What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

Core Beliefs

The following are the core beliefs of Spring Creek Fellowship based on the foundational truths taught in the bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.

What we believe about the Bible.

 We believe that the Bible, comprised of 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament, is the inspired word of God and is totally inerrant in its original manuscripts. We further believe that the Bible is Truth and is our infallible rule in all matters. We believe human authors under supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit wrote it.  We believe the scriptures should be applied to the believer's everyday life through diligent study and meditation.
Psalm 12:6; 119:105, 160
Proverbs 30:5
John 5:39
2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16-17
Hebrews 4:12
1 Peter 1: 23-25
2 Peter 1:20-21

What we believe about the Godhead.

 We believe in one God eternally existent in 3 persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and one God having the same nature, attributes, and perfections and are worth of the same reverence and obedience.
Genesis 1:26
Deuteronomy 6:4
John 1:1-5; 14
Acts 5:3-4
2 Corinthians 3:14
Hebrews 1:1-3

What we believe about Jesus of Nazareth. 

We believe Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God. He is co-equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Being fully God and fully man, we believe in the pre-existence, incarnation, and virgin birth of Jesus who was and is the Messiah prophesied about in the 39 books of the Old Testament. We believe that Jesus lived a sinless life, and performed miracles. We believe in His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His bodily ascension into heaven, and His imminent return. He is presently seated at the right hand of God the Father interceding for His redeemed. We acknowledge Jesus as Lord over all things in heaven, and in earth, and under the earth.
Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 52:12-53:12
Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 20:28
 John 1:1-2, 14
 Acts 1:9-11
 Romans 1:3-4
 I Corinthians 15:3-8
 Philippians 2:5-11
 I Timothy 3:16;
Titus 2:13;
Hebrews 4:14-16
Hebrews 7:24-25

What we believe about God the Holy Spirit.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who was present before creation, was sent on the day of Pentecost to convict, equip, empower, and draw to the Father those who will believe and confess Jesus as the Savior promised in the Old Testament. The Holy Spirit seals all who receive the gift of grace offered through Jesus Christ. He instructs, guides, and leads us into all truth. He distributes gifts to the believer, all of which are available to the church today. He is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son and is to be revered, honored, and worshiped as such.  
Luke 11:13
John 16:13; 14:16-17
Romans 8:26-27
 I Corinthians 3:16
 I Corinthians 12, 13, 14
 Ephesians 1:13

What we believe about Humanity.

We believe God created man both male and female in His image and likeness. We were created to fellowship, worship, and enjoy God. However, through the original sin of the first man and woman, they along with all mankind, were sentenced to both physical and spiritual death, which is separation from God. All have sinned and have no hope of salvation outside of Jesus Christ and His atoning work on the cross, by which we have access to His grace by faith, which is a gift from God.
Genesis 1:26-27
Genesis 3
 Isaiah 53:6
Romans 3:23; 5:12-21
 Ephesians 2:8-9

What we believe about The Church.

We believe the Church is not a building or an organization, but a people. We believe that God has established His Church (composed of all recipients of His grace for all time) on the earth. Jesus is the head of the Church and the Church is subject to Him in every way. The local church exists as a part of the larger Church to worship God, disciple and care for believers, and advance His Kingdom through sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who are lost. God has given gifts to men for the building up of the Church (apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelists) to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.
 Matthew 16:13-19; 28:18-20
Luke 15
 I Corinthians 6:19-20
Ephesians 5:23; 4:11, 12; 1:22, 23
I Peter 2:4-10

What we believe about Eternity.

We believe the Church is not a building or an organization, but a people. We believe that God has established His Church (composed of all recipients of His grace for all time) on the earth. Jesus is the head of the Church and the Church is subject to Him in every way. The local church exists as a part of the larger Church to worship God, disciple and care for believers, and advance His Kingdom through sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who are lost. God has given gifts to men for the building up of the Church (apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelists) to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.
Matthew 16:13-19; 28:18-20
 Luke 15
I Corinthians 6:19-20
 Ephesians 5:23; 4:11, 12; 1:22, 23
I Peter 2:4-10

What we believe about Spiritual Gifts.

