Statement Of Faith
We believe that the Bible, the Old and New Testaments, is the fully inspired Word of God and is the only perfect authority and guide for Christian faith, doctrine and practice. We believe that the Scriptures in its entirety originated with God, was inerrant in its original form, and that it was given by God's inspiration of chosen men. The Scriptures are the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
We believe in one true, holy God - eternally existing in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each of Whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. God created the world and all things therein out of nothing, and by His sovereign power He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Second Person of the Trinity who was united forever with a true human nature by miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to His Father and voluntarily atoned for the sins of all by dying on the cross as our substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He, the only Mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
We believe that people were created to have fellowship with their Creator, but chose instead to defy God and to go their own way, thereby alienating themselves from God and suffering the corruption of their nature which rendered them incapable of pleasing God. This fall took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since suffer these consequences, and are thus in need of the saving grace of God. Salvation is wholly a work of God's free grace, not the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness, and must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith in Christ's atoning death and resurrection.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the eternal Third Person of the Trinity. He enlightens the minds of sinners, awakening in them the recognition of their need of a Savior and regenerating them. At the point of salvation, He permanently indwells every believer to become a source of assurance, strength and wisdom. He uniquely endows each believer with spiritual gifts for the building up of the Church. He guides believers in understanding and applying the Scriptures. The believer is filled and led by the Holy Spirit by faith. He makes it possible for Christians to exhibit Christ-like character and to bear fruit for the glory of God.
We believe in one true church universal, comprised of all those who have received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. The Bible commands believers to unite together for worship, prayer, instruction in the Scriptures, fellowship, the observance of baptism and communion, mutual ministry through the development of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world. When God's people meet regularly in obedience to these commands, there is the local expression of the church, whose members are to live together in love and unity, intent on one purpose, striving together for the faith of the gospel.
We believe that Jesus will return personally and visibly to judge the living and the dead. All people will be resurrected and a judgment will determine the fate of each person. Unbelievers will be condemned to eternal separation from God in hell, while believers will be received into eternal fellowship with God and rewarded for works done in this life.
We believe that every Christian is to be baptized in order to follow both the example of Jesus and the command of Jesus. Baptism is the way we publicly identify ourselves as followers of Christ. Baptism doesn't make you a believer - it simply declares to the world that you believe. Baptism doesn't save you. We are saved by faith in Christ alone. Baptism is like a wedding ring - an outward symbol of a heart commitment. For this reason, we believe that every person who has trusted Jesus should be baptized. Baptism is one of the requirements of membership at Creekside. No matter how long you've walked with Christ, if you've never been baptized, you need to be before becoming a member.
Jesus never asked His disciples to remember his birth. But he did instruct them to remember His death and resurrection. The Lord's Supper (or Communion) is an object lesson to regularly remind us of what Jesus has done for us and to celebrate God's amazing grace which He has given to us in Christ.
Faith And Practice
We accept the Scriptures as the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. The principle of freedom is highly valued in the Evangelical Covenant Church and emphasizes that the fellowship of believers can transcend theological differences. Therefore, beyond the fundamental beliefs outlined above, we encourage the free investigation of the Scriptures in those matters where sincere Christians honestly disagree. However, this principle of freedom does not allow for that type of individualism which disregards the authority of the Word of God or the mutual responsibilities and disciplines of the body of Christ as set forth in the Scriptures.