What We Believe

Westwood Church believes we exist to love God and love people. We desire to honor God and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, believing that His truth, grace, and love changes lives. We are grateful for our stance on a comprehensive and integrated structure of heart-nourishing ideas that build our fellowship first with God and then with our fellow persons.

  • Trinity

    We believe in one eternal God who exists and reveals Himself in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are one in essence and attribites, yet distinct in activity. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7)

  • God the father

    We believe that God the Father was instrumental in creation and providentially caring for all that He has made. The Father planned salvation together with the Son and the Holy Spirit even before the world was created.

  • The Lord Jesus Christ

    We believe that God so loves people and His created order that he sent His own much loved Son, God in the flesh, who lived here on the earth. He became a man (without diminishing His deity) by virgin birth through Mary, (Luke 1:34, 35; John 17:5) He lived a sinless life 1 John 3:5) and as the infinite God-man took upon Himself all our sins and suffered the full penalties for those sins on the cross. We believe that God the Son who has always existed, died to satisfy God concerning our sins (Isaiah 53:6; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 2:9). We further believe in the literal, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. We believe that because He had perfectly fulfilled His work as Savior from sin without sinning Himself, God raised him from death. He was then ascended and exalted to the right hand of God as the great high priest of all believers (Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Hebrews, 2:17; Hebrews 4:14-16).

  • The Holy Spirit

    The Holy Spirit

    We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. Every believer who acknowledges Jesus Christ as both their Savior and leader of their lives is given the gift of His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit indwells each Christian helping him or her to grow in faith, obedience and in the hope of the glorious future that God is preparing for us. (John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9;
    1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13, 14). We believe that He is the divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth and that it is the privilege and duty of all saved to be controlled and led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit equips each Christian for the unique Kingdom service God has for us to do. (John 16:13; Romans 8:14; Ephesians 5:18).

  • Man, sin and grace

    We believe that our first parents, Adam and Eve, acting in rebellion against God, destroyed the harmonious relationship that was to exist between humans and God between humans and other humans, and also between humans and the natural order. Because of the fall and human sin our whole world suffers and is given over to despair. We believe that all people are made by God as a unique reflection of God’s own likeness. We are able to reason, to create, and to love because God shared these unique qualities with us humans. Men and women are the crowning glory of God’s good creation who were assigned the responsibility as rulers and care-takers of God’s creation by his grace. (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12)

  • Inspired word

    We believe that God has revealed Himself not only in nature around us, but through is inspired Word, the Old and New Testament. We believe God’s word is infallable, inerrant, God breathed, and perfect. Through the Bible we come to understand God’s intentions for us and His world. (2 Tim 3:16,17; 2 Peter 20,21)

  • Creation

    We believe that out of nothing God created the universe and all its parts. We believe that man came by direct creation of God and not by evolution. God is still involved in His creation making all things work together to serve His purposes. (Colossians 1:16,17; John 1:3)

  • Church

    We believe the local church is God’s primary instrument through which a body of believers who have joined together for worship, observance of baptism and communion, and the proclamation of the gospel receive strength and confidence to press the claims of God into our world. The task of the church is to equip each believer for an effective, godly life, for service and evangelism. God has called the Church to proclaim the gospel to all nations. In that proclamation we are called to remember the poor, the widows and the orphans, ministering to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. These deeds of love and mercy reflect the heart of our Lord, Jesus and become the foundation for His Kingdom. (Ephesians 4:12-16; Acts 2:41, 42, 46, 47; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-31; 12:13)

  • Christian life

    We believe in the dignity of men and women of every race and class. We affirm that all people are made in the image of God and have the high calling of reflecting that image in their communities, their work and in their family settings. We believe in celibate singleness and faithful, heterosexual marriage as the patterns of life that God has designed for us. We believe Christians are called to live thankfully and to the glory of god putting sinful behaviors and attitudes behind them. (Romans 16:17, 18;
    1 Corinthians 5, 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 18;
    1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11)

  • Prayer

    We believe in the power of prayer. We believe therefore, that any individual who lives in a relationship with Jesus, therefore, has immediate access to God through Jesus. Prayer is more than a presentation of needs and wants, but is the heart of a personal, ongoing relationship with a loving God. If we seek to pray simply, directly and biblically, it will harmonize our prayers to the Lord, His will, His Spirit, and allow us to experience His power. (Acts 6:4; Psalm 55:17; John 15:7-8; Matthew 21:22; 1 John 3:22)

  • Heaven and hell

    We believe that when a Christian dies he or she passes immediately into the presence of Christ. There, in the presence of Christ we will enjoy conscious and eternal fellowship with our Savior until the day of resurrection and the glorious transformation of our bodies. (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 8:8; Revelation 20:4-6) We also believe that when an unbeliever dies his or her soul continues to live in conscious awareness of the coming day of judgment when their body and soul will be consigned to eternal separation from God’s presence. (Mark 9:43-48) Heaven is a literal place prepared for all born-again believers, and Hell is a literal place of eternal punishment for all who will not receive Christ as their personal Savior. (Matthew 25:41; Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 20:11-15)

  • Salvation

    We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (apart from any works by man) whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins. There is no eternal hope apart from the cleansing of the blood of Christ (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18, 19).

  • receiving the gift of salvation

    We believe that to receive the assurance of salvation each of us must not only believe that Jesus is the Son of God sent to be our savior, but also surrender our lives into the care and direction of Jesus as our Lord. Salvation is a free gift which must be opened and fully implemented in our lives to be authentic. Thus recieving salvation is not a one-time event, but an ongoing relationship of love and fidelity. (Romans 3:10; Romans 5:8-11; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9-13)

  • Eternal Security

    We believe that all who have with their total persons come into relationship with Christ and a full reliance upon His work for their salvation will never become less than sons of God (John 1:12; 10:27-28). The reality of one’s conversion experience will be indicated by a continuing godly life. Christian liberty and security are never a basis for indulgence to the flesh (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-14).

  • Satan

    We believe Satan is in active opposition to God’s program in all its aspects. Satan is aided by a host of evil spirit beings called demons. Their design is to destroy believers, their homes and their churches. Every believer is subject to their attack but may be victorious through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 6:11-12; 1 Peter 5:8).

  • Baptism

    We believe God established His covenant with believers and their children. Even before the children of believers come to a personal knowledge of God’s love, we believe that God has already been at work in thier hearts and lives drawing them to Himself. Children of believers, then, are baptized as a way of assuring them that they belong in God’s family and that He loves them. It is expected that all children who have been included in the covenant through baptism will, at some point, affirm their faith through a public profession of God’s work in their lives. Westwood also baptizes new believers who have never received the sign of baptism as a way of professing their faith in Jesus. (Matthew 28:19, 20; Romans 6:1-5).

  • Communion

    We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a sacrament picturing Christ’s body broken for our sins and His blood shed for our redemption. The Lord’s Supper is done in obedience to Jesus’ command to remember His death and to remember He is coming again. (Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28).

  • Spiritual gifts

    We believe that God is sovereign in the sharing of all His gifts with every true believer. These gifts are to be used for building up of the Church and strengthening the faith of fellow believers in Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 13:10; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12).

  • second coming

    We believe in the literal second coming of Christ when He will return to the earth and personally and visibly bring in His Kingdom upon the earth. For this we live and work in anticipation of our reunion with Jesus.