Sundays at 9:00am & 10:45am 2400 Edgelea Drive, Lafayette, IN 47909

City Church

HELPING PEOPLE TO KNOW GOD, GROW TOGETHER, AND SERVE OTHERS

Foundational Beliefs

What does Cornerstone believe? We’re glad you asked! We believe that Scripture is the inspired word of God and not just the result of the experiences of many good men. 

 We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired of God; that it is truth without any admixture of error for its matter and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian union; and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

 By “The Holy Bible” we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which as originally written, does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.

 By “Inspired” we mean that the books of the Bible were written by bold men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired. Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:160; Proverbs 30:5-6; Acts 1:16; II Timothy 3:16-17.

    The True God

We believe that there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; and in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Genesis 17:1; Exodus 15:11; Exodus 20:2-3; Psalm 83:18; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 147:5; Jeremiah 10:10; John 4:24; John 10:30; John 17:5; Romans 11:33; I Corinthians 8:6; I Corinthians 12:4-6; Ephesians 4:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 1:17; I John 5:17; Revelation 4:1.

  The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person in the Trinity, is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the Evil One until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; and that He is the agent in the New Birth that seals, endures, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer. Genesis 1:1-3; John 14:16, 26; John 15:26-27; John 16:8-11, 13; Acts 5:30-32; Romans 8:16, 26-27; II Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 9:14.

   The Devil or Satan

We believe Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors, but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels. He is now the malignant prince of the power of the air and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man’s great tempter and the enemy of God and His Christ; the accuser of the saints; the author of all false religions; the chief power behind the present apostasy; the lord of the antichrist; and the author of all the powers of darkness. We believe Satan is destined to final defeat at the hands of God’s own Son and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels. Ezekiel 28:14-17; Isaiah 14:12-15; Matthew 4:1-3; Luke 22:3-4; II Corinthians 11:13-15; Ephesians 2:2; I Thessalonians 3:5; II Thessalonians 2:8-11; I Peter 5:8; II Peter 2:4; I John 2:22; I John 4:13; II John 7; Jude 6; Revelation 12:7-9; Revelation 20:10.

    Creation

We believe in the Genesis account of creation and that it is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness; that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly; and God’s established law was: they should bring forth only “after their kind.” Genesis 1:1, 11, 15-16, 20-24; Nehemiah 9:6; Jeremiah 10:12; John 1:3; Acts 17:24-25; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3.

   The Fall of Man

We believe man was created in innocence under the law of his maker but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state. The consequence of man’s choice is that all mankind are now sinners and under just condemnation without excuse or defense. Genesis 3:1-6; Ezekiel 18:19-20; Romans 1:20, 28, 32; Romans 3:10-19; Romans 5:12; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:1-3.

    The Virgin Birth

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman; and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son. Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Mark 1:1; Luke 1:35; John 1:14; Galatians 4:4.

  The Atonement For Sins

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; and having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate, and all-sufficient Savior. Isaiah 53:11; Acts 15:11; John 3:16; John 4:14; Romans 3:24-25; I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; Ephesians 2:8; Hebrews 12:2; I Peter 2:24; I Peter 3:18.

   Grace in the New Creation

We believe in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and sin is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith, and newness of life. John 3:3, 6-7; Romans 6:23; II Corinthians 5:17, 19; Ephesians 2:1; II Peter 1:4; I John 5:1.

 The Freeness of Salvation

We believe in God’s election grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and does not prevent the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but it is his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel that involves him in an everlasting condemnation. We do not support the position of unconditional election to salvation, limited atonement of salvation, or irresistible grace at salvation. Isaiah 55:6-7; Matthew 11:28; John 3:16-18, 36; John 6:37; John 15:6-7; Acts 2:38; Romans 10:13; I Corinthians 15:10; Ephesians 2: 4-5; I Timothy 1:15; Titus 1:1-2; Titus 2:11; I John 2:2; Revelation 22:17.

