Christ Community Church

Statement of Faith

Christ Community Church Affirmation of Faith

I. THE TRINITY

We believe that there is one living, sovereign, and all-glorious God, eternally existing in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; and that these are the same divine essence and equal in every divine perfection and therefore worthy of all possible love, honor, obedience, and glory, but that they have distinct and harmonious roles in the great work of redemption. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Exodus 34:6-7; Psalm 145:3; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1, 3; John 4:24; Romans 1:19, 20; Ephesians 4:5,6; I Timothy 1:17)

II. GOD THE FATHER

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, unchangeable, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, love, justice, goodness, and truth. We believe that He is the Maker, Sustainer, and Ruler over all things, that He concerns Himself mercifully and righteously in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin, death, and hell all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Matthew 23:9; Luke 10:21, 22; John 3:16; Luke 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1, 2; I Timothy 2:5; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6)

III. JESUS CHRIST

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, having freely taken on human nature yet remaining fully God. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, perfect obedience to God, miracles, and authoritative teachings. We believe in His penal substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal, visible, bodily, and imminent return to earth in order to establish His kingdom. We believe He is the only Mediator between God and man, and is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate, and all-sufficient Savior. (Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 20:28; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; John 8:46; John 20:28, 30, 31; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; Romans 6:9-10; Romans9:5; I Corinthians 1:30; II Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:4; Philippians 2:5-11; I Timothy 2:5-6; I Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:1-3; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Peter 2:21-24)

IV. THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the Holy Spirit sent into the world by God to glorify the Son of God, and that without His effectual work no one would come to faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that He applies the saving work of Christ to believers and distributes spiritual gifts to every believer according to His sovereign good pleasure for the purpose of building up the body of Christ. We believe He indwells everyone who has faith in Christ, and leads them in progressively overcoming sin and becoming more like Jesus Christ in thought, deed, and love for God. (John 14:16, 17, 26; John 15:26, 27; John 16:8-14; Romans 8:9, 14; I Corinthians 3:16; I Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26)

V. THE WORD OF GOD

We believe that the Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the infallible Word of God, verbally inspired by God, and without error. We believe that God’s intentions, revealed in the Bible, are the supreme and final authority in testing all claims about what is true and what is right. We believe that in matters not addressed by the Bible, what is true and right is assessed by criteria consistent with the teachings of Scripture. (Numbers 23:19; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5; Matthew 22:29, 43-44; 24:35; Mark 13:31; John 8:31, 32; 14:26; 16:13-14; 17:17; 20:31; Acts 20:32; I Corinthians 2:13; 14:37; II Timothy 3:16; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18; II Peter 1:20, 21; 3:16)

VI. THE FALL OF MAN

We believe that man was created by God in His own image and for His glory; but that the first man, Adam, voluntarily sinned and fell short of God’s glory by transgressing the command of God, and thus incurred physical, spiritual, and eternal separation from God. We believe that in consequence of the first transgression, all human beings are born with a sinful nature that is wholly opposed to God and so are under divine condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse, and they become actual transgressors as soon as they are capable of moral action. We believe that the inability of fallen men to fulfill the precepts of God’s law arises entirely from their love of sin. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:1-7, 19; 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Ecclesiastes 2:11; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:19; 5:19; 8:5-8; Ephesians 2:1-3; James 1:14; I John 1:10)

VII. SALVATION

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, and that only those who trust Jesus Christ as their Savior, by virtue of His atoning death on the cross, submitting to Him as Lord, and embracing Him as supreme Treasure of their lives, are saved. We believe that salvation includes justification, the free imputation of Christ’s righteousness, deliverance from condemnation, and the gift of eternal life. We believe that the great end of the Gospel is to restore sinners through a Mediator to a holy obedience to God, which glorifies God. (Matthew 13:44; John 1:13; 3:14-16; 5:24; 8:12; 10:26; 17:3; Romans 3:21-26; 4:4-9, 23-25; 5:1-2, 9, 19; 6:11; 8:1, 28-34; I Corinthians 15:1-2; II Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 3:7-8; I Peter 3:18)

VIII. GOD’S PURPOSE OF GRACE

We believe that God, from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any way to be the author or approver of sin, nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures. We believe that Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies some persons; that it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, and trust in God; and that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel. (Proverbs 16:33; Isaiah 46:9-11; Romans 8:28-30; I Corinthians 1:27-31; Ephesians 1:4, 11; Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3; James 1:13-15)

