What We Believe
We believe the Bible is the only inerrant, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is only one God, Creator of heaven and earth, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus 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 and visible return to power and glory.
We believe that the salvation of lost and sinful man is by grace alone through faith alone and that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
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 our Lord Jesus Christ.
We strongly uphold the sanctity of human life. We do not attempt to define what is “human life” based upon geographical location. If that life is inside of another human being, we still consider it to be a human life and therefore believe it has the right to live and others, including its mother, do not have the right to kill it. We also affirm the fact that abortion is a messy and divisive topic in our culture. People are confused and have made choices to do things that they may or may not have known were wrong. Either way, we believe there can be redemption and healing through a right relationship with God.
We believe that baptism is an act of obedience to God and that all Christians should be baptized. We believe baptism is a declaration to the rest of the church that you have decided to let God be the boss of your life and that you have entered into a right relationship with him through Jesus Christ. Baptism is a picture of being buried with Christ in death and being raised to new life, in a new relationship, with God.
At YCC we practice open communion. Anyone who has entered into a right relationship with God, making him Lord of their life through Jesus Christ is, welcomed to join us in this very special event. We share in communion every week and encourage all who participate to use it as a time to reflect, confess, repent, and renew their commitment to living in right relationship with God.
We believe marriage is a very important and serious covenant relationship that takes place between a man and a woman and is intended to be a lifelong commitment. We agree with Christian author Gary Thomas who proposes that marriage is designed more for our holiness than for our happiness. But we affirm, when marriage is done right, great joy and happiness will be the result. Because of the seriousness of this commitment, it is our policy to require pre-marital counseling for anyone getting married at Yamhill Christian Church; to be conducted by a Pastor of the church or someone of whom they approve. We also acknowledge that our world is fallen and we all make wrong choices. We believe that when marriages struggle, and even fail, there can be healing, redemption, forgiveness, and continued life for those involved.
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
At Yamhill Christian Church, giving is considered an act of worship to God. It is up to the individual to give as God lays it upon his heart. We do not take an offering during our Sunday worship service, but there are two secure offering boxes at the back of the church for those who wish to give.
We believe the bible is God’s revelation of himself to us. We spend most of our time on Sunday morning focused on this. Preaching is generally a verse-by-verse, expository style teaching that strives toward faithfulness to the Bible, clarity, and impact on the listeners. We typically work our way through an entire book and we love both the Old and New Testaments, spending about equal time between the two in any given year. Occasionally, we pause in our verse-by-verse preaching and focus on a topic that the leadership feels is important for our congregation at that particular time. Basically, what the preacher is assigned to do is this: read the passage, explain the passage, apply the passage, and point the people of YCC to God in a right relationship.