C3 Beliefs

God’s story is a story of love and redemption.  The story or message that most clearly shows this redemptive love is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 John 3:16).  Paul says this message is of “first importance” (1 Corinthians 15:3).  As God reveals his nature through the stories of the Bible, the following teachings emerge as the central core doctrines.  These teachings form the core of our beliefs here at Christ Community Church.

God

There is one true God, eternally existing in three Persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  These are equal and are one God.  God created the world out of nothing and by his power he sustains all he has created. (Romans 8: 22-25; Ephesians 1:13-14)

Jesus Christ

Jesus was miraculously born of the Virgin Mary and became flesh and blood without ceasing to be God.  He lived a sinless life and performed many miracles to confirm his divinity.  He died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice, paying the debt for our sins.  On the third day after his death he arose from the dead showing his victory over sin and death.  He appeared to his disciples and then ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of God serving as our mediator. (Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:35) (John 1:1-16; 29-34) (Mark 10:45) (I Corinthians 15:3-8)

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son.  He makes people aware of their need for Christ.  He indwells, guides and empowers the believer.  His presence in our life is a seal and guarantee that we are God’s children.  The Holy Spirit gives believers spiritual gifts (talents and abilities) to be used to help others. (John 16:8-11, 2 Corinthians 6:11) (I John 4:13; Galatians 5:16-26) (2 Corinthians 1:21-22) (I Corinthians 12:7-11; Romans 12:4-8)

Man

Man is made in the image and likeness of God and is the supreme object of God’s creation.  Man has tremendous potential for good, but by his own choice to disobey has sinned with the result that he has fallen from his original state and condition and requires forgiveness, redemption, and restoration that only God can give. (Genesis 1:26-27) (Genesis 3)

Salvation

Salvation is by grace through faith and is a free gift from God to man.  Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works.  All have sinned but all can be saved.  This salvation is available for any who put their trust in Christ as Savior.  Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 3:23; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; 3:16; 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; 10:9)

Transformation

God not only wants to save us, He wants to transform us into the image of His Son. Transformation is initiated by salvation, sustained by God’s grace, and gathers momentum as our will is brought in ever-increasing alignment with God’s will. (Philippians 2:12, Romans 12:1-2, 2 Corinthians 3:18)

Eternal Security

Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity.  Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by mere self-effort of the believer.  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; I Peter 1:3-5)

The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to all men.  It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  It is the supreme source of truth and the final authority for Christian beliefs and living, faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105)

Church

The church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit to continue the task of reaching the lost and developing and discipling the saved, helping believers become fully devoted followers of Christ.  The Church is composed of all true followers of Christ regardless of secondary names and affiliations and it finds concrete expression in local congregations in manifold forms the world over. (Ephesians 4:1-16)

Christ’s Return

Christ will one day return and judge all people.  He will usher in the eternal order of things and unbelievers will be separated from God’s presence in hell and believers will be welcomed into God’s presence in heaven.  The certainty of his return is our motivation for faithful service and for faithful sharing of the Gospel so others can be ready as well.  (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Baptism

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward experience – the transformation that results from our faith and acceptance of Christ as Savior and Lord. Baptism is for believers and is by immersion, symbolizing Christ’s death, burial and resurrection for us and symbolizing that reality in us - our death to our old self and an old life, the burial of all our sins, and our spiritual resurrection to a new life!  Baptism was commanded by Christ for those who follow him and is therefore of vital importance as our first act of obedience and the public demonstration of our devotion to him.  However, the act of baptism does not save us.  We are saved by grace through faith in Christ.  (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:36-40; Acts 2:41; Acts 8:36-38; Romans 6:3-4)

Communion (The Lord’s Supper)

Communion is a time to remember the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.  During this memorial remembrance the bread symbolizes the body of Christ and the fruit of the vine symbolizes the blood of Christ.  When believers take the elements in an act of worship, gathering in his name, Christ’s presence is among them and felt. The Lord’s Supper is for all who believe in Christ as their personal Savior and have owned him as Lord of their lives. (Matthew 26:26-28; I Corinthians 11:23-29)