What We Believe
In an age increasingly hostile to truth, our challenge is to express the truth in love as revealed in Scripture to bear witness to Jesus Christ, who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
The “Big Three”
Like every church, we have a full doctrinal statement outlining what we teach. But these are what we call our “Big Three” – the foundational beliefs that drive who we are as a church.
The Bible is a Big Deal
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Everything contained in the Bible has a purpose, and it tells the story of God’s love for humanity. The entirety of the Bible tells the story of God’s redemptive plan for us, revealing how we can have a right relationship with Him through His son, Jesus. It’s a guide to discover and live God’s best for our lives, lives that are filled with joy and purpose.
Jesus is the Biggest Deal
Because we believe the Bible to be God’s truth, what it says about Jesus matters. Everything in the Bible points towards Jesus. We believe His claim that He is the way, He is the truth, He is the way to life, and that He is the only way to God the Father. We believe that if we have a right understanding of who Jesus is, choose to trust Him for salvation, and obediently follow His commands, we are able to experience and know God’s best for our lives.
We live this out by serving, here and around the world.
Jesus was the perfect example of love and service to others. When we understand the Bible, when we know Jesus, it leads to a desire to demonstrate His love through serving others. We desire to care for people, not because it’s a program or activity at the church; we believe we are representatives of Jesus, commissioned to love others here in our community and around the world.
It all begins with God.
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2; Corinthians 13:14
About Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13
About the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under his control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
It involves Man.
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. God created them male and female, as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race.
Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.
It comes down to the Cross.
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46
About Eternal Security.
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the believer.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
It's mapped out in His Book.
About the Bible.
The Bible is God’s word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
It is about Forever.
About End Times.
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth, the dead will be raised, and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord. (see about Salvation above)
Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40,48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:7; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.
It’s to be declared and remembered.
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.
Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross.
Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19:20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
At Sugar Hill Church, we are a community of real people engaging Jesus and others at home, work, play, and church.
We value the inspired, inerrant scriptures of The Bible as God’s Word as our source of direction, authority and leadership in our community of faith and our individual lives.
We value engaging the oddities, diversity and tensions of shared lives. We value the pursuit of healthier relationships with other people and God Himself.
Spiritual Health & Growth
We value the ongoing pursuit of Biblical understanding to the degree that it changes how we live, love and lead; physically, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually.
We value the pursuit of increasingly living our life with an open hand – carefully and prayerfully giving and extending our time, energy, skills and resources towards God’s Kingdom with shared celebration of all He does with it.
We value intentionality in structuring our investments of time, relationships, and resources. We strive to be a part of lives being transformed by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, found in a personal relationship with Jesus in their lives & modeled in ours.
Openly Speaking of the Things of God
We value meaningful conversations that are full of life and joy found in the ways and attitudes of God, especially when they are outside the walls of our buildings and events.
We value prayer as the single greatest resource to change the world. Prayer, both personally and corporately is to bathe all of our strategic plans, activities, ministry efforts and community. Prayer is not an afterthought at Sugar Hill Church. Prayer is the cornerstone of our power, the connecting point of our lives, and the comfort of our faith.