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Statement of Faith

A detailed, itemized look at the theology of Canyon Hills Community Church...

We the Elders of Canyon Hills Community Church, believing the Bible to be the very Word of God to all mankind, and recognizing the priority of comprehending and observing its truth, are deeply committed to studying and teaching Scripture with carefulness and conviction. Our mission is to “Make More and Better Disciples of Jesus Christ,” thus the central ministry of Canyon Hills Community Church is the unremitting teaching of biblical truth to the people of God that they may know and serve Him in worship, the work of the ministry, and personal evangelism. This statement of faith presents those truths that reflect the core of our teaching at Canyon Hills Community Church.


The Bible is the Word of God, and its original manuscripts are free from errors and contradictions. It is the one and only infallible, authoritative, and trustworthy rule for faith and life (2 Pet. 1:21, 2 Tim. 3:16). The Bible in its entirety (66 books) is to be taken literally except where obviously figurative. Genesis, for example, is literal, and Adam and Eve were real people.


God is the only Supreme Being with no gods created before or after Him in all of existence, in all places, in all time (Isa. 43:10; 44:6; 44:8; 1 Tim. 1:17). He has always been God and was never anything else (Ps. 90:2). He is holy (Rev. 4:8), eternal (Isa. 57:15), all-powerful (Jer. 32:17,27), everywhere present at one time (Ps. 137:12), all-knowing  (1 Jn. 3:20);  He is love (1 Jn. 4:8, 16); light (1 John 1:5); Spirit (John 4:24); truth (Psalm 117:2); creator (Isaiah 40:12, 22, 26); unchanging (Mal. 3:6). He is to be worshiped (Gen. 24:26; Ex. 4:31; 2 Chron. 29:28; 1 Cor. 14:25; Rev. 7:11). He is to be served (Matt. 4:10; 1 Cor. 6:19; Phil. 3:7; 1 Thess. 1:9; Heb. 9:14). He is to be proclaimed (Matt. 28:19f.; Jn. 14:15f.; Acts 1:8).


There is one God in whom there are three eternal, distinct persons; the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. All three are the one God, coeternal and coequal. (Isa. 44:6, 8; 45:5; Gen. 1:26-27; 3:22; Matt. 3:17; 28:19; Lk. 10:35; 2 Cor. 13:14).


Jesus Christ is God who became a man. He is both human and divine, and, therefore, has two natures. One nature is wholly God and the other wholly man. (Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 2:9; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:5-13; Jn. 1:1-3,14).

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a divine eternal person possessing all the attributes of personality and deity, including intellect (1 Cor. 2:10-13), emotions (Eph. 4:30), will (1 Cor. 12:11), eternality (Heb. 9:14), everywhere present at once (Ps. 139:7-10), all-knowing (Isa. 40:13-14), all-powerful (Rom. 15:13), and truthfulness (Jn. 16:13). In all the divine attributes He is coequal and is one in essence with the Father and the Son (Matt.28:19, Acts 5:3-4. 28:25-26; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 2 Cor. 13:14; Jer. 31:31-34 with Heb. 10:15-17).

Virgin Birth

Jesus Christ was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, (Lk. 1:42).


Jesus Christ rose from the dead in the same body He died in after being in the grave for three days (Matthew 12:40). He was raised in a glorified, physical body (still retaining his crucifixion wounds). He ascended bodily into heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, and rules heaven and earth. (Jn. 2:19; 1 Cor. 15; Lk. 24:39). Likewise, we Christians will be raised bodily from the dead and spend eternity with the Lord (Rom. 8:9-11).

Substitutionary Atonement

The substitutionary atonement is the work Christ did in His life and death to earn our salvation. This must be considered in two ways:  (1) Christ’s obedience for us, in which He obeyed the requirements of the law in our place and was perfectly obedient to the will of God the Father as our representative, and (2) Christ’s sufferings for us, in which He took the penalty due for our sins and as a result died for our sins.  God the Father so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ.  Jesus, the Word, became man, bore our sins in His body on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24), and died in our place, suffering the consequences of the breaking of  the Law (1 Jn. 3:4), which is physical death (Rom. 6:23) and spiritual death (Isa. 59:2). He became sin on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21). His sacrifice was a legal substitution for us (1 Jn. 2:2; 19:30; 1 Pet. 2:24). It was legal since sin is breaking God's Law (1 John 3:4) and substitutionary since Christ took our punishment (Isaiah 53:4-6) and tasted death for everyone (Heb. 2:9).  As a result, God's justice was satisfied and Christian believers are released from eternal punishment (1 Pet. 3:18; Matt. 1:21; 25:46; Rom. 5; 1 Jn. 2:2).


Baptism by immersion in water is an important action of obedience for a Christian and signifies a person's identification with Christ.  It is not necessary for salvation. It is an outward manifestation of an inward reality of trust in the sacrifice for Christ, of conversion, and of identification with Christ. The act of water baptism does not save anyone.  We are made right before God by faith alone, not by faith and baptism (Rom. 3:28-30; 4:3,5; 5:1; Gal. 2:16, 21; Eph. 2:8-9;Phil. 3:9; see also Acts 10:44-48).

Man's Condition 

All men are dead in their trespasses and sin (Ephesians 2:1) and are fallen, corrupt, and wicked (Job 15:16). Man is unable to come close to God through his own efforts (Jn. 3:3,5; 6:44; Rom. 3:10-12), nor can he understand the spiritual things of God on his own (1 Cor. 2:14; Rom. 8:7), nor can he earn salvation by his attempt at good works (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 4:1-6), nor once saved does he maintain his salvation by his works (Gal. 3:1-3). Eternal punishment in hell and separation from the blessed presence of God are the consequences of the unregenerate person's sinfulness that has not trusted in the redemptive sacrificial work of Christ on the cross (Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 6:23).


