What  We  Believe

What We Believe

20/20 Mission

As a church, we use four steps to accomplish our vision of connecting the community to Christ. We believe that God uses Biblical education, spiritual equipping, practical empowerment and Kingdom expansion to better impact the community around us. Click each step below to learn more about how God is calling us
to connect our community to Christ.

20/20 Mission

As a church, we use four steps to accomplish our vision of connecting the community to Christ. We believe that God uses Biblical education, spiritual equipping, practical empowerment and Kingdom expansion to better impact the community around us. Click each step below to learn more about how God is calling us to connect our community to Christ.

Core Beliefs

God

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4;
Isaiah 44:8; 48:16)


Scriptures

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice. (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17;
Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:3-4 and 1:21)


How God Responds to His Children

We believe in God the Father, infinite, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3; Romans 5:8)


Core Beliefs

God

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4;
Isaiah 44:8; 48:16)


Scriptures

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice. (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:3-4 and 1:21)


How God Responds to His Children

We believe in God the Father, infinite, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3; Romans 5:8)


Jesus

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2, 8:58 and 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4;
1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8)

Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who comes forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, in righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ; we believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all Biblical gifts of the Spirit. (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:26 and 15:13, 16; Hebrews 9:14)

Sin

We believe that all men are sinners by nature and choice and are therefore under condemnation; that God regenerates by the Holy Spirit those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord; that Jesus Christ baptizes the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit and power for service, often subsequent to regeneration. (Acts 8:15-17; Ephesians 2:1-3 and 8-9; Romans 3:23 and 5:8; Titus 3:5)


Jesus

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2, 8:58 and 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8)

Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who comes forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, in righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ; we believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all Biblical gifts of the Spirit. (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:26 and 15:13, 16; Hebrews 9:14)

Sin

We believe that all men are sinners by nature and choice and are therefore under condemnation; that God regenerates by the Holy Spirit those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord; that Jesus Christ baptizes the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit and power for service, often subsequent to regeneration. (Acts 8:15-17; Ephesians 2:1-3 and 8-9; Romans 3:23 and 5:8; Titus 3:5)


Church

We believe in the universal church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members. (Acts 2:47; 1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 5:24; Col. 1:18, 24)


Baptism

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe in baptism by immersion and communion open to all believers. (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; Luke 22:19; 1 Cor. 11)


The Return Of Jesus

We believe in the personal, visible return of Christ to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom; in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous, and endless suffering of the wicked. (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15; Revelation 14:10-11 and 20:11-15)

Church

We believe in the universal church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members. (Acts 2:47; 1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 5:24; Col. 1:18, 24)


Baptism

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe in baptism by immersion and communion open to all believers. (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; Luke 22:19; 1 Cor. 11)


The Return Of Jesus

We believe in the personal, visible return of Christ to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom; in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous, and endless suffering of the wicked. (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15; Revelation 14:10-11 and 20:11-15)

Women as Pastors

Purpose: To explain Coastal Christian’s doctrinal position on women as pastors as determined
through the lens of Scripture.


The word pastor comes from a Latin word which means “shepherd.” The New Testament presents
two offices that constitute church leadership—elder/overseer and deacon. Paul lists the
qualifications for elder/overseer in 1 Timothy 3:1–7 and Titus 1:5–9. Notice that in the 1 Timothy
passage, Paul refers to them as overseers (episcopos in the Greek), and in Titus, he refers to them as
elders (presbuteros in Greek). From this, it can be concluded that there is one office with different
designations. The word elder refers to the life experience of the office holder, while the
word overseer emphasizes the responsibility of the officeholder to watch over the congregation and
meet their spiritual needs.

In the New Testament, the words pastor, elder, and overseer can be used interchangeably, with each
word providing a different emphasis on what contribution the leaders make to the Body of Christ.
The three words come together in 1 Peter 5:1–2 where Peter exhorts elders to shepherd the flock of
God and serve as overseers, caring for the flock as they wait for the Chief Shepherd.1
There are many things that could be said, but only those words obtained from scripture will
determine our decisions.

Coastal Christian’s view is not because of sexist leaders or male chauvinism, nor will it be based on
sympathetic views to the mistreatment of women in the past.

Coastal Christian’s position will not be determined by emotions, secular reasoning, current culture, or
personal experience, but by what scripture has to say.

What Coastal leaders are not permitted to do when determining doctrine:
• Coastal leaders cannot be influenced by emotions.
“I have been under the teaching of women pastors that preach better than men!”
“I know a woman that has the gift of pastoring.”
“I just feel like...”

• Coastal leaders cannot be influenced by logic.
“It just seems like...”
“It just makes sense that...”

