While this short statement by no means represents all of our collective beliefs in their entirety, it does represent what we consider as an organization to be absolutely essential. Affirmation of the following doctrines is required of all present and future Rooftop staff, and of any ministry partners involved in any teaching capacity.
We believe that the Holy Bible is the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed; and, therefore, are the final rule in all matters of faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:21; Matt 4:4; Ps 12:6-7)
God is a Spirit; is infinitely holy, omniscient, immutable, and the Creator of the universe. God is a Trinity (one God in three equal Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit) (John 4:24; Matt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14; Jer 32:17).
The Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus is Deity, the second Person of the Trinity. He came to earth to seek and save the lost. He died on the cross as our Substitute, bearing our sins and suffering the judgment we deserve as sinners. He rose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended to Heaven forty days later. He is presently at the right hand of God the Father interceding for His saints. He was virgin-born. (Luke 19:10; Acts 1:3-9; Rom 8:34; Rom 5:6; Luke 1:27-31).
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit of God is a person who has personality and all the attributes of Deity. We believe the Holy Spirit has always been involved in the affairs of mankind. However, we believe He has a special ministry which began at Pentecost and will continue until the end of this age. This ministry includes convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit was also sent to regenerate, sanctify, seal, and fill all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:5-6; John 14:16; Acts 1:5; Acts 11:15; I Corinthians 3:16; I Corinthians 6:19-20; I Corinthians 12:13).
Sin and salvation
We believe all men were born with an inherited sin nature received from our common ancestor, Adam. We believe that because of his nature, man is a sinner by choice, and he is totally incapable of reforming himself or ceasing from his sin by his own power. We believe the only hope of deliverance for man is a total change of mind concerning his sinful condition and inability to change it, and a turning to Jesus Christ as the only Savior. We believe that only through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the cross can a man be delivered from his sin. We believe that all those who reject Jesus Christ as their Savior are already condemned to an eternity in the lake of fire (Genesis 5:1-5; Acts 4:19; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:10-23; Romans 5:6-12; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6; Revelation 20:11-14).
The New Testament Church
We believe the church began with the calling out of the twelve apostles by Jesus Christ and was empowered on the day of Pentecost. We believe the local church is God's only institution to carry out His work today. We believe the local church is composed of members who have been saved and baptized according to the command of Christ, and have voluntarily united together for the purposes of worship, fellowship, service, and the Lord's Table. (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 1:15; Acts 2:41-43; Acts 11:15; Acts 20:28; I Corinthians 15: 51-58; Ephesians 1:12-14; Ephesians 5:25-30; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 3:4-15).