Section 1: Foundations and Purposes
Article 1. Foundations
1. Scripture Alone as the Final Authority
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are verbally inspired of God, inerrant and infallible in the original writings (2Timothy 3:16; 1Peter 1:20-21; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16), and are our supreme and final authority in all matters of life and faith (2 Peter 1:1-11). In The Truths We Treasure and The Truths We Teach we summarize what we believe the Bible teaches. Since God’s Word remains the final authority for this community, and the ultimate authority to which we will appeal (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Romans 15:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:13) statements of doctrine contained herein do not bind this congregation in a strict and absolute sense but are confessed together to assist its leaders and members in the event that controversy should arise.
2. Truths Confessed by the Membership
All members of the Chapel shall affirm their submission to the central truths of Biblical Christianity as summarized in Section 2: Faith: The Truths We Treasure. All members shall demonstrate both a willingness to abide by this Book of Faith and Order and a sincere desire to grow in their understanding of the Scriptures and the truths we teach.
3. Truths Confessed by the Ministry Leaders
All teachers, all members of our deaconate, all missionaries commissioned by and sent out from the Clearcreek Chapel, and all elders of the Chapel will confess their essential agreement with and teach in full harmony with The Truths We Teach. This statement has been adopted by the Elders as a brief systematic theology, helping them to develop and communicate a Biblical worldview that grounds the members of the church in the faith so that they will mature spiritually and become better equipped to glorify and serve God (1 Peter 3:15). This document is not a part of the Book of Faith and Order, but is under regular review and development by the Elders who update it as needed.
Article 2. Mission, Vision and Purpose
1. Our Shared Mission
By God’s grace and through His Word, we will cultivate in the hearts of God’s people a passion for the supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ magnified in love for Him, manifested in love for one another, and multiplied by love for the lost.
2. Our Threefold Purpose
A. Exaltation: Our Doxological Purpose
Exaltation is all that we do to pursue God in worship. Since the church exists to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever, this is the overarching purpose of the church.
B. Edification: Our Discipleship Purpose
Edification is all that we do to know God better. Understanding God and his character allows the church to please Him in every facet of life; to learn, believe, understand, and obey the Scriptures fully; and to love Him and one another in each sphere of life as we grow in Christ-likeness.
C. Evangelism: Our Declarative Purpose
Evangelism is all that we do to proclaim the gospel of God’s kingdom. The church is called to extend the gospel to every people group in order to see all of God’s elect brought into this Kingdom.
3. Our Shaping Vision
A. Savoring the Supremacy of God
Our vision is magnifying God as the all-satisfying object of our lives in worship and service, here and forever.
B. Studying the Word of God
Our vision is understanding the Scriptures through Holy Spirit enabled exposition and application in both public and private ministry and in its large picture and the immediate texts.
C. Shaping the People of God
Our vision is having minds, affections, and wills transformed by the Word of God so that God is magnified by an obeying faith in every sphere of our lives.
D. Spreading the Gospel of God
Our vision is proclaiming the gospel to all the people groups so that God is glorified in every tribe, language, and people group.