What we believe

 

OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH

As you attend CenterPointe Church, you will discover that we love and uphold the integrity of the Word of God (the Bible). In order to grow closer to God, you must read it continually. The Bible says, “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). It also says that it (the Bible) “contains everything pertaining to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).

Listed below, you will read statements of faith concerning what we believe. You can feel comfortable to know that at CPC, our teaching is grounded on the Word of God. We will teach these truths in practical, easy-to-understand, and applicable ways. Although our methods of communicating these truths may vary from time to time, you can be assured that our message will never change.

 

GOD

We believe that God, the Creator, the Father of Jesus Christ, is “the only true God” (John 17:3), holy and separate from all His creation. God the Father is greater and the Source of the Word (John 14:28). He is a personal God who has also revealed Himself through His Son Jesus Christ, and the gift of holy spirit (His divine nature).

 

JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ, the “last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45), is the only-begotten Son of God. He was born of the Virgin Mary, was filled with holy spirit, lived a sinless life, and suffered and died as a payment for the sins of mankind. He was raised from the dead, and exalted as “Lord” by God. Jesus is the Head over all matters of the Church, His Body.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe the Holy Spirit is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers and is received at the new birth (Matthew 3:11, John 14:16-17, Acts 1:8; 2:4; 2:38-39; 19:1-7). The Holy Spirit is God’s gift of His divine nature that a person receives when he is born again, the “spirit of truth” as Jesus promised John 16:13).

 

THE BIBLE

We believe the Scriptures (the Bible) are the inspired Word of God (“God-breathed”), the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. They are perfect in their original writing, without flaw or contradiction, and provide the only sure basis for faith. Understanding the Scriptures is attainable by applying logic and sound principles of biblical interpretation, in conjunction with the spirit of God in the believer (I Thessalonians 2:13, II Timothy 3:16).

 

MANKIND – HIS FALL & REDEMPTION

We believe MAN is a created being (not evolved from something), made in the likeness and image of God, but through the fall of Adam (first man), sin entered the world. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was sent by God the Father to undo the work of the devil and to give His life to redeem and restore mankind back to God (I John 3:8). Salvation is the gift of God’s grace to man, not achieved through good works, but only through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8).

 

NEW BIRTH & ETERNAL LIFE

Man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that brings forth repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10). We believe salvation is given to those who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9). Immediately at this confession, man is then “saved”, “born-again”, “sealed”, “anointed”, “clothed with power from on high”, and “baptized with holy spirit” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22, Ephesians 1:13-14). This baptism in holy spirit is the “one baptism” referred to in (Ephesians 4:5). This “new birth” through faith in Jesus Christ ensures eternal life for the believer (John 3:16, 1 John 5:11-12).

 

MANIFESTATIONS & GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that all nine “manifestations” of the gift of God (“holy spirit”) are available, desirable, and profitable to every believer to operate by faith in conjunction with God’s energizing. They are word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, the working of miracles, prophecy, discernment of spirits, speaking in tongues, and interpretation of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). We believe that God has given every believer a measure of “spiritual gifts” differing from each other to do the “work of the ministry”. When used cooperatively with other believers, these gifts will “build up” the Body of Christ (Romans 12:3-8, Ephesians 4:8, 11-12).

 

SANCTIFICATION

We believe that sanctification (to make holy; being free from sin) is a definite yet progressive work of grace, starting at the time of salvation and continuing until the return of our Lord Jesus (Hebrews 12:14, I Thessalonians 5:23, II Peter 3:18, I Corinthians 1:30, II Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 3:12-14).

 

THE CHURCH

We believe that the Church is the collection of all people who have been “born again”. The Church Epistles (Romans through Thessalonians) form the nucleus of Scripture written to the Church and is what we accept as our infallible guide concerning our conduct and doctrine.

 

THE RETURN OF OUR LORD & RESURRECTION

We believe that the Lord Jesus will return to the earth to set up the Kingdom of God (Matthew 25:31-34; Luke 17:22-29; John 18:36; Revelation 11:15)over which he will reign as king for the first 1000 years (Revelation 20:1-6)  before the complete restoration of all creation (Romans 8:19-22; 2 Peter 3:10-13), conquering all of God’s enemies (Psalm 110:1; 1 Corinthians 15:24-27).  At that time, every Christian who has ever died, will rise up out of their grave to receive incorruptible/immortal bodies (John 5:25-29;  1 Corinthians 15:51-54), and we (Christians) who are living, will be caught up together to meet the Lord Jesus as he returns to the earth (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).  After the initial 1000 years when paradise is restored to the earth, Jesus will deliver the Kingdom to God Himself (1 Corinthians 15:28), who  will reign on earth where there will be no more death, mourning, or pain (Revelation 21:1-4).

 

JUDGMENT & ETERNITY

We believe that God is not judging anyone now (John 3:17-18), but they will be judged after they are resurrected from the dead by the Lord Jesus.  Immortality is conditional, and the righteous will receive immortality/everlasting life, and those who have done evil will be condemned (John 3:16; John 5:28-29).  Anyone who physically dies without repenting for their sins and accepting Christ will be hopelessly cast into a Lake of Fire with the wicked and destroyed, having no further opportunity of repenting for sin (Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 19:20).  The Lake of Fire is literal which will destroy the Devil (Satan), his followers, and all the wicked putting an end to evil forever.

 

WATER BAPTISM & COMMUNION

Baptism in water is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection (Matthew 28:19, Acts 8:36-39, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12). We practice this demonstration and encourage all new believers to make “a public confession of their faith in Jesus Christ” by being water baptized by immersion. However, we believe it is only an outward symbol of an inward baptism and that the baptism spoken to Christians in Scripture is that of holy spirit (Ephesians 4:4-6). We offer the receiving of communion at various times throughout the year to remind the believers of the sacrificial death of Christ for the wages of our sin. It also reminds us of the connection we have with one another in the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:24-29). This is a “feast of remembrance” which is both corporate and personal.