light bulb with arrow


OUR BELIEFS

BIBLE
That the Bible, comprising the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired Word of God. It is without error in the original writings and is the final authority for faith and life. (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21) 

GOD
In one God, infinitely perfect in love, justice, holiness and wisdom, Creator of all things and existing in three persons, the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14) 

JESUS
In Jesus Christ, wholly God and man, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He is the mediator between God and man and will return to earth to judge all men and establish His kingdom. (John 1:1-5; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-25, 5:8; Philippians 2:6-11; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; 1 John 4:10) 

HOLY SPIRIT
In the Holy Spirit, who is present in the world to reveal and glorify Christ, to make men and women aware of their sins, and to impart new life to all who place their faith in Christ alone. He indwells believers from the moment of spiritual birth, instructs them, and empowers them to live lives that are pleasing to God. He also imparts a spiritual gift or gifts to every believer. (John 16:5-13; Romans 8:9; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7) 

PEOPLE
That human beings were created in the image of God but chose to sin by disobeying God and in that condition are alienated from God. Therefore, all human beings are born with a corrupted nature, completely unable to recover from their sin and estrangement from God except by a personal faith in Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:26-27, 3:6-7; Isaiah 53:6, 59:2; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12-17) 

SALVATION
That people can receive forgiveness and freedom from the punishment their sins deserve, spiritual rebirth, and eternal life not by human effort nor by self improvement but only by the grace of God through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection. Those who turn from their sin, place their trust in Christ alone, and receive Him into their hearts and lives become children of God. (Romans 6:23, 8:1; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-10; Titus 3:5-7; John 1:12) 

CHURCH
That the true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and that only those who are thus united together as members of the universal Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church. We observe water baptism and the Lord's Supper, but do not regard either of these as a means of salvation. (Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 4:4-14; Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 22:19-20; Ephesians 2:8-10) 

IN THE END
In the personal, visible, and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ to this earth, and the consummation of His Kingdom, and in the bodily resurrection of the dead: of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment, and of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord. (Acts 1:11; Revelation 22:12; 1 Corinthians 15:51-59; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:11-21:8)

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

OUR VALUES

CHARACTER AND INTEGRITY (1 Chronicles 29:17)
We at Cobblestone Community Church value character and integrity in our teaching, in our leadership, in our finances, and in our relationships. 

OUTWARD FOCUSED (Matthew 20:28)
We value an outward focus, just as the Son of man came not to be served, but to serve. 

BIBLICAL, CULTURALY RELEVANT TEACHING (Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 2:15)
We highly value the accurate and effective teaching of the word of truth. 

BROAD AND DEEP RELATIONSHIPS (1 Peter 2:17)
We value a broad range of relationships, not just gathering in huddles here and there, but it’s our goal for the whole body to rub shoulders often, students and families, kids and adults, singles and marrieds. We also value deep relationships, and for that reason we emphasize finding support, accountability, and intimacy in small groups. 

LOVING LEADERSHIP (Luke 22:25-26, 2 Corinthians 12:15)
We value a servant model of loving leadership that does not seek to lord it over others or exercise authority over others, but that seeks to be "the servant of all" (Mark 9:35). 

EDIFYING WORSHIP (Hebrews 12:28)
We have no loyalties, traditions, or agendas in worship other than to do what Hebrews 12:28 says, and that is to worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. 

SINCERE ENCOURAGEMENT (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
We want a spirit of grace and encouragement to characterize the way we lead, the way we follow, and the way we relate to one another in this church. 

TRUSTING PRAYER (Colossians 4:2)
We want to "devote [ourselves] to prayer," not because we believe in the quantity or quality of our prayers but because we believe in the power and grace of our God. 

OPEN AND WARM FELLOWSHIP (Matthew 25:40)
We want to make a special effort to make our fellowship warm and welcoming to everyone, and especially to those who might never have entered a Christian church before. 

NEW AND INNOVATIVE METHODS (1 Corinthians 9:22)
We’re willing to try "all possible means," new or old, to love men, women, and children into lifechanging encounters with God. 

EVALUATION AND EFFECTIVENESS (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
We value constructive criticism and regular evaluation, because that will help us to "hold on to the good" & not waste our time and effort on methods, programs, & activities that don’t work.