What We Believe

The Bible

We believe the Bible is God's inspired word and was given to provide instruction for what we should believe and how we should live our lives. We believe that the Bible is accurate and reliable, was written under direct inspiration from God, and is completely authoritative for all Christians. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21)


God

We believe that there is one true God, the Creator of the universe, who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; John 1:1, 14; John 14:26; 1 Peter 1:2)


Jesus

We believe that Jesus was God's only begotten Son, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, voluntarily died on the cross for our sins, and was bodily raised from the dead. He ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father and acts as an intermediary on our behalf. One day Jesus will return to Earth and initiate the consummation of human history. (John 1:1-18; Acts 2:22-41; Philippians 2:1-11)


The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. The Holy Spirit provides power to overcome sin, insight into Scripture, and personal direction in life. All believers are given the gift of the Holy Spirit at conversion, and through the Holy Spirit's presence and power are enabled to attain spiritual maturity in Christ. Through the Holy Spirit, each person in the body is given certain gifts to use in ministry. (Luke 11:13; John 16:13; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:11)


Salvation

We believe that a human being's central purpose for existence is to have a close and personal relationship with God. Originally created for that purpose, humans defied God, chose to go their own independent way, and were thus alienated from God. This separation took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered the consequences and are in need of God's forgiveness, grace and mercy. We are invited back into a relationship with God by placing our faith in Jesus as our Savior and Lord. Those accepting Christ in faith are told to repent of their sins, confess their faith in Him and be baptized by immersion into Christ. God’s promise is that everyone who places their faith in Jesus Christ will receive the forgiveness of their sins and the free gift of eternal life. (John 3:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 3:23, 10:9; 1 John 1:9)


Human Destiny

We believe that everyone will live forever after they die. Where one spends eternity will depend on what they do with Jesus. For all humankind there will be a resurrection into the spiritual world and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Because unbelievers have rejected Jesus, they will be separated from His presence for all eternity in hell. Believers will be received into heaven to be with God for all eternity. (John 3:36; Revelation 20-22)


Church Government

Princeton Community Church is a non-denominational church that is led by leaders from within its own church, not an outside denominational office or headquarters. PCC is loosely associated with a fellowship of over 6,000 similar evangelical churches nationwide, called "Independent Christian Churches," claiming over 1.5 million members in the United States alone. Independent Christian Churches combine their efforts at different times to support church planting organizations, cross-cultural missionaries, benevolent associations and over 30 Christian Colleges and Seminaries. PCC is also a member of the Willow Creek Association, a national network of churches similar to PCC in their beliefs and mission.


Priesthood of Believers

All believers have direct access to God. All believers are part of God’s “royal priesthood” and have been called to Christian Service. We encourage every believer to identify his or her spiritual gifts and to find an exciting place to use those gifts in service and ministry to the Lord. (1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 4:11-13)


Giving

The Bible teaches that Christians are to support the church with their resources. The tithing principle is found throughout Scripture as the principle that God blesses those who give. At PCC we encourage believers to commit to giving on a consistent basis for the support of the church and the various ministries with which we are involved. (Malachi 3:10; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7)