Central Christian Church is part of a movement of churches commonly referred to as the Independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ. This group of non-denominational churches is sometimes referred to as the Restoration Movement. Though these churches share similar beliefs, each church operates independently of the others. The movement was founded on the premise of restoring the practice of the early church as recorded in the New Testament and avoiding man-made doctrines that have crept into some churches. To avoid controversy we believe it is important for the local church to state its stand on certain key issues. This statement is the articulation of certain views upon which the ministry of Central Christian Church is based.
God: God, the creator and sustainer of the universe, eternally exists in three personalities – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Father: The Father is our source of life and breath. He loves us, and desires to have a relationship with us so that He can bless our lives for His glory.
Jesus: Jesus was God in human form and Savior of the world. He left heaven for earth, was born of a virgin, died on the cross, was raised from the dead and ascended back to the heavenly Father. His death paid the penalty for our sins, and made forgiveness available to all.
Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity. He is the indwelling Presence of God in the believer. He equips and empowers us for personal growth and service in the church and in the world.
Man: Man is made in the image of God; created for a relationship with God and to grow in character like God. Though we all have good in our lives, we also have bad; we are not as bad as we could be, but not as good as we should be. The bad in our lives is called sin, which separates us from God. This separation can be overcome through faith in Jesus Christ.
Bible: The Bible is God’s eternal Word to humanity. It was written by human authors under inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for what we believe and the way we live. It also provides commands, principles, and examples for the practice and work of the Church.
Salvation: Salvation is found in no one other than Jesus Christ. The Bible shows the way that leads to salvation:
1) Belief and confession of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord
2) Repentance from the sinful life
3) Baptism (immersion) for the forgiveness of sins
4) Receiving of the Holy Spirit as guide and counselor
5) Faithfulness to Christ