The following are the core beliefs of Soundside Church based on the mainstream, foundational truths taught in the Bible. The Bible is Jesus-focused, and so are we. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory, though performing distinct functions in the life of the world and of the believer. Gen. 1:26; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14.
We believe that the Bible, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired, inerrant Word of God. As such, it is our sufficient, supreme, and final authority for faith and practice, doctrine and life. 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21.
We believe that God created humans in his own image, perfect and righteous, male and female. In Adam, however, man chose to sin against God, which resulted in bringing physical and spiritual death upon himself and all his descendants. Humans are thus totally depraved, sinful in both thought and action, and justly condemned for his sins. Gen. 1:26-27; John 3:18; Rom. 5:12
When Adam and Eve chose not to obey God, they ceased to be what they were made to be and became distorted images of God. This caused them to fall out of fellowship with God, and fractured all of creation ever since that time.
We believe salvation is totally of God’s grace and that He has made salvation available to all who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ alone. On the cross, Jesus suffered the wrath of God for sin and rose again the third day as proof that his sacrifice was accepted. All who turn from sin and trust in Jesus Christ are forgiven, declared righteous, adopted as God’s children, and granted everlasting life. Luke 5:32; John 3:16, 36; Rom. 3:21-25; 4:22-25; Eph. 1:5-7
We believe that a New Testament local church is a self-governing, localized body of baptized believers. Its scriptural officers are elders and deacons, and it keeps the two scriptural ordinances of believer baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Its purposes include the exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ, the evangelizing of the nations, and the equipping of the Christians for ministry. Acts 2:41-47; Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Tim. 3:1-13.
We believe in the imminent, personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ, who will establish His Kingdom upon the earth. We believe that the dead will be raised, that the unrighteous will be consigned to hell, a place of everlasting punishment, and that the righteous will be resurrected and glorified to spend all eternity in the joyful presence of God. 1Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 20:12-15