What We Believe

What We Believe

Mission Statement

We exist to pursue God, practice righteousness, and produce disciples of Jesus Christ in a community of grace and truth who love and serve with joy.

Statement of Foundational Values

  • Worship: To promote a lifestyle of exalting Christ both personally and corporately.
  • Gospel Community: To foster a church family where members love, challenge, and encourage one another in our weaknesses and strengths.
  • Discipleship: To equip men, women, and children of all ages to faithfully follow Jesus, exercise spiritual gifts, and fulfill His calling on our lives.
  • Missions: To generously invest in global disciple-makers.
  • Expository Preaching: To rightly handle the word of truth through the teaching of sound biblical principles and doctrine. We examine the whole counsel of God by preaching through books of the Bible.
  • Plurality of Elders: To practice the New Testament model of a council of qualified men who serve, lead, oversee, and protect church members.

Statement of Beliefs

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three equally divine persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His substitutionary and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit who indwells the Christian to enable godly living and to exercise spiritual gifts.
  • We believe that for the salvation of sinners, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential.
  • We believe that all those who receive God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ are assured eternal salvation, and those who remain in unbelief will suffer the punishment of Hell.
  • We believe Christians everywhere are united in our Lord Jesus Christ with equal value and worth.
  • We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female and that these two distinct, complementary genders reflect the image and nature of God.
  • We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union.
  • 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 through natural death. We are, therefore, called to value and protect all human life.

These statements of values and beliefs are not exhaustive. By God’s grace and under His authority, the Council of Elders serves as the interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application for Antioch Community Church.