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Essentials of the Faith

At Christ Community Church we are committed to living out the implications of God’s radical grace in every area of our lives, and believe that all of life—at home, at work, at play—is to be lived to the glory of God. Here is a brief description of some of the essentials of our faith.

The Human Condition
Because of the fall, we are more sinful than we could ever imagine (Jeremiah 17:9). Not only have we been credited with Adam’s sin (Romans 5:12-19), but we are also responsible for our own sin. In our fallen state, and without God’s saving help, we are spiritually unable to choose to love and obey God (Romans 3:9-20, 8:5-8). We are all in this same boat—desperately in need of God’s grace.

The Initiative of God, the Father
Because of our inherent brokenness and sin, we need our God to pursue us, which He certainly does. Why does He do this? Because, while we are more sinful than we could ever imaging, we are also more loved than we had ever dreamed! By His grace, God takes the initiative in establishing relationship with us, reaches down, captures our heart, and invites us into an irresistible relationship with Himself (John 6:37-39, II Thessalonians 2:13-14).

The Work of Jesus, the Son
God didn’t just come up with the idea of salvation. He actually provided the way of salvation through Jesus Christ. (John 10:14-15, Ephesians 5:25-27). On the cross of Jesus Christ, we see the God’s mercy for all who would believe: “My child, I love you and have forgiven you.” (I John 4:10, Romans 5:10, Galatians 3:13). In other words, the cross was not just an act of goodwill, it was a fully effective act of redemption.

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
Through the Holy Spirit’s ministry God transforms our lives. How? By convincing us of our sin and misery, enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ and by capturing our hearts with the love and mercy of God (Ezekiel 36:25-27). The Spirit of God opens our eyes to the beauty of Jesus Christ. (John 6:44-45, Philippians 2:13).

The Promise of the Gospel
He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it (Phil. 1:6). In other words, the One who has captured your heart will never leave you or forsake you. Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God has promised His love for you — and He will keep that promise. He will never let you go. How do I know He has embraced me? I have embraced Him. (I Corinthians 1:8-9).

Together, Christ Community Church joins with other likeminded churches in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). For an even deeper look into the doctrine and theology of the PCA click here.