Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church
38550 Chestnut Ridge Road
Elyria, OH 44035
About the Bible:
We believe that the Bible is God’s authoritative Word to man. Though written by men, it is inspired by the Holy Spirit and without any fault or error, so we can trust what it says.
We believe that God has eternally existed as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of what we know as the Trinity has distinct personal attributes but is of the same nature or essence of the one living God.
We believe that God created man and woman in the image of God, but that sin has now corrupted every part of our beings. In Genesis, God created man to rule over the earth; therefore we are stewards of the earth and the resources it contains. We believe that we will be held accountable for that stewardship, along with the stewardship of our gifts, talents, and the provision God makes in our lives on a regular basis. We believe this world is not eternal, but that there will be a new creation that is perfect in every way.
Sin has separated all people from fellowship with God. Because of the sin of Adam, we are all born into sin and guilty from birth. Despite our sin, God confirms His love for each and every person in sending His own Son to die on the cross so that we might be able to be in relationship with Him through salvation in Jesus.
We believe that Jesus has eternally existed as the Son of God. As a part of the narrative story of God’s redemption, Jesus became human. The church describes this as the Incarnation. The redemption narrative, which we call the Bible, continues as Jesus not only becomes human, but is born of a virgin and lives a sinless, perfect life on earth, allowing him to make right everything that had been done wrong in Adam. Jesus died on a cross as a sacrifice for the penalty that should have been ours, and His resurrection on the third day made new life possible for us in this life and the next. One day Jesus will personally return in power and glory.
Upon confessing your sin to God, putting your trust in Jesus as Lord and what His death and resurrection made possible for you, you can begin a personal relationship with Jesus. We believe that this begins and is made possible by His grace and through the regeneration of our hearts by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit serves as the deposit for our inheritance as sons of God and seals us as His own until Christ’s return. The Holy Spirit continues the process of sanctification that began at our point of conversion – moving us from a life of sin to a life where we resemble the person of Jesus Christ. There will be a day of resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The lost are resurrected to eternal punishment in hell while the saved are resurrected to everlasting life.
About the Church:
The church has never been, nor will ever be perfect in this world. However, its shortcomings cannot deter us from our purpose as God’s primary instrument of change in the world. Because we image God, the author of love, and according to His second greatest commandment (love your neighbor as yourself), we believe each and every human being is worthy of our respect and love. We know that we were designed for community with other people, and the place of greatest community in the world should be the church. The Scriptures describes it as a body or a family. Our church takes seriously our role to serve our community and exists as a place that offers people hope and purpose, even as we challenge people to discover and live a Christ-centered life.
In our worship gatherings there are two recurring symbols or ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper (also known as the Eucharist).
In Scripture, baptism means immersion and followed a person’s initial commitment to surrender one’s self to God for salvation in Jesus Christ. Through baptism, we announce our commitment to the church and our desire to live a life following the example of Jesus Christ.
In the Lord’s Supper, we celebrate the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross, through which we have the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that this meal is a memorial to that sacrifice. We do not subscribe to the idea that Christ is present in the elements themselves, but we do believe in the presence of Christ with and in His church as they share this meal as His body.
Both of these are important symbols that refocus us on the center of our lives: Jesus.