Celebration Community Church

CORE BELIEFS

 

I. We believe in the inspiration & authority of the Bible as the word of God (not recognizing any one translation as the only inspired translation), which is the complete revelation of His Will for the salvation of men, & the Divine & final authority for all Christian faith and life.

"All scripture is God-breathed... 2 Timothy 3:16-17

"For the word of God is living and active... Hebrews 4:12-13

 

II. We believe God is the sovereign Creator of all things, who is sinless, and eternally exist in three distinct persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations... Matthew 28:19-20

"...and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever... John 14:15-17

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1

 

III. We believe Jesus Christ as true God and perfect man, offered Himself as a sinless, substitutionary sacrifice for a lost human race and was physically resurrected from the dead to show that His redeeming work was perfectly accomplished. 

"In the beginning was the Word... John 1:1-14

"That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord'...  Romans 10:9

 

IV.  We believe in the Holy Spirit, and that He has given to men, certain spiritual gifts. We believe that all men should desire these gifts and we welcome in our worship, the spirit-led expression of these gifts. 

"There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit... 1 Corinthians 12:4-13

 

V.  We believe that God originally created man in His image yet man rebelled against Him; resulting in a state of spiritual separation from God therefore man’s only hope to be reconciled with God is through Jesus Christ and his redeeming work. 

"Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image... Genesis 1:26-27

"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith...Romans 5:1-2

"Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man... Romans 5:12-17

"…so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might...Romans 5:21

 

VI.  We believe that salvation (eternal life with God) is entirely a free gift of God’s grace. It is acquired through personal trust in Christ’s redemptive work, and that it becomes an eternal possession of all who are truly born again by the Holy Spirit through faith. 

"For God so loved the world that he gave... John 3:16

"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins... Ephesians 2:1-9

 

VII.  We believe in baptism by immersion in water as a first step of obedience upon believing in Christ. 

"Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved... Mark 16:16

 

VIII.  We believe that the Church is a universal organism composed of all who are united by faith to Christ however; it is through the local church that God’s purposes are fulfilled in the world today. (Universal Church). 

"And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock... Matthew 16:18

"And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him... Ephesians 1:22

"And he (Christ) is the head of the body, the church... Colossians 1:18

"They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches... Romans 16:4

"If your brother sins against you, go and show... Matthew 18:15-20

 

IX.  We believe in the laying on of hands, the anointing of oil, and the Table of the Lord as ordinances of the church as commanded by Christ and demonstrated by his apostles. 

"When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus... Luke 4:40

"Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church... James 5:14

"For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you... 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

 

X.  We believe that Jesus will return in bodily form to redeem His bride, resurrect the dead, Judge the fallen world and establish His eternal kingdom.

"'Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why do you stand here looking into the sky... Acts 1:11

"Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men... Jude 1:14-16

"Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of...Revelation 19:6-16 


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