God is the creator and ruler of all things. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27, 3:2; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ was virgin-born and is the only Son of God while at the same time, being God Himself. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13.
About 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 people aware of their sin and their need for Jesus Christ as their Savior. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation, providing power for living, understanding of Spiritual truth, and guidance for obeying God. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18.
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is “breathed by God” (inspired), it is the truth without any mixture of error. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian belief and living.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual 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 God, all of us are marred by an attitude of rebellion which is called sin. Every person also commits acts of disobedience against God. Our rebellion against God is the root cause of all the problems from which human beings suffer.
Genesis 1:27, 3:6, 24; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:10-19, 23; Isaiah 59:1-2.
About Our Salvation
Salvation is God’s free gift to us. It includes: the forgiveness of our sins; acceptance in God’s spiritual family; a new life and nature here; His presence within us; and, life in heaven when this life is completed. While it is a free to us, it was paid for by Jesus’ suffering on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness is the only way anyone can be saved from the penalty of sin. When we turn from our self-ruled life to Jesus in faith, accepting His forgiveness, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment a person receives Jesus Christ by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If a person is genuinely saved, salvation cannot be lost. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives a believer security.
John 10:29-30; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10-14; I Peter 1:3-5; Ephesians 1:13-14
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, 2:25, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8, 2:44-46.
Genesis, chapters one and two, records the literal story of the creation of the world. Man was created directly in God’s own image; it was not a matter of evolution. God created all that is in the world in six days.
Genesis chapters 1 & 2; John 1:3; Hebrews 11:3; Revelation 10:8.
About Marriage & The Family
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation.
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to her husband as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing from God. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage and teach them spiritual and moral values. Through loving discipline, parents are to lead their children to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
Genesis 1:26-28, 3:2; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6, 15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7.
About Women In The Church
Cielo Vista Church believes that God has given the responsibility of leading the church to men as stated in Scripture (1 Timothy 2.12-14, 3.1-7, and Titus 1.6-9.)Therefore, only men will hold the office of pastor(s) and elders at Cielo Vista Church. We also believe that God has gifted women to equip others in the church with their teaching and leadership. Under the authority of the Elder Board, women have the freedom to teach in various venues within Cielo Vista Church (Judges 4.4; 5, 18.26, Romans 15.14, 1 Corinthians 14.28,29,31, Ephesians 5.19-20, Colossians 3.16) without violating the church assembly where the main exhortation of teaching and preaching is given by a man.
About Same Sex Marriage
Our Official Statement as Christians, we are committed to biblical faith and ethics. As a result, this body of believers stands on the authority of Scripture and God’s truth as central to our lives.
What the Bible says about marriage is clear, definitive and unchanging. We affirm biblical, traditional, natural marriage as the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The Scriptures’ teaching on marriage is not negotiable. We stake our lives upon the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Consequently, we will not accept, nor adhere to, any legal redefinition of marriage issued by any political or judicial body including the United States Supreme Court. We will not recognize same-sex “marriages”, our church will not host same-sex ceremonies, and we will not perform such ceremonies.
While we affirm our love for all people, including those struggling with same-sex attractions or confused about their biological identity as male or female, we cannot and will not affirm the moral acceptability of homosexual behavior or any other behavior that deviates from God’s design for males and females made in His image, including His plan for marriage.
We believe religious freedom is at stake with this critical decision.
Regardless of this Supreme Court ruling, our first duty is to love and obey God, not man.
Jesus later said: “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” (Mark 13:31).
We stake our very lives and future on the truth of God’s Word.