• Coastal leaders cannot be influenced by culture.
“Because women are now leading in areas of politics, the corporate world, community activism,
etc., they should be able to...”

• Coastal leaders cannot be influenced by experience.
“I know great women preachers.”
“I know great women pastors.”

Bible proofs
Women play an extremely significant role in advancing the kingdom and there is a strong case for
women being able to speak or share the Word of God in the midst of the congregation.


• Priscilla and Aquila/Acts 18:26. They take Apollos aside and explain the way of God to him more accurately.
The Bible does NOT prohibit a woman from teaching a man something.

• Luke 8:2-3. Several women supporting Jesus in ministry.

• Romans 16. Paul lists about 16 people and the greater majority of them were women.

• Acts 21:9. Phillip had four unmarried daughters who had the gift of prophecy (“Speaking
forth the word of God.”).

• 1 Corinthians 11. Paul allows women to pray and prophesy in church.

Different roles do not diminish a person’s value.

• There are certainly orders within the home and in church. Genesis and Ephesians make it
clear that there are different roles between a husband and the wife. But neither is more
important than the other because they function in different roles or capacities. Even the very
nature of God’s existence goes to prove this point.

• Galatians 3:28 - In Christ, there is no male or female.

• 1 Corinthian 12, goes on to say, that there is one body, but many parts, and no part should say
to the other that one is more important than the other.

There is not one single example of a woman “pastor” in the New Testament.


• There are no examples of women overseeing or leading a flock of people in the Bible.

• You can jump back to the Old Testament and look at Miriam and Debra. But doctrinally, Israel
is not the church, and to try to be able to base a doctrinal position based on Old Testament
circumstances is a slippery slope, since the priesthood and other forms of governance ended,
and a new form of governance began in the New Testament.

• Miriam prophesied and Debra was a judge, but neither of them was a “pastor” within a
church.

• Jesus decided women would be the first ones to discover His empty tomb and declare His
resurrection.

• Some people point to the disciples and say that because Jesus selected all men, this can be
considered a proof text that men have the leadership title within the local church. Some
would also point out that all the writers of Scripture are men, as well.

There are biblical passages in the New Testament suggesting with strong implication
that the role of “Pastor” is reserved for men.

• In Timothy Chapter 2, Paul talks about male authority over women in the church. And as he
does, he does not refer to culture, he refers to Creation. So, the cultural debate is dismissed
when the apostle Paul goes all the way back to Creation, a moment in history that cannot be
dismissed.

• In Timothy Chapter 3, Paul gives the requirements for those in church leadership. The
qualifications are listed throughout the chapter with the male pronoun: HE must be the
husband of one wife; HE must manage HIS own family well.

Women can possess the GIFT of pastoring without serving with the role or TITLE of “Pastor.”

• Many women have the gift of leadership, oversight, shepherding, organization, etc.
In fact, Scripture talks about older women teaching/leading younger women.

• Some people say that women weren’t pastors because they weren’t as educated and they
didn’t have a chance to be educated enough to be pastors. But nowhere in the
New Testament is your education a requirement for the title “Pastor.”

• Galatians Chapter 3 does not enter into the discussion since the context deals exclusively
with salvation.

In conclusion, Coastal Christian affirms the God-ordained and significant role that women
should play in establishing and leading the local church. Every leadership opportunity is open to
women except those that are excluded by Scripture. The Scriptures clearly state that men are
to serve in the office of Elder and that women are not to serve in church positions in which they
exercise authority over men or in which they teach doctrine to men (1 Timothy 2:12; 1 Timothy
3:1-2; Titus 1:6-9). We do not see this as an issue of equality, for men and women are equal under
God. The Bible is clear that men and women do not have the same roles. Qualified women
should serve in any leadership position that is not forbidden in the Scriptures.

Women as Pastors

Purpose: To explain Coastal Christian’s doctrinal position on women as pastors as determined
through the lens of Scripture.


The word pastor comes from a Latin word which means “shepherd.” The New Testament presents
two offices that constitute church leadership—elder/overseer and deacon. Paul lists the
qualifications for elder/overseer in 1 Timothy 3:1–7 and Titus 1:5–9. Notice that in the 1 Timothy
passage, Paul refers to them as overseers (episcopos in the Greek), and in Titus, he refers to them as
elders (presbuteros in Greek). From this, it can be concluded that there is one office with different
designations. The word elder refers to the life experience of the office holder, while the
word overseer emphasizes the responsibility of the officeholder to watch over the congregation and
meet their spiritual needs.