IX. REGENERATION

We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again. We believe that Regeneration is a work of the Holy Spirit, who gives life to those dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. We believe that Regeneration is an act of God’s sovereign grace to bring about our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and that its immediate effect is the holy fruits of repentance, faith, and newness of life. (John 3:3-8; Ephesians 2:1-6; Titus 3:5; I John 5:1)

X. REPENTANCE AND FAITH

We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; and that Repentance and Faith are the immediate duty of all people, yet are also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn from our sin to God with sincere contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord, Savior, and Treasure, and relying on Him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior. We believe that the act of Faith and Repentance is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness. (Psalm 32:1-5; Isaiah 6:5; 55:7; Luke 5:8; 18:9-14; Acts 2:37-38; 11:15-18; Romans 3:27-28; 4:1-5, 17-25; 10:14, 17; II Corinthians 7:10-11; Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 1:29; II Timothy 2:25; James 2:14-26)

XI. JUSTIFICATION

We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to those who believe in Him is Justification. We believe that Justification is a legal act in which God, as the just Judge, declares sinners not guilty but instead righteous. We believe that Justification includes the immediate pardon of sin and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity. (Romans 3:21-26; 4:4-9, 23-25; 5:1-2, 9, 17-21; 8:28-34; 10:3-4; II Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:7-9; Titus 3:5-7)

XII. SANCTIFICATION

We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means, which are especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer. We believe that the Holy Spirit empowers all saints with a resolve to reckon themselves dead to sin and alive to Christ, enabling them to strive after a heavenly life in heartfelt obedience to all Christ’s commands. (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:27; Romans 8:1-17; Galatians 5:13-25; Ephesians 3:14-21; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 3:1-17; II Peter 1:3-11)

XIII. PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS

We believe that only real believers will endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. We believe that all those whom God has regenerated will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall through neglect and temptation into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. (John 6:37-40; 10:28-29; Romans 8:28-39; I Corinthians 1:8-9; Philippians 1:6; I Thessalonians 5:23-24; Hebrews 3:12-14; 6:11-12; 10:39)

XIV. THE CHURCH

We believe in one holy, universal Church made up of all who trust Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord and supreme Treasure of their lives. We believe that God calls us to unite with other baptized believers in local churches to help each other to value Christ above all, to praise Him together, to grow in our love and knowledge of Him, to observe the ordinances of Christ, to stir each other up to good works, and to magnify the glory of God’s grace in Jesus Christ by proclaiming Him to all peoples for their everlasting joy in God. We believe that the Lord Jesus is the Head of the church, and to each true local church He has given necessary authority for administering the order, discipline, and worship which He has appointed. We believe that the regular officers of a church are Elders or Pastors, and Deacons. (Matthew 28:18-20; John 10:16; Acts 15:36, 41; 16:5; 20:17, 28; I Corinthians 16:1; Galatians 1:1-3; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23; I Timothy 3:1-13; 5:17-18; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 10:24-25; Revelation 1:4, 10, 11)

XV. BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER

We believe that Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, by which a believer is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of being united with Christ in His death and resurrection, of remission of sins, and of giving oneself up to God, to walk in newness of life. We believe that Baptism is prerequisite to church membership and to participation in the Lord’s Supper. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a new covenant ordinance of Jesus Christ, in which the gathered members of the church regularly eat bread and drink the fruit of the vine together in remembrance of the Lord, thus proclaiming His death until He comes. We believe that those who eat and drink in a worthy manner partake of Christ’s body and blood, not physically, but spiritually, and in doing so by faith are nourished with the benefits He obtained through His death. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 2:12; Matthew 26:26-29; John 6:53-57, 63; I Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:23-34)

XVI. CIVIL GOVERNMENT

We believe that Civil Government is of Divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth. (Matthew 22:17-21; Acts 5:29; Romans 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13-17)

XVII. DEATH AND THE LAST THINGS

We believe that at death, the bodies of all people return to dust, but believers are made perfect in holiness and go immediately to be with the Lord while unbelievers enter eternal, conscious torment. We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe that Christ will raise the bodies of all the dead, both the just and the unjust, in the resurrection of the body for the final judgment of all people, leading to the eternal happiness of the righteous in the Lord’s presence, and the eternal separation of the wicked from the presence of the Lord in conscious punishment. (Genesis 3:19; Matthew 16:27; 25:46; Mark 14:62; Luke 16:22-26; 23:43; John 5:22, 27-29; 14:3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; I Corinthians 4:5; 15:12-28; II Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 1:23; 3:20, 21; I Thessalonians 4:15- 17; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 12:22-23; Revelation 20:11-15)