We seek to live out God's purpose for our lives by following His truth as revealed to us in the Scriptures (the Old and New Testaments), for we believe that "all Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed." (1 Tim. 3:16-17) We will rely on that Scripture as our primary source of faith with the belief that it will give us God's answers for grace-filled living, both with regard to general theological guidelines and specific standards for human conduct. We also believe that God's guidance will best be understood when the Scriptures are searched in a collective fellowship where each believer can hone their beliefs through sharing and the collective wisdom.
A) We accept the Apostles' Creed as our only basic doctrinal statement. We do so because it has stood since the time of the early church as containing the basic beliefs of Christianity, because it is totally consistent with the Scriptures and because it makes all other doctrinal questions secondary in following Jesus Christ.
B) We believe in two sacraments, Baptism and the Eucharist, and shall observe the following regarding both:
Baptism: Since the main focus of the sacrament of baptism is God's activity of acceptance of the person being baptized and the anointing of the same with the indwelling of His Holy Spirit, we will emphasize God's activity and de-emphasize the method used. Therefore, we will administer this rite with water, by sprinkling or immersion, at the discretion of the participant or the participant's parent(s). Accordingly we will also baptize either infants, children or adults. For adults, all baptism vows will be accepted by them; for infants and children, all baptism vows will be accepted by the parent(s) with the expressed understanding that the parent(s), along with the entire Christ Alive! Community Church, will be responsible to encourage and nurture the child in the Christian faith until such time as that child can make a mature decision on their own to accept Jesus Christ as their Redeemer and Lord. The church's human role in this eventual acceptance of Christ by the child will be the presentation of the Gospel of grace through preaching and teaching as the child grows mentally and spiritually and to affirm the child's acceptance of God's grace or promote the acceptance of His grace through the structure of Confirmation. This confirmation study will be held for anyone who has reached their freshman year in High School and will consist of the same Bible study that all people must complete for official recognition as a member of Christ Alive!.
Eucharist: We believe that Holy Communion, as instituted by Jesus at the Last supper, is a sacrament that denotes a special presence and grace by God upon those that participate in faith. In essence, those involved are accepting Jesus' special invitation to commune with Him by partaking of the elements of bread and wine at His table. As we participate, God imparts to us His assurance of our salvation through His Son Jesus Christ, His continuing presence with us via the Holy Spirit and a personal and collective call to grow and develop as His followers. We will accept Jesus' invitation to Holy Communion each Sunday at the Worship Service and at any other service as deemed appropriate by the Elders. The Worship Service will center around this Sacrament, although no one form of serving it will be exclusively followed. Each time it is served, those partaking will be allowed to use this time of special communion with God to respond to His call as presented from His Word.
Anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and publicly acknowledges the same will be invited to share in Holy Communion anytime that it is offered; that is, we will have an open Communion.