Beliefs

Grounded in The Word

Christ Community Church is an evangelical church grounded in both reformed and baptistic understandings of The Gospel and its implications. We are committed to a ministry philosophy of expositional preaching, authentic community, and missional outreach.  

C3Houston is led by biblically qualified and functioning elders, who are accountable to the committed membership of our church. All major decisions are presented by the Council of Elders to the church membership for participatory affirmation.  C3Houston is also a member of Acts 29, an international family of church-planting churches.

Below is our Doctrinal Statement which all of our members embrace, including the historic Christian, Protestant, and evangelical positions on the Scriptures, the Trinity, Christ, and Salvation.

We believe…


The Scriptures
…are true, authoritative, and sufficient (Psalm 19.7-11; 2 Timothy 3.16; 2 Peter 1.20-21).


The Godhead
There is only one God. The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. The Father is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit. The Son is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son. (Deuteronomy 6.4; Isaiah 45.5-6; Isaiah 46.9-10; John 17.3; 1 Corinthians 8.4-6; 1 Timothy 2.5, Genesis 1.26; Psalm 45.6-7; Psalm 110.1; Matthew 3.13-17; Matthew 28.17-20; 1 Corinthians 12.4-6).


The Fall of Man
Each person, i.e., all humanity (Christ excluded) is by birth and action a sinner. The just penalty for sin is death, both physical and spiritual (i.e., eternal) (Genesis 6.5; Psalm 51.5; Jeremiah 179; Romans 3.23; 5.8,12-21; 7.18; Ephesians 2.1-3, Gen. 2.15-17; 3.19; Romans 5.12; 6.23; James 1.14-15).


The Person of Jesus Christ
He is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin, and is both fully God and fully human (Matt. 1.20; Luke 2.52; John 1.1-4,14; Colossians 1.15-20; Hebrews 1.1-3).


The Work of Jesus Christ
He died on the Cross as a substitute to pay the penalty for sin. Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead and physically ascended into heaven and will one day physically return to earth (John 1.29; 10.1-18; Romans 5.8; 1 Cor. 15.1-4; 2 Cor. 5.21; Galatians 1.4; 1 Peter 3.18, Matthew 28.1-20; Mark 16.1-8; Luke 24.1-53; John 1.20-21.25; 1 Corinthians 15.12-34, John 14.3; Acts1.11; 1 Thessalonians 4.16; Hebrews 9.28; 1 John 3.2; Revelation 1.7).


Salvation
Based on the Cross, salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Only by God’s grace can one be reconciled to God, justified, sanctified, and ultimately glorified (John 3.18,36; 14.6; Acts 4.12; Romans 3.21-26; 1 Timothy 2.5-6).


The Christian Life
Sanctification is the ongoing work of the indwelling Holy Spirit, who graciously sets apart for God's purposes those who trust in Christ. The presence and power of the indrewlling Spirit enables the believer to progress in Christ-likeness and holiness. Growth in grace should continue throughout the believer's life; yet final perseverance is based on the sure promise of God Himself to preserve His own to the end. (Romans 6.5-14; 2 Corinthians 3.18; Philippians 3.12-14; Galatians 5.16-25; Romans 8.13; Philippians 1.6; Ephesians 1.13-14).


The Righteous and the Wicked
There will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Those who trusted in Christ alone will be raised to eternal reward. Those who did not trust in Christ will be raised to eternal punishment (Matthew 25.31-26; John 5.28-29; Acts 24.15)