What we believe

Because we all come from many different backgrounds and cultures and have all had our share of experiences, you might want to discuss the below with one of our elders for further clarity. We encourage questions so ask away! You can also email us at info@cornerstonechurch.co.za.

Plus, check out our forthcoming foundations manual (ask the office for details) if you would like the below explained in more detail.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He came to earth, was conceived of the virgin Mary and healed many who were afflicted with diseases, sin and by the devil. He was eventually crucified on a cross but rose again to life on the third day after his death. Through his death and resurrection he took the sin of mankind upon himself; paid the price for sin on behalf of mankind; broke the power of Satan over mankind; and reconciled God and mankind so that all of us – regardless of culture and background – may know God personally. Jesus opened the way for man to live eternally in God. And this is all the tip of the iceberg!

Read more about Jesus here.

The Bible

We believe that the Christian Bible is inspired by God and infallible. It is to be used to set all matters of doctrine and life for us today – as individuals and together as the Church.

The Trinity

God is one but in three persons. This doctrine is a mystery but is nevertheless true. We believe in God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit, who are all one God.

Humanity’s Fall

We believe that mankind chose to go its own way and be out of relationship with God (Genesis 1:26,26; 3:1,24). This ‘fall’ resulted in sin and death entering the world. (Romans 5). Because God must uphold justice he must judge all of us for our own sins. But because God is also love, he has reconciled mankind to Himself through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Anyone who puts their trust (faith) in Jesus is judged as righteous and no longer as sinful. Those that reject God’s offer to be judged as righteous in Jesus, however, will face eternal destruction.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit – God Himself – lives in every Christian from the moment they put their faith in Jesus. We also believe that the Holy Spirit empowers Christians through dispensing numerous gifts to continue the work of Jesus in this world, which in the Bible is called ‘The Kingdom’.

Baptism

We believe that all Christians, once they put their faith in Jesus, should be baptised in water (full immersion) as a statement to others, themselves and even Satan that they are now ‘within Christ’ and therefore no longer ‘in sin’ and death. (Romans 6.)

Communion

Jesus Christ instructed his followers to always remember him through the breaking of bread. We call this ‘communion’ and regularly obey this ordinance in our meetings.

Apostolic Christianity

Jesus Christ commanded that his Church go and make disciples of all nations (Matt 28). This instruction is encapsulated in the word ‘apostolic’. We are a Church that works not only into our city but also into many nations of the world. We firmly believe that this is a core part of how Christianity should be lived out. This is why we also partner with New Covenant Ministries International (NCMI), a trans-local ministry team that works into many nations. Read more about our relationship with NCMI here.

One Universal Church

The Church of Jesus Christ has a multitude of expressions but is nevertheless still one church as the Church is anyone who has a relationship with Jesus. This means we do not see ourselves in any exclusive way. The purpose of the Church is to further Jesus’ Kingdom by living as Jesus lived and making disciples of all nations (Matt 28), who will then also live as Jesus lived and make disciples, and so it continues.