Our vision is based on the Scriptural truth that Jesus Christ came to save that which was lost and also to meet all human needs. Jesus died not only for our soul, but also for our body and spirit.
Christ International Center’s vision is founded on the words of our Lord recorded in Matthew 25:34-40: Then the King will say to those on His right hand, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.” Then the righteous will answer Him by saying, “Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothed You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?” And the King will answer and say to them: “Assuredly I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
Our goal is to serve our community by putting into practice the words of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Who We Are.
We are a family of born-again believers who are striving to serve the Lord in holiness and under a Theocracy. Christ International Center is a family oriented, Bible-teaching fellowship where Christ is Lord over the Church, and the Holy Spirit is the Lord inside the Church. The Word of God is the final and undisputed authority in all matters. We minister to a community that speaks both English and Spanish, and our services are carried out in both languages. It is glorious to see people from different nations come together to worship in spirit and in truth.
Our Statement Of Faith.
1. The Scriptures:
The entire Bible is the inerrant Word of God, the product of holy men who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, is our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (2 Pet. 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thes. 2:13).
2. The Godhead:
Our God is one, but manifested in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are eternally self existent, self-revealed and function as one entity (1 Jn. 5:7; Mt. 3:16-17). God the Father determines all activities and operations (1 Cor. 12:6). Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, one with the Father, the Word flesh-covered who has existed with the Father from the beginning, and He is the Minister of all operations and activities (Jn. 1:18, 10:30; 1:14, 1:1; 1 Cor. 12:5). The Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son to lead and guide us to all truth, to reveal and manifest the activities of the Father and the Son (Jn. 15:26, 16:12-15; 1 Cor. 12:7).
3. Man, His Fall and Redemption:
Man is a created being made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world: “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” As it is written, “there is none righteous, no not one.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to destroy the works of the enemy. He gave His life and shed
His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Gen. 1:27; Rom. 3:23, 3:9-10; 1 Jn. 3:8; Rom. 5:8-10). After His death on the cross, Jesus was buried, but resurrected from the dead on the third day, ascended to heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father (1 Cor. 15:3-4; Acts. 1:11; Heb. 10:12). Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from good works and the law, and it is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing deeds acceptable to God (Eph. 2:8).
4. Eternal Life and the New Birth:
Man’s first step toward salvation is Godly sorrow that produces repentance. The new birth is necessary for all men, and when fulfilled produces eternal life (2 Cor. 7:10; Jn. 3:3,5; 1 Jn. 5:12).
5. Water Baptism:
Water baptism is done in the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19). It is an outward expression of an inward experience. Baptism in water is by immersion and is a direct commandment from our Lord for believers only. This ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ, are buried with Him, and now live in the power of the resurrection (Acts 8:36-38; Rom. 6:4-5; Col. 2:12).
6. Baptism in the Holy Spirit:
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift from God, promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to those who are believers in this dispensation, and it is received subsequent to the new birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance (Mt. 3:11; Jn. 14:16-17; Acts 1:8, 2:38-39, 2:4;
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the doctrine of sanctification, a definite yet progressive work of grace commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation (Heb. 12:14; 1 Th. 5:23; 2 Cor. 3:18; Phil. 3:12-14;1 Cor. 1:30).
8. Resurrection of the Just, Return of our Lord: The angels said: “This same Jesus shall so come in like manner.” His coming is imminent. When He comes, “the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air” (Acts 1:11; 1 Th. 4:16-17). Following the
tribulation period, He shall return to earth as King of kings, and Lord of lords together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests to reign for a thousand years (Rev. 19:12-16, 20:6).
9. Hell and Eternal Retribution:
The one who physically dies in his sins without Christ is hopelessly cast into the lake of fire and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel (Rev. 20:15). The lake of fire is literal and final (Rev. 20:10).
10. Communion, the Lord’s Supper:
We partake of the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of the Lord’s death until He comes (1Cor. 11:26). The bread symbolizes the Lord’s broken body (Isa. 53:5; 1 Cor. 11:23-24). The cup represents the new covenant in His blood which provides us forgiveness and a relationship with God (1 Cor. 11:25; Heb. 9:1-28). We examine ourselves before partaking of these elements, for if we receive the communion unworthily, without giving it honor as our salvation, we are guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord, and we bring judgment upon our own lives (1 Cor. 11:27-30).