What We Believe
Statement of Purpose
As a church, we are called to reach out to spiritually unresolved people and share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are equally committed to nurturing an authentic and loving Christian community (Acts 2:42). At South Pointe, we take Christ's words in The Great Commission very seriously; He commanded us to make disciples (Matthew 28.19-20). We believe we are here to share the Gospel to a dying world and to teach/disciple those that come into His Kingdom family. It is by the guidance of the Holy Spirit that we do all things. There is REAL hope for REAL people living in a REAL world.
Statements of Faith...
WHAT WE BELIEVE
... about the TRINITY: We believe in the Trinity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy spirit. These three are equal and are one God.
...about GOD: God is the Creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26-27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 29:9; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2)
... about JESUS CHRIST. He is the Son of God, yet equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sins by dying on the cross. God raised Him from the dead on the third day after His death to demonstrate His power over sin and death. (1 Corinthians 15:3-5) He ascended to heaven's glory and will return again someday. As reigning Lord, He offers forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all those who repent and believe. (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-15, 14:6, 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14-15)
... about the HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He is also the liberating gift of Jesus to those who repent of their sins and put their faith in Him. The Holy Spirit lives in you from the moment you place your faith in Christ. He provides the follower of Christ with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right as we live our lives. He is also the giver of spiritual gifts. As followers of Christ, we are to seek to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25)
...about the BIBLE: The Bible is God's Word to us and was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. We believe God inspired the Bible; it was literally "God-breathed" (2 Timothy 3:16), and because of that, it is truth without any mixture of error. God's Word has been preserved throughout the centuries through copies of the original works. It is from these copies that we are able to translate the message of God's love into different languages and styles.(Psalm 119:106, 160; 2 Timothy 1:13; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
...about HUMAN BEINGS: People are made in the image of God and are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all people are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God. God calls this attitude "sin". Sin separates us from God and causes problems in life. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23)
...about SALVATION: Salvation is God's free gift to us, but we must repent of our sins and put our faith in Jesus in order to receive it. We can never make up for our sin by "self-improvement" or "good works". Jesus died, was buried, and was resurrected, and only by trusting in Christ as God's offer for forgiveness can we be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and repent of our sin and believe upon Jesus in faith, we are saved. (John 14:6; Romans 5:1, 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)
...about ETERNAL SECURITY: Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot 'lose your salvation”'. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God; He is the giver of salvation and its security. (John 10:27-28; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
...about ETERNITY: People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin in a place called Hell, or with God because of the forgiveness offered through His Son Jesus in a place called Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (Matthew 1:8, 2:44,46; John 2:25, 3:16, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 21:8)
...about the CHURCH: We believe that a local, visible church is a congregation of baptized believers who are united by a common commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The church is to observe the two ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s supper as governed by His Word. The church must exist to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth and should be self-governed as it is empowered by God to determine its own strategies and programs. (Matthew 18:17-20; Acts 2:41-42, 4:32-35, 5:11, 6:1-4, 8:1, 10:48; Romans 6:1-4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 10:25, 13:17)
...about the FAMILY: We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. (Gen 1.26-27, 2.15-25; Matt 7.24-29; Acts 4.18-22; Rom 1.18-32; 1 Cor 6.9-11; Eph 5.22-32; Col 3.18-21)
...about the SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE: We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Gen 1.26-27; Ps 139.)