Our Story:

Almost nine years ago, Christ’s Church Albany started with 8 people who shared the simple belief that church is not a building but a group of people who Love Jesus, Each Other, and the World.

We are a growing group of people who are actively loving Jesus, each other, and the world to bring about positive transformation.

We are a group open to everyone, regardless of age, race, beliefs, or past. If you would like to check us out and begin to take your next steps, then you are invited.

What we believe:

Church is made up of people who are living a certain way because of our beliefs.

This is what we believe, what we are trying to live, what we are convinced is the best way to live, and what we invite everyone else to join.

JESUS

Jesus is King; He provides the clearest picture/understanding of God that we will ever have, because He is God who was incarnated among us. We believe that Jesus is both human and divine. Jesus is God's only 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 a mediator on our behalf, inviting us to follow him to bring about his kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Who we are, what we do, everything else we believe, and who we want to become is fully rooted in our faith in Christ; He is at the center of everything. (John 1:1-18; Acts 2:22-41; Colossians 1: 15 - 23; Philippians 2:1-11)

God

God is love. We believe that there is one true God, the Creator and sustainer of the universe, who eternally exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God’s love extends grace, never compromises justice, and is displayed in full in Jesus. (Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,14; John 14:26; 1 John 4: 7 - 21, 1 Peter 1:2)

Holy Spirit

Jesus speaks to us through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. The Holy Spirit provides us power to overcome sin, insight into God’s Word, and personal direction in life. The Holy Spirit gives us the power and motivation to pursue spiritual maturity in Christ. Through the Holy Spirit we are given spiritual gifts to serve God and people. (Luke 11:13; John 16:12 - 14; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:11)

Bible

We believe the Bible is God’s inspired Word and is 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 useful for all Christians. Every part of the Bible is about Jesus and should be read and applied through that lens. (John 5: 39; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

Salvation

We believe that a human being’s central purpose for existence is to have a close and personal relationship with God and others. As humans we defy God, choosing to go our own independent way, and because of this are separated from Him and are in need of God’s forgiveness and grace. We believe this world has pain and suffering because human beings have sinned and are fallen, so we are estranged from God, from each other, from ourselves, and from creation.

We believe God does not intend for sin and suffering to have the last word but is at work to redeem and reconcile what He has made.

We all can be forgiven by God and have a close, personal relationship with Him by believing that Jesus is God’s son, repenting of our sin, and confessing our faith in Jesus’ power to save us. In obedience we follow Jesus’ teachings to partner with him as ambassadors to bring his kingdom to earth. There is no salvation from sin apart from Jesus. (John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5; Acts 2:38; Romans 3:23, 10:9; 1 John 1:9)

Church

We believe the Church is the community through which God wants to bring love, healing, and growth to the human race, to which He invites everyone who is willing to follow Jesus to join. (Matthew 18:18–20, John 1:12–13, Acts 1:8, Galatians 3:28, 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Corinthians 5)

Jonathan Hentrich

Lead Pastor

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