Christ's Church is a non-denominational church charged by God to teach "sound doctrine". Our desire is to faithfully communicate God's truth as revealed in His Word to everyone. We desire to hold tenaciously to the essential doctrines and to be charitable in those areas that are nonessential to our saving faith.
We believe in one living God (Isaiah 45:5-7) who is eternally Self-existent (Exodus 3:14) and is by nature three distinct Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). He has created all things (Genesis 1:1) through His Son (Hebrews 1:2) by the power of His Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:2).
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God (John 10:30-33) who took on human flesh through a virgin birth (Matthew 1:22-25). He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), died a substitutionary death for our sin (I Peter 2:24), was buried and physically rose from the dead (I Corinthians 15:3-4) and ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of His Father in glory (Hebrews 1:3). He is now interceding for those who believe in Him (Hebrews 7:25).
We believe that God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:26-28). Because of Adam's sinful rebellion against God, all men are sinners by nature (Psalm 51:5) and by choice (Romans 3:23). Man's sinful condition results in spiritual death (Romans 6:23) and separation from God (Isaiah 59:2) without any ability to do what is acceptable to God.
We believe that forgiveness of sin comes only through faith in the Person of Jesus Christ (John 3:36) who died a substitutionary death on the cross for our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). Forgiveness cannot be earned by doing good works, joining a church, following church sacraments or physical inheritance (Romans 3:20). Salvation is a free gift received by trusting in Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), repenting of our sin (Acts 26:20) and confessing Jesus Christ as Lord (Romans 10:9-10). The evidence of genuine salvation is demonstrated in a transformed life of obedience and deeds of righteousness (John 14:15,Acts 2:41,Ephesians 2:10, I John 2:3-5). The goal of salvation is to conform every believer into the image of His son (Romans 8:29). The new life given is eternal and secured by God (John 10:27-28, Romans 8:29-30, Ephesians 1:13-14).
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Tri-unity, co-equal and co-existent with the Father and the Son (2 Corinthians 13:14, (Acts 5:3-4). He convicts the world of sin (John 16:7-9), activates our salvation (Titus 3:4-5), indwells every believer (Romans 8:9), immerses us into the church (I Corinthians 12:13), and transforms our character and lifestyle (2 Corinthians 3:17-18, Galatians 5:22-23) as each believer yields to His power (Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:16). He equips every believer with a supernatural gift to minister to the body of Christ (I Peter 4:10-11).
We believe God has given a record and testimony of His will for mankind called the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16-17). This is the sole basis of our belief. It is composed of sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament. It is completely authored by God (2 Timothy 3:16) and given to us flawlessly through the individual personalities and different styles of chosen men (2 Peter 1:20-21). It is authoritative truth (John 17:17) and given without any error in its original writings (Psalms 19:7). It is a complete revelation of God's¼s truth that cannot be added to or subtracted from (Deuteronomy 4:2, Jude 3, Revelation 22:18). It is sufficient for our lives (Psalm 19:7-14) and effective to accomplish what it says (Isaiah 55:11).
We believe that all believers who place their faith in Jesus Christ are baptized into one spiritual body, the church (I Corinthians 12:13), of which Christ is the head (Ephesians 1:22) and which is His bride (2 Corinthians 11:2). Every believer is called to participate faithfully in the fellowship of the church (Hebrews 10:25) and to devote themselves to worship, prayer, God's¼s Word, observance of baptism and communion, service and outreach (Acts 2:42-47). It is the mission of the church to "make disciples" of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20) and to deal with any sinful members through church discipline (Matthew 18:15-20). The local church is governed by godly men called pastors and elders (Acts 20:28, Titus 1:5-9) and is self supported by the generous giving of her members (I Corinthians 16:1-2).
We believe in the literal, visible (Revelation 1:7) and soon return of Jesus Christ for His Church (I Thessalonians 4:13-18). He will also judge the earth and its people (Revelation 6:19) and return to establish His kingdom reign for a thousand years (Revelation 20:1-10). He will at a future time predetermined by God resurrect all men to either eternal life (John 5:29) or to everlasting punishment (Revelation 20:11-15). Then we who are saved will live forever with the Lord in a new heaven and a new earth. (Revelation 21:1-4).
If you have any questions about these or any other doctrines please email the Pastoral Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.