He is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He is the Father of Jesus Christ. He is our Father and will provide for all the needs of our bodies and souls. He is all-present, all-powerful, all-knowing, and without sin.
Jesus The Son
Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and has been with the Father throughout eternity. He came to earth and gave His life as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world. He arose from the dead and is alive forevermore. He is King of Kings, Lord of Lords and victorious over evil. He is the only means of salvation.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son, three person in the triune God. He is “the other comforter”, God with us and God in us to lead, teach, and guide. He is the power of the Church to be witnesses of the Kingdom.
The Bible is the inspired word of God. It is our only guide to show us what we should believe and how we should live. It is for all to read so we may know and understand God’s will for us.
We are by nature sinful and cannot make ourselves right with God. We can only be brought into a right relationship with God by receiving God’s forgiveness through Jesus’ Sacrifice on the cross. We can be given new life through our relationship with Jesus. We are designed for everlasting life.
The church is not a building, but a people who believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Head of the Church and the members are His body. The task of the Church is to make Jesus known throughout the world.
Sacraments are visible signs of God’s invisible grace. We affirm the sacraments of baptism and communion as instituted by Jesus.
Baptism, a sacrament of the church, is a sign of what God has already done for and continues to do for His people. A sign that points us to a deeper reality. A visible sign of an invisible grace. Theologian John Calvin noted that baptism is, “An outward sign by which the Lord seals on our conscience the promises of his good will toward us in order to sustain the weakness of our faith” (Institutes, IV.xiv.1).
We commit to partnership instead of membership. To be a partner at The Ridge you are committed to upholding your part in the relationship. This is to: understand and participate in the mission and vision of The Ridge, to value a culture of family – one that connects relationally and grows spiritually, and to serve the communities we live in and support globally.
Outside of these core beliefs, there is room to disagree. There are some doctrines on which two Christians may agree to disagree, even though they are in the same local church and part of the same leadership team.
Examples include: The dating of events in Genesis, order of events associated with the Lord’s return, and degree of separation from worldly practices. When teaching in any such area, it is made clear these beliefs are not essential for salvation or leadership in the church. We may state the case for our position, but will also acknowledge that sincere and intelligent Christians hold different views.