We desire to connect with people, regardless of where they are in their faith journey, to equip them to live a life of fulfillment and dedication to the purposes of God in their life. We want to foster an environment that empowers us all to become more like Christ and where opportunities to serve can transform ourselves, our church and our communities.
What We Believe:
About Jesus Christ - we believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God became a man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born by the virgin Mary (Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35). He lived a sinless life and revealed both the character and will of God through His earthly miracles (Acts 2:22; Acts 10:38). He redeemed humanity from sin through His death on the Cross, a substitutionary sacrifice (1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21), and after three days was bodily resurrected from the dead (Matt. 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Cor. 15:4), ascended to heaven, and has been exalted to the right hand of God where acts as our High Priest - our representative, intercessor and advocate (Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).
About Man - we believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam's sin humanity fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. This sin led not only to physical death, but also to spiritual death. Because of sin, mankind required God's divine intervention to remedy his lost and fallen condition (Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 2:17; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 5:12-19; Eph. 2:1-5).
About Salvation - we believe that salvation is a gift from God made possible by the shed blood of Jesus Christ at Calvary. This gift which provides forgiveness for sin is received by grace, not human effort, through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 24:47; Rom. 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-9; Eph. 1:7). The outward evidence of this repentance and faith is a life of righteousness and holiness preceding from a newly regenerated spirit (Titus 3:5-7; Eph. 4:24). This kind of separation from sin and dedication to God is called Sanctification - a distinct and necessary work that occurs when a person spiritually identifies with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Sanctification continues as a lifelong, daily process of surrender to the Lordship of Jesus and the working of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 13:12; Rom. 6:1-11; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 2:12-13).
About the Church and It's Mission - we believe that the Church is the Body and bride of Christ, a spiritual organism made up of all believers throughout time who have been born again by the Spirit. (Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 5:25-27; 2 Cor. 11:2). Each member plays an integral role in God's plan to build up a body of saints that have been perfected in the image of His Son. To this end, God has divinely called and ordained specific individuals to lead the Church in spiritual growth and to further its mission - the proclamation of the Good News to every person in the earth (1 Cor. 12:12-14; Eph. 4:11-16; Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:19-20).
About the Ordinances of the Church - we believe and practice two ordinances - 1) Water baptism by immersion after repentance as a sign of faith in and identification with Christ's death and resurrection, and 2) Holy Communion (the Lord's Supper), a symbolic remembrance of Christ's suffering and death and an expression of our position as partakers of the divine nature and co-heirs with Christ (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; 2 Peter 1:4; Rom. 8:17).
About Holy Spirit Baptism - we believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a promise of the Father, a gift to empower believers for life and provide additional gifts to do the work of the ministry (Luke 11:13; Acts 1:4; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12). This is a special and distinct experience following salvation which is physically evidenced by 'speaking with other tongues,' an experience referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles (Acts 2:4; Acts 8:12-17; Acts 11:14-16).
About Divine Healing - we believe that divine healing of the sick is a privilege for all believers provided for in Christ's death and resurrection. It is an integral part of the gospel and the function of the Body of Christ. We believe that God hears and answers, according to His will, the prayer offered in faith for those who are sick and afflicted (Isaiah 53:4-5; Luke 4:18-19; Matt. 8:16-17; 1 John 5:14-15; James 5:14-16).
About the Return of Christ - we believe in 'the Blessed Hope,' the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ when all believers, both dead and alive, will rise to meet the Lord and live with him forever (1 Thess. 4:14-17; Titus 2:13). He will later return with all His saints to rule on the earth for 1,000 years of peace (Matt. 24:30; Rev. 20:1-4). After this 'Millennial Reign' a final judgment will take place in which all those who have rejected Christ will be judged for their sin and consigned to an eternity of punishment. All who placed their faith in Jesus will be spared from this punishment and will look forward to a New Heaven and a New Earth where they will dwell and reign with Christ forever (Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:11-15; 2 Peter 3:13; Rev. 21-22).
Celebration Church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God.
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