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WHAT WE BELIEVE
God/ God is the Creator & Ruler of the universe. He exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In the beginning, God created the world from nothing, and by His sovereign power He continues to sustaian and redeem His creation.
Jesus/ Jesus is the gospel. He put the gospel on display both through His actions and His commands. He is "the way the truth and the life." He is the ultimate reconciler. Jesus is the Son of God. He lived a perfect life & offered himself as a sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days in the tomb and demonstrated His power over sin and death.
The Holy Spirit/ The Holy Spirit is God living in us. The Holy Spirit lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit is a teacher, counselor, and reminder. He teached us about the ways of God, provides us with purposeful direction through counsel, and reminds us of God's teachings. At White Stone, we believe that the Holy Spirit is still at work in and through God's people today.
The Bible/ The Bible is God-breathed. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Bible serves as our lens to view God and to learn the ways of God in the world.
Man/ Like Adam & Eve we are made of the dust of the Earth and the very breath of God. The dust reminds us that we are sinners by nature, but the breath reminds us of our potential for good. The Bible says, "we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God," and it also says we are made in , "the image of God." We live in the midst of this paradox.
Salvation/ Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus & walking in His ways can man be saved from sin's penalty. Trusting in Jesus saves a person not only from eternal damnation, but also from a meaningless earthly life.
The Church/ The Church is not a building. The Church is the bride of Christ and is to be a force for God in the world. There is one true Church universal, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Scripture commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, the teaching of the Word, missions, and the observance of baptism & communion. The Church is to join Jesus in His effort to seek and save that which is lost, and to redeem the things around us that are broken.