Pinnacle's Statement of Faith
1 – We believe in God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God has revealed Himself through the Bible as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God is one God in three persons. This concept has been referred throughout the history of the church as “The Trinity.” (Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
2 – We believe in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate his power over sin and death. We believe that Jesus will come again to establish a new heaven and a new earth! (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
3 – We believe in the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make human beings aware of their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit works in our lives from conception pouring out God’s grace into each of us. When we say “yes” to God the Holy Spirit provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts for building up the church. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17, Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)
4 – We believe and trust in the authority of Scripture.
The Scripture of the Old and New Testament is God’s truth for us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth that will faithfully guide us in all aspects of life. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, Proverbs 30:5)
5 – We believe humanity was created in the image of God but is cursed by sin.
People are made in the image of God to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are hindered by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. All human beings need Jesus Christ to save them from the results of sin. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2)
6 – We believe the mission of the Church is to make disciples.
The Church doesn’t just exist to get people into heaven but also to train and equip them so that they are complete in Christ and able to live for Him here on Earth. The Church is the hope of the world as it points everyone to Jesus by loving like Jesus loves, by serving like Jesus serves, by sacrificing like Jesus sacrifices, and by forgiving like Jesus forgives! (Matthew 16:18; Acts 4:32-37; Acts 9:31; 1 Corinthians 1:10)
Our Core Values
1. We value LOVE: Loving God, Our Neighbor and Ourselves
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31 (ESV)
Love Matters! Our primary core value is learning together to love God, love our neighbors, and love ourselves. We don’t love our neighbors because we agree with them but because we wish to be like God, who loves unconditionally. It is our observation that along our journey most people have either forgotten how to love, or they never learned to love authentically in the first place. Our primary core value is for every person in our community to practice love as God designed. Love is not an idea, it is a life transforming action.
2. We value GRACE
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:4-10 (NLT)
For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 4:15 (NASB)
Grace Matters! Grace is the way God says “yes” to us. God favors you. God is fond of you. His favor and fondness isn’t something we have earned. It is because grace is part of God’s nature. It is unconditional. Grace doesn’t mean God endorsed our brokenness or our broken actions and reactions. Grace is God working for our transformation as He loves us. If we wish to be like God then we must learn to act and interact with one another on the basis of grace. The evidence of grace is offering kindness, not when it is easy, but also when kindness is difficult. The evidence of grace is pursuing peace, reconciliation, honesty, and putting ourselves second. Grace makes and keeps our community healthy because grace makes healing and transformation possible.
3. We value FORGIVENESS
12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:12-14 (ESV)
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25 (ESV)
Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, 4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” Luke 17:3 (ESV)
Forgiveness Matters. Forgiveness is God’s repair tool for our relationships. Forgiveness is powerful. It helps us move forward into God’s future for us. Being unforgiving keeps us stuck in the past, living in the moment we were harmed by another. Forgiveness doesn’t condone the harm; it helps us heal because it is the process in which we give God the harm and the one(s) who harmed us. It doesn’t just release them, it releases us. At Pinnacle we value forgiveness and practice forgiveness!
4. We value PRACTICE
Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.” Luke 11:28 (NLT)
Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9 (NLT)
So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, 6 alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, 7 warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. 8 With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. 9 Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books. 10 So, friends, confirm God’s invitation to you, his choice of you. Don’t put it off; do it now. Do this, and you’ll have your life on a firm footing, 11 the streets paved and the way wide open into the eternal kingdom of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-11 (MSG)
Practice Matters. Saying yes to God is not just about agreeing to some information about the identity of God. It isn’t just agreeing with God’s design for creation and humanity. Saying “yes” to God is made effective and meaningful when we practice behaviors that bring His light into our life, into our actions, and into our interactions. Pinnacle has identified seven practices that we want everyone in the Pinnacle community to practice daily so they will be effective at being the evidence of the Good News! These practices are by no means exhaustive. They are a beginning for us to become people who practice what we value and believe! The Seven Core Practices help us to stay connected to God and to better equipped to live by our core value and the three legs it stands upon.
Our Core Practices
We are called to help one another GROW. The deeper you experience the Pinnacle Community the more you will hear and see that we are committed to practicing what we value. Practice doesn’t make perfect, but it does make progress. We have identified seven core practices that we believe will help every member of our community become effective in their journey of faith. There are, of course, many more spiritual actions that can be practiced. We identify these so people will know where to begin.
1 – We Practice Making Disciples (who make disciples)
The beginning points of making disciples is in our Life Groups and in one on one discipleship relationships. While these might begin with people in the Pinnacle Community we encourage everyone to make disciples with people who aren’t part of the Pinnacle Community. This is how God expands his grace to more and more people.
2 – We practice prayer.
Good communication matters. When communication is effective between friends and even enemies, people can find direction, hope, and strong community. When it occurs between people and God miracles happen. Our goal is to help everyone become effective and bold when it comes to actively praying for others.
3 – We practice giving.
God is a giver. We want to be like God. The crazy thing is that we don’t have to come up with our gifts we offer to others. God provides everything. He entrusts us with amazing, irreplaceable value. The more we trust Him, the more we become extravagantly generous to others.
4 – We practice ministry through serving others.
Every one of us has been created by God. We are born with amazing talents and abilities. Once we embrace our relationship with God we receive Spiritual Gifts that God wants us to use in our ministry. We practice serving others in our community and outside our community so that people are helped and so that they will respond in gratitude to the God who loves them.
5 – We practice proclaiming Good News.
Every person we meet throughout each day needs the Good News. The world is full of bad news. It is full of conflict. It is full of hatred, bigotry, and cruelty. God desires that each of us daily proclaim the Good News that God unconditionally loves those we encounter. He has offered His son, Jesus, for them as an ultimate gift and sacrifice so that they may be set free the pain and separation of the brokenness of sin. We proclaim this in our attitudes, our actions, our interactions, and our reactions.
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: 2 proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. 2 Timothy 4:1-2 (NRSV)
6 – We practice studying Scripture.
The world is full of untruth. It is full of misinformation and misconceptions. God has revealed His truth, His order, and His love through inspired Scripture. The more we humbly practice studying Scripture the more we can live life with His truth in us.
7 – We practice worship.
Worship is certainly experienced through music when the church gathers on weekends and at various events. But worship is something we can practice daily as we look for the presence of God in every moment. The more we practice worship daily, the less we will be distracted by the noise of life. The more we practice valuing God, the more we will value others.