Core Beliefs

Beliefs define our Faith

The following are the core beliefs of Cornerstone Church - IL 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.


We believe there is only one true and eternal God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1 • Deuteronomy 6:4 • Psalm 2:7 • Matthew 3:16-17 • John 1:1-18 • John 14:9-17

About The Bible

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is our final authority for faith and practice, entirely truthful and trustworthy. It must be interpreted responsibly under the guidance of the Holy Spirit within the community of faith.

About Sin

Humans, both male and female, were created in God's image for His glory. The first humans, Adam and Eve, were created without sin and appointed as caretakers of the rest of God's creations.

About Jesus

When Adam and Eve chose not to obey God, they ceased to be what they were made to be and became distorted images of God. This caused them to fall out of fellowship with God, and fractured all of creation ever since that time.

About Salvation

Jesus Christ came to reconcile us with God. He lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions. God raised him from the dead and now, by grace, offers as a free gift eternal life to all who follow Christ, by faith, as their Lord and Savior. That is why salvation can be found in Christ alone.

About The Church

The Church is meant to be the visible body of Christ, sent into the world to glorify God and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.

About Evangelism

Jesus Christ is returning one day to judge both the living and the dead and to usher in the fullness of God's kingdom on earth. 


Convictions guide the practice of our Faith

About Calvinism vs. Arminianism (Predestination vs. Free Will)

God is sovereign. Mankind has been given freedom to choose. Though these two statements create an apparent irreconcilable paradox, both are absolutely true. Though we do not claim to have it all figured out and we definitely do not wave a banner, we come from the perspective that says, “I may not fully understand ‘that,’ but I do know God is sovereign. To God be the glory!”

About The Permanency Of Salvation

Salvation by God’s grace through faith involves a changed identity, the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. All three are absolute and irrevocable. Only the individual can know if he or she has truly believed and confessed, however, over time the fruit of one’s life reveals.

About The End Times

Only the Father knows the time frame of Jesus’ Second Coming. There are three legitimate systems of interpretation for the related biblical teachings: Pre-Millennialism, Post-Millennialism, and A-Millennialism. Though “pre” has been the popular teaching of our day (ex. the “Left Behind” series), all three are viable interpretations.

About Gender & Sexuality

Maleness and femaleness equally display the image of God. By God’s sovereign design, He chooses and assigns each person’s gender before they are born. In marriage, one male and one female unite to become one flesh. In the home, husbands are instructed to lead by exercising sacrificial love (as Jesus died for His bride, the Church). Wives are to exercise sacrificial service (as Jesus submitted to His Father). Correspondingly, all leading and serving at Cornerstone is done under the auspices of our (male) Elders. There is much freedom for all members of our family to exercise gifts (including teaching and leadership) under covering of our Elders

About Speaking In Tongues

Tongues is the utterance of a prayer or a message glorifying God, typically spoken to God, in a language that is unlearned by the speaker. Tongues are not to be forbidden (1 Corinthians 14:39) but are not uncontrolled (1 Corinthians 14:27-28, 39-40). Tongues, as with all spiritual gifts, are given as the Holy Spirit desires. Thus, tongues are not a “proof” of salvation. Because of the specific biblical requirements (1 Corinthians 14) for public manifestations of tongues, we do not invite worshipers to express this gift in our large weekend gatherings.

About Politics

We are grateful for the rights and freedoms we have in our country. We encourage you to be involved in the political process as much as you desire, and it is good to have strong convictions (Romans 14:5). However, we are first of all citizens of God’s kingdom and make that our top priority. Have political convictions but do not be divisive. Cornerstone does not endorse one political party. We believe you have been given the tools to make your own decision.

About Healing

God uses both natural and supernatural means to heal today. God instructs us to pray for healing and graces some with the gift of healing. However, these prayers and this gift do not result in the healing of every illness.

About Science

Christianity and science have often been viewed as opposing ideas. This does not have to be and, in fact, should not be the case. Our God is not a god of chaos but a god of order. He created the laws of science including, but not limited to, physics, biology, and chemistry. The scientific laws which govern existence and are observable in nature exist because He ordained it to be so and holds all things together through His indomitable will. In many cases, scientific knowledge may be thought of as illustrating some of the methods God uses to accomplish His will... a glimpse into the mind of God regarding His creation.


Opinions have no impact on our Faith or practice