What We Believe

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The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, without error, given to us so that we may know and understand the truth of God and His love for us. Matthew 7:24; Luke 21:3; Isaiah 55:11; I Peter 1:21-22

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16 NIV
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One God

We believe there is one God, the creator and sustainer of the universe, and He eternally exists. Psalm 90:2; Acts 17:24-28a

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 NIV
“I am the first and the I am the last; apart from me there is no God.” Isaiah 44:6b NIV

Jesus the Messiah

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah – our Lord and Savior. He is coequal with God. John 3:16-17; Heb 4:15; I Peter 1:19-21

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ...The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1&14 NIV
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men – the testimony given in its proper time.”  I Timothy 2:5-6 NIV

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and Son. The Holy Spirit reveals God, convicts people of their sin and is the gift of God when one is baptized into Christ.  Genesis 1:2; Matthew 28:19; John 1:32-34; John 3:5-6

“...he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior...” Titus 3:5-6 NIV

The Church

We believe that the Church is a community of men and women, free under Christ, following and proclaiming His truth, and is both the body and bride of Christ. Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22; I Timothy 3:15

“His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Ephesians 3:10-11 NIV

Baptism

We believe that Christian baptism is the total immersion in water of a believer who has repented of sin and confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior. Matthew 3:13-15; John 3:5; Acts 2:38-39; Galatians 3:26-27

“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:3-4 NIV

Communion

We believe the Lord’s Supper or communion is an ordinance initiated by Jesus to serve as a reminder of one’s identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. I Corinthians 11:23-29; Acts 2:42, 20:7

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying," Take and eat; this is my body.”
Matthew 26:26 NIV
MEMBERSHIP

The word “membership” is not used in the Scriptures. The New Testament church had no need of formal membership, relying instead on God to gather together believers in a local body known as the church (assembly).

“And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:47b NIV

Church membership is a way of officially identifying oneself with a local group of believers. Membership at Christ’s Church of the Valley is a statement that a Christian is in agreement with the church and is willing to be identified as a representative of it. Membership will allow the Christian to be involved in the following aspects of the church:

Voting on church issues
 (i.e., elders, deacons,  ministers and other business )
Serve in leadership positions
Lead a ministry within the church
Teach a class or study group

To become a member of Christ’s Church of the Valley, one must be an immersed believer into the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38), agree with the Scriptural teaching of the church and simply ask to be a member.

As a member of Christ’s Church of the Valley, we hope you will join with others in the study of God’s Word, prayer, worship, commitment to growing closer to Christ and the demonstration of your faith in Christ.

We as Christians and members of Christ’s Church of the Valley want to build God’s Kingdom in the way that God desires His church to be built. Being a member at Christ’s Church of the Valley will bring you into a community of believers who love God and care about people.

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What if you decide not to become a member?
We invite you to worship, fellowship, serve and grow in the Lord Jesus Christ alongside all of us at
Christ’s Church of the Valley.