Welcome to CDV
You are an expatriate or you are just visiting the city of Neuchâtel? Then you are more than welcome to attend our Sunday morning (10am) or evening (5:30pm - according to the agenda) service at CDV! We now have an English translation available. For more information, please ask for our translation team at the main entrance hall or visit our "welcome desk". We will be happy to get know you and share a nice cup of coffee or tea.
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- Mille-Boilles 4, Neuchâtel, Suisse
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CDV is a partnership with associations that are offering targeted services to the population of the city of Neuchâtel such as: three music schools, the kindergarten "Les trois petits cochons (The Three Little Pigs)", the multiconfessional youth group (12-18 years) “PAP”, and the counseling center “Siloé (Siloam)”. The possibility to rent rooms, a dining hall, a kitchen for conferences, birthdays, etc. A vision that was born from the Apostolic Evangelical Church of Neuchâtel who believes that man can flourish only in a harmonious relationship with his Creator and with respect for His creation. It is the desire to communicate freedom, an amazing new discovery in Jesus Christ.
Our Vision at CDV
“To know God and let Him be known”
We imagine the church to be a modern and passionate place open to all those that are seeking Him.
Our Passion is
• Experiencing God’s presence and being challenged by the Word of God
• Showing His love by demonstrating it to those around us
• Discovering our gifting and be trained to use it
• Discipling and serving according to our gifts
The Three main objectives are:
• Sharing Jesus with others
• Becoming a disciple of Jesus
• To train and serve using the gifts God has given us
The vision of CDV evolves around the services celebrated at the weekends and the weekly small groups where our walk with Jesus is encouraged to grow practically by serving and developing our gifts.
We want to be living examples of Jesus and show the power of His liberating love to those around us. It’s important that our lives are reconciled to the Lord, our families and friends, and that we can serve them all with the gifts the Lord has given to us.
Thus, our church is dedicated to encourage the teaching of the written Word, to have a heart for worship, be transparent in our relationships, to daily take time with God and to have a heart for those in need. In other words we desire to live a contagious Christian lifestyle that impacts our own lives and our environment.
We believe that God’s desire is to reveal and manifest Himself and work in open hearts that are ready to let His power dwell within. We have seen the Lord mightily at work in every day circumstances and we desire that many more people in this canton and neighboring regions may meet and discover the power of His love.
At CDV, we believe that the Church cannot simply live in isolation and only focus on preserving the purity of a message within the church building’s walls. Jesus was constantly involved in numerous human situations, sometimes ambiguous, painful or even seen as bad for the society of his time. Jesus has not withdrawn from the world, on the contrary he was committed to it and in it.
Thus, our intention at CDV is to incarnate the Gospel through our service, our love, our joy, our speech, everywhere the opportunity arises. In this logic, we decided to make our infrastructures available for spiritual and cultural or social activities. We want the CDV to become a living place for meetings, animations, exhibitions, etc., beyond the sole activities of a traditional church. Our goal is to serve the public, to the best of our abilities, offering a welcoming, friendly, Christian and non-sectarian setting.
We accommodate various associations with similar aims and offer a welcoming infrastructure for different animations during the week (bar, library, video library, break-dance practice, etc.). A music school, a kindergarten for preschool children, a counseling center and an inter-church youth group are active in our brand new premises. CDV activities always take place under the supervision of responsible adult persons.
We share the confession of faith of the Apostolic Evangelical Churches of the French speaking part of Switzerland including these major elements of its doctrine:
God is spirit, light and love. He is One God and uniquely one. He exists eternally as three equal persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God is Father; He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth together with His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. As initiator and supporter of all things, His desire is to call to Himself as many people as are willing to become His children, that is, as sons and daughters. He is together with the Son and the Holy Spirit: Holy, Eternal and Transcendent.
Jesus Christ is the only and eternal Son of God. True God, he is eternally begotten of the Father and He was not created. True man, he is conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. By His sinless life, His death and resurrection, He’s the only Savior and Redeemer of the world. As our eternal High Priest, He sits at the right hand of the Father and intercedes on our behalf. We do believe that He will come again for His Church, to judge the living and the dead and to establish His everlasting Kingdom of glory.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God, representative of Christ on earth. He prepares the heart of man to receive the salvation work of Christ, which leads the one who receives Him to repentance, thus giving birth to new life. Speaking in tongues and prophecy are some of the signs that attest the baptism and indwelling of the Holy Spirit. There are other spiritual gifts which are dispensed to the Church according to His will for the edification of the Saints. They are an expression of the grace of God and His Holy Spirit to help and enlighten us in our adoration and communion, in revelation and knowledge, and to encourage growth, testimony and services.
The Holy Bible
The Bible is the inspired word of God. It is infallible and normative for life and faith. It is also and at the same time the human expression inspired by the Holy Spirit taking into account the writer’s individuality and his cultural and historical context. We believe in the verbal inspiration and inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures.
Man and creation
Man was created in the image of God to live eternally in communion with Him. In denying this divine authority, men became subjected to an earthly authority, which is that of Satan, hence bring Creation under this same dominion. By his transgression, man is separated from God, totally fallen and lost.
In His sovereignty, God reserves the right to elect whom He chooses. But, in His infinite grace, He freely offers salvation to all men through faith in Jesus Christ. The responsibility of men is to respond to this call by returning to God through conversion and repentance. This inner attitude is confirmed by baptism (immersion). Redeemed, justified and born again, the believer now receives the assurance of salvation; he or she can therefore live the life of Christ and walk according to God's will. This salvation involves the restoration of man but the fullness of salvation will be manifested at the return of Jesus Christ. The Scriptures affirm the eternal security of the believer who remains in the hand of God.
The universal Church is composed of all those who, through the ages and in all nations, have been redeemed by Jesus Christ. It finds its visible expression in the local churches of which Jesus Christ is the head. He leads and teaches it through the biblical ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers, pastors, elders, and deacons, in accord with the universal doctrine of the priesthood of all believers. It is apostolic because it is founded on the apostles' doctrine revealed by Scripture. It is missionary because of its mandate to announce the Good News of Jesus Christ and make disciples. It has not replaced Israel, but God's election for His people remains. The Church is involved spiritually and humanly in society.
The spiritual world
The spiritual world is a reality of the creation that is manifested in the visible world. Created by God, are the heavenly hosts, formed of angels, who are at the service of God to minister to those who will inherit salvation. One angel rebelled against God becoming His and man’s adversary. He is the devil or Satan. He took along with him a third of the heavenly angels, as we refer today as demons. Jesus Christ came to destroy the works of the devil. Clothed with the authority of God, the believer can resist the devil and cast out demons.
Our hope is based on the realization of God's plan of salvation revealed in the Bible, namely: the rapture of the Church, the great tribulation, the return of Christ and the establishment of a thousand-year reign, the last judgment, the establishment of a new earth and new heaven for men regenerated with an eternal and perfect happiness in the immediate presence of God. Those who have rejected the offer of salvation in Jesus Christ will remain in a permanent and conscious state of separation from God.