OUR BELIEFS


Cornerstone Christian Church has served Eau Claire, WI, since 1946. Although it has had various names and locations in the area, its purpose and core beliefs have remained the same. The purpose of this church is to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus (Matthew 28: 18-20) by exalting Jesus through worship and service, by making disciples in our community and through missions, by nurturing believers to grow in Christ, by equipping disciples to serve within the body of Christ, and to empower Christians to represent Christ in our community.




STATEMENT OF FAITH



Cornerstone has no creed but Christ. The Bible is our sole authority for all we believe, teach, and practice. Cornerstone is committed to the principles of our Restoration Heritage, as expressed by phrases like these:

• Where the Bible speaks we speak, where the Bible is silent, we are silent.
• In essentials unity, in non-essentials, liberty, and in all things, love.
• We are not the only Christians, but we are Christians only.


Bible


We believe that the Bible is the infallible and inspired Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16) The Bible is our sole authority for our faith and practice.

God


We believe in God the Father who is creator of the Universe and the one and only true God. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! (Genesis 1:1, Jeremiah 10:10; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 Timothy 6:15; 1 John 5:20)

Jesus Christ


We believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God. (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9) The only way to God the Father is through him. (John 14:6) We believe that Jesus died on a cross, was buried, and on the third day rose again. (Luke 23:44-56; 24:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8) Jesus paid our sin debt and through the cross we are reconciled before God and members of God's family. (Mark 10:45, Ephesians 2:16-22; Colossians 1:20-23, 2:13-15; Hebrews 9:13-15) We believe that Jesus is one with the Father and in him is the fullness of God. (John 10:30, 14:9-11, 17:21; Colossians 2:9)

Holy Spirit


The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit lives in every Christian. (1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Timothy 1:14) We are to live our lives according to the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18-20). The Holy Spirit helps us and guides us and is our Counselor. (John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Romans 8:26-27). The Bible also teaches us that the Holy Spirit is a seal that guarantees that we belong to God. (Ephesians 1:13-14)

Salvation


The Bible teaches that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and the wages of sin is death. (Romans 3:23; 6:23) God has given us the gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ and therefore granted us salvation. (Romans 6:23). This gift of salvation comes by grace through faith. (Ephesians 2:8) There is nothing we can do to earn salvation we can only accept his mercy and be born again and renewed by the Holy Spirit. (Titus 3:3-6; John 3:5)

How does a person accept God's Gift?

Believe - You believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God and he was raised from the dead (John 3:16; Romans 10:9)
Repent - You seek forgiveness and turn away from sin. (Acts 2:38, 3:19)
Confess - You confess Jesus Christ as Lord. (Romans 10:9-13; Matthew 10:32)
Baptism - You get baptized ("immersed") into Christ for the forgiveness of sins and the receiving of the Holy Spirit. (Mark 16:16; John 3:5; Acts 2:38, 22:16; Galatians 3:26-29; 1 Peter 3:21)



Church


The Bible teaches us that the Church is the body of Christ. (Ephesians 1:22-23) All Christians are members of Christ's body and a part of God's spiritual family. (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 2:19) The Church is made up of many members but is to be united and work together as one body. (1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 4:1-16) This community of believers is to be united to teach others about Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20; John 17:20-21) The Church is to gather together in order to help and encourage one other, for fellowship and teaching, give our praises to God, and share in the breaking of bread ("communion" or "Lord's Supper"). (Luke 22:19; Acts 2:42-47, Acts 20:7; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 10:25) As a Church we are to give from our hearts and to take up a contribution each week. (1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 8:12, 9:6-7) All members of Christ’s Church are to continue in the faith and demonstrate their faith through obedience and good deeds. (Colossians 1:21-23; James 2:14-26; 1 John 2:3-6; Ephesians 2:10) The Church consists of imperfect people but God purifies all those who walk in the light and confess their sin. (1 John 1:5-10)