The Bible says that Jesus Christ “reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18). At CTK Church, our vision is simply this: “we exist to reconcile people to God and each other through Jesus Christ.” But what does all that mean? And how do we get there?
Our Five Core Identities
Christianity is all about the truth of who God is. We don’t get to make up some vague notions of who we think God is and then worship that. God is who He says He is. He loves us and He confronts us. We don’t get to tell God who to be; God tells us who to be. The Bible is God’s Word to us, and it is true. One of the great things about the Bible is that it not only tells us who God is, it tells us who we are. Everything we do at CTK Church is unashamedly biblically based. Through God’s Word, we have identified five “core identities” that shape the life of our church.
Statement of Faith
We are a Baptist community in the Reformed Tradition. In other words, we believe that God is ultimately in control of the universe and His Church is governed locally. We subscribe to the historic confessions of the faith, including the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed (325), the Council of Chalcedon (451), and the London Baptist Confession (1689).
1. The Word of God
We believe the Bible is God’s written revelation to man. It is composed of sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament. It is verbally inspired in every word, and absolutely inerrant in the original documents. We affirm the infallibility, sufficiency, and authority of Scripture. We affirm its supreme infallibility in all matters of faith and conduct.
2. The Trinity
We believe that there is but one Living and true God, an infinite, all-knowing Spirit, perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each equally deserving worship and obedience.
3. God the Father
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, He hears and answers prayers and He saves from sin and death all that come to Him through Jesus Christ.
4. Jesus Christ
We believe Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten son, and has precisely the same nature, attributes and perfection as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. We believe He is not only true God but also a true Man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born from a virgin. We also believe in His sinless life, His substitutionary atonement, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, His priestly intercession on behalf of his people, and His personal visible return from heaven.
5. The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is a person and is fully God. As the supernatural and sovereign Agent in regeneration, the Holy Spirit baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ at the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers them for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption.
We believe man was created male and female in God’s image in innocence of sin, but voluntarily disobeyed and became separated from God. Through the sin of Adam, all humanity became polluted and is therefore sinful by nature and also by choice. For this reason, man is totally depraved and in need of a Savior.
We believe every person is a sinner by nature and by choice and is, therefore, under condemnation. We believe those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe that the salvation of man, who is sinful and lost, is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God when the repentant sinner- enabled by the Holy Spirit- responds in faith. This salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works. All Christians are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
8. The Church
We believe those who put their faith in Jesus Christ immediately become a part of His Body, the Church. There is one Church universal, made up of all believers from all places throughout history. The local church is an individual, autonomous part of the larger universal Body of Christ. The local church gathers as individuals who have been baptized and professed faith in Christ. The local church is led by the Lordship of Christ through qualified male elders. The Church’s purpose is to glorify God through instruction in the Word, keeping the ordinances, advancing the Gospel, and living in fellowship with one another.
9. The Last Things
We believe in the literal future return of Jesus Christ to restore His kingdom in its fullness. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; the saved to resurrection of life and the unsaved to eternal separation from God.