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Question 2: Churches Beliefs

February 1st, 2004

Ok, so the churches you are looking at have been narrowed down to only those who claim that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. (Again, if scriptures are not seen as true, all you are going to hear from the preacher is their opinion! We have enough opinions out there as it is.) So the next piece to this journey is to examine how they view what scripture says. Often this is called their ‘doctrine’, ‘beliefs’, ‘confessions’, ‘statement of faith’, etc. This is a really difficult one because often many preachers do not even know what they believe. Here is an example doctrine statement

For example, does the San Diego Church believe and teach that:

-God is a Trinity–Three Persons in One (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)
-Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life
-He died on the Cross as the final payment for all sins
-Mankind is sinful and in need of a Savior
-Salvation is only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ
-A person is saved when he/she repents of sin and trusts Christ as Savior and Lord?

These ideas are just scratching the surface. For example, you could go further examining the state of man’s sinfullness. Some people believe that mankind is mostly good and that they just need to find God. Other’s believe that mankind in their state of sin can only be saved if God sends His spirit to reveal himself to them. This sound like little matters but they make a HUGE impact on how we live.

Now don’t get me wrong, we still have many things left to look at such as the mission of the church, the community, and all sorts of other important things. But for now, the second question is:

How does the Church interpret (beliefs) what Scripture says?