Cross of Christ Community Church

  "Preaching the Gospel of the Cross" 

Our Beliefs

Statement of What We Believe

  • The Bible to be the inspired Word of God (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
  • That there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; John 14:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
  • In the deity of Jesus Christ; that He is the only begotten Son of God, and born of the Virgin Mary. That He died for our sins on the Cross, was buried for three days in a tomb, and was resurrected from physical death and He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father for our intercession (John 8:58; Romans 9:5; 1 Timothy 3:16).
  • “That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” and that repentance is necessary for the forgiveness of sins (Romans 3:23-24, 10:9-13; Acts 3:19-20).
  • That justification/forgiveness of sins and regeneration/being born-again is received by faith in the Blood of Christ shed on the Cross alone (Romans 3:22-26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 3:1-9).
  • Sanctification, as an act of grace subsequent to the new birth, sets believer free from the law of sin and death through the crucifixion of the flesh for the pursuit of holiness.
  • That the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is the promise of power to be an effective witness for all believers and is received by faith alone and the evidence of having received is speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (Acts 1:5-8, 2:4, 10:44-46, 19:1-6).
  • In divine healing as provided through Jesus Christ and what He did on the Cross (Mark 16:22-26; James 5:14-15).
  • That the saved should be baptized in water in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit as a testimony that they have spiritually been baptized into the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-18; Acts 2:38).
  • In the taking of the bread and cup of Communion in remembrance of the death and sacrifice of Christ (Mark 14: 22-26; 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26).
  • In the pre-tribulation rapture of the church when both the righteous dead and living saints shall be caught up in the air to be with the Lord (Matthew 24:36-42; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:50-55).
  • In the pre-millennial, second coming of Jesus Christ to the earth, with His saints to reign for a thousand years (Revelation 19:11-20:4).
  • In the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved to eternal life and the lost to eternal damnation (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18; 1 Corinthians 15: 50-57; Revelation 20: 4-15; John 5: 28-29; Daniel 12:2; Acts 24:15).

COC Style of Praise & Worship

Why do we stand when we sing?  "And the Levites ... of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel - with a loud voice on high." ~ 

2 Chronicles 20:19

Why do we clap our hands? "O clap your hands all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph." ~ Psalm 47:1

Why do we lift our hands? "I will therefore, that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting." ~ 1 Timothy 2:8

Why do we give audible praise to God? "I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth." ~ Psalm 34:1

Why do we sometimes pray in tongues, speak in tongues, and sing in tongues? "For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the understanding also; I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also." ~ 

1 Corinthians 14:14-15

Why do we use musical instruments? "Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto Him with psaltery and an instrument often strings. Sing unto Him a new song; skillfully with a loud noise." ~ Psalm 33:2-3

Why do we sometimes dance before the Lord?  "Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs." ~ Psalm 150:4

Why do we sing songs of praise and worship, as well as choruses and hymns? "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." ~ Ephesians 5:18-19

Why do we have this style of praise & worship? "But the hour cometh, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a spirit and they that worship Him in spirit and in truth." ~ John 4:23-24