Cedar Creek Church is an interdenominational church affiliated with the Minnesota Baptist Conference and Converge Worldwide (Baptist General Conference).
The Trinity The Bible says there is one living and true God who lives forever as three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit (The Trinity). These three persons are distinct in their roles, equal in their positions and unified in their actions and goals. (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,3; John 4: 24; Romans 1:19-20)
God, The Father The Bible says there is God, the Father. He is an eternal spirit-person who is concerned about us, and who hears and answers our prayers. He calls us to be reunited with Him by admitting our sin and asking His Son, Jesus, to remove sin from our lives. (Matthew 23:9; John 3:16-17; I Timothy 2:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3)
God, The Son The Bible says there is Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, who created all things and lives eternally as God. He became fully human, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to a virgin named Mary. He lived a sinless life, taught the truth of God and performed great miracles. His death is the only possible payment to free us from sin. He has risen from the dead, ascended into heaven and will return someday to take us with Him. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John l: 1; John 20:30-31; Acts 1:9-11; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
God, The Holy Spirit The Bible says there is the Holy Spirit, who is our counselor and guide. He has been sent by God to reveal truth, convince people of their sin and separation from God, transform those who decide to commit their lives to God and empower them to live obediently to Him. (John 14:14-17; John 16:7-14: Romans 8:26; Titus 3:5-6)
The Bible The Bible says it was written by faithful followers of God who were directed by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is God’s Word, without error in its original writing, and is the ultimate standard of truth about who God is and what He wants from us. (Psalm 119:1-16, 105; John 8:31-32; Acts 20:32; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
People The Bible says that every person naturally chooses to rebel against God and go their own way (sin). Because of that, every person is separated from God and destined to live for eternity without Him. However, those who completely depend on Jesus’ death to pay for the wrong things they have done and turn away from their own selfish desires will have a new relationship with God and will live with Him for eternity. (Jeremiah 17:910; John 1:12-13; Romans 5: 6-8; Romans 6:9-10; Romans 8:8,13-14; Titus 3:5-7)
The Church The Bible says there is one worldwide spiritual family of God (The Universal Church). It consists of all people who completely depend on Jesus’ death to pay for the wrongs they have done and who dedicate their lives to obey God. We also believe in smaller local spiritual families (The Local Church), these families are members of the worldwide spiritual family of God, and exist to praise God through beginning and deepening a relationship with Him, belonging to His family, becoming active in service and befriending others. (Matthew 28:18-20: Acts 2:42-47: Ephesians 2:19-22: Hebrews 10:24-25)
The Lord’s Supper and Baptism The Bible says Jesus gave the Church practices in the form of pictures that are meant to remind us and show others what God has done for us. One “picture” is called communion, or the Lord’s Supper. This is meant to help us remember that Jesus died for us. The family of God shares bread, which is a symbol of Jesus’ body, and wine (or grape juice), which is symbolic of the blood of Jesus. (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26) Another “picture” is baptism. It tells those around us of the change God has started in us. When the person is submerged under the water it illustrates dying to our old life, then coming back up illustrates receiving new life and rising from the dead to live as a new creation. (Matthew 28:18-20: Acts 2:37-38; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:4-6;
The End of the World The Bible says that Jesus is personally coming back to earth to physically remove all true believers from the earth. Some will still be living and others will be resurrected from the dead. All people will face God’s final judgment and will be declared innocent or guilty. Heaven and hell are real places and all people will spend eternity in one of those two places. (Matthew 16:27; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 4:5;1 Corinthians 15:20-24, 35-58; I Thessalonians 4:14-18; Revelations 20:4-15)
A Biblical Definition of Marriage and Cedar Creek Church.
We believe all human beings deserve to be treated with dignity and respect because each of us bears the image of God. An LGBT person deserves this dignity and respect no less than any other, and is just as welcome to attend Cedar Creek Church as all others are. However, we also believe that marriage is the exclusive, covenantal union of one man and one woman, which union was designed by God. Genesis 2:24 states, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. Jesus Christ affirmed this in Matthew 19:4-6: “And He answered and said, ˜Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.’ We will faithfully follow this scriptural definition of marriage in the teachings and practices of this church, and therefore, for example but not limited-to, this church will not officiate, solemnize, perform or host a marriage or marriage-like ceremony involving anything other than the union of one man with one woman as instituted by God.