statement of faith
Within a few years of Jesus’ death and resurrection and the establishment of the Church on the Day of Pentecost, false doctrine/teaching began to creep into the Church. Much of the apostles’ letters in the New Testament and Jesus’ letters to the Churches recorded in Revelation were written to correct this false teaching. There are certain essentials, certain major doctrinal assertions, on which we must agree if we are to remain true to the teachings of Jesus and the Scripture regarding God, the Bible, Salvation, and the Church. CCCS has developed a Statement of Faith which outlines these essentials. Our Statement of Faith is not meant to be a creedal statement or a test of fellowship. We firmly believe that the Bible is our sole source for what we believe and, that where the Bible speaks, we speak, and where it is silent, we are silent. Our Statement of Faith however serves as a teaching tool to help clarify what we believe to be the essentials from the Bible around which we need to be unified.
These things don't change at CCCS. This is what we believe, and it’s who we are at the core as a church.
o We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of all things visible and invisible. (Genesis 1:1; Matthew 5:16, 45; 6:1, 4, 8, 9; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3; James 1:17)
o We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the one and only Savior. (John 1:1, 14, 29; 3:16; 14:6; Philippians 2:6-11; 1 John 4:9; Colossians 1:15-19)
● Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, both fully human and fully divine; Who lived a sinless life; Who suffered and was crucified as an atonement for sin; Who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day; Who ascended into Heaven; and Who will return in victory to rule forever. (Luke 1:26-38; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 4:15; Romans 5:15-17; Luke 22:47-24:53; John 20:24-29; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Acts 1:1-9; Colossians 3:1; Revelation 1:7-8; 11:15)
o We believe in the Holy Spirit,
● Who convicts of sin; Who indwells every Christian; who helps us in our weakness and intercedes for us in prayer; and Who empowers us to a fruitful Christian life. (John 16:8; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Timothy 1:14; Romans 8:26; Galatians 5:22-23)
o We believe that the Bible is the final authority for all matters of faith, truth, morality, and Christian living. (Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 119:11, 105Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12)
o We believe the Bible teaches that God is the Creator and Sustainer of human life; that God creates each person in His image; and that life is, therefore, sacred, from conception to natural death. We believe that God creates each person as male or female; that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the “image of God” in humankind; and that each person’s biological gender is an intrinsic, immutable aspect of his or her nature and identity. (Genesis 1:26-27; Gen 2:7, 21-22; Psalm 139:13-18)
o We believe the Bible teaches that God established marriage in the beginning as a lifelong, exclusive relationship between one man and one woman; that He has reserved sexual intimacy as an expression of love and commitment between a married couple; and that any intimate expression of sexuality outside the Biblical marriage is sin. (Genesis 2:23-25; Exodus 20:14, 17; 22:19; Leviticus 18:1-20, 22-23; 20:11-21; Matthew 19:4-6, 9; Romans 1:18-31; I Corinthians 6:9-10, 15-20; I Timothy 1:8-11; Jude 7)
o That salvation – the forgiveness of sins – is only by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7)
o That one receives salvation by putting faith in Christ, repenting of sin, confessing Christ, and that the bible commands every believer in Christ to be baptized by immersion. (Romans 5:1-2; 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 2:38; 3:19; Galatians 3:27)
o That those who have received salvation through faith in Jesus Christ are sent into the world to proclaim the gospel and to love and serve the world just as Jesus Himself did. (2 Corinthians 5:11-21; Ephesians 2:10; Matthew 28:18-20; John 20:21)
o We believe the Bible teaches that every Christian should be an active member of a local church. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
o We believe that the Elders of the church are the overseers of its affairs and the shepherds of its members; that they are the final interpretive authority of the Bible’s meaning and application for the church; and they are responsible for the oversight, instruction, edification, discipline, and restoration of church members. (1 Peter 5:1-4; Titus 1:9; 2:1-15; Hebrews 13:17; Matthew 18:15-17; Galatians 6:1; 1 Corinthians 5:11-13)
o We believe that the Bible instructs church members to:
● Meet together regularly for fellowship, worship, teaching, and the Lord’s Supper. (Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
● Use our natural abilities and spiritual gifts to serve one another. (Romans 12; 1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 12:7)
● Love one another, bear with one another, accept one another, and forgive one another. (John 13:34-35; 15:17; I John 4:7; Romans 13:8; 15:7; Ephesians 4:2, 32; Colossians 3:14)
● Seek unity, agreement, and peace with one another. (Romans 12:16, 18; 1 Thessalonians 5:13; Philippians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 13:11)
● Encourage and build up one another. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
● Bear one another’s burdens and pray for one another. (Galatians 6:2; James 5:17-18)
● Spur one another to love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24)
● Submit to the authority of the elders of the church. (Hebrews 13:7)
● Support the church financially. (2 Corinthians 8:7; Malachi 3:10; 1 Timothy 5:17-18)
● Pursue personal holiness and obedience to God’s Word. (2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; 1 Peter 1:15)
● Strive together to fulfill the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:18-20)
Love God. Love people. Serve the world.
To make a difference in the lives of people in our community and around the world by living and sharing the love of Jesus Christ.
Our Core Values
Church membership is not only important to us at CCCS for practical reasons—making sure we have accurate contact information and knowing who you are so we can pastor you better—it is also very important to us for Biblical reasons. The Bible refers to the church as a “body” (1 Corinthians 12:12-27) and says that the “body” is made up of many individual parts, each of which has a unique function to fulfill and contribution to make to the mission of that particular “body,” or church. We believe in church membership because it helps us identify ourselves as a unified “body” that needs each person in order to function at our highest capacity. The Bible also talks about the importance of being part of a community that can help meet each other’s needs (Acts 2:42-47) and the importance of submitting ourselves to the leaders of a church (Hebrews 13:17), which both happen best through the commitment and accountability of church membership. While the Bible does not specifically command people to become members of a church, we believe that having a membership and committing to it is the best way to cultivate the kind of community the Bible describes the church to be.