BELIEFS


Below you will find a detailed description of The Summit’s doctrinal and theological beliefs in relation to the major areas of Christianity and the Biblical basis for each.


The Bible

The Bible is God’s unique communication tool for people. God inspired people to record His words in written form. Because it is given to us by God, it establishes absolute truth and serves as the supreme instruction book for life. It is the infallible and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches, a status that no other writings can claim. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Psalm 119: 89, 105, 140, 160; Matthew 5:18)


God

There is only one God. He is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He exists in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each one is fully God yet remains personally distinct from the others. (Genesis 1:1-31; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2; Jeremiah 10:10; Ephesians 4:4-6; John 4:24; 1 Corinthians 8:6)


Jesus

Jesus is the Son of God, and is co-equal with Him. He was born to a virgin, lived a sinless human life, and willingly offered Himself as the complete sacrifice for the sins of the world. He physically died and physically arose from the dead. He is now in Heaven serving as our advocate and mediator with the Father. One day He will return for His church and then take reign as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:18-25; John 10:30; John 19, 20; Romans 4:25; Romans 5:8; Romans 15-20; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)


The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world in the lives of believers in order to make people aware of their need for Christ. From the moment one receives Christ, the Holy Spirit lives inside the believer. He gives each believer spiritual gifts and provides them with the power, the understanding, and the guidance for living a life pleasing to God. (John 16:7-15; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 4:30; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 12:4, 13; 1 John 2:27)


People

All people were created in God’s image. People are separated from God because of sin and remain separated because of unbelief. Central to the message of the Bible is that God loves people in spite of their sin and invites them into a personal relationship with Himself through His Son Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2; John 3:16-17; Romans 5:8)


Salvation

Apart from Jesus Christ all people are spiritually lost and, because of sin, deserve the judgment of God. However, God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who turns from their unbelief and places their faith in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on their behalf. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that is only received when one stops trusting in anything/anyone but Christ alone and places faith in His complete payment on the cross for their sin. (Romans 3:10-12; 5:8, 17; Isaiah 64:6; John 3:15-18; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9; Romans 8:1; Titus 3:5)


Eternity

Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. Unbelievers are separated from God and, at the last judgment, forever condemned. Believers are welcomed into God’s loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him while on earth. (John 3:16; Hebrews 9:27; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:8; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; 1 John 2:25; Revelation 20:15)


The Church

All believers are members of the family of God, also called the Body of Christ; this is the one true universal church. This spiritual union crosses all ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, generational, gender, and denominational lines. The local church is made up of a congregation of believers who meet for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and fellowship with each other. Within it, believers use their God- given gifts and passions and invest their time, energy, and resources to help people connect with God and become fully devoted followers of Christ.(Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:11-13; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 12; Matthew 16:18; Matthew 28:19-20)