Who Are We?
Our Mission and Core Values
Central Church exists to glorify God by multiplying and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ.
We envision a Church fully-engaged in our mission to multiply and mature disciples. A Church that believes our mission is too important to be distracted. We will be so focused on the mission that we quickly drop grudges, reconcile relationships, and show grace to one another. Keywords that capture our vision are Preaching, Reaching, and Training.
Our Core Values
We have 8 core values that define us as a church. In everything we do, we will incorporate our values to ensure we are always accomplishing our mission.
The Bible is Central
No matter what, we passionately cling to God’s Word as the first and final basis for everything we do.
The Gospel is Central
Without shame, we unceasingly proclaim salvation through repentance and faith in Christ alone.
A High View of God is Central
It’s not about us; we point to God who is the greatest treasure and pleasure.
Prayer is Central
Since our mission is not humanly possible, we embrace our utter dependence on the Holy Spirit through continual prayer.
Serving is Central
Jesus came to serve; therefore, His love compels us to be spiritual contributors, not mere consumers.
Unity is Central
We refuse to be divided by conflict; we are an intergenerational community of peacemakers who strive to love, honor, and forgive one another.
The Great Commission is Central
We are relentless to take the gospel from the neighborhoods to the nations.
Biblical Leadership is Central
The world tells us to take charge, but we joyfully submit to the authority of Christ and humbly follow sacrificial elder and pastoral leadership.
Most people tend to think that God accepts us because He sees our good deeds. These good deeds can be praying more, helping someone who can’t help themselves, or being moral and/or doing things that are unselfish. But, the Bible teaches us something else. It says there is only one way to be reconciled with God, and that way is through God’s son, Jesus Christ. If you’re not sure you’re a Christian, we’ve broken down the gospel for you below.
God loves us.
God made us to enjoy Him and have fellowship with Him forever. Because of God’s love for all persons, He desires that you have unbroken fellowship with Him.
(John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4-5)
We sinned against God.
All persons are “sinners” in that they disobey God. Sin is choosing to go your own way and do your own thing as opposed to being obedient to God.
(Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:10)
Sin separates us from God.
Sin forms a barrier that prevents you from entering into unbroken fellowship with God, Who is holy. As an unholy sinner, you can’t have fellowship with God. You are headed for a Christless eternity that the Bible calls Hell.
(Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:23)
We can’t save ourselves.
People often think that through their efforts they can overcome the sin barrier between themselves and God. That isn’t true. There’s nothing you can do to restore the broken relationship with God. You can’t earn God’s salvation. There is not a good act we can commit to make us acceptable to God. There is only one thing that can be done to set us free from this condition. But, it is not something we do.
(Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:4-5)
God sent His son Jesus Christ.
What you cannot do for yourself, Jesus Christ has done for you! Your sin is a barrier between you and God. But the Good News is that Jesus died on the cross for you as a payment for your sin to God. Jesus then rose from the dead, defeating death and hell for us. By taking your punishment on Himself, Jesus made a way for relationship with God.
(1 Peter 2:23; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:9)
We receive Jesus Christ through faith.
Faith is trusting in what Jesus has done for you rather than trusting your own efforts to restore fellowship with God. Faith is complete reliance on Christ to put you in right relationship with God. Faith also involves repentance or genuine sorrow for sin and willingness to turn away from sin. To trust Jesus means to believe that He is who He claimed to be (the son of God) and to accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior.
(John 14:6; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10)
Through prayer we place our trust in Jesus Christ.
Prayer doesn’t make you “saved”. But prayer does help you cement the time and place that you accepted Jesus’ role as savior in your life. Admit to God that you are a sinner. Express sorrow or repentance for your sinfulness. Ask Him to forgive your sins. Invite Jesus into your life as Savior and Lord. Commit yourself to live for Him.
What Do I Do Now?
If you just prayed to receive Christ for the first time or have any questions about the Gospel, please give us a call (901-888-4673) or email us and let us know! We would love to help you grow in your faith, because accepting Christ is just the beginning of an awesome life-long journey!
If you’re a new Christian, your next step is baptism. We believe that baptism is how we outwardly express our belief in and love for Jesus Christ. You can find out more about baptism here.
If you already believe in Jesus and want to find out more about Central’s beliefs, you can read them here.
What We Believe
If you’re looking for a church and want to get to know us better, our beliefs are a good place to start. If the language used on this page is confusing or if you aren’t sure if you’re a Christian, then check out The Gospel. It lists the very basics on what it means to be a Christian. If you feel comfortable with your belief in Jesus Christ, this section briefly describes the most important aspects of our faith.
The entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error.
We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity (the Son of God) who became flesh to reveal God to humanity and to become the Savior of the lost world.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal to the Father and the Son. 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. The Christian should strive daily to live under His control.
All people were created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him, but all became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. People are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts.
The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, God freely offers salvation to those who place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin.
The Christian Life
All Christians should live for Christ and not for themselves. By obedience to the Word of God and daily yielding to the Spirit of God, every believer should mature and be conformed to the image of Christ.
The church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus is the Head. The members of the church are those who have trusted the finished work of Christ through faith in Him. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to a lost world.
Christ instituted the sacraments of the church, which are Baptism and Communion.
- Individuals should be baptized after they have trusted Christ as Savior as an outward sign of their identification with Christ. Baptism does not merit salvation; it is an act of obedience.
- Communion is a commemoration of Jesus’ death until He comes again, the elements being symbols of His body and blood. The Communion table is open to all self-examined believers, regardless of church affiliation.
Our beliefs listed here cover the basic aspects of Christianity and what we believe at Central. If you want to take a deeper dive into our beliefs, you can learn more about our doctrine here.
