Mission & Beliefs

The mission of Paoli Christian Church is “Know Christ. Grow in Christ. Go with Christ.”

We seek to equip all believers for ministry and encourage all members to be a light for God in the world in which we live.

We pattern ourselves after a church as revealed in the book of Acts, “…continuing steadfastly in the Apostle’s doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer.”

We believe in local, national, and international outreach.  We support a variety of mission efforts.

We seek to be non-denominational, encouraging all believers to put aside man-made creeds and titles.  We call ourselves “Christians”, but we realize that we are not the only Christians (Acts 11:26), and we use the Bible as our only rule of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  Where God’s Word speaks clearly, we stand firmly.  In matters of opinion, we exercise grace.  But in all things, we want to practice love.

We elect our own leaders, and they direct the affairs of the church under the leadership of the Holy Spirit in accordance with His Word.

Doctrinal Details:
We believe in one God, the Creator of all things.  We believe in the Trinity of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only son and the Savior of the world.

We believe that the Holy Spirit dwells within every Christian.

We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God and the final authority for all matters of faith.

We believe that man, created by God, willfully sinned and thus is lost and without hope apart from Jesus.

We believe that salvation (forgiveness of sins) comes by grace through the blood of Christ (his death on the cross).

We believe that the pattern to follow to receive Jesus as Savior is to believe in Christ as God’s Son and Savior of the world, to repent of personal sin, to confess Christ as Lord, and to be immersed in baptism.

We believe that the church is the body and bride of Christ, founded on the day of Pentecost, consisting of all Christians everywhere.

We believe that death seals the eternal destiny of each person.  The saved will inherit eternal life, and the unsaved eternal separation from God.