What We Believe

The Bible

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man.  It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error, for its matter. All Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. All Scripture is also a testimony to Jesus Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation. Teaching and preaching God's Word is extremely important at Pinecrest.

God

There is one and only one living and true God. He reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity has distinct attributes, but there is no division of the nature, essence or being of God.

God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow and stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. God is Father in truth to those who become His children through faith in Jesus Christ.

God the Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation, Jesus was conceieved of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary - thus being fully God and fully man. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of man from sin.

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He exalts Christ, convicts man of sin, of righteousness and judgment and He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism and service.

Mankind

Man is a special creation of God, formed in God's own image. God created mankind as male and female. By his own free choice, mankind sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. The sacredness of all human life is evident in that God created mankind in His own image and in that Christ died for mankind; therefore every person of every race possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole person and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. There is no other means of salvation except by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

A Few Other Important Things

The Church - A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers who exercise the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word and who seek to extend the Gospel to the ends of the Earth.

Baptism & The Lord's Supper - Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water as an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried and risen Saviour and the believer's death to sin, burial of old life, and the resurrection to walk in the newness of life in Jesus Christ.  The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act whereby members memorialize the death of Christ and anticipate His second coming.

Evangelism & Missions - It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church to endeavor to make disciples of all nations.

Family - God ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.

Religious Liberty - Church and state should be separate. Baptists have long championed this belief. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of spiritual ends. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal.