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Our Faith

The essentials of our faith comprise the core beliefs of Cherry Hills Community Church and Cherry Hills Christian School. We hold these as unchanging precepts of God revealed to us in the Bible.

We embrace the whole Word of God, yet we recognize that there may be different interpretations and applications of the teaching of Scripture. In light of this, we make a distinction between essentials and non-essentials.

Below is a list of essential beliefs, upheld with an understanding of freedom in which less essential matters are left to the conscience of our church leadership and our members. We respect varying points of view, provided the essentials are not compromised.

The Bible
All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our un- reserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.
One God
We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three per- sons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To him be all honor, glory and praise forever!

Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through his miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and his virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one person forever. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day he arose bodily from the dead, he ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, he now is our High Priest and Mediator.

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, he gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service, and seals us for the day of redemption.
Salvation
Being estranged from God, and condemned by our sin nature our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace; God credits his righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in his sight. Only those who are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.

The Church
The true Church is composed of all persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expressing their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.
The Return of Christ
Jesus Christ will come again to the earth—personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. Even so, “come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelation 22:20 NASB)

The Great Commission
The Lord Jesus Christ demands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to him who “loved us and gave himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self- denying love and service. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 5:2, 2:10 NASB)

Biblical View of Marriage

Scripture teaches that the one-flesh union of marriage constitutes an intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual unity. “So they are no longer two, but one” (Matthew 19:5-6). When the two become one flesh, the God-created individualities of the husband and wife are not lost; rather they complement and enrich each other. Furthermore, the Apostle Paul demonstrates that this “profound mystery” is analogous to the spiritual relationship between Christ and His church. “I am talking about Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:31-33).

From Genesis to Revelation, sexual union in marriage is to be between a man and a woman. Scripture emphatically condemns same-sex unions and sexual intercourse between people of the same sex. In the Old Testament, a homosexual relationship was a capital offense, and in the New Testament it is repeatedly condemned (Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13; Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

God designed marriage to be a lifelong relationship. Jesus said, “What God has joined together, let not man separate” (Mark 10:9). The marriage covenant should be kept sacred and unbroken under those conditions stated in the Bible.

Affirming the Proper Context of Human Sexuality
Hebrews 13:4 clearly teaches that sexual intimacy should be reserved for a man and a woman within the context of marriage.

*Above selections borrowed from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) Position Paper on The Sanctity of Marriage.

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