What We Value
CCC expresses what we value in three parts:
Purpose, Values and Action...
CCC PURPOSE. We exist as...
God’s People on God’s Mission for God’s Glory
CCC VALUES. By the grace of God we strive to be...
Gospel-driven. We value God’s word.
The Bible is the center-point and starting point of all we do. The Christ-centered gospel is the central message of God’s Word, so it is what we proclaim and that by which our lives, worship, spiritual growth, mission, and faith-community are shaped.
Gospel Stewardship. We value God’s Commission.
This means we believe we are demonstrating good stewardship with Christ’s gospel when our aim and effort is to make disciples of all nations. As a result our congregation and partnerships should reflect our city’s demographics .
Gospel Witness. We value God’s Command.
This means our love for God, one another, and others across generations, cultures, races, and social strata is our greatest witness for advancement of the truth of the gospel.
CCC ACTION. This is how we carry out our purpose according to our values...
· We commit to corporate worship (together around God’s Word) from the heart and mind because it is the chief end of humanity to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
· We commit to personal worship (via prayer, Scripture reading, and work as unto the Lord).
· We commit to family worship (discipling our families together in the Lord).
Gathering in Grace
· We gather regularly on the Lord's Day (Sunday), mid-week Gospel Communities, and other venues for discipleship, prayer, & loving fellowship.
· We gather to serve the needs of those around us and around the world.
"Gospelizing Glocally" We commit to loving our city (local) and world (global) well with the gospel message.
· Local: we love our City well through service, mercy ministries, and proclamation ministries.
· Global (and national): we love our world well through global partnerships for service, training, and proclamation.
What We Believe
THE CONVERGE (Baptist General Conference) STATEMENT OF FAITH READS...
1. The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. 2Timothy 3:16; 2Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31-32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32
2. The Trinity
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three person; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19-20; Ephesians 4:5-6
3 . God the Father
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Luke 10:21-22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1-2; 2:5-6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6
4 . Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30, 31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9,10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Timothy 3:16
5 . The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. John 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26
6 . Regeneration
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Genesis. 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 3; Genesis 2:17; 3:19; Eccl. 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Romans 9:22; II Thessalonians 1:9; Rev. 19:3,20; 20:10;14,15; 21:18; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; I John 1:9; John 3:16; John 1:13; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1
7 . The Church
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25
8 . Christian Conduct
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15,23-24; I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9; I Corinthians 4:2; Col. 1:9-10
9 . The Ordinances
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26
10 . Religious Liberty
We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other. I Timothy 2:5; Romans 14:7-9,12
11 . Church Cooperation
We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Acts 15:36,41; 16:5; I Corinthians 16:1; Galatians 1:1-3; Revelations 1:4,10,11
12 . The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked. Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15
CHRIST COMMUNITY CHURCH strives to be a "confessional" church...
A confession is a restatement of the historic gospel outlining the Bible's theology and Bible interpretation held by like-minded churches. CCC recognizes its connection with God's providential work in history. So, desiring to identify ourselves with the heritage of the Particular Baptist expression of faith forged in defining times by our forefathers who suffered much to uphold the biblical tenets of Regenerate Baptism (or "believers baptism"), the Doctrines of Grace, and Religious Freedom in the face of adversity, CCC's leadership subscribes to the London Baptist Confession of 1689 (with a few minor qualifications).