What we believe.

As a ministry of Central Church in Collieville, Tn., this is what we believe to be true :

The Doctrinal Statement of Central Church

The Divine Creation of Man and the Universe.

  1. The universe is not eternal but had its beginning in the creative work of God (Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:3).
  2. Man was created especially to reflect the character or image of God (Genesis 1:26, 27). He thus bears a special moral responsibility to God (Revelation 4:11).
  3. Living things on earth are not the result of organic evolution from simpler life forms (Genesis 1).

The Verbal Inspiration of the Word of God and its consequent absolute authority.

  1. God caused the human authors of Scripture to write just what He wanted written, yet through their own personality (II Timothy 3:16,17; II Peter 1:20, 21).
  2. As such, God’s Word is without any error in all the matters it gives instruction on and is absolutely authoritative (Matthew 5:17,18).

One God, existing and manifesting Himself in Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  1. God is one in essence or nature (Deuteronomy 6:4; John 10:30; I Corinthians 8:4).
  2. Three distinct persons make up the Godhead (I Corinthians 8:5, 6; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 2:18).
  3. Each person is equally God (the Son: John 1:1; the Spirit: Acts 5:3,4).

The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Son of Man.

  1. God caused Mary, Jesus’ mother, to conceive him without a human father (Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:26-35).
  2. By this means the Son of God took on human nature and became fully man, apart from sin (John 1:14; I Corinthians 15:21; Hebrews 2:14; II Corinthians 5:21).
  3. The Son of Man is also fully God (Hebrews 1:8).

The Pre-Existence of the Lord Jesus Christ as God, the Son.

  1. Christ, as God, has existed from all eternity (Micah 5:2; John 1:1-13; Colossians 1:15-17; Revelation 1:11).
  2. Jesus did not become the Son of God by virtue of the virgin birth but has sustained the relationship of Son to God the Father from all eternity (Hebrews 1:1-3; Isaiah 9:6; John 17:5).

The Fall of man, his moral depravity, and his need of regeneration.

  1. Adam fell from a state of righteousness into a state of sin and incurred guilt for the whole human race (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-21).
  2. All men are consequently incapable of pleasing God by any of their works and incapable of ridding themselves of guilt (Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:9-20).
  3. Only God can bring man to life and salvation by His drawing power (Ephesians 2:4-10; John 6:44).

The Atoning Work of the Lord Jesus Christ and the "Whosoever Will" gospel for all mankind.

  1. Christ’s death paid God’s penalty for our sin in order that those who believe might gain forgiveness and eternal life (II Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:11-14; I Peter 2:24).
  2. We are to extend an invitation to any and everyone to believe in Christ and His atoning work and so be saved from paying the penalty for their sin themselves (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; Revelation 22:17).

The Personality of the Holy Spirit, who is the seal and witness of salvation.

  1. The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force but the personal God (John 14:16,17; 16:13-15; Acts 5:3,4; I Corinthians 2:10).
  2. The Holy Spirit is the seal of salvation meaning that His presence in the believer’s life attests to and make secure the believers salvation (Ephesians 1:13).
  3. The Holy Spirit witnesses with the believer’s spirit, gives certainty of faith to the believer, that he or she is God’s child (Romans 8:14-17).

Justification by faith and the imparting of the divine nature to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord.

  1. A person cannot be justified (pronounced righteous) on the basis of his own personal "good works" because God demands perfection and because man’s so called "good works" are tainted by their rebellion against God’s authority (Matthew 5:48; Romans 3:9-20; Ephesians 2:1-10).
  2. By faith only in Christ and His sacrificial death God credits to our account the righteousness of Christ and so views us as perfectly righteous before Him. This is justification (Romans 3:21-26; II Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:8-10; Romans 5:19).
  3. God is actively at work in each one justified to produce actual righteousness or Christ-likeness (Philippians 2:12,13; Romans 8:28-29; Ephesians 2:10).
  4. Being baptized is the appropriate sign and symbol of one who has been justified by faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38; 8:34-38), but is not a requirement for salvation (Acts 16:29-33; 1 Corinthians 1:13-17). The mode of baptism (sprinkling or immersion) is inconsequential.

The Eternal Punishment of all who reject the Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. There is no "second chance" for salvation after death (Hebrews 9:27; John 3:36; Luke 16:19-31).
  2. Hades, the present place of torment, will eventually be emptied into the Lake of Fire where the torment will continue for eternity (Revelation 20:13-15; Matthew 25:31-46; II Thessalonians 1:9).
  3. There are degrees of punishment in hell (Matthew 11:20-24; Revelation 20:13).

The Resurrection of the body, both of the just and unjust.

  1. The body is not evil but is God’s creation and for believers, will be raised and transformed at the return of Christ (I Corinthians 15:20-24, 35-44; Philippians 3:20-21).
  2. Unbelievers’ bodies will be resurrected to face judgment after the 1000 year reign of Christ on earth (Revelation 20:11-15; John 5:25-29).

That our Lord Jesus will personally Return and set up His Kingdom upon earth wherein He will reign righteously.

  1. Christ will personally and bodily return to earth to establish personal rule over the earth for 1000 years (Acts 1:9-11; Luke 22:29-30; Revelation 20:1-10).
  2. After this a new heaven and earth will be created and the eternal kingdom of God will be established (Revelation 21:1; I Corinthians 15:24).
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