To display the supreme worth of His glory, God has chosen to save a people and call them out of the world so that they might assemble themselves together in local congregations or churches. Throughout history, these local, gathered communities of the Lord have drawn up confessions of faith summarizing what they believed the Bible to be teaching. They have also drawn up By-laws as a means to function corporately.
Therefore, this gathered church has drawn up this Book of Faith and Order as our Confession, Covenant, and Constitution, organizing ourselves under the name, Clearcreek Chapel. We also will refer to ourselves as The Chapel.
1. The Truths We Treasure
The Elders have developed The Truths We Treasure as the basic statement of doctrine that each member of the church must believe and affirm. It is worded simply so as to be accessible to all, including new Christians, and can be affirmed by all with a clear conscience.
2. The Truths We Teach
The Elders have developed The Truths We Teach as a more detailed, confessional statement of doctrine. Affirming and submitting to these truths is required of all teachers, elders, and deacons/deaconesses of the church. 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.
3. The Constitution that Governs Us
The Elders have developed The Principles that Govern Us as our governing principles. These are necessary as we work out how we are to function as a church and community. We have chosen, rather than writing extensive, detailed legislation, to articulate the principles on which our order is based, to write what few applications are necessary to establish order and guide governance, and to maintain what policies are necessary for day-to-day governance. In order to achieve this, the Elders will maintain a Chapel Ministry Handbook that is available to the congregation.