We believe

In one God revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In God the Father who governs the earth according to His will and purpose.

In God the Son who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, died on a cross, was buried and raised from the dead in order to provide the way for us to be brought back into relationship with God.

In God the Holy Spirit who prompts us to repent and live according to the principles of God’s Kingdom, producing the fruits and imparting the gifts of the Spirit for successful living and serving.

In the church universal made up of all those who have been called out of darkness into the light, have placed their faith in Jesus for salvation and who live under His Lordship.

In the Bible as the only written Word of God and the ultimate authority for what we believe and the way we are to live.

In the visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ in great glory and power to receive into heaven all those who have personally received Jesus as Savior and Lord and to send to hell all those who have not accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord.

How we apply it

We are to look outward to the needs of others:

We hold the conviction that as a body of believers, we exist not only to see our needs met, but also to meet the needs of those around us. From our neighbor next door to a hurting person on the other side of the world, we are to see and meet the needs of others. (Phil 2:4)

Value: We value evangelism. Everything we do as a congregation needs to be done with an eye toward reaching lost people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Just as in the early church, God added to their number daily those who were being saved, we desire this same dynamic in our congregations.

Form: The form evangelism takes in our congregations include networks of cells organized around a target group as in men’s cells, woman’s cells, youth cells etc. These networks of small groups act as a net to contain the harvest God is bringing. We also promote various congregational outreaches as well as one on one contact.

Strong relationships are vital to a healthy congregation:

We hold the conviction that a relationship with God, relationships between people, and a relationship with the world are at the core of what it means to be a New Testament church in the 21st century. We are therefore a highly relational people. Everything we do involves building up one of these relationships.

Value: We value a view of ministry in which people, not programs, are the focus. We embrace a philosophy of ministry that loves people for who they are, accepts them as they are and forgives them no matter what they may have done in the past.

Form: The form that this takes is embracing the “one another” ministries found in the New Testament. We are told to care for one another. We are told to encourage one another. We are to build each other up and to give to one another, as there is need. This is best done in the context of the multiplication cells where people learn to know each other and can share their joys and sorrows; their weakness and strengths. It is here that bonded relationships occur and true ministry and caring can take place.

Value: We also value mentoring as the best way to make disciples. Mentoring involves a relationship where someone older in the faith takes spiritual responsibility for someone younger. They are there to speak into the person’s life, answer questions, deal with life situations and in general raise up the new believer and disciple them in the ways of the Lord.

Form: There are several places where these kinds of relationships are established. One is as a cell leader. Here the leader relates to newer believers as a mentor and friend leading them into a deeper, discipled walk with Jesus. Another is as a leader of a leadership cell. Here, the leader has a cell of leaders and has become a long-term spiritual father for those he has raised up in ministry. Yet another way that these relationships are experienced is in one-on-one ministry time and experience.

The Bible is the Word of God:

We hold the conviction that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God. His Word guides us in the ways we are to live and conduct our lives in every aspect. We hold to a “high view” of scripture and believe that we are to bring our experience up to the level of scripture rather than bring scripture down to the level of our experience. (2 Tim 3:16-17)

Value: We value the Bible as the instructions God has given us to order our lives by. His Word is the standard by which all of life must be measured. We believe that the scriptures are the highest authority that supersedes all other personal revelation, corporate discernment, or group tradition. When other revelation disagrees with scripture, the scripture is to be recognized as the highest authority.

Form: The way this is worked out in our midst is that the Bible is the foundation for all teaching and preaching that happens in our congregation. We prophetically preach and teach the Word of God giving priority to making personal life application for daily living. The Bible tells us that the Word is living and the Holy Spirit uses God’s Word to cut the good from the bad and the right from the wrong. The Word causes us to grow up in Christ and become all He intends for us to be.

Spiritual gifts are for today:

We hold the conviction that the spiritual gifts as described in the New Testament and as modeled in the book of Acts are for today’s church. We believe that the full range of gifts is available to build up the congregation and to reach those who do not yet know Jesus Christ. (1 Cor 12:7-11)

Value: We value every believer as a minister of the spiritual gifts God has placed within them. Every believer has the Holy Spirit and every believer can operate in spiritual gifts with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The local body needs all the gifts operating in some form to be healthy and accomplish the purpose God has for it. The goal is for the life of Christ to be flowing in every aspect of our ministry.

Form: The contexts in which spiritual gifts are expressed are in the worship celebrations, ministries, and small groups. Here believers lay hands on one another and minister healing, deliverance, encouragement, prophetic words, words of wisdom or knowledge, tongues and interpretation thereof to build up the individual who has the need. In the ministry of the celebration service, prayer and laying on of hands occur and spiritual gifts are imparted. in our Transformation / Recovery / Healing ministries, a more extended time is taken with each individual as root causes of problem behaviors are identified and healing and restoration are ministered into the life of each individual.

