Who We Are
Jesus is central to everything we do at C3.
We exist to meet with Him, grow in Him, and serve through Him.
We believe that being a part of the local church is not about religion, but a relationship with Jesus. We want you to join us as you are; there isn't a mold you have to fit before you walk through our doors.
MEET OUR STAFF
Say hi to the staff of Celebration Community Church
THE ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
(Read more: Gen. 1:1, 26, 27; Gen. 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matt. 28:19; 1Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. While being fully man and fully God, Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return someday in, what is known as, the Second Coming. Accepting the free gift of Christ’s sacrifice is the only way to salvation.
(Read more: Matt. 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. He gives believers spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. We believe the Bible is not only inerrant, but complete.
(Read more: II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are born with a “sin nature” which separates us from God. Only a personal relationship with Jesus can save us from our sins.
(Read more: Gen. 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2)
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.
(Read more: Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1, 2; II Corinthians 5:17)
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God in Hell or eternally with God if we are saved. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
(Read more: John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; I Corinthians 2:7-9)
Pain and suffering are part of the human experience. When man and woman first sinned, sickness and death entered the world. The world we live in today is full of pain and suffering, for Christians and non-Christians alike. We reject teaching that implies that Christians should be healthy, wealthy and problem-free. The Bible is full of accounts of righteous people who experienced tragedy, sickness and death. We are not promised pain-free lives, but we are promised God’s peace and that God will walk with us through life’s difficulties.
(Read more: John 16:33; John 9:3; John 14:27; Matthew 11:28-30; 1 Peter 5:7; The Book of Job)
We take Biblical truth very seriously at C3. God’s Word is our ultimate authority. It is important as we read Scripture that we study the context of the passage. In order for us to learn about who God is and who we are through Him, we need to have an understanding of the historical culture behind the text. It is essential that we look at who the passage is written to, who it is written by, and what the purpose is behind the text. In today’s world we are inundated with video clips, social media posts, and so many teachings that call themselves “Christian;” thus, we understand that this is a difficult time to navigate truths. This struggle points us all the more to the crucial importance of every Christian taking what they hear and read back to God’s Word. We believe the Bible must be the ultimate authority on truth.
(Read more: 1 John 5:14; Ephesians 1:7; Romans 12:1-2; Proverbs 30:5-6)
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.
Baptism & Communion
WATER BAPTISM: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new Christian is commanded by Jesus to be water 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 who were old enough to understand and accept Christ were baptized. We follow the examples by baptizing believers in the Bible. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38)
THE LORD’S SUPPER (COMMUNION): 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. (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25)