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Our Beliefs

Our Mission

Our desire is to Love people one at a time, Feed them the word of God, Connect them to God through prayer and worship, and Motivate them to serve others for the glory of God.

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We think people are looking for more than a loving church; they are looking for one that values them as an individual. As an effort to reflect the God who knows us all by name, we make every effort to focus on individuals rather than crowds. We believe this is best accomplished in groups, and therefore, we leverage our groups’ ministry as the primary means by which we love people one at a time.

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We know that people need much more than just Sunday entertainment - they need the power of God’s word. We take seriously the task of teaching scripture and place the highest priority on the efficacy of the gospel.

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Truth be told, it’s only a church if people are genuinely experiencing God. We know that God’s presence is not just a benefit of our faithful gathering, it is the point entirely! Therefore, we challenge people to grow in their worship experience, both privately and corporately.

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We believe that God has positioned his church to make a difference in the world. That requires that we move beyond going to church, and that we start being the church! We desire to motivate you to serve in a way that makes a difference in our church, in our community, and the world around us.

"We are redeemed messy people pointing other messy people to the gospel of Jesus."

Our Beliefs

This Statement covers the core elements of biblical teachings that we believe and teach here at Cumberland. However, it does not completely cover all our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, is the final authority concerning truth, morality, and how we are called to live our lives and is the sole and final source of all that we believe.

The Word

Belief Statement: We believe Scripture is God’s inspired, inerrant and infallible word.

Full Statement: God’s Word is living and active and can absolutely transform lives. The whole Bible points us to Jesus, his gospel, and its implications for our lives. The Bible is the authoritative voice of God and is a complete, finished, inerrant and inspired word to guide and rule our lives. Therefore, Cumberland is passionate to feed people Biblical truth and the power of the Gospel held within (Romans 1:16).

Supporting Scripture: Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 4:12

God and the Trinity

Belief Statement:  We believe in the one living, true, holy God, who exists in three Persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Full Statement:  We believe in the one living and true God, who exists in three Persons.   These three are one substance, equal in power and glory: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and all they contained out of nothing, and this act manifests the glory of His power, wisdom, and goodness. By His sovereign power, He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence, He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.  

Supporting ScriptureDeuteronomy 6:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; John 4:24; Genesis 1:26; John 1:1-2; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:4-6; Psalm 110:1; Genesis 16:13; Exodus 3:2-6, 23:20-22; Numbers 22:35-38; Judges 2:1-2; 6:11-14; I John 5:6-9; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2

Jesus

Belief Statement:  We believe Jesus is the Son of God – fully God and fully man in one person, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, died on a cross as a substitution for our sins and was physically resurrected from the dead three days later.

Full Statement:  Jesus is the Son of God – fully God and fully man in one person.  Jesus is God in flesh. He was born of a virgin, lived 33 sinless years, died on a cruel cross as a substitution for our sins and was physically resurrected from the dead three days later. He ascended into heaven where He is seated at the right hand of God, and in His ministry for us as High Priest and Advocate.  He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.

Supporting ScriptureMatthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Matthew 28:1-10; Luke 24: 1-12; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; Isaiah 46:9-10; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Genesis 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Luke 24:50-52; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Titus 2:13; Acts 1:11

Holy Spirit

Belief Statement:  We believe the person of the Holy Spirit is given to us as a gift from God when we receive Jesus as our savior.  He permanently indwells every believer giving them the desire and the ability to spiritually grow and become increasingly like Jesus.

Full Statement:  The person of the Holy Spirit is given to us as a gift from God when we receive Jesus as our savior.  He permanently indwells all believers giving them the desire and the ability to spiritually grow and become increasingly like Jesus.  The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying Scripture. His power and control are appointed by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christ-like character and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father. The fruit of the spirit is the outward working of the evidence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Supporting ScriptureMatthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; John 1:1; John 17:5; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 9:5; Colossians 2:9; Jude 1:24-25; Psalm 45:6; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:1-16; Galatians 5:22; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:16-27

Sin and Salvation

Belief Statement:  We believe that each of us are sinners and falls short of what God requires.  We need to be reconciled to God and set free from sin. Jesus does this for us through his life, death, physical resurrection, and return.  We believe we are saved by grace through faith alone and not human merit.

Full Statement:  We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.  All of mankind is born into this world as sinners against God, and our lives fall short of what God requires. We can’t earn salvation or be “good enough.” We simply receive it as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus.  When we repent of our sins and choose to follow Jesus we are forgiven and spiritually reborn by the Holy Spirit. When we turn to Him for salvation from our sins, we are simultaneously turning away from the sins that we are asking Him to save us from.  In making this decision to follow Him, we are also choosing to live out our new identity in Christ, which is evidenced by ongoing sanctification and fruits of repentance and faith. Christ’s suffering and death on the cross was a substitutionary atonement for our sins, dying in our place to redeem us and reconcile us to God.  We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead to eternal life for those who have received Christ as Savior and Lord and to eternal separation from God for those who have not.  

