The following paragraphs simply summarize what we believe as a church family. We believe the Bible and teach it to be perfectly true. Every belief and teaching of Cornerstone Baptist Church comes from the Word of God. For a more detailed description of our doctrine, feel free to request a doctrinal statement from the church office.

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the very Word of God and is to be the final authority on all matters of faith, practice, and personal behavior. We believe the Scriptures to be the inerrant, infallible Word of God, as found within the 66 books from Genesis to Revelation. We believe that God not only inspired each word, but that He has preserved them throughout all the ages. We believe that the very words of God are preserved in the Masoretic Text and the Textus Receptus. The Authorized King James Version of the Bible is a superior translation of these superior texts. (Deut.4:2; 8:3; Ps.119:105; Prov.6:23; 30:5; Is. 8:20; Mt.5:18; 24:35; Rom.10:8; 2Tim.3:16-17; Heb.4:12; 2Pet.1:20-21)

God

We believe that there is only one true and living God who is unchanging, eternal and self-existent. He is the omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent Holy God who creates, sustains, and rules over all living. We believe that in the Godhead there are three persons who are co-equal, co-existent, and co-eternal in every divine attribute yet distinct in Their harmonious execution of Their divine office: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Gen.1:1; Ex.15:11; Deut.6:4; 1Kings 8:60; Is.44:6; Mt.28:19; Mk.12:29,32; Jn.4:24;10:30;14:16;15:26; Acts 10:38; 2Cor.13:14)

God the Father

We believe that God becomes our Heavenly Father, immediately placing us as adopted children into his family, upon our acceptance of the vicarious redemptive work of Christ. God is now our Everlasting Father and we are called the children of God. We now are afforded the rights and privileges as His children and He loves us as His very own, because we now are. Our Heavenly Father will provide for our needs and protection according to His good and perfect will. As our Father he will also administer discipline in our lives to chasten us when correction is needed, not out of wrath, but out of love. (Prov.3:12; Mt.6:9,14,26; 23:9; Jn.1:12,13,18;14:7-10; Rom.8:14,19; Eph.3:14-16; Col.1:13; 1Jn.3:1; Heb.12:6)

God the Son

We believe that Jesus Christ is the very Son of God. He is worthy of all praise, honor, glory, and obedience because He is God. Christ has always been. He was preexistent before the incarnation. In order to complete the eternal plan of redemption, Jesus Christ willingly took on the form of flesh and was born into this world to be the perfect and complete atonement for sin. He was complete deity in the flesh, yet without sin. The Holy God in the form of man. This could only be possible through the miracle of the virgin birth, where Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. This miraculous birth precluded Christ from the curse of Adam, passed on through the seed of men. Jesus Christ is truly our sinless, all sufficient Saviour. Because of his vicarious death on the cross, his miraculous bodily resurrection on the third day, his bodily ascension into heaven to ever intercede for us as our High Priest, and because of the promise of his soon return for us, Jesus Christ is our blessed hope. (Gen.3:15; Is.11:1-2; Dan.3:25; Mt.3:16-17;16:16; Lk.19:10; Jn.1:1-18;8:58; Acts 17:23-31; 1Cor.10:1-4; Col.2:9; 1Thess.4:13-18; 1Tim.3:16; Titus 2:13; Heb.13:8)

God the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit is not a force that is exercised by God, nor a substance that comes as a result of faith. His role in the virgin birth guaranteed that Emmanuel would truly be the sinless Son of God. His role in the conversion of sinners is to reprove them of sin and show their need for a saviour. His role in the life of a believer is to empower them for service, illuminate the scriptures for their understanding, guide them into all truth, and seal them until the day of redemption. (Gen. 1:2; Job 26:13; 33:4; Ps.104:28-30;139:7; Is.48:16; Ez.36:27; Mt.1:18, 20; 32:16; Mk.1:10; Lk.2:25-28; 3:22; Jn.1:32; 14:16;15:26; 16:13-14; Rom.8:9; 1Cor.2:11-13; 3:16; Eph.4:30)

