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      10616 Liberty Mills Road

        Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Office Phone:    260/436-2637

Worship Service:   9:30 AM

Sunday School:    11:00 AM


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Belief Statements

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God

We believe there is one true, holy God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each possesses, equally, all the attributes of God in these separate personalities. In the beginning, God created out of nothing the world and all the things in it, showing the glory of His power, wisdom and goodness. By His sovereign power, He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence, He operates throughout time, continuing to work in the world today to fulfill His purpose of salvation.

Humanity

Originally created to have fellowship with God, both man and woman defied God, choosing instead to go their own way and they were separated from God by sin, and suffered the touch of their sin on every part of their being. This took place at the beginning of human history and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and are in need of the saving grace of God through Jesus Christ.

Salvation

The central purpose of God's revelations in Scripture is to restore people to fellowship with Himself. The salvation of humankind is completely the work of God's free grace in Jesus Christ, and not the result of human works or goodness. The only thing we can do is accept God's gift by faith. When God begins a saving work in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing it.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the eternal second Person of the Trinity, united forever with a human nature through His virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily paid the price for the sins of us all by dying on the cross as our substitute, satisfying God's justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father where He, the only Mediator between God and man, makes intercession for believers. He will come again to earth, personally and visibly, to complete history and the eternal plan of God.

The Bible

The basis of our belief is the Bible composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and the New Testament. We believe that the Scriptures are infallible and inerrant in original manuscripts. They are the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God. We believe that the Scripture, in its entirety, originated with God and that it was given to us through chosen people. Scripture speaks with the authority of God while reflecting the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of human writers.
 

The Christian Life

The result of a saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a life that grows in holiness and obedience as each believer allows the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, to work in their life. The Holy Spirit was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to make real within people the saving work of Christ. He opens the minds of sinners and awakens within them a recognition of their need of a Savior. At the time of salvation, He permanently lives in every believer to become the source of assurance, strength, wisdom and power, giving to each believer spiritual gifts for the building up of the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Scripture to their lives. His power and control are activated by faith, enabling the believer to live a life of increasing Christ-like character, and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father.

The Church

As a result of their union with Jesus Christ, believers become members of His body, the church. There is one true church universal, comprised of all who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Scripture commands believers to gather and devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of baptism and communion as sacraments ordained and established by Jesus Christ, service to the body through the development and use of gifts and talents, fellowship, and out-reach to the entire world through missions and evangelism in their many forms.  To see that as one man and one women are called together in a state of matrimony that we the church walk with and support their bond before the Lord.

Human Destiny

Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all of mankind, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. There are only two outcomes. Those who reject God's plan of salvation will be eternally separated from Him. Those who accept will be received into eternal communion with God, and with one another, in heaven.

Holy Spirit

Proceeds eternally from the Father and the Son—neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but only proceeding from the two of them.

In regard to order, the Spirit is the third person of the Trinity—of one and the same essence, and majesty, and glory, with the Father and the Son, being true and eternal God, as the Holy Scriptures teach us.

Reformed Heritage

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Our Reformed Church in America Heritage

Christ's Community Church is part of the Reformed Church in America, which has its source in the Reformed Church of the Netherlands (organized in 1566). Thus, our Church is firmly rooted in the Reformation movements of the 1500s. (For additional information, see the Reformed Church in America Church History page.)
 

We affirm four confessional statements as expressions of our fundamental beliefs:

  1. The Belgic Confession of Faith: a document written by Pastor Guido de Bres, and adopted by the Reformed Church at the time of its organization in 1566. 
  1. The Heidelberg Catechism: finally completed in 1571 (with a Compendium being formulated in 1608), this teaching tool has been influential over the years. 
  1. The Canons of Dort: formulated in 1618 to enable agreement among Dutch theologians on the issue of divine sovereignty in the work of salvation.
  1. The Belhar Confession:  coming out of the South African Reformed Church family and adopted in 2010; it addresses three key issues of concern to all churches: unity of the church and unity among all people, reconciliation within church and society, and God's justice.

We also affirm three creeds that arose in the early years of the church:

  1. The Apostle's Creed: ascribed to Christ's apostles and maintained in its present form since the early Middle Ages.
     
  2. The Nicene Creed: issued by the first Council of Nicaea (in the year 325) to state an orthodox position against Arianism.
     
  3. The Athanasian Creed: attributed to Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, it presents orthodox Trinitarian doctrine of the post-Nicene period.
     

We observe two sacraments, instituted by Christ as part of the new covenant:

  1. Baptism: a sign and seal of God's covenant of grace; the visible Word of God that we are cleansed in Christ's blood, buried with Him unto death, that we might rise with Him and walk in newness of life.
     
  2. The Lord's Supper: (communion) just as baptism is the sign and the seal of our ingrafting into Christ, so the Lord's Supper is a means by which Christ continually nourishes, strengthens and comforts us through remembrance and hope.
     

To learn more about the Reformed Church in America, visit the website, where you will also find the Church's Position on various social issues.

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