Do beliefs really matter? Yes!
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Do beliefs really matter? Yes! Beliefs really do matter because what we believe affects how we behave, and how we behave affects our experiences and the experiences of other people in life.
To identify the theology of CCN we set forth this general statement as the basis of our beliefs, fellowship and ministries, “that we all preach the same thing” (1 Corinthians 1:10). This statement is neither exhaustive of biblical revelation nor of the positions held by the pastoral team at CCN.
What We Believe
We believe there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4) an infinite, all-knowing Spirit (John 4:24) perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14) equal in power and glory and each deserving of worship and obedience.
We believe God the Father is the first Person of the Trinity who creates, orders and disposes all things according to the counsel of His own will (Psalm 145:8-9; 1 Corinthians 8:6).
We believe God the Father is revealed to us through His Son, Jesus Christ, who is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15; 2:9); the Scriptures (Psalm 119:105; Titus 1:3); natural law (Romans 2:14-15; cf. Genesis 1:26-27) and the order of creation (Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:20).
We believe God the Son is revealed in human history in the Person of Jesus Christ who was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary (Luke 1:35) and thus born of a woman (Galatians 4:4-5).
We believe Jesus Christ did not alter His divine nature nor surrender any of the divine attributes as God the Son when He was revealed in human history. In His incarnate state, Jesus Christ willingly made Himself of no reputation by taking on a true human nature consubstantial with our own, yet without sin (Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 4:15; 7:26).
We believe Jesus Christ lived a sinless life (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15); conducted miracles and teachings (Matthew 9:6-8; John 20:30); died a penal substitutionary atoning death on the cross (Isaiah 53:4-6; 1 Peter 2:23-25; Galatians 2:20); was resurrected from the dead in bodily form, and ascended to heaven where He perpetually intercedes for His people until His personal and visible return to earth in power and glory (John 5:26-29; 14:19; Romans 1:4; 4:25; 6:5-10; 1 Corinthians 15:20, 23).
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity coequal, consubstantial and coeternal with God the Father and God the Son (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; 28:25-26; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Jeremiah 31:31-34; cf. Hebrews 10:15-17), possessing all the attributes of personality and deity: eternality (Hebrews 9:14); omnipresence (Psalm 139:7-10); omniscience (Isaiah 40:13-14); omnipotence (Romans 15:13), and truthfulness (John 16:13).
We believe the Holy Spirit came forth as in fulfilment of the promises of Jesus Christ (John 14:16-17; 15:26) to initiate the Church (1 Corinthians 12:13) and convict the world of sin through righteousness and judgement (John 16:7-9; Acts 1:5; 2:4).
We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide (Romans 8:9; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13) responsible for regenerating, sanctifying and building up believers in the faith (John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 3:18) for love and good deeds (John 16:7-9; Acts 1:5; 2:4; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 2:10, 22).
We believe the original documents comprising the 66 books of the Bible constitute the plenary (inspired equally in all parts) word of God (1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21). These documents are the verbally inspired (2 Timothy 3:16), authoritative and all sufficient words of God binding on the conscience of a Christian as the only infallible rule of faith and practice (Matthew 5:18; 24:35; John 10:35; 16:12-13; 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12).
We believe in the dual authorship of Scripture where the Holy Spirit superintended human authors to write the books of the Bible utilising their individual personalities and styles (2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe that, while the original documents comprising the 66 books of the Bible are infallible, our interpretation is not and thus with the help of the Holy Spirit we are committed to the historical-grammatical method of interpretation that we may ascertain the objective truth and intended meaning of Scripture in its original context.
We believe God created the heavens and the earth out of nothing (creatio ex nihilo), and that all three Persons of the Trinity were involved in that act of creation (Genesis 1:1f).
We believe God the Son, Jesus Christ, continues creation (creatio continua) by holding all things together (John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:2), yet so as not to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures (Acts 17:24-29).
