our beliefs


Cornerstone community church

Statement of Faith

 

WE BELIEVE the Bible to be the inspired and inerrant word of God. It is God's written revelation to the whole of humanity. It is the very word of God, breathed-out ("inspired") from God Himself, true and without error ("inerrant") in every part as it was written in its original documents. We believe the Scriptures to be the faithful witness pointing to Jesus, who is the very Word of God in bodily form. We accept and affirm the Bible as the supreme and sufficient rule for all of life.[1]

 

WE BELIEVE there is one God, the Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons (triune or tri-unity): Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.[2]

 

WE BELIEVE in Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God, the long-awaited-for King of Israel and Lord of the world.[3] We believe He is fully God, and that He is the full expression of God in, to, and for the world.[4]

 

WE BELIEVE in the gospel of God, the good news about Jesus as the long-awaited-for King ("Christ"), who in accordance with the Scriptures was crucified because of sin and raised from the dead as the rightful Lord of heaven and earth.[5] We believe the gospel message is the power of God to bring holistic salvation ("restoration") to everyone who repents and believes,[6] which results in a status as a forgiven member of the family of God.[7]

 

WE BELIEVE that salvation from sin is by God’s grace through repentance from sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins, and that no repentance or penance, no resolution or sincere effort, no membership in or submission to any church or its rules or regulations can in the very least add to the value of that precious blood or the merit of Christ’s redemption provided by his death on the cross. We believe that this gracious salvation is both personal in the lives of those who believe and communal in that it incorporates the believer into the church, the body of Christ. We further believe that it is the privilege of all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ, to be assured of their salvation at the time of their conversion, and that this confidence is based wholly upon the testimony of God in His written Word.[8]

 

WE BELIEVE in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, fully God and equal with the Father and the Son. We believe the Holy Spirit instills in our hearts the desire to turn to Christ, assures us that Christ dwells within us, enables our obedience to Christ, conforms us to Christ’s image, and empowers us to continue Christ’s mission in the world. We believe the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to us as individuals and binds us together as Christ’s body.[9]

 

WE BELIEVE in the victory of God over the forces of evil (Satan, sin, the world system) through the sacrificial death and glorious resurrection of Jesus.[10] We believe that this victory is displayed in the church as we learn to love one another as Jesus loved us.[11]

 

WE BELIEVE the church is the body of Christ, the temple of the living God, the family of faith, the renewed humanity, and the bride of Christ. We believe the church has a priestly, pastoral, and prophetic role in the world.[12] We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.[13] We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control.[14] We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the church and He mediates His rule through the Word of God by the plurality of elders who govern the church. The elders within a local church are assisted by the deacons.[15] We believe in the ordinances of believer’s water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the Church Age.[16]

 

WE BELIEVE in the kingdom of God as it was inaugurated and established through life, death, resurrection, and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ and His subsequent giving of the Holy Spirit. We believe there is an “already-not yet” aspect of God’s rule and reign: It has already been established through Christ and continues to be advanced through the Holy Spirit’s working in the church, but it has not yet been culminated and completed – which will happen at Christ’s return.[17]

 

WE BELIEVE in the imminent return of Christ as the culmination and completion of the work He began.[18]

 

WE BELIEVE in the bodily resurrection of all people: the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.[19]



[1] 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet 1:19-21; Psa 119; Luke 24:27; John 1:1-18; Col 2:2-3, 9; 2 Pet 1:3-11.

 

[2] Gen 1:1; Deut 6:4-9; Isa 45:22; Mat 3:13-17; 28:19; Mark 12:29; John 1:1-18; 15:26; Rom 8:1-11; 1 Cor 8:4-6; 12:1-7; Col 1:15-20; Heb 1:1-4.

 

[3] Mat 1:1-17; Mark 1:1; 8:27-38; 14:61-62; 15:39; Luke 2:10-11; 3:21-38; 2 Sam 7; Dan 7.

 

[4] John 1:1-18; Col 1:15-20; 2:2-3, 9; Heb 1:1-4.

 

[5] Mark 1:1-15; Luke 2:10-11; Rom 1:1-5; 10:9-10; 1 Cor 15:1-11; 2 Tim 2:8.

 

[6] Rom 1:16-17; Mark 1:14-15; Mat 4:17-22; 1 Cor 1:18-25.

 

[7] Gen 15; Rom 3:21-8:39; Gal 3-4; etc.

 

[8] John 1:12; 10:28-29; Rom 3:21-5:21; 6:1-23; 8:1-39; 10:8-10; Eph 2:8-10; 1 Pet 1:18-23; 1 John 5:10-13.

 

[9] John 14-17; Acts 2; Rom 5:5; 8:1-39; 1 Cor 12-14; Eph 1:13-14; etc.

 

[10] John 12:31; Rom 6:1-14; 8:1-11; Eph 1:15-2:22; 3:8-10; 4:8-9; 6:10-20; Col 2:15.

 

[11] Eph 3:8-10; 4:1-6:20; John 13:34-35; Col 3; 1 John as a whole.

 

[12] Mat 28:18-20; Mark 3:7-19; Acts 1-2; Rom 12-13; 1 Cor 3:9-17; 6:19-20; Eph 1:20-23; 2:19-22; 3:10; 4:1-6:10; Phi 1:27-2:18; Col 3:10; 1 Tim 3:14-16; 1 Pet 2:4-12). 

 

[13] Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28-32; I Timothy 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11.

 

[14] Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Romans 16:1-4; I Corinthians 3:9, 16, 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4.

 

[15] Ephesians 1:22-23; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Act 6:1-6.

 

[16] Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:8; I Corinthians 11:23-26.

 

[17] Mat 4:17-5:20; 6:9-10, 33; Mark 1:14-20; Acts 1-2; etc.

 

[18] Acts 1:6-11; 1 Thes 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; 2 Pet 3:1-4; Rev 1:7; 19:1-21.

 

[19] Mat 25:46; John 3:14-21, 36; 5:28-29; 1 Cor 3:21-22; 6:9; Gal 5:19-21; Col 3:5-6; Rev 20:5-6, 11-15; 21:7-8.



The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth. 

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended to heaven,

and is seated at the right of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy Christian Church,

the communion of the saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.


We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.


For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.


On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.


He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.


We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, 

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

II Timothy 3:16-17 | II Peter 1:20-21 | Matthew 5:18 | John 16:12-13

That is, the true Christian church of all times and all places