Cherrydale Baptist Church
Thursday, March 23, 2017
To love God and people above all else
1. BIBLICAL AUTHORITY
We study, teach, and apply the Bible as our final authority.
We believe that the Bible, which is composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired and inerrant Word of God. These Scriptures provide trustworthy and sufficient practical instruction for Christian living and for the function of the local church, so we value their teachings as our true and final authority (Psalm 19:7–14; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; 2 Peter 1:20–21).
We believe that the Bible reveals God’s unfolding story of human redemption, which finds its consummation in the person and work of Jesus Christ at His first and second coming.
We will read, understand, teach, preach, and apply every portion of Scripture in light of the gospel of Christ (Luke 24:27; John 5:39; Hebrews 1:1–2).
2. GOSPEL CENTRALITY
We proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and apply it to all areas of our lives.
We believe that the central message of all Scripture is the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection (Isaiah 53:1–12; Luke 24:27; 1 Corinthians 15:1–6). The very reason that the gospel is good news is because Christ’s work has removed every obstacle to our intimacy with God and it enables us to glorify Him forever (2 Corinthians 5:17–19; Ephesians 2:13–16). Once we acknowledge in humility our desperate brokenness (Psalm 51; Luke 18:9–14; 1 Peter 5:5–6) and we receive the gospel by God’s grace through faith, He declares us righteous and seals us with His Holy Spirit as a pledge of our future redemption (Romans 3:21–27; Ephesians 1:13–14; 2:8–9). But the ultimate prize of this good news of the gospel is God Himself, and not just His gifts (John 17:3; 1 Peter 3:18).
We will continue to discover, believe, and proclaim the wonderful truths of the gospel.
We will cooperate with the Holy Spirit in applying these truths to every area of our lives—including our relationships with family, church, work, government, and the world (2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:15–6:20; Colossians 3:12–4:6).
3. TRINITARIAN WORSHIP
We worship the Triune God and devote ourselves to prayer.
We believe that worship is the necessary response to the nature and persons of the one and only Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4–5; 2 Corinthians 13:14). All of life is intended to be an act of worship, and the essence of worship is a continual heartfelt delight in God through Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 22:37-40; John 4:23–24; Romans 12:1).
We will gather together weekly to celebrate God’s immeasurable worth as a local body of believers (Ephesians 5:18–21; Colossians 3:16–17; Hebrews 10:24–25).
We believe that we are utterly dependent on God and can do nothing of eternal significance apart from Him (John 15:5; Acts 17:26-27).
We will bathe every act of worship and ministry in prayer (Matthew 6:6–15; Acts 1:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18).
4. BIBLICAL COMMUNITY
We grow in Christ in the context of healthy biblical community.
We believe that life in biblical Christian community is a reflection of the loving, self-giving relationship that the Trinity has enjoyed for all eternity (Genesis 1:26–27; John 14:31; 1 John 4:7).
We believe spiritual formation occurs best in the context of fellowship with other believers (Romans 8:28–29; Hebrews 3:12–13; Galatians 6:1–5)
We will meet regularly in smaller groups where we can give and receive grace and encouragement rooted in God’s truth toward the ultimate goal of maturity in Christ (Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 4:15; Colossians 3:12–17). In order to foster unity within groups and effectiveness in their outreach to the community, we encourage group formation based on geography.
We will pursue authentic, healthy, loving relationships across generations as we journey together in faith (Romans 12:2; Titus 2:3–8).
5. MULTIPLICATION MINDSET
We multiply by developing leaders, launching small groups and planting churches.
We believe that God has entrusted every believer with spiritual gifts, and we encourage one another to exercise these gifts for the purpose of building the body of Christ to the glory of God. The primary responsibilities of pastors include shepherding God’s flock; teaching sound doctrine; and equipping believers for godly living, faithful service, and dedicated disciple-making (Acts 20:28–35; Ephesians 4:12–16; 1 Peter 5:1–5).
We will value spiritual multiplication over personal comfort at the individual, group, and church level (Matthew 28:18–20; Acts 13:1–3; 16:5).
We will develop leaders who make disciples, launch new small groups, and plant new churches throughout the metro area and around the world, so that the next generation of the church will continue to reach its peers (2 Timothy 2:2).
6. GOSPEL ADVANCEMENT
We focus our efforts on taking the gospel to all peoples of the world.
We believe that God’s purpose is to reveal His glory to all peoples and that He gives every believer the great privilege and high calling of joining His work to accomplish this end (Genesis 12:3; Psalm 67; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Revelation 7:9–10).
We will seek to remove barriers to the gospel by creating environments that welcome all people. We endeavor to develop real and meaningful relationships with the people that God, in His providence, has brought into our lives so that we might love them well and share the reason for our hope (Matthew 5:16; Acts 17:26–27; 1 Peter 3:15).
We will focus outward, cross boundaries, and step outside of our comfort zones to share the gospel (1 Corinthians 9:19–23).
We will prioritize sending and supporting laborers to unreached people groups (Matthew 28:19–20; Acts 1:8; Romans 15:20).
7. KINGDOM PARTNERSHIP
We partner with other gospel-centered churches and organizations to advance the gospel.
We believe that Jesus Christ established His church as His instrument to advance His kingdom around the world (Matthew 16:18; Acts 1:8). As a local expression of this universal church, Cherrydale Baptist is one of many faithful, Christ-honoring congregations in the greater metropolitan area that we view not as our competitors but as our co-laborers.
We believe that local partnerships for the advancement of the gospel impacts society in many restorative ways.
We will partner with other Christ-centered churches and organizations through our prayers, our resources, and the efforts of our members to proclaim the gospel and to impact the greater Arlington community for the glory of God (Jeremiah 29:7; Matthew 5:16; Galatians 2:9–10; Philippians 1:3–6).