At Coastal Community Church, God’s truth revealed to us through the Bible determines what we believe.
God has given each of us the freedom to read and understand the Bible for ourselves. Christ followers, however, don’t always agree in their understanding of some parts the Bible. Therefore, we have adopted the following guidelines to help us stay true to the Bible’s central message of Jesus Christ and still offer the freedom of personal convictions the Bible describes in Romans, chapters 14 & 15 and the book of Galatians.
In essential beliefs, we have unity.
There is one Body and one Spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all… Ephesians 4:4-6
In non-essential beliefs, we have liberty.
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God…So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Romans 14:1, 4,12, 22
In all our beliefs, we show charity.
…If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains but have no love ,I amount to nothing at all. 1 Corinthians 13:2
Many of the areas where Christ followers have different understandings of the Bible revolve around lifestyle practices and preferences. They fall into the Apostle Paul’s category of disputable matters; areas where we have the freedom to agree to disagree. Many more areas simply have to do with culture or tradition. But there are some clear teachings in the Bible we believe are essential to unity of purpose and mission of the church. All who sign the Coastal Community Church Membership Covenant agree to these eight essentials.
For more detailed information about our beliefs, please review the Baptist Faith and Message.