Core Beliefs

CORE BELIEFS

Salvation—A Gift from God:  Every person must acknowledge that all have sinned, accept the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, and live a life committed to serving the Lord and obeying His word, the Bible. (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-10)

Worship—A Grateful Response:  Man was created to worship God.  God is seeking true worshippers; those who worship in spirit and truth.  We believe God chooses to minister in the context of authentic worship.  At Cornerstone Community Church we desire everything we do to be an expression of worship to God from our opening song to our teaching to our interaction throughout the week.  (John 4:21-24)

Scripture—A Biblical Message:  We are committed to the clear and accurate communication of God’s Word in a way that ministers grace and urges obedience.  (II Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 3:23, 6:23; II Corinthians 5:17)

Prayer—Communication with God:  As a church, we value and believe in the power of prayer.  Through prayer we align our hearts and lives with God.  Prayer is a spiritual discipline that reflects a dependence on God.  We desire prayer to be a constant part of our lives both when we gather corporately and when we are apart through out the week.  (I Timothy 2:1-2; I Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Ministry—A Team Effort:  We are committed to a team model for ministry and organization that equips and empowers every family, member, and leader.  We believe each member has a special giftedness and a specific function in order for the church to be healthy.  We value God-centered families and relationships.  (Ephesians 4:11-16; I Corinthians 12:12-31)

Missions-A Divine Mandate: Missions is participation in the work of God’s Kingdom.  God is gathering a church from all the peoples of the world for His glory.  In obedience to His commands, we desire to be actively pursuing people who are not yet believers locally, regionally and globally.  We desire to be a church that reflects God’s heart for the lost and His heart for the world.  (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 19:10)

Statement of Faith 
1.  THE BIBLE-We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, and without error in the original manuscripts.  The Bible is the result of God working through human authors to communicate to us.  It has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct and it communicates all we need to know to be saved and live the Christian life.

2.   GOD-God is one being in His essence, but also exists as three distinct persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  The attributes of God include those of being all powerful, all knowing and present everywhere.  He is holy, just, love, goodness, truth, and forgiving.  God is personal and is not merely an unknown force.  God created man to have a personal relationship with Him. He hears and answers prayer.

3.  JESUS CHRIST-We believe Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit.  We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings.  Jesus is fully God and fully man.  Jesus died on the Cross as our substitute for the judgment which we deserve from God.  His sacrifice was accepted by God.  We do not worship a dead Savior.  Three days after His death on the Cross He became, alive again by the power of God and appeared to many witnesses.  Forty days later, he ascended to the presence of the Father and now intercedes for His believer.  We believe in the promise of His visible return to earth to judge the living and the dead and to set up His reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.

4.  HOLY SPIRIT-We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity.  He convicts men’s hearts of sin, righteousness and judgment.  He regenerates, sanctifies and empowers all who believe in Jesus Christ.  We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.

5.  SALVATION-The Bible teaches that all men are sinners and therefore deserve the judgment of God.  The only way for us to pass the test of God’s judgment is to repent of our sins and put our trust and faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.  When we choose to no longer trust in our own good deeds or our religion to take us to heaven, but trust in Christ’s death on the Cross, we are granted eternal life.  The believer must allow his life to be controlled by the Holy Spirit and this Spirit-controlled life will be a means of bringing glory to God.

6.  THE CHURCH- The church is not a building; it is God’s people.  In one sense, the church is every Christian who is living, has lived or will live.  In another, the church is a local group of Christians who gather regularly to worship Jesus Christ and to help each other grow closer to Him.  Every Christian needs to be fully involved in the life of the local church.  This is the only way to fully live out the commands of the New Testament regarding the Christian life.  The church is like a family who helps each other grow-up in the faith.  The church is also like a body with many different parts.  Each part has its own distinct function, cannot work alone but works in harmony with all the other body parts.  In the same way, Christians have unique God-given gifts which should be developed to work in harmony with other Christians to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost world.

7.  THE ORDINANCES- We believe that Jesus Christ has given two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Water baptism is an act of obedience for the new believer.  The immersion of the believer in water is a solemn and beautiful emblem of one’s faith and union to the crucified, buried and risen Savior.  It is an outward symbol of an inward change and as such it identifies the believer with his Lord Jesus Christ.  All believers are commanded to be baptized after salvation.  The Lord’s Supper is a memorial service in recognition of the death of Christ.  It is a time for the believer to examine his own life in light of Jesus giving His life on the Cross for the sins of each believer.