Statement of Faith
Pinnacle Church is an excited and exciting, Christ-centered Community of Believers where anyone is welcome to attend, lives are being changed, and every effort is made to embrace each other as family.
We commit to go where He calls us to lead people to experience freedom in Christ. We commit to forever present clearly a message of salvation by grace through faith in Christ’s sacrifice. We commit to work to help every person we encounter discover their place in His family. We commit to give to meet crisis needs and support the spread of the Good News around the world and thereby advance His Kingdom (Matthew 28:19-20; Eph 2).
Our Core Values, the things we hold dear, are the basis and foundation for Pinnacle Church, our Vision and our Mission. Our Core Values descriptions are expanded in the Statement of Faith Section
- The Lordship of Christ. We believe that Jesus is God, He is LORD, and we follow Him in humble obedience. All other values derive their meaning and relevance from this Truth (Philippians 2:8-11).
- Biblical Authority. We believe that the Bible is God’s Holy Word. All scripture is God-breathed. It reveals truth, exposes our disobedience, provides the basis of our faith and salvation, and trains us to live God’s way (Jn 20:31; 2 Timothy 3:16).
- Authenticity. Our worship of God, and the lives that we live daily, should reflect our faith, obedience, and love. Without authenticity, any accomplishment is worthless (1 Corinthians 13:1-4).
- Faith. We strive to exhibit faith in an Almighty God that is both child-like and audacious. It is simple, trusting, and complete, and it is bold. Ours is not faith in faith. Ours is faith with an object. It allows God to accomplish wonders yet unimagined (Mark 10:15; Hebrews 11:1, 6, 33-34).
- Family. As a church family, we share our joys and our pains, and we encourage one another spiritually, emotionally, physically, and materially. Our desire is that everyone who walks through our doors will feel not only welcome, but wanted. Our goal is for each one to experience the love of Christ (Acts 2:44-47).
- Discipleship. We are committed to the spiritual growth of our family members, equipping them to follow Christ and to carry the message of Hope to others (Ephesians 2:10, 4:12; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 9:23-24; John 8:31-32).
- Humility. With Jesus as our example, we seek to serve others selflessly, with the heart of a servant (John 13:12, 15-16; Philippians 2:3-7). With humility at our core, when subjects arise that are controversial, we will approach them with love and gentleness. On Essentials of our faith, we will exhibit unity. On non-Essentials, we will grant liberty. In all things we will exhibit charity and humility. We allow ourselves to deliberate, but never divide.
- The Home. Whether a family consists of one person or many, with Christ as the Head, that family is blessed and is a blessing. We are committed to encouraging singles, nurturing marriages, assisting parents in raising godly children, and encouraging grandchildren to learn by example (Genesis 2:24; Deuteronomy 6:7-9; Hebrews 13:4; Proverbs 22:6).
- God. We believe there is only one God (Deut 6:4; Isa 46:9-10; Jn 17:3; 1 Cor 8:4-6; 1 Tim 2:5) and He is the Ruler and Creator of the Universe. God is altogether sovereign and exists in 3 co-equal persons known as The Trinity. The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. The Father is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit. The Son is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son. (Gen 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7; Psalm 110:1; Matt 3:13-17; Matt 28:17-20; 1 Cor 12:4-6)
- Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. We believe that Jesus Christ, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; and is fully God and fully man. While on this Earth, Christ lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people. Jesus Christ died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sin. Jesus Christ was physically buried and was bodily resurrected on the third day to demonstrate His power over sin and death. Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven’s Glory where he serves as high priest, intercessor, and our advocate at the right hand of the Father. Jesus will return to Earth again to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, to judge man, and take His own to Heaven. (Is 9:6; Matt. 1:18-25, Matt. 27:32-55, Matt. 27:57-65, Matt. 28:1-10; Jn 1:1-5; Jn 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Rom 1:3-4; 1 Cor 15:3-4; 1 Tim 6:14-15; Titus 2:13))
- Holy Spirit. We believe The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18).
- Mankind. We believe that mankind is loved by God unconditionally. Mankind was and is the supreme object of God’s creation which simply means He values mankind above all other things both animate and inanimate. Disobedience toward God is called “sin.” The first man and woman brought sin into the perfect world God had created. Their attitude of disobedience has been passed down to every generation. We cannot, however, blame all our disobedience on the first man and first woman, we are guilty before God for our own actions and unbelief. Sin separates man from God and no one can be reconciled to a Holy God apart from the atoning work of Jesus Christ offered to us by His grace. While every person has the potential for doing good things in the eyes of other humans, no one can earn God’s forgiveness and reconciliation. Those things are reserved for His grace alone. (Gen1:27; Gen. 3; Psalm 8:3-6; Isa 53:6a; Matt 28:19; John 14:25-26; Rom. 3:11-18; Rom 3:23; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 John 5:7).
- Salvation. We believe that Salvation is a free gift of God, purely by His grace, so that no amount of good deeds nor attempts to live a moral life would ever be sufficient to meet the righteous demands of a Holy God. . While Christ’s death was the complete atonement for man’s sin, the gift of God’s grace must be received to be affected. Acceptance of one’s personal affront to a Holy God, Belief in Christ’s sacrifice, and Confession/Repentance of one’s erroneous views of God and Jesus are the required steps for salvation. Because eternal life is a free gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ, salvation is maintained by God’s grace and power, not by the self-effort of the Christian. Salvation cannot be “lost” because it cannot be “won.” Eternal life begins the moment Christ is received into one’s life and will continue for eternity in union with Him. (John 3:16; John 10:29; John 14:6-17; John 20:31; Rom. 3:22-26, Rom. 5:1-9; Rom 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Rom 10:8-10; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Titus 3:5; Revelation 20:15)
- The Bible. We believe the Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian belief and behavior. Because of its inspiration we believe the Bible to be without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the final authority in all matter to which it speaks. The Bible is clear that it was written that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing, we might have life in His Name. (Jn 20:31; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5).
- The Church. We believe all true followers of Christ are members of the universal Church, often referred to as the Body of Christ, regardless of organizational affiliation. The local church is where ministry, fellowship, teaching, discipleship and the great commission take place. We believe that all Christians are, by the grace of God and the Power of the Holy Spirit, to make progressive steps of growth toward spiritual maturity. Within the Body of Christ there is a diversity of special abilities, giftings, given to each believer by God to enable that Christian to function especially well in a certain area of service, but there are no superiors or inferiors in the Body of Christ. (Eph. 4:4, Eph. 5:23-29 Rom. 1:7, I Cor. 1:2, 2 Cor. 2:1, Gal.1:2, Eph. 1:1, Phil. 1:1, Col. 1:2, I Thess. 1:1 Matt. 28:19, 1Cor.12:12 , Eph. 4:7-16.)
- Church Ordinances. We believe that God through Jesus Christ has provided the church with two very specific “acts” that are to be done “in remembrance of Him”.
- Communion is a time of personal reflection and remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ. The elements of bread, wafers, juice, or wine are symbols of Christ’s body and His blood shed to cover our sins. Pinnacle Church practices “Open Communion” which means that all followers of Christ are welcome to participate whether Covenant Members of Pinnacle Church or not. (Luke 22:19, 1 Cor. 11:24)
- Baptism, like communion, is symbolic in nature. Baptism is a public declaration of the believer’s faith and repentance in Jesus Christ by identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. (Matt 28:18-20; Acts 2:41; 8:36-39; 9:18; 10:47; 16:33; 18:8: 19:5; Rom 6:1-6; Heb 6:1; 1 Pet 3:18)