- The Bible is God's holy, inspired Word.
- One living and true God exists in the form of three co-equal Persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit).
- God created the spiritual beings (angels) to serve Him.
- God created man in His image.
- Man fell to temptation and disobeyed God, separating us from God.
- Salvation is redemption by Jesus Christ of the whole person from sin and death.
- The church is the body, of which Christ is the head; the ordinances of the church are baptism and communion--the Lord's Supper.
- Religious freedom, rooted in the Bible, is an inalienable right of all.
- Christians are the salt and light in society.
- Jesus is coming again to reclaim His church in His time.
The Lord's Supper - Communion
The bread and grape juice are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. By receiving the Lord's Supper, the Christian community participates in the suffering and death of Christ, and looks to the future for Christ's return in glory. The Lord's Supper, also known as Holy Communion, is celebrated as a fellowship meal with Christ as its center. It is a symbolic ritual in which Christians remember the final meal that Jesus shared with His disciples before His betrayal, arrest, and crucifixion. It also celebrates the common faith of the church, the Body of Christ. At Antelope Springs, we celebrate communion on the first Sunday of each month.
We believe that baptism is the outward sign of the inner change that comes from accepting Jesus as Savior. Therefore, we believe in a "believer's baptism" that is only possible when one can acknowledge the forgiveness they've received through Jesus Christ.
The following points represent ASC's core beliefs from a biblical and historical perspective:
- The Scriptures are true, authoritative and sufficient (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
- There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; Isaiah 46:9-10; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5).
- The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. The Father is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit. The Son is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son (Genesis 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
- I am, along with all humanity (Christ excluded), by birth and action a sinner (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23, 5:8, 12-21, 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3).
- The deserved penalty for sin is death, both physical and spiritual (Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:19; Romans 5:12; 6:23; James 1:14-15).
- Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin, and is both fully God and fully human (Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3).
- Jesus Christ died as my substitute to pay the penalty for my sin (John 1:29, 10:1-18; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18).
- Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead (Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 1:20-21:25; 1 Corinthians 15:12-34).
- Jesus Christ physically ascended into heaven and will one day physically return (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7).
- There will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Those who trust in Jesus Christ alone will be raised to eternal reward. Those who have not trusted in Jesus Christ will be raised to eternal punishment (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15).
- Only by trusting in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone can I be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy (John 3:18, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).