Vision & Beliefs 2018-01-25T00:17:46+00:00

Our Vision

Based on the first century model of Jesus’ Church found in Acts 2:42, the mission of Cumberland Community Church is to:

We believe people aren’t looking for a loving church; they are really looking for a church that personally loves them one at a time. This is the power of focusing, the best we can, on individuals rather than crowds. Our Community Groups are absolutely critical in these efforts.

People today are very smart. They know the difference between hearing human words and God’s Word. We think most people are not looking for entertaining church; they are looking for a Biblically deep and challenging church. God did a really good job on the Bible, and so we teach it!

Our sense is that most people aren’t looking for a church that talks about God, they are looking for a church where they actually experience God. We are trying to challenge and grow people up in prayer and worship both personally and corporately.

We want to build a church where we can serve and make a real difference in our world. Our definitive push is to stop GOING to church and start BEING the Church. We want to help motivate you to serve the Smyrna area and around the world.

We call these our 4 Pistons, and they serve to both ground and direct our ministry efforts towards Jesus.

We are redeemed messy people pointing other messy people to the Gospel of Jesus.

Statement of Faith

Scripture is God’s inspired and inerrant word. The whole Bible points us to Jesus, his gospel, and its implications for our lives. The Bible is the authoritative voice of God and is a complete, finished, and inspired work to guide and rule our lives. (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
Jesus is fully God and fully man in one person.  Jesus is God in flesh. He was born of a virgin, lived 33 sinless years, and died on a cruel cross as a substitution for our sins. (Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Colossians 1:15-20;Hebrews 1:1-3Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; Isaiah 46:9-10; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5;Genesis 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
We need to be reconciled to God and set free from sin. Jesus does this for us through his life, death, resurrection, and return. We don’t have to earn this or be “good enough.” We simply receive it as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus. (John 1:29; 10:1-18; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18)
There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.  The person of the Holy Spirit is given to us as a gift from God when we accept Him as our savior. (Matthew 3:16-17Matthew 28:191 Peter 1:2John 1:1John 17:5Acts 5:3-4, Romans 9:5Colossians 2:9Jude 1:24-25, Psalm 45:6Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14;Ephesians 4:1-16)
We practice immersion baptism as a visible sign of the grace we’ve accepted through the cross of Jesus. Baptism allows us to participate in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-11)
Communion is the act of remembering the blood and body of Jesus on the cross, and should be taken regularly. We take communion each week because we need to be confronted with the cross of Jesus, at least, weekly. We come face-to-face with the cross simply because we are weak humans who still sin.
Doctrines are man-made mechanics to try and understand God. Like springs on a trampoline, they help us to jump, but the point is to jump! The real principles of “doctrines” are to live for Jesus, and not argue.
Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies (Psalm 10:17Psalm 62:8Matthew 7:7-81 John 5:14John 16:23-24Psalm 32:5-6Daniel 9:4-191 John 1:9Psalm 103:1-5Psalm 136Philippians 4:6)
Worship is a privilege and a lifestyle that goes beyond an hour on Sunday morning.
The church should operate out of joy and spiritual giftedness… so that the right people are serving in the right places. Our greatest resources are our people. The gifts of the Holy Spirit that we see in the Scriptures did not cease in Biblical times. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are available today. (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14;Ephesians 4:1-16)
The church is much bigger than Cumberland, and our desire is to be the church wherever we go – instead of just going to church on Sunday.
Tithing (the Old Testament concept of giving 10% of your income back to God) is a great way to gauge the heart of a maturing believer.