Our Statement Of Faith

Each of the following that makes up Christ Community Church’s Statement of Faith is called doctrine. Doctrine is theological truth, that we affirm and live by, that is outlined in scripture. Within the entirety of the Bible, God has given us many doctrines to help mankind love, understand, live for, and serve God while simultaneously loving and serving mankind so that God’s Kingdom may be built. We affirm each of these doctrines to be truth and therefore they are not to be compromised but embraced.

1.  We affirm the Bible to be inspired by the Triune God (God the Father, God the Son {Jesus Christ}, and God the Holy Spirit). As the Bible is the Word of God, it holds authority over every person, is without error, and is completely flawless.  This is the doctrine of BIBLIOLOGY or the doctrine of the  WRITTEN WORD.  (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:21)

2. We affirm that there is one God Who exists in three Persons and Who is without beginning and has no end: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.  This is the doctrine of the TRINITY.
(Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Matthew 3:16-17)

3. We affirm that Jesus Christ is God; in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His substitutionary death that paid for mankind’s sins on the cross, in His bodily raising from the dead, in His rising from Earth to Heaven to the right hand of the Father, and in His present priestly ministry.
This is the doctrine of the *DEITY, (*Godship), of JESUS CHRIST.
(Philippians 2:6-11, Matthew 1:22-23, 2 Corinthians 5:21, John 3:2, Isaiah 53:4-7, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, Acts 2:32-33, Hebrews 7:21-25)

4. We affirm that personal salvation is only through Jesus Christ paying for mankind’s sins on the cross through the shedding of His blood. This salvation is for all who, by God’s empowering and saving grace, turn from their sin and who, by faith, turn to Christ and receive and confess Him as Lord and Savior resulting in a new life that is purposed to please God.
This is the doctrine of SALVATION.
(Ephesians 2:8-10, 2 Cor 5:17-21, Acts 3:19, Romans 10:9-10)

5. We affirm the process of the follower of Jesus to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to constantly & consistently set himself/herself apart from the actions of the sinful human nature, the world’s anti-God ideals, and the devil, to the things of God and the overcoming & abundant life as God’s design for them.
This is the doctrine of SANCTIFICATION.
(1 John 3:3-10, 2 Peter 1:3-8, 1 Peter 1:16-19, Romans 6:14-22)

6. We affirm the ministry of the Holy Spirit to the church as Comforter, our Guide into all truth, and Enabler who empowers. The Holy Spirit empowers the Church to talk about Jesus Christ in their speech and in their actions while He gives His followers supernatural gifts (Gifts from Heaven), as He wills, to effectively impact people, events and culture inside and outside of the church for the Gospel. We’re able to see the work of the Holy Spirit, and the supernatural gifts, in the deeds of those who follow Jesus.  This is the doctrine of the HOLY SPIRIT.
(John 14:15-17, Acts 1:8, 2:1-4, 11:15-17, 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, Galatians 5:22-23)

7. We affirm that it is the responsibility of the Church to spread the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, verbally and through its actions until He returns to the Earth. We affirm that all who are a part of the Church have the responsibility to actively work in partnership with God to build His Kingdom; Pastors shepherd, lead, delegate, and serve and the church ministers to the people.  This is the doctrine of EVANGELISM.
(Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Romans 15:17-192 Corinthians 5:20, Ephesians 4:11-12)

8. We affirm the command of Baptism following repentance (turning away from sin and turning to God) and putting one’s faith in Christ. We recognize that baptism does not provide forgiveness. Baptism is a symbol of salvation and a mark of obedience that a person shows to the world that they are now a follower of Jesus.  Baptism is a sacrament (An act of high worship to God because of an inward work of grace through which God blesses His Church for their participation and observance).
This sacrament is the doctrine of BAPTISM.
(Acts 2:38, Acts 8:12, 1 Cor 11:23)

9. We affirm the consistent participation of the Lord’s Supper, (Communion), to be practiced in church services. Jesus Christ’s body was broken for us on the cross and the blood that was shed was for the taking away of sins. To remember this great act of Jesus, we use bread and juice. The broken bread symbolizes the body of Christ and we share and eat that bread with one another. The juice we share and drink with one another symbolizes the blood of Jesus.  Communion is a sacrament (An act of high worship to God because of an inward work of grace through which God blesses His Church for their participation and observance).
This sacrament is called the doctrine of THE LORD’S SUPPER.
(1 Corinthians 11:17-34)

10. We affirm Christ’s soon and personal return in power and great glory and in His and everlasting dominion.
This is the doctrine of the RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST or the SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST.
(Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18, Revelation 19:11-16, Ephesians 1:20-22)

11. We affirm the resurrection (raising from the dead) of those who are followers of Jesus and those who are not followers of Jesus: they who are followers of Jesus will experience the resurrection of life forever with Jesus and they who are not followers of Jesus will experience the resurrection to punishment forever.  This is the doctrine of the RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD.
(Matthew 25:31-46, 1 Corinthians 15:51-53, John 5:28-29, Revelation 20:15, 21:8)

12. We affirm that sexual purity is God’s command for all people and requires restraining from sex outside of marriage, incest, homosexuality, bestiality, lust for sex, or other sexual relationships or practices forbidden by Scripture.  Christ Community Church recognizes it as the doctrine of SEXUAL PURITY.
(Hebrews 13:4, Romans 1:21-32, 1 Corinthians 6:18, Leviticus 18:1-30)

13. We affirm that marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a covenant commitment (binding promise) for a lifetime and is a sacred institution established by God.  This is the doctrine of MARRIAGE.
(Matthew 19:4-6)

14. We affirm that since mankind is created in God’s image, human life is priceless and significant in all its dimensions, from conception to death. This view on life is motivated by love.  Christ Community Church recognizes it as the doctrine of the SANCTITY of LIFE.
(Genesis 1:27, Psalm 139:13-14)

15. We affirm that within the boundaries of mankind, God has designed two genders only, that being male and female. We recognize and affirm that God has also blessed the two specific genders. As each person is uniquely designed by God, gender is a gift from the omniscient God.  Christ Community Church recognizes it as the doctrine of GENDER.
(Genesis 1:27, 5:1-2, Matthew 19:4, Mark 10:6, Romans 1:19)

16. We affirm that God has given the Church Elders for primary spiritual leadership and oversight of the Church. In their leadership and oversight, they are to teach and preach the Word, protect and care for the Church, visit the sick and pray, as well as judge doctrinal issues. Elders are to shepherd God’s people. The Bible recognizes Elders as men.  This is the doctrine of ELDERSHIP.
(Acts 20:28, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 5:17-20, Titus 1:5-9, 1 Peter 5:1-4)

 

*all Scriptures are taken from the English Standard Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.