Statements of Belief
The following statements of belief are in three parts. They are designed to correspond with the learning process from an unbeliever to a maturing believer. The first part is called the gospel. What is it that an unbeliever needs to know in order to become a Christian (a follower of Jesus Christ?). This is entry level into the church that Jesus Christ began 2,000 years ago, and it is entry level into a local church today. The second part is called the historic doctrines of the church. Once you are a Christian you begin to learn about the Bible and about God Himself. These doctrines have been the main beliefs that the church has lived; and died for, for over 2,000 years. The final part is called the distinctives. These are beliefs that are not associated so much with becoming a Christian but impact the way one lives as a Christian. Each individual church upholds certain things that make them different to the church down the road. Each Christian, as they grow in their understanding of the faith, will come up against many differences between churches, and it is helpful for each church to teach their people why they do what they do, and why they believe what they believe.