We believe that there is but one (1) living and true God (Isaiah 8:20; Matthew 24:35; John 12:48), everlasting without body or parts, infinite and unchangeable in power, wisdom, holiness, and love (Isaiah 6:3; James 1:17). He is the Creator, Sovereign, Ruler, and Sustainer of all things whether visible or invisible (1 Peter 4:19; Psalms 103:19; Hebrews 1:3). In the divine unity of His Godhead there exists eternally three (3) persons of one substance, power, and perfection: GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON, and GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
We believe in the Holy Scripture as the inspired Word of God and, therefore, without error in its original form (2 Timothy 3:16). We believe the Scriptures are the final authority in all matters of teaching, preaching, and correction in the Church.
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Word of the Father (John 1:1), the second person of the Holy Trinity, the eternally begotten Son, of one (1) substance with the Father and by the divine conception of the Holy Spirit was born of the virgin Mary (Luke 1:27, 35; Matthew 1:20) so that two (2) whole and perfect natures (Godhead and manhood) were joined together in one (1) person, whereof Christ is very God and man (John 1:14; 3:16; Matthew 16:13). He was sinless (1 John 3:5) in His life, died a vicarious death, was buried and resurrected to be the sacrifice for all men. He ascended into heaven (Acts 1:11) and now sits at the right hand of God (1 John 2:1).
We believe in the vicarious atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ; salvation by faith (Ephesians 1:8-9) in this atoning work. We believe that in ATONEMENT Jesus died to redeem humanity from sin and sickness. Not only is there salvation for the spirit and soul, but also healing for the body (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14- 16).
We believe in the third person of the Triune Godhead, of one (1) substance with the Father and the Son. It is His ministry to glorify Jesus (John 16:14), convict the world of sin (John 16:7-8), regenerate those who repent and believe (John 3:7-8), and sanctify and empower the believer for godly living and service (Romans 15:16; Acts 1:8). We believe the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is distinct from, and subsequent to, the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17, 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 15:7-9). With the Baptism of the Holy Spirit there is an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:38-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43), a consecrated life to God (Romans 12:1-2), and a holy life (Hebrews 12:14). We encourage every Spirit-filled believer to move to the fullness of a devotional prayer language of praying in tongues (Acts 2:1-4, 10:45-46, 19:6).
We believe that the Church is commanded by Jesus Christ, her risen and ascended Head, to evangelize worldwide (Matthew 28:19) and to edify the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12), and that every born again (John 3:3) believer is a part of this body.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the ordinances of Baptism (Matthew 28:19) and Holy Communion (Matthew 26:26-19). We believe that Water Baptism is only to be administered upon profession of faith in Christ (Acts 2:38-41) by immersion, thereby declaring allegiance to Jesus as Lord. Holy Communion consisting of the elements, the bread and fruit of the vine, is the symbolic expression of our sharing the divine nature of Christ (2 Peter 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a celebration of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26).
We believe in the imminent, bodily, visible, and personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:33) to translate His Church and subsequently to return with His Church to reign over the earth (Psalms 2; Zachariah 14; Isaiah 11), to reign over His millennium kingdom (Revelation 22:5), and to judge the wicked and Satan (Revelation 19:20, 20:10-15).
There will be the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved (1 Corinthians 15:16-17, 42-44). There will be eternal life in Heaven for the saved (John 14:2-3) where they will be in the immediate presence of God (Revelation 22:3-4). There will be eternal death and punishment for the unsaved in Hell, the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15).
A. We believe a marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
B. We do not believe in same sex marriages and have never believed in same sex marriages. This conviction is based upon our understanding of Scripture and is a matter of our deepest conviction. This being so, no one on our staff will ever perform a same sex marriage and none of the facilities of Christ Chapel will ever be used to perform such a marriage or to hold any gatherings to celebrate such a marriage in any way.
C. We believe in the sanctity of human life. We believe life begins at conception. Therefore, abortion by any means is murder, and is therefore condemned.