What We Believe
OUR MISSION and purpose
Leading People to Become Wholly Devoted Followers of Jesus.
To accomplish this, we follow the example of Jesus during his life as written in the Bible. In the church this might be called discipleship, or spiritual formation. At South, we define our process of leading people to become wholly devoted followers of Jesus with our IN, UP, and OUT strategy.
Get IN the Boat. Invite Others into the Boat.
Raise UP the Sails. Go Deeper into Groups.
Get OUT of the Boat. Get Out of the Boat to Serve.
"...What does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statues of the Lord..."
God, all-loving Creator of the heavens and the earth, eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26; John 1:1-2, 4:24; Romans 1:19-20; Ephesians 4:5-6.
Jesus Christ is the eternal and second person of the Trinity. Though fully divine, He became fully human. He was born of the virgin Mary and lived a sinless life. He was crucified for sins he didn't commit, and through his Resurrection, freed all people from the power of sin and death. He will return again, ushering in the eternal Kingdom of God. All who respond to his call to obedience through acceptance of Jesus as our Lord and Savior will live forever with him. (Matthew 1;18-25; John 1:1, 12:44-45; Romans 9:5; Hebrews 4:15; Ephesians 5:2; I Thessalonians 4:16-17)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the eternal and third person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit continually draws us closer to God. When we live a life filled with the Holy Spirit as children of God, as believers we are encouraged, transformed to be like Christ, convicted of sin and empowered to serve others. (John 14:16-17, 16:5-15; Romans 8:9-11; I Corinthians 12:1-31; Galatians 5:22-23)
Salvation, the free gift from God, is God's desire for all humanity to be in right relationship with Him. When we turn away from a self-centered life to a God-centered one,and accept the free gift of life that Christ accomplished in His death and resurrection, we receive new and eternal life. (John 3:16-17, 14:6; Ephesians 2:8-10; I Timothy 2:4; I John 2:2)
The Bible is the expressed Word of God and is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16; Psalm 119:89-91; II Peter 1:20-21.
Unity is essential to the body of believers, the Church. Though there are many expressions of the Church in our world, there is only one universal Church, which is made up of all who have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Church exists to be the body of Christ in the world today. (Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:11-16)