At Cocalico Community CHurch, the following words act as a symbol, or creed, of the beliefs our church shares. These statements, at the core of our church's essence, explain how we work to live out our faith.
The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament. We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God, and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen men. Scripture thus at one and the same time speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of the human authors. We hold that the Scriptures are infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts, and that every book is relevant and important in revealing Scriptural truths.
We believe that there is one true, holy God, eternally self-existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - each of Whom possesses equally all attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. In the beginning God created out of nothing the world and all the things therein, thus manifesting the glory of His power, wisdom, and goodness. By His sovereign power He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.
Jesus Christ is the eternal second Person of the Trinity who is true God and true man, miraculously conceived and born of a virgin. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily paid for the sins of all by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who, by grace, place their faith in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He, the only Mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. He will come again personally, bodily, and visibly to this earth to set up His millennial kingdom.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, being divinely equal with the Father and the Son. He was sent into the world to restrain the evil one and to apply to mankind the saving work of Christ. He enlightens the minds of sinners, convicts them of their sin, awakens in them recognition of their need of a Savior and regenerates them. At the point of salvation, He baptizes every believer into the body of Christ, secures them for eternity, and indwells them to become the source of assurance, strength and wisdom. He uniquely endows each believer with gifts for the building up of the body. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Scripture. His power and control are made possible by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christ-like character to bear fruit to the glory of the Father.
We believe that man was created by a direct act of God in God's own image. The first man, Adam, willfully chose to disobey God; subsequently, all men in Adam are sinners by nature and by choice. Therefore, all are spiritually dead and in need of salvation.
We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We further believe that this salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, was purchased by Christ on the cross, and is received by man through faith, apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We believe that salvation brings security from all condemnation and insures that one shall never perish.
We believe that the Church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the Head. The true Church is composed of all persons who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. This body expresses itself in local assemblies whose members have been baptized upon a confession of faith. Scripture commands believers to assemble together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, and teaching of the Word. Scripture also commands the observance of baptism by immersion and communion as the ordinances established by Jesus Christ, fellowship, service to the body through development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world. Under the guidance of pastors, elders, and other supportive leaders, its members work together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
We believe in the personal, visible and imminent return of Christ before the millennium to remove His Church from the earth. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and lost, the eternal conscious existence of all men, either in heaven or hell, and in divine judgments, rewards, and punishments.
Women in ministry – CCC believes that God has given both men and women gifts to use to serve one another in the body. God wants these gifts to be used to encourage one another in their spiritual growth. The only place God sets boundaries concerning women in leadership is in the church governance role (elder, pastor based upon 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1).
Same sex marriage – CCC believes that God’s design is for one man and one women to live together in marriage for a lifetime. Although we recognize and acknowledge same sex desires are similar to other temptations that individuals might experience, we believe God’s design for marriage is between a woman and a man. We do not prohibit individuals who are living in this lifestyle from attending.