What We Believe
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant
(II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).
There is one God, who has existed forever, and God exists in 3 different parts, each with their unique roles: God (the Creator), Jesus (the Son), and the Holy Spirit (the Counselor). All three parts of the trinity are equal and eternal. It’s hard to wrap our minds around, but we wouldn’t want to serve a God who we can fully comprehend, would we?
(I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man (Again, this is hard to grasp, because we can’t relate!). He is the only person ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, Mary, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, and died on the cross for everyone. Because of this sacrifice, he atoned, or paid for, all of the sin of anyone who puts their trust in Him. He beat death, by rising from the dead on the third day exactly as the Scriptures said He would, and returned to Heaven 40 days later, and He sits at the right hand of the Father. He will someday return again in power and glory.
(John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5).
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His forgiveness and to be seen by Him as clean. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and salvation (eternal life)
(Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9).
The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death. God, who is perfect, will not be in the presence of sin, so when Jesus paid our penalty by dying on the cross, He made it possible for us to enter God’s kingdom (Heaven) when we die. When we are Christians, we are set free from the eternal separation from God, and are seen as clean!
(I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29).
THE HOLY SPIRIT LIVES IN ALL BELIEVERS
Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They give their authority over to Him, making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead. The Holy Spirit is called the “Counselor,” making us aware of sin, and guiding us in living Chrisitan lives.
(John 1:12; John 14:17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20).
THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The work of the Holy Spirit is seen through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and help the church, The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire spiritual gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters. The Bible makes very clear that God gives spiritual gifts as He sees fit. We cannot earn them. It also makes clear that we are to use them in ways that encourage and build up others.
(Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11,12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; II Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10).
The church is called “The Body of Christ,” as we are to do continue to do his work. We need each other to grow in our faith and to share Christ with others. This is why being part of a church family is so important.. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).
Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new Christian is commanded by Jesus to be baptized in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Jesus himself was baptized, as a model to us, and as a symbol of our new life in Him. In the examples of baptism in the Bible, only those were old enough to understand and accept Christ were baptized. We follow the examples in the Bible by baptizing believers in the Bible (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38).
THE LORD’S SUPPER (COMMUNION)
We have a time in each church service when we take Communion together. This sacrament is a chance to celebrate the new life we have in Christ, remember the sacrifice He made for us, and to reflect on how to become more like Him. The bread reminds us of Jesus’ body that was broken for us, and the grape juice reminds us of His blood that was spilled for us. Anyone who has committed their lives to Christ is welcome to take Communion. No church membership is necessary to share Communion at Celebration Community Church. We believe Christ died for all, and reminded us that when we gather, we are to “do this in remembrance of Me.”
(Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).
HEAVEN AND HELL
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all who have made a genuine commitment to accept and follow Jesus Christ. This eternal reward is free, it simply requires a genuine commitment to Him. All who choose not to accept Christ are making a conscious decision to reject God and His Son. Hell is eternal separation from God. The Bible makes very clear that it is a real place of pain and misery. The good news is that God is fair and just, and will us free choice to accept or reject him.
(Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4).
(Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures. No one knows the day or hour of His return, but we should live as if today is the day
(Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7).