Parkside  Community    Church

What We Believe

                      

                     What We Believe

The Bible
We believe the words of the Bible are inspired by the Holy Spirit. These Scriptures are, therefore, the  sole basis for our faith and practice. While Scripture was written through the instruments of chosen men, it originated in its entirety with God, so that it speaks with God’s authority as it reflects the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the human authors.

God
As the Bible teaches, there is one God, eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — each possessing all the attributes of Deity.

The Deity of Jesus
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, the second person of the Trinity. The Lord Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for the sins of mankind, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven where He reigns as King at the right hand of God the Father.

Man
We believe that God created man and woman in His own image, and as a result all of mankind is tremendously valuable to God. We are the supreme object of His creation. Tragically, mankind is marred by an attitude of selfishness and disobedience toward God called “sin”. This sin separates us from God. Romans 3:23 explains clearly, “For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard”.

Sin
Only through God’s divine love and the sacrifice of his Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is our sin forgiven.  We are called by scripture and commanded by God to love others as he has loved us and to forgive others as he has forgiven.
                                                                                                                                      
Salvation
Where sin is the problem, we believe Jesus offers us salvation as the perfect and only solution. God’s perfect Son dying in our place would be our only hope. That is exactly what He did. But three days later, just as promised, Jesus rose from the dead. Anyone who accepts Christ’s punishment for their sins is accepted and forgiven by God. Good works cannot save anyone from sin; salvation cannot be earned. A person is saved only by God’s grace, when they place their faith in Jesus Christ
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The Church

The Holy Spirit draws us to Christ and equips believers for personal growth and service to the church. The church's role is to glorify and worship our God and to serve those in need. We are called by God to share his love for the lost and his compassion for the poor and broken
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A Non-Denominational Church
As keepers of the faith, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the true Church. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritances, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.   

Two considerations are central to this endeavor: the sources from which we derive our theological affirmations and the criteria by which we access our faith, worship and ministry to others. We believe that the living core of the Christian faith is revealed in Scripture and illumined by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. As an independent Community Church we unite with all believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Our Faith In Our Everyday Lives
As humble debtors we are grateful for God’s forgiving love and immeasurable grace by which we are saved to life eternal. Affirming our belief in the inestimable worth of every individual we renew our commitment to become faithful witnesses to the gospel, not only to the “ends of the earth” but in the depths of our everyday life and work as well
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Commitment to Education Ministry
We believe that education is a fundamental human right and God's churches are called to serve his people in this most important area. Education is the door to every child's future and the first years of learning are the most important. We are committed to offering a variety of faith based educational programs which maintain high expectation and high academic achievement. Our commitment to education is needed, successful and biblical serving as one of the three foundations of our ministry.   

Discrimination
The gospel teaches us that all persons are important-because they are human beings created by God. We support and encourage all individuals to be sensitive to the needs of others and find no place in the gospel of Jesus Christ for discrimination based on race, nationality, ethnic background, gender or physical difference. As Christians we are called to condemn such practices.

Divorce
God’s plan is for marriage. Our church will do all things possible to encourage and preserve strong marriages. However, when a married couple is estranged beyond reconciliation, even after thoughtful consideration, counsel and prayer, divorce is a regrettable alternative in the midst of brokenness.
 

We grieve over the devastating emotional, economic and spiritual consequences of divorce and will do everything within our power as Christians to minister to all involved.

It is the stated belief and policy of this church that no seeker after God shall be discriminated against in anyway as the result of divorce. Therefore, our church remains open to all, and no person as a result of divorce shall be barred from full participation in the worship, leadership or activity of the church.

Divorce shall not constitute a barrier to marriage at Parkside Community Church.

Abuse
We recognize that family violence and abuse in all its forms—verbal, psychological, physical, sexual— are detrimental to the covenant of the human community. We encourage the Church to provide a safe environment, counsel, and support for the victim. While we deplore the actions of the abuser, we affirm that person to be in need of God's redeeming love.

 

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