At White Stone Fellowship, we hold to the traditional historic confessions common to the Christian faith throughout the centuries. We believe that:
- God exists as One yet Three distinct persons: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. All three are eternally co-existent; there is never a moment when all three are not God. This truth is attested to in the whole of scripture, from Genesis to Revelation.* Genesis 1:1-2, 26; Genesis 11:6-7; Isaiah 6:8; Isaiah 48:16-17; Isaiah 9:6; Psalm 2:6-7; John 1:1-3, 14 ; Matthew 3:16-17; 1 Peter 1:1-2; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Colossians 1:15-17.
The word translated God throughout the Old Testament is elohim, a plural noun but used with singular verb forms. In the original Hebrew text, God speaks of Himself in the plural. For a more detailed exploration of how the Old Testament supports the doctrine of the Trinity, these articles are very helpful:
- God is the eternal, uncreated Creator of all that exists. The Scriptures further explain that Jesus Christ, the Word of God, is the person of the Triune Godhead responsible for creation. Genesis 1-2; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16-17
- God created humans in His image to rule the earth on His behalf with Himself as King. Humanity was deceived by Satan, the Accuser, and willfully sinned against God, bringing sin and death to the world. Even now, all creation groans under the curse of death. All mankind exists in this state of living death, separated from God by their rebellion and powerless to rescue or redeem themselves by any means they possess. Genesis 1:26-28; Genesis 3; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:20-22; Ephesians 2:1-9
- Jesus Christ is God incarnate, the Word made flesh. He is both fully human, born of a virgin woman, and fully God, and is therefore uniquely qualified to be the Mediator between God and Man. His atoning death on the cross completely satisfied the penalty for the sin of all mankind: past, present, and future. His blood fully absorbed the wrath of God and Christ’s victorious work was finished on the cross, as testified by His declaration “TETELESTAI!” meaning “paid in full.” John1:1; Colossians 1:15, 19; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 9:11-27; Romans 5:6-11; John 19:30
- Jesus rose from the grave in a physical body after three days as the firstborn of a new humanity, redeemed and recreated to rule a renewed and restored Earth, as prophesied by both Old Testament prophets and by Christ Himself (as well as other New testament writers). His resurrection was God’s seal that His sacrifice was acceptable as payment for humanity’s sin and proof that He was in fact the Risen Lord of Life. John 20; Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 15:20; Revelation 21; Isaiah 65:17-25; Acts 2:32-33; Romans 1:4
- Jesus ascended to the Father to prepare a place for His followers and has promised to return at the end of the age to usher in His Kingdom where a renewed humanity will reign with Him over a renewed Heaven and Earth. No man knows the day or time when Christ will return, but He will return at a time known only to the Father. 2 Timothy 2:11-12; Daniel 7:27; Matthew 24:36; Acts 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3
- Salvation from sin and communion with God is now available to all exclusively through Jesus Christ. It is a free gift of God and cannot be earned by any man-made works of righteousness; salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. However, true saving faith always results in repentance and a changed life. The scripture teaches that genuine faith should bear the outward evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit’s inward regenerative work. These outward works do not save you, but rather, are the evidence that you have indeed been born again to a new life in Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 6; Acts 4:12; James 2:14-26; Luke 8:4-15; Matthew 25:31-46; Galatians 5:16-24; 2 Corinthians 5:17
- The Holy Spirit comes to indwell the life of every believer at the moment they place their faith in Jesus Christ. The primary stated mission of the Holy Spirit is the sanctification of the believer. Jesus also said that He would bring conviction of sins, recall the teachings of Christ, and give understanding of the scriptures.
- The Spirit give gifts to every believer for the express stated purpose of “building up” of the church and are to be used for “the common good” of the community of faith. The gifts are expressions of the Holy Spirit and are distributed by God to believers by His grace as it pleases Him. We can, however, pray to receive certain gifts and are even encouraged in the scriptures to “earnestly seek” them. Joel 2:28-29; Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 14:16-17, 26; John 15:26; John 16:7-14; Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-3; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; 1 Corinthians 14:1
- Until the time of His return, we are to fulfill the mission Christ gave first to His disciples and recorded in Matthew 28:18-20 to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I commanded.” The mission of White Stone Fellowship is to “proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.” (Colossians 1:28)
- The Holy Bible is the inerrant, infallible, and inspired Word of God. It is God’s revelation of Himself, His character, His nature, and His purposes, and we yield solely to its authority in every area of life. 2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 15:4; Psalm 119:105; Hebrews 4:12-14; John 17:17; 2 Peter 1:3-4, 20-21
- There are two ordinances that the Lord commanded His church to practice until He returns: Communion and Baptism:
- Communion, or The Lord’s Supper as it is often referred to, is only for those who have placed their faith in Christ alone and become followers of Jesus. It is a symbolic celebration recalling the Lord’s death for our sins and His promise to return to bring His Kingdom fully on the earth. Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30
- Baptism is to be understood as a solemn initiation into the family of God. The act of being baptized does not save or cleanse; only the blood of Jesus can do that when applied to the believer by grace through faith in Christ. The believer in Christ enters the baptismal waters to publicly identify with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection, and to obey to the Lord’s command to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is the first step of repentance for the new believer and should not be delayed if at all possible. Matthew 3:13-15; Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Colossians 2:12; Mark 16:16; Romans 6:4-5