We believe we are made for a relationship with our Creator, who is God. He calls all people to respond to the truth of His Word. What we believe about His Word defines our relationship with Him and others.
We have unity in our essential beliefs
“There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all.”
We have liberty in our non-essential beliefs
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. Each of us will give an account of himself to God. So whatever you believe about these things (judgments) keep between yourself and God.”
We show love in all our beliefs
“ ...if I have faith to move mountains but have not love, I am nothing.”
1 Corinthians 13:2
Values We Hold Dear
We believe the timeless truth of God’s word provides guidance and instruction for our lives.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Living Like Jesus
At all times, we let Christ’s life of sacrifice, service and holiness guide our actions, thoughts and speech.
We intentionally share the good news of Christ with our community and world, realizing His power to transform lives.
2 Corinthians 5:20
Equipping and Empowering
We prepare all members for ministry, providing spiritual training and resources necessary for fulfillment of their God-called purpose.
Unity and Peace
Eastridge is a place where harmony prevails because the Truth of God is honored.
We love and care for our church family as we seek to grow closer to God. Believing in His power to forgive any sin, we accept each other as God accepts us in our imperfections.
Romans 15:7; Ephesians 4:32
We continually offer our best to God as we minister to people.
1 Peter 4:10-11
Our leaders seek the Lord as their guide and strive to live lives that model His holiness to everyone.
1 Peter 5:1-4
Essentials We Teach
While the Bible does not have a listing of “essentials,” the seven “ones” found in Ephesians 4:4-6, indicate matters given a particular emphasis. Regarding these “ones” we teach:
About God (One God and Father of all)
God demonstrated His power, wisdom and love by creating the world and everything in it. He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Through His power and providence, God sustains His creation and has worked through history to fulfill His redemptive plan.
(Genesis 1:1,26,27; Isaiah 57:15; Romans 1:20)
About Jesus Christ (One Lord)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and was with God at creation. Born of a virgin, Jesus lived a perfect human life; then offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind by dying on the cross. Demonstrating His power over sin and death, He rose from the grave after three days and was taken back to heaven where he reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He will return one day to bring salvation and victory to the righteous and condemnation and defeat to those who have not obeyed the gospel of Christ.
(John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Romans 1:2-4; Acts 1:9-11; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-16; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; 1 Thessalonians. 4:13-18)
About The Holy Spirit (One Spirit)
The Holy Spirit was present at the time of creation. He lives in every Christian from the moment of baptism. He provides spiritual strength and resources for ministry and holiness.
(Genesis 1:2; Acts 2:38; John 15:26; Romans 8:9-11; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Galatians 5:25)
About the Bible (One Faith)
The Bible is the foundation for all our beliefs. We believe that the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments originated with God and were given to human authors by inspiration. All Scripture speaks with the authority of God while reflecting the background, styles and vocabularies of the authors. We believe that all Scripture is inspired by God, without error, and is the final word on matters of faith and practice. There are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105-106; Proverbs 30:5-6; Genesis 1:26-30; Psalms 8:3-6; Psalms 51:5;Romans 3:10-18, 23; Acts 17:26-31
About Salvation (One Hope)
All people are made in the spiritual image of God, and all are given the ability to make choices in life. Inherently, we have the power to choose to disobey God. God calls it “sin,” and it separates sinners from God and causes many problems in life. Salvation from this condition is God’s free gift to mankind, but we must choose to accept the gift. We can never make up for our sins by self-improvement or by doing good works. Only by putting faith in Jesus as God’s perfect sacrifice, turning from our self-ruled life to following Jesus, we are saved by grace through faith. We are given the hope of living eternally with Him in Heaven.
(Romans 3:23; 6:2; 3 John 3:36; I John 5: 11-13)
About Baptism (One Baptism)
Many people consider baptism to be a work. They reason that since we are not saved by works, baptism is not part of the salvation process. We believe that baptism is a work of God where He takes away sin and gives the gift of His Spirit. The original meaning of the word baptize is to immerse. It corresponds with being buried with Christ in order to be resurrected with Him to walk a new life. Baptism in the New Testament was always preceded by repentance and profession of faith as believers in Christ. Some may have been sprinkled as an infant. If you were, be grateful that your parents cared enough to set you apart for God. Submitting to believer’s baptism is not a sign of disrespect for what your parents did; in fact, it can be seen as a fulfillment of their prayers for you and obedience to Christ.
(Acts 2: 37-38; Acts 9: 17-18; Acts 10: 47-48; Acts 16: 13-15; Romans 6:3-7)
About the Church (One Body)
The concept of the church is a group of disciples who have been “called together” into a group of believers. Jesus is the head of the Body, which is His church. When a person repents and turns to Christ, confesses their faith in Him and is baptized in His name; Christ adds them to the church, which He called the saved. This is the work of Christ, not man. While we at Eastridge receive those into our fellowship who respond in obedient faith; the names in the Book of Life are written there by Christ Himself.
(Matthew 16:18; Acts2:42-47; Colossians 1:18; Revelation 3:5; Ephesians 3:21)