What we believe
We are a multi-denominational church supported by the Reformed Church in America and founded upon the principle that the Bible is true Truth because it is the revealed Word of God. We desire to bring the truth of scripture to bear on every area of life. We believe that much of the disunity in the church and among people today is because as fallen human beings, we keep getting in the way of properly interpreting and living out God's revealed will. As a result, we often fight and feud over personal preferences that are informed by our changing cultural perceptions of truth. No wonder there is so much drama and struggle in our culture and in our churches!
We confess that we are far from perfect in our understanding and application of God's revealed will. Yet, we want to grow closer to Jesus and closer to living a life that pleases Him. As a community, we are committed to growing, but we realize that we have folks with many different life experiences and many different perspectives. We believe this is a good thing! To help keep us unified and to promote the peace and purity of the church, we have developed the following statement.
Christ Community is a community of faith dedicated to
unity in the essentials,
liberty in the non-essentials,
and love in all things.
So what are the essentials?
The following is a brief statement of faith. It is followed by links to several very well written confessions of faith that articulate what we think scripture teaches. We understand that we are still a people on the journey of understanding the depth and riches of the multi-faceted gospel. We are also dedicated to continuing to talk about it because nothing is more important than learning about and then walking in the grace found in Jesus.
We believe in one living God in three persons. These persons are fully God and fully distinct as persons. God is eternal, incomprehensible, invisible, immutable, infinite, almighty, perfectly wise, just, good, and the overflowing fountain of all that is good. We believe that this one true God created the entire universe, out of nothing, for and at His pleasure. God also created humanity, male and female, in the image of God. This creation, including the first humans, was very good in every respect.
We believe that through the introduction of willful disobedience, sin and death entered into this good creation causing every aspect of creation to suffer a lack or depravation from its created good. Currently creation retains glimpses and elements of its created good, but it also contains elements and entire movements that have drifted far from its created good. All of creation groans awaiting the promise of restoration to its created good at the end of time. Humanity also is fallen from our state of created goodness. We are sinners by inherent sin through birth and by choice. All of us are rebellious against the person and will of God. As such, we justly deserve His displeasure and separation from God.
We believe God’s promise of restoration and redemption was worked out among the members of the Godhead before the creation of the world. In His sovereign mercy, God decided to allow the eternal and holy Son of God, whom we know as Jesus, to become incarnate as a man. Jesus was born of a virgin, and He lived a perfect life free from sin and marked by doing the will of God. He died a cruel death He did not deserve. In His death, the wrath of God was poured out upon Him for the sin of all who believe. In His resurrection, Jesus began the restoration of all creation by overthrowing sin and death.
We believe as humans, we must repent of our sin and believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Yet, as we actively repent and believe, even our faith is a work of grace and a gift of God. When we believe, we are justified before God. We are also then adopted into God’s family, and we are given the full rights of sons. From this moment of first faith in Jesus, we begin the journey of growing back toward our created good through living a life of repentance and faith. In this process, we have the gift of the Holy Spirit who comes to live within the heart of all believers leading us into a life of increasing holiness and service.
We believe in the coming Kingdom of God where evil will be ultimately destroyed and all things will be set right. Currently this Kingdom is present, but soon it will be realized. This realization will occur when Jesus returns bodily to rule.
We are Protestants by affirmation and choice. We believe that God’s will is expressed perfectly and finally in the Holy Scriptures found in the 39 books of the Old and the 27 books of the New Testament. It is our final and ultimate authority as the Word of God. It contains all that is needed for our faith and our practice.
Thankfully, we are also not left on our own to figure out what the Bible teaches. We believe that faithful and thoughtful folks have affirmed the same scriptural teaching. Who are these folks? They are theologians and pastors who wrote the Three Forms of Unity (Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dort).
In other words, we are a confessional church. We are ardently scriptural and believe that scripture is our guide in all things. Yet, we believe these Confessions of faith accurately describe the true teaching of scripture. We also affirm the veracity of a related Confession called the Westminster Confession of Faith. We join the multitude of people of faith and many denominations who affirm the truth found in the Apostle's Creed.