Jan. 09, 2022
What We Believe
Primary Text: Matthew 28:18-20 January 8 & 9, 2022
1) The Mission & Vision
Matthew 28:18-20: Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Vision: Celebration Church seeks to worship Jesus in Spirit and Truth without fear, while also being a place to heal--emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
DQ 1) What should be the goal of every church according to Matthew 28:18-20?
2) Core Values
#1) Celebration Church is a community of believers in Jesus Christ.
#2) Celebration Church celebrates God's love for all of humanity.
#3) Celebration Church invites every person to join God's family.
#4) Celebration Church seeks to be led by the Holy Spirit.
#5) Celebration Church adheres to Biblical truth.
#6) Celebration Church allows for theological liberty on non-essential issues.
#7) Celebration Church seeks to develop growing followers of Christ.
#8) Celebration Church desires to empower individuals for personal ministry.
#9) Celebration Church shares God’s message of hope with the world.
#10) Celebration Church believes in being “real”.
DQ 2) Why is each “Core Value” important in the health of the church?
3) Biblical Truth
- We believe God is one in essence. We believe He expresses His eternal nature in and through three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20).
- We believe in the total deity of the Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:9). We believe Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35), born of the virgin Mary (Luke 1:27), lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), was crucified (Acts 2:36), buried, and resurrected (1 Corinthians 15:4). By His blood Jesus made provision to atone for the sin of all humanity; He expiates, cleanses, and purifies all who personally believe in Him (Hebrews 9:14, 22, 28).
- We believe Jesus is the head of the church (Ephesians 1:22, 5:23; Colossians 1:18), and He intercedes for believers (Romans 8:34). One day He will return to this Earth personally, bodily, and visibly (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
- We believe God, by His choice and out of love, sent His Holy Spirit with a broad, two-fold purpose: (1) to convince those who are non-believers of their need for God (John 16:8-11), and (2) to indwell, empower, and secure believers (John 14:16-17). We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all Biblical gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12-14).
- We believe human beings are born totally depraved and are powerless to save themselves, but their only hope is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died to take upon Himself the punishment for the sin of humankind (Romans 7:24-25).
- We believe the Bible is God's perfect revelation to humankind. The Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments were supernaturally inspired and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible contains eternal answers to humankind's problems and is the authoritative source of Christian doctrine, precepts, and teaching (2 Timothy 3:16).
- We believe God desires that none should perish apart from Him but rather that everyone should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Whosoever repents and believes through faith in Jesus Christ is justified, regenerated, and saved from the dominion of sin. He or she is born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby becomes eternally secure as a child of God. We believe forgiveness of sin is based on grace alone, in Christ alone, and through faith alone. Salvation is not based on good works or human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The saved are raised to eternal, conscious bliss in heaven (Matthew 25:34; John 14:2-3; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Revelation 2:7). The lost are raised to eternal torment in hell in conscious separation from God (Matthew 8:12, 10:28, 13:49-50; Mark 9:47-48; Luke 12:5; Revelation 21:8).
10) We believe Christian water baptism is a public declaration of, and
identification with, Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection
is the commemoration by believers of Christ’s death and should be
preceded by a careful self-examination (Luke 22:7-20;
11) We believe the Church is the Body of Christ (Ephesians 5:23;
Colossians 1:18) and comprised of all those who, through belief
in Christ, have been spiritually regenerated by the indwelling
12) We believe the goal of every Christian should be to grow in
spiritual maturity. Furthermore, we believe that an integral
component of spiritual maturity is discovering, developing, and
employing one's unique spiritual gifts (Romans 8:6; I Corinthians
DQ 3) Summarize Biblically-based Christian theology in one or two paragraphs.