We believe God created all human beings in His image and likeness as either male or female (Genesis 1:26-27; 5:2), free from sin with a rational and moral nature (Genesis 2:7, 15-25; James 3:9) to steward creation and accomplish God’s purposes for God’s glory (Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11).
We believe men and women are created equal and that our sexuality is meant to be offered back to God either as a complementary unity in the context of marriage (Genesis 2:24; 1 Corinthians 7:1-40; Hebrews 13:4), or in celibacy for undivided devotion to Christ (Matthew 19:10-12; 1 Corinthians 7:1, 7, 26, 32).
We believe that marriage is a covenant between one man and one woman who complement one another in a one-flesh union that establishes the only normative pattern of sexual relations, and that the marriage covenant reflects the type of union had between Jesus Christ and His Church (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-32; Revelation 19:7-8).
We believe humanity fell from our initial creation-state of innocence by disobeying the revealed will and word of God, and that as a direct consequence we have incurred the penalty of both spiritual and physical death (Genesis 2:15-17; 3; Romans 5:12; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:22).
We believe sin has effaced, though not erased, the image of God in humanity leaving us with no recuperative powers to recover from sin and the penalty of spiritual and physical death (Psalm 14:1-3; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:9-18, 23; 5:10-12; 1 Corinthians 2:14) such that, apart from divine grace met in Jesus Christ, humanity is forever lost (John 3:36; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Timothy 2:13-14; 1 John 1:8).
We believe salvation is wholly of God upon the basis of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19), and that it is realised by faith alone in the life of a believer apart from any virtue or work of their own (Romans 3:20; 4:6).
We believe believers are saved (justified) instantaneously through the imputation of their sins upon Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24) and the imputation of Jesus’ righteousness upon the believer (Romans 3:21-22; 8:33; 10:4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:8-9) such that “all who did receive him, who believed in his name, He gave the right to become children of God…” (John 1:11).
We believe that believers are being saved (sanctified) progressively through the empowering work of the Holy Spirit and personal conformity to the will of God in becoming more like Jesus Christ (John 17:17, 19; Romans 6:1-22; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23).
We believe believers will be saved (glorified) in a consummate sense at the second coming of Jesus Christ when the “perishable body must put on the imperishable… and the mortal puts on immortality.” (1 Corinthians 15:53-54; Romans 8:17; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 3:2-3).
We believe all who put their faith in Jesus Christ belong to the Universal Church, the bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-32; Revelation 19:7-8); the spiritual body (1 Corinthians 12:12-13) of which Christ is the head (Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; Colossians 1:18).
We believe the establishment and continuity of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament (Acts 14:23, 27; 20:17, 28; Galatians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1), and that believers are to commit to meeting with one another in their local contexts (1 Corinthians 11:18-20; Hebrews 10:25).
We believe there are two ordinances committed to the local church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:38-42), and while they are not considered to be necessary for salvation, their observance is a matter of obedience as symbolic expressions of love and devotion.
We believe the ordinance of baptism is practiced by immersion as the solemn and beautiful testimony of a believer expressing their faith in union with Jesus’ death to sin and resurrection to life (Romans 6:1-11).
We believe the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration and proclamation of Jesus’ death until He comes and should be always preceded by solemn self-examination (Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:28-32).
We believe in the personal and visible second coming of Jesus Christ to earth in power and glory, and the establishment of His millennial kingdom (Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20).
We believe that the millennial kingdom will be the fulfilment of God’s promise to Israel (Isaiah 65:17-25; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Zechariah 8:1-17) who will be awakened at that time through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ and restored to the land of blessing (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:22-32; Romans 11:25-29) which was temporarily forfeited through disobedience (Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Matthew 21:43; Romans 11:1-26).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved, the saved to eternal life (John 6:39; Romans 8:10-11, 19-23; 2 Corinthians 4:14) and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Daniel 12:2; John 5:29; Revelation 20:13-15).