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WHAT WE BELIEVE

 

Our church is rooted in this Baptistic tradition and faith: Scripture Alone, Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone, and the Glory of God Alone.


These doctrines & distinctive are not original to us; our Baptist forefathers viewed themselves as the logical outcome of the Reformation principle of sola Scriptura.[1]
(the idea that the Bible alone is the sole authority for faith and practice)


That being said, all of our beliefs and convictions are derived from the Bible and
the Bible is our final and ultimate authority.

[1] R. Stanton Norman, The Baptist Way: Distinctives of a Baptist Church, (B&H Publishing Group, 2005) p. 18

THEOLOGICAL  DISTINCTIVES

The Church’s final and ultimate authority is the Word of God. There are, however, explanations of biblical doctrine which have served the church throughout its history. Confessions or Statements of Faith have been born out of moments of much-needed clarity.

 

OUR ASSEMBLY

As an assembly of believers, we affirm the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 as our statement of faith.


We have chosen the BF&M2000 as our statement of faith because it lists what we feel are primary doctrines while allowing for differences on secondary issues. While those that choose to assemble with us may hold various positions on secondary doctrines, we find our unity in the gospel.

 

Baptist Faith and Message of 2000

OUR LEADERSHIP

The Elders of Gospelway affirm the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.


In order to maintain consistency, we have chosen the LBCF1689 as our guide for leadership. Secondary doctrines may still be held, but using this confession helps ensure that the message heard, from those that have been gifted to lead the church, remains consistent.
 

Unity in membership, consistency in leadership.

The 1689 London Baptist Confession

The Elders of Gospelway also affirm and teach using the following hermeneutic:

  • A historical understanding of the distinction between the law and the gospel (Law/Gospel Distinction)

  • A historically covenantal framework of scripture (Covenantal)

  • A confessional understanding of the Christian faith and the church (Confessional)

  • The Two Kingdoms Principle (Common/Redemptive Kingdom Distinction)