Our Beliefs

Our Convictions as Christ Followers

Arcadia Christian Church is a non-denominational, independent Christian church. As such, we don’t look to confessions, creeds, or conventions to tell us what or how we should believe, we look to God’s inspired Word. We know that our practices are still sometimes colored by habit, preference, and tradition, but we sincerely seek to pattern ourselves first and foremost to God’s will. As part of the “Restoration Movement,” our goal is to determine from the Bible what the church should be like and imitate it to the best of our abilities. In pursuit of this goal, we believe and affirm:

  • The Bible is the divinely inspired and inerrant Word of the Living God (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
  • Jesus of Nazareth is the virgin-born, sinless Messiah that was foretold of in the scriptures, He died upon the cross for our sins, He was raised from the dead on the third day, and He will return again (Mt. 1:18, Heb. 4:15, 1 Cor. 15:3-4, John 14:3).
  • Salvation from our sins unto newness of life is a free gift, given to us by God’s grace and received by faith (Eph. 2:8-9).
  • Believers who want to make Jesus Christ the Lord of their lives ought to submit to Him through baptism, which we practice by full immersion, as patterned by the New Testament church (Acts 8:4-39).
  • Baptism is symbolic of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (Rom. 6:1-4), and by submitting to it we make a plea and a pledge unto God for a clean conscience (1 Pet. 3:21).
  • A believer’s salvation is secured in Christ alone (John 10:27-28).
  • The Church is the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:12-27), and the goal of this body is to build itself up in love through serving others (Eph. 4:11-16).
  • Though there are many church congregations, there is one Church, just as there is one Lord whom we serve and one faith that we are called to (Eph. 4:4-6).
  • The local church congregation is overseen by godly men known as elders (Titus 1:5). These elders strive to shepherd the flock of God by presenting themselves as examples of righteous living (1 Pet. 5:1-4).
  • The elders seek to lead the church in spreading the Gospel of Jesus not only by verbally sharing the Word (Rom. 10:14-15) but by doing good works in His name (Eph. 2:10).
  • All believers are called to serve and minister to the needs of one another, and have the privilege and duty to be active participants and partners in the Gospel, not simple spectators (James 1:22).
  • Each Christian is endowed with spiritual gifts which enable them to minister in the church (Rom. 12:6-8)
  • The Holy Spirit of God, which every believer receives at conversion (Eph. 1:13-14), leads and guides us.

 

What to expect when you worship with us

When we come together on the first day of the week, our public assembly includes acts of worship and devotion to our God such as prayer (Acts 2:42), praising the Lord and edifying each other in song (Eph. 5:19-20), the reading of scripture (1 Tim. 4:13), the preaching of a sermon (2 Tim. 4:2), and the weekly sharing of the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:26). We also have an opportunity for believers to give cheerfully, as our God has called us to do throughout our lives (2 Cor. 9:7). Throughout this assembly, the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Jesus are central to our teachings and practices, since our salvation is based entirely in Jesus and His sacrifice.

The best way to understand what it is like to worship our God together with us is to experience it for yourself. Check out our Times of Service to find your next available opportunity to share in the praise and worship of our God!