About the Bible
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; John 5:39; Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Genesis 1:1; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 19:1-3; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 23:9; 28:19; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6.
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God and part of the triune God. He became a man through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
Psalms 2:7; 110:1; Isaiah 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 11:27; 16:16,27; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30; 11:25-27;7-11; 16:15-16,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; Romans 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Ephesians 1:20; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 John 4:14-15.
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine and part of the triune God. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Psalms 51:11; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 3:16; 12:28-32; 28:19; Luke 4:1,18-19; 12:12; John 14:16-17,26; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 8:17; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 12: 13; Ephesians 1:13-14.
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 51:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 7:14-25; 8:14-18; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 3:9-11.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
Matthew 1:21; John 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 8:1-18; 10:9-10,13; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:8-22; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; Titus 2:11-14; Revelation 3:20.
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; Luke 16:19-26; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; 2 Peter 3:7; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.
Evangelism and Missions
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.
Exodus 19:5-6; Matthew 9:37-38; 24:14; 28:18-20; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:13-15; 2 Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 3; 11:39-12:2; 1 Peter 2:4-10.
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.
Genesis 14:20; Leviticus 27:30-32; Deuteronomy 8:18; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 6:1-4,19-21; 25:14-29; Luke 12:16-21; Acts 2:44-47; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 16:1-4; 1 Peter 1:18-19.
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption A biblical marriage is a lifelong covenant or sacrament between one man and one woman. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; Psalms 127; 128; Proverbs 1:8; 6:20-22; 17:6; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Matthew 19:3-9; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7.
The Bible teaches that while sex within marriage is pure and honorable, sex outside marriage is sinful and will be judged by God. The seventh commandment, “You shall not commit adultery,” protects the sexual relationship between a man and a woman who are united in marriage by forbidding marital infidelity, premarital sex, homosexuality, beastiality and the use of pornography. Outside biblical marriage, God’s standard for sex is celibacy, saying “no” to both heterosexual and homosexual lusts. Homosexual behavior is sinful and unnatural. Like other sexual temptations to sin, homosexual lust is highly addictive and difficult to stop. We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and these distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
Gen 1:26-27; Hebrews 13:4; Exodus 20:14; Matthew 5:27-30; 1 Corinthians 7:7-9; Romans 1:24-28; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
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.
Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of The Point Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Executive Leadership Team is The Point Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.