WHAT WE BELIEVE
AT EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

The Bible:

The Bible is the basis for our belief as a church.

The Bible is uniquely God inspired, without error, and the final authority on all matters on which it bears.

 

God:

There is one God, eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-each possessing all the attributes of deity.

God created humans to have fellowship with Him.

 

Sin: 

Humans sin against God by thinking, saying, and doing what displeases God.

As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our separation from God.

 

Salvation:

Salvation comes through God’s grace alone in Jesus Christ alone.

One cannot be saved by human effort.

Salvation is an act of repentance and faith.

 

Jesus:

Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth

Jesus voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute.

This accomplished salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Jesus alone for salvation.

Jesus rose from the dead and is the only mediator between people and God.

Jesus will return to earth one day.

The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under supernatural guidance by the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme and final authority for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error in the original autographs. 

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make people 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. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. 

 

Return of Christ

The return of Christ for the Church could occur at any moment. This “blessed hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. Jesus will physically return to earth to set up His kingdom, and there will be a new heaven and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 

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Salvation

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 blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins.

Divinity

God is sovereign over all things such that there is no aspect of reality outside of His ultimate control. Though God’s rule extends to all things, it is particularly His sovereignty over the work of salvation that is a theological distinctive. We believe that it is exceedingly good and glorious news that salvation is not dependent on the desires and deeds of man, but is grounded instead in God’s eternal love.

Baptism

Baptism is intended only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ and can give sufficient testimony to the basics of Christian beliefs. Also, we baptize by immersion because it is not only the original significance of the word, but also best symbolizes the reality to which baptism points—our death and resurrection in Christ.

WHAT IS

THE GOSPEL?

The gospel is the good news of God's grace invading the darkness of this world. It is the grand narrative of creation, fall, redemption and consummation ordained by God and orchestrated through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Christ's crucifixion is the heart of the gospel. His resurrection is the power of the gospel. His ascension is the glory of the gospel.

Christ's death is a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for our sins. It satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and appeases His holy wrath. It also demonstrates His mysterious love and reveals His amazing grace. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which men can be saved. At the heart of all sound doctrine is the cross of Jesus Christ and the infinite privilege that redeemed sinners have in glorifying God because of what He has accomplished. Therefore, we want all that takes place in our hearts, churches and ministries to proceed from and be related to the gospel.