Beliefs and Core Values
As a non-denominational church, we unite people from all kinds of denominational backgrounds. This is a great strength of our church, but can also pose somewhat of a challenge: what are the essentials that everyone must believe? Faithful, Bible-believing Christians can disagree over dozens of issues. Below you'll find what we believe are the essentials of the Christian faith agreed upon unanimously throughout 2,000 years of church history. Our approach is pretty simple: "If you can agree with these basics then we can work together. If you can't, then it's probably better that you keep looking for another church." While people may disagree upon finer points of theology, we think every Christian can and should agree on the following:
We believe the Bible is God's inspired word and was given to provide instruction for what we should believe and how we should live our lives. We believe that the Bible is accurate and reliable, was written under direct inspiration from God, and is completely authoritative for all Christians. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
We believe that there is one true God, the Creator of the universe, who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,14; John 14:26; 1 Peter 1:2)
We believe that Jesus was God's only begotten Son, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, voluntarily died on the cross for our sins, and was bodily raised from the dead. He ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father and acts as an intermediary on our behalf. One day Jesus will return to earth and initiate the consummation of human history. (John 1:1-18; Acts 2:22-41; Philippians 2:1-11)
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. The Holy Spirit provides power to overcome sin, insight into Scripture, and personal direction in life. All believers are given the gift of the Holy Spirit at conversion, and through the Holy Spirit's presence and power are enabled to attain spiritual maturity in Christ. Through the Holy Spirit each person in the body is given certain gifts to use in ministry. (Luke 11:13; John 16:13; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:11)
We believe that a human being's central purpose for existence is to have a close and personal relationship with God. Originally created for that purpose, humans defied God, choosing to go their own independent way, and were thus alienated from God. This "Fall" took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and are in need of God's forgiveness and mercy. A person can be forgiven by God and have that close, personal relationship restored by believing that Jesus is God's Son, repenting of their sin, and being immersed for the forgiveness of their sins. (John 3:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 3:23, 10:9; 1 John 1:9)
We believe that everyone will live forever after they die. Where one spends eternity will depend on what they do with Jesus. For all humankind there will be a resurrection into the spiritual world and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Because unbelievers have rejected Jesus, they will be separated from His presence for all eternity in hell. Believers will be received into heaven to be with God for all eternity. (John 3:36; Revelation 20-22)
Celebration is a non-denominational church that is led by leaders from within its own church, not an outside denominational office or headquarters. Celebration is loosely associated with a fellowship of over 6,000 similar evangelical churches nationwide called, "Independent Christian Churches," claiming over 1.5 million members in the United States alone. Independent Christian Churches are among the fastest growing churches in the United States. Independent Christian Churches combine their efforts at different times to support church planting organizations, cross-cultural missionaries, benevolent associations and over 30 Christian Colleges and Seminaries.
Biblically-Based: We are committed to teaching, preaching, and practicing God's Word.
Culturally Relevant: To be effective the church must communicate in an understandable way.
Evangelistic: Followers of Jesus are passionate about sharing the life changing story of God's love.
Community: Life changes happen best in community with other Christians.
Discipleship: Followers of Jesus obey his teachings.
Excellence: Excellence honors God and inspires people.
Grace: We will foster an environment of love, acceptance and forgiveness.
Stewardship: We will give our time, spiritual gifts, abilities and finances to extend Christ's kingdom.