We are real people with a desire to find community with others. At CL we provide multiple avenues in which people can connect and become family. Our heart is to create an atmosphere of acceptance through love. Driven to reach, restore, love and connect people to God, CL is dedicated to excellence in discipleship and fellowship. We are committed to developing strong families and strong people.
We serve with real passion as Jesus did. As missionaries, the people of CL will compassionately embrace every opportunity to provide hope, help and healing to our communities, neighborhoods, homes, prisons, and hospitals in every capacity. Through our fully equipped outreach center, people will receive help in times of need and training on how to connect with the heart of God through serving others as well. As we grow in the grace and favor of God, we will raise up and train others to go and passionately establish churchplants with well trained and trusted leaders.
We possess an authentic faith, based on the absolute promises of God’s powerful Word. Understanding that a heart for worship, prayer, reading and living out the Word of God is the foundation for any successful believer, CL is passionate about connecting real people with a real God. Our heart is to develop believers of all ages to walk in the freedom and purposes of Christ for their lives. As men and women of diverse backgrounds encounter the Holy Spirit through real worship experiences, they will discover healing and restoration for their pasts, refreshing for the present, and power to fulfill their dreams for tomorrow.
We will live a real life through the presence of the Holy Spirit. At CL we believe that the fruit of the Spirit, gifts of the Spirit and power of the Spirit are evidence that a believer is maximizing their full potential in Christ. The family of CL will grow to understand that the ultimate way to live life is to give life to others. We will be a church of extravagant giving to our community. As we sow into the lives of others, we believe that CL will become a place of miracles, deliverance, repentance and truly a place where God makes all impossibilities possible
The Holy Bible. and only the Bible. is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing. it is inspired. infallible and inerrant (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary’s womb; therefore, He is the Son of God (Matthew 1:18, 25: Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27-35).
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17:38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38,44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6).
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4).
After living one life on earth. the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).
There is one God. eternally existent in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28: 19; Luke 1 :35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7- 11).
Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1 :9).
HEALING OF THE SICK
Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians 12:9. 28; Romans 11 :29).
It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole, healthy, and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on Earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others. (John 3:3-11; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10; II Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3; Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24; Joshua 1 :8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19).
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day, according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1-14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; 1 Timothy 2:5).
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; II Thessalonians 2:1-3; Romans 8:29, 12:1-2; Hebrews 2:11).
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’s Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42-44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).