Pastor Jack explains the importance of a doctrinal statement and why it's essential for you.
The doctrinal statement of Anchor Bible Church exists to express both our teaching position on the major areas of Bible doctrine and what we believe the Bible has to say about various “hot topic” issues facing the church. Anchor Bible Church believes a detailed doctrinal statement is important for both its members and visitors alike for some of the following reasons:
- A church’s view of creation and the meaning of the first three chapters of the book of Genesis has theological implications for the rest of the Bible, the authority of Scripture, the gospel, the truth claims of the authors of Scripture, and Jesus.
- A church’s view of prophecy and end time events (eschatology) has huge implications for one third of the Bible, how we study the Bible (hermeneutics), our understanding of the biblical covenants, the nature of the Church, our hope for the future, and the Church’s relationship to Israel.
- A church’s view of doctrine is necessary for true biblical unity to exist in the church. Biblical unity is “being of the same mind and same judgment,” not agreeing to disagree or tolerating all doctrinal views within the church (see Romans 15:5; I Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 4:1-6; Philippians 2:2).
- A church’s view of doctrine is necessary so that the elders of a local church can lead the church in the same direction, both doctrinally and philosophically, as well as obey the command to “exhort in sound doctrine and refute those who contradict” (Titus 1:9).
- A church’s view of doctrine is necessary for those looking for a church to attend because what and why a church does what it does is determined by its doctrinal beliefs. We want visitors to have a clear understanding of what they can expect to hear from the pulpit and taught in the various teaching ministries of Anchor Bible Church.