Eleven Sixteen Church is committed to humbly preaching and teaching sound doctrine (Titus 2:1). We encourage everyone that attends our services to not only listen to the messages that are preached, but to go and search the scriptures for themselves (Acts 17:10-11). Being a non-denominational church, we know that those who attend will come from many different backgrounds. Because of this we are committed to meet people where they are, and allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate His truths in their lives. We are not divisive over secondary-issues, knowing that we must all have a teachable spirit and test things by God's Word. Below are the primary doctrinal truths we hold and do not deviate from:
We believe the scriptures to be the inspired (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21) and inerrant (Titus 1:2; Proverbs 30:5; John 17:17) Word of God. It is the ultimate source of instructions given to the world to live by, when rightly divided (2 Timothy 2:15). It is to be preached in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2).
We believe in the one living and true God, eternally existing in three divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- the Godhead, while executing distinct but complementary roles in redemptive history, has precisely the same nature, attributes, and being, and is equally worthy of the same glory, honor, and obedience (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17; John 1:1-5,14, 7:28-29, 8:58; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
Person and Work of Christ.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ—the eternal Son of God—became man without ceasing to be God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has reconciled us to Himself through His death on the cross as our penal substitutionary atonement, and that our justification is made sure by His victorious resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 1:7). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where—He is Head of His Body the Church, the only Savior and Mediator between God and man (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).
Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment bringing glory to the Lord Jesus Christ. He draws the unredeemed to repentance and faith, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit sanctifies, seals, fills, guides, instructs, comforts, equips, empowers, permanently indwells at salvation, and bestows spiritual gifts to the believer for Christ-like living and service (John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18; Titus 3:5).
We believe that man was originally created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin, everyone inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God. Consequently, this separation leads us to not only death, but also an eternal separation from God, in hell (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).
We believe that salvation is received through faith in the gospel. It is a free gift of God brought to mankind through Jesus' blood that was shed on the cross, to pay the penalty for all sins and through His resurrection power that reconciles us to God. It is received through confession of Jesus Christ being Lord and a belief in His bodily resurrection from the grave (Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
We believe that the church, the Body of Christ, are those who have placed their faith in the Jesus' death and resurrection, making Him Lord. Jesus is the Head of His church and stewards the leading role to Pastors/Elders/Bishops, and the serving role to Deacons (Servant Leaders). All members/partners of the church are commissioned to evangelize and make disciples. The church regularly gathers together to build relationships with God and each other through corporate singing, prayer, giving, teaching, communion, and baptism. (Acts 2:42; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16- 17, 11:17-34; 12:12-14, 27; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Galatians 3:27-28; Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:6; 4:4, 12-16; 5:19-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:12-17; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 4:13; Titus 1:5-9, 2:1-8).