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Worship + Holy Spirit

Exodus 33:15 – “If your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”


Word of God + Discipleship

2 Timothy 2:15 – “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does

not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”


Great Commission, Local + Global + Future

Matthew 28:18 – “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has

been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…”


Children, Youth, Young Adults

1 Timothy 4:12 – “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example

for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”


Community, Relationships + Serving

Acts 2:46 – “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.”

  • Why Banner?
    There’s a promise in Isaiah 62 that declares that there will be a day when God calls his people by a new name. At that time the command is: “Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.” (Isaiah 62:10) The Banner is the signal. It’s the standard raised to bring people home. We take that command in scripture seriously. Jesus told us that when he was lifted up (on the cross), he would draw all people to himself. (John 12:32) That work is finished. Our time is now. We are here to raise the Banner.
  • Our History
    In 1995, what is now Banner Church began as a church plant, with 3 couples meeting in a home, and later moved their gatherings to Orchard Hill Elementary School and then Nathan Hale High School. In 2004, the congregation purchased the current property, including a former New Berlin elementary school, and held services in the gym. The first services in the new auditorium were Easter of 2014. In fall of 2018, through prayer and with the support of the Elders and Overseers teams, Pastor Brandon and Pastor Amber Liebe were invited by the church leadership to lead the staff team, and to step into the role of Lead Pastors. The Liebes had felt God’s specific leading to the Milwaukee area, and God repeatedly confirmed that direction. They accepted the invitation in October of 2018, joined our church family full time at the beginning of 2019, and officially became our Lead Pastors July 1, 2019. Our mission will always reflect the goal that’s remained from the very beginning: to share the good news of Jesus and see Him change lives!
  • Our Lead Pastors
    Brandon and Amber Liebe both grew up in the Midwest, met in high school at their churches’ youth camp, attended college together, and were married in 2005. They were each called by God into ministry, specifically church leadership, as adolescents, and have been in full time ministry together since 2005. The Liebes have served in youth ministry, associate and connections roles, led multisite church campuses, and now serve in senior leadership. They have 4 children and a goldendoodle named Gus! The Liebe family enjoys running, most sports (particularly their beloved Wisconsin teams), good food, movies and popcorn, and time together, especially during the summer at the lake. Their heart as a family is to honor God with their everyday lives, and to work to share the Gospel so that all people, everywhere, can experience the Love of Jesus.
  • What We Believe
    GOD: We believe there is One God, eternally existing, revealed in three Persons: Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 Peter 1:2) THE BIBLE: We believe the Bible as the inspired Word of God. It was written by men, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is without error and is the authoritative rule of both faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12) SALVATION: We believe the sacrifice and death of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. God freely offers salvation to anyone who places their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. (Romans 5:8, Romans 10:9) THE CHURCH AND ITS MISSION: We recognize Jesus Christ as the leader of His global Church and of Banner Church, a local expression and part of the global Church. The church is not a building or a religious organization— it’s the people of God. With Christ as the Head, we together make up the Body. Our purpose is to gather in worship, grow in our relationship and knowledge of him, and make Him known to the world. We Gather. We Grow. We Go. Hebrews 10:25, Colossians 1:18, Matthew 28:19) Banner Church is affiliated with the General Council of the Assemblies of God, an international voluntary fellowship of Christian churches. Our Lead Pastors hold ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God.
  • Our Culture
    Our culture is WHO WE ARE, not just things we do. Our Banner Church culture statements express who we are constantly working to be, and the character we want to see developed. Every place has a culture. Culture either happens by default or design. Our goal is to be intentionally and consistently creating the culture Jesus modeled for us. We Preach JESUS // Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the center, foundation, and goal of everything that we do. We Give HONOR // We gladly honor – show genuine respect, appreciation and loyalty – to our leadership, to one another, and to those God places in our care, through the way we speak and interact. We Speak LIFE // We choose to intentionally use words that bring Hope, show Love, and encourage with Truth. We Practice GENEROSITY // We live as open-handed stewards of our resources, time, and care because we’re grateful for God’s generosity toward us. We Model SERVANTHOOD // We serve people with the humility Jesus modeled for us, knowing its our privilege to show God’s love through meeting the needs of others. We Protect UNITY // We support each other as one family, same team – believing the best and using every opportunity to speak well of each other. We Pursue HEALTH // We value spiritual, emotional and physical health and commit to making choices that move us toward wellness. We Prioritize EXCELLENCE // We will work as unto the Lord in all that we do, representing His Kingdom well by making excellence our goal.
