What We Believe
"Since 1924, a pilgrim people who accept that though we may not all think alike, we may love alike."
-- From the founding documents of Community Church
Commitments of Community Church include:
As Christ prayed “that they may all be one” John 17:21, so we work to heal divisions in the Body of Christ. Regardless of the labels society may place upon us, all are welcomed into fellowship. The unity we seek in church membership is a gift of God, undergirded by love of our fellow members and of God. We accept the historic understanding of Christian fellowship which states: In essentials unity, in non-essentials diversity, in all things love.
We value the historic creeds of the church, but do not demand specific expressions of acceptance of these creeds. We acknowledge our responsibility for rethinking, claiming, and bearing witness to our beliefs as God’s word continues to unfold among us.
Authority of Scriptures
The Bible is our ultimate rule of faith and practice. It is our primary source for understanding the good news we know through Christ. At Community Church we use the tools of modern biblical scholarship to seek more light and truth from the scriptures, which are a living witness to faith. We take the Bible seriously, approach the text eagerly, and seek to discern together the meaning of God’s message for our lives today.
As individuals we are urged to act in accordance with our understanding of God’s will for our lives. As a community of faith, guided by the Holy Spirit, we also work together to establish God’s realm of justice, love, and peace. Our work together will include helping those in need, building up, reconciling, healing, supporting, and teaching.
We recognize two sacraments as instituted by Christ: baptism (through which we are joined in faith to Jesus Christ and welcomed into fellowship of the church) and Communion (the meal of broken bread and shared cup, taken in remembrance of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, and with the promise of his return.)
Growth in Faith
With the freedom we claim in Christ comes the responsibility to continue to grow in faithfulness. We offer many opportunities for growth including: worship (in varied styles), Bible studies, Wednesday evening educational sessions, experiences of historic spiritual practices, small group fellowship, and periodic guest lecturers as funded by our Green Family Foundation Series and the Ella Dodd Speakers Series.