What We Believe

the bible, god, jesus christ, and the holy spirit

We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, in their original languages of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, are the divinely inspired revelation by God, of Himself and of His redemptive purpose to all mankind.  We accept the Bible as our all sufficient rule for faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17)

We believe in the God revealed in the Bible and in creation, the eternally self-existent One, sovereign Ruler of the universe.  We do not attempt to explain the mystery of God but accept in faith His existence. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:29)

We believe fully in the essential deity of the Second Person of the Godhead, the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God. (John 17:5; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:2). 

The nine fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) are the by-products of a spirit-filled life and evidence of spiritual maturity.  The gifts of the spirit are different manifestations of the spirit to build up the body (1 Corinthians 12:1-11).  We are instructed to diligently seek the gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31; 14:1), but they must be exercised in an orderly way (1 Corinthians 14:26-33) in the context of love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13).  The gifts are given based on the sovereignty of God.  

Man, the Fall, and Redemption   

We believe man was created in the image and likeness of God as a self-determining, self-conscious, world-conscious being, and that God endowed him with sovereign powers in relation to this earth and ultimately to the universe.

Man’s power of self-determination was tested in the Garden of Eden, and man failed.  But God did not abandon man.  In fact, He anticipated that fall and prepared the way of reconciliation through the death of His own Son . . . the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:8)

This redemption was purchased by the sacrificial death of Christ, who is that Lamb, on Calvary.  Now man, through personal acceptance of the merits of that shed blood, can be forgiven of sin, restored to fellowship from God, and have the evidence of that experience in the witness of God’s Spirit in his own inner being.

God has taken the initiative in opening the way of salvation.  Each individual must respond for himself. (John 3:16; Romans 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:8)

ORDINANCES, divine healing and human destiny

We observe Holy Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, in our church.  This is an open communion in which all believers present are invited to participate.

We also practice water baptism by immersion, as the outward sign and testimony of the believer to the inward work of grace wrought by the Spirit of God in the “new birth.”

We do not baptize infants, but parents are encouraged to dedicate their children to the Lord in a public service as seen in the example of Jesus and Samuel.      

(1 Corinthians 11:26; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4)

We believe divine healing is an integral part of the gospel.  We believe that it is for today and is dependent on the sovereignty of God.  In other words, we trust in God’s omnipotence (He is all-powerful) and his omniscience (He is all knowing). (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14-16, John 9:1-3)

Death seals the eternal destiny of each person.  For all humans there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual.  Unbelievers will be eternally separated from God and condemned to hell based on their own rejection of God.  On the other hand, believers will be received into eternal fellowship with God and will be judged and rewarded for works done in this life. (Zephaniah 3:19-20; Matthew 24:27, 30; Titus 2:13; Revelation 19:11-14; Revelation 20:11-15; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Revelation 22:12-13)

the church, faith and practice

The result of an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ is that all believers become members of His body, the Church.  There is one true church universal, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  The Scripture commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of baptism and communion as the sacramentarian ordinances established by Jesus Christ, fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world.

Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church.  Under the watchfulness of elders and other supportive leadership, its members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. (Acts 2:42ff; Galatians 5:22-26; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:11-16; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 1 Timothy 4:13ff)

Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.  Community Celebration Church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where Scripture is silent.  Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord, to whom he or she alone is ultimately responsible. (Romans 6:1-11, 13; Romans 8:1-2; Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 12:14; Hebrews 13:12; 1 Peter 1:15-16; 1 Peter 1:5)