WHAT WE BELIEVE
Foundation of God’s Word
Christ Community Church affirms the value and authority of the Holy Scriptures. In an age where opinions change often, God’s Word is unchanging and reliable to guide those looking for answers into truth that will endure the test of time.
2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all humanity by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5 & 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ and to lead us to Him. His ongoing work is to guide, instruct, and empower us for a life of Godly living and service. As Christians, we should strive to live under His control daily. (II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13 & 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12 & 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)
The Bible is God’s Word. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the final source of truth for how we believe we should live. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error in all that it intends to teach us about Him. (II Timothy 113, 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119: 105,160 & 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
People were created in the image of God for a loving relationship with Him. Although we have the potential for tremendous good, we are born with an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates us from God as we actively or passively choose to go our own way. However, we can experience true relationship once again through faith in Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 5:1-2)
Salvation is a gift from God to us. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. It is only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness for the bad things we do, that we can be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment a person receives Jesus Christ into their heart by faith. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6 & 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
Humanity was created to live forever, and we will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in heaven with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is to be in Hell. To be eternaly with God is to be in Heaven. Heaven and Hell are actual places of eternal existence. (John 3:16; I John 2:25 & 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15)