Statement of Purpose:
The Bible states clearly that the church is the “household of God, the pillar and support of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15) That being the case, this statement of faith has been written to communicate our convictions regarding some of the foundational teachings of the church, both as a belief system and a way of life. These truths are not meant to limit our fellowship with other Christians or churches that may hold different views, but they do express our understanding of what we believe God would have us teach on each of these subjects. Our desire is to teach the word of God with clarity and love and see God bring unity to His church as men and women are built up in the faith. Scripture verses have been provided within each section to assist you in the study of these subjects.
We believe that God communicates with mankind through the Bible. The entire Bible (the Old and New Testaments) is inspired by God, written through men, and is completely inerrant (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:19-21). Since the Bible is the actual Word of God, we believe that it is the authority in what we believe and in how we live (Matthew 5:17-20; John 17.17; Hebrews 4:12).
We believe that all Christians have the privilege and responsibility to interpret and apply Scripture for themselves (Acts 17:11). In order to correctly understand the Bible, diligent study and the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit are required (2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-15; John 16:12-15). When studying, one must take into account the words used, the context, the historical background, and the culture of the writer and original readers. The application of the truth of the Bible to our lives is absolutely necessary (James 1:22-25).
We teach that there is one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4). He is a spirit who is infinite, all knowing, and perfect in all ways (Isaiah 45:5-7; John 4:24). His character includes perfect holiness, justice, grace, and compassion. God is one in essence but has eternally existed in three equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
God the Father We teach that God the Father is the first person of the Trinity. He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things (Genesis 1:1-31; Ephesians 3:9; Revelation 4:11) He is the absolute and all powerful Ruler of the universe and His sovereignty is over all creatures and events (1 Chronicles 29:11; Isaiah 46:9-11). He works all things to bring glory to Himself (Romans 11:33-36). In His sovereignty He does not author or approve of evil, nor remove accountability from men (Habakkuk 1:13; 1 Peter 1:17).
God the Son We teach that Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, is fully God and has always existed as God (John 8:58; John 10:30; John 14:9). We teach that when Jesus became man, He surrendered only the privilege of deity but not the divine essence. In becoming man, Jesus Christ accepted all the essential characteristics of humanity and became the God-man (Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 2:9). Jesus Christ was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:22-25) and the purpose of His coming was to reveal God, redeem men, and rule over God’s kingdom (Psalm 2:7-9; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:23; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 7:25-26; 1 Peter 1:18-19)
We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished redemption by being without sin, submitting to the plan of God, and willingly sacrificing Himself on the cross and literally rising from the dead (John 10:15; Romans 3:24-25; 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24). On the basis of His sacrifice, the believing sinner is freed from the punishment, penalty, power, and eventually the presence of sin. Redeemed sinners are declared righteous, given eternal life, and adopted into the family of God (Romans 3:25; 5:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18).
We teach that Jesus Christ will return to receive His church unto Himself, establish His kingdom on the earth, and judge all mankind (John 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:11-15).
God the Holy Spirit We teach that the Holy Spirit is fully God, possessing all of the attributes of God (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; 28:25-26; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
We teach that a unique work of the Holy Spirit began in this present age, when He came from the Father as promised by Christ (John 14:16-17; 15:26). This work is to build Christ’s church (1 Corinthians 12:13), convict the world (John 16:7-9); glorify Jesus Christ and transform believers into Christ’s image (Acts 1:5; 2:4; Romans 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13).
We teach that the Holy Spirit brings spiritual life and baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9). The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, and empowers believers for service. The Holy Spirit secures all true believers until the end (2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13).
We teach that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to each individual to be used to strengthen the church (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) to the glory of Christ (John 16:13-14).
We teach that salvation is completely from God, by grace, based on the work of Jesus Christ, and not on the basis of human merit or works (John 1:13; Ephesians 1:7; 2:4-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19). Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone (Ephesians 2:1-10).
We teach that at salvation, true life, the divine nature, and the righteousness of Christ are given through the work of the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:17). This new life, when submitted to the Holy Spirit, will show itself in God’s people by them becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18) and more obedient to Him (Ephesians 5:17-21; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 3:16; 2 Peter 1:4-10, Ephesians 2:10).
We teach that once an individual is declared righteous, given the Holy Spirit as a guarantee, and adopted into the family of God, which all happen at salvation, that God will keep that person in His grace forever (John 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 7:25; 13:5; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24).
Sin We teach that man was created by God free of sin and with a rational nature, intelligence, will, and moral responsibility to God (Genesis 2:7; 15-25; James 3:9). The purpose of mankind is to glorify, enjoy, and obey God as well as to accomplish the purposes of God (Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11). Through Adam’s sin of disobedience, mankind lost innocence, earned spiritual and physical death (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-19; Romans 6:23) and became subject to the wrath of God (John 3:36; Romans 1:18).
We teach that people not only choose to sin, but are sinners by nature (Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 5:19). All men are spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1-3), refuse to seek God (Psalm 14:1-3; Romans 3:10-12), and are completely and hopelessly lost apart from the work of God to save them (Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 Corinthians 2:14).
We teach that one of the amazing mysteries that is evident in creation is the reality that humanity was created in the image of God—an image that is indelibly expressed in two genders, male and female (Genesis 1:27-28; Matthew 19:4; Ephesians 5:22-32). The gift of sexuality, graciously given by God, is to be enjoyed in submission to one another solely within heterosexual marriage (Genesis 2:23-25). Human sexuality was corrupted by our rebellion against God (Genesis 3:6-21) resulting in sexual expressions that are inconsistent with a biblical witness. These would include, but are not limited to sexual activities of an exploitive or illegal nature, trans-gender identifications, pornography, pre-marital sex, homosexuality and adultery (1 Corinthians 6:18-7:5). In Jesus Christ, however, the blessings of salvation, and substantial restoration of our humanity and sexuality[i], and inclusion in the church[ii], are available to any and all who would turn to him in repentance and faith (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
Marriage is an ordinance of the Church instituted by God. Creekside Community Church defines “marriage” as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment[iii]. A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by the church only to the extent that it is consistent with this definition of marriage. (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:18-25, Matthew 19:4-6, Ephesians 5:22-33)
[i] We recognize that internal desires and impulses (including same-sex attraction) don’t necessarily change when a person comes to faith in Jesus. We teach that while desires might exist to engage in behaviors that are inconsistent with the biblical witness, the gospel gives freedom from the necessity to do so.
[ii] The church is the community of faith that is called to simultaneously exhibit both the love and holiness of God by living consistent with the biblical witness and the gospel. Provisions for maintaining this balance in the church are given through the process of church discipline/restoration which provides for the loving correction, exclusion, and restoration of those that fail to do so (Matthew 18:15-35, 1 Corinthians 5, 2 Corinthians 2).
[iii] Marriage is designed by God to be a lifetime commitment. Jesus, in the gospel, provides the example required to overcome the challenges that marriages face and every effort should be made to preserve them (1 Peter 2:21-3:7). Divorce, while not God’s intent, is permitted (not commanded) in cases of adultery and the abandonment of a believing spouse by an unbelieving spouse (Matthew 19:3-9, 1 Corinthians 7:15).