What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

Core Beliefs

The following are the core beliefs of Storyside Church based on the foundational truths taught in the Bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical principles.
2 Timothy 2:15 - Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Remember, Christ's scholars must study upon their knees.
- Charles Spurgeon

John 5:39-40 - You study the scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

The Holy Bible

The Holy Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible, and inerrant. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26)

God

There is one God, eternally existent in: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (1 John 5:7; John 1; John 10:30; John 14:16-18; Colossians 2:9; Colossians 3:17; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6)

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind, and atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1, 14, 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Timothy 2:5-6)

Virgin Birth

Jesus Christ was conceived by God's design, through the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary's womb. (Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke 1:27-35; Isaiah 7:14)

Redemption

Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression and disobedience he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the son of God. (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21)

Christians / Believers

Christians are people who have chosen to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Christians have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to Him, making Jesus the Lord of their lives. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead. (John 1:2; John 14:16-17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20)
 

Salvation

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or efforts. (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22)

Repentance

Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin and to follow Jesus Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be strengthened by the help of the Holy Spirit. Through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and salvation. (Acts 2:21, 3:19; 1 John 1:9)

Transformation

When we know God and follow His Word, transformation by the Holy Spirit transpires in our lives. (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 4:22-24; 1 John 1:9)

Jesus' Blood

The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary is 100% sufficient to cleanse us of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death. (1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29)

Baptism in The Holy Spirit

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension to Heaven, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the entire earth. (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6)

The gifts of The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build the Church, and confirm the power of the Gospel. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the gifts to be active in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures. (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12:4-8; Ephesians 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10)

The Church

The Church is the Body of Christ. Every person who is a believer in Jesus Christ is an integral part of the Church. There is spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23)

Two Celebrations

Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new believer is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38)

Communion: Communion is when the elements of bread and grape juice (symbolically the Body and Blood of Jesus) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25)

Healing

Healing is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is also a part of Jesus' work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16;
1 Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29)

Marriage

We believe that God's preffered plan for marriage is between one man and one woman. (Genesis 1:27-28; Ephesians 5; 1 Peter 3:7)

God’s plan for provision

(Philippians 4:19; 3 John 1:2; Hebrews 13:5; 2 Corinthians 9:8; John 10:10)
. Spiritual (John 3:3-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10)
Mental & Emotional (2 Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3)
Physical (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24)
Financial (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19)

Resurrection

Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead three days after His death on the cross. (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21)

Our Flesh

(1 John 2:16; Matthew 26:41; Galatians 5:16-24; Romans 8:5; Romans 13:14)

The Devil

(Isaiah 14:12-14; Revelation 12:9; 1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Acts 5:3; Acts 10:38; 2 Corinthians 11:3,14; John 8:44; Ephesians 6:11-12; 1 John 3:8; Ephesians 4:27; 1 John 4:4)

Heaven

Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for those who believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 24:30, 25:34, 26:63-64; John 17:24; Acts 1:9-11; 2 Corinthians 5:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Hebrews 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 1:7)

Hell

Hell is a place of eternal torment with the devil and the fallen angels. There is eternal consequence for willful disobedience and unrepentant sin. (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8)

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