OUR BELIEFS

Celebration Community Church is a non-denominational church that believes in the authority of the Christian scriptures for our life and practice. 

What We Believe

God - God is triune in nature (Holy Trinity) The Godhead consists of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; all coequal and coeternal yet distinct in person and authority. 
            (1 Corinthians 8:4-6, Matthew 28:19, John 15:26, Acts 2:33, 2 Corinthians 13:14,
Ephesians 2:18, 1 Peter 1:2)

The Father - Supreme in authority, HE is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. God the Father is perfectly Holy, all-loving, He is just, and is the giver of every good gift. He is the first person of Trinity in authority. 
           (1 Corinthians 8:6, Romans 1:20, Isaiah 43:13, Luke 1:37, James 1:17, Matthew 6:9-13)
 
Jesus Christ - Willfully in submission to the Father, he is God the Son who took on the flesh through the virgin birth. Jesus Christ is the perfect visible reflection of God the Father and He reveals the Father to us and shares in all of his attributes. He lived physically on earth, died physically on the cross, was physically resurrected, and subsequently ascended to heaven where he sits at the right hand of authority to God the Father and all authority in Heaven and on the Earth has been granted to him. Jesus is the only mediator between God the Father and man, not a priest, not a pope, nor any so-called saint-just Jesus. Jesus is the only source of forgiveness for sin; He died to pay the price for our wrongdoing and it is only through faith in Him that we can obtain a right relationship with God and the assurance of eternal life. One day Jesus will return to put an end to sin and to establish his eternal kingdom consisting of a new Heaven and Earth. 
         (Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 28:18, John 1:1-18, John 6:35, 48, John 8:12, John 9:5, John 10:9, 11, John 10:30, John 11:25, John 14:6, John14:28, John 15:8, Mark 14:61-62, Luke 21:25-28, Acts 4:10-12, 1 Corinthians 3:17-18, Colossians 1:15-18, Hebrews 1:1-14, 1 Timothy 2:5-6)

Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit is not merely a force of energy, but the Holy Spirit has personhood and testifies of the truth. He has come to convict us of sin, to testify of Christ and to teach and lead the believer toward godliness and holiness. The Holy Spirit is the powerhouse of the church and shares in all the attributes of Godhead; His indwelling of all those who are saved through faith in Christ. 
         (John 14:15-17, 26; John 15:26, Acts 1:8, Acts 5:3-5, Romans 8:26, 1 Corinthians 12:1-13, 2 Corinthians 3:17-18, Ephesians 1:13-14)

World View:
       
      Origin -  The Bible states that God made man specifically in his own image and breathed in to him the breath of life and that woman was subsequently made by God from man to be a help mate suitable for him. 
        (Genesis 1:27, 2:7, 2:18-22)

       Meaning -  We exist and were created on purpose by God to have fellowship with him, and in doing so we are to live a life that brings glory to his name by advance for us to do. 
       (Genesis 3:8, Revelations 4:11, Exodus 25:8, John 1:1, 14, 1 Corinthians 1:9, Ephesians 2:10)

      Morality-  God is the perfect, holy and just creator and therefore has the authority to declare what is right and wrong. God has revealed his standard of morality and holiness through the scriptures. 

          (Ecclesiastes 3:17, 1 Peter 1:16, 1 Peter 2:23, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 

          Destiny- The Bible teaches that man was made with eternity in mind (Ecclesiastics 3:11) and that there are only two options for our eternal destiny; one is to live eternally with God and the other is to be separated from God eternally and to die spiritually which is an eternal punishment for sin.

 

        (John 3:16, Hebrews 9:27, John 14:6, Daniel 12:2, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)

 

        Salvation- The bible clearly teaches the need that man has for a savior to rescue us from the penalty of our sinfulness and to redeem our sinful nature; that savior is the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only source of salvation for man and it was always the plan of God that salvation would come through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

       

        Sin-

            1 John 3:4- “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.”

                    1 John 5:17- “All unrighteousness is sin”

                Romans 3:23- “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of god”

                Romans 6:23- “For the wages of sin is death…”

                Isaiah 59:2- “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God”

                2 Thessalonians 1:7-9- “when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power”

          Man’s Responsibility-

                     

                   Romans 1:18-20- “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”

          Forgiveness in Christ-

 

              Ephesians 1:7- “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace”

                    Matthew 26:28- “for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.”

                    Colossians 1:21-22- “And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet he has now reconciled you in his fleshly body through death, in order to present you before him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.”

                    John 14:6- “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”

                    Romans 10:9-10- “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved; for the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”

 

          By Grace through Faith alone

                  

                   Ephesians 2:8-9- “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

                    Romans 3:28- “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law”

                    Romans 5:1-2- “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand”

                     Galatians 2:21- “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for mothing!”

 

          Assurance

 

                   1John 5:11-13- “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his son. Whoever has the son has life; whoever does not have the son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”

                    John 5:24- “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

                    Hebrews 7:25- “Therefore he is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.”

                    John 10:27-29- “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

                    Romans 8:38-39- “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created things, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

Ordinances of the Church

 

There are two ordinances or sacred ceremonies that Christ has commanded the church to observe; the first is believer’s baptism and the second is the communion or Lord’s supper.

         

          Baptism- In the great commission the Lord commands us to make disciples and baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19-20) We believe that baptism is an important step of obedience and it is a public declaration of your faith in Christ. We believe in believer’s baptism and baptism by immersion.

 

          Communion- Communion or, The Lord’s supper, was given as an ordinance by Christ for remembrance of His suffering and death to pay the price for our sin. We model our observance after the last supper as recorded in Matthew 26:27-30 and Luke 22:7-38. We also observe the communion as a solemn time for reflection on our personal walk with the Lord in accordance with the warning we receive in 1st Corinthians 11:23-34. The communion consists of a meal of two elements; The Bread, and The Wine.