What We Believe

OUR MISSION

To help de-churched skeptics live like Jesus forever.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Our Statements of Faith, which are centered in Christ and supported by Scripture, are our beliefs as a church. There are many issues on which churches hold differing views. Gray issues about which the Bible is silent are left to individuals to decide on their own. On these issues, SouthBrook takes no official position.

If you take on a leadership role at SouthBrook, people will be watching, hoping your life will show them something about who God is and why God matters. It’s important that you understand and embrace the truths we believe in as a church. To help, our Leader's Guide will equip you to have spiritual conversations and deal with difficult relational issues. But most importantly, to help as you try to follow Jesus. That’s the most important thing. We hope all of our leaders keep Christ ahead and before them.

OUR STATEMENTS OF FAITH

God is a community made up of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We will pursue God because rich and deep relationships come from God.

This statement of faith is about the importance of living in community. While the Trinity is mysterious, think of it as God living in community with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. While He walked the earth, Jesus lived in community with His disciples. To that end, SouthBrook seeks to make it easy for people to connect with others in small community groups where life change is most likely to happen. 

  Matt. 28:19; 1Peter 1:1-2; Acts 20:32-38; 1John 4:8-12; Mark 12:28-29, Mark 3:14

Jesus Christ is God graciously and truthfully showing Himself to our world. We will be fully devoted followers of Jesus.

There are many facts that point to Jesus’ claim to divinity. One of the acid tests of a belief is its effectiveness. Does it work in practical daily life? Skeptics have tried to explain Christianity away as a delusion, a psychological quirk, but the bottom line is, it works. The transforming power of the resurrected Christ has positively influenced people’s lives for centuries.

  Isaiah 7:14; 2Peter 1:16

The Bible is God's love story with humanity and a complete guidebook for life. We will communicate its amazing relevance to our world.

The Bible claims to be the inspired Word of God and there is compelling evidence to back up that claim. SouthBrook’s top priority is to communicate the Bible’s relevance to our everyday lives using transformational teaching. In other words, our goal is not to “feed” people, but to make them hungry to know more, because that’s the way Jesus taught.

  2Timothy 3:16-17; 2Peter 1:20; Mark 4:26-29; Matthew 13:10-17

God in us gives us the power to live like Jesus forever. We grow by living authentically with God and with each other.

Authentic community with God, as well as with others, is what makes it possible to live like Jesus. The ability to live like Jesus happens when you engage with what we call the Five S’s: reading and applying Scripture, spending time in Solitude, finding Support in healthy relationships, giving your life in Service to God, and surrendering the Significant Events in your life to the direction of God.

  Acts 5:1; Matthew 26:36-39

Living with God forever or without God forever is our choice. We will make people who struggle with faith our first priority.

Heaven and hell are really about God giving us in eternity what we desired on earth.

Jesus described heaven as a vast community of people who loved and served Christ on earth, forever released from the ravages of sin, with no more sorrow, death, disappointment, guilt or remorse.

Jesus also described hell. He said there would be utter darkness (isolation, separation), intense fire (discomfort) and gnashing of teeth (extreme remorse). In hell, unbelievers will experience what they spent a lifetime attempting to experience on earth: a life of total separation from God. God doesn’t hurl people into hell; people choose it.

SouthBrook’s mission is to help de-churched skeptics live like Jesus forever. We want to help all people, whatever their background or experiences, learn to live and love like Jesus Christ. 

  Matthew 7:21-23; Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 15:1-2; Luke 19:10; Luke 15:10



Jesus Christ designed His church to serve the world and make His presence real in it. We will serve our world like Jesus served His world.

Jesus challenges us to reorient our “me–first” mindsets to a servant mindset. When we live with a servant’s mindset, when we make Jesus’ presence known in practical ways, the church becomes a powerful, unstoppable force for change in the local community and around the world.

  Philippians 2:5-8; Mark 8:31-34; Matthew 25:31-46