In the New Testament, the words pastor, elder, and overseer can be used interchangeably, with each
word providing a different emphasis on what contribution the leaders make to the Body of Christ.
The three words come together in 1 Peter 5:1–2 where Peter exhorts elders to shepherd the flock of
God and serve as overseers, caring for the flock as they wait for the Chief Shepherd.1
There are many things that could be said, but only those words obtained from scripture will
determine our decisions.

Coastal Christian’s view is not because of sexist leaders or male chauvinism, nor will it be based on
sympathetic views to the mistreatment of women in the past.

Coastal Christian’s position will not be determined by emotions, secular reasoning, current culture, or
personal experience, but by what scripture has to say.

What Coastal leaders are not permitted to do when determining doctrine:
• Coastal leaders cannot be influenced by emotions.
“I have been under the teaching of women pastors that preach better than men!”
“I know a woman that has the gift of pastoring.”
“I just feel like...”

• Coastal leaders cannot be influenced by logic.
“It just seems like...”
“It just makes sense that...”

• Coastal leaders cannot be influenced by culture.
“Because women are now leading in areas of politics, the corporate world, community activism,
etc., they should be able to...”

• Coastal leaders cannot be influenced by experience.
“I know great women preachers.”
“I know great women pastors.”

Bible proofs
Women play an extremely significant role in advancing the kingdom and there is a strong case for women being able to speak or share the Word of God in the midst of the congregation.

• Priscilla and Aquila/Acts 18:26. They take Apollos         aside and explain the way of God to him more accurately. The Bible does NOT prohibit a woman from teaching a man something.

• Luke 8:2-3. Several women supporting Jesus in ministry.

• Romans 16. Paul lists about 16 people and the greater majority of them were women.

• Acts 21:9. Phillip had four unmarried daughters who had the gift of prophecy (“Speaking
forth the word of God.”).

• 1 Corinthians 11. Paul allows women to pray and prophesy in church.

Different roles do not diminish a person’s value.

• There are certainly orders within the home and in         church. Genesis and Ephesians make it
clear that there are different roles between a husband and the wife. But neither is more
important than the other because they function in different roles or capacities. Even the very
nature of God’s existence goes to prove this point.

• Galatians 3:28 - In Christ, there is
no male or female.

• 1 Corinthian 12, goes on to say, that there is one body, but many parts, and no part should say
to the other that one is more important than the other.

There is not one single example of a woman “pastor” in the New Testament.


• There are no examples of women overseeing or leading a flock of people in the Bible.

• You can jump back to the Old Testament and look         at Miriam and Debra. But doctrinally, Israel
is not the church, and to try to be able to base a doctrinal position based on Old Testament
circumstances is a slippery slope, since the priesthood and other forms of governance ended,
and a new form of governance began in the New Testament.

• Miriam prophesied and Debra was a judge, but neither of them was a “pastor” within a church.

• Jesus decided women would be the first ones to discover His empty tomb and declare His
resurrection.

• Some people point to the disciples and say that because Jesus selected all men, this can be
considered a proof text that men have the leadership title within the local church. Some
would also point out that all the writers of Scripture         are men, as well.

There are biblical passages in the New Testament suggesting with strong implication
that the role of “Pastor” is reserved for men.

• In Timothy Chapter 2, Paul talks about male authority over women in the church. And as he
does, he does not refer to culture, he refers to Creation. So, the cultural debate is dismissed
when the apostle Paul goes all the way back to Creation, a moment in history that cannot be
dismissed.

• In Timothy Chapter 3, Paul gives the requirements for those in church leadership. The
qualifications are listed throughout the chapter with the male pronoun: HE must be the
husband of one wife; HE must manage HIS own family well.

Women can possess the GIFT of pastoring without serving with the role or TITLE of “Pastor.”

• Many women have the gift of leadership, oversight, shepherding, organization, etc.
In fact, Scripture talks about older women teaching/leading younger women.

• Some people say that women weren’t pastors because they weren’t as educated and they
didn’t have a chance to be educated enough to be pastors. But nowhere in the
New Testament is your education a requirement for the title “Pastor.”

• Galatians Chapter 3 does not enter into the discussion since the context deals exclusively
with salvation.

In conclusion, Coastal Christian affirms the God-ordained and significant role that women
should play in establishing and leading the local church. Every leadership opportunity is open to
women except those that are excluded by Scripture. The Scriptures clearly state that men are
to serve in the office of Elder and that women are not to serve in church positions in which they
exercise authority over men or in which they teach doctrine to men (1 Timothy 2:12; 1 Timothy
3:1-2; Titus 1:6-9). We do not see this as an issue of equality, for men and women are equal under
God. The Bible is clear that men and women do not have the same roles. Qualified women
should serve in any leadership position that is not forbidden in the Scriptures.

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