What We Believe

Our Doctrinal Distinctives

While you do not have to believe these things to be a Christian, we teach from these positions at Woodridge Community Church.

Reformed

We believe that the Bible is the inspired and authoritative Word of God, sufficient in all matters of faith and practice.

Reformed theology teaches that God rules with absolute sovereignty over all creation. He has foreordained all events and is therefore never frustrated by circumstances. This does not limit the will of the creature, nor does it make God the author of sin.

God in His grace and mercy has chosen to redeem a people to Himself, delivering them from sin and death. The Reformed doctrine of salvation is commonly represented by the acrostic TULIP (also known as the five points of Calvinism):

Total Depravity
Our sinful corruption is so deep and so strong as to make us slaves of sin and morally unable to overcome our own rebellion and blindness.  Because of this, we are utterly dependent on God’s grace to overcome our rebellion, give us eyes to see, and effectively draw us to the Savior.

Unconditional Election 
God’s election is an unconditional act of free grace that was given through His Son Jesus before the world began. By this act, God chose, before the foundation of the world, those who would be delivered from bondage to sin and brought to repentance and saving faith in Jesus.

Limited Atonement
Also called  “particular redemption.” The atonement of Christ is sufficient for all humans and effective for those who trust him. It is not limited in its worth or sufficiency to save all who believe. But the full, saving effectiveness of the atonement that Jesus accomplished is limited to those for whom that saving effect was prepared.

Irresistible Grace
The resistance that all human beings exert against God every day is wonderfully overcome at the proper time by God’s saving grace for undeserving rebels whom He chooses freely to save.

Perseverance of the Saints
All who are justified will win the fight of faith. They will persevere in faith and will not surrender finally to the enemy of their souls. 

Baptist

We believe that there are two ordinances appointed by the Lord Jesus, which we are to continue until he returns. These two ordinances are Baptism, and The Lord’s Supper.

Baptism is an act of obedience to God in which a believer in Christ publicly confesses his faith by being immersed into water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Baptism also allows the Christian to identify with Christ in his death and His resurrection - going under the water representing death and burial, and being raised up from the water representing resurrection.

Baptism is for Believers
The pattern we see for baptism in the New Testament is that it follows a conscious profession of faith in Jesus. Baptism is to be an outward sign of a person’s faith in Christ.

Believers are Baptized by Immersion
In every clear example of baptism the Bible gives us, the method of baptizing is the same. Believers are baptized by immersion.  The Greek word baptizo usually means, “To plunge, dip, or immerse something under the water.”

Baptism by immersion symbolizes not only a cleansing, but also our union with Christ in his death and resurrection.  

Baptism by immersion is based on both the New Testament pattern set forth and also the teaching of the apostles concerning the symbolism of baptism.  

Baptism is not necessary for salvation, but is an act of obedience that expresses one’s faith in and submission to Jesus. Baptism does not save anyone, but it is an essential part of obedience to Christ, since He commanded that those who believe were to be baptized.  

The Lord’s Supper
Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper the night before he went to the cross. Unlike baptism, which is an ordinance that a believer observes (or participates in) once, the Lord’s Supper is meant to be observed repeatedly until Christ returns.

In 1 Cor. 11,  Jesus calls his disciples to “do this in remembrance of me” which shows that he intended them to continue to observe the supper after he would no longer be there with them. And, that by participating in the Lord’s Supper, we are testifying to Christ’s sacrifice and we do this “until he comes” again.

Complementarian

Complementarianism asserts that God has created both men and women  in his image, of equal value and dignity as human persons, but  with a distinction in the roles and responsibilities each is to fulfill in both church and home.

Complementarianism asserts that the above statements are perfectly and practically compatible with each other. Complementarianism asserts that functional differences between men and women in church and home, as expressed in the biblical terms “headship” and “submission”, do not diminish or jeopardize their worth or value.

This relationship between men and women was meant from the beginning to parallel Christ and the church. Though the church is under the authority of Christ and women are to submit to their own husbands, Christ lays his life down for the church, and men are to do the same for their wives. Sin has led to the abuse of these gender roles in our society which has its roots in the fall (Gen 3:16).

Cessationist

The Holy Spirit is the acting agent that regenerates our hearts, giving us new spiritual life at the hearing of the gospel. He indwells the believer, gives understanding of God’s Word, convicts us of sin, seals the believer giving assurance of our salvation, unifies God’s people, causes the Christian to bear fruit, and empowers the Christian for service to build up the church by giving spiritual gifts.

We affirm…
that God can and does heal people, that he speaks to us through His Word (the Bible), and that God works a miracle each time a person is saved.  He can also work any miracle he wants to.  We affirm that God blesses believers with gifts such as teaching, mercy, administration,, etc.
 
We don’t believe…
that the miraculous gifts such as prophecy, healing, and speaking in tongues exist as the norm for today as it did in the apostolic age, when the church was being built and the New Testament was being written.  Such gifts were the norm among the apostles to be a sign, authenticating the message of the New Testament and the establishment of Christ’s Church.  With the Scriptures now being completed, God speaks to us through them.


What We Believe

The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.

God the Father

We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal visible return to earth.

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that he is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide.

Regeneration

We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior.

The Church

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body in which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.

Christian Conduct

We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.

The Ordinances

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water in the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Religious Liberty

We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by ecclesiastical and political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.

Church Cooperation

We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary basis.

The Last Things

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked.

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