Going New Places, Engaging New People and Making New Sacrifices.
Glorify God build up the saved and win the lost in the Name of Jesus Christ.
The Scriptures declare in 1 Timothy 3:15 that the church is “the pillar and ground of truth.” It is essential that a local church knows what it believes so that it might “earnestly contend for the faith” and “hold fast the Word of God” (Jude 3 and Revelation 3:11).
Following is Cornerstone’s Statement of Faith concerning the Scriptures’ main truths. May we always “give attendance to doctrine” as we endeavor to serve the Lord at Cornerstone (1 Timothy 4:13, 16).
God is a Person who has revealed Himself as a Trinity in unity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – three persons yet one God. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6)
The Bible, including both the Old and New Testaments, is a divine revelation, the original autographs of which were verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Eternal God, the image of the Invisible God, which is to say, He is Himself very God; He took upon Himself our nature, being conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary; He died upon the Cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the world; He arose from the dead in a body in which He is now, our interceding High Priest; He will come again personally and visibly to set up His Kingdom and to judge the quick and the dead. (Colossians 1:15; Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 1:18-25; 1 Peter 2:24-25; Luke 24; Hebrews 4:14-16; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Matthew 25:31-46)
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. By the working of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; Titus 3:3-7)
The church is an elect company of believers baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body; its mission is to witness concerning its Head, Jesus Christ, preaching the Gospel among all nations; it will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before He appears to set up His Kingdom. Acts 2:41; Acts 15:13-17; Ephesians 1:3-6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:6-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.
The only Scriptural mode of Baptism is immersion, and only those who profess personal faith in Christ are proper subjects for this ordinance.
THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements bread and the fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, a memorial of His suffering and death and prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined on all believers “until He comes.” John 6:48-57; Luke 22:19-20; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 Corinthians 11:26.
CHURCH AND STATE
Organic union of church and state is unscriptural, and we believe that civil government is divinely appointed for the interest and good order of human society, that magistrates are to be prayed for, honored and obeyed, except only those things opposed to the revealed will of Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience. Romans 13:1-7; Matthew 22:21; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13-17; 1 Timothy 2:1-3; Acts 5:29; Matthew 10:28.
HEAD OF THE CHURCH
Christ being the Head of the church, the local fellowship does not recognize the subordination of one church to another, the subordination of local churches to any common human authority, nor the territorial union of churches except for fellowship in common faith and interests, and for united effort in common work. Each local fellowship is an independent spiritual democracy, having no power or authority except for its own maintenance and preservation. 1 Thessalonians 2:4-14; Acts 15:6; 1 Thessalonians 2:4-14; Acts 15:6-11; Acts 19:31; Acts 23:36; 2 Corinthians 8-9; Ephesians 1:20-23.
MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SPIRIT
Believing that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever; and that His purpose and will for the church have not changed since the Great Commission; a personal Pentecostal experience is the promise for every believer. The manifestations of the Spirit are given to the church for the confirmation of the preached Word, and for the growth and development of the church. Hebrews 13:8; Mark 16:15-20; Hebrews 2:3-4; Acts 5:12, 32; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:8-16.
The Scriptures teach a life of holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I Am holy.” Holiness is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word. Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 1 John 2:6; Romans 8:3-4.