Our Beliefs


About the Bible

The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God and was given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit through chosen men. Scripture both speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the human authors. We hold that the Scriptures are infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full, and final authority on matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God. Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Psalms 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25


About God

We believe that the one and only true God is the creator, ruler and sustainer of all things. He exists in three co-equal and co-eternal persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – each of whom possesses all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personhood. Genesis 1:1-2; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-13; Matthew 28:19; Luke 24:49; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6


About Jesus

We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for the sins of all humanity by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose bodily from the grave, was seen by many and ascended into heaven where he intercedes for his people and rules as Lord of all creation. Jesus will come again to earth, personally and visibly, to fulfill history and the eternal plan of God. Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 53; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:5; Acts 1:3; 1:9-11; 4:10-12; Luke 24:36-48; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-20; Titus 2:13-14: Hebrews 4:14-15; Revelation 22:20


About The Holy Spirit

The result of a genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a maturing life of holiness and obedience, attained by believers as they submit to the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity. He was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply to mankind the saving work of Christ. He enlightens the mind of sinners, awakens in them recognition of their need of a Savior and regenerates them. At the point of salvation, He indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength and wisdom, and uniquely empowers each believer with spiritual gifts for the strengthening of the Body. The Holy Spirit provides each Christian with power to live in a manner pleasing to God, to understand spiritual truth, and to serve as ambassadors for Christ in our world.
 John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 2:12-16, 6:19-20, 1 Corinthians 122 Corinthians 3:16-18; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:11-13


About Salvation

The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scriptures is to call all people into fellowship with Himself. Originally created to have fellowship with God, humanity defied God, choosing to go their independent way, and thus were alienated from God and suffered the corruption of their nature, rendering them unable to please God. The fall took place at the beginning of human history; therefore, all individuals since are sinners, are suffering these consequences and are in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation of humanity is completely a work of God’s free grace and not the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness, and must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation results in a person becoming a new creation and being continually transformed into the image of Christ. 
Luke 24:46,47; John 3:16; Romans 5:12-21, 10:13-15; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 3:8-9; Colossians 1:13-14Titus 2:11, 3:5-7


About The Church

The church is composed of all persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, are united together in faith and fellowship. The church is expressed in many unique and diverse ways through local congregations as it fulfills its five primary purposes: to worship God; to experience community with each other; to engage in the process of spiritual growth; to equip each other for service; and to reach the world through mission.
 Matthew 16:18, Matthew 28:16-19; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:3-4, 11-16; Hebrews 10:25

As the church, we participate in living illustrations of God’s covenant with us through two symbolic acts:


 • Baptism

Baptism by immersion is a public profession of faith in Christ. It is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It is a declaration to the world that we have died to sin and have been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life.
 Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19-20; Luke 3:21-22; Acts 8:36-39; 16:31-34; Romans 6:1-4

• Communion

The Communion consists of two elements: the bread and the cup. These elements are symbolic of the body and blood of Christ. Communion is a memorial of Christ’s sufferings on the cross and a celebration of our salvation. 
Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34


About Eternity

Created to exist forever, each person’s death consummates his or her eternal destiny. Upon Christ’s return, the dead will be raised together with those who are alive to face the judgment of God. He or she will either consciously exist in Hell—eternally separated from God by sin, or, in the new Heaven and new earth—eternally in union with God through forgiveness and salvation.
 John 3:16; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 9:27; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15; Revelation 21:1-8

This list of core beliefs is an intentionally brief list, upheld with an understanding of freedom in which less essential matters are left to the conscience of our church leadership and our members. The less-essentials are important because we embrace the whole Word of God; but we also recognize there may be different interpretations and applications. We respect varying points of view, provided the essentials are not compromised.
We speak the truth to define our faith and extend it to others, but we speak out of love for them, and out of love for Jesus Christ, who said, “by this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 NRSV

“In Essentials, Unity – In Non-Essentials, Liberty – In All Things, Charity”


Affiliations and Beliefs

Timberline Church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God. Who we are and what we do as a church must always be securely rooted in what we believe about God. The Bible is the source that shapes our understanding of Him. We are convinced that the Bible is the inspired message to humanity and that it provides for us a clear path toward a relationship with Him.


Our History

Timberline Church was founded in 1921 by people wanting to reach out to this community in love. This is still the heart and passion of our church. We’ve carried the name Timberline Church since March 1999. There are two reasons for the name Timberline. First, it’s the name of the road where our church is located. Second, there’s the actual, physical place in Colorado where the “timberline” exists 11,000 feet above sea level. We, as a church, have much in common with that timberline.


Place of Change

The physical timberline is detected because of the obvious change in nature. Timberline Church is marked by the changes God has brought about in the lives of the people here. We witness incredible transformation and positive differences as people encounter God.


A Place Where Life is Deeply Rooted

The physical timberline is at such an altitude that all life must be deeply rooted in the soil to survive the storms and severe weather. Timberline Church is striving to assist people in becoming deeply rooted in Christ so they can stand strong against the storms of life.


A Place Where God’s Presence and Power is Seen

The physical timberline offers majestic views that declare God’s glory to all who see it. Timberline Church strives to be a living witness of God’s power and presence. Our desire is to present a very clear “view of God.”


Our Heart's Desire

The theme “Let Love Live” is a powerful truth for those who make Timberline their church family. We believe that the love of God is life-changing. We’ve determined to be a church built on the principle of the Bible verse Luke 10:27.

Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind;’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
 This verse is saying in essence to “Let Love Live.” It’s our desire to let the love of God live in our hearts as well as in the hearts of others. This theme expands into five areas of vision, the Five Peaks, that drive and direct Timberline Church.


The Five Peaks of Timberline

Peak One: Love Expresses

  • expressing worship to God

Peak Two: Love Reaches


  • reaching our world with God’s love

Peak Three: Love Teaches


  • teaching and training believers


Peak Four: Love Embraces


  • embracing and loving one another

Peak Five: Love Releases


  • releasing believers into ministry

Our Values

  • Teamwork - "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27
  • Involvement - ”Let love make you serve one another” Galatians 5:13
  • Ministry  - ”Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others.” 1 Peter 4:10
  • Biblical Application - ”Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22
  • Efficiency - ”If the ax is dull and its edges unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success.” Ecclesiastes 10:10
  • Relevancy - ”Be wise in the way you act to outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:5-6
  • Laughter - ”Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is a slow death to be gloomy all the time.” Proverbs 17:22
  • Input - ”Reliable communication permits progress.” Proverbs 13:17
  • Nurturing - ”Under Christ’s control, the whole Body is nourished and held together. . . and grows as God wants it to grow.” Colossians 2:19
  • Excellence - ”Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else.” Galatians 6:4