Our Beliefs

 

BIBLE

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, and is His revelation to people of Himself and His plan of salvation. The Bible was written by human authors through the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is totally relevant to the issues we face today. Put simply…the Bible tells us what is right, what is not right, how to get right, and how to stay right.

II Timothy 3:15-17; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalm 119:11; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39, 16:13-15, 17:17; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 1:1-2, 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25

TRINITY

There is one God who eternally exists as three distinct Persons – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is one in essence and three in person. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they possess equal power and authority.

The doctrine of the Trinity expresses three essential truths:

– The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct Persons.
– Each Person is fully God.
– There is only one God.

Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19: Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35, 4:18; John 5:21-23, 14:10, 14:16; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; II Corinthians 13:14

THE FATHER

God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, always present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy. God is good. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.

Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45, 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16, 4:24, 5:26, 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4

THE SON

Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we can have life.

Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23, 3:17, 8:29, 14:33, 16:16; 28:5-6; Luke 22:70, 24:46-47; John 1:1, John 1:14, 10:30, 11:25-27, 14:6, 17:1-5; Acts 1:9, 2:22-24, 7:55-56; Romans 1:3-4, 3:23-26, 8:1-3, 10:4; I Corinthians 8:6; II Corinthians 5:19-21; Gal 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15, 2:9; I Timothy 2:5-6, 3:16

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit’s presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and honors and exalts Christ. The Holy Spirit convicts us or our sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, empowers us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.

Genesis 1:2; Psalm 51:11, 139:7; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Luke 1:35, 4:1, 11:13, 12:12; John 15:26, 16:7-14; Acts 1:8, 2:1-4, 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17

MAN

Man (human kind) is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God, but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human being is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and love.

Genesis 1:26-30, 2:7, 2:18-22; Psalm 8:3-6, 32:1-5, 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32, 3:10-18, 3:23, 5:6, 6:6, 7:14-25; I Corinthians 1:21-31, 15:19; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11

ETERNITY

Mankind was created to exist forever. We will exist either eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. To live forever with God in heaven requires that we receive the gift of salvation.

John 3:1, 14:1-6; Romans 6:23; I John 2:25, 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15

SALVATION

Because man is spiritually lost, separated from God through sin, we need salvation. The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when we confess our sins and place our faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for our sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and cannot be earned through our own efforts and good works.

Isaiah 1:18, 53:5-6, 55:7; Matthew 1:21, 27:22-66, 28:1-6; Luke 1:68-69, 2:28-32; John 1:12, 3:16, 5:24; Acts 2:21, 4:12, 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18, 3:23-25, 5:8-10; I Corinthians 1:18; II Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20, 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20

In addition to providing forgiveness of our sins, Jesus’ death on the cross also provides for divine healing. While not everyone for whom we pray is healed, Scripture encourages and instructs us to pray for healing (Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:16, 17; James 5:14-16; I Peter 2:24).

WATER BAPTISM

Jesus taught that His followers are to be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).

Water baptism is a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ. It is a public and powerful witness of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, a declaration that we have died to sin and have been raised with Christ to walk in the power of a new life (Romans 6:4). Because water baptism is a witness of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, we practice water baptism by immersion.

Jesus Himself provided the example of water baptism. Though Jesus had never sinned, He asked to be water baptized in order to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:13-15).

In the first century church, those who accepted the message of Christ were baptized in water (Acts 2:41, 8:13, 8:36-38, 9:18, 10:48).

COMMUNION

The word, “communion” reminds us that we have become a community with God and with each other through the work of Christ on the cross. Communion, the Lord’s Supper, is a spiritual meal consisting of two elements: The bread and the cup. The bread symbolizes Christ’s body broken for us. The cup, filled with the fruit of the vine, represents the blood of Christ poured out for our sins. Participating in communion provides us an opportunity to:

Remember the suffering of Christ on the cross as payment for our sins and celebrate our salvation (I Corinthians 11:24, 25).

Examine our own heart and motives and experience forgiveness (I Corinthians 11:28).

Recognize the community we have with each other through Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 11:33).

Look back to the cross of Christ (I Corinthians 11:24-25), look within to see our need for the forgiveness and grace of Christ (I Corinthians 11:28), and look ahead to the coming of Christ (I Corinthians 11:26).

BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

All Christ-followers have the opportunity to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. This was the normal experience of believers in the first-century Church. This gift is promised to each believer. With the baptism in the Holy Spirit comes greater power for life and service (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 1:8, 2:38-39, 4:31, 8:14-17). The baptism in the Holy Spirit is distinct from, and subsequent to, the experience of salvation (Acts 8:12-17, 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 19:1-7).

With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as:

– an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8, 13:52)
– a greater power to be a witness of Christ (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8, 4:31)
– an intensified reverence for God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42-43)

THE CHURCH

The local church is a community of believers united through faith in Christ, a visible expression of the universal Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, as we seek to share the Gospel with the world. Our church, Summitcreek Church, serves together in love and unity with other local churches, committed to the ultimate purpose of bringing glory to God as we love and serve each other (John 13:35, 17:20-23).

Matthew 16:18-19, 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47, 5:11-14, 13:1-3, 14:23, 16:5, 20:28; I Corinthians 7:17, 9:13-14; Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-22, 3:10-12, 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18, 3:15; I Timothy 4:14; I Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 1:2-3

SANCTIFICATION

Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication to God. While salvation is a gift which occurs in a moment, sanctification is a lifelong process as we recognize our identification with the death and resurrection of Christ and yield the members of our body to the Lord as “instruments of righteousness.” Sanctification leads to a life of holy living. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to obey the command to “Be holy, as I am holy.”

Romans 6:1-14, 8:1-2, 8:13, 12:1-2; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12-13; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 12:14, 13:12; I Peter 1:14-16

THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST

While we don’t know when Jesus Christ will return to take all believers to heaven forever, we eagerly await for the imminent coming of our Lord and Savior. The truth of Scripture is that Jesus could come anytime. Therefore, we must be ready.

Mark 13:35-37; I Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-13; Revelation 22:20

 

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