Doctrinal Statement for Flower Mound Women’s Bible Study
One of the beauties of a community Bible study is the diversity of theological backgrounds we come from. Because we are diverse, we want to distinguish between those beliefs that are essential to Christian orthodoxy and those that are non-essentials. Small group leaders can and will hold different beliefs among non-essentials. For the sake of unity, we ask that, with regard to essentials, leaders adhere to a doctrinal statement. We ask that, with regard to non-essentials, leaders maintain any personal beliefs that differ from the teaching with open-handedness and respectful tone.
In addition to affirming the Nicene Creed, FMWBS upholds the following doctrinal statement as basic and essential orthodox belief:
God and Man
We believe in one God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God created man in His own image and for the purpose of glorifying Him. However, instead of glorifying God, man glorifies himself and worships the created things instead of the Creator. Because of his rebellion and sin, man is separated from God and deserving of God’s punishment.
For His glory and because of His love for His children, God initiated a plan of redemption, which He fully accomplished on their behalf. God the Father sent Jesus the Son, fully God and fully man, to die on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sin of His children. Jesus lived a sinless life on earth, suffered death on the cross, was buried, and then rose again from the dead, demonstrating His victory over sin and death. Jesus fully paid for the redemption of God’s children, and, by God’s grace, we respond with repentance and faith.
The Holy Spirit
God, the Holy Spirit, opens blind eyes and draws God’s children to salvation. He then dwells in the hearts of believers, enabling their sanctification, and sealing them for eternity. The Holy Spirit has also been given to the people of God to empower them for obedience, service and witness.
God brings His children together to form a family of believers, called the church, whose joy and duty is to live in unity in the power of the Holy Spirit and under the authority of Scripture.
We believe that the Bible is divine revelation, and we submit to its authority, acknowledging it to be inspired by God, without error and carrying the full weight of His authority.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father [and the Son].
With the Father and the Son
he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. AMEN.