Our statement of basic beliefs is a representation of what we believe to be clearly communicated in God’s word. All Christians everywhere say they believe the Bible, but this statement of beliefs
clarifies what The Church at 4Points and its members believe about the Bible’s teachings.

The Bible

We believe concerning the Bible that the Scriptures are true, authoritative, and sufficient. The Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative Word, and is God’s witness of Himself to all humanity. The 66 books of the Bible are free from any error in its original writings, and provide truth directly from God. For additional statements on inerrancy, see The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 
 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)


We believe that there is only one God who has revealed himself through both the divine scriptures and through creation. He is the creator of both heaven and Earth. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; 46:9-10; John 
 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5)

The Trinity

We believe that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God; and that the 
 Father is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit, the Son is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son (Genesis 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7; 110:1; Matthew 3:13-17; 28:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6)

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was born of a virgin, and is both fully God and fully human. Through him, all things were created and came into being, and he holds all things together by the power of his word. (Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3)

We believe that Jesus Christ died as my substitute to pay the penalty for my sin, that he physically rose from the dead, and that he physically ascended into heaven and will one day physically return for the final judgement and the consummation of the kingdom. (Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8 Luke 24:1-53; John 1:20-21:25; 10:1-18; 14:3; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 15:12-34; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 3:18 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7)

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit eternally proceeds from the Father and the Son, and He is sent by the Father and the Son to regenerate hearts and give new life through Jesus. The Holy Spirit unites believers to Jesus Christ through faith, brings about the new birth, distributes gifts, and dwells within the hearts of all believers. (John 15:26-27; Ephesians 1:13-14)


We believe that all humanity (Christ excluded), are by birth and action sinners. Sin has fractured all things, and has left all of creation in desperate need of salvation. We believe that all humans are under condemnation and apart from Christ are subject to the wrath of God against sin. The deserved penalty for sin is death, both physical and spiritual. (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:19; 6:5; Psalm 51;5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:8; 5:12; 6:23; 12-21; 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3; James 1:14-15)


We believe that only by trusting in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone can I be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy. It is only through faith in the completed work of Jesus that we can experience union with Christ, and meet the righteous requirement of God that is available through the righteousness of Jesus on our behalf. We believe that no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born again. Salvation is only by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. (John 3:5-8, 18;
14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Timothy 2:5-6)

The Resurrection

We believe in a future physical resurrection of the dead. Jesus Christ will return to the world in the future to judge the living and the dead. Those who trust in Jesus Christ alone will be raised to eternal reward. Those who have not trusted in Jesus Christ will be raised to eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15)



God created things perfect. Flawless. Despite the perfection of God’s creation, sin entered the world through the original sin of Adam and Eve. Through this event, all humans (Christ excluded) are by birth and action sinners. (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:8, 12-21;7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3). The deserved penalty for sin is death, both physical and spiritual (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:19; Romans 5:12; 6:23; James 1:14-15). Jesus Christ entered into our world, the eternal Son of God, born of a virgin, fully God and fully human (Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3). He died as the substitute to pay the penalty for our sins (John 1:29; 10:1-18; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians
15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18). After His death which served as the payment for our sin debt, Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead (Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 1:20-21:25; 1 Corinthians 15:12-34). Rising from the dead, Jesus conquered death, and through His life, we are regenerated into true life through Him. He physically ascended into heaven and will one day physically return (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7). Those who trust in Jesus Christ alone will be raised to eternal reward. Those who have not trusted in Jesus Christ will be raised to eternal punishment (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15). Anyone who trusts in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone can be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy (John 3:18; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).


Baptism as a verb is derived from the Greek word “baptizein” which means “dip, plunge, or immerse.” Although salvation is accomplished because of what Jesus did for us and not through baptism, we believe that believers should follow through in baptism by immersion after conversion as the Biblical model for baptism. In Mark’s account of the baptism of Jesus, he illustrates baptism by immersion when he writes, “and when he came out of the water.” In Acts
8:36, we also see the immersive form of baptism when Philip baptizes the Ethiopian Eunuch by going “down into the water.”

