The necessity of sound doctrine in the church is a consistent theme of the New Testament (1Tim. 1:3, 10; 4:16; 6:3; 2Tim. 1:13; 3:16; 4:2). It is essential to her spiritual health (Eph. 4:14-15); it is the standard by which her conduct is evaluated (Titus 2:1); it is the faith that she contends for (Jude 3); it is the truth which she upholds (1Tim. 3:15-16).
There is a very real sense in which we can say the Bible is our creed, for the right doctrine is an accurate and systematic statement of what the bible teaches. It is impossible to discern right and sound doctrine without being a student of the Scriptures. Therefore, we affirm our dependence upon the Scriptures for our doctrine, and gladly uphold the Bible as our final authority.
he statement of doctrine outlined below is not meant to be exhaustive. We recognize and respect the differences that exist among Christians on secondary matters (e.g. whether Christs return will be pre, mid, or post tribulation). Rather, it is a summary of those truths we hold to be foundational to the Christian faith and around which we can unite in our service to the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, on secondary issues we hold to the following philosophy of biblical unity.