Statement of Faith
In the essential beliefs, we have unity.
"There is one body and one Spirit...one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one
God and Father of us all..." Ephesians 4:4-6
In non-essential beliefs, we have liberty.
"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgement on disputable
matters...Who are you to judge someone else's servant?...So then each of us
will give an account of himself to God...So whatever you believe about these
things keep between yourself and God." Romans 14:1,4,12,22
In all our beliefs, we show love.
"If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all
knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not
have love, I am nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:2
We are committed to a set of essential beliefs (listed below) that are the foundation of Piedmont International Church. We invite you to visit us, regardless of where you stand on these beliefs or where you are on your journey.
Inspiration of Scripture
We believe in the verbal inspiration of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments by the Holy Spirit as originally given; they are the final authority for our faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12).
We believe in one God revealed in three co-equal, distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20; Ephesians 2:18).
We believe that man in his natural state is a sinner - lost, undone, without hope, and without God. (Ephesians 2:1-2; Romans 3:23)
Divinity and Humanity of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who, by His incarnation and virgin birth, took upon Himself the form of man and became the God-Man. In the one person of Christ, there are two natures, human and divine, each in its completeness and integrity. They are distinguishable but indivisible, so that He is fully man and fully God. He lived a sinless life and became the only sacrifice for the sins of the world. (Ephesians 1:3-5; Romans 5:1-11; Acts 12:4; 1 Peter 1:18-19)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Luke 24:38-43; John 20:24-29)
We believe that the terms of salvation are repentance towards God for sin and a personal heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which results in regeneration. This salvation is entirely by grace and not by works. (Ephesians 2:6-10; Romans 5:1; Acts 3:19-20)
We believe in the visible, bodily return of Christ to this earth to judge the world and to claim His Bride. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 1:7)
We believe that the Church is Christ's spiritual body on earth today. It consists of born-again believers and has both universal and local expressions. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28)
Heaven and Hell
We believe in the doctrines of eternal punishment for the lost and eternal bliss for the saved; hell for the unsaved and heaven for the saved. (John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:11-15)
We believe that Satan is a fallen, created being who is the "god of this world." He and his well-organized company of demons are opposed to the Kingdom of God and work to defeat and destroy the believer. While this activity is real, Satan and his demon spirits were defeated and overthrown by Christ's victory at the cross. (Luke 10:17-20; Colossians 2:13-15; Ephesians 6:10-18)
We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Godhead who is active in the world today. The Spirit indwells and seals the believer at new birth. We believe that baptism in the Holy Spirit is a subsequent experience and is available to all Christians to empower them to be witnesses. We believe in and encourage the use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the building up of the church. (John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4)