At Centerville Christian Fellowship, we affirm the historic Christian faith, built on the Holy Scriptures, and expressed in statements such as: The Apostle's Creed, and The Baptist Faith and Message 2000. A summary of our beliefs are as follows...
God - We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This one true and living God is infinitely perfect both in his love and in his holiness. He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy to receive all glory and worship. Immortal and eternal, he perfectly and completely knows the end from the beginning, sustains and rules over all things, and brings about his eternal good purposes to redeem a people for himself and restore his fallen creation, to the praise of his glorious grace. From eternity God decrees or permits all things that happen, and continually upholds and governs all creatures and all events. Yet, God is in no way the author or approver of sin, nor does he destroy the will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.
Revelation - God has revealed his existence and power in the created order, and has supremely revealed himself to fallen human beings in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ. Moreover, God has graciously revealed himself in the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, which are both record and means of his saving work in the world. These writings alone constitute the inspired Word of God, which is authoritative and without error in the original writings. They contain complete revelation of God’s will for salvation, and are sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do, and final in its authority over every domain of knowledge to which it speaks.
Humanity - We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in his own image. Adam and Eve belonged to the created order that God himself declared to be very good, serving as God’s agents to care for, manage, and govern creation, living in holy and devoted fellowship with their Maker. Men and women, equally made in the image of God, enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus and are both called to move beyond passive self-indulgence to significant private and public engagement in family, church, and civic life. Created uniquely with partially-overlapping yet distinct identities and roles Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in such a way that marriage ultimately serves as a type of the union between Christ and his church. In this pattern men are called by God to lead their families, and the Church with love and patience, exercising authority in way that encourages and blesses.
The Fall - We believe that Adam, made in the image of God, distorted that image and forfeited his original blessedness by choosing to sin through Satan’s temptation. As a result, all human beings are alienated from God, corrupted, and condemned finally and irrevocably to death—apart from God’s own gracious intervention. The supreme need of all human beings is to be reconciled to the God under whose just and holy wrath we stand; the only hope of all human beings is the undeserved love of this same God, who alone can rescue us and restore us to himself.
God’s Plan - We believe that from all eternity God has chosen and purposed in grace to save guilty sinners from every tribe and language and people and nation. This choice is not based on foreseen merit or faith on the part of sinners, but based upon God’s infinite wisdom and grace. We believe that God justifies and sanctifies those He chooses, who by grace have faith in Jesus, and that he will one day glorify them— to the praise of his glorious grace. In love God commands and implores all people to repent and believe.
The Gospel - We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ—God’s very wisdom. Utter foolishness to the world, even though it is the power of God to those who are being saved, this good news is centered on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Redemption of Christ - We believe that, moved by love and in obedience to his Father, the eternal Son became human: fully God and fully human, one Person in two natures. The man Jesus, the promised Messiah of Israel, was conceived through the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, and was born of the virgin Mary. He perfectly obeyed his heavenly Father, lived a sinless life, performed miraculous signs, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. He now is seated at the right hand of God the Father, exercising authority in heaven and on earth, and is our High Priest and righteous Advocate. We believe that by his life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ acted as our representative and substitute. He did this so that in him we might become the righteousness of God: on the cross he canceled sin, and, by bearing the full penalty of our sins, reconciled to God all those who believe. By his resurrection Christ Jesus broke the power of death and defeated Satan who once had power over it, and brought everlasting life to all his people; by his ascension he has been forever exalted as Lord and given us hope of one day being with him. We believe that salvation is found in no one else.
The Justification of Sinners - We believe that Christ, by his obedience and death, fully paid the debt of all those who are justified. By his sacrifice, he bore in our place the punishment for our sins, making full satisfaction to God’s justice on our behalf. We believe that a passion for personal and public obedience flows from this free justification.
The Holy Spirit - Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ, and, is present with and in believers. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and by his powerful and mysterious work brings to spiritual life spiritually dead sinners, awakening them to repentance and faith, baptizing them into union with the Lord Jesus, such that they are justified before God by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.
The Kingdom of God - We believe that those who have been saved enter the kingdom of God and delight in the blessings of the new covenant: the forgiveness of sins, the inward transformation that awakens a desire to glorify, trust, and obey God, and the prospect of the glory yet to be revealed. Good works constitute indispensable evidence of saving grace. Living as salt in a world that is decaying and light in a world that is dark, believers should neither withdraw into seclusion from the world, nor become indistinguishable from it: rather, we are to do good, to the glory of God.
God’s New People - We believe that God’s new covenant people make up The Church. This universal church is manifest in local churches of which Christ is the Head. The church serves as a sign of God’s future new world when its members live for the service of one another and their neighbors, rather than for self-focus. The church is the corporate dwelling place of God’s Spirit, and the continuing witness to God in the world.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper - We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordained by the Lord Jesus himself and are obligatory for every believer. The former involves washing with water, and symbolizes entrance into the new covenant community, the latter involves bread and the fruit of the vine, and symbolizes Christ’s atoning sacrifice for sin.
The Restoration of All Things - We believe in the personal, glorious, and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ, when he will exercise his role as final Judge, and his kingdom will be consummated. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust—the unjust to judgment and eternal punishment, and the just to eternal joy in the presence of God the Father and Jesus Christ his Son, in the new heaven and the new earth.