The Congregational Way ~
The Congregational Way is a way of following Christ. People of a Congregational Church do
not seek to be led by a creed, but by the Spirit. Ours is the tradition of a free church, gathered under the headship of Christ
and bound to others by love, not law.
Congregational church is autonomous. It is not subject to outside denominational or other types of clerical or lay authority.
The congregation is self governing. It can serve as the active and real governing body of a church. It is the arbiter
of policy. Although the minister has special duties, he or she is one of the members of the church, not set over the members.
The minister offers expertise, guidance and support which an individual may accept, reject or modify.
It might well be said that the National
Association of Congregational Christian Churches is a body purposely designed to have no power. It is designed this
way so that local churches may enjoy the benefits of national fellowship without the slightest compromise of their freedom.
Each NACC church is encouraged
to have it's own Statements of Belief as led by the spirit of God within it's own context of ministry. Thus, each
church may be different in it's Statements of Belief.
However, the glue that holds our churches together is the core beliefs which we all share.
That being, Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, the life, and the head of each church. And that the Bible is the ulitmate
source of our faith and practice. Here is a list of core beliefs at Amelia Christian Church.
In one God - Father, Son and Holy
Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and only head of the church.
The Bible is the ultimate rule of faith and practice.
Acting in love, God is ever active
in the world.
Christians are brothers and sisters in Christ, and must help each other.
God sent the Holy Spirit as the Eternal One's continuing presence
and activity in the world.
The church consists of a group of people united in Christ through worship, work and witness.
Forgiveness, grace and eternal life
are promised to all who have faith in Jesus Christ.
We must each be disciples, in word and in deed - the strength of our faith.
The mission of the church is to evangelize
and establish God's rule in the world.
In the right and privilege of individual interpretations of Christian faith and practice.
Amelia Christian Church Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible consisting of
the Old and New Testament, to be the only inspired, inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God written.
We believe that there is one God,
eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless
life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension
to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by
the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling power and fullness
the Christian is enabled to live a godly life in this present evil world.
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 in the spiritual unity
of all believers in Christ.
Mission Statement of Amelia Christian Church
the people of Amelia Christian Church are called into being out of our common bond and commitment to God as revealed to us
through Jesus Christ.
We come together
to experience personal and spiritual growth and to renew ourselves through worship, fellowship and all aspects of Christian
We are to be humble,
loving, supporting, and forgiving in our relationships with one another. We are to be faithful stewards of our time, our talents,
and our possessions.
We are to reach
out and minister to the needs of our community and our world, involving ourselves in service to others and supporting that
which we believe to be fair and just.
pictures of our beautiful new sanctuary with seating for 450. We were blessed to move in on January 13, 2008.