Supporting ScriptureGenesis 1:27; Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3:1-19, Romans 5:8, Romans 5:12, 5:18-19, Ephesians 2:3, 1 John 3:4; John 1:29; 10:1-18; John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 3:23-26; Romans 4:24-25; Hebrews 9:25-26; 1 John 1:7;  John 1:12; John 3:5-7; Galatians 2:16, 3:11; Acts 13:39; John 1:12; Romans 8:4; Romans 10:9-10; Galatians 3:26; Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 20:1-21; Luke 24:13-32; John 20:14-16; Romans 4:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:20; Revelation 20:11-15; Romans 2:5; Matthew 10:15, 11:22, 24, 12:36, 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 4:5, Hebrews 6:2

The Church

Belief Statement:  We believe that the Church is the body of Christ with the purpose of worshipping God, nurturing believers and performing ministries of mercy and evangelism.  We believe in worship as a lifestyle and is a means for us to connect with God and point to Jesus in all we do.

Full Statement:  We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the church made up of His followers in unity and that we are to meet regularly to worship the Lord, to teach, to fellowship, to pray, to encourage and to love each other. We believe that the Lord has appointed leaders in the church to care for the body through different functions and offices.  We believe that members of the Church should seek to discover and exercise their spiritual gifts in useful forms of ministry. The church is much bigger than Cumberland, and our desire is to be the church wherever we go – instead of just going to church on Sunday. We believe worship is a privilege and a lifestyle that goes beyond an hour on Sunday morning.  We believe as followers of Jesus Christ that we are made by God to praise and worship Him, expressed as a voluntary act of adoration to the Lord for who He is.

Supporting ScriptureEphesians 5:25; Ephesians 1:22-23; Matthew 16:18; Deuteronomy 4:10; John 10:16; John 17:23; Philippians 2:2; Ephesians 4:12-13; Romans 12:1; Hebrews 10:24-25

Discipleship and Evangelism

Belief Statement: We believe we are called to discipleship and evangelism.

Full Statement: Jesus has given us the mandate to teach and make disciples of people in our homes, communities, cities, country and in other nations around the world. We do this by intentionally sharing and living out the gospel of Jesus Christ outside the walls of the church structure. We focus our efforts to help Jesus bring lost people into the Kingdom.

Supporting Scripture: Matthew 28:19; Luke 6:35-36; Luke 4:40; Ephesians 4:11-13; Luke 19:10; Matthew 9:37-38; Romans 10:11-15

Created in the Image of God

Belief Statement: We believe all of humanity is created in the image of God and possesses intrinsic dignity and worth.

Full Statement: We believe all of humanity is created in the image of God and possesses intrinsic dignity and worth. We believe heaven will be filled with all of God’s children and therefore we will reflect this reality and be multiethnic by intent.

Supporting Scripture: Genesis 1:26; Genesis 9:6; James 3:9; Ephesians 2:14-16; Revelation 7:9

The Sacraments

Belief Statement: We believe the Sacraments, instituted by Christ, are a means of grace within the church. Baptism, Communion, and Marriage are visible signs and seals of how God works in us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Full Statement: We believe baptism to be a public declaration of faith in Christ signifying spiritual death from sin and resurrection into the body of Christ. Baptism allows us to participate in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus as a visible sign of the grace we’ve accepted through the cross of Jesus. We practice the act of adult baptism by immersion in accordance with the example demonstrated to us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and the early church.
We believe Communion is the act of remembering the blood and body of Jesus on the cross. We practice Communion in accordance with the Scriptures; regularly partaking of the bread and wine as a reminder of Christ’s substitutionary death for us, where the bread represents His body and the wine represents His shed blood. We do this to remember Jesus.

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female and is the creator of marriage, which is a life-long covenant-relationship between one man and one woman. We believe that family is designed and established by God and we strive to ensure that families develop a healthy and wholesome structure in accordance with His expectations.

Supporting Scripture: Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Matthew 26:26; Luke 22:19; John 6:53-57; 1 Corinthians 10:17; Genesis 1:27; Genesis 5:1-2; Genesis 2:24-25; Matthew 19:16; Ephesians 5:28; Matthew 19:6; Malachi 2:14-16; Romans 7:2; Deuteronomy 22:5

Prayer

Belief Statement: We believe prayer has the power to move the very hand of God.

Full Statement: We believe prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies. We work diligently to connect people to God through prayer and worship.

Supporting Scripture: Psalm 10:17; Psalm 62:8; Matthew 7:7-8; 1 John 5:14; John 15:1-8; John 16:23-24; Psalm 32:5-6; Daniel 9:4-19; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 103:1-5; Psalm 136; Philippians 4:6

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