What is doctrine?

  • Doctrine is the basic set of beliefs about the nature of God,  man, truth, salvation, reality, eternity... and more!

Why is doctrine important?

  • Jesus said: "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." (John 8:32). Your eternal destiny depends on trusting and embracing the truth (as revealed in the Bible) about yourself and about God (Romans 10:9; 2 Tim 3:15; 1 Cor 15:3-4; John 5:39-40). 
  • Right actions flow from right beliefs. How you live is based on what you believe. If you believe the wrong thing(s) about God, the nature of man, salvation, or Scripture, you will make poor decisions or take wrong actions. However, knowing the truth as revealed in Scripture properly prepares you for "every good work "(2 Tim 3:17).
  • Our teaching is to to be in accord with (in agreement with) the teaching of Jesus and with godliness (1 Tim 6:3). 
  • As Christians, we are called to be able to "...a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect" (1 Pet 3:15). It is impossible to provide an answer without knowing it first.

What is the basis for correct doctrine?

  • Holy Scripture (the Bible)
  • "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" 2 Tim 3:15
  • "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple" Psa 19:7
  • 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith

    Here you will find a copy of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith rewritten in modern English. Here is a copy written in the original language.

    You may ask "Why is having a Confession of Faith important - especially when we have the Bible"?  In response, I borrow from this excellent article by Drew Mery on the importance of a confession of faith:

    1. Confessions emphasize the authority and centrality of the Bible: "revealing the commitment a particular body or denomination has to the Bible." 
    2. Confessions focus on fundamental doctrines: "Confessions are a wonderful means by which these key biblical truths may be logically compiled, explained with Scripture proofs, and subsequently read, studied, and taught." 
    3. Confessions help to promote and maintain church unity: "...a confession lets a church know what to expect of its leaders and members." 
    4. Confessions help to guard against error in the church: "A well-structured and Scripturally grounded confession will do well to guard a congregation from sinking into unbiblical teachings that are nothing more than the result of 'the spirit of the age.'"