We would like to welcome you to Shoreline Community Church, located in beautiful Monterey, California. Our church is a place for family and friends to worship God and grow in Christ-likeness.
If you are considering whether or not to make Shoreline Community Church your church home, we challenge you to “Try 5.” Check us out for five weeks before you decide. Go to a Shoreline 411 class, meet some new people, hang around after the service. Why? Because it is an important decision and one visit just isn’t enough to get the feel of who we are.
Our mission is to help as many people as possible become totally committed to Jesus Christ!
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal, co-eternal, co-essential, 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 Human Beings
We are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although we have tremendous potential for good, we are marred by the attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God. God loves us so much that he has made a way to restore our relationship to Him and to give us purpose in this life. (Genesis 1:26-27; John 2:25; Romans 3:23)
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again 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)
Human beings were created to exist forever. God’s desire is for all people to come to Him through faith in Jesus. Those who receive God’s grace through Jesus will exist eternally in union with God…this is called heaven. Those who do not receive the free gift of Jesus in this life will remain eternally separated from God because of their sin …this is called hell. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence. (John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelations 20:15)
God loves us so much that He has offered the greatest gift to humanity. Human beings can never make up for sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by God’s offer of forgiveness and grace that are received by trusting in Jesus Christ can men and women be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life with God begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ by faith. (Romans 5:1; 6:23; Ephesians 1:8-9; John 1:12; 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26)
About Eternal Security
Because God gives people eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. (John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the believer with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks 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; 5:1; Galatians 5:25)
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the only supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is without any mixture of error. (2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6, 119:105; Proverbs 30:5)
Priesthood of Believers
In the Old Testament we read that people came to God through a priest. People went to the temple to give their sacrifice and had access to God through a human priest. In the New Testament we are taught that Jesus Christ is our access to the Father and none of us needs to go through anyone except Jesus—not a priest, a rabbi, a pastor, or any “religious leader”—to reach God. We come to the Father through Jesus Christ by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Because of this, all believers are called a “royal priesthood” and we are invited to come confidently to God in the name of Jesus Christ. (John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Peter 2:9)