What we believe
THE ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE:
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God.
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the spiritual image of God—to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith.
ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
OUR PURPOSE STATEMENT
We believe a great commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission will grow a great church!
The Great Commission:
“Jesus said, ‘Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit , and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.’” Matthew 28:19-20
To “Love God with all your heart” is
To “Love your neighbor as yourself” is
To “Go…make disciples” is
To “Baptize…” is to
“INCORPORATE INTO FELLOWSHIP”
To “Teach them…all things” is
The Celebration Strategy
Climate of acceptance: You don’t have to be perfect or pretend you are, we’re a church for people who are hurting and are willing to admit it.
Every member a minister: Every member has a ministry: greeting, photography, printing, computer, drama, music, etc.
Location: To reach the community outdoors because that is what initially draws the people.
Educating members in the Bible: Daily bread, Wednesday night Bible study, Small Groups.
Behavioral Preaching (James 1:22: “Be doers of the Word and not hearers only.”) Ever heard a sermon but you couldn’t practice it? Couldn’t do it? Every sermon will give you something to work with, something to do.
Reaching the community through special days (Easter, Christmas Eve, Mother’s Day, Independence Day, Praise at the Park, etc.)
Affinity groups: Small groups with the same interest; a great place to find your ministry (singles, diabetes, retirement, gardening, etc.)
Telling about Christ: Using your ministry for evangelism, music, chair set-up, etc.
Interest oriented services: Service geared to specific groups; “Sunset, Sacrament & Sandwiches, etc., (services for the beach, park, music services, etc.)
Ongoing 101, 201 & 301 classes: Growing our congregation and finding your ministry and purpose.
Naples atmosphere: Casual service style, shorts, no socks, ‘beach’ music, etc.
Celebration style of music
“Worship the Lord with gladness; come beforeHim with joyful sounds.” Psalms 100:2
“He put a new song in my mouth…Many people will see this and worship Him. Then they will trust theLord.” Psalm 40:3 (NCV)
No particular style of music is “sacred.”
What makes a song “sacred” is its message.
There is no such thing as Christian music, only Christian lyrics.
We use all kinds of music to bring glory to God.
The Celebration style of music is not hymns but popular beach/reggae/calypso tunes with Christian lyrics (this is “our sound”).
Celebration style of music
“Sing unto the Lord a new song.” Psalm 96:1
Every true revival has always been accompanied by new music.
We encourage members to write new songs.
We have replaced the organ!
We do not force anyone to sing. However, it is a mistake to remove all congregational singing from a service.
WE WANT TO MAKE OUR MUSIC COUNT
At the beach and at the park, there is an incredible power in music to help us focus on glorifying our God and to minimize the many, many distractions.
We want music that will reach Naples for Jesus.
WHY BE BAPTIZED?
- Because you want to follow Christ’s example.
“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.” Mark 1:9
- Because Christ commanded it.
“Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded you…’” Matthew 28:19-20
- Because it shows you are a believer.
“…many of the Corinthians who heard Him believed and were baptized.” Acts 18:8
- Because obeying Christ’s command shows you know Him.
“We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands.” 1 John 2:3
THE MEANING OF BAPTISM
It’s a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection.
“Christ died for our sins…He was buried…and He rose again.” 1 Corinthians 15:3,4
“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” Colossians 2:12
- It’s a symbol of your new life as a Christian.
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“By our baptism then we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead also we might live a new life!” Romans 6:4
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer, it shows that you already are one! Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith…it is the gift of God … not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9
Planning a wedding?
Outdoor Weddings Are Our Specialty Since We Are The “Beach Church”
TO GET MARRIED IN FLORIDA YOU NEED TO DO THE FOLLOWING:
Go together to the nearest Clerk of the Circuit Court office to obtain a marriage license.
Marriage licenses are good for 60 days.
The standard fee is $93.50, which can typically be paid with cash, charge or personal check.
Florida residents must wait three days to get a license. However residents who can provide documentation showing they completed a state-approved marriage preparation course within the year don’t have to wait the three days. (The pastors at Celebration use the “Pre-Marriage Awareness Inventory” with topics including conflict management, financial and parenting responsibilities.)
As a bonus, residents who take the course get a reduction of $32.50 off the license fee.
It’s not necessary for residents to obtain licenses from their home county.
As soon as a Florida license is obtained, a wedding ceremony can be performed anywhere in the state of Florida.
To obtain a marriage license, U.S citizens must provide their social security numbers and photo identification, such as driver’s licenses. International visitors must bring passports, or naturalization or immigration numbers.
People who have been married previously must provide the date of divorce, annulment or spouse’s death.
With a few exceptions, both the bride and groom are required to be 18.
Florida doesn’t require blood tests or medical exams.
Contact the local clerk of the circuit court for further information.
FEES FOR SERVICES
Wedding Coordinator fee: $100.00
Optional Services: Music, Photography & Video. (Fees Vary)
Suggested honorariums for the pastor is $200.00 for the service or $250.00 for the service and pre-marital counseling. This suggestion is for non church members.
The food pantry is at the church office Monday – Thursday from 10:00am to noon. The most common items needed:
- Tooth past and brushes (Adult & Kids)
- Peanut butter
- Canned Milk
- Rice & Beans
- Mac & Cheese
- Spam & Canned Chicken