God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate his power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; Colossians 1:15-16
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is coequal with God the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer at least one spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under his control daily.
The Bible is God’s word. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because the Bible is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
People are made in the spiritual image of God to be like him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by “sin” which separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sins by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ alone as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith alone, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith alone.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If one has been genuinely saved, they cannot lose it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; 1 John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23
Jesus came to show us that there’s a life more fulfilling than any life apart from him–one where we are reconciled to God, connected to others, and living on purpose. This life is available right now, today, and Jesus has made a way for us to experience it. At Clear Creek, everything we do starts with the gospel, the good news of who Jesus is and what he has done for us at the cross, and the truth that following him changes us in real and lasting ways.
The kind of life Jesus offers isn’t something we were meant to experience alone. It’s about being connected to other people who are also exploring and applying the gospel of Jesus to their everyday. As we walk through life together—through the good, the bad, the struggles, and the celebrations—we discover a richness to life that only comes through gospel relationships that challenge us and help us grow into fully devoted disciples.
We were never meant to keep this discovery of a fuller life to ourselves. We demonstrate the power of following Jesus to the community around us by helping the needy, giving a hand to those who are struggling, and showing the love of Jesus to everyone we meet. That doesn’t mean we don’t talk about it as well, it just means that we lead those around us by living out what it means to follow Jesus. Along with living, we also tell the story of Jesus with those around us. We want to clearly show the impact of the gospel, and boldly share its message.
The essence of new life in Jesus is the act of giving. God gave his Son, Jesus, to do for us what we couldn’t do for ourselves—to bring us into this new kind of life. We believe that if we’re truly going to live out the fullness of this life, we’ve got to make constant strides in giving to others out of what God has given to us. When this kind of generosity takes root in you, you’ll respond by sharing it in every way you can—through your time, your skills and gifts, and even your finances. At Clear Creek, we give because God is changing our hearts and inviting us to respond.
At Clear Creek Community Church we say, “membership starts in group.” What we mean by that is that the first step in being a member at Clear Creek Community Church is to become an active participant in a small group. The process goes like this:
Register and participate in GroupLink at the next opportunity (our bi-annual event to help people find and join groups) or accept an invitation from someone to join an existing group.
Read “Missional Community.” When you’ve completed it follow up with your small group Navigator about membership. Your Navigator will help you complete the process.
That’s it! We look forward to serving Jesus with you.
If you’d like to understand a bit more about why Clear Creek structures membership the way we do, read on. The following will help you understand the why behind our membership process.
A member at Clear Creek is a person who has made a covenant commitment to grow their personal faith in Jesus, and to share the gospel of Jesus with unchurched people in their lives. That is our mission.
Simple enough. But the term “membership,” confuses people.
In our culture being a member in some organization has transactional connotations. So, for instance, we invest in membership at Costco or Sam’s. Then we evaluate – based on our experience – if what we get is worth what we invest. If we are satisfied, we continue, if we are unsatisfied, we stop. The same is true for the golf course, the marina, the Fitness Center, etc.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Many organizations depend on that kind of “membership.” But the church is not like any other organization in our culture.
What we have always wanted is that membership at Clear Creek would be a covenant relationship. A covenant relationship carries unique demands but provides a unique sense of belonging.
So, membership in the church is about creating and maintaining a series of spiritually significant, and even spiritually demanding relationships – because those kinds of relationships are necessary for spiritual growth.
In a covenant relationship, we make a promise to remain in the relationship regardless of how we feel in any given season. The commitment we make is more significant than our feelings. A person who enters a membership covenant at Clear Creek says:
“I make a promise to adjust to the culture and values of this particular local church – and, to bear with the faults.
I am taking my part in the body of Christ at Clear Creek Community Church, and I will add the gifts and resources God has given me to those of every other member of Clear Creek so that together we can accomplish our mission of leading unchurched people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus.”
When you think of membership in terms of a covenant relationship it will help you understand why we do it the way we do at Clear Creek. A covenant relationship requires the kind of relationships we have the opportunity to develop in small group. That’s why we say, “membership at Clear Creek starts in group.”