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INTRODUCTION

Creston Community Church is a Christian Congregation in the classic meaning of the word. We follow in the biblical teachings and the historical tradition of the centuries of Christians who have preceded us. Our philosophy is probably most closely related to an “evangelical” approach.

Evangelicalism is characterized by an emphasis on having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This relationship begins when a person accepts Christ’s forgiveness and is spiritually reborn. The word itself is derived from the Greek word (euangelion), which means “good news.” This good news is that “…Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve” (1 Corinthians 15:3-5). This good news, which is the Gospel of Christ, and the preaching of it, is what Evangelicalism is based upon.

SPECIFIC BELIEFS

1. There is one supreme God, Creator of all that is seen and unseen, who reigns sovereign over both the spiritual and physical spheres of life.

2. God is one being yet interacts with His creation on the basis of our need and His will. He is the Almighty Sovereign, He is Lord of the Armies of Heaven, He is the Heavenly Father, He is Jesus the Christ, He is the Holy Spirit.

3. God became a human and lived among His creation in the person of Jesus the Christ. Jesus was miraculously conceived and carried in the womb of Mary while she was still a virgin, i.e., not having had sexual intercourse with any man prior to or during Jesus’ conception and birth.

4. God created mankind in His own image to live with Him in unbroken fellowship but we rebelled and set ourselves up as superior to God, independent from God, and opposed to God. The Bible refers to this as “sin” and refers to our condition as “dead.”

5. Every human being is born into this world void of spiritual life (“dead”) and obsessed with autonomy, independence, and self-centeredness. This void and obsession drives the human appetite toward moral degradation, human conflict, and hostility toward God. Man, on his own, can neither remedy this deplorable situation nor revive himself from this death.

6. Because of His love and grace, God set up a way of reconciliation with mankind through Jesus Christ. Jesus lived to prove His deity and the real nature of God’s feelings toward humanity. He was crucified to take away the sins of humanity and to present us righteous before God. He was raised back to life, after being dead for three days, so that we might have eternal life.

7. We must personally and individually respond to God’s provision for reconciliation to receive the gift of spiritual birth or new life. This new life is the very essence of the spirit of God entering deep into the inner being of our mortal bodies. The Bible calls it “the gift of the Holy spirit.” This is the message and the goal of God, that we who are dead might receive life.

8. To reject God’s provision for forgiveness and reconciliation puts one in the precarious and fearful condition of being separated from the life of God for eternity. The Bible refers to this condition as “the second death” or “hell.”

9. The Bible is inspired and accurately translated to us to reveal God’s nature and His plan for the redemption of mankind; for wisdom, understanding, teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteous living.

10. The Church is the living physical presence of Jesus in the world. The Church is “His body.” It is made up of every person who is made alive by the Spirit of God. It is comprised of millions of individuals who gather in thousands of groups around the world.