What Do We Believe?
What Do We Believe?
Our deepest desire at Woodside Church is to be a healthy, growing community of believers who are committed to knowing Jesus intimately and making Him known to others. In fact, our Mission can be summarized in four simple statements:
What we believe at Woodside Church about the Bible, Jesus, and the Church
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative, and applicable to our everyday lives. We believe the Bible is the written revelation of God, complete and sufficient in all respects. We believe the Scriptures are “God-breathed” which means they are fully authoritative in and of themselves. The Scriptures, as they embody the very speaking of God, partake of His authority and His power.
We believe in one true and eternal God, unchanging and unchangeable. We believe God is the Creator of all that exists in heaven and in earth. The God who is described in the Bible is unique and is unlike anyone or anything else in the entire universe. God has all power, all knowledge, all wisdom, and is due all glory, honor and praise. All that comes to pass does so at the decree of God. All things will, in the end, result in the glory of God. We hold a high view of God's holiness and sovereignty. He alone gives us authoritative truth through the Bible. He alone has extended to us grace in spite of our rebellion and sin. He alone has purchased for us faith that he freely gives to us without any merit of our own. He alone, in Jesus, has made a way for us to be reconciled back into relationship with Himself. He alone deserves all the glory, honor, and praise.
We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy. We believe the Bible teaches that there is but one being of God, yet there are three Persons who share this one being of God: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. Each Person is fully and completely God and each is described in Scripture as possessing the attributes of God. The Father, Son, and Spirit have eternally existed in the relationship described by the term “Trinity.”
We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives. We believe that man was created in the image of God. Man rebelled against His Creator, and fell into sin. As a result, man became spiritually dead, totally unwilling and indeed incapable of seeking after God. God, from eternity past, having foreordained all things, joined a certain people to Christ Jesus, so that He might redeem them from their sin and in so doing bring glory to Himself. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died in the place of this elect people, providing full and complete forgiveness of sins by His death upon the cross of Calvary. No other work can provide for forgiveness of sins, and no addition can be made to the completed and finished work of Christ.
We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and a fresh start with God, we must repent of our sins, believe in Jesus, and commit to His will for our lives. We believe that God, in His sovereign grace and mercy, regenerates sinful men by the power of the Holy Spirit, not by any action of their own, bringing them to new life. God grants to them the gifts of faith and repentance, which they then exercise by believing in Christ and turning from their sins in love for God. As a result of this faith, based upon the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, God justifies or makes righteous the one who believes. God’s gift of faith, and the continuing work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the elect, will result in good works. These good works flow from true, saving faith; they are a necessary result of faith, but are not to be considered necessary to the gaining of justification, which is by God’s grace through faith alone, so that no man can boast.
We believe in the power and significance of the Church and the necessity of believers to meet regularly together. We believe Jesus Christ established His Church, which is made up of all the elect of God. His Church, as an obedient bride, listens to His Word as found in the Bible. All who believe in Christ are placed in His body, the Church. The local expressions of the Church are very important, and each believer should be actively involved in such a fellowship. Woodside Church is part of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and follows the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. (See sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp)
THE RETURN OF CHRIST
We believe that Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead. This promise is found throughout the inspired Scriptures. Until His return, believers are to live lives that bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. The Church is to be busy doing the work of evangelism and discipleship, proclaiming the pure, uncompromised Gospel of Christ by teaching the Word of God. Jesus Christ is at the center of everything. We believe that Jesus is the only one who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life. We believe that Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised
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