The following are statements of the foundational theological beliefs of Christ Community Church of San Diego. These beliefs are grounded solely and entirely in our understanding of the Bible, which we accept as God's inspired Word.
The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testament. We believe that the Bible, in its entirety, originated with God and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen men. Scripture, thus at one and the same time, speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles, cultures, and vocabularies of the human authors. We hold that the Scriptures are infallible, inerrant and are the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God. Thus no idea derived from any institutional source can be considered authoritative.
We believe that there is one, true God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. In the beginning, God created, out of nothing, the world and all things therein, thus manifesting the glory of His power, knowledge, wisdom and goodness. By His sovereign power, He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence, He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes. We believe that God is good and that His intentions toward people are good. We believe that He deeply loves every individual, and that He desires an intimate relationship with each person. We believe that His actions toward us are characterized by justice, mercy and grace.
The central theme of God's revelation in the Bible is to call all people into a relationship with Himself. Originally created to have fellowship with God, men and women have defied God, choosing to go their independent ways, and thus were alienated from God and suffered the corruption of this nature, rendering him/her unable to please God. The fall took place at the beginning of human history, and all the individuals since have suffered these consequences and are thus in need of the saving grace of God.
The salvation of mankind is, then, wholly a work of God's free grace, not the result, in whole or in part of human works or goodness, and must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith. When God has begun a saving work in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word, the Bible, that He will continue performing it until the day of its full consummation.
Jesus Christ is the eternal second Person of the Trinity who was united forever with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for the sins of all by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. His death was substitutionary, meaning that He accepted on Himself the payment for our wrongs, though He Himself was without sin. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to judge the world and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, God Himself. It is He who prompts the believer to act and think according to God's will. The Spirit works within the lives of non-believers to call them to Himself. He continues to work in the lives of believers to convict them of wrong and to lead them toward spiritual growth and into right relationship with God. The Spirit takes up residence in the life of every believer. The Spirit comforts the believer, guides us and empowers us. The Spirit of God (Christ) living in us and through us, animating the lives of those who seek to be obedient to their understanding of God's ways and will.
The Christian Church
We believe the Church exists for five purposes, mandated by Christ. These are:
- To spread the Gospel message and baptize new believers
- To develop fully devoted, growing followers of Christ and worshippers of God
- To build a biblical community of believers, living as Jesus would if He were here in our place
- To serve the Body, the local community and the world
- To steward our time and resources in building the church, always giving God our best