What We Believe
The Bible is our final authority in all things. As reformed Christians, we believe that the Bible is God’s inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word. As an Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Cornerstone holds to Reformed theology (or Calvinism) as the Biblical teaching upheld by the OPC in its statement of beliefs.
Below we have listed a few of our most fundamental beliefs. If you have any questions about reformed doctrine or Cornerstone’s teaching and worship, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We Believe …
WE BELIEVE that the Bible is without error.
WE BELIEVE that the infinite-personal God revealed in its pages created us all, that we rebelled against His authority, and are all dead in sin and deserving of His just judgment.
WE BELIEVE that the only hope of deliverance from God’s just judgment is faith in the substitutionary death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
WE FULLY BELIEVE the great truths recovered in the Protestant Reformation that summarize the teachings of the Bible and are explained in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.
We Are A Confessional Church
As a confessional church, we have written down into a confession / creed what we believe the Bible teaches. Many Bible-loving Christians are adamant that we need “no creed but Christ.” However, a creed is simply a statement of what one believes that the Bible teaches.
Every Christian has a creed, in that they have a set of beliefs about what the Bible teaches. By writing our beliefs down into a Confession and Catechisms, we can be upfront about our beliefs, and we can quickly and easily teach our children and visitors reformed truths and the system of doctrine found in the Scripture.
Some Christians believe that creeds divide Christians. They would urge Christians to unite into some sort of “lowest common denominator” version of Christianity. On the contrary, we would rather urge Christians to prayerfully discuss the Scripture and let “iron sharpen iron.” This actually helps Christians to unite based on a common faith in the “whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27).
Through faith, God gives us Christ’s own righteous record of living, as well as wiping clean our miserable record. We are free and forgiven, adopted as His own children to live new lives by the power of His Spirit.
More On Reformed Theology:
To understand the basics of Christianity, please read the Ultimate Questions booklet for a basic explanation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
To learn more about reformed theology, you may also enjoy reading B.B. Warfield’s A Brief and Untechnical Statement of the Reformed Faith. It provides a concise summary of reformed distinctives.