What We Believe

Columbia Christian Church has served as a local expression of The Church in Vancouver for over 40 years.

We are not formally affiliated with any denomination or organization outside the local church. We seek unity and cooperation with all Christians, regardless of their name.

Columbia Christian Church is a “non-creedal” church. We do not affirm or require affirmation of any creed other than the Bible. We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, and that all Christians are responsible to study it and respond to it in faith.

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 Have Love.

“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and If I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2

The Essentials We Believe:

 

About God

        God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed as one God in three persons:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; John 14:26; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

 

About Jesus Christ

The Messiah or Christ (Anointed One) Jesus is God who became flesh (John 1:14). He lived a sinless human life, and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead on the third day demonstrating his power over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:3-5). He ascended to Heaven (Luke 24:50-51) as our High Priest and will return to earth at the time the Father has set (Matthew 16:27) as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (1 Timothy 6:14-15).

About the Holy Spirit

            The Holy Spirit is one with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19). He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8), and stands beside us to help us in our Christian walk (John 14:16).

About the Bible

               The Bible is inspired by God, and is the primary source for our teaching, and for guidance in living our lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

About Salvation

               Salvation from the penalty of our sin follows the forgiveness of our sins (1 John 1:9), adoption by God the Father (John 1:12-13), and inheritance of the Kingdom of Heaven (Revelation 21:7). Salvation is a gift from God, not something we earn in any way (Ephesians 2:8-9). We only gain salvation by submitting our life in faith (belief, trust, loyalty) to Jesus as our Lord (John 3:16; John 14:6). While we do not believe baptism in itself saves anyone (baptismal regeneration), we note the universal practice of baptism whenever an account of conversion is given in the New Testament. Consistent with New Testament teaching, we believe this baptism is the immersion of repentant believers in water identifying them with the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3).


What We Do

The Mission of Jesus Christ, Matt 28:19-20

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.