Our Beliefs

Statement of Beliefs


There is only one God, creator and ruler of the universe. He exists eternally as three distinct persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1Genesis 26Genesis 27Genesis 3:22Psalm 90:2Matthew 28:191 Peter 1:22 Corinthians 13:14

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life, willingly took upon Himself all of our sins, died and rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father as our advocate and mediator.  Some day He will return to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22, 23Isaiah 9:6John 1:1-514:10-30Hebrews 4:14,15;  1 Corinthians 15:3,4;  Romans 1:3,4;  Acts 1:9-111 Timothy 6:14,15;  Titus 2:13


Because of sin, all people deserve the judgment of God.  However, God freely offers salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on his or her behalf.  Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort.  It is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross.

Romans 5:1Romans 6:23Ephesians 2:8,9John 14:6John 1:12Titus 3:5Galatians 3:26

The Bible

The Bible is God's unique revelation to all people. Under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, human authors wrote it. As originally given, it is the infallible Word of God, and the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches.  No other writings are vested with such divine authority.

2 Timothy 3:162 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13Psalm 119:105, Psalm 119:160Psalm 12:6Proverbs 30:5


We believe that, without exception, every human being is a valuable person created by God in His image and thus possesses inherent dignity, and we are called to love and treat every person with genuine respect.  Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

Genesis 1:26-27Psalm 8:3-6Isaiah 53:6aRomans 3:23Isaiah 59:1-2

The Church

The Universal Church:
All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal.  Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines.

Matthew 16:18Acts 21 Thessalonians 4:13-17Ephesians 2:14-22Ephesians 4:4-61 Corinthians 12:12-30

The Local Church:
The local church is a congregation of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and community with each other.  Through it, believers invest time, energy, and resources to fulfill the Great Commission - reaching lost people and growing them into fully devoted followers of Christ. 

Acts 2:41-47Acts 12:5Acts 20:71 Corinthians 14:26-33Galatians 2:21 Timothy 5:16Hebrews 10:25

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit, third Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin and draws people to Christ. He also indwells all believers. He is available to empower them to lead Christlike lives, to understand spiritual truth, and to give them guidance in their daily lives. He gives all believers spiritual gifts with which to serve the church and reach out to a lost world.

2 Corinthians 3:17;  John 16:7-13, 14:16-17;Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16 Ephesians 1:13: Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18


Marriage is not a human creation, or invention, but a God -given, God initiated, and God-ordained institution.
Genesis 2:18, 2:24

God intended marriage to be a monogamous, life-long union between one man and one woman, to the exclusion of all others.
Genesis 2:24; Exodus 20:14; Genesis 2:18, 20-25; Mark 10:7-9

Furthermore, God also intended that those who marry not be close blood relatives.
Leviticus 18:6-18

Marriage is constituted in mutual covenant and is a solemn, binding agreement entered into before God and others.
2 Samuel 12; Malachi 2:16

Marriage includes love and companionship but its primary function is to promote the biological unity of sexual opposites as the basis for family formation. It is the God-ordained institution (see above) charged with providing stability, love, and nurture necessary for raising children and propagating the human race. All human beings are born of a mother and begotten by a father. This is a universal genetic reality and the common experience of all people – all human beings require someone of the opposite sex to create life.

Genesis 2:18; Malachi 2:15

We affirm the Nashville Statement regarding human sexuality Nashville Statement

Southland's 9 Renewal Practices

1. Submit to Jesus as only Savior AND functional Lord

2. Read the Bible AND obey the Bible

3. Pray to God AND hear from God

4. Learn about God AND learn to know God

5. Repent of your sins AND become emotionally whole

6. Grow your character AND spiritual gifts

7. Minister to the local church AND region

8. Prepare for eternity AND end times

9. Be discipled AND disciple family and others

Southland 8 Renewal Principles

1. Bible for Knowing about God AND Knowing God

2. Jesus as only Savior AND Functional Lord

3. Prayer AND Listening Prayer

4. Fruit of the Spirit (character) AND ALL Gifts of the Spirit

5. Repentance AND Emotional Wholeness

6. Church for disciple making AND mission

7. Eternity AND End Times

8. Everyone a minister to Family AND Others