Mar 17, 2020 |
What We Believe
Cornerstone Church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God which had its beginnings in 1914 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It has grown to be one of the largest church fellowships in the world. Following is a list of our core beliefs.
The Holy Bible
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority for determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, the Bible is inspired, infallible and inerrant. (Prov. 30:5; Rom. 16:25-26; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal. (Gen. 1:26; Isa. 9:6; Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; Heb. 3:7-11; 1 John 5:7)
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100 percent God and 100 percent man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, performed miracles, died on the cross for humankind and, thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (Isa. 7:14; Isa. 9:6; Matt. 1:18,23-25; Luke 1:27-35; John 1:1,14; 20:28; Phil. 2:5-6; 1 Tim. 2:5; 3:16)
Humanity was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression, it fell. Humanity’s only hope for redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Gen. 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-21) For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. (John 6:44,65) We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human effort. (Rom. 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Gal. 2:16; 3:8; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Heb. 9:22) Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation. (Acts 2:21; 3:19; 1 John 1:9) Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. (Rom. 8:29; 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 3:18; 6:14-18; 1 Thess. 4:3; 5:23; 2 Thess. 2:1-3; Heb. 2:11)
Blood of Jesus
The blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100 percent sufficient to cleanse humankind from all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death. (John 1:29; Rom. 3:10-12,23; 5:9; Col. 1:20; 1 John 1:7; Rev. 1:5; 5:9)
The Holy Spirit
Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to Him, thus making Jesus the Lord of their lives as well as their Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried and rose again from the dead. (John 1:12; 14:17,23; 15:4; Rom. 8:11; Rev. 3:20) Given at Pentecost, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father. It was sent by Jesus after His ascension to empower the Church to preach the gospel throughout the whole earth. We believe the promise is for all believers who desire to be filled. All the gifts must be exercised in love. Speaking in tongues is not the most important gift, but it is available to all believers who are baptized in the Holy Spirit and is a physical indication that one has been filled with the Spirit. (Joel 2:28-29; Matt. 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5; 2:1-4,17,38-39; 8:14-17; 10:38,44-47; 11:15-17; 19:1-6) The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the Church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection and confirm the power of the gospel. The lists of these gifts in the Bible are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters. (Rom. 1:11; 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31; 14:1-40; Eph. 4:16; 1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:5-16; Heb. 2:4; 1 Pet. 4:10)
The Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission. Every person born of the Spirit is an integral part of the Church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 17:11,20-23; Eph. 1:22; 2:19-22; Heb. 12:23)
Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new believer is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38) Communion is a unique time in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (representing the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. (Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12,36-38; 10:47-48; 1 Cor. 10:16; 11:23-26)
We believe marriage is defined in the Bible as a covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman, instituted by and publicly entered into before God (Gen. 2:18-25; Matt. 19:4-6).
Healing of the Sick
Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus' work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Ps. 103:2-3; Is. 53:5; Matt. 8:16-17; Mk. 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; Js. 5:14-16; I Cor. 12:9, 28; Rom. 11:29).
God’s Will for Provision
It is the Father's will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on Earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others.
(Jn. 3:3-11; II Cor. 5:17-21; Rom. 10:9-10)
- Mental and Emotional
(II Tim. 1:7, 2:11; Phil. 4:7-8; Rom. 12:2; Is. 26:3).
(Is. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:17; I Pet. 2:24).
(Josh. 1:8; Mal. 3:10-11; Lk. 6:38; II Cor. 9:6-10; Deut. 28:1-14; Ps. 34:10, 84:11; Phil. 4:19).
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Lk 24:15-16, 36, 39; Jn. 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Cor. 15:42, 44; Phil. 1:21-23, 3:21).
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matt. 5:3, 12, 20; 6:20; 19:21, 25:34; Jn. 17:24; II Cor. 5:1; Heb. 11:16; I Pet. 1:4).
After living one life on Earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the fallen angels (Matt. 25:41; Mk. 9:43-48; Heb. 9:27; Rev. 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to Earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matt. 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thess. 4:15-17; II Thess. 1:7-8; Rev. 1:7)