CORE BELIEFS

What we believe


The core beliefs of Shadowbrook stand in line with historic Christianity. Unity in these beliefs help the membership of Shadowbrook embrace the same purposes and priorities along with protecting the purity of the church. We hold that these beliefs reflect the essential elements of the Christian faith as described in the Bible and while not a complete list of every belief we hold, they summarize those beliefs we hold in common as foundational and central.

We realize that people will come with different levels of spiritual maturity and understanding of these beliefs and do not require that one be an “expert” in their understanding of each of these beliefs. However, denial or rejection of any of these beliefs will prohibit one from becoming a member at Shadowbrook.

The Bible

We believe that the Holy Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself, being fully written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit through human authors. We believe that it is entirely true and sufficient and has complete authority in all matters of life and faith.

God

We believe that there is one living and true God, who is the Creator of all things and Ruler of all things. We believe that God eternally exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that these are without division of nature or being and co-equal in every divine perfection.

God, The Father

We believe that God the Father, orders and directs all things according to His own purpose, pleasure and grace. We believe that He graciously involves Himself in the affairs of mankind, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son and became flesh and was fully God and fully man. We believe in His virgin conception by the Holy Spirit and that He led a sinless life in complete obedience to God, the Father. We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins as a substitutionary sacrifice and that all who believe in Him are declared righteous on the basis of His shed blood. We believe in His bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, continual intercession for his people, and His personal and visible return to earth.

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is present in the world to convict the world of sin and their need for Christ. We believe that He regenerates, seals and sets apart the believer to a holy life, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.

The Fall of Man

We believe that God created man and woman in His own image and free from sin, but they willfully sinned against Him and thereby incurred physical, spiritual, and eternal death, which is separation from God. We also believe that as a result, all human beings have been born with a nature of sin that is opposed to God and His law, and in need of salvation through Christ.

Salvation

We believe that salvation from our sin can only come from faith in the finished and complete work of Jesus Christ. Salvation is not based upon any work or accomplishment of man, and that we cannot add to the work of Christ or complete it by our own acts. We believe that all who trust Christ for their salvation are redeemed and secure forever.

The Family

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society.  It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.  It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image.  The marriage relationship models the way God relates to his people.  A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family.  A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.  She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.  Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage.  Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth.  Children are to honor and obey their parents.

The Church

We believe that all those who place faith in Christ are part of the universal church, a living spiritual body of which the Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe that God has called individual believers to live in community together for the purpose of encouragement, accountability and maturity of one another. We believe that God has established offices of leadership and organization in the local church, consisting of pastor/elder and deacons to lead and serve the body.

Last Things

We believe that God will bring the world to its appropriate end in His own way and in His own time. We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory and victory. We believe that those who have trusted Christ will receive glorified bodies and live with Christ for eternity. We believe that those who have not placed faith in the work of Christ for their salvation will spend eternity separated from God in eternal suffering and punishment.


While we hold these core beliefs as primary, foundational and essential for the unity of the body, we also are in agreement with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. While there may be some variance of belief among the membership on some of the secondary beliefs listed in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, members are not to be divisive over these issues.