  • Fundamental Truths
    1. THE SCRIPTURES INSPIRED The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. 2 Timothy 3:15-17 1 Thessalonians 2:13 2 Peter 1:21 2. THE ONE TRUE GOD The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent "I AM," the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Deuteronomy 6:4 Isaiah 43:10,11 Matthew 28:19 Luke 3:22 THE GODHEAD a. Terms Defined The terms "Trinity" and "persons" as related to the Godhead, while not found in the Scriptures, are words in harmony with Scripture, whereby we may convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of Christ respecting the Being of God, as distinguished from "gods many and lords many." We therefore may speak with propriety of the Lord our God who is One Lord, as a trinity or as one Being of three persons, and still be absolutely scriptural. Matthew 28:19 2 Corinthians 13:14 John 14:16-17 b. Distinction and Relationship in the Godhead Christ taught a distinction of Persons in the Godhead which He expressed in specific terms of relationship, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but that this distinction and relationship, as to its mode is inscrutable and incomprehensible, because unexplained. Luke 1:35 1 Corinthians 1:24 Matthew 11:25-27 Matthew 28:19 2 Corinthians 13:14 1 John 1:3-4 c. Unity of the One Being of Father, Son and Holy Spirit Accordingly, therefore, there is that in the Father which constitutes him the Father and not the Son; there is that in the Son which constitutes Him the Son and not the Father; and there is that in the Holy Spirit which constitutes Him the Holy Spirit and not either the Father or the Son. Wherefore the Father is the Begetter, the Son is the Begotten, and the Holy Spirit is the one proceeding from the Father and the Son. Therefore, because these three persons in the Godhead are in a state of unity, there is but one Lord God Almighty and His name one. John 1:18 John 15:26 John 17:11 John 17:21 Zechariah 14:9 d. Identity and Cooperation in the Godhead The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are never identical as to Person; nor confused as to relation; nor divided in respect to the Godhead; nor opposed as to cooperation. The Son is in the Father and the Father is in the Son as to relationship. The Son is with the Father and the Father is with the Son, as to fellowship. The Father is not from the Son, but the Son is from the Father, as to authority. The Holy Spirit is from the Father and the Son proceeding, as to nature, relationship, cooperation and authority. Hence, neither Person in the Godhead either exists or works separately or independently of the others. John 5:17-30 John 5:32 John 5:37 John 8:17,18 e. The Title, Lord Jesus Christ The appellation, "Lord Jesus Christ," is a proper name. It is never applied in the New Testament, either to the Father or to the Holy Spirit. It therefore belongs exclusively to the Son of God. Romans 1:1-3,7 2 John 3 f. The Lord Jesus Christ, God with Us The Lord Jesus Christ, as to His divine and eternal nature, is the proper and only Begotten of the Father, but as to His human nature, He is the proper Son of Man. He is therefore, acknowledged to be both God and man; who because He is God and man is "Immanuel," God with us. Matthew 1:23 1 John 4:2 1 John 4:10 1 John 4:14 Revelation 1:13 Revelation 1:17 g. The Title, Son of God Since the name "Immanuel" embraces both God and man in the one Person, our Lord Jesus Christ, it follows that the title, Son of God, describes His proper deity, and the title, Son of Man, His proper humanity. Therefore, the title Son of God, belongs to the order of eternity, and the title, Son of Man, to the order of time. Matthew 1:21-23 2 John 1:3 1 John 3:8 Hebrews 7:3 Hebrews 1:1-13 h. Transgression of the Doctrine of Christ Wherefore, it is a transgression of the Doctrine of Christ to say that Jesus Christ derived the title, Son of God, solely from the fact of the incarnation, or because of His relation to the economy of redemption. Therefore, to deny that the Father is a real and eternal Father, and that the Son is a real and eternal Son, is a denial of the distinction and relationship in the Being of God; a denial of the Father, and the Son; and a displacement of the truth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. 2 John 9 John 1:1 John 1:2 John 1:14 John 1:18 John 1:29 John 1:49 1 John 2:22,23 1 John 4:1-5 Hebrews 12:2 i. Exaltation of Jesus Christ as Lord The Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, having by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; angels and principalities and powers having been made subject unto Him. And having been made both Lord and Christ, He sent the Holy Spirit that we, in the name of Jesus, might bow our knees and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father until the end, when the Son shall become subject to the Father that God may be all in all. Hebrews 1:3 1 Peter 3:22 Acts 2:32-36 Romans 14:11 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 j. Equal Honor to the Father and to the Son Wherefore, since the Father has delivered all judgment unto the Son, it is not only the express duty of all in heaven and on earth to bow the knee, but it is an unspeakable joy in the Holy Spirit to ascribe unto the Son all the attributes of Deity, and to give Him all honor and the glory contained in all the names and titles of the Godhead except those which express relationship (see Distinction and Relationship in the Godhead, Unity of the One Being of Father, Son and Holy Spirit , and Identity and Cooperation in the Godhead) and thus honor the Son even as we honor the Father. John 5:22,23 1 Peter 1:8 Revelation 5:6-14 Philippians 2:8,9 Revelation 7:9-10 Revelation 4:8-11 3. THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare: