Christ Community is called to love and serve the people of Greeley. Our desire is to see lives awakened and transformed spiritually as we embrace the Gospel, experience the fruit and power of the Holy Spirit, and engage in God’s Kingdom mission. A relationship with God through Christ brings hope, purpose and renewal to individuals, families, our city and our world.
We are imperfect and acknowledge our human brokenness. We maintain a view of our church and of Christians as subject to the normal issues, struggles, pain, desires and other realities of life. We will be uncomfortably vulnerable, so that we may better exemplify redemption and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
We demonstrate that God is accessible by providing easy onramps to our church community, worship services and ministries. We are creative and engaging, while keeping our messages direct and clear. We take an inclusive approach to the full diversity of people represented in Greeley. We will use normal, understandable language and define the spiritual terms and concepts that might not be familiar.
God is powerful, supernatural, mysterious and transcendent. Experiencing the Holy Spirit in worship, prayer, healing or in our daily lives isn’t something that is defined by rules or religious traditions. Our community will know that ultimate spirituality is found in a relationship with Jesus, and can be experienced here.
We will always create space for response to God’s Word and the work of the Holy Spirit. We embrace dialogues, not monologues. We will ask questions and will not always provide pat answers. We are comfortable with a certain amount of open-endedness, trusting in the Holy Spirit to complete his work.
As we engage people, we will be loving, kind and hospitable, focused first on their needs, not on our agenda. Our attitude is, “Be yourself; you are very welcome here.” Encounters with our programs, buildings, services and people will be comfortable, refreshing and winsome. When people know we like them, they can believe that God likes them too.
Following the example of Christ, we express the gospel through words and actions. We equip people to demonstrate God’s love through a lifestyle of generosity and compassion that includes meeting needs locally and globally. Christ Community is a church where you can do good. This is both a testimony to unbelievers and a tool for our own growth as disciples.
We will reflect our times, in fact anticipating shifts in culture to stay relevant to the people God is calling us to reach.
We stand on the authority of God’s Word. While doing ministry in the context of contemporary culture, we will never compromise the Bible or the gospel. We are dependent on God and open to the direction of the Spirit, knowing that the Holy Spirit works in the planning process, as well as in the moment.
Christ Community Church is an evangelical Christian church. Our statement of faith aligns with the traditional Apostle Creed. Read our complete statement of faith. Christ Community is associated with the Evangelical Free Church of America. However, “free” means we are an independent church. We are self-governing and don’t “report” to a denomination.
What we believe
Evangelical Free Church of America
CHRIST COMMUNITY BELIEFS
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel’s promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.