Doctrinal Statements of
Cornerstone Baptist Church
The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbal, plenary, and
inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed and, therefore,
are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are
the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according
to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit—each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having
the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 14:10, 26; 2 Cor. 13:14)
The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to
be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He
might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-
21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the
cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made
sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; Eph. 1:7; 1
Pet.2:24; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand
of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and
Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Rom.8:34; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2)
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and
of judgement; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into
the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; Rom.
8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14)
We believe that He is the divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate
the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit.
(Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27)
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God
uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that
they can do the work of the ministry.
(Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Eph. 4:7-12)
We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues
and the gift of healing, were temporary. Speaking in tongues was never the common or
necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. Ultimate deliverance of the body from
sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God
frequently choose to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (1 Cor. 1:22; 13:8;
We believe that man was directly created by God in His image, with a rational nature,
intelligence, volition and moral responsibility to God. It is God’s intention that man should glorify
Him, enjoy His fellowship and live according to God’s Word.
(Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11; Genesis 2:7, 15-25; James 3:9)
We believe that when man is born, they are given a specific gender, gifted by God to them.
(Gen. 1:27-28; Psalm 139:13-16)
We believe that all are of “one blood,” share the sanctity of life, deserving of the respect and
love owed to our neighbors.
(Mark 12:31; Acts 17:26; Gen. 1-2)
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God; but that in Adam’s sin the
human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally
depraved and in himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.
(Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19)
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn
child is a living human being. Therefore, any life, born or unborn, is an “image-bearer” of God,
and their life must always be regarded as sacred and of incalculable worth. Abortion constitutes
the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life in any case.
(Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)
We believe that salvation is the gift of God, brought to man by the grace and mercy of God, and
that it is received by personal faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, as one repents and turns
from their sin. Salvation is the redemption and regeneration of a person, the eternal promise
that their body, soul, and spirit will live forever with God, a gift that was accomplished by Jesus
Christ, Whose life was sacrificed and precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of
our sins, and Whose resurrection overthrew the power of death and sin (Matt. 12:31-32; John
1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 John 1:9)
The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
(John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1; 38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:4-5)
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)
We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons. (1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27)
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)
We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Pet. 5:1-4)
We believe that within the Church, there is no superiority of persons.
(Rom.6; Phil. 3:9; Rom.12:5-10; Eph. 4:1-6; Gal. 3:28-29)
We recognize water baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age.
(Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 8:36-38; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)
We believe that the officers of the church (Elder and Deacon) are reserved for men.
(I Cor. 11; Titus 1; I Tim. 3)
We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these dispensations—the law, the church, and the kingdom—are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture.
(Gen. 1:28; 1 Cor. 9:17; 2 Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24-25, 27; Rev. 20:2-6)
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and immodesty. (Lev. 19:28; Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 2 Cor 6:14;7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11)
The Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgement and everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13)
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6)
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgement, and
shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer ever-lasting conscious punishment and torment. (Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15)
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall of Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.
(Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10)
We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods.
We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin. (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11)
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: (1) the home, (2) the church, and (3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other.
The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-14)
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one
woman in a single, exclusive union, for life, as delineated in Scripture.
We believe that marriage is the joining of one biologically born man, and one biologically born
woman, for life.
We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who
are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity
be engaged in outside of marriage.
(Gen 2:18-25; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23; 1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4)
We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society.
The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the
Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children
are “an heritage from the Lord.” Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and
moral values and leading them, through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including Scriptural corporal correction.
(Gen. 1:26-28; Ex. 20:12; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 127:3-5; Prov. 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mk. 10:6-12; 1 Cor. 7:1-16; Eph. 5:21-33; 6:1-4, Col. 3:18-21; Heb. 13:4; 1 Pet. 3:1-7)
We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ, we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20)
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to financially support his local church. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of his tithe or offering once the gift has been made. (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17)
The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible and, therefore, is binding upon all members. All literature used in the church shall strive be in agreement with the Statement of Faith.