What do I mean when I say from a “biblical Christian Worldview?” Very simply, all analysis concerning every topic is done in light of what Scripture says about the topic. As biblical Christians, we adhere to the five solo’s of the reformation1and thus biblical authority over our lives is paramount.
I believe the Holy Bible, the canonical books of the Old and New Testament, is unique, written by men and divinely inspired in all its contents. The Church accepts the Holy Bible and its teaching as inerrant and authoritative; therefore, it is the only source and norm of doctrine, morality and life in the Church. Psalm 12:6; Psalm 19:7-10; Psalm 119; Isaiah 8:20; Isaiah 40:8; John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21.
I believe there is only one true God, Creator and Preserver of all things. God is triune and eternally self-existent having revealed Himself as God the Father in creation, God the Son in the incarnation, and God the Holy Spirit in the redemptive work of man. God is one being who exists, simultaneously and eternally, as a mutual indwelling of three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17; 1Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2.
I believe God the Father is the Creator of all things visible and invisible, who sustains and governs the whole created order by His wisdom and holy providence. Genesis 1:1; Psalms 33:6-11; Acts 17:24-27; Romans 11:33-36; Hebrews 11:3.
I believe that the perfect sinless humanity and the absolute full deity of the Lord Jesus Christ is indissolubly united in one divine human person and in His unique incarnation by miraculous conception and virgin birth. Luke 1:30-35; John 1:1; John 14; John 18; John 3:16; Philippians 2:5-11; Isaiah 7:14; Hebrews 1:3;
I believe God the Holy Spirit is one with God the Father and God the Son having been sent to accomplish all things on Earth as the Lord and Giver of Life. He regenerates all true believers indwelling them and leading them into all truth. John 14:17; John 14:26; John 15:26; John 16:7-8; John 16:13; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:1-16; Ephesians 1:17, 1 Corinthians 2:9-16.
I believe man was created in the image of God, tempted by Satan, and received spiritual and physical death through sin. Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:7; Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 6:22
I believe personal salvation comes by God’s grace alone and is received through faith alone in the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ at Calvary. Romans 3:24-28; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 13:38-39.
I believe every believer should receive baptism by full immersion in water. Matthew 28:18-29; Luke 3:21-22; Acts 2:36-38; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:1-7.
We believe God has given to the Church the Manifestation Gifts of the Spirit, the ministry gifts and motivational gifts for the purpose of training up believers, for the work of the ministry, for the building up of the Church and that all believers should earnestly seek God for the gifts He has for them. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 1 Corinthians 12:27-31; Ephesians 4:11-14.
I believe that the Church and the family are holy institutions, ordained and established by the Sovereign Triune God who created the heavens and the earth. God’s infallible revelation, the Bible, reveals that the family is an integral part of the unfolding of His eternal purpose for the redemption of sinners. This great and gracious salvation—purposed by the Father, accomplished by the Son, and applied by the Holy Spirit—is in great measure passed on to succeeding generations as parents faithfully disciple the children God gives them. Therefore, the biblical order and unity of the family are crucial to the stability and health of the Church of Jesus Christ. Deut. 6:1-2; Mal 2:15; Lk. 1:50; Eph 5:22-33; Eph 6:1-4
I believe the sanctification of every believer is both progressive and positional. At the moment of regeneration Christ’s righteousness is imputed to the believer. Yet as a matter of practice, every believer is progressively being transformed by the Holy Spirit. Romans 4:7-24, 8:5-14; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7; 1 John 2:29; Philippians 2:12, 13.
I believe all believers should exhibit lives that bring honor and not reproach to God or the Church. It is the responsibility of the Church to help believers who sin to be restored to God and the Church. Matthew 18:15-18; I Corinthians 5:1-5; 2 Corinthians 2:6-8; Galatians 6:1, 2, 1 Thessalonians 5:22; Hebrews 12:11.
I believe ministry flows through the local Church. Every believer should participate in a local Church so they may exhort, encourage, help and most importantly discern the Lord’s Body. Every believer has a responsibility to help other believers maintain their covenant relationship with God and other believers. Genesis 12:1-3; Hebrews 10:24, 25; Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:47, Acts 8:1; Acts 11:22; Acts 11:26; Acts 12:5; Acts 13:1; Acts 14:23; Acts 14:27; Acts 15:3; Acts 14:4; Acts 18:22; Acts 20:17; Acts 20:28; Rom 16:1; Rom. 16:5; 1 Cor 1:2; 1 Cor. 4:17; 1 Cor. 11:18; 1 Cor. 14:4; 1 Cor. 14:5; 1 Cor. 14:12; 1 Cor 14:23; 1 Cor. 16:19; 2 Co 1:1; Eph 3:10, 21, Eph 5; Phi 4:15; Col 4:15, 16; 1Th 1:1; 2Th 1:1; 1Ti 3:5, 15; Phm 1:2; Jam 5:14; 3Jo 1:10; Rev 2:1, Rev. 2:8; Rev. 2:12; Rev. 2:18; Rev. 3:1 Rev. 3:7; Rev. 3:14.
I believe the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is theocratic in its form of government where the Lord Jesus Christ, through Holy Spirit given revelation, governs through apostles, prophets, pastors and elders. Therefore, our local Church is governed by the Senior Pastor and the Elders. Psalms 127:1; Acts 15:28; Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11-16
- The “five solas” is a term used to designate five great foundational rallying cries of the Protestant reformers. They are as follows: Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone); Sola Gratia (Grace Alone); Sola Fide (Faith Alone); Solus Christus (Christ Alone); and Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone Be Glory).
These “five solas” were developed in response to specific perversions of the truth that were taught by the corrupt Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Church taught that the foundation for faith and practice was a combination of the scriptures, sacred tradition, and the teachings of the magisterium and the pope; but the Reformers said, “No, our foundation is sola scriptura”. The Catholic Church taught that we are saved through a combination of God’s grace, the merits that we accumulate through penance and good works, and the superfluity of merits that the saints before us accumulated; the reformers responded, “sola gratia”. The Catholic Church taught that we are justified by faith and the works that we produce, which the righteousness that God infuses in us through faith brings about. The reformers responded, “No, we are justified by faith alone, which lays hold of the alien righteousness of Christ that God freely credits to the account of those who believe”. The Catholic Church taught that we are saved by the merits of Christ and the saints, and that we approach God through Christ, the saints, and Mary, who all pray and intercede for us. The Reformers responded, “No, we are saved by the merits of Christ Alone, and we come to God through Christ Alone”. The Catholic Church adhered to what Martin Luther called the “theology of glory” (in opposition to the “theology of the cross”), in which the glory for a sinner’s salvation could be attributed partly to Christ, partly to Mary and the saints, and partly to the sinner himself. The reformers responded, “No, the only true gospel is that which gives all glory to God alone, as is taught in the scriptures.” ↩