WHAT WE BELIEVE
We are committed to the essentials of the faith and call all members to hold fast to these truths as revealed by God’s Word and understood historically by His Church.
We believe that the Bible is plenary-verbally inspired, the very Word of God, authoritative, infallible and inerrant in the original writings (autographs). God’s Word, being fully inspired by God in its entirety, is the authority for all faith and life.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Matthew 5:18, John 16:12-13)
We believe there is one true God, who has always existed as the holy, sovereign Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He is one God who exists as three distinct persons: The Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is love and lives in a perfect relationship of absolute oneness and humility. In His absolute power, He accomplishes all things according to His purposes and will.
(Genesis 1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 46:9-10, Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19-20)
The Person & Work of Jesus Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has always existed and is fully God. He became man without ceasing to be God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His sinless life and death on the cross as a voluntary, substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that our redemption is made sure by His literal, bodily resurrection from the dead. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven exalted at the right hand of God, whereas the High Priest for His people, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.
(John 1:1-2; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-25; Romans 4:25; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2)
The Person of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit has always existed and is fully God. The Spirit brings about conviction of sins and repentance that leads to salvation. He permanently dwells in believers and gives spiritual gifts to help them accomplish His purpose in the church and in the world. In the life of the believer, He is involved in the New Birth, the sealing of salvation, and in developing holiness.
(Romans 8:4; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4-5; Colossians 3:16; John 16:8; Ephesians 1:13-14)
We believe that all humanity, male and female, was created in the image and likeness of God to enjoy relationship with Him and fulfill His purposes. When Adam sinned, all humanity became infected with sin and separated from God. As a result, all people are spiritually dead and experience both physical and spiritual death apart from faith in Jesus Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
(Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12; Matthew 19)
We believe that God is the Author of salvation, which is accomplished by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, apart from human merit. Salvation is a free gift of God brought to man by the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins. At the moment of salvation, all believers are baptized and sealed in the Holy Spirit. Every believer’s salvation is secure, being kept by the power of God. However, a believer by disobedience can mar his fellowship with God, lose his joy and testimony, and ultimately incur the Father’s loving discipline. While we do not believe good works are meritorious in obtaining salvation, we do believe that good works are an evidence of salvation. (John 3:18; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7, 13-14, 2:10; Romans 8:38-39; John 10:27-30; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 John 1; Hebrews 12:9-11)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the Church, and every local church has the right under Christ to govern itself. All those who have experienced salvation are members of the Church, which is His body, and are therefore eligible for baptism and membership in a local fellowship.
(Acts 2; 1 Corinthians 12; 1 Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 2:21; Colossians 1:24; Ephesians 5:25)
We believe the Lord Jesus left for the obedience of His people two ordinances which are to be observed during this present age: Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. Water baptism is the command for all believers as an outward expression of the inward reality of new life in Christ. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Christ and His death, and a time for believers to examine their lives and express gratitude for His grace.
(Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 8:26-38, 10:47-48; Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:27-31)
Marriage, Gender & Sexuality
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Genesis 1:26-27) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Genesis 2:18-25) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11) We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture or the doctrines of Christ Community Church.
We believe in the person of Satan as the leader of the host of fallen angels. He is the open and declared enemy of God and God’s people. He is a deceiver and destroyer of human lives whose destiny is eternal punishment.
(Job 1:6-7; John 10:10; Ephesians 6:10-20; Revelation 21:10)
Eternity & The Future
We believe that as Christians we are to live in anticipation of the personal return of Jesus Christ. While the exact time of Christ’s return is unknown, it is imminent and certain. We believe in the reality of both heaven and hell although our understanding of each is limited. Believers, at death, will be received into the presence of God. There they will live out perfect relationships with God and with each other for all eternity. All who have rejected Jesus will remain in their sins, permanently separated from God in judgment.
(Psalm 139:13; John 3:16-17; John 3:36; 2 Corinthians 5:5-8; Philippians 1:21-23; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; Revelation 20)