The following Statement of Doctrinal Beliefs does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We believe that the foregoing Statement of Doctrinal Beliefs accurately represents the teaching of the Bible and, therefore, is binding upon all members, and guests who participate or take part in any activity of Church Planting America, Inc.
Section 2. The True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God and infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 90); that He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption and in the accomplishment of His eternal plan and purpose (I John 5:6-12).
We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that Christ is the Head of the church and superintends over the work of the local church through the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:19-23); that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel (Jude 3); that every church is sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, and that the will of the local Church is final (Matthew 18:15-20; Acts 5:29; I Corinthians 6:1-8). We are opposed to the ecumenical movement, neo-orthodoxy, new evangelicalism, liberalism, and modernism that emphasize an unequal yoke with unbelievers, experience over Biblical truth, higher criticism that weakens inerrancy of the scriptures, social application of the gospel, and any other beliefs which abandon the historic fundamentals of the Christian faith in an attempt to accommodate Biblical Christianity and make it more acceptable to the modern mind.
We believe the Lord’s Supper should always be preceded by solemn self-examination and that the sacred use of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ until He returns (Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 11:30). The prerequisites to participation in the Lord’s Supper are those laid down by Christ and his apostles as a church ordinance that include (1) salvation (I Corinthians 11:27 -29), (2) baptism ( Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41 , 46), (3) church membership (Acts 2:46 -47; I Corinthians 11:18 , 22), and (4) an orderly walk (I Corinthians 11:27 -29). A disorderly walk designates a course of life in a church member which is contrary to the precepts of the gospel including immoral conduct, disobedience to the commands of Christ, heresy (teaching false doctrine), and schism or promotion of division and dissension in the church. The New Testament accounts indicate that the Lord’s Supper was observed only at regular appointed meetings of local churches and thus we believe that the scrutiny of qualifications for participation in the Lord’s Supper rests with the same body.