To some, the word “theology” is a bad word, a divisive word. To others, it represents a love for the things of God, but not a love of God himself. Theology is not meant to be useless head knowledge. As John Frame says, “Theology is the application of Scripture to life.” In other words, theology is grounded in Scripture and meaningful in today’s world. If it’s not being applied, then it’s not helpful. Many people dig the Scriptures looking for deeper knowledge, but unless the Holy Spirit is using that knowledge to convict and change us it will only lead to pride.
We also understand that theology has created division in the church, but standards of doctrine also unite and protect us from serious error. In order to be a member of Christ Fellowship, you will need to affirm the first and second areas below, though we are all growing in our understanding of them and lean on each other in the process. To hold leadership office in our church, you will also need to affirm most of what you will find in the third and fourth areas.
We are Christians which distinguishes us from other world religions and cults. Christ Fellowship affirms orthodox Christian doctrines. This means we adhere to some of the most ancient creeds of the faith including the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed.
We are Gospel-centered and in agreement with the doctrinal statement of the Gospel Coalition.
- There is one God in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- God has spoken to us through Jesus and the Bible.
- God created us and all things.
- Humans sinned and created separation from the God who made us.
- God has always had a plan to save His people.
- We call that plan “the Gospel” or good news about Jesus.
- His death and resurrection eternally secured forgiveness and holiness for all of God’s people.
- Jesus became like us, for us – He made atonement for our sins and reconciled us to God through His righteousness.
- Salvation is a work of God’s grace, applied to us by the work of the Holy Spirit and received through faith.
- Believers are part of a new kingdom, a present spiritual reality with a promise of a future physical hope.
- As a whole, God’s people are part of His church – a new community that God dwells with and uses to continue His witness to the world.
- Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the public signs of God’s covenant community.
- Jesus will come again to end sin and death and restore all things!
We are reformed and in agreement with the Westminster Confession of Faith.
We are Presbyterian and in agreement with the Presbyterian Church in America’s Book of Church Order.