What We Believe

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Christ Community Church holds to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We are evangelical, but moderate rather than fundamentalist. We value the intellect and modern science, while at the same time look to the Bible as the authoritative guide for faith and practice. We have a passionate faith with strong convictions, but also recognize that everything is not always clear. We are willing to ask tough questions, wrestle with difficult issues and seek to do so with grace and compassion in Christ lived out in concrete ways in the world. We value well-informed and passionate preaching, lively worship and small groups where people can grow in faith.

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WHAT WE BELIEVE - SPECIFICS

We believe in One God - revealed as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

We believe that God the Father created the universe. God is loving, compassionate, just and kind. God's deepest desire is to live in intimate relationship with all people.

We believe that, because of God's desire to live in relationship with us, God became a human being. Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, is fully God and fully man. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus made it possible for all people to live in a relationship with God. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Through Christ, all people have the ability to enter into a relationship with God.

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the presence of God among us. Through the Spirit, God loves us, empowers us and lives in us. The Spirit gives gifts to all believers. We believe in all the gifts of the Spirit and encourage their use.

We believe that the Bible is God's recorded Word to guide our faith and practice. Through it, God's nature and essence is revealed. The entire Bible is inspired by God and holds authority over believers. The Old and New Testaments are the histories and guides upon which we base our faith.

We believe that the church, be it a congregation or the worldwide fellowship of believers, is the body of Jesus Christ. As his Body, we are called to worship and serve God and to be the vehicle through which the Good News of the Christian faith is shared with the world.

We believe in and practice the sacraments of Believer's Baptism and Communion. We believe that Baptism is an outward expression of a personal decision to follow Jesus Christ. We practice infant dedication, entrusting parents and church in a partnership to raise and nurture children so that they may one day make a personal decision to follow Christ. We entrust children to the grace of God.

We believe that the Lord's Supper, or Communion, is symbolic of the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ. It reminds us of the sacrifice that Christ made on our behalf and of his amazing grace.

We believe in the worth and value of the human being. Created in God's image, humans have dignity. God sees humanity as worth dying for and their worth is not dependent on accomplishments, but on God's love. Since God sees humanity as worth dying for; we affirm and acknowledge the dignity and worth of all humanity.

At the same time, we acknowledge that humanity is separated from God because of sin. We joyfully proclaim the Good News that in Jesus Christ, forgiveness is possible. It is forgiveness which restores a fallen and broken humanity.

We believe in and anticipate the return in Jesus Christ. Though we don't know the day or hour, we joyfully proclaim, his return to inspire all people to make the most of life today.