Statement of Faith


GOD


We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 


JESUS

We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life; in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.


THE HOLY SPIRIT


We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.


SIN
We believe that all men, beginning with Adam, have rebelled, sinned against God and are eternally marred by sin and its consequences. For these reasons, mankind is incapable of pleasing or having a productive relationship with God without having a supernatural spiritual rebirth. 



SALVATION


We believe that salvation from the penalty of our sin can only be attained through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who forgives our sin and declares us righteous by His grace. Saving faith is always accompanied by true repentance. Because of God’s sustaining power, every true believer will persevere to the end. 


THE BIBLE


We believe that the Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God, that it is without error, and serves as the final authority for our faith and practice.


SANCTIFICATION


We believe that sanctification is a progressive act of God's grace in us, conforming us to the image of His Son, starting with conversion and continued by faith, repentance and obedience.


LIFE STYLE


We believe that the Christian should strive, enabled by the Holy Spirit, to live a godly, holy life in this present evil world. God accords to each the rights of private judgment and the liberty of conscience which should be stewarded and exercised by all.  


THE CHURCH


We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in Christ.


SACRAMENTS

We believe there are two sacraments given to the church to make visible our unity until he returns: baptism and communion. Baptism is administered once in a person's life, either as a new believer or as a covenant child. Communion is for all believers who repent of their sins.


CHURCH GOVERNMENT

We believe it is Biblical for a church to be governed by a plurality of spiritually qualified elders.


THE END


We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

Constitution

Our Constitution is the governing document that all church members have agreed on to govern our church.  In addition to the statement of faith that is listed above, it details why we exist, how we organize ourself, membership, leadership, and more.


James_River_Community_Church_Constitution.pdf