We are to be a giving people:

We hold the conviction that it is better to give than to receive. Giving as a lifestyle of time, energy and resources to the work of the Lord is important to us. We believe in the stewardship of all of life. God has given us everything and we are a steward of that with which He has blessed us with. (Luke 6:38)

Value: We value being a good steward of every resource God has given. Tithing is a starting place as we bring ten percent of our gross income and place it within the local congregation. Offerings are given as the Lord lays needs or burdens on our heart. These are over and above the tithe. Time is given to lead cells, minister healing to people, equip the congregation, or serve the body in some way.

Form: The form this takes is stewardship of resources through tithing, offerings, faith promise mission giving, sacrificial offerings for buildings, giving time to the vision and work of the congregation, and seeing all of life as a gift from God to be used wisely in His service.

We believe in sending people out:

Value: We value cross-cultural missions. Missions are the lifeblood of our congregations as it forces us to look beyond ourselves and beyond our immediate church family. Many times congregations and pastors in other cultures do not have the same economic advantages we enjoy or the same resources for ministry that we have. By coming alongside other cross-cultural congregations, we network together to help strengthen all parties involved.

Form: The form this currently takes is that of sending out missionaries both to start new churches in other cultures and coming alongside existing works to help in their further development. We also participate in Faith Promise Mission giving to support both our own missionaries and network pastors, but also to support other missionaries and mission organizations as funds are released. We also actively work at networking with national pastors and congregations to expand our relationships around the world.

We have a mandate of healing:

We hold the conviction that as a Restoration congregation we have a mandate to bring healing to hurting persons. Healing of the body, soul, mind and spirit are at the heart of what Jesus accomplished at the cross and we, as his people, are anointed to go and do likewise. (James 5:16; Luke 4:18-19)

Value: We value the restoration of the total person; past, present and future. We believe in getting to roots of spiritual and emotional problems and not just addressing the symptoms. God has a plan for each person who comes to Him and it is our job as a congregation to bring healing into people’s pasts so they can grow into their God-given future.

Form: One way this is currently worked out is through our Encounters. An Encounter is a time to encounter God and the cross in a deep and life-changing way. The cross is raised as the power of God unto salvation and the answer to each individual’s collection of hurts and strongholds. Another form this takes is in our Restoration ministry teams. Areas of Recovery, Healing and Deliverance are focused on individuals specific circumstances and needs Here people are given more time and attention as many problems need more than a weekend to uncover. Different healing and deliverance tools are used to bring healing and restoration to the total person.

Congregations are to be leader led:

We hold the conviction that congregations are to be lead by the person God has set in place as the visionary leader of the group. The presiding elder has the final decision over all aspects of congregational life and vision. He is not in absolute authority however, as he is to be submitted to the Cornerstone Apostolic Council and a spiritual father. (Acts 14:38)

Value: We value vision for without a vision the people perish. The vision, as defined by the leadership, brings focus and life to the work of the congregation. As vision is given to lead, the people are released to follow. This function of leadership is the spiritual gift of ruling or governing and is vital to the health and unity of the congregation. We also value the council of others within the congregation in making decisions involving their specific areas of expertise including, finance, missions, or administration.

Form: The forms that are currently being used are having a Senior Pastor who is the presiding elder within the congregation. This person is the chairman of the board of directors, the president of the corporation, and the Senior Pastor. This person also makes or delegates to staff the daily decisions needed to allow the congregation to run smoothly and accomplish its mission. We have Elders who come alongside the Senior Pastor and act as a sounding board for direction and ministry ideas as well as take pastoral responsibility for the congregation. We also have a Leadership Council made up of small group leaders, ministry leaders as well as the pastoral staff and elders. This group acts as a sounding board for major decisions that affect the whole congregation. There are also various advisory task forces organized around a specific ministry need or task.

Only believers are to be baptized:

We hold the conviction that persons who have accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord need to be baptized soon after their conversion. We do not baptize infants. We do baptize on confession of faith. We dedicate infants to the Lord with the anticipation that as they come to an age of accountability they will make a commitment to Jesus themselves. (Acts 2:38-39)

Value: We value baptism upon confession of faith. If a person has already been baptized before coming to a Restoration church we do not require them to be re-baptized unless the Holy Spirit leads them to do so. We do, however, encourage immersion in obedience to the Word of God.

Form: Our form of baptism is immersion in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Baptisms can happen in a baptismal pool in a church building, in a swimming pool, at the beach, or anywhere there is enough water to do so. Any believer may be used to baptize someone, but the normal pattern is to use those in leadership positions like pastors, elders or cell leaders.

