What We Believe
Anchor Bible Church is in voluntary association with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Anchor Bible Church subscribes to the SBC “2000 Baptist Faith and Message” doctrinal statement http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp. The 2000 Baptist Faith and Message is a “bare minimum” doctrinal statement, giving the lowest common denominator doctrinal beliefs a church must have in order to be in association with the SBC. Key doctrinal issues, such as creation and last time events, were purposefully left ambiguous in the 2000 BFM to make association with the SBC as inclusive as possible to the largest number of local churches.
While still subscribing to the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message, Anchor Bible Church believes it is helpful to adopt a more detailed doctrinal statement that describes our teaching position 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 have huge theological implications on the rest of the Bible, the authority of Scripture, the gospel, the truth claims of the authors of Scripture, and Jesus.
- End time events (eschatology) comprises over one third of the Bible. Each major view of end time events carries with it implications for how we study the Bible (hermeneutics), the nature of the Church, and the Church’s relation of Israel.
- True biblical unity is “being of the same mind and same judgment,” not agreeing to disagree on conflicting doctrines or philosophies, nor by practicing worldly toleration (Rom 15:5; I Cor 1:10; Eph 4:1-6; Phil 2:2).
- In order for the elders of a local church to lead their flock effectively, they must be doctrinally united, for they cannot lead their flock in conflicting doctrinal or philosophical directions. Elders are commanded to “exhort in sound doctrine and refute those who contradict” (Titus 1:9). This requires that the elders of a given local church be in close doctrinal and philosophical agreement with what is being preached from the pulpit.
- People looking for a church to attend should be concerned about a church’s doctrinal beliefs. Because SBC affiliated churches have a wide range of doctrinal and philosophical convictions, a more detailed doctrinal statement and stated teaching positions helps visitors know more exactly what Anchor Bible Church teaches.