Simple Church, For His Glory
Doctrinal Statement

The Word of God

 We teach that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments that make up the Holy Scripture.
We teach that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God. God spoke in His written Word by a process of dual authorship, where the Holy Spirit so superintended the human authors that, through their individual personalities and different styles of writing, they composed and recorded God's Word to man. This supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit on the writers of Scriptures ensured that the writings are an accurate record of revelation and are thus the Word of God (Mark 12:36; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

We teach that the Word of God is an objective, propositional revelation, verbally inspired in every word and its inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings (plenary) as appeared in the original manuscripts (1 Thessalonians 2:13; Acts 1:16; Matthew 5:18; Proverbs 30:5).

We teach that the Bible contains God’s eternal truth (John 17:17; Mark 13:31). The Bible correctly interpreted and in light of cultural and language at the time of its writing, is fully truthful in all that it affirms (or asserted rather than what is merely reported), and is therefore without error (Inerrant).
 
We teach the Bible is the only infallible source (not deceiving and not deceived) of God‘s intentions and is the supreme and final authority in testing all claims about what is true and what is right, sufficient for salvation and life with God (John 8:31-32; 20:31). They were designed for our practical instruction, profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness (Mark 13:31; Acts 20:23; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:15-16). In matters not addressed by the Bible, what is true and right is assessed by criteria consistent with the teachings of Scripture. Therefore it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

We teach God‘s intentions are revealed through the intentions of inspired human authors, even when the authors‘ intention was to express divine meaning of which they were not fully aware, as, for example, in the case of some Old Testament prophecies (1 Peter 1:10-11; John 11:51). Thus the meaning of Biblical texts is a fixed historical reality, rooted in the historical, unchangeable intentions of its divine and human authors. However, while meaning does not change, the application of that meaning may change in various situations. Nevertheless it is not legitimate to infer a meaning from a Biblical text that is not demonstrably carried by the words, which God inspired (2 Peter 3:16; Matthew 4:6-7).

Therefore, the process of discovering the intention of God in the Bible (which is its fullest meaning) is a humble and careful effort to find in the language of Scripture what the human authors intended to communicate (John 7:17; 2 Timothy 2:15). We teach the literal, grammatical-historical interpretation of Scripture, which affirms the belief that the opening chapters of Genesis present creation in six literal days (Genesis 1:31; Exodus 31:17). Limited abilities, traditional biases, personal sin, and cultural assumptions often obscure Biblical texts. Therefore the work of the Holy Spirit is essential for right understanding of the Bible (1 Corinthians 2:12-16; John 16:12-15; 1 John 2:20), and prayer for His assistance belongs to a proper effort to understand and apply God‘s Word (Psalm 119:18; Ephesians 1:18).

Triune god

​We teach that there is but one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4), an infinite, all-knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1; Hebrews 1:1-3; Acts 5:3-4)—each being fully and completely God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, yet executing distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. Each Person exists in complete and supremely joyful fellowship in the Trinity, beholding and expressing eternal and unsurpassed delight in the all-satisfying perfections of the trinune God (John 15:11; Matthew 12:18; 1 Timothy 1:11). Each Person of the trinity is equally deserving worship, trust, and obedience.

FATHER
We teach that God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, is an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love, who orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace (Psalm 145:8-9; 1 Corinthians 8:6). As the only absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption (Psalm 103:19; Romans 11:36).
In creation, the Father is the Creator of all things from nothing (Genesis 1:1-31; Ephesians 3:9; Hebrews 11:3). Having no deficiency in Himself, nor moved by any incompleteness in His joyful self-sufficiency, God was pleased in creation to display His glory for the everlasting joy of the redeemed (Acts 17:25; Isaiah 35:10; 43:7).

With reference to providence, the Father has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass (Ephesians 1:11). He continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events (1 Chronicles 29:11; Colossians 1:16-17; Job 37:6-13; Psalm 33:10-11; Lamentations 3:37-38). He foreknows all that shall come to pass and mercifully concerns Himself in the affairs of men (Romans 8:28-30; 1 Peter 5:7; Hebrews 4:16). In His sovereignty He is neither author nor approver of sin (Habakkuk 1:13; John 8:38-47; 1 John 1:5; Deuteronomy 32:4), nor does He abridge the accountability of moral, intelligent creatures (1 Peter 1:17; Romans 1:20; 2:11-12; 3:19).

In redemption, the Father has chosen from eternity past those whom He would have as His own. This is an unconditional act of free grace known as election (Ephesians 1:4-6; Romans 9:11-18; 11:5-8). From before the foundation of the earth, the Father has foreknown and predestined the elect to be conformed to the image of His Son (Romans 8:28-30; 2 Timothy 1:9). In the course of history, He calls, delivers from the bondage of sin, grants repentance and saving faith in His Son, adopts as His own, and will bring to glory all who come to Him through Jesus Christ to love and enjoy Him forever (John 1:12; Romans 8:2, 15; Galatians 4:5; Hebrews 12:5-9; Psalm 37:4; Matthew 25:23; Acts 11:18; John 6:44; Philippians 1:29; Ephesians 2:8-9).


The Human Condition
3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

Jesus Christ
4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

The Work of Christ
5. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
 
The Holy Spirit
6. We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service. We are a Spirit-centered community that is learning to obey the Spirit’s direction and conviction through His Word. 
(Rom 8:5-17; Gal 6:8; Col 3:16; 1 John 2:20, 27)​

The Church
7. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer. We are a community of people united in our loving relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord and our love for one another. We are an elder-led community that is guided by a team of spiritual shepherds who share the leadership. 
(Titus 1:5; 1 Peter 5:1-5; Heb 13:17; Eph 4:11-13)
(John 13:35; 17:11; Eph 4:1-6; 1 John 3:11, 14-15; 4:7-8; 1 Cor 16:22)​​

Christian Living
8. We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed. We are a community of disciples, learning to be like Jesus, to live out the blessed eternal life. 
(Matt 28:19-20; John 17:3; Rom 6:22-23; 8:28-29; Eph 4:17; Col 1:10, 28-29; 1 Tim 1:16; Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 5:1-2)​

Christ’s Return
9. We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

Response and Eternal Destiny
10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.