Why do we call ourselves a Christian community? Indeed, there are many communities in this world, and there are many churches and fellowships as well. But it is not often where we hear of or see a "Christian Community." While the term "church" and "fellowship" and "assembly" are generally associated with a Christian denomination of some kind, a community is generally associated with a group of people who have common interests and are some ways interdependant upon one another. Hence the term "Christian community."
We simply believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrent, infallible word of the living God, and that it is factually and historically accurate from beginning to end. It contains the spiritual, moral, social, and ethical absolutes of right and wrong conduct for man, and it defines us as lost sinners that are not capable of living up to God's standards, since we are all born with a fallen nature.
However, God has provided a solution for mankind by sending His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to become the substitute for sin, and offer mankind hope for his miserable condition.
We are not trying to advertise to the world about how good we are. We are not trying to advertise how closely we are following the footsteps of Jesus, or if our doctrines are all in order, but we do confess that we truly belong to the family of God. We are a purchased possession of the King of Kings, because He paid the highest possible price for us - His own blood! Since He paid so dearly for us, we must be very valuable and special in His sight. This fact makes us desire to serve Him with all our heart and soul and mind.
So our belief is simple; since we belong to God, we know that He can transform our sinful body into the very image of His dear Son. Not only can He erase our past record of sins, He continues to cleanse and transform us until we are as pure as Adam was before the fall. We believe that living in complete victory over every kind of sin is attainable and real.
The second thing we believe is that He saved us for a purpose. He didn't save us to be chinaware sitting on a shelf as fragile showpieces, He saved us to "...shew forth the praises of Him who hath called (us) out of darkness into His marvellous light: " (1Pet. 2:9) And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God... ...that (we), being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which (surpasses) knowledge, that (we) might be filled with all the fulness of God." (Eph.3)
In a world full of selfishness, self-centeredness, hate, and pride, this is accomplished by loving our neighbor, and laying our lives down for the brethren. Not some wishy-washy, feel-good, Sunday morning love, but a genuine love for our fellow man that manifests itself in daily life. Because Jesus said, "by this shall all men know you are my disciples, if you have love one for another."
The world will never know the power of God's love through Jesus Christ unless God's people can manifest it themselves with each other.
Are we there yet? Absolutely not, but that is our aim and the focal point of every decision we make.
If you are interested in knowing what we believe or how we apply certain teachings of Jesus, we have a forum on this website. Just click the "forum" link and feel free to post your questions and/or topics there. That way we can both learn about the wonderful love of Jesus.