breathes life into
& gives purpose to
EVERY STORY MATTERS
We think life is stressful enough,
so church shouldn’t be.
Story Church is a safe place to discover Jesus for who He really is, and to join others on the journey of following Jesus.
At this stage of Story Church, we haven't officially launched weekly services yet, but are hosting a multitude of events and gatherings as well as serving our community in various ways around Bentonville and NWA.
Be sure to check out our events on this site as well as our social media to keep up with what's going on. We can't wait to hear your story!
Aaron & Renee are both honored and humbled to begin Story Church in The Greater Bentonville area. They have been involved in ministry for 20 years. After spending the past 12 years planting a church outside of Pittsburgh, PA, God released them to come back to Arkansas. The Johnson’s began building their church planting team in early 2018 and then moved to Bentonville in July of 2018. Aaron & Renee love traveling, exploring new coffee shops and restaurants in NWA. On Saturdays, you can find them “junking” at local antiques stores looking for the next find.
Before joining the Story Church team, Russell spent the last 16 years planting two other churches in Morgantown, West Virginia and Olympia, Washington. Russell and Belinda have been married for 25 years, and together they have two children, Ryan and Janna. Ryan attends John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR, and Janna attends Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. In their spare time, Russell and Belinda enjoy hiking and camping, listening to records, and watching Magnum PI reruns. Russell is an unashamed and currently frustrated life long fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
THE BIBLEGOD WROTE A BOOK. The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives. (Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalms 119:11, 89, 105; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 3:16)
TRINITYGOD: THREE IN ONE. God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one substance in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21-23; 14:10, 16; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8-10; James 2:19) The Father - GOD IS GREAT. GOD IS GOOD. God is great: He is powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move, and exist. God is good: He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises. (Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4) The Son - GOD BECAME MAN. Jesus Christ is completely human, yet at the same time completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are enemies of God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we could have life. (Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 14:33; 16:16; 28:5-6; Luke 22:70; 24:46-47; John 1:1, 14; 10:30; 11:25-27; 17:1-5; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 8:1-3; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Gal 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15; 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16) The Holy Spirit - GOD IS ALWAYS PRESENT. His presence assures us of our relationships with Christ. He guides believers into all truth, and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us and makes us more like Christ. (Genesis 1:2; Psalms 51:11; 139:7 ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Lk 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17)
ETERNITYSOMEWHERE FOREVER. Man was created to exist forever. He will be eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. (John 3:16, 36; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13;Revelation 20:15)
MANGOD’S IMAGE BEARERS. Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God, but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot obtain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love. (Genesis 1:26-30; 2:7, 18-22; 3; Psalms 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6; 6:6; 7:14-25; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19, 21-22; Ephesians 2; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11)
SALVATIONGOD’S ONLY WAY. The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God and it cannot be earned by our own effort. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24;Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18;3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10;Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20)
ETERNAL SECURITYYOU CAN’T LOSE IT. Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation through eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. (John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
THE CHURCHGOD’S DESIGN FOR COMMUNITY. The church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ, to obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the gospel to the world. The church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. (Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3)
BAPTISMA SNAPSHOT OF THE GOSPEL. A SNAPSHOT OF YOUR FAITH. Baptism is a public declaration of your inward faith. The water does not have saving power - it pictures the decision of your heart to trust in Jesus. Being immersed in water pictures the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It is a public commitment to walk in newness of life as a follower of Jesus. Mathew 28:18-20; Romans 6:1-4