What We Believe

The Bible:

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and led by the Holy Spirit.

Throughout the Jewish scriptures and into the New Testament, the Bible points to Jesus as all of creation’s Lord and Savior.

In the original language, the Bible is the living Word of God, authoritative, inerrant, infallible, God-breathed, final and the sole authority for faith and practice.


Scripture Support: Luke 24:25-27, Acts 3:18-21, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Peter 1:9-21

           

The Trinity and Uniqueness of God:

We believe in one triune God revealing Himself to us in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 

The trinity of God possesses distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.


Scripture Support: Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10 & 44:6, Matthew 28:18-20, John 1:1-14, 4:24, 14:1-31 & 17:3, Hebrews 1:8 & 9:14.

           

GOD, the Holy Father and Sovereign Redeemer:

The Father, with the Son and Holy Spirit, is God.

There is only one Holy Father God, and there were no god or gods before Him and there will be no gods after Him.

God the Father is not a man now and was not a man previously.

God the Father is a Spirit who is personal, eternal, infinite and Creator of all that exists.

He is the only God and necessary for all other things to exist.

God the Father is all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, sovereign, holy, truth, righteous, just, love, merciful, faithful, and never changes. 


Scripture Support: Isaiah 44:6-8, Jeremiah 32:17, Ezekiel 39:7, Daniel 2:21, Matthew 6:9, 1 John 3:1-2               


GOD, the one and only Son Jesus Christ:

The Son, with the Father and Holy Spirit, is God.

Jesus the Christ is Lord, the eternal and only Son of God, became a human, without ceasing to be God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful mankind.

Christ as Jesus accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as our personal substitutionary sacrifice.

Jesus as man made our redemption sure by His literal resurrection from the dead.

King Jesus is now in heaven, exalted at the right hand of God where He reigns as the King and High Priest for His people forever.

Messiah Jesus our savior is the bridge and the only way for mankind to be restored to God and the only way to reunite all mankind, individually, by His grace and mercy through our faith in Him alone.


Scripture Support: Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-35, John 1:1-18, 8:56-59 & 14:6, Acts 1:20, Romans 1:3 & 5:6-8, Ephesians 1:13 & 5:18, Philippians 2:5-11, Colossians 1:13-22, Hebrews 1:3, 9:23-28 & 13:8

           

GOD, the Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit with the Father and the Son is God.

The Holy Spirit is eternal and was involved in creation. He promotes fellowship among believers and is to be sought for guidance to further God’s Kingdom. He enacts the new birth of believers, being gifted by God to us as believers which guarantees our inheritance of heaven.

We believe the Holy Spirit is a gift from God, baptizing believers into God’s spiritual family as a member of the body of Christ and indwelling the believer at the moment of salvation.

The Holy Spirit convicts a fallen and disobedient world of sin, drawing, coaxing and prodding the individual to reconciliation with God the Father through Jesus Christ His son.

He dwells within all believers at the moment of salvation, enabling and empowering the believer to combat the spiritual evils of the world.

He seals believers until the day of redemption of our bodies.

The Holy Spirit imparts spiritual gifts upon every believer, which are to be used to serve the body of Christ.         


Scripture Support: Psalm 139:7-8, 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 & 12:7-11, Ephesians 4:30, Romans 8:26-27, John 14:16, 26 & 15:26    


Mankind:

Originally, the human race was created in perfect relationship with the triune God. Sin -- defined as falling short of God’s holy requirements; disobedience to God’s Word -- entered the world via mankind, prompted by Satan, and resulted in spiritual estrangement from God.

God wants to be reconciled with mankind and all creation. However, God gave mankind free will to decide their individual direction, acceptance or rejection.

All people are born physically alive and spiritually dead, in need of God’s redemption.

Humans never pre-existed as spirits or angels, nor will they become angels after death.


Scripture Support: Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 3:23 & 7:14-25, 1 John 1:8-10, Ephesians 2:1-3


Salvation:

To restore humanity to a right relationship with God, salvation from our sinful nature is a work of God and free gift of God. Salvation from sin and into right relationship with God is offered to humans by grace and received through personal faith alone in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. This salvation required that the precious and perfect blood of Jesus be shed as the ultimate sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. This act of atonement (the crucifixion of Jesus) keeps believers secure forever to enjoy God’s presence.

There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Nothing else is needed, including membership in any particular religion or church.


Scripture Support: Romans 3:20-24, 6:23, 8:38-39 & 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-10, Philippians 1:6, 1 Peter 1:3-6


Heaven and Hell:

There exists a literal, eternal heaven. It is the dwelling place of saved mankind forever in the presence and fellowship of triune God, with Jesus at His right hand and with the Holy Spirit. Heaven is a place where believers will be gratefully worshipping our King of Kings and Lord of Lords forever and includes the concept of a renewed creation.

There exists a literal hell. It is intended for Satan and the fallen angels yet reserved for unsaved mankind that never accepted God’s free gift of eternal life with Him. Therefore, those who do not rely on the sacrificial gift of Jesus (and only on their own goodness and deeds) to make them right with God will be judged, then eternally separated from the presence of God.


Scripture Support: Matthew 25:31-46, Revelation 20:22


A New Heaven and a New Earth:

The creation groans with anticipation of recreation.

At the end of the human age, Jesus will come again in His resurrected body.

Our Lord Jesus reigns eternally and will judge mankind justly and righteously.

God will resurrect us to new bodies and make all things in creation new.


Scripture Support: Romans 8:19-23; Revelation 21:1-8; 22:7,12 and 20


Denominational Affiliation:

As a participating member of the SBC Cooperative Program, Canyons Church affirms the Baptist Faith & Message 2000, which can be found by clicking here.