What We Believe
We have fundamental beliefs which we feel are given directly from God's Word: (Individual Christian Churches and Churches of Christ may differ from one another on matters not specifically addressed by Scripture. Therefore, the statements that follow are descriptive, not creedal—designed to help people understand the positions held by Westside Christian Church.)
1. God is one being in three persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the source of all creation (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-2), which He sustains (Colossians 1:17) and is in the process of redeeming us (Romans 8:19-22). God the Father loves us and desires that we have fellowship with Him as His children (I John 1:3).
2. We believe that Jesus Christ is God's One and Only Son. He is the Word become flesh (John 1:14), and He now holds all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). He is Savior and Lord. He made human salvation possible through His life, death on the cross, and resurrection. He ascended into heaven where He is now our high priest and advocate. He is head of the Church.
3. The Holy Spirit works actively in the world, seeking to glorify Jesus. The Holy Spirit convicts people of sin, righteousness, and judgment to come (John 16:5-11). The Holy Spirit indwells believers individually and corporately in the Church. The Holy Spirit develops within the Christian a pure heart which results in Christ-like character expressed in private and public conduct and action.
4. The Bible, the Old and New Testament Scriptures, is the uniquely inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21). The Bible is the rule of faith and practice for Christians. We affirm that Scripture is the infallible, authoritative revelation from God by which we know God’s will and Christ’s authority. We seek to assert what the Scriptures clearly assert and allow freedom in other cases. We seek to understand divine intent, and we seek to apply its teaching to the contemporary church and culture.
5. Human beings were created by God to walk in fellowship with Him. However, all (except Jesus) have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and must rely on God’s grace and forgiveness. Every human from the moment of life is made in the image of God (imago deo), a person to be nurtured, protected, and developed.
6. Salvation is by God alone through Jesus Christ alone. One accepts Christ as Savior through a conversion process that includes faith, repentance, confession, and baptism (Acts 2:38, 8:12, 10:47-48, Romans 10:9, etc.).
7. In baptism a believer is immersed, crucified and buried with Christ (Romans 6:3-4), receives forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38), is resurrected (Colossians 2:12) and clothed with Christ (Galatians 3:27), and becomes saved (1 Peter 3:21) because of God’s free gift of grace received by faith.
8. We are only known as "Christians". While this name may seem generic to some, we believe it to be important. Because we follow Christ and Christ alone and because the Bible says that “there is no other name under heaven by which men can be saved” (Acts 4:12); we proudly wear His name alone.
9. The Church is the body of Christ on earth, the community of believers throughout the world. Upon surrender to Christ, a person is added to the Church. In addition, the priesthood of all believers means each Christian is called to be a serving minister (1 Peter 2:9-
10). The Church’s mission is the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
11. The Lord’s Supper is the celebration of the New Covenant, in which the Christian community remembers Christ and celebrates the covenantal relationship they have with Him and with each other. Congregations in this fellowship typically celebrate the Lord’s Supper at least weekly (1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Acts 20:7).
12. The Final Coming of Jesus is a time when Christ will personally come again as Savior and Judge of the world. At that time there will be the bodily resurrection of the dead believers to eternal life with God and unbelievers to eternal judgment. We believe in a literal Heaven for the saved and Hell for the condemned. Sin will be no more and believers will live in fellowship with God forever (I Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Revelation 20:11-15).
13. We believe that marriage is a gift from God that consists of the union between a man and a woman (Gen. 2:21-25, 3:16-17; Matt. 19:1-12).