Statement of Doctrine and Faith
I. The Bible
We believe that the Bible is the plenary and verbally inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of the living God (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21) as revealed in the original manuscript and superintended by providence in the best translations. Because it is so, the Bible is: authoritative for every good work and for direction in faith and practice for the Christian (1 Corinthians 14:37; 2 Timothy 3), and is also necessary (Matthew 4:4; Luke 6:47-48), clear (Psalm 19:7), complete (Deuteronomy 4:2; Revelation 22:18-19), and therefore profitable and all-sufficient (Psalm 119: 66; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:3 ).
Being that we believe that the Holy Scriptures are to be received as the authoritative and sufficient Word of God, the preaching ministry of Christ Community Church (C.C.C.) affirms that doctrine by way of expository preaching, which is a sermon or message in which the point of a biblical text is the point of the sermon, applied to the life of the congregation (Acts 20:27; 1 Timothy 4:2).
We believe that the God of the Bible is the only true and living God, self-sufficient, self-existent, who is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. He is one God who is triune, and this Godhead consists of three equal and eternal persons who are God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit. God is supreme and sovereign over all creation, for all time and eternity, having created the world and all its creatures ex-nihilo (from nothing), in a literal six-day week (Genesis 1-2).
We believe that God is infinite, immutable, and perfect and has no limitations, being bound only by His own nature and will (1 Kings 8:22-23, 27, Jeremiah 23:24).
III. Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the pre-existent, eternal, perfectly divine and perfectly human (impeccable) second person of the trinity, the Son of God, who the Bible clearly states (Colossians 1:15-20), is creator and sustainer of the universe.
Jesus Christ as deity, was further affirmed in His incarnation by his impeccable life (or inability to sin; John 1:1-2,14) and ministry, as revealed in the Bible by His death, burial, resurrection (1 Corinthians 15), and ascension. Jesus Christ is a coming again Lord (John 8:58) and Savior (John 3:16) over all mankind and manifested the attributes of God in His incarnation by His self-existence (John. 5:26), holiness, (Hebrews 7:26), love (John. 15:10) and wisdom.
We believe man was created to bring glory and honor to God (1 Corinthians 10:31, Revelation 4:11) and to display and demonstrate His grace (Ephesians 2:4-7). Man was originally created to have dominion over all the earth and its creation. However, the transgression of God’s law precipitated man’s fall into sin, resulting in the sinful nature of all mankind (Romans 5:12-21), leaving him totally incapable of glorifying God without the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit which is bought by the atoning, blood sacrifice of the savior of mankind; Christ Jesus (Romans 3:10-23).
We believe sin is the transgression of, or lack of conformity to; God’s divine, moral law and misses the mark of God’s glory and holiness. The origin of sin in our universe came as a result of the fall of Adam and Eve, the first of God’s creatures made in His own image. As such, they possessed free-will and the capacity to make moral decisions, to love or to reject God’s love and His perfect fellowship. The Bible says that they knowingly doubted and disobeyed God’s Word. By virtue of this original sin, all mankind (Jeremiah 17:9a, Romans 3:10, 23, 5:12-14; 1 John 1:8) is corrupted by sin, which leads inexorably unto physical and spiritual death (Romans 6:23).
God the Father and God the Son’s Role: we believe that salvation is a sovereign, gracious and merciful act by which God the Father through the propitiating (satisfying) and atoning blood sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ, justifies (accounts as righteous), redeems and rescues sinners from His perfect, just wrath and condemnation, therefore reconciling them (those that believe) to Himself for eternity.
God the Holy Spirit’s Role: the Holy Spirit provides conviction of sin to the repentant sinner (John 16:8), and at the moment of conversion or salvation, brings a new-birth and indwells the heart of that repentant sinner (John 3:3,8. 6:63; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13).
Mankind’s Response and Responsibility: to confess and repent of sin, and to believe and trust in Jesus Christ by faith- His life, death, resurrection (1 Corinthians 15) and substitutionary work of righteousness (John 3:16-18; Romans 3:23-28; 5:8-11; Ephesians 1:4-8) for the sinner.