Our Core Doctrine
If you’re looking for a more in-depth review of our beliefs, this section will help you come to a more full understanding of Central’s doctrine. Every group has a set of language they use with others in their circle, and this section is better understood if you have previous experience with Christian beliefs and terminology. If you need help working through our doctrine, feel free to contact us and we’ll help you out. Again, our deepest desire is that you first know about Jesus Christ and why we believe He is the true path to salvation. Afterwards, you can use the information listed here to grow in your understanding of Christianity.
The Divine Creation of Man and the Universe
- The universe is not eternal but had its beginning in the creative work of God (Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:3)
- Man was created especially to reflect the character or image of God (Genesis 1:26,27). Thus, man bears a special moral responsibility to God (Revelation 4:11).
- Living things on earth are not the result of organic evolution from simpler life forms (Genesis 1).
The Verbal Inspiration of the Word of God and It’s Consequent Absolute Authority
- God caused the human authors of Scripture to write just what He wanted written, yet through their own personality (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21).
- As such, God’s Word is without any error in all matters, it gives instruction on and is absolutely authoritative (Matthew 5:17,18).
One God, existing and manifesting himself in three persons: father, Son and holy spirit
- God is one in essence or nature. (Deuteronomy 6:4; John 10:30; 1 Corinthians 8:4).
- Three distinct persons share that one undivided essence (1 Corinthians 8:5, 6; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 2:18).
- Each person is equally God (the Son: John 1:1; the Spirit: Acts 5:3,4).
The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Son of Man
- God caused Mary, Jesus’ mother, to conceive him without a human father (Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:26-35).
- By this means the Son of God took on human nature and became fully man, apart from sin (John 1:14; 1 Corinthians 15:21; Hebrews 2:14; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
- The Son of Man is also fully God (Hebrews 1:8).
The Pre-existence of the Lord Jesus Christ as God, the Son
- Christ, as God, has existed from all eternity (Micah 5:2; John 1:1-13; Colossians 1:15-17; Revelation 1:11).
- Jesus did not become the Son of God by virtue of the virgin birth but has sustained the relationship of Son to God the Father from all eternity (Hebrews 1:1-3; Isaiah 9:6; John 17:5).
The fall of man, his moral depravity, and his need of regeneration
- Adam fell from a state of righteousness into a state of sin and incurred guilt for the whole human race (Genesis 3: Romans 5:12-21).
- All men are consequently incapable of pleasing God by any of their works and incapable of ridding themselves of guilt (Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:9-20).
- Only God can bring man to life and salvation by His drawing power (Ephesians 2:4-10; John 6:44).
The atoning work of the lord Jesus Christ and the “whosoever will” gospel for all mankind
- Christ’s death paid God’s penalty for our sin in order that those who believe might gain forgiveness and eternal life (2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:11-14; 1 Peter 2:24).
- We are to extend an invitation to any and everyone to believe in Christ and His atoning work and so be saved from paying the penalty for their sin themselves (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; Revelation 22:17).
The Personality of the Holy Spirit, Who is the Seal and Witness of Salvation
- The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force but the personal God (John 14:16,17; 16:13-15; Acts 5:3,4; 1 Corinthians 2:10).
- The Holy Spirit is the seal of salvation, meaning that His presence in the believer’s life attests to and makes secure the believer’s salvation (Ephesians 1:13).
- The Holy Spirit witnesses with the believer’s spirit and gives certainty of faith to the believer that he or she is God’s child (Romans 8:14-17).
Justification by Faith and the Imparting of the Divine Nature to All Who Accept Jesus Christ as Lord
- A person cannot be justified (pronounced righteous) on the basis of his own personal “good works” because God demands perfection and because man’s so called “good works” are tainted by their rebellion against God’s authority (Matthew 5:48; Romans 3:9-20; Ephesians 2:1-10).
- By faith only in Christ and His sacrificial death, God credits to our account the righteousness of Christ and so views us as perfectly righteous before Him. This is justification (Romans 3:21-26; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:8-10; Romans 5:19).
- God is actively at work in each one justified to produce actual righteousness or Christ-likeness (Philippians 2:12; Romans 8:28-29; Ephesians 2:10).
- Being baptized is the appropriate sign and symbol of one who has been justified by faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38; 8:34-38), but is not a requirement for salvation (Acts 16:29-33; 1 Corinthians 1:13-17). The mode of baptism (sprinkling or immersion) is inconsequential.
The Eternal Punishment of All Who Reject the Lord Jesus Christ
- There is no “second chance” for salvation after death (Hebrews 9:27; John 3:36; Luke 16:19-31).
- Hades, the present place of torment, will eventually be emptied into the Lake of Fire where the torment will continue for eternity (Revelation 20:13-15; Matthew 25:31-46; 2 Thessalonians 1:9).
- There are degrees of punishment in hell (Matthew 11:20-24; Revelation 20:13).
The Resurrection of the Body, both of the Just and the Unjust
- The body is not evil but is God’s creation and, for believers, will be raised and transformed into the likeness of Christ’s body at His return (1 Corinthians 15:20-24, 35-44; Philippians 3:20-21).
- Unbelievers’ bodies will be resurrected to face judgment after the 1,000-year reign of Christ on earth (Revelation 20:11-15; John 5:25-29).
The Lord Jesus will Personally Return and Set Up His Kingdom upon Earth Wherein He Will Reign Righteously.
- Our Lord Jesus Christ will personally and bodily return to earth to establish personal rule over the earth for 1,000 years (Acts 1:9-11; Luke 22:29-30; Revelation 20:1-10).
- After this a new heaven and earth will be created and the eternal form of the kingdom of God will be established (Revelation 21:1, 1 Corinthians 15:24).