Core Beliefs

The following are the core beliefs of Coast Life Church based on the foundational truths taught in the Bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these Biblical doctrines.


The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the inspired Word of God, and was perfect when first written.  It is the complete story of God's plan for the salvation of all people, and the final authority for all Christian faith and life.    
Matthew 5:18; John10:35; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17;
2 Peter 1:20-21


There is one true God who exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  These three, being one God , are equal in deity, power, and glory.
Isaiah 40-48; Psalm 104; Psalm 139; Matthew 10:29-31; Matthew 28:19; Acts 17:24-28; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:9-12; Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6


Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, fully God and fully man.  He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as a replacement sacrifice for all of us.  By His blood at the cross He satisfied the wrath of God, paid for our eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins, and eternal life after death.  He also defeated evil in the universe.  It was an amazing day.  He came back to life on the third day after he was crucified so that we could be forgiven and soon after ascended to heaven where he assumed all authority in and outside of the universe.  He is there right now, and is also here with us.  He never stops thinking of us individually, and is working out his perfect plan in our lives.
Isaiah 53:1-12; Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-18;
Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:10-14; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-23; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:13-15; Hebrews 10:19; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 1 John 2:1-2; 1 John 3:8


The Holy Spirit is fully God, and is equal to the Father and Son. The primary ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus.  The Holy Spirit also convicts people without faith of their need for Christ and gives us a new spiritual life after we have accepted Jesus.  It's like being reborn!  The Spirit lives in, cleans, leads, and comforts us.  He also reveals truth, and graciously empowers us for godly living and service.  He does these things for every person who comes to faith in Christ.  Jesus covers His followers with the Holy Spirit who then keeps and protects them for the day when they meet Jesus face to face.  After a person becomes a follower of Christ the Spirit actively begins to fill, empower, and anoint the new believer for ministry and witness.
Matthew 3:11; John 1:12-13; John 3:1-15; John15:26-27; Romans 8:9; John 16:7-15; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 5:18


Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.  No ordinance, ritual, work, or any other activity on the part of man is required in order to be saved.  This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also makes us clean and makes it possible for us to do what is pleasing in God's sight in order that we might, over time, become more and more like Jesus.      
John 1:12-13; John 6:37-44; John 10:25-30; Acts 13:48; 
Acts 16:30-31; Romans 3-4; Romans 8:1-17; Romans 8:31-39; Romans 9:1-23; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; 
Titus 3:3-7; 1 John 1:7; 1 John 1:9


Mankind in Adam was originally created in the image of God, righteous and without sin.  Because of Adam and Eve's disobedience, all humanity is born sinful and is therefore subject to God's anger and punishment, and would be justly condemned in the sight of God were it not for Jesus' sacrifice in our place.  We are, apart from Christ, wholly unable to save ourselves or to contribute in any way to our acceptance by God.
Genesis 1-3; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:9-18; Romans 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3


God not only created the world but also now upholds, sustains, governs,
and providentially directs all that exists.  He will bring all things to their
proper end and a new beginning in Christ Jesus for his glory and our good (see there it is!).    
Genesis1; John 1:1-14; Acts 17:22-31; Colossians 1:15-20


The church is the hope of the world in Jesus and is God's primary instrument through which He is reaching out to all of mankind.  God has called the church to preach the good news about Jesus to everyone and to make disciples of all nations, and especially to remember the poor and to minister to their needs through giving and practical believers.
Isaiah 58:6-12; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 16:17-19; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 4:18; Luke 21:1-4; Acts 2:17-18; Acts 2:42; Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 3:14-21; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 6:8; Hebrews 10:23:25; 1 Peter 2:4-5; 1 Peter 9-10


Baptism in water and communion are the two ordinances of the church to be observed until Jesus returns.  He told us to do these things.  They do not save us, but are meaningful symbols and testimonies of God's cleansing grace and blessing to every follower of Jesus.  Baptism is a public confession of faith in Jesus Christ, and is practiced by immersion in water for those who believe.
Matthew 26:26-29; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:3-11;
1 Corinthians 11:23-34; 1 Peter 3:21


All the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom of God and to empower and encourage the church to fulfill its calling and mission.
John 14:12; Acts 2:14-21; Acts 4:29-30; Romans 12:3-8;
1 Corinthians 12:7-11; 1 Corinthians 12:28-31; 1 Corinthians 14:1-33; Galatians 3:1-5


We believe in marriage between one man and one woman as biologically designed at birth. God instituted marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society (Genesis 2:24). God has commanded that no sexual activity be committed other than in the context of marriage between a man and a woman (Genesis 19:5, 26:8-11; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4).  God has wonderfully and immutably created each person as male and female.  These two distinct, complementary genders, together, reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27).


We believe a unique human life, bearing the image of God, begins at the moment of conception. God alone is the Author of life, and He alone numbers our days from the moment of conception until natural death. Accordingly, all human life is sacred from conception until natural death, and every person possesses a God-given, unalienable right to life. Every human has inherent, equal and inalienable value, worth, and dignity because we are made in His image. The church must defend, protect and value the weak, vulnerable, infirm, elderly, handicapped, and pre-born.      
 Psalm 39:4, 127:3, 71:6, 139:14-16; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:44; 1 Corinthians 11:12; Job 14:5-7; Galatians 1:5


When a Christian dies he or she will enjoy eternity in the presence of God in heaven.  When a non-Christian dies, because of sin, they will spend an eternity in hell separated from the presence of God.        
Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:19-31; John 5:25-29; 1 Corinthians 15:35-58; 2Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 1:19-26; Philippians 3:20-21; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:1-22:15


At some point, when everything is finished that he promised and planned, Jesus will return to the earth personally and visibly.          
1 Corinthians 15:20-28; 1 Corinthians 15:52; Philippians 3:20-21;1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12; Revelation 19:1-21