Statement of Faith
Simply “knowing” doctrine (beliefs) is not what changes our heart or actions.
We can know doctrine intellectually, but if it doesn’t impact us on a deeper level, the
knowledge is almost useless. It seems, from His interaction and dialogue with people,
that Jesus cared more about whether or not our lives are being changed by the Spirit of
God as we put saving faith (an ‘all-in’ trust) in Him (Romans 10:9), and whether the
doctrine we learn expands our love for God and for people (Matthew 22:36-40).
Living with a “humble theology”
At Mountainside Community, we live in a tension of a “humble theology,” which
means we approach the Scriptures recognizing our inadequacies as human beings to
determine with 100% certainty every single thing in the Bible. This doesn’t mean we
cannot make certain theological conclusions—there are many Scriptural truths that have
been held throughout the 2,000 year history of the Church, which we as Mountainside
Community believe are central to the Christian faith.
We believe the truths articulated in the Apostle’s Creed, Nicene Creed, and the
Creed of Chalcedon.
These are beautifully written statements by the early Church, expressing the heart of
the beliefs of the Christian faith which are critical in the understanding of who Jesus is
and His relationship to the Father and the Spirit. We as Mountainside Community align
ourselves with these summations of the Christian faith which are tied to historical
Christianity and with which we identify ourselves.
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The entire bible is fully inspired by God, and it is entirely trustworthy, our guide for truth,
faith, and life. We hold a high view of the Scriptures and its authority in our lives.
II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:20-21, Matthew 5:18, Psalm 19:7-11, Psalm 119:105
There is one God, the loving Creator of all that exists, seen and unseen. God is spirit,
eternal, infinite, and completely good, knowing all things. God exists eternally in perfect
community as three person: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God has not left
the world to perish in its sin, but is actively calling multitudes to respond to His rescue.
Genesis 1:26-2, Deuteronomy 6:4, Colossians 1:15-17, Hebrews 1:1-8, II Corinthians
We believe that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary and mysteriously and wonderfully is
God in the flesh. He lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the only perfect sacrifice
for the sins of people by dying on the cross. By this Jesus fulfilled what we owe to God,
and those who put faith in Jesus are forgiven and presented to the Father as His
purchased possession. Jesus bodily rose again from the dead, ascended into heaven,
and one day will return to judge the world and bring and end to injustice and restore all
things to God’s original intent.
Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:14; John 8:40, 58; John 11:33; Acts 1:9-11, Romans 5:8-10,
Colossian 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:8
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit, sent from God to live in all who put faith in Jesus unites
us to Jesus, applies the redemption Jesus worked for us, renews us in the image of
God, and enables us more and more to die to sin and live for God. The Holy Spirit
teaches, convicts, comforts, and empowers each believer giving diverse gifts for serving
the church and the world to accomplish God’s mission.
John 16:8-14, Acts 1:8-9, II Corinthians 3:6, I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9,
We believe that all people are created with dignity and value in the image of God. God
originally made us to live in a covenant relationship with Him based on obedience,
which our ancestors failed to do causing a sinful nature to be passed on to all
humanity—like spiritual DNA. All people everywhere experience the sad consequences
of that sin-nature. BUT God’s rescue is a new covenant relationship based on faith.
That faith alone is to be in Jesus—what God has done for us, not what we do for
ourselves. On the cross, Jesus took the punishment we deserved, and made a way to
impart forgiveness and life to us—through His blood. By the power of His (Jesus)
indestructible and perfect life, sacrificed for us, He imparts His right relationship with
God to us. This incredible salvation must be received and not rejected. When a person
finds there is belief in their heart (over all that God has done in Jesus for us), we are
told to respond by repentance and baptism. Repentance is a seeing of things in a
whole new way that causes a turn around and change in life. Baptism is the
announcement that you are identifying and united with Jesus. This response to God’s
salvation is faith (all-in trust, ability to act upon belief).
Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12, Ephesians 1:7, Romans 3:22-26, Romans 10:9-10, Acts
2:37-38; Romans 6:3-11
ABOUT THE CHURCH
We believe the Church is comprised of any person, anywhere in the world who puts
their faith in Jesus. The Church itself is people who are empowered by God’s Spirit to
be part of the mission of God here on earth. The Church is one global community, but
has smaller, local expressions, such as our church community. Each local church
expression is unique and has a unique contribution. We believe God calls us to break
down barriers that separate us so that we can live as friends and spiritual family. We
believe the Church does not exist for itself, but for those who are not yet part of it, we
are here to be light and bring color to a colorless world, and be salt and bring flavor to a
flavorless world (administer grace, bear fruits, and reveal Jesus). We are a people IN
Christ, UNDER Christ’s rule, a people WITHIN relationship, and a people UNITED. As
a local church we aim to be as simple (not the complications of institution) and aligned
(each part focused in mission and value) so we can be responsive to Jesus and His
leading. We believe the Church (ekklesia) is endowed with the ministry of the Word,
Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper, and Prayer, and the ministry of these things belongs to
the Church at large, not just professional clergy, seminary attendees, or church staff.
Matthew16:18; Ephesian 4:4-6; 4:11-13; John 14:15-18; Romans 8:1; Colossians 1:13-
14; Galatians 3:26-29; I Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 5:25-30
ABOUT THE AFTERLIFE AND END TIMES
We do believe that life continues after physical death and there is a heaven and a
hell. We believe history will have an end and Jesus Christ will return to bring
completion to our earthly journey, bringing justice and judgment to all things. After this
life, our journey will continue either with God or we will be separated from Him forever.
There are many metaphors and much apocalyptic language used in the Scriptures
about these mysterious topics, so we approach them with great humility and wonder.
But the Word of God, and faith tells us that those who die in Christ will at death be made
perfect and go “home” to be with the Lord, and also when Jesus returns in glory, those
in Christ will be raised in glory.
Daniel 12:2; Matthew 24-25, I Corinthians 15:1-25; I Thessalonians 4:13-18;
These statements are summations, not our beliefs in entirety (orthodoxy). At
Mountainside Community Church we are a people permanently marked (like a tattoo) by
the love of Jesus Christ and that makes a HUGE difference in how we practice our