Creekside’s Core Beliefs :
These beliefs are at the heart of all we say and do at Creekside. We’ve included references from the Bible if you would like to study the Biblical basis for these beliefs.
In Essential Beliefs -
– We Have Unity “There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God and Father of us all...” Ephesians 4:4-6 (NIV)
– We Have Liberty “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters... Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls... So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God...So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”Romans 14: 1,4,12,22 (NIV)
In All Our Beliefs -
– We Show Love “...If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have all the faith that can move mountains – but have no love, I amount to nothing at all” 1 Corinthians 13:2 (Ph)
Our Essentials About God -
- We believe that God is the loving Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen.
- God is eternal and completely good, knowing all things, having all power and majesty.
- God exists as the Trinity, in three persons, yet one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- God passionately desires relationship with us and towards this end continually invites us into a relationship of faith, friendship, learning, and service. Genesis 1:1, 26, 27 John 14:6-9, 15-17 John 16:7-15 John 3:16-17 Matthew 28:19 2 Corinthians 13:14 1 John 4:9-10
About Jesus Christ
- We believe that God expressed himself in human form through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, performed God ordained miracles and was crucified for the sins of us all. He was buried, rose from the dead, and ascended to heaven to the right hand of the Father and we await His personal return in power and glory. Colossians 1:13-23 Colossians 2:8-14 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 Matthew 22:36-40 John 14:1-3Hebrews 1:1-3 Acts 10:42-43 Luke 23:44-24:53 Philippians 2:5-11 Romans 5:6-11
About the Holy Spirit -
- The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. We believe that the Holy Spirit is sent from God to live inside all who believe in Jesus Christ.
- The Holy Spirit fosters unity, interdependence, productivity, Christ-like character, and love for all of God’s creation.
- The Holy Spirit provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.
- The Holy Spirit provides healing for our bodies, teaches, comforts, and empowers us and gives each of us Spiritual Gifts according to His Word and purpose. Romans 5:5 & Romans 8 1 Corinthians 12-14 Galatians 5:16-25 Ephesians 3:16; 4:3-4; 5:18 Acts 1:4-8 Romans 4:1-5 John 14:26 & John 16:7-15
About the Bible -
- We believe that God speaks to us in the Bible, and that it is our privilege to seek to understand God’s message and apply it responsibly to our lives. The Bible is our standard in all we say and do.
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired and infallible authoritative Word of God. God’s unchangeable Biblical message ought to be presented in relevant and contemporary ways, free of religious jargon and understandable to the people of our community. Matthew 5:17-19 Acts 17:11 2 Timothy 2:15 & 2 Timothy 3:14-17 Hebrew 4:12 Joshua 1:7-82 Peter 1:16-21; 3:14-18 Psalm 19:7-11 & Psalm 119
About Human Beings -
- People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.
- People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. Genesis 1:27 Psalm 8:3-6 Isaiah 53:6a Romans 3:23 Isaiah 59:1-2
About Salvation -
- We believe that all people are created with dignity and value in the image of God, to live in a vital relationship with God. However, through our sin (failing to live by God’s moral standards), we break our intended relationship with God and we experience the destructive consequences of that broken relationship, spiritually and socially, in this life and beyond. However, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to rescue us from those consequences and to restore our broken relationships with God and others, through Christ’s death on the cross, a perfect act of redemption for each of us. Salvation comes to people on the basis of God’s grace through their faith in Jesus alone. They receive the free gift of forgiveness and are spiritually reborn through repenting of their sin and believing in Jesus Christ. Those who put their trust and hope in Christ and receive God’s free gift of grace shall have a place in eternity with Christ. Those who do not, shall have a place eternally separated from the Love of God. Good works and a holy life, although totally unable to save anyone, are the natural product of repentant, believing people. I Peter 2:24, 3:18 John 3:16 and John 5:24 Romans 3:9-28, Romans 6:23, & Romans 10:9-10 Ephesians 2:1-10 Titus 3:3-8 James 2:14-26
- People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God though forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with God is eternal live in Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. John 3:16; 14:17 Romans 6:23; 8:17-18 Revelation 20:151 Corinthians 2:7-9