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What We Believe

The Bible, God's word to us is central to our relationship with God a nd each other. While there are some areas where sincere Christians agree to disagree, the Bible makes it clear that certain truths are essential convictions of the Christian Faith. Church @ the Southgate considers these to be the following:

The Bible
We believe God inspired human authors to write the sixty-six books of the Bible in such a way that the entire unified work is God's absolutely true and trustworthy revelation, as well as, His authoritative guide and standard for the way we live.
(Psalm 119:105, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)

About God
We believe that there is one true living God, who eternally exists in three persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that He is the loving Creator and Sustainer of everything that exists, and that He is infinitely knowledgeable, powerful and good.
(Genesis 1:1, John 1:1-4, 2 Corinthians 13:13)

About Jesus
We believe all that the Bible reveals about Jesus, including His identity as the eternal Son of God, His virgin birth, His morally perfect life, His miracles, His death on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, His triumphant bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, and His return to earth to finish His saving mission and judge humanity.
(John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:15-20,Matthew 20:17-19)

The Holy Spirit
God the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and unrighteousness, works in the life of each believer to produce godly character qualities and demonstrates Himself, in the life of the church, through special abilities given to each believer to carry out the work of the church. He is Comforter, Teacher, Wisdom and Counselor. He is the Baptizer. He still baptizes believers with power to be His witnesses as on the day of Pentecost.
(John 16:7-13, Galatians 5:22-25, Acts 1:4-8, Acts 2:1-4)

Humanity
Mankind was created in God's image, good and upright. But the Fall of Man came by willful choice when man ignored God's instructions... choosing to do what was evil. As a result man fell from innocence and incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.
(Genesis 1:27, Romans 3:23)

Salvation
Salvation is deliverance from spiritual death and enslavement by sin. God provides salvation for all who believe and accept His free offer of forgiveness. Man's only hope of redemption from the fallen sinful state is through the blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son-blood that was shed as Jesus died on the cross. Salvation is received as a person repents before God for his sins and believes in the fact that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ removes and brings forgiveness for his sin. In response to placing faith in God's love and free gift of salvation, one experiences a spiritual rebirth (born again), the renewing work of the Holy Spirit, and is declared right with God. At the moment of salvation, a person becomes heir to God's promised hope of eternal life.
(Romans 5:8,9; Romans 6:23)

The Church
We believe in the universal church, which consists of everyone whom God saves through
Christ. We believe that the local churches are to be congregations of baptized believers, who seek to live as Christ commands, observe His ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper, whose mission is to carry His message of hope to our communities and the world. Church @ The Southgate welcomes people from different faith backgrounds or no faith background to explore at their own pace what it means to know God and live for Him through the ministry of The Southgate.
(Ephesians 2:19-22,Ephesians 4:11-16)

Worship
We view worship from two sides; adoration and service. Worship could be defined as pure adoration, the redeemed person contemplating and praising God in His holy perfection. Reverential adoration and committed service are both prominent expressions of the biblical concept of worship. True worship involves a willingness to serve and genuine service to God must be accompanied by a sense of reverence and adoration and a life lived that reflects both.
(Psalm 95:6-7, Ephesians 2:10, Romans 12:1-2)

Last Things
We believe that in God's perfect time, He will bring the present age to its appropriate end.
At that time, Jesus Christ will return to earth from heaven to finish His saving mission and
judge all people fairly. Those who reject Christ face eternal punishment apart from Him.
Those who know Him as their Savior and Lord will spend eternity in heaven with Him.
(John 14:1-7, Matthew 24, Acts 1:9-11)