 Justification

We believe that Justification is the great gospel blessing that Christ secures to such as believe in Him; that Justification includes the pardon of sin and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; and that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness that we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood. Acts 13:39; Romans 4:1-8; Romans 5:1,9; Romans 8:1; Galatians 3:11; Titus 3:5-7.

 Repentance and Faith

We believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations, inseparable graces, and wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God. Being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, by way of salvation through Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy. At this time we heartily receive the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confess Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior. Isaiah 55:6-7; Mark 1:15; Luke 18:13; Acts 2:37-38; Acts 20:21; Romans 10:9-13.

 The Church

We believe a local church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word. We believe the true mission of the church is founded on the Great Commission: First, to make individual disciples; Second, to build up the church; and Third, to teach and instruct as He has commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations, and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit. We believe it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; and on all matters of membership, policy of government, discipline, and benevolence, the will of the local church is final. Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 15:22-23; I Corinthians 8:11-12; I Corinthians 11:2; I Corinthians 12:4; II Corinthians 8:23-24; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:11-12; Colossians 1:18.

 Baptism

We believe that a Christian’s Baptism is the immersion in water as a believer after he is saved, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit), with the approval of the local church. Baptism is a solemn and beautiful emblem, representing our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior. We do not believe a Christian is in complete obedience to Christ if he refuses to be baptized. Scriptural Baptism is a pre-requisite to the privileges of church membership. Matthew 3:6, 16; Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 8:36-39.

 Communion

The Lord’s Supper is a fellowship wherein believers only, by the sacred use of bread and fruit of the vine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ and the blessed hope of His Second Coming. Communion should be preceded by solemn self-examination. I Corinthians 11:23-28.

 The Security of the Saints

We believe that those who are born again are secure in the eternal salvation of divine provision and are kept by the unlimited power of God, the unbounded love of Christ, and the unbreakable seal of the Spirit. John 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39; Ephesians 1:13-14; Philippians 1:6; I Peter 1:3-5.

 The Righteous and the Wicked

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and sanctified by the Spirit of God (at the moment of salvation) are truly righteous in His esteem; and all that continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse, and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting happiness of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. Malachi 3:18; Matthew 7:13-14; Matthew 25:34-41; Romans 1:17; Romans 6:16-18; Romans 7:6; I John 2:29; I John 3:7.

 Civil Government (City, County, State, and Federal)

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed, except in things openly opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth. Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:7; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13-14, 17.

 The Resurrection

We believe Christ rose bodily “the third day” according to the Scriptures; He ascended “To the right hand of the throne of God;” and He alone is our merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God. Matthew 28:6-7; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:4-6, 39; John 14:3; John 20:27; I Corinthians 15:4, 42-44; I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 12:2.

 Premillennial Return of Christ

We believe “That this same Jesus that is taken up from you into Heaven shall come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven” bodily, personally, and visibly; that the “Dead in Christ shall rise first;” that the living saints “Shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump;” “That the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David;” and that “Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness upon this earth until He hath put all enemies under His feet.” Luke 1:32; Acts 1:11; I Corinthians 15:25, 51-53; I Thessalonians 4:16-17.

 Rapture of the Church

We believe in a pre-tribulation rapture of the church. We base this belief on the following:

  1. Scripture passages dealing with the Rapture must be interpreted literally, not allegorically.

  1. The rapture of the Church is IMMINENT. I Corinthians 15:53; James 5: 8-9.

  1. The Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ are separate events, and the Tribulation is the time that exists between the two events.

  1. The Church is not appointed to go through the Tribulation Period. I Thessalonians 1:10, 5:9; Revelation 3:10.

  1. The Church is never mentioned or eluded to in any key passages dealing with the Tribulation. This fact is clearly evident in Revelation, Chapters 6 through 19, where the Church is conspicuously absent.

If you would like additional information about our beliefs and practices, we would encourage you to contact the church office.