It is also modeled throughout the New Testament that salvation precedes baptism, and so we believe that there is a proper order for baptism in that one should be baptized after truly responding to the gospel in faith. It is impossible to truly “demonstrate” through the outer obedience of baptism the change that has happened internally in our hearts until we have actually experienced salvation. In the New Testament description of the church, those who were saved through Jesus Christ were then baptized, and then added to those counted as the “church.” One of the most visible external expressions of the internal change that God brings to our lives is the ordinance of baptism. Baptism is an important step of obedience for Christians as it is a visible declaration of your personal acceptance of the gospel in your life. In baptism, Christians are immersed in the water, identifying the death and burial of our former ways with the death and burial of Jesus Christ as the one who makes this possible. Our rising out of the water identifies the new identity we have in Christ with the resurrection of Jesus offering salvation and an empowered life through the Holy Spirit. Through this we see that the underlying motivation for baptism for a Christian is in the identification of our lives with Jesus.

We read in the gospels of the example of baptism that was modeled by Jesus Himself, as Matthew’s account in Matthew Chapter 3:16 says that “when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on Him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.’” We obviously hold to the theological truth that baptism is not a part of our salvation experience, but is an act of obedience, modeled by Jesus, that brings great pleasure to the Father.

After the death and resurrection of Jesus, Jesus issues the mission for His followers to accept as His redemption plan for mankind is carried out and completed on the Earth. In Matthew 28, Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” The Great Commission is about making disciples. God’s plan is for discipleship to happen within His community, the church. Baptism is as much about the symbol of the work Christ has done for us and in us, as it is about publicly declaring and identifying with His church.


To understand who we are as the body of Christ, it is important to define a Biblical view from scripture of what the church is and how this shapes our understanding of the local church. In Titus 2:11-14, we read of the purpose of the gospel in the formation of the church:
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

In Acts 2:42-47, we see an important scripture on what it means to be the church: And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Though there is so much more in scripture concerning who and what the church is, we see these basic theological principles adapted from The Baptist Faith and Message 2000:

1. In a general sense, the New Testament speaks of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.
2. In a specific context, the church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth.
3. Each congregation operates under the supreme Lordship of Christ and through called local leadership. Its scriptural offices are elders/pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.


In addition to the above closed-hand beliefs, we also hold secondary, open-handed distinctive that are not held by all Christians. Complete agreement with these beliefs is not required for membership, but it should be recognized that the leadership of the church will preach, teach, and counsel from a theological perspective based on these beliefs.


We believe that God created men and women equally, yet with distinct, complementary roles. Men and women are equal in essence, dignity, and value, but are given distinct responsibilities in the life of the church and the family. In regard to the church, men and women will both have leadership roles, but the office of elder is reserved exclusively for men. (1 Corinthians 11:2-16; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-19; 1 Timothy 2:8-15; Titus 1;
1 Peter 3:1-7)


We believe that God is completely sovereign over all things including salvation. We believe that it is exceedingly good news that salvation is not dependent on any works or desires of man, but is rooted in the glorious election of the Saints by God. In love, God predestined his people for adoption. We believe that it is through the gift of a changed heart, that God grants the faith to believe in the grace that is offered to us through Jesus. (Psalm 115:3; Ephesians 1:3-14; Romans 8:26-9:23; Philippians 1:29; 1 Thessalonians 2:13)


We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit as outlined in God’s word, and exercised in the early church have not ceased with the death of the last Apostle, or the closing of the New Testament canon. They are available to the church today, practiced in submission to the Holy Spirit, and best exercised in the context of community. The word of God will be the authority on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:1-16)


We believe in two ordinances which have been given to the church. Both ordinances are for those who have received salvation through Jesus, and have become a Spirit-filled disciple. The first is baptism and is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person’s union to Christ through salvation. We believe that a believer uniting with our church family should be baptized after conversion, and the precedent should be immersion in water baptism in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is meant to symbolically depict the union to Christ realized in the life of the believer through the death and resurrection of Jesus. (1 Corinthians 12:13; 1 Peter 3:21; Colossians 2:12; Luke 3:21-22; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 8:36-38) We believe that the ordinance of communion is to be taken only by those who have become Spirit-filled disciples of Jesus. This ordinance, like baptism, is a symbol of the body and blood that was broken and shed by Jesus on our behalf. As we come to the Communion Table, we remember the crucifixion of Jesus. (John 6:35; Luke 24:30; Luke 22:19-20; Matthew 26:26-28; Acts 2:42-4:61 Corinthians 11:17-34)


We believe in a plurality of elder leadership. Jesus is the head of the church, but the word makes evident that the church will be governed by a plurality of leadership called Elders that are made up of both Staff Elders and Non-Staff Elders. (Titus 1:6-9; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5; Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:1-4)