C3 Doctrinal Statement
Jesus Christ paid for the sins of humanity when he was put to death on the cross; He overcame death by his resurrection; He is the eternal Savior and Mediator who now prays for us; we believe Jesus ascended into heaven and that he will return to judge all men at the last day. We now have a peace with God (righteousness) because we are reconciled through the sacrifice of Jesus.³
We believe Holy Spirit gives gifts to each believer to help build the church.⁴ Not all believers will share in the same gift,⁵ but when we come to believe in Jesus we are given a gift(s) by Holy Spirit that serves as a demonstration⁶ of our being true children of God. We believe that the purpose of the local church is found in representing the life, ministry, and love of Jesus Christ in a world in sore need of all three.
We believe God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. The offering Christ freely made on the cross is the perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, redeeming man from all sin, so that no other satisfaction is required.
We believe that when we come to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we are washed clean from our sins, adopted by God.
We believe this experience does not deliver us from the infirmities, ignorance, and mistakes common to man, or from the possibilities of further sin. The Christian must continue on guard against spiritual pride and seek to gain victory over every temptation to sin. He must respond wholly to the will of God so that sin will lose its power over him.
We believe that “the Lord's Day” is a holy day and its importance is vital. We should remember the Lord’s Day by devoting it to the Lord Jesus. We remember it by worshipping, knowing, fellowshipping with, and enjoying the crucified and risen Christ. We remember it as John did: by being in the Spirit; hearing Jesus' great Voice (the preaching of the gospel); and seeing Him (by faith) walking amidst the candlesticks (in the Church).
The most common way to observe the Lord’s Day is by attending the worship services of Bible believing Church. On this day we are encouraged to exercise corporate worship of God that will often include such things as: prayer, reading of the Scriptures, singing, and perhaps sharing a meal together.
“The Lord’s Day” is not to be confused with a 7th Day Sabbath requirement. We do not believe that Christians are bound to The Law of Moses and obligated to follow all of the 613 laws contained within,¹⁰ such as the observance of a Saturday sabbath.¹¹ However, we do believe that Christians are called to and will naturally abide by the 10 commandments as originally given through Moses at Mt. Sinai.¹²
- Psalm 145:17; 1 Samuel 2:2; Isaiah 6:1-4; Revelation 4:8
- John 1:1-4; Colossians 1:16-17; Matthew 1:18
- 1 Peter 3:18
- 1 Corinthians 12:7
- 1 Corinthians 12:6-11
- Ephesians 1:13
- Romans 3:10-18
- Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2
- John 20:1
- Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:24; Hebrews 8
- Colossians 2:16
- Exodus 20
- 1 Corinthians 14:26-33
- Judges 4:4; 1 Corinthians 11:5; Romans 16:1, 7
- 1 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:10