What We Believe
The following are the core beliefs of SouthPoint Church based on the foundational truths taught in the bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.
We believe the God of the Bible is the only true God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the Creator and ruler of the universe. We believe God is involved in and cares about our daily life. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 121:1-2; Matthew 28:18; John 1:1-3; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We believe a person comes into a right relationship with God by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe Jesus is the Son of God and lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people, when He died on the cross. We believe Jesus arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate God’s power over sin and death. We believe He ascended into Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 27-27-28:10; John 3:1-21; Romans 10:1-13).
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit of God is co-equal with God the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make humankind aware of their need for a Savior. He lives in every Christ-follower from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christ-follower with power for living, understanding spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. He also empowers Christ-followers with certain gifts and abilities with which to serve God’s purposes in our world. (John 14:16-17; 16:7-15; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18)
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God that guides my beliefs and actions. It is written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of God’s Spirit. It is the written summary of God’s attempts to reach humankind for community. Because God inspired it, it is truthful and reliable. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe all people are loved by God and need Jesus Christ as their Savior. We are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. We believe people are the supreme object of God’s creation. We believe we are significant because of our position as a child of God. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us have been marred by an attitude of disobedience toward and independence from God, that He calls ‘sin.’ This is the attitude that separates people from God, causes problems in life and requires salvation through a Savior. (John 1:12; 3:16-17; Ephesians 2:1-3, 8-9; Titus 3:5-6)
We believe the church (Christ-followers universal) is God’s primary way to accomplish His purposes on earth. The one true Church universal is comprised of all those who acknowledge and follow Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Scripture commands followers to gather together regularly and devote themselves to worship, prayer, the teaching of the Scriptures, the observance of baptism and the Lord’s Supper (communion), fellowship and service in the world. (Matthew 16:13-19; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:1-11; 2:1-41; Ephesians 4:1-16)
We believe God calls all Christ-followers to show compassion to people in need. (Deuteronomy 24:10-15, 17-22; Ruth 2-4; Psalm 72:12-14; Luke 10:25-37; James 1:19-2:13)
We believe everything we are and everything we own belong to God. We believe God is lavishly generous toward us and that generosity should characterize those following Him and growing in their faith. This means generously giving of my time, talents, financial resources and material belongings. (Psalm 24:1-2; Matthew 25:14-30; Malachi 3:6-12; Luke 16:1-15; Mark 12:41-44; 2 Corinthians 8:7)
We believe people were created to exist forever, either eternally separated from God by sin and disobedience, or eternally with God through His grace, forgiveness and salvation. We believe death seals the eternal destiny of each person. Our eternal relationship with God is set by how we respond to Him in this life. (John 14:1-2; Luke 16:19-31; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28, 35-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Peter 3:1-18).
We have many denominational backgrounds represented in our church. God has blessed our congregation because we have endeavored to place God’s Word, the Bible, and Jesus Christ, at the center of everything we are and do. God desires unity in His followers, not uniformity. This is made possible by living in His grace toward others. We strive to take God seriously but not take ourselves too seriously. He is God. We are flawed humans.