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The Philosophy of the Christ Central Church - Cocoa, Florida
Who We Are....
 
We are Christ Central Church of Cocoa.  Our aim is to be Jesus in our community, in our world, in our culture and in our time.  We are not trying to be a church of the first century, tenth century or nineteenth century.  We are not trying to be like the church in the 1950's, 60's, 70's or 80's.  We are striving to be the church that God wants us to be right now, today and tomorrow. Since we are a part of the body of Jesus Christ, our all-sufficient example is Jesus Christ Himself.  He lived the life that we seek to imitate.  Our goal is to be the very expression of the person of Jesus in our generation.
We believe that person is revealed clearly in the Bible.  Therefore, we are committed to being biblical and only biblical.  We are tired of labels. No one likes to be labeled.
 
We are not committed to being conservative.  We are not committed to be liberal.
 
  • We are committed to being biblical.

We are not committed to being traditional.  We are not committed to be progressive.
 
  • We are committed to being biblical.

We are not committed to defending tradition.  We are not committed to break tradition.
 
  • We are committed to being biblical.

We are not committed to anyone's agenda of change.  We are not committed to maintain the status quo.
 
  • We are committed to being biblical.

In the context of being biblical, we believe that there are certain matters of truth revealed in the Bible that are absolute.  We believe that those things are clearly taught and have the power of a "thus says the Lord" behind them.
But we also believe that the Bible allows for differences in many areas.  Not everyone comes to the same conclusion about everything in the Bible.  Our mission is not to condemn or criticize others but to invite everyone to join us on a journey that leads to transformation.
 
In these matters we seek to follow the New Testament principle paraphrased by the fathers of the American Restoration Movement:
 
In matters of faith:  unity
 
In matters of opinion:  liberty
 
In all things:  love
We do believe that there are certain areas of the work and ministry that are absolutely fundamental to being a follower of Jesus.
 
    1.  Worship/Praise

 

    2.  Education/Edification

 

    3.  Fellowship/Intimacy

 

    4.  Outreach/Service
 
We are not interested at all in just "keeping house."  We have no desire to "play church."  It is our mission, our calling and our passion as a church to exalt Jesus as Lord and we invite you to join us.
What we Believe....
 
  • There is only one true God and He is bigger, better, and closer than we can imagine.
 
  • The Bible is God's perfect guidebook for living.
 
  • God has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
       These are co-equal and are one God.
 
  • Jesus, the Son, is God showing himself to us.
 
  • The Holy Spirit, who was sent by the Son from the Father, is equal with the Father and the Son.
  • Nothing in creation "just happened" God made it all.  The Creator of all life and Supreme Ruler of the Universe.
 
  • Salvation is a free gift (Grace) from God.  To accept this free gift is the only way to have a relationship with God.  We believe that man can never make up for his shortcomings against God (sins) by self-improvement, good works, personal goodness, or by belonging to a church.  Only accepting the gift (grace) of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty.  We believe in demonstrating our trust and faith in Jesus by obeying his command including to be buried in baptism with Christ (Rom.6: 4, Col.2-12).
 
  • God has allowed evil to provide us with a choice.  God can bring good even out of evil events and God promises victory over evil to those who choose him.
 
  • Heaven and hell are real places.  Death is a beginning, not the end.
 
  • Faith is the only way to grow in our relationship with God.  We demonstrate our trust and appreciation for Jesus Christ by pleasing him and following his teachings.
 
  • The Church is the body of Christ, and is not a building or a particular group.  To belong to the church, is to belong to Jesus.  The Church is empowered by the Holy Spirit to continue the task of reaching the lost, discipling the saved and to serve people like Jesus served people.
 
  • Jesus is coming again.
At Christ Central, we try to understand and follow the Bible and its teaching.  However, our ability to logically understand the scriptures is not the basis for our acceptability before God.  Our salvation is based on what God has done for us through Jesus Christ.  We recognized that we cannot be right about everything and therefore completely depend on God's graciousness and mercy to do so.
 
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