Every congregation needs a discipleship system:

We hold the conviction that every congregation needs a discipleship system that takes a person from being a new believer and equips them to fulfill the calling which God has for them. We take a “line upon line”, “precept upon precept” approach as each principle is taught and then reaffirmed at each step along the way. (Mt 28:19-20)

Value: We value every believer being equipped to fulfill the purpose and vision God has for them. We ask that every person involved in leadership or ministry within the congregation go through the equipping track as a preparation for ministry, even those who come from other congregations. Many times we find gaps in the training of persons coming from other traditions. We therefore ask that everyone go through the same equipping track so that everyone in the congregation understands the Cornerstone vision and are onboard with it.

Form: The current form that this takes is the Restoration Equipping System. The equipping system has four steps, the first of which is an introduction to the Restoration congregation, the second includes our Restoration basics class, an Encounter and our Biblical Basics for those who are new believers; the third with Ministry Training and the fourth with finding your place in kingdom ministry. We also offer classes to help you hear God’s voice, strengthen your marriage and family, become a small group leader, get a handle on your finances and others as the need arises.

Balance in spiritual things:

We hold the conviction that balance is important in all aspects of congregational life. We seek to see the big picture of what God is doing and stay in the center of His will rather than following every trend or pattern found in other church streams. The vision determines the decisions we make and our convictions and values keep us on course in obedience to God.

Value: We value finding the center of God’s will and doing the basic things well. Our vision is to establish Christian communities through small groups and experience the same spiritual dynamics as the New Testament church experienced. They devoted themselves to four primary things: The Apostles’ teaching, the breaking of bread, fellowship, and prayer. This provides a basic pattern for us to follow.

Form: The way this gets worked out is that we try to find balance in all areas of congregational life and doctrine. For example, we strive for balance between the Holy Spirit and the Holy Scriptures. We balance order and spontaneity in worship. We find balance between what God has to do and what we have to do. We find balance between personal revelation and corporate vision. We feel that these kind of spiritual paradoxes need to be held in tension with one another because both sides have scriptural support.

The entire celebration service is a worship experience:

We hold the conviction that the entire weekend celebration service is a worship experience. From the music before the service actually starts, to the fellowship after the service ends, it is all worship. We therefore believe that worship includes not only the musical praise and worship, but the proclamation of God’s Word and our response to it as well. (Ps 95:6-7)

Value: We value a unified worship experience, understanding that every part of the celebration service can be used to glorify God. We see the senior pastor of each local congregation as the worship leader who is responsible to lead the people into the presence of God. As a worship leader, he may enlist the help of psalmists, musicians, dancers, teachers, ministers, intercessors or other members of the body in parts of the worship experience.

Form: The form of worship we use is four-fold. In the first part, called celebration we praise God for what He has done in our lives and the lives of those around us. This is characterized by faster music including dancing, clapping, shouting as well as the congregational announcements, offerings, and testimonies. In the second part, called adoration, we worship God for who He is. The attention is on who He is and our love and adoration for Him. This is characterized by slower music addressed directly to God. In the third part, called proclamation, God’s Word is preached as we hear what God wants us to hear on that particular occasion. This takes the form of a sermon, a prophetic word, or a piece of special music or dance. In the fourth part, called exultation, we respond to God’s Word and allow His presence to change us. Songs of response, commitment, and dedication, as well as congregational declarations and altar ministry characterize, this. This section is usually ended with an upbeat song of praise as the service ends.

Both large group and small group experiences are necessary:

We hold the conviction that congregational life needs both large group and small group experiences to maintain a healthy spiritual walk with the Lord. Some elements of congregational life happen best within a large group of people. Some elements of congregational life happen best within smaller groups of people. Some leaders have used the expression “the two-winged church” to describe how the body needs both wings in order to fly. (Acts 2:46-47)

Value: We value large group celebrations that allow us to experience God in the midst of the gathered body of Christ. As we celebrate God’s presence among us, Jesus is lifted up in praise and worship, His Word is proclaimed and responded to. We also value small group cells that allow us to experience Christian community with Jesus being in our midst. Each cell (small group) member is valued, and built up as ministry one to another takes place.

Form: The forms we currently use to live out the above mentioned values is our weekend worship celebrations and our weekday cell strategy. In the worship celebration, all the cells meet together for a time of worship and teaching. In our cell strategy, each person is blessed with a small group community in which they are brought to the Lord, made solid in their faith, discipled and sent out to reach their friends and co-workers with the gospel. Each cell meets weekly or biweekly and the cell leader becomes a spiritual mentor and parent to those in the cell.

We can experience church like we read about in the New Testament.

We hold the conviction that the New Testament, especially the book of Acts, holds for us today the experiences that should be normative for the 21st century church. What God did then He will and is doing again in our day. Our desire as a Restoration movement is to find ourselves in the streams that contain God’s blessing and anointing. (Joel 2:28)

Value: We value the spiritual dynamic found in the New Testament and specifically in the book of Acts. God was moving. Miracles were happening. People were moving from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. People were being healed and delivered. Life was happening. We value that life found in relationship with and obedience to Jesus Christ.