Beliefs

For nearly sixty years, the foundational beliefs that have been a primary motivating factor at Southpointe Christian Center are evident in the hundreds of lives that have been changed. Southpointe Christian Center is uniquely distinguished by it’s fundamental belief in God’s love and in the transforming power of the cross for hurting people from all walks of life. We are committed to our philosophy & ministry: “Changing lives…One at a time”.

Southpointe Christian Center believes in the church’s mission to reach the lost as mandated by Christ in what is known as the “Great Commission” given by Jesus in the Gospels. Jesus commands his disciples “to go and make disciples of all nations” and “Go into all the world and preach the God News to everyone” (Matt. 28:19, Mark 16:15 NLT)The beliefs of Southpointe Christian Center can be classified as evangelical and Pentecostal. Following is our statement of faith and our core values.

Statement of Faith

We believe:
The Bible is our rule of faith and conduct; the inspired Word of God. The Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, are the verbally inspired, infallible, authoritative revelation of God to man. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)

There is one living and true God.
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I Am”, the Creator of the heaven and the earth and the redeemer of mankind. God exists eternally as the Trinity, in three persons, yet one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22)

The deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We believe that God expressed Himself in human form through Jesus Christ. Jesus was born of a virgin, Mary, and lived a sinless life. We believe He was crucified for the sins of all mankind, rose again from the dead and ascended to heaven. (Matthew 1:23; Hebrews 7:26; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Matthew 28:6; Acts 1:9-11, 2:33)

The fall of man.
Man was created good and upright. When Adam and Eve fell from their original righteousness and communion with God they became dead in their sin. From this original sin our natures became sinful. Because of the sinfulness of man, man is inclined to serve his own will instead of God’s. (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:6; Romans 5:12-19)

The salvation of man.
The only hope for man is redemption through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12; Luke 24:47; Romans 10:13-15; John 3:16)

The ordinances of the church.
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4)

The Lord’s Supper.
Holy Communion, consisting of the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4) and a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26) and is available to all believers.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit.
All believers are entitled to, should ardently expect, and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. With it comes the enduement of power of life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31).

Sanctification.
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; Hebrews 13:12). The Scriptures teach a life of holiness (Hebrews 12:14). By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16)

The church.
The Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven. (Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:22; Hebrews 12:23)

The ministry.
A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a twofold purpose: the evangelization of the world and the edifying of the body of Christ. (Mark 16:15-20; Ephesians 4:11-13)

Divine Healing.
Divine healing is an integral part of the Gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers. (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14-16)

The blessed hope.
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

The millennial reign of Christ.
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years. (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27-30; Revelation 1:7, 19:11-14, 20:1-6)

The final judgment.
There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8)

The new heaven and the new earth.
Heaven and earth will have a new beginning. Heaven and earth have awaited their redemption and will be restored in harmony and order, where righteousness will dwell. (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21, 22)