His virgin birth, Matthew 1:23 Luke 1:31 Luke 1:35 His sinless life, Hebrews 7:26 1 Peter 2:22 His miracles, Acts 2:22 Acts 10:38 His substitutionary work on the cross, 1 Corinthians 15:3 2 Corinthians 5:21 His bodily resurrection from the dead, Matthew 28:6 Luke 24:39 1 Corinthians 15:4 His exaltation to the right hand of God. Acts 1:9 Acts 1:11 Acts 2:33 Philippians 2:9-11 Hebrews 1:3 4. THE FALL OF MAN Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness." However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. Genesis 1:26,27 Genesis 2:17 Genesis 3:6 Romans 5:12-19 5. THE SALVATION OF MAN Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Conditions to Salvation Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. Luke 24:47 John 3:3 Romans 10:13-15 Ephesians 2:8 Titus 2:11 Titus 3:5-7 The Evidence of Salvation The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit. Romans 8:16 The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:24 Titus 2:12 6. THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH BAPTISM IN WATER The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Saviour and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. Matthew 28:19 Mark 16:16 Acts 10:47,48 Romans 6:4 HOLY COMMUNION The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements --bread and the fruit of the vine-- is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of his suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers "till He come!" 7. THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. Luke 24:49 Acts 1:4 Acts 1:8 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. Acts 8:12-17 Acts 10:44-46 Acts 11:14-16 Acts 15:7-9 With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as: an overflowing fullness of the Spirit, John 7:37-39, Acts 4:8 a deepened reverence for God, Acts 2:43, Hebrews 12:28 an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work, Acts 2:42 and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost, Mark 16:20 8. THE INITIAL PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance. Acts 2:4 The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues, but is different in purpose and use. 1 Corinthians 12:4-10 1 Corinthians 12:28 9. SANCTIFICATION Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God. Romans 12:1,2 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Hebrews 13:12 The Scriptures teach a life of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14 By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: "Be ye holy, for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:15,16 Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by the faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit. Romans 6:1-11 Romans 6:13 Romans 8:1,2 Romans 8:13 Galatians 2:20 Philippians 2:12,13 1 Peter 1:5 10. THE CHURCH AND ITS MISSION The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which are written in heaven. Ephesians 1:22,23 Ephesians 2:22 Hebrews 12:23 Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, and to demonstrate His love and compassion for all the world, the priority reason for being of the Assemblies of God as part of the Church is: To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world. Acts 1:8 Matthew 28:19,20 Mark 16:15,16 To be a corporate body in which man may worship God. 1 Corinthians 12:13 To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son. Ephesians 4:11-16 1 Corinthians 12:28 1 Corinthians 14:12 To be a people who demonstrate God’s love and compassion for all the world. Psalms 112:9 Galatians 2:10; 6:10 James 1:27 The Assemblies of God exists expressly to give continuing emphasis to this reason for being in the New Testament apostolic pattern by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. This experience: Enables them to evangelize in the power of the Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs. Mark 16:15-20 Acts 4:29-31 Hebrews 2:3,4 Adds a necessary dimension to worshipful relationship with God. 1 Corinthians 2:10-16 1 Corinthians 12 1 Corinthians 13 1 Corinthians 14 Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit and gifts and ministries as in New Testament times for the edifying of the body of Christ and care for the poor and needy of the world. Galatians 5:22-26 Matthew 25:37-40 Galatians 6:10 1 Corinthians 14:12 Ephesians 4:11,12 1 Corinthians 12:28 Colossians 1:29 11. THE MINISTRY A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the fourfold purpose of leading the Church in: Evangelization of the world. Mark 16:15-20 Worship of God. John 4:23,24 Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son. Ephesians 4:11-16 Meeting human need with ministries of love and compassion. Psalms 112:9 Galatians 2:10; 6:10 James 1:27 12. DIVINE HEALING Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers. Isaiah 53:4,5 Matthew 8:16,17 James 5:14-16 13. THE BLESSED HOPE The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church. 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 Romans 8:23 Titus 2:13 1 Corinthians 15:51,52 14. THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF CHRIST The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on earth for one thousand years. Zechariah 14:5 Matthew 24:27 Matthew 24:30 Revelation 1:7 Revelation 19:11-14 Revelation 20:1-6 This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel, Ezekiel 37:21,22 Zephaniah 3:19,20 Romans 11:26,27 and the establishment of universal peace. Isaiah 11:6-9 Psalms 72:3-8 Micah 4:3,4 15. THE FINAL JUDGMENT There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to the everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Matthew 25:46 Mark 9:43-48 Revelation 19:20 Revelation 20:11-15 Revelation 21:8 16. THE NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH "We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness." 2 Peter 3:13 Revelation 21 Revelation 22
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