God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He wants to release His power into the life of the believer who asks. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Cor. 2:7-9
Cape Christian was born on April 19, 1987. In May 1986, through the support of the Mennonite Church, Dennis and Linda Gingerich teamed up with Tony and Ada Hostetler and Rod and Virginia Troyer with a vision of building a contemporary church in Cape Coral with a non-denominational flavor that would reach unchurched people. The core group grew to 35 by its Easter 1987 launch, and 97 were in attendance that day at Pelican Elementary School. In August 1993, the congregation moved its worship location to the larger Gulf Middle School.
In 1989, the church began a faith-filled venture of purchasing 48 individually owned residential building sites on Chiquita Boulevard just off the planned Veterans Parkway. The 48th property was purchased in January of 1999. Phase 1, a 17,000 square foot multi-use facility, was completed at the end of 2000. Additional modular classroom space has been added two additional times to accommodate a growing children and student ministry. Phase 2 construction was completed in mid-2009, providing 22,000 more square feet of much-needed children’s and youth ministry space, a state-of-the-art pre-school, and office space for our staff.
Cape Christian has been blessed with continued growth throughout its history. Currently, over 4,000 people attend weekend worship celebrations at this local expression of God’s family. Cape Christian is also home to Fellowship Park and Tony & Ada’s Coffee. Fellowship Park is our gift to the city: built by families, for families. It is open seven days a week, complete with splash pad, basketball courts, and pavilions. Tony & Ada’s is a space where the famous Hostetler hospitality continues to shine in the community, offering delicious food (as Ada said often ‘Eat dessert first!’), hand-crafted coffee drinks, and an area to have relaxed ministry and community. God has brought together an incredibly talented and gifted group of people from all walks of life to make Cape Christian, and Cape Christian is incredibly blessed to be making a difference in the lives of people for now and into eternity.
We are all about Jesus.
Our personal relationship with Jesus is the most important thing.
We believe everyone matters.
We accept people where they are, how they are, and encourage them to grow into who God has created them to be.
We will do anything short of sin to reach people who don’t know Jesus.
To reach people no one is reaching, we’ll have to do things no one is doing.
We are all works in progress.
We are committed to growing and believe that Jesus is never done with us.
We add value everywhere.
Every interaction matters and we leave things better than we found them.
We always bring our best.
Excellence honors God and inspires people.
We are spiritual contributors not spiritual consumers.
The church does not exist for us. We are the church and we exist for the world.
We are passionate givers of our time, money, and energy.
We are blessed so we can be a blessing.
We give up things we love for things we love even more.
We will say NO to a lot of good things, so we can say YES to a few great things.
We are faith-filled, big thinkers.
We dream big, celebrate big, and take big risks because we serve a big God.
We speak life.
We are encouragers, truth speakers, grace givers, and gossip intolerant in a “help me understand” community.
We HAVE FUN.
We unapologetically have fun serving Jesus with people we love.