WHAT KIND OF CHURCH ARE WE?
PCC is a non-denominational church which simply means we are open and inviting to people of any Christian denomination and to people who are finding their way back to God. We are a Church that believes in a heartfelt worship, a deepening fellowship and a growing discipleship to Jesus Christ.
Below, you can read what PCC believes about:
• We believe and teach that God is the absolute and sole creator of the universe and that creation was by His choice and decision. (Genesis 1:1-2:25)
• We believe and teach that God loves people, all people. By His choice and decision He came, in love, to earth in the person of Jesus Christ to save us from our sin. (Genesis 3:15 ; Isaiah 53:1-6 ; Matthew 1:21 ; John 3:16-17 ; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 1:3-6)
• We believe and teach that God invites us into a personal relationship with Him (2 Peter 1:3-4) in order to know Him, love Him, experience His life and be changed into His likeness. (Philippians 1:9-11 ; 1 John 3:2-3; 1 John 4:13-16)
• We believe that God is holy, righteous, creator, redeemer, all-knowing, worthy of worship and desirous to be called our “Father.” (Deuteronomy 10:14-22 ; Psalms 24 ; Psalms 89:1-8; Psalms 139; Psalms 145-150 ; Romans 8:15).
• We believe and teach that Jesus Christ in the flesh was both God and man, born of a virgin, tempted as we are, lived His life without sin, taught and brought mighty works and wonders, and signs exactly as revealed in the Gospels. He loved, was crucified, died as a payment for our sin, and was raised from the dead bodily on the third day. Later He ascended to the Father’s right hand where He is now head of the church and intercedes for believers, and is now preparing to come again personally, bodily and visibly to this earth. (Philippians 2:5-8 ; Luke 1:26-35 : Hebrews 4:14-15 ; 1 Peter 2:21-24 ; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5 ; Acts 1:9-11 ; Ephesians 1:18-23 ; Romans 8:31-34 ; 1 John 2:1-2 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-16 ; John 14:1-6).
• We believe and teach that in Jesus’ death, by His shed blood, He made a perfect atonement for sin. People are saved, justified and sanctified on the simple and single ground of the Lord Jesus Christ’s shed blood. (Hebrews 9:11-14 ; Hebrews 10:10-13 ; Ephesians 1:7 ; 1 Peter 3:18 ;Galatians 3:13-14 ; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ; Romans 8:31-34).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
• We believe and teach that the Holy Spirit is alive and well in every believer. He instructs, comforts, convicts, guides, and gives to every Christian at least one gift to be used in building up and edifying the church (John 14:15-27 ; John 16:5-15 ; Romans 12:3-6 ; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 ; Ephesians 4:11-13 ; 1 Peter 4:10 ).
• We believe and teach that no one gift of the Holy Spirit is more important or less important. How He distributes His gifts is solely of God’s choosing. The gifts of the Spirit have one purpose, that is to strengthen and build up the church, not divide or tear it down. (1 Corinthians 12:12-31 ;1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ; 1 Corinthians 14:40 ).
• We believe and teach that the Holy Spirit is one person of the Godhead, the Trinity. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit exist eternally in three persons and yet are one in God. (Matthew 28:19 ;John 14:16 ; John 16:7-15)
• We believe and teach that the church on earth is the visible portrait of the body of Christ. The church is not perfect, being comprised of imperfect people. Its only perfection is its founder, head and cornerstone, Jesus Christ. The church is the bride of Christ awaiting her groom’s return (Ephesians 1:22 ; Colossians 1:18 , Ephesians 2:20-21 ; Revelation 19:7)
• We believe and teach that the local church is simply a part of Christ’s church, the universal church (1 Corinthians 12:27). We recognize we are not the only Christians, simply Christians only. We believe that all those who call on the name of Christ and practice His Lordship are our brothers and sisters in Christ (Ephesians 4:3) that the church is meant to embrace all nations (Matthew 28:19); teach all things necessary for living the Christian life (John 16:13); to nourish its members in all Christian graces (Ephesians 5:25-27); and to be a haven for all those in need of forgiveness, compassion and support.
• We believe and teach that God loves all people. It is His express desire to daily fellowship with them. He created people with this deep yearning to know Him and live in relationship with Him. (John 3:16-17 ; Ecclesiastes 3:11 ; Colossians 3:11 ; 2 Peter 1:3-4).
• We believe and teach that without Christ, people are lost and separated from God because of sin. Without Christ’s presence in a persons heart, that person will die eternally, forever separated from the one who loves him more than any other being. (Romans 3:23 ; Romans 6:23 ; Hebrews 9:27 ; 2 Peter 3:9).
• We believe and teach the value and dignity of every person based solely on the fact that each person has been created in the image of God and therefore, is priceless, regardless of outward appearances, social status, heritage, or any other criteria (Genesis 1:27 ; 1 Samuel 16:7 ; Romans 15:7 ; Galatians 3:28).
• We believe and teach that the Bible is the Word of God. It is supernaturally inspired, written as God moved men, keeping their personalities intact. It is a divinely authoritative, reliable standard for every age and every person. The Bible strips away any pretense and gives to us what God has on His heart. by that Word we can come to know God, grow spiritually, and find direction for life (2 Corinthians 2:7-14 ; 2 Peter 1:20-21 ; 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ; 1 Peter 2:2 ; Hebrews 4:12).
