Beliefs

 
Here at Ridgecrest, we believe that the Body of Christ should have a proper framework of core beliefs in order to be best used by God. These foundational beliefs are the skeleton upon which God will build His church as an instrument for the expansion of His Kingdom. We are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).
 
  • We believe that God has revealed Himself as one God existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; distinguishable but indivisible and that He is sovereign in all He does. (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14, Proverbs 9:10)
  • We believe in the absolute authority of Scripture and that the words of Scripture, as originally given, were inspired by God. (Matthew 4:4, 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Corinthians 2:13)
  • We believe in the teaching of sound doctrine (1 Timothy 4:6)
  • We believe in the creation, the test and fall of man, as recorded in Genesis, which led to his total spiritual depravity and inability to attain to righteousness. (Romans 5:12, 18)
  • We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of man, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, fully God and fully man. (Luke 1:26-35; John 1:18; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6)
  • We believe Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day, personally appearing to his disciples. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 4:25)
  • We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven, His exaltation, and His personal, literal, and bodily coming again the second time. (John 14:2,3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
  • We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient work of the cross of Calvary by which we obtain remission of sins. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:12, 22; Romans 5:11)
  • We believe in water baptism for the believer in order to fulfill the command of Christ. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:37-41, 19:1-6)
  • We believe in the filling of the Holy Spirit as an experience to be realized by every follower of Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:1-4, 8:14-17, 10:44-46; Galatians 3:14, Ephesians 5:18, Matthew 4:13)
  • We believe in the operation of the gifts of the Spirit as given in the Scripture and manifested in the early church. (Romans 12) (1 Corinthians 12-14) 
  • We believe in the Spirit-filled life and the development of godly character in the fear of God as an expression of Christian faith, empowerment for living, and fulfillment of destiny. (Ephesians 5:18; 2 Corinthians 6:14, 7:1)
  • We believe in the breaking of bread commonly called communion or the Lord’s Supper for believers. (1 Corinthians 11:28-32)
  • We believe that we are called to live as His children and therefore to walk in personal holiness. (2 Corinthians 7:1)
  • We believe that God is a God of order who works through empowered Spiritual Authorities for the accomplishment of His Kingdom purposes. (Ephesians 1:22, 1 Thessalonians 5:13-14)
  • We believe in Eternal Life for the believer (John 5:24, 3:16) and Eternal Punishment of the unbeliever. (Mark 9:43-50; 2 Thessalonians 1:9)