Doctrinal Statement

Rather than focus on the things that divide us as a church, this Doctrinal Statement expresses the things that should unite us.  This is based on the “Oneness” expressed in Ephesians 4:1-6, “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptismOne God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” (KJV)

“There is One Body” (v.4) – The Local Church

 The “Church” as the One universal Church, comprised of all believers of all local churches.  The Church is not a single person, but a gathering, an assembly of people who have been brought together through their personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is in the local church setting that we learn to love God and love one another.  Our purpose as a church is to help move people from where they are to where God wants them to be.

 Places in the Bible Where Taught

(1) Romans 12:4-5; 16:16

(2) Hebrews 10:25; 13:17

(3) I Corinthians 1:2; 12:12-14

(4) Ephesians 3:10

(5) Acts 2:42; 20:28

(6) Matthew 16:18; 18:20

“And One Spirit” (v.4) – The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is central in salvation (How people are saved). He directs and enables evangelistic efforts.  It is the Holy Spirit that convicts us of sin, as well as cleanses us and gives us a new nature.  The Holy Spirit also seals us (guarantees us our place) and baptizes us with spiritual gifts.  The Holy Spirit also opens our eyes and hearts to the understanding of God’s Word.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

(1) Acts 1:8; 8:26, 29

(2) John 3:3-7; 16:8-11

(3) Titus 3:5

(4) Ephesians 1:13

(5) Romans 6:3-5

(6) I Corinthians 12:13

“Just as you were Called to One Hope” (v.4) – Repentance and Salvation

That salvation brings to the believer the “One Hope” of eternal life with Christ.  Nothing gives anticipation (hope) quite like the Gospel. Repentance for sin and the acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal Savior is the one and only way sinners can inherit eternal life.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

(1) Ephesians 2:8; Matthew 18:11; I John 4:10; I Corinthians 3:5, 7

(2) John 3:16, 1:1-14; Hebrews 4:14; 12:24

(3) Philippians 2:6-7; Hebrews 2:9,14; II Corinthians 5:21

(4) Isaiah 42:21; Philippians 2:8; Galatians 4:4-5; Romans 3:21

(5) Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 20:28; Romans 4:25 & 3:21-26

(6) Hebrews 1:8; Hebrews 1:3 & 8:1; Colossians 3:1-4

(7) Hebrews 7:25; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 2:18 & 7:26

“One Lord” (v.5) – the Only Begotten Son of God – Jesus Christ

 Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and that through His life, death, and resurrection, atonement was made for sin and redemption was provided for all people.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

(1) Matthew 3:7; Matthew 17:5; Mark 1:11;

(2) John 1:14; John 14:13; John 5:19; John 5:26; I John 4:10

(3) Mark 14:61; Mark 5:7; Luke 8:28

(4) Acts 13:33; Hebrews 5:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 3:22

(5) II Peter 1:17; Luke 9:35; Romans 1:4; Matthew 2:15

(6) Hebrews 1:8; I John 5:9; I John 5:10

“One Faith” (v.5) – The Tie that Binds

The tie that binds us together as believers is this “One Faith” in “One Lord.”  We may all have different views on different issues, but on this “One Faith” we are united.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

(1) John 1:16; Ephesians 3:8

(2) Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11,12; Romans 8:1

(3) Romans 5:9; Zechariah 13:1; Matthew 9:6; Acts 10:43

(4) Romans 5:17; Titus 3:5-7; I peter 3:7; I John 2:25

(5) Romans 4:4-5, 5:21, 6:23; Philippians 3:7-9

(6) Romans 5:19; 3:24-26; 4:24-25; I John 2:12

(7) Romans 5:1-2; 5:11; I Corinthians 1:30-31; Matthew 6:33

“One Baptism” (v.5) – Our commitment to God

The “One Baptism” is not a reference to the mode of baptism (whether by immersion, pouring or sprinkling), but rather it is the act of all believers committing themselves to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It is the outward sign of our inward change.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

(1) I Corinthians 12:13

(2) I Peter 3:21

(3) Acts 2:38-41; 10:48; 22:16

(4) Colossians 2:12

(5) Galatians 3:27

“One God and Father of all” (v.6) – A Good, Good Father

There is only “One God” and He is “Father of all” who believe.  He is “above all,” (transcendent), “through all,” (immanent), and yet he is “in all.”  He abides within the believers.

Places in the Bible Where Taught

(1) Deuteronomy 32:39

(2) Isaiah 45:18

(3) John 5:44; 17:3

(4) I Corinthians 8:6