STATEMENT OF FAITH


From the CCC Constitution
ARTICLE III
Doctrine

We believe the Gospel of Christ and the Word of God to be the only rule of faith and practice. This is the foundation and basis of all that follows.

Section 3.1 - The Word of God
We believe that the entire Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, is inspired by God and is without error in the original manuscripts, and that it is the supreme and final authority in faith and life (II Tim. 3:16-17).

Section 3.2 - The Godhead
We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are equal in nature, power, and glory (Matt. 28:19). We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Divine Trinity, and that He was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, and that He is true God and true man and is the only sufficient mediator between God and man (John 1:14; Col. 2:9). We believe in the personality of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Divine Trinity, and that His ministry is to reveal Christ to men and to regenerate and sanctify those who believe (John 16:8-13; Tit. 3:5).

Section 3.3 - Man
We believe that man was created in the image of God but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and incurred spiritual death and eternal condemnation. We believe that man, of himself, is entirely unable to remedy his lost condition (Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3).

Section 3.4 - Salvation
We believe that God by His grace provided for the salvation of men through the sinless life and substitutionary death of the Lord Jesus Christ for our sins and that He bodily rose again from the dead victorious over death (I Cor. 15:3-4; II Cor. 5:21). Therefore, we believe that salvation is the free gift of God, entirely apart from works, and is possessed by all who have repented of their sin and turned in faith to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (Eph. 2:8-10; Acts 20:21). We believe that one ministry of the Holy Spirit is to grant a confident assurance of salvation to be enjoyed by all those who are truly in Christ (Rom. 8:15-16, 38-39).

Section 3.5 - Sanctification
We believe that even though salvation is not by works, true faith will be accompanied by good works, the fruit of the Holy Spirit's activity in one's life (Gal. 5:22-24). It is expected therefore that every believer in Christ will put off the old self with its sinful practices and walk in newness of life and will present his body as a living sacrifice to God, walking in humble obedience to God's will (Eph 4:22-24; Rom. 12:1-2). Those who do not follow this path will experience the chastening hand of God (Heb. 12:5-11).

Section 3.6 - The Church
We believe that all followers of Christ have been made members of the Church, the body of Christ,by the baptism of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 12:13). This spiritual baptism is symbolized by water baptism through which the believer identifies with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection and expresses publicly a desire to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:1-4). Therefore we practice believer’s baptism by immersion. We believe that Communion, the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup, is an ordinance of the Church to be observed periodically in remembrance of Christ and His death for us (I Cor. 11:23-26). We also believe the practice of Foot washing and Love Feast should be observed periodically in accordance with the Lord's example (John 13:1-17). We believe that the Holy Spirit gives gifts to all the members of the Church for the edification of the body of Christ and that each member has a responsibility to actively participate in the life of the Church for the good of the whole (I Cor. 12:12-27).

Section 3.7 - Eschatology
We believe in the personal, visible return of Christ a second time to this earth in glory (Acts 1:11). We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men; the saved to everlasting blessedness, the lost to everlasting conscious punishment (John 5:25-29).