• We believe and teach that salvation comes only from the grace of God in Jesus Christ. Through salvation we receive the forgiveness of sins, a new nature, and the hope of eternal life. We cannot merit or earn salvation. When God initiated this relationship with Abraham He offered a special covenant with man. That covenant can be traced from Genesis to Revelation in various people and times. God now offers this covenant in Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:8-10 ; 1 John 3:9 ; 2 Corinthians 5:17 ; 1 Corinthians 15:1-58 ; Ephesians 2:8-9 ; Genesis 12:1-3 ; 2 Samuel 7:4 ; Jeremiah 33:14-17 ; Luke 2:1-20 ; Galatians 3:29 ; Revelation 22:12-17).
• We believe and teach that believers can have assurance of their salvation, but that sin may interrupt the joy or fellowship with God, separate us from Him, and may bring disappointment, heartache, and discipline from our Heavenly Father (John 5:24 ; John 10:27-30 ; Romans 8:1 ; Romans 8:27-39 ; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 ; 1 John 5:11-13 ; John 15:1-6 ; 2 Peter 2:20-22 ; 2 Peter 3:17-18).
THE LORD’S SUPPER
• We offer the opportunity to remember what Christ accomplished for us at the cross. We observe the institution of the Lord’s Supper on every Lord’s Day neither inviting people to participate nor preventing them. We believe that it is His table and for anyone who is a follower of Christ. The decision to share in the communion is between the individual and God (Acts 20:7 ; Matthew 26:26-28 ; Mark 14:22-24 ; Luke 22:14-19 ; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 ;1 Corinthians 10:16).
• We believe and teach that baptism in the New Testament was by immersion, for believers. We believe and teach that it symbolizes Christ’s death, burial and resurrection; the putting off of old clothes and the putting on of new ones; and a public pledge or seal of union with Christ. Baptism is for our benefit. It is no more or no less important than any other New Testament teaching. It is a beautiful portrait of God’s willingness to wash away our sins. Baptism is an act of obedience to Christ’s lordship. We recognize that there are those who are not immersed believers and it is our prayer and desire to love them, identify with them and teach them. Acts 2:38 ; Acts 8:26-40 ; Acts 9:1-19 ; Acts 10:24-48 ; Acts 16:11-15 ; Acts 16:16-34 ; Acts 18:1-8 ; Acts 19:1-7 ; Romans 6:1-4 ; Galatians 3:26-27 ; Colossians 2:11-12 ; 1 Peter 3:18-22 ; Matthew 28:18-20
• We believe and teach that our calling is to follow Christ in a daily relationship. (Luke 9:23)
• We believe and teach that the goal of every Christian is to grow in spiritual maturity through a loving, willing and grace-centered obedience to the word of God and the indwelling Spirit (Ephesians 4:11-16 ; 1 Corinthians 14:20 ; Colossians 1:9-12 ; Colossians 1:28 ; Colossians 3:12-17 ; Ephesians 5:15-21)
• We believe and teach that God has the world on His heart and has equipped us with everything possible to carry out His Commission. It is our express desire to bring people to Christ, make disciples for Him, baptize them , and teach them to follow Him (Matthew 28:16-20 ; 2 Timothy 2:2).
• We believe and teach that the grace of God holds us together enabling us to live in harmony with each other. Grace gives us the eyes to see past the faults of others and ourselves, making possible a relationship with the creator of the world and redeemer of life. This relationship allows us to start over when we have sinned and creates the kind of environment where God can be honored, people helped, and the hurting healed. (All of Romans & Galatians).
THE SECOND COMING
• We believe and teach that all those who have received Christ as their Savior and Lord, all those who have died in Christ, will meet Christ when He comes again and will reign with Him forever. We have no specific millennial position. We believe this to be an area of opinion and freedom. The emphasis here is upon being alert, watching and ready (Romans 8:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 ; Luke 16:19-31 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ; 1 Corinthians 15:1-58 ; John 3:1-2)
• We believe and teach there are a number of Christian disciplines which give expression to our faith and love for God. We do not see these as ways of measuring up or gaining the acceptance of God, but rather as opportunities to know Him in a deeper way (John 14:21).
• Traditionally tithing has been viewed as giving 1/10th of what we earn to the local church (Proverbs 3:9-10 ; Matthew 3:8-10 ; Hebrews 7:1-10). The New Testament speaks more often of offerings and sacrificial giving (1 Corinthians 16:2 ; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 ; 2 Corinthians 8:3). We want people to know that the single most important thing about giving is not the amount, but one’s attitude (Hosea 6:6 ; Matthew 6:1-4 ; 2 Corinthians 8:6-7 ; 2 Corinthians 9:7).
• Study is the careful examination of the Bible, it includes looking at its message, its background, the surrounding passages with an effort to make personal application. Numerous books and helps are available to aid one in being a Bible student. The chief purpose of study is to be changed, not amass great amounts of information.
• Prayer is simply talking and listening to God. Prayer is something that can be learned (Luke 11:1). A useful guide in developing a balanced prayer life is using the acrostic A.C.T.S.
• In devoting each element of the acrostic in prayer one can praise God for who He is, acknowledge any sin that has entered into the relationship, offer thanks for what God has done and is doing, and share with Him other’s needs, as well as our own (Philippians 4:6-7)
• At the heart of being a Christian is the willingness to serve just as Jesus served (Mark 10:45). Numerous opportunities for service are offered at and through the church. Your gifts and interests will determine the area you wish to serve in and can extend beyond the walls of a church building into the arena of everyday life (i.e. listening, showing hospitality teaching & helping another understand the Bible, ministering to them with food or some other means of physical help, even allowing another to serve us).