What We Value

 

Worship: We value Christ-centered worship from the heart and mind because it is the chief end of humanity to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (Psalm 73:25 -28; Rom. 11:36;  1Cor. 10:31).  Worship in Spirit and Truth is the proper response to all God is and has done for us in Jesus Christ.       

Scripture: We value a high view of the Bible (all 66 books of the Old and New Testaments), because we believe that it is inspired by God and that it is inerrant and infallible in all that it teaches and is therefore our ultimate authority for all things pertaining to life and godliness (2Tim. 3:16). 

It is the gospel that continues to remind us that our day-to-day acceptance with the Father is not based on what we do for God but upon what Christ did for us
— Jerry Bridges

The Gospel: We value the gospel because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes in Christ alone for right standing with God. The Gospel is the good news of how God reconciles sinful people to Himself through the incarnation, perfect life, substitutionary atoning death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, which God planned from before the foundation of the world.  Everyone who, by grace through faith, trusts in Christ’s work alone for redemption has been born again and receives eternal life. This message is not simply an entry requirement for the Kingdom, but the central teaching of the Bible and an inexhaustible treasure that applies to all aspects of a believer’s life. (Rom.1:16; 3:21- 26; 1Cor.1:17-2:16; 15:1-19; 1John 2:1-2). 

Christ-Centered Preaching: We value proclaiming Christ in all of Scripture because we understand that from Genesis to Revelation the narrative of God’s gracious plan of redemption through Jesus Christ is the focal point of the whole narrative, and that this narrative of our redemption leads us back to authentic worship (Luke 24:13-35, 44-49). 

The incarnate, crucified, and risen Christ is the center and end of Scripture.
— Mark A. Seifrid

Fellowship and Community in Christ: We value authentic Christ-centered fellowship, because the Bible teaches that believers are to love one another. This love is perhaps the clearest mark of true faith and our greatest apologetic to an unbelieving world (Jn.13:34-35; 1Jn. 3:14; 4:7-21).  

 Biblical Forbearance: We value biblical forbearance toward one another in all areas neither addressed nor mandated by Scripture so that the gospel and its proclamation might always remain primary (Rom. 14:1 -23; 1 Cor. 8-9). It is our aim to major on the majors and minor on the minors accepting one another as family in Christ for the sake of the advancement of the Gospel. 

 

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Missional Living for All Believers: We value seeing God display His power by saving sinners through the proclamation of the gospel by all of the members of the church. We are committed to working diligently and creatively to teach each of our members to establish relationships in the greater community for the sake of sharing the gospel locally and globally (Mt. 28:18-20Acts 1:8Eph. 4:11-13).

Church Health leading to Growth & Multiplication: We value seeing our church and the greater New Covenant Kingdom of God grow in Christian maturity and numerically because Jesus has called us to go and make disciples of all nations. We believe planting new churches is the most biblical way to make disciples and reach the unreached. As such we aim to make church-planting part of our DNA (Mat. 28:18-20; the Book of Acts).

Godly Leadership: We value a plurality of biblically qualified, godly elders who teach and equip the church unto maturity in Christ, who set the vision and course for the congregation, and who lead in genuine worship (1Cor. 4:1611:1Phil. 3:174:91Thess. 1:6-72:102Thess. 3:6-91Tim. 3:1-164:121Pet. 5:3).

Ethnic Diversity: We value fellowship that is inclusive of all ethnicities, because all people bear the image of God. It is our desire that our church membership reflect the ethnic diversity of our city, displaying the truth of the gospel and Christ’s gathering of his elect in glory into an uncountable multitude from every tribe, language, people, and nation worshiping God in unity for eternity. (Gen. 1:26-7; Gal. 3:28; Rev. 5:9, 13:7, 14:6)

Strong Families: We value the nurture and constant strengthening of biblically healthy marriages and families as the foundation of healthy relationships within the church and for the transformation of society to the glory of God (Gen. 1:28; 2:23-24; 1Cor 7; Eph. 5:25-6:4; Col. 3:18-21).

What We Believe

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The inerrancy of Scripture means that Scripture in the original manuscripts does not affirm anything that is contrary to fact.... [T]he Bible always tells the truth...concerning everything it is about.
— Wayne Grudem

THE CONVERGE WORLDWIDE 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 a church. 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).