What We Believe

Core Beliefs

Centerpoint Church is a community that believes that our foundation for truth, faith and life lies in what God has said to us, not about what we think ourselves. Our church goes to the one source for this truth: God’s Word. This is why one of our core pursuits is to be biblical in foundation. What God says takes precedence over what we think. He is our source for all truth and hope.

God

We believe that there is only one God and that He is the Creator of all things, both visible and invisible by His spoken word.  God is completely good, righteous and holy; nothing impure or evil touches Him.  He is the standard for all that is fair and good; the judge of the living and the dead.  God exists as one in His essence with three distinct persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5; Matthew 28:18-19)

The bible

We believe that the Bible is God’s divinely inspired word to humanity.  The Bible consists of the 66 books of the Old and New Testament and is without any error in the original writings.  We believe that the Bible is true and reliable in everything it teaches and affirms.  We also believe that the Bible has been faithfully transmitted to us today; we have a faithful record of what was originally written so that the Bible we have in our hands is as reliable as the original.  We believe that the Bible is our only guide for faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21)

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.  He is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit from eternity past, yet distinct in His person.  We believe that the Son laid aside His divine privileges and took on human flesh, becoming a perfect sacrifice for sin and substitute for humanity.  We believe that His death on the cross satisfied the justice and wrath of the Father against sin and that all who express faith in Jesus Christ have the assurance of forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life.  We believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead according to the Word of God and has bodily ascended into heaven being exalted at the Father’s right hand.  (John 10:30; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Philippians 2:9-11; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 10:10; I John 2:2)

The holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit accomplishes the will of the Father and the Son in every action of the Godhead.  The Holy Spirit is one with the Father and the Son from eternity past, yet distinct in His person.  We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the sinner, regenerates the soul of a person who puts their faith in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sin and fills the believer as they surrender to Him.  We believe that the Holy Spirit sets up His residence in the heart of every child of God, sealing them and guaranteeing their place in the family of God forever.  The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to every child of God for the purpose of building up the body of Christ—the church.  (John 16:8; I Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; Hebrews 3:7-11)

the angelic realm

We believe that Satan is the originator of sin and that his demonic cohorts live to torment humanity, tempting them to sin and work against the purposes of God.  They stand under God’s condemnation whose eternal fate is punishment in the Lake of fire.  We also believe in angels who are ministering spirits sent to combat demonic forces, encourage the righteous and serve the purposes of God (Isaiah 14:12-14; John 8:44; Hebrews 1:14)

The Church

We believe that the church constitutes of all those who are born again by the Holy Spirit.  We believe that the church exists for the purpose of glorifying God and telling others about the Good News of Jesus. We believe that the local church has two offices: that of elder (or overseer/pastor) and deacon.  Elders are given the task of overseeing the body of Christ and teaching the Word of God.  Deacons are tasked with helping the elders in the ministry of the local church.  The church has been given two ordinances: water baptism (where a believer proclaims their personal faith in Jesus) and the Lord’s Table or communion (the remembrance of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ).   We believe that the local church is independent of any outside authority: that Jesus Christ is our direct head. (Acts 2:1-4;  I Corinthians 11:23-26; Colossians 1:18; I Timothy 3:1-13)

Humankind

We believe God has created humankind as male and female in His image, with an eternal soul.  We believe that humanity has chosen sinful rebellion against God and stands rightfully condemned under God’s perfect judgment.  The result of our sin is spiritual death, eventual physical death, and that we deserve eternal punishment and separation from God.  We believe that our sinful condition is so complete that on our own, we can do nothing to save ourselves or even to seek after God.  (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:1-7, 20-28; John 3:18; Romans 3:10; 6:23)

salvation

We believe that everyone has sinned and missed the mark of God's holiness, thus incurring the penalty of eternal spiritual and physical death. We believe that there is nothing we can do to save ourselves from this penalty and that our only hope for forgiveness of sin is to trust in Jesus Christ's sacrificial death on the cross. This sacrifice was to redeem us and make us right in God's sight. We believe that Jesus' resurrection from the dead gives the redeemed a new eternal life through the work of the Holy Spirit.  We believe that every believer is sealed with the Holy Spirit who is the guarantee of our eternal inheritance with Him.  We believe that it is the responsibility of every person to respond to God's invitation of salvation, and that those who receive Him are adopted into His eternal family as full heirs of salvation (Romans 3:23; Ephesians 1:4-5; 2:8-9; I Timothy 2:4-6)

The Christian Life

We believe the purpose of the Christian life is to become more and more like Jesus.  This process of growing in personal holiness is accomplished through spending time in God’s Word and prayer, obedience to the Word and exercising one’s spiritual gifts in building up the church—the body of Christ. It is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to share to Good News of Jesus Christ with others as they have opportunity.  (Psalm 1:1-3; Mark 16:15; Romans 8:28-29; I Corinthians 12:11)

Things to Come

We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ; that He will come visibly and bodily to establish His kingdom on earth, ruling the nations with justice and bringing peace.  He will bodily resurrect and judge the unrighteous who will suffer eternal punishment and separation from Himself that will be conscious and final.  He will judge the angels who have fallen, casting them into eternal hellfire.  Jesus will also bodily resurrect and judge the righteous to eternal life, rewarding those who have faithfully served Him.  (Psalm 2:8-9; Matthew 25:41; II Corinthians 5:9-10; Revelation 20:4-10, 11-15)

Marriage, The Family & Human Sexuality

We believe the Bible teaches that marriage refers to the lifelong covenant relationship between one man and one woman as instituted by God to the exclusion of all others.  We affirm that God created human sexual expression as exclusively heterosexual in nature.  We believe that sexual intimacy is legitimate only within the bounds of marriage and that a healthy marriage is the best foundation for families and the raising of children.  We affirm the family as the basic unit of society and seek to preserve its integrity and stability. (Genesis 2:28-29; Matthew 19:6)

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