What We Believe
A Simple Statement of Our Beliefs
In essential beliefs, we have unity. “There is one body and one Spirit…one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of us all…” (Ephesians 4:4-6).
In non-essential beliefs, we have liberty “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters…Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls…So then each of us will give an account of himself to God…So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God” (Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22).
In all our beliefs, we show charity. “If I hold my mind not only human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have faith that can move mountains – but have not love, I amount to nothing at all” (1 Corinthians 13:2).
A Deeper Look At Our Beliefs
There is one God who is Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal 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 JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return someday to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of Lords (Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-13; 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).
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily and to be filled with His presence and power (1 Corinthians 3:16; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18).
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God's word to us. Human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit wrote it. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1-20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:89, 105, 160; Proverbs 30:5).
ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23).
Salvation is God's free gift to us; but we must accept it. We can never make up our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only in trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith and makes a commitment to Him as Savior and Lord (Romans 5:1, Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26).
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence (John 3:16; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9).
Cornerstone Church has a more extensive and technical statement of faith available upon request. Just email Paul Banister, firstname.lastname@example.org.