Vision: To be a community after God’s own Heart.
Mission: To lead people to think like Jesus; live like Jesus.
Central’s 8-Point Statement of Faith
We Believe the Bible to be the only inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.
We Believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We Believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, atoning death on the cross, bodily resurrection, bodily ascension into heaven, and His personal return once again in power and glory.
We Believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. That salvation cannot be gained by human effort, but only through God's grace in the redemption He provided in Jesus Christ, a redemption which is responded to by faith and which leads to a life devoted to obeying God.
We Believe that repentant believers in Christ should be baptized in water, by immersion (the Biblical form of baptism), in obedience to Christ.
We Believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We Believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We Believe that, because all believers are spiritually united in the Lord Jesus Christ, we should cooperate in all possible ways in God's work with our fellow believers, both those among us and elsewhere, loving and being patient with one another in our differences.
Central Christian's Values
- Engaging truth – We communicate God’s unchanging Word with excellence, relevance and creativity to transform lives.
- Courageous Outreach – We seek to reach people who don’t know Jesus, whatever the cost.
- Lifestyle Worship – We boldly love God daily with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
- Authentic Community – We do life together because to love God is to love others, unconditionally.
- Bold Prayer – We foster a culture of prayer. When people pray, God shows up.
- Open-Handed Life – We generously give the first and best of our time, abilities and resources.
- Intentional Discipleship – We equip every Jesus follower to be a disciple who makes disciples.
Statement on Abortion from the Elders
Central’s Statement on Abortion from the Elders On June 6, 1989 the Elders of Central Christian
Church issued a unanimous statement of belief that abortion is wrong and grieves God.
We affirm that abortion is a sin. The sixth commandment is: "You shall not murder" (Exodus 20:13). Murder is the intentional killing of another innocent human being. Not only do both common sense and scientific evidence define the unborn baby as a human being, but holy Scriptures make it clear that this is God's definition from the earliest moment, as in this statement from the Psalms:
"My frame was not hidden from you when I as made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depth of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Psalms 139:15-16
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us of our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). This means that He forgives those who first come to Christ and those in Christ who penitently confess their sins. He forgives both those who have broken His law and those who have stood idly by while His law has been broken and thus, have condoned the sin of abortion.
We elders are asking God to forgive us for our own sins of apathy and indifference concerning abortion and other evils attacking our society. Alongside our pastors,and with the leading of the Holy Spirit, we now call the body of Christ at Central Christian Church to earnest daily prayer and to godly action. The actions that we may take might include educating others, giving physical and spiritual aid and comfort to those in need, giving financially,meeting in public places for prayer and witness against abortion, uniting with the whole body of Christ to encourage each other, and attempting to peacefully prevent abortion. Not all are called to the same method of action, but all are called to take action as they are led by God.
We pray that, as God's people respond in prayer and action, this abomination will be removed from our city, our state, and our nation, to the glory of God!
Statement on Marriage and Sexuality from the Elders
We believe marriage is a gift of God and has been given to mankind as the original and foundational institution of human society (Gen. 2:18-24). Scripture speaks of marriage approvingly only when it is between one man and one woman in a single, covenanted, exclusive and life-long union (Mat. 19:1-6). It is designed to reflect the relationship between Christ and His Church (Ephesians 5:21-33; 2 Corinthians 6:14).
We believe the Bible speaks clearly about God’s disapproval of all types of sexual intimacy outside of the bounds of marriage, as defined above ( for example, 1 Corinthians 7:1-5; 1 Corinthians 6:9-20; Ephesians 5:3-5; 1 Timothy 1:9-10; Hebrews 13:4; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Leviticus 18:6-23).
Humans are created in the image of God as males and females and are to be treated with respect, love, and dignity. However, we live in a fallen world, and all are sinners (Romans 3:23). Sometimes it is necessary for the maturing and building up of the saints to speak the truth of the Bible in love, regardless of how that truth is perceived at the time by those outside the Church (Ephesians 5:11-16). Such speaking of Scriptural truth is not hate-speech, but an expression of love and concern as we attempt to point out the sinful behavior in order that the sinning party might repent and return to obedience to God. We believe that sexual sin, like any other sin, can be forgiven if the sinner is redeemed through faith in Jesus Christ and made a new creature (1 Corinthians 5:17-21).
Although we are citizens of this world and encourage our members to participate in its community and governmental processes in a manner that reflects Biblical beliefs and values, it is not the role of the Church to judge those outside of the Church, but to promote purity within it (1 Corinthains 5:9-13). To that end, the Board of Elders affirms that it would be a violation of the Biblical beliefs of this Body of Christians meeting at The Central Christian Church of Wichita, Kansas (CCC) for it to facilitate or condone any form of sexual conduct that falls outside the realm of what we teach to be acceptable to God, as revealed in the Bible. Only marriages consistent with this statement of belief will be conducted within the facilities of CCC or by its pastors or staff.
Drafted: July 15, 2014 Adopted: August 19, 2014