God’s election in salvation, in no way violates the responsibility of sinful man to act upon God’s sovereign work in redemption (see below), by exercising faith and belief in the atoning work of Jesus (John 3:16, 18, 6:40,47; 1 John 5:1, 13) on the cross.
VII. Salvation’s Grace and Security
The Purpose: we believe that Salvation is initiated by God for His glory, and by the holy counsel of His own will, by His election of those that would be saved before the foundation of the world (John 6:37, 44, 65, 15:16; Romans 8:28-29, 9:11; Acts 13:48; Ephesians 1:4-11; 1 Pet. 1:2).
The Process: those whom He has elected or chosen and predestined to be saved, He has done so with foreknowledge (an intimate, pre-existent love), not on account of any foreseen merit in them, but by his sovereign good pleasure (Romans 9:14-23; 2 Timothy 1:9) to conform them to the image of His Son (Romans 8:28-30), and to be glorified in their eternal state.
The Promise: however, salvation is a gift of grace from God, and not of any human effort or works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8).
As such, it is God who unconditionally grants and preserves the believer’s salvation for eternity, offering assurance and eternal security (Romans 8:33-35, 37-39, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).
VIII. The Church
The church is literally, ‘the called out ones or those called together,’ meaning the universal as well as the local assembly or congregation of believers in Jesus Christ. The New Testament church was first acknowledged by Jesus (Matthew 16:18) and birthed at the day of Pentecost, via the regenerating and anointing power of the Holy Spirit. The church exists to glorify God and display His grace in the world. We believe Acts 2:42-47, serves as the model for the church’s service and stewardship through the key functions of; evangelism, discipleship, prayer, fellowship, ministry and worship.
The church’s leadership as a plurality of elders (Acts 14:23), mandated to equip the saints (believers) for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12) as the means for fulfilling the church’s great commandment (“to love God and love people”) and great commission (Matthew 28:18-20), which is divinely given to individual believers within the corporate body.
IV. Marriage and the Family
We believe that the Bible clearly teaches the enduring truth that marriage consists of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:18-25). From Genesis to Revelation, the authority of Scripture witnesses to the nature of biblical marriage as uniquely bound to the complementarity of man and woman. This truth is not negotiable and will be taught as such by our church, as the Lord Jesus himself said that marriage is from the beginning (Matthew 19:4-6), so no human institution has the authority to redefine marriage any more than a human institution has the authority to redefine the gospel, which marriage reflects (Ephesians 5:32).
Furthermore, this church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. Further, the [pastors/elders/ministers/clergy] and staff of [the Church] shall only officiate weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman. Finally, the facilities and property that the Church may own, shall only host weddings between one man and one woman.
X. The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity of God. He is as much a person and God, as is the Father and as the Son in the Godhead. The Holy Spirit’s deity is revealed in the Bible by the attributes of God that He possesses such as: divine life (Acts 5:4), love (Galatians 5:22), omnipresence (Psalm 139:7-10), omnipotence (Job 33:4) and omniscience (1 Corinthians 2:10-12).
The Spirit empowers the new-life of the believer upon conversion with an initial purifying or cleansing work (see above- VI) and then begins to produce growth in holiness of life. The Spirit’s will distributes spiritual gifts to the church for all times (1 Corinthians 12:11) and also empowers the ministry or service of the believer (Deuteronomy 34:9; Luke 4:18-19; Acts 1:8, 6:10). Furthermore, the Spirit teaches, guides and directs the believer (John 16:13; Acts 13:2; Romans 8:14) and in addition, purifies the sanctified life of the believer, by making him or her more Christ-like in actual conduct, evident in the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23).
XI. The World to Come
We believe God will culminate history as we know it, or conclude the end of the age (Matthews 13), when Jesus Christ returns imminently, personally and visibly in glory to the earth. At that time, the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness.
Jesus will reign as King and Lord of the earth in a literal millennial reign, to be succeeded by the great white throne judgment which will put down the final rebellion of Satan and all those that have rejected Him as Lord and Savior (Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 20:11-15). After which time, the destruction of this present earth and heaven will take place (2 Peter 3:10, 12), and the creation will be redeemed with a new heavens and earth for eternity and the righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will dwell and fellowship forever in Heaven with the Lord (Revelation 21).