Welcome to East Coast Christian Center where God is building a life-giving church that will last!
From the very first time you walk through our doors, we hope you experience a welcoming atmosphere that feels like home.
That is a reflection of our vision statement:
“Love God, Love the Church, and Love People”.
– REACH UP –
We love God and believe He desires relationship with us. Cultivating a personal relationship with the Father
through Christ is the first step toward walking out our purpose as Believers.
– REACH IN –
We love our church family and believe that Christ called
us to love one another deeply so that the world would know we are His disciples.
– REACH OUT –
We love the lost and exist to impact our culture by
bringing the love and salvation of Jesus Christ to those who don’t know Him.
Scripture is the absolute authority in all matters of faith and practice. As such, it is the final word on what is absolute. Outside of the Scriptural realm of absolutes, convictions are those areas that do not have eternal consequences in which Believers can differ as the interpretation of God’s Word. Preferences are neither absolutes nor convictions; rather, they are reflective of one’s desires based on traditions or individual taste.
Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God, and the second person of the Trinity. He was born of a virgin through miraculous conception. He lived a sinless life, offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for all sins, died on the cross, and arose after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He sits at the right hand of God as the exclusive mediator between God and man and will return again to earth to rule and reign. Matthew 1:18-23, Matthew 28:1-6, Acts 1:9, Acts 1:11, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 3:4-5
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, equal with God the Father and Jesus the Son. He remains on earth as the Comforter for every Believer, empowering them with an understanding of spiritual truth. There is a separate and distinct infilling of the Holy Spirit for the endowment of power which is subsequent to the salvation experience. There are nine fruits of the Spirit that are evidence of a Spirit-filled life and spiritual maturity. John 14:16-17, John 14:26, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 12:31, 1 Corinthians 14, Galatians 5:22-23
We were created in the image and likeness of God. Adam’s voluntary choice to disobey God, however, led to the first sin, which brought into effect a cursed Earth, began the process of physical death, and caused spiritual separation from God. We exist in eternal separation from God unless we accept the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Genesis 1:26, Genesis 3:1-7, Genesis 3:17, Romans 5:12-21
The evidence of salvation is seen internally as well as externally. The internal evidence is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit. The external evidence is the fruit of the Spirit, seen as we become new creations by being transformed into the image of Christ. Romans 8:16, Galatians 5:22-23, 2 Corinthians 3:18
The Church is the body of Christ, made up of all those who are Believers in the one true God and His gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. The collective purpose of the Church is to worship God, equip Believers for ministry, and fulfill the Great Commission. Mark 16:15-20, 1 Corinthians 12:12-28, Ephesians 4:11-13
Every person ever created will either exist forever in the Kingdom of Heaven with God or in Hell– forever separated from God. Where a person spends eternity depends entirely on their decision to choose or refuse forgiveness and salvation. Once a person dies a physical death, this choice is final. No power in the universe can separate a Believer from God. Conversely, nothing can be done for an unbeliever who dies apart from God. Matthew 25:31-46, Romans 2:1-9, Romans 8:35, Romans 8:38-39, 1 Corinthians 4:5, Revelation 20:10-15, Revelation 21:1-22