Salvation is being saved from the righteous judgment of God upon the sinner. Salvation is obtained by grace alone, through faith alone, in the work of Christ alone (Jn. 3:16) and not by our good works (Rom. 3:20; Eph. 2:8-9). We are chosen for salvation by God (2 Thess. 2:13).

Justification by Grace through Faith Alone

Justification is being declared legally righteous by God. This justification is received by faith alone (Rom. 4:1-6), in the work of Christ fulfilling the Law in his earthly ministry (1 Pet. 2:22), and His removing of sin by His sacrifice. Justification is a gift from God (Rom. 3:24) and is received apart from the works of the Law (Rom. 3:28; Gal. 2:21).


Regeneration is the act of God by which He imparts new spiritual life to those who believe in Jesus Christ. This is often called being born again (Jn. 3:3, 5). Upon this regenerating work of God, man is transformed into a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) and is then able to resist his sin and grow in personal holiness before the Lord. The regenerate does not continue in unrepentant sin (1 Jn. 3:9-10; 5:4, 18). Though they do struggle with it, they battle against it and repent of sin before the Lord (Rom. 6; 7:21-25; 1 Cor. 15:57; 2 Cor. 12:9-10).

Eternal Security

"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand," (John 10:27-28). Christ has done all that is needed for our salvation and He says that those who have eternal life will never perish. Those who appeared to be Christian, but fell away never were Christians to begin with (1 Jn. 2:19). Eternal security does not mean that we have a license to sin (Rom. 5:21-6:2) and those who believe this do not understand God's ability to regenerate the sinner and turn his heart to repentance.


Sanctification is the process by which the Holy Spirit makes us more like Christ in all that we do, think, and desire, and increases our ability to repent from and resist sin by God's grace, (1 Thess. 4:7; Eph. 2:10; 1 Tim. 4:4; 1 Peter. 3:15; 2 Tim. 2:25). This process continues through all of the Christian's life and is the result of salvation, not a cause of it, nor a contributing factor to it.

Christian Church

God calls Christians to His Church where the Word of God is preached, where baptism and the Lord's Supper (communion) are administered, where believers are discipled and disciplined, and where believers serve to build up one another (Matt. 16:18). There is no one true earthly body that is “the true church.”  Rather, the True Church consists of all true believers wherever they might be.

Church Leadership

God calls qualified Christians to be ordained and to serve Jesus Christ in special leadership capacities, i.e. elders, deacons, pastors, and evangelists.  The office of pastor and elder is limited to qualified men only, who are called by God, recognized by the body, and who meet the biblical standard of eldership. While women do have a significant role within the church they are not to be pastors or elders. A woman is not to exercise authority over men unless they themselves are under the direct authority of a pastor or elder (1 Tim. 2:11-15; Titus 1).


Those who have died in Christ and those Christians who are then alive will be physically caught up to the clouds and meet the Lord Jesus in the air when He returns. We will then forever be with the Lord (1 Thess. 4:16-5:2).

Christ's Second Coming 

Jesus Christ will bodily and visibly return from heaven with great glory and majesty (Matt. 24: 27-31; Mark 13:24-27; Luke 21:25-28).


The word millennium means “one thousand years.” It refers to the doctrinal teaching that Jesus Christ will return to the earth and reign for 1,000 years. Because of the diverse opinions among Christians regarding the millennium, CHCC considers amillennialism, premillennialism, and post millennialism to be within the scope of Christian orthodoxy.


When God created the world, he “saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:31). This means that even the angelic world that God had created did not have evil angels or demons in it at that time. But by the time of Genesis 3, Satan, in the form of a serpent, was tempting Eve to sin (Gen. 3:1–5). Consequently, sometime between the events of Genesis 1:31 and Genesis 3:1, there must have been a rebellion in the angelic world with many angels turning against God and becoming evil (Isa. 14: 13-19). Angels serve God and carry out his will. Satan and his demons are fallen angels (2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6) who war against God and who will ultimately face eternal punishment (Matt. 25:41; 2 Peter. 2:4). Christians cannot be demon possessed (1 John 3: 24; 4: 4, 13, 16).

Eternal Judgment 

All who are not justified by faith in the blood of Christ will face eternal, conscious, and agonizing judgment away from the presence of God in hell forever (Matt. 8:12; Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 20:14-15; 21:8).


Part of the beliefs and purpose of the church is to carry out the work of evangelism which means that we must teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people, in every nation (Matt. 28:19-20). Also, we are to refute false doctrines, false religions, and whatever else might contradict the word of God but we are to do this without insult (1 Pet. 3:15) if per chance God would grant them repentance (2 Tim. 2:25).

Kingdom Work

To be a Christian means participating in expanding the Kingdom of God. Every Christian is to work for this end according to the gifts given them by the Lord (Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 12; 1 Cor. 12). Not all are pastors, or evangelists, or teachers (Rom. 12: 38), but each Christian is expected to do his or her part to promote the gospel. This will include but not be limited to prayer, tithing, works of service, hospitality, and teaching (Eph. 4:11-16).


Marriage is between one man and one woman for life and represents a covenant with God (Gen. 2:23-24; Prov. 18:22; Mal. 2:14; Matt. 19:2-9; Eph. 5:22-33).

Christian Living 

Where possible, Christians are to live in peace with all men, suffering wrongs, false accusations, and misrepresentations with charity. However, Christians are free to defend themselves (Luke 22:36) and promote the truth of Christianity by correcting false teachings and refuting error (2 Tim. 2:25; 1 Pet. 3:15). They are free to use the political system and its laws in order to promote a more godly and moral society (Rom. 13:1-6). Christians are to live in the world as examples of godliness and are not to participate in the sinful passions of the world (Rom. 12:1-3).