Reading what "we believe" is similar to reading the ingredients to a meal at a restaurant. You really can't determine whether you like it until you go and experience it. 

Please peruse our beliefs, but before you decide whether you think you'll like us or not based on our "ingredients," come meet some of us on a Sunday or at one of our mid-week Dinner Parties.

Enjoy!


 

I.  C3 polity – a long-term plan:

A.      Elder:  C3 is an Pastor/Elder-led church. Elders are the spiritual parents and servants of C3.  This leadership team comprised of four ruling elders and one teaching elder.  They are responsible for the care, welfare, decisions, and  direction regarding the regular ongoing life of C3.  Elders require a minimum of two year C3 membership. C3 members nominate new elder candidates. Selection based on Timothy/Titus qualifications.  Present Elders interview and select from nominees selected by C3 members.  Required monthly elder meetings. Elders serve two-years on a staggered rotation basis.

B.      Committees will give direction to specific areas of ministry in the life of C3. These committees will be selected from the C3 family by the C3 elders. An elder will be responsible for each committee and its members. Committee members will serve on two-year rotating basis.

C.      Congregational meetings will be held annually for a state of the church report by the C3 elders. This will be a time for updates and discussion regarding church finances, needs, goals, and focus.

D.     Decision-making and direction at C3 is entrusted to the elders of C3, but the C3 congregation will have discussion opportunities with the elders before important/special church decisions such as budget approvals, the buying or selling of property, church spending above approved budget limits, changes to the church constitution and beliefs, and the dismissal of pastor/staff/elders.

II.  C3 Membership

A.    Joining a church family is just that – joining a family.  This requires service, sacrifice, investment, involvement, and faithfulness.  Membership should be reserved for those who:

1.     Are able to give a clear salvation testimony

2.     Have an Interview with C3 elders

3.     Have an understanding of and are in general agreement with/support of C3 beliefs, values, and polity.

4.     Have a commitment to and an involvement in the on-going ministry of CCC, expressed in regular and faithful attendance, service, and investment. 

III. What C3 Believes

A.    About God: God is the Creator and Ruler of all things. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

  • Genesis 1:1,26-27 and 3:22;  Deuteronomy 6:4-9;  Psalms 90:2;  Matthew 28:19;  1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

B.    About Man:  Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.He is the supreme object of God's creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by a nature of disobedience toward God that separates him from God.

  • Genesis 1:27; Psalms 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23

C.    About Eternity: Man was created to exist forever. He will live eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and restoration. The Bible calls the place of separation from God hell and the place of union with God heaven.

  • John 2:25; 3:16; 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46

D.   About Christ: Jesus Christ is God the Son and is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the Perfect Sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the grave after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again to earth to reign as King and Lord of all.

  • Matthew 1:22,23;  Isaiah 9:6;  John 1:1-5, 14:10-30;  Hebrews 4:14,15;

  • 1 Corinthians 15:3,4;  Romans 1:3,4;  Acts 1:9-11;  1 Timothy 6:14,15;  Titus 2:13

E.    About Salvation: Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's Son and his offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

  • Romans 5:1, 6:23;  Ephesians 2:8,9;  John 14:6, 1:12;  Titus 3:5;  Galatians 3:26

F.    About Eternal Security: Because man receives eternal life through Jesus Christ as a gift, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. This salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.

  • John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5

G.   About the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world making men aware of their need for Christ and giving them an understanding of who Christ is. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.

  • 2 Corinthians 3:17;  John 16:7-13, 14:16,17;  Acts 1:8;  1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:1;  Galatians 5:25

H.   About the Bible: The Bible is God’s Word to all men and is truth without error. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the final authority for Christian beliefs and living.

  • 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16;  2 Peter 1:20,21;  Psalms 119:105,160, 12:6;  Proverbs 30:5

IV.  C3 Core Values – C3 values relationships – real, growing, and lasting relationship with God and with one another. These relationships will be created and sustained via:

A.    Worship:  Worship is central to our identity as a church family and we worship together in a family-friendly, inclusive atmosphere. We believe worship should not only be enjoyable and restorative to our congregation, but glorifying to our God and centered on Christ—the focus of true worship.

B.    Forgiveness:  We have experienced forgiveness because of Christ’s death on the cross. Christ’s forgiveness and unwavering mercy should impact our daily lives with the desire and ability to forgive ourselves and others.

C.    Grace:  We are all recipients of God’s grace—His offer of unconditional love, forgiveness, adoption, and acceptance based on Christ’s death on the cross—and we are committed to extending that grace to others, allowing and encouraging people to participate in our community as they learn the things God would have them believe.

D.   Generosity:  Because of God’s overwhelming generosity for us, we are compelled to be generous in giving time, praying for each other and meeting the needs of Memphis and the world.

E.    Sincerity/Diversity:  We accept and love each other for who we really are. We strive to make C3 a place where people feel safe and can be transparent and real. We come from different religious backgrounds, cultures and neighborhoods and we each bring unique gifts, perspectives and strengths all vitally needed to help our church family understand and embrace Gods love and purposes for our lives.

F.    Insight/spiritual growth/truth:  All of our values stem from the living and life transforming word of God-the Bible. We are committed to learning and following the Bible. God impacts and changes our lives as we study His word and grow to know Him better together in our spiritual community.

G.   Community:  God designed the Christian life to be experienced and lived out in community. We need each other’s acceptance, support and mercy as God works in each of us. We look to and depend on each other to discover and understand Gods purposes and plans for our lives. In this setting we can reflect on how God is impacting us and shoulder life’s burdens together.

H.   Prayer:  God delights in hearing and responding to the prayers of his people. Therefore times of corporate prayer are a priority at C3. We believe as we gather together and pray, spiritual community and maturity will develop and the supernatural power and provisions of God will be experienced.