Our Beliefs

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Christ Memorial Church is a Baptist church within the evangelical tradition affiliated with both Converge Worldwide (formerly Baptist General Conference) and the Southern Baptist Convention. We hold to both the Affirmation of Faith (Converge, 1951, amended), and to the Baptist Faith & Message (SBC, amended). In addition, our church officers are required to accept, in substance, the First London Confession of Faith (1646, 2nd revision).

CMC holds the following distinctive beliefs:

We believe that the whole Bible teaches about Jesus Christ, beginning with Moses and with all the prophets (Luke 24:27). Thus, there is no part of Scripture that doesn’t point to Christ and to the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (II Tim. 3:15).

We believe that sinners are saved only by grace through faith and that not of yourselves (Eph. 2:8). Yet we also believe that faith without works is dead (James 2:17), that true faith is a faith working through love (Gal. 5:6). Thus, the grace that truly saves is a grace that always transforms.

We believe that grace is God’s idea and God’s work from first to last. We are saved not on the basis of works, but according to the election of grace (Rom. 11:5-6). God chose us in Him [Christ] before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4). Thus, salvation is entirely of the Lord, and even our faith in Christ is an outworking of His gracious initiative, since no one can come to Me [Christ], unless the Father who sent Me draws him (Jn. 6:44).

We believe that sinners are saved only through the verbal proclamation of the gospel, as God’s Word says: How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? (Rom. 10:14). Thus, while sinners are justly condemned for not embracing the light which they’ve been shown (Rom. 1:18-23), they are born again only through the imperishable seed of the preached word (I Pet. 1:22-25).

We believe that love for one another is the hallmark of true Christianity (John 13:34-35) and our chief apologetic to a lost and dying world. Thus, the credibility of our verbal proclamation is not a matter of community mindedness or service projects, but of truly loving one another in the bond of peace (Eph. 4:1-3), for without love for one another, we are nothing (I Cor. 13:1-3).