Statement of Belief
Ephesians 4:13-15 (NASB): “…until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him.”
The Bible. The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings. They are the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of mankind, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life (John 10:35, Matthew 5:18, 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:21, Revelation 22:18-19).
God. There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1-2, Deuteronomy 6:4, John 1:3, Psalms 33: 6-9, Psalms 110:1, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 14:15, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Hebrews 11:3).
Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as the complete and final sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is the head of all things, our High Priest and Advocate. The Lord Jesus Christ is coming again to his earth, personally, bodily, and visibly. The Second Coming and imminent return of our Lord is the blessed hope of the believer, and in it God's complete and final judgment on sin, Satan, and evil and his ultimate fulfillment for His blessed Kingdom (Luke 1:38, 2:40, John 1:1, 8:58, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 1:3, 8, 2 Peter 1:1, Revelation 19:11-16).
The Holy Spirit. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict men of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service. Though there may be many fillings of the Holy Spirit, there is only one baptism, which occurs at the time of salvation and which is given by faith. At least one gift of the Spirit is given to every believer according to the Will of God for the purpose of building up the Church. God in His sovereignty may grant any spiritual gift and work miraculously for the benefit of His Church at any time as long as the gift and work is used according to the Scriptures (Matthew 3:11, John 3:6-8, 6:63, Acts 5:3-5, Romans 8:4, Galatians 5:22-3).
Man. Man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost eternally, and only through personal faith in Jesus Christ resulting in regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life to be obtained (Ezekiel 18:20, Romans 3:23, 5:12, 10:9-10).
Salvation. The Substitutionary death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ by faith are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God (Romans 5:1, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 3:13, I Peter 3:18).
Future things. There will be a bodily resurrection of all the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment (John 5:28-9, 1 Corinthians 15:51-53, Revelation 20:6).
The Church. The true Church is composed of all such persons, who through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the head. The Church is the body and bride of Christ, which Christ loves and for which He has given Himself. The Church consists of believers who have been called out to live as God’s personal possession in the earth. Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs (Acts 2:42-47, Ephesians 1:22, 2:15-22).
Baptism and Communion. Water baptism by immersion, soon after accepting Christ as personal Savior, is a testimony of death to sin and resurrection to a new life. Communion, also called, "the Lord's Supper," is a memorial service setting forth in sacred and symbolic manner, the death of the Lord Jesus Christ; all true believers and only believers should share in it. Water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as a means of salvation (Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-27).
The devil. There is a personal devil, a being of great cunning and power: "The prince of the power of the air," "The prince of this world," "The god of this age." He is not omnipresent, but he has a host of demons that assist him in his objectives. He can exert vast power upon the world only so far as God allows him to do so. He shall ultimately be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone and shall be tormented day and night forever (Matthew 4:1-11 25:41, Ephesians 2:2, Revelation 20:10).
Church Government: The pattern of church government given to New Testament churches, practiced at Christ Community, is the model of Elders (Acts 14:23, 20:17, Titus 1:5, I Timothy 4:14). An Elder model of leadership is simply a plurality of leadership, individually called, anointed, and designated by God; and, collectively function as a council that gives direction, oversight, and management of the affairs of the church (Acts 15, 20:17, 28, Philippians 1:1, 1 Timothy 5:17, Titus 1:5, 1 Peter 1:5).
Baptism of the Spirit and filling of the Spirit: There is only one baptism of the Spirit, yet there can be many fillings of the Spirit. Every person that places his or her faith in Jesus Christ is at that moment baptized into the body of Christ. A Christian is filled with the Spirit as he/she obediently yields his/her life to the Lordship of Christ (Matthew 3:11, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 4:5, Ephesians 5:18).
Women in the preaching ministry: We affirm the calling and preaching ministry of women under the authority and guidance of Elder/Pastoral leadership, as designated by Scripture (Luke 2:36-38, Acts 2:17, 21:9, 1 Corinthians 11:5).