CEM provides a safe haven for troubled youth where they can begin the process of the restoration of their physical, emotional, academic, and spiritual lives.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Holy Scripture We believe that all Scripture (the 66 book canon) is given by the inspiration of God. Therefore, all scripture is true and trustworthy, and is a testimony to Christ. As such it stands as the final authority of policy and practice of CEM and its members. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:17-18; John 10:35)
Nature of God We believe that God eternally exists in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are one God deserving precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience. God, the self-existent, everlasting, holy, righteous, loving, Author and Creator of life, is actively involved in the world redeeming, re-creating, regenerating and reconciling all mankind to Himself. Accordingly the Purpose of CEM as expressed in article 2.1 (By-Laws) is designed to participate in that process of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Exodus 15:18; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; 10:30; Acts 17:24ff )
The Created Nature of Man We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God. Sin, entering the world by Adam’s disobedience, is a spiritual pathogen that has infected all humanity and alienated humankind from God. Hence the need for reconciliation and salvation becomes apparent. This salvation comes as God’s gift of grace, apart from any good works or human merit and can be received by faith alone, through Christ alone. (Genesis 1:26-31; 9:6; Romans 3:23; 5:12; John 3:14-17; 3:36; 11:25-26; Acts 4:12; 13:38, 39; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:8,9)
The Church We believe the church is composed of all races, colors, and nations of those who profess Jesus as God the Son. It is the body and bride of Christ, formed by the Holy Spirit, existing in two aspects, universal and local. In both aspects, the Church exists to glorify God through worship and discipleship as elements of the ministry of reconciliation. (Acts 2:42; I Corinthians 12:12-27; II Corinthians 5:16-21; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-30; Hebrews 10:24-25; I Peter 2:9)
Based on the Statements above, there are certain principles that will apply to ministry participants and their behavior in order to maximize opportunities for individuals and families to encounter Jesus Christ:
1. Marriage has been established by God. The Holy Bible and this corporation define “marriage” as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment.
2. The determination of the gender of a man or a woman desiring to be married under these bylaws shall be that as established by the original, unaltered birth certificate of that individual, which shall be provided to and evaluated by the Executive Director.
3. A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by this corporation only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of “marriage” found herein and as set forth in the Holy Scriptures. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:21-24; Matthew 19:4-6; Hebrews 13:4)
4. God ordained the family as the foundational unit of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another in marriage, as defined above, by blood or adoption. (I Timothy 5:8; Ephesians 5:21-33; Genesis 1:28; 4:1-2; Psalm 128)
5. The Holy Bible states that legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage between one man and one woman. Hence, any sexual activity outside of marriage including, but not limited to, adultery, premarital sex, homosexual behavior, and pedophilia are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible. (I Corinthians 6:9-11, 18; Romans 1:18-32; Galatians 5:19-21; Colossians 3:5; I Thessalonians 4:3; Jude 7)
6. Church and State Christians were called by Jesus to give to God and the government all that is due. To God this means, in its fullest and most complete sense, to worship God, keeping the will of Christ as foremost in our own lives. To government it means to obey leaders and authorities and to render obedience to the government in all things not contrary to Scripture. (Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Micah 6:8; Matthew 22:36-40; Luke 20:25; Acts 5:29; Romans 13:1-10; Ephesians 6:5-9; Philemon; I Peter 2:13-17)
7. Religious Liberty We support the separation of church and state provided that (i) the state should protect the full freedom of the church in pursuit of spiritual things, and no one ecclesiastical group or religion or denomination is favored by the state above the others, and (ii) the state does not restrict religious expression, particularly the mention of the name of Jesus, in public places.
Affirmation of Statement of Faith Every participating pastor, minister, board member, and employee shall affirm their agreement with the Statement of Faith and shall conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the seven (7) aforementioned principles. All participants, interns, and volunteers shall respect the Statement of Faith, and while participating in the ministry shall conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the seven (7) aforementioned principles.
STATEMENT OF UNITY Christian Encounter Ministries promotes unity in the Body of Christ. Therefore, we have two policies which all staff, interns, trainees and volunteers agree to honor:
Since we work with churches and colleges holding differing opinions concerning certain ministry gifts of the Holy Spirit, leaders at Christian Encounter Ministries, regardless of personal convictions or experiences, agree not to exercise the gifts of tongues, interpretation of tongues, or prophecy during group worship or studies at CEM.
Immersion is the only mode of baptism used at CEM when a believer desires to be baptized into Christ.
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