We are a young church plant that can trace it's beginning to August of 2010. Our church was birthed to be a Christ-centered family on mission with Him in Shelby County and throughout the nations. Church isn't about a building (good because we don't have one) or program, but a people who join together in a common Faith to fulfill the mission of God in the world.
A Christ-Centered Family on Mission.
We see this vision playing out most fully as our church meets together in small, multiplying community groups throughout Shelby County. We love our Sunday gathering, where we gather as one big family and worship Jesus for who He is and what He’s doing in our communities. However, we have no desire to simply be a large crowd of people who gather on Sundays. Instead, we hope to be groups of people who build our entire lives around the person and work of Jesus, share life together as a spiritual extended family, and live everyday as missionaries to the people around us.
The mission of the Church isn't defined by a church or a pastor, it has ultimately been defined by God. Simply put, God desires for his name to be great among all nations and he has called his people, the Church, to go and make disciples of all nations. That's the mission of God and that's the mission of our church.
Living and Proclaiming Christ as Central to All Things.
We don't desire to build a name for ourselves, but to make his name great in Calera, Montevallo, Alabaster, Jemison and throughout the world.
Christ Central Church adheres to the Baptist Faith and Message, 2000.
I. The Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
II. Of The True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
III. Of The Fall Of Man
We believe that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
IV. Of The Way Of Salvation
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediation offered by the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.
V. Of Justification
We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is given, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
VI. Of The Freeness Of Salvation
We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a affectionate, repentant, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel. And that God, through His purposes, graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners in the end as a glorious display of his sovereign goodness.
VII. Of Grace In Regeneration
We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life.
VIII. Of Repentance And Faith
We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, produced in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with sincere repentance, confession, and appeals for mercy; at the same time enthusiastically receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest and King, and relying on Him alone as the only and all sufficient Savior.
IX. Of Sanctification
We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means, especially, the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer.
X. Of The Perseverance Of Saints
We believe that all true believers will endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
XI. Of The Harmony Of The Law And The Gospel
We believe that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arises entirely from their love of sin: to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to sincere obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the Means of Grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.
XII. Of A Gospel Church
We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His word; that its only scriptural officers are Elders or Pastors, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
XIII. Of Baptism And The Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful symbol, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of a church relation. The Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
XIV. Of The World To Come
We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.
We believe the scriptures are clear and authoritative, as such the church must take its cue from the Bible in all matters of faith and practice. This does not exclude church leadership. In the Old Testament God called out individual men and women to lead His people. This changed with the coming of Christ and the birth of His church. He called out twelve men in whom He entrusted His church. This demonstrates a plurality in leadership. Of the eighteen times church leadership is mentioned after Christ’s ascension, fifteen of them denote plurality in church leadership (the other three references are actually viewed in light of a plural context).
Jason Seales - Lead Pastor
Jason and his wife Alicia have been married for 10 years and live in Alabaster. They have one son and one daughter. Jason earned a B.S. from the University of Montevallo, and an M.Div from The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and Alicia own a home decor business, Farmhouse + Family, located in Alabaster.
Terry Johnson - Elder
Terry is married to Debbie and together they live in Alabaster. Terry is an executive at Regions Bank, an author, knife maker, former college professor, veteran of the armed forces and all around interesting guy. Terry has a passion for teaching and grief counseling.
Matt Benson - Elder
Matt and his wife Jamie have been married since 2003, and together they live in Calera. They have one son. Matt attended Southeastern Bible College where he majored in Bible and Theology and minored in Missions. Matt is a State Farm agent in Clanton. His family is very active in international missions in the Middle East and Czech Republic.