Many men and women throughout history have fashioned personal doctrinal statements from the Scriptures in order to elaborate their own understanding of biblical truth and create a framework by which to judge all truth and further illumination. The following affirmations best elaborate my current understanding of several key points of theology and biblical truth.
Brief Doctrinal Statement
As I study, reflect and await further illumination of the Scriptures, these things I do affirm
I affirm my commitment to both local church autonomy and interchurch cooperation as biblical norms for church life and ministry.
I also affirm my duty to work in the spirit of Christian love and unity with all true believers in our common ministry of expanding and magnifying the Kingdom of God throughout the world.
In addition I do also affirm:
- The Bible (in the original languages) to be the only inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.
(John 16:13; II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:21; I Thessalonians 2:13)
- There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
(Deut. 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matt. 28:18; Luke 3:22; John 14:16)
- In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ,
(John 1:1, 14, 20:28-29; Philippians 2:6-11; Isaiah 9:6; Col. 2:9)
- His virgin birth,
(Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:34-35; Isaiah 7:14)
- His sinless life,
(2 Corinthians 5:21; Heb. 4:15, 7:26-27; I John 3:5; I Peter 2:22)
- His miracles,
(Matthew 4:23; Luke 6:17-19; John 3:2)
- His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood,
(Colossians 1:14, 20; Romans 5:8-9; Ephesians 1:7)
- His bodily resurrection,
(1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Luke 24:4-7; 36-48; Revelation 1:17-18)
- His ascension to the right hand of the Father,
(Acts 2:23; 5:30-31; I Peter 3:22)
- His personal return in power and in glory,
(Acts 1:11; Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; John 14:1-3)
- That justification by faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit are absolutely essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man.
(Romans 3:24-25; John 3:3-7; I John 5:11-13; Ephesians 2:1-16; Revelation 5:9; Acts 4:23; I Corinthians 6:11)
- The prime agency for the work of God's Kingdom is the local church functioning under the sovereignty of our Lord Jesus Christ. To the church have been entrusted the ordinances of Believer's Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
(Acts 2:41-47, 16:4-5; Matthew 16:18; 28:18-20; Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:1; I Corinthians 11:23-26)
- In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit; His indwelling whereby the Christian is enabled to live a godly life; His supernatural gifting and empowering of the church for its work, life, and worship.
(Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-4, 10:44-46; 1 Corinthians 12,14)
- In a lifestyle and practice of ethical conduct and integrity consistent with the character of Jesus Christ and biblical standards.
(Romans 12:12; 1 Corinthians 6:910; Galatians 5:1921; Ephesians 4:1332; 1 Timothy 3:113; Titus 1:511; 2:1113; 3:911; 1 Peter 1:1316)
- In the return of Jesus Christ, to consummate His Kingdom in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost.
(John 5:28-29; Mark 14:62; II Thessalonians 1:2-10; Revelation 1:5-7; Revelation 20:4-5, 11-12)
- In the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
(John 17:11, 21-23; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 4:11-16)
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