The following are the core beliefs of Sojourn Woodstock based on the foundational truths taught in the Scriptures. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.
There is one eternally existing God who has three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the creator of all that exists, both visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy of all glory and praise. God is perfect in love, power, holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom, justice, and mercy. He is unchangeable and therefore is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. (Matt. 28:18-20; Romans 8; Ephesians 1:13-14; Jam. 2:19)
God has revealed himself to us through his son, Jesus Christ, who is the visible image of the invisible God, the Bible, and through all of creation itself. The Bible is the inspired word of God and is the final authority in life and doctrine. ( 2 Timothy 3:16, John 17:17, 2 Peter 1:21, John 3:16, John 6:46-48)
When Adam and Eve chose not to obey God, they ceased to be what they were made to be and became distorted images of God. This caused them to fall out of fellowship with God, and fractured all of creation ever since that time. (Romans 5:12-21)
Out of Love, God sent His son Jesus Christ to die for our sins and rise from the dead, to rescue sinners and redeem creation. He lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions. God raised him from the dead and now, by grace, offers as a free gift eternal life to all who follow Christ, by faith, as their Lord and Savior. That is why salvation can be found in Christ alone. (1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Col. 1:12-20, John 20:30-31) Those trusting Christ should repent of sin, confess their faith, and be baptized. (Romans 10:9; Acts 2:38)
The Church is meant to be the visible body of Christ, sent into the world to glorify God and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit to continue the task of reaching the lost, disciple the saved, and reflecting the kingdom in mercy, unity, and love. (Ephesians 4:1-16; John 17:20)
Judgement, Restoration, & Resurrection
When we die, we will either be separated from God by sin or united with Him eternally through faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ is returning one day to judge both the living and the dead and to usher in the fullness of God's kingdom on earth, and reign forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 3:16; John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:10,15)