What We Believe

OUR VISION:

To see the world, beginning with this community, transformed by Jesus Christ through the equipping of intentional disciple-makers and reaching diverse communities with the Gospel.

OUR MISSION:

CCMP exists to lead people to:
  • Engage a hurt and burdened world that is looking for hope.
  • Walk in the freedom, purpose, and fulfillment of their God-given identity.
  • Strive for the advancement of His church.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love, to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and compassion; to promote its prosperity, spirituality, and unity; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel throughout all nations.

OUR VALUES:

A. The Scriptures-
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God’s revelation of himself to men.  It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction.  It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.
It is inerrant and infallible in its original manuscript which is to be taken as verbally inspired.  It reveals the principles by which God judges us; and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21)
B. God-
There is one and only one living and true God.  He is intelligent, spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe.  God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections.  To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.  The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distant personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Hebrews 1:1)
C. The Godhead-
There is one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Matthew 28:19; John 14:10, 26; I John 5:7)
D. Humanity-
Humanity was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation.  In the beginning man and woman were innocent of sin and were endowed by their Creator with freedom of choice.  By their free choice man and woman sinned against God and brought sin into the human race.  Through the temptation of Satan, they transgressed the command of God and fell from their original innocence; whereby, their unborn generations inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin, and as soon as they are capable of moral action become transgressors and are under condemnation.  Only the grace of God can bring them in His holy fellowship and enable man and woman to fulfill the creative purpose of God.  The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man and woman in His own image, and in that Christ died for them; therefore, every man and woman possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love. (Genesis 1:26-27; Isaiah 53:6; Psalm 8; Romans 3:23; 5:12)
E. Sin Nature of Man-
Man and woman were created in the image and likeness of God.  However, through Adam and Eve’s sin, the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God.  Thus, humanity is totally depraved, and, of him or herself, utterly unable to remedy their lost condition. (Isaiah 59:2; 64:6; James 4:17; I John 3:4)
F. Salvation-
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole person and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His death, burial and resurrection obtained eternal redemption for the believer.  “In its broadest sense, salvation includes God’s grace, humanity’s repentance and faith, Regeneration, Preservation, Sanctification, and Glorification.” (Acts 4:12; Romans 1:16; I Peter 3:18)
G. The Church-
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ (baptism and communion), committed to His teachings, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His work, and seeking to extend the Gospel to the ends of the earth. (Mark 16:15; Acts 2:41-47; Ephesians 1:21-23; 5:25-27)
This church is an autonomous body, operating under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  In such congregation members are equally responsible.  Its scriptural offices are pastors and deacons. (Jeremiah 3:15; Acts 6:1-6; Ephesians 4:11-12; I Timothy 3)
The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages. (Ephesians 4:16-17; Revelation 5:9-13)
H. Baptism & Communion(The Lord’s Supper)-
  1. Baptism- Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.  It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead.  Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 8:36-37)
  2. The Lord’s Supper- The Lord’s Supper is an act of obedience whereby baptized believers of like faith, through partaking of the bread, which represents the body of Christ, and the fruit of the vine, which represents the blood of Christ, as we remember the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. (Mark 14:22-26; I Corinthians 11:23-24)
I. The Lord’s Day-
The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day.  It is a Christian institution for regular observance.  It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. (John 20:1, 19; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:2)
J. Evangelism & Missions-
  1. Evangelism- It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations.  Christ has given to His church a worldwide vision and mandate.  The new birth of humanity’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others.
  2. Missions- Missionary efforts on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ.  It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort and by all other methods in harmony with the Gospel of Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15)
K. Stewardship-
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have, and are, we owe to Him.  Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the Gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions.  They are, therefore, under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others.  According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally through their local church for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause throughout the whole world.  The tithe is to be considered the starting place of Christian stewardship. (Leviticus 27:30; Proverbs 3:9-10; Malachi 3:9-10; I Corinthians 4:2; 16:2; II Corinthians 9:6)
L. Last Things-
According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in His glory to the earth.  The dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  After the judgments of God upon this sinful world in the Great Tribulation, Jesus will come with His saints to physically establish His millennial kingdom on the earth. (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10)
Christ will judge all men and women in righteousness.  The redeemed of Christ in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their rewards and will dwell in heaven forever with their Savior.  The unsaved will be separated from the kingdom of God and will be consigned forever to hell, a place of everlasting punishment and eternal separation from God. (Matthew 25:31-45)
M. Statement of Faith regarding Human Sexuality and Marriage-
Biblical marriage is between a man and a woman.  It is the joining together of two distinct genders of mankind into one flesh.  That and coupling alone can create new life.  Marriage between a man and a woman is a metaphor for Christ’s relationship to the church, His bride. (Matthew 19:4-6; Genesis 1:27)
Weddings held and conducted in this church are clearly defined as a Christian Worship Service.
N. Abortion-
We believe that human life begins at conception and that each unborn child is a living human being with an eternal soul.  We believe that God is the author of all life and that all life is precious to Him.  Therefore, abortion is the unjustified taking of a human life.  We believe that the grace of God, through the blood of Christ, is able to cleanse us from all our sin. (Job 3:16; Psalm 139:14-16; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:44; I John 1:9)

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