The church was founded by, has been sustained by, and continues to grow by the power of God working graciously and miraculously through His people. God continues to work in the world today in any way He chooses - both in ways seen explicitly in the Bible and in unique ways consistent with the principles of the Bible but not seen explicitly. One role of the Holy Spirit is to empower every believer for service to others by imparting spiritual gifts for the building up of His church. All the spiritual gifts seen in the New Testament church are active and available to present day believers through the enablement and choosing of the Holy Spirit. None of these gifts have ceased to exist or have ceased to play a vital role in the mission of the church today.  
 Luke 24:49
 John 14:12-14
Acts 1:8
Romans 12:1-8
1 Corinthians 12:1-13; 13
Ephesians 4:11-14

What we believe about Salvation.

 The Bible is clear that there is only one way a person can be saved from their sin, and that is faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that salvation is a gift from God and is not accomplished by any works of man. He gives generously and our response to His gift of grace is necessary for the work but made possible only by the drawing of the Holy Spirit. Eternal life begins at conversion. When the Holy Spirit draws an individual to Himself, the truth of the Gospel is presented and he responds in faith and repentance, this is the moment of conversion which establishes fellowship with God, and the natural bi-product of the Holy Spirit is spiritual fruit. A believer has security in knowing this gift of grace will not be revoked.
 John 6:44, 10:28-29, 12:32, 16:5-16
Romans 8:29-30
Galatians 5:22-25
 Ephesians 1:3-14; 2:8
 2 Timothy 1:12
Hebrews 9:15, 10:14
I Peter 1:3-5

What we believe about Baptism.

Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 In the New Testament there are two prominent baptisms – water and Spirit. The first is water baptism. John the Baptist preached this first as a sign of cleansing and repentance for the Jews as a preparation for faith in the Messiah as he was revealed in Jesus. Following John’s baptism and the resurrection of Christ, all believers were commanded to confess faith in Jesus and then to be baptized in water in His name. This baptism is a declaration of faith in his death, burial and resurrection and a sign that, spiritually, we ourselves have died to sin and are being raised to walk in newness of life as we are been “born again” by an act of God. We believe that water baptism is a command and a spiritual blessing that should be received by every believer as they confess their personal faith in Jesus. Therefore, we encourage every believer who has not obeyed Jesus in water baptism to do so.

The second prominent baptism in the New Testament is baptism in the Holy Spirit. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
Matthew 3:11

As you come to faith in Jesus you receive the Holy Spirit to live in you and to develop the character of Christ in you. The Holy Spirit also provides power or enablement for ministry and for intimacy with the Lord. We see this empowering of the Spirit throughout the New Testament beginning on Pentecost when the apostles spoke in foreign languages declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the crowds in Jerusalem. The Bible also calls this experience of receiving power “being filled with the Spirit,” the Spirit “falling on” someone, or the Spirit “coming on” someone. This experience may happen to a believer multiple times. We believe that Jesus still baptizes or empowers his people for ministry and intimacy today. The normative manifestations of baptism with the Spirit in the New Testament were prophecy, declaring the gospel with boldness, or operating in spiritual gifts in powerful ways.  

What we believe about Unity.

There are many issues in the Bible that the body of Christ has allowed to splinter the Church, running to one side of scripture or the other. At Spring Creek Fellowship, we believe that there are clear biblical truths that are not up for debate or discussion. We also believe there are many truths in the Bible that are paradoxical. Two issues seem to be opposing views, in contradiction to one another, yet both are true. This is the wonder and mystery of a sovereign, powerful, just, merciful, and omniscient God and Creator. Theologians have argued for centuries over some of these paradoxes and we believe that God holds some things as a mystery.    

The apostle Paul himself addressed this issue in his letter to the church at Rome when he wrote, “Accept him whose faith is weak without passing judgment on disputable matters” (Rom.14:1). He went on to talk about the fact that unity is not the same as uniformity. Believers do not have to be in “lock step” about many things in order to be unified in Christ. Those things might include forms of worship, church government, frequency of the Lord’s supper, Bible translations, whether a Christian can dance, drink alcohol, attend movies with certain ratings, etc.  
For us, we need to agree on essentials but extend grace to one another in non-essential.

What we believe about Giving.

We believe that giving is a primary tool that God uses to shape us into the image of His Son. God is by nature a generous God. Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive. We teach the biblical principle of giving a tenth of your income to the Lord through the local church. The Bible calls that a tithe and God has made many promises to those who give generously to the poor and to expand the kingdom of God. We encourage everyone to grow in the grace of giving.
You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.  
2 Corinthians 9:11-12

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