What We Believe
Many churches today minimize the importance of beliefs, but at Community it is quite different. We stand firmly on God's Word as the foundation of our faith and practice. You'll notice an abundance of scripture references in our Statement of Faith. Bible preaching and teaching are central to our ministry. We believe music is an key element in worship and should be God honoring. Our music is vibrant, traditional, and gospel centered in our services.
What you believe is vitally important! Your beliefs concerning Jesus Christ determine how you live on earth and where you will spend eternity. God's Way of Salvation tells how you can come to know Christ as your personal Savior.
Our Statement of Faith
- Scripture: We believe that the Bible is God's Word, that it was written by men divinely inspired and that it is the final authority in all matters of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).
- The Godhead: One God eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus is fully God, the Holy Spirit is fully God, and yet there is only one God. (Micah 5:2; Rom. 9:5; Ps. 139:7-10; Deut. 4:35, 39; Is. 44:6; Is. 6:8; Matt. 9:37-38)
- Man: Man was created by God in His image, and remains in God’s image though marred by the fall. At death believers go immediately into God’s presence, while unbelievers go immediately into a place of conscious punishment (Gen. 1:27, 31; 9:6; 2:7).
- Sin: Sin is any failure to conform to the moral law of God in act, disposition, or nature. God is not the author of sin, but He ordained sin through man’s willful choices. All humans are guilty because Adam’s sin is imputed to the human race and inherited by all. This sin makes man totally unable to please God and guilty before God from birth. (I John 3:4; Eph. 2:3; James 1:13; Acts 2:23; Rom. 5:8; Ps. 51:5; 14:3; Rom. 8:8; 1:18-3:24; Eph. 2:3)
- Salvation: Salvation is a marvelous gift of God’s grace. The essence of salvation is union with Christ. Salvation also includes being declared righteous by God in His sight (justification) and being born into God’s family. (Ps. 33:11; Eph. 1:4-5; I Cor. 2:16; Acts 13:48; II Cor. 5:17; Col. 1:26-27; 12:13; Rom. 3:21-22; I John 3:1) Salvation occurs at the moment of conversion, when a sinner turns from sin and self towards God through Christ Jesus. It involves faith and repentance. the scope of salvation includes forgiveness of all our sins, past, present, and future.
- The Church: The church consists of all genuine believers in this age. The church began at Pentecost, and exists to proclaim God’s excellencies, bring God glory, and make faithful followers of Christ. The term church as used in the NT can also refer to the professing believers in a city or a local group of professing believers. (Matt. 16:18; Acts 1; Col. 4:15; Acts 12:5; Acts 20:28; I Pet. 2:9; Eph. 3:21; Matt. 28:19-20)
- Heaven and Hell: Christians will live with God forever in new heavens and a new earth. This is a kingdom prepared for the saints where no sin is present but only God’s perfect rule. Hell is a place of conscious torment, the final and eternal destination of the souls and bodies of the unsaved, the Antichrist, his prophet, his followers, and the Devil. (Matt. 5:22, 29; Rev. 19:20, 20:15)
- Eschatology: We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead – of believers unto everlasting blessedness in the first resurrection and of unbelievers unto judgement and everlasting punishment in the second resurrection.
- Separation and unity: Because of the pure character of God, believers are commanded to pursue this holiness for their own lives. They must separate from the places, appearances, sounds, and possessions clearly identified with the sins of the world, its idols, and its ambitions. They must obey biblical commands to separate from false teachers and clearly disobedient brethren.