Our Approach | Beliefs

Our Approach

We want to… …lead people into a growing relationship with God and others. That is our mission.
We want to accomplish this by… …creating settings where people are encouraged and equipped to pursue three vital relationships:

  • intimacy with God
  • community with insiders (believers)
  • influence with outsiders (those outside our doors)

Our Core Organizational Values

Biblical Authority
God has spoken to us through the Bible, and we recognize it as the final authority over our lives. We believe that God’s truth is timeless, and that it applies to us today. We do not allow culturally accepted mores to supersede God’s Word. We seek God’s heart through what He has written in the Bible, and as we get to know God better we get to know His Word. We also believe that as we submit ourselves to God’s Word, we will experience maximum freedom, not bondage.
Relevant Environments
Every setting should be designed to effectively connect with its target audience. Both the audience and the culture have to be considered as we attempt to “build bridges” and “turn on lights” for people. We cannot assume that what worked yesterday will work today. Our methods and mediums of communication must be relevant. We must ask questions such as: Who is our target audience? What does the audience need? And, what is the best way to communicate with the audience?
Authentic Community
Spiritual growth, care, a sense of belonging and accountability occur best with relationally-connected believers. People grow best within community. Therefore, we will focus on small groups where people can experience open, authentic and spiritually-meaningful relationships.
Intimacy with God
God desires an intimate relationship with each one of us. Therefore our goal is to help people fall in love with God. We love Him because He first loved us! We want to focus on intimacy with Him rather than on adherence to rules or rote religious observances. A relationship with God requires time, effort and openness.
Relational Evangelism

We feel that in our culture, God’s message of forgiveness through Christ is most effectively conveyed within the context of personal relationships. As we build relationships with others, we will earn the right to speak spiritual truth into their lives. The church will partner with its members to reach their family and friends for Christ.

Strategic Service
We believe that God has a specific calling for Chestnut Ridge Church. In order to maximize our impact, we believe we have to be strategic in how we use the financial and volunteer resources God has provided to us. Therefore, we will challenge people to join with us in using their spiritual gifts to help carry out the strategy of the church.
Intentional Apprenticing
We are responsible to pass along to others the knowledge, skills and opportunities that have been entrusted to us. Therefore, we would like each person who serves to be apprenticing someone else who could do what they are doing. The intentional apprenticing core value suggests that people think not only in terms of multiplication, but replacing yourself.

What We Believe

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, only infallible authoritative Word of God, inerrant in the original manuscripts.

We believe there is an Almighty, perfect God, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, eternally coexistent personalities of the same essence.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His substitutionary death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in glory and power.

We believe in the personality of the Holy Spirit and His ministry of convicting and regenerating sinful people and indwelling, filling, sealing and empowering believers.

We believe in the fall of man from the state of innocence in which he was created, to one of total depravity in which he is devoid of spiritual life and incapable, apart from divine power, of pleasing God.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved to immortality with God and of the lost to conscious eternal suffering.

We believe in the justification of the sinner by grace through faith alone in the work of Jesus Christ, totally apart from human works.

We believe that the Church Universal is composed of all true believers and that its members should assemble themselves together in local churches for worship, prayer, fellowship and teaching with a view of being equipped to fulfill the Great Commission.