Sin

We believe that sin originated with Satan in the form of pride and jealousy. When man was confronted with the decision to either remain obedient to God and enjoy all the benefits and blessings available to him, or choose Satan’s way and the lie that man could be like God, man succumbed to pride and jealousy by willingly choosing to reject God’s way. The result is that all mankind are now sinners by choice. Sin is not a weakness, nor is it an absence of good, but it is a deliberate choice to transgress the laws and ways of God. To commit even one sin classifies a man as a sinner. Sin exacts a wage that must be received. The wage of sin is death. Sin cannot enter into the presence of a Holy God. To live in sin is to be dead to God. To die in sin is to be eternally separated from God.The eternal penalty of sin requires finite man to suffer infinitely. Our sin sums up our need for salvation. (Gen.3:1-24; Ps.10:4; Prov.16:18; Is.14:12-14; 64:6; Mk.7:22; Rom.1:21-23; 3:23; 6:23; James 1:14-15; 1Jn.2:16; Rev.20:15)

Eternity

We believe that time is an element that is unique to this present earth. After the conclusion of this world, eternity will begin, forever and ever, never to end. We believe that those who have received God’s salvation while living will spend eternity with Jesus Christ in heaven. We believe that those who have rejected God’s salvation while living will die in their sins and spend eternity tormented in the lake of fire, receiving the wages of their sin. (Mt.25:41; Mk.9:41-48; Jn.3:15-18; 3:36; Rom.6:23; Rev.20:14-15; 21:8)

Salvation

We believe that the work of salvation is entirely the work of God. Because of man’s sin there is no possible way for man to merit salvation. Salvation is the plan by which God has made it possible for man to escape the eternal penalty of sin, and for man to be eternally reconciled to God. By His substitutionary death on the cross, Jesus Christ, the infinite God in the form of man, suffered finitely, shedding His holy blood as the only atonement for sin in order to redeem man back to God. Because of the finished work of Christ at Calvary, God the Father is satisfied that the penalty of sin has been paid. This payment is applied to all those who repent from their sins and put their complete faith and trust in Christ to make them a new creature and to bring them to heaven at death or at the return of Christ. Salvation is through the completed work of Jesus Christ, plus nothing, minus nothing. Jesus Christ is the all sufficient Saviour. (Jn.3:14-16; Rom.3:23;10:13; Gal.3:13; 4:4-5; Col.2:13-14; 6:19-20; Titus 3:5-6; Heb.2:9)

The New Testament Church

We believe that the church is divinely instituted, developed, governed and protected by none other than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. We believe the church began with the calling out of the twelve apostles by Jesus Christ and was empowered on the day of Pentecost. The church is comprised of Scripturally baptized saints, without preference or prejudice, whose common bond is their personal faith in Jesus Christ as the all sufficient Saviour. These saints do further covenant together to meet in local assemblies, or local churches, for the purpose of worship, fellowship, service, and the observance of the Lord’s Supper. We believe that membership in a local church affords the saints with certain privileges and responsibilities. The Bible is to be the final authority on all matters of faith and practice. (Mt.16:18;18:17; 28:20; Acts 2:41-42; 1Cor.1:1-10; Heb.10:25; Rev.2:1-3:22)

The Rapture of the Church

We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ, when He will call all of His born again children out of this present world, to meet Him in the air, and to be united with all the believers that have died and gone on before us. We believe this rapture will occur before the seven-year tribulation period, precluding the saints from experiencing this dispensation. (1Cor.15:51-53; 1Thess.1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; James 5:7-8;1Jn.2:28; Rev.3:10)

The Second Coming of Christ to the Earth

We believe in the physical, bodily return of Jesus Christ to the earth after the conclusion of the seven-year tribulation period. All of the raptured and resurrected saints will return with Christ to rule with Him as He sets up His one thousand-year earthly kingdom characterized by unprecedented peace. Satan, being bound at the conclusion of the tribulation period, will have no access or influence during this millennium kingdom of Christ, but will be loosed for a season after the one thousand years, only to be finally conquered and eternally sentenced to the lake of fire. Also following the one thousand-year earthly kingdom will be the Great White Throne judgment and then the new Heaven and new earth. (Is.11:1-9; 65:17-25; Acts 1:11; Rev.5:10; 20:1-10)