Our Approach | Beliefs
The vision of Chestnut Ridge Church is to be an inviting church for those who are turning to God.
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
Intimacy with God
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.
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.