and we see this development as a tool to use in the ministry and outreach for years and years to come.

Easter Sunday, 2016 we marked our 25th anniversary of God’s goodness and growth here at Desert Breeze. What a wonderful thing it would be if we could complete our DYTM 2.5 goal this year. We look forward with excitement and thanksgiving to whatever God has in store for us in the future!