:: The Bible is the true and inspired word of God ::
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
The 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament are the Word of God. Nothing else is. We can discover things about God by looking at his creation, but The Bible tells us much more about Him than what we can gather through observing the world around us. The Bible is the foundation of what we teach and it is the cornerstone of our doctrine. We believe that, through the Bible, the Holy Spirit makes himself known and speaks the truth of God and creation to humankind. It is not a book of rules. Rather, it gives us direction for our lives by showing us our sinfulness and giving us hope in our salvation through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
:: There is one true God ::
(Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 11:26-28; John 4:24)
We believe in a Trinitarian God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We have one God in three persons. Each person is co-equal God, and they are inseparable. We get this doctrine from the Bible. Each person is mentioned in Scripture with Godly titles (i.e. “God” or “Lord”) as well as Godly attributes (i.e. omnipotent, omniscient, etc.), and each carries out divine works (forgiving, creating, judging, preserving). There is much about God that we don’t understand, but we know that this is how He has revealed Himself to humanity, so this is the God that we have a relationship with.
:: Everyone is a missionary ::
(Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:16-20)
God has equipped all believers with the same Holy Spirit, and, therefore, the same power to bring the love of Christ to all of creation. We have all been given the command to preach the gospel to all of creation. This does not mean that we stand on a corner beating our 40 pound Bible over peoples’ heads. It means that we are each called to love our neighbor as Christ has loved us and empowered us to do so. We have also all been put into different contexts...surrounded by different people. God has placed us there to be Christ in that place.
:: Man is totally depraved and is need of salvation ::
(Genesis 1:26-28, 3; John 3: 5-7; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12; Ephesians 3:12)
God created each human being - male and female - in His image, that we might have fellowship with Him. Humankind fell into a broken relationship with our Creator as a result of the temptation of Satan. Estranged from the Creator, yet still responsible to Him, humanity became subject God’s divine wrath. Man was removed from paradise and left inwardly depraved and incapable of returning to God without a special work of Grace. As a result of this, all of humankind is at enmity with and rebellious towards his loving Will. We are all lost and without hope apart from the grace of God given in the life and work of His Son Jesus Christ.
:: There is only one way to salvation ::
(Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16-18, 14:6)
Jesus told His disciples that He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Nobody comes to the Father except through me.” The greatest misconception of our culture is that there are many different ways to be saved and live eternally and that Jesus is just one of those ways. Jesus lets us know very clearly that it is only through faith in Him that we can obtain salvation. It is not about how good of a person we are, how much stuff we have, or how nice we are to others. It’s about faith in Him.
:: The church exists to equip and encourage ::
(John 21:17, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Colossians 1:18)
The church exists to equip and encourage people to live out and share their faith in Jesus Christ. The church is not a building...rather, it is a community of people. The church is made up of people who have faith in Christ, and have been made into His body. Jesus is the head of the church, and not any human being. The purpose of the church is that there might be an earthly manifestation of Christ’s work. Any local congregation (like The Well) is there to encourage you in your faith, as well as teach and be an example of sharing the love of Christ with the world. We know that each person is created uniquely with different God-given gifts. That is why the “church as body” analogy is so great. We are all different, but all needed. The church needs diversity just like our body needs diversity (after all...we’d look pretty strange if we were just made up of hands).
:: 2 sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper ::
(Acts 2:42; Matthew 28:16-20; Ephesians 4:3-6; John 3:7; Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Romans 6:3-7)
The word Sacrament literally means something that is kept as sacred. In both Baptism and the Lord’s Supper the “doer” is God himself and not man. Baptism comes from the Greek word which means “wash." God washes us in our baptism with water and His Word. In our baptisms God washes us with water and His Word so that our Old Adam might be drowned and that we might be raised up with Christ to a new life. In the Lord’s Supper God also works the forgiveness of sins and strengthens us for our days and weeks by us partaking in His body and His blood. For more information on the Sacraments or on any other doctrinal issue just contact us or check our our denominations website here.