About the Center for Christian Studies

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Who are we?

The Center for Christian Studies was founded in order to serve the educational needs of the church in these challenging and difficult times. The increasingly enormous cost of accredited education has left many church leaders and Christians without the opportunity to pursue the knowledge and training that they need to serve the church. This, combined with an increasing loss of biblical and theological literacy among Christians, prompted the founders of CCS to find a way to provide an accessible and quality education to churches, church leaders, and individual Christians that they could not otherwise pursue. CCS was established by members of the Churches of Christ. While we remain committed to our tradition—in service, practice, and belief—we seek to serve all who call on Jesus as Lord.

Our Mission

The mission of CCS is to help Christians better understand, practice, and pass on their faith, to train teachers of teachers (2 Tim. 2:2). In addition to mission areas in North America, CCS strives to equip Christians throughout the world, especially in places where educational resources may be limited.

What We Believe

God:

We believe in one God who has revealed himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  We believe in the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Jesus Christ:

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s unique Son, our Lord, of the same essence as God, God from God, light from light, who became man, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried, and descended to the grave.  On the third day, he rose again from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from where he will come to judge the living and dead.  Only through him can there be restoration of creation to God.

The Holy Spirit:

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and Son, who inspired the prophets and apostles as recorded in Scripture, and who now fills and sanctifies believers in love, conforming them to the image of Christ.

Salvation:

We acknowledge that, although the good creation has fallen from its creator, in his great mercy God has saved his people by grace through faith, forgiven their sins, and empowered them to do good works.  God loves everyone and wills that all people be saved.

The Church:

We believe that God has created, called, and redeemed a people for himself who are in the world, but not of it—the one, holy, universal, and apostolic church.  The communion of saints assembles to worship the holy God, to listen to God’s written word, and, by extension, to encourage one another.  The church acknowledges one baptism for the remission of sins, shares the Lord’s Supper, proclaims the gospel, and practices discipline.

Last Things:

We expect the bodily resurrection of the dead and restoration of all things to eternal fellowship with God.

Scripture:

We acknowledge the Bible as the primary authority for Christian faith and practice. 

 

In continuity with the Restoration tradition of Christian faith and practice, in matters of faith we seek unity; in matters of opinion, liberty; in all things, charity.

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