Celebration Church believes in the 16 fundamental truths. They are all straight from the Bible and are not arguable theories, but facts that our faith has established as a foundation for all of our beliefs.
16 Fundamental Truths
1. Authority of God's Word
The Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, is inspired by God. It is the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21).
2. One True God
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).
3. Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:
a. His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35).
b. His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22).
c. His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38).
d. His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
e. His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4).
f. His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3).
4. Fall of Man
Man was created good and upright but by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred physical and spiritual death, which is separation from God. (Genesis 1:26,27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).
5. Salvation of Man
Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
a. Conditions to salvation. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7).
b. Evidences of salvation. The inward evidence is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12).
6. Ordinances of the Church
a. Baptism in water by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. This declares to the world that they have died with Christ and been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:4).
b. Holy Communion, or the Lord's Supper, consists of the elements -- bread and the fruit of the vine. It is a symbol of our sharing the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4); a reminder of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26).
7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit. With it comes enduement of power for life and service (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31). It is distinct from and subsequent to the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).
8. Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4).
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication to God (Romans 12:1,2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). Scriptures teach a life of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14).
10. Church and its Mission
The Church is the body of Christ of which each believer is a part (Ephesians 1:22,23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).
A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry is for the threefold purpose of leading the church in: evangelizing the world (Mark 16:15-20); worshiping God (John 4:23,24); building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11,16).
12. Divine Healing
Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel, provided for in the Atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:14-16).
13. Blessed Hope
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their rapture together with those who are alive at the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Titus 2:13).
14. Millennial Reign of Christ
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of all Christians, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for 1,000 years (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27,30; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6).
15. Final Judgment
There will be a final judgment of the wicked dead according to their works. Whoever is not found written in the Book of Life will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8).
16. New Heavens and New Earth
"We, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness" (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21,22).