Every person, in order to become or remain a member of Cornerstone Bible
Church, shall be required to confess their acceptance of the virgin born,
crucified, and resurrected Jesus Christ as their Savior, and to subscribe to
the following articles of faith:
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally
inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the
original writings, infallible and God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter
1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 2:13).
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit – and that these three are one God; having the same
attributes, power, glory and perfections and deserving the same homage,
confidence and obedience (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
The Person and Work of Christ
a. 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 man (John
1:1- 2,14; Luke 1:35).
b. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind as a
representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that the sufficiency
of this atoning sacrifice to accomplish the redemption and justification of all
who trust in him is assured by his literal, physical resurrection from the dead
(Romans 3:24-25; Romans 4:25; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Timothy 4:10; Hebrews 2:9; 1
Peter 1:3-5; 1 Peter 2:24 and 2 Peter 2:1).
c. 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; Hebrews 9:24;
Hebrews 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).
The Person and Work of the Holy
a. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Godhead who
convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that he is
the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers of this age
into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of reception
(John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians
b. We believe that He is the divine teacher who guides believers into all
truth; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled
with the Spirit (John 16:13; 1 John 2:20, 27; Ephesians 5:18).
The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan is a created being, the originator of sin and the cause
of the fall; 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; Isaiah 14:12-17;
Matthew 4:2-11; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).
The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in
Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from
God; and that man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy
his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-24; Romans 5:12; Ephesians
a. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and
received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was
shed on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts 4:10-12; 1
b. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and
are thus secure in Christ forever, 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 sin (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19;
John 6:37-40; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:1,38-39; 2 Corinthians 5:19; 1 Peter 1:5;
The Two Natures of the Believer
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made
for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the
indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all claims to the eradication of the old
nature in this life are unscriptural (Romans 6:13; Romans 8:12-13; Galatians
5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9).
The Walk of the Believer
a. We believe that all the saved should live a godly life and walk in such a
manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, or cause others to
stumble or fall in their walk (Romans 6:5-11; 8:5-10; 12:1-2; 14:13; Galatians
5:16; 1 John 2:15- 17).
b. We further believe that entering into marriage or other entangling alliances
with unbelievers is contrary to God’s will and Scriptural truth (2 Corinthians
6:14 – 7:1).
We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by
word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the gospel to all
mankind (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20).
The Ministry and Spiritual
a. We believe that all who are saved are equipped for spiritual service through
divine enabling gifts given through the Holy Spirit. God is sovereign in the
bestowment of His gifts, and in His infinite wisdom (which human beings can not
comprehend) provides these gifts to saved men and women as He deems necessary and
appropriate. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12).
b. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with
His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15).
We believe that the Scriptures are to be interpreted in their natural and
literal sense, thus they reveal certain divinely determined dispensations, or
rules of life. Three of these (the age of law, the age of the church, and the
age of the millennial kingdom) are the subjects of detailed revelation in
Scripture (Deuteronomy 29:29; John 1:17; 2 Corinthians 3:7-16; Galatians
3:13-25; Ephesians 1:10; 3:1-6; Colossians 1:24-25; Hebrews 1:1-2; 7:19;
a. We believe that the Church: consists of all who are united to the risen and
ascended Son of God; is the body and the espoused bride of Christ; began at
Pentecost and is completely distinct from Israel. Its members are constituted
as such regardless of membership or non-membership in the organized churches of
earth. We believe that by the Holy Spirit, all believers in this age are
baptized into, and thus become, one body that is Christ’s whether Jew or
Gentile, and having become members one of another, are under solemn duty to
keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, rising above all sectarian
differences, and loving one another fervently with a pure heart (Ephesians
1:22-23; Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2).
b. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is
clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; Acts
20:17, 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
c. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external
authority or control (Acts 13:1-4; Acts 15:19-31; Acts 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1
Corinthians 3:9,16; 1 Corinthians 5:4-7,13; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
d. We believe in the ordinances of believer’s water baptism and the Lord’s
Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church age (Matthew 28:19-20;
Acts 2:41-42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
The Second Advent of Christ
We believe in the personal, imminent, and pre-millennial coming of the Lord
Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth to
establish His millennial kingdom (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11;
Revelation 19:11- 16; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation
The Eternal State
a. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life,
and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John
5:28-29; John 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13).
b. 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; Revelation 20:4-6; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians
1:23; Philippians 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
c. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious
misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited, they
shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the
Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious
punishment (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 1:6-7;
Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15).
Marriage and Family
a. We believe that sexual intimacy is a wonderful gift of God that is only to
be expressed within the love and bonds of marriage, and that marriage is a
sacred union of one genetic man and one genetic woman (Genesis 2:24; Matthew
19:1-10; 1 Corinthians 7:3-5; Hebrews 13:4). Therefore, we believe that any
other form of sexual intimacy is both immoral and a perversion of God’s gift
(Leviticus 18:1-30; Proverbs 6:32; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Romans 1:26-27; 1
b. We believe that children are a blessing from God, and that all human life is
sacred and worthy of protection from the moment of conception (Genesis 1:26-28;
2:24; Psalm 127 and 128; 139:13-16).