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Introduction to Doctrinal Statement
It has been the tradition of the church to hand down sound doctrine (accurate teaching about what the Bible says) from generation to generation (Romans 6:17, 2 Timothy 1:13, 2 Timothy 2:2, Titus 1:9, 1 Corinthians 11:23, 1 Corinthians 15:1-8). This has often been done through the formulation of statements that summarize the essential teachings of the Bible. The church is under constant attack by the enemy who wants to distort saving truth (1 Tim 4:1). This attack is repeatedly leveled at the identity of Christ or what he accomplished on the cross. Because one must believe the teaching of the gospel in order to be saved (2 Thess 1:8, 1 Peter 4:17, Romans 10:16, John 14:23-24), we want to be clear on what we believe and teach - not only with the essentials of salvation, but with all those teachings that are given in Scripture for life and godliness.
Though there are many excellent statements throughout history which have been a foundation of teaching and global Christian unity down through the years, it is important that each generation articulate these truths from Scripture to be on guard against the inventions of the Devil and the threat of false teaching that the church faces today through the sprit of the Anti-Christ at work in the world (1 John 4:3). This was the Biblical church’s response to false teaching (Gal 1:6-9. Gal 5:2-4,1 John 4:2, 2 John 1:6-7, 1 Corinthians 12:3, 1 John 2:23, 1 John 5:1), and our response today. These statements have no authority of their own but are only authoritative to the degree that they accurately represent what Scripture teaches.
One such important series of statements was written from 1978-1986. These statements were drafted and signed by 250-300 Evangelical Scholars with the purpose of defending the church against a wind of weakening trust in the accuracy and source of the Scriptures that has been blowing through the Church for decades. Their words are needed even more today than they were then. There are three statements:
Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (October 26-28, 1978)
Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics (November 10-13, 1982)
Chicago Statement on Biblical Application (December 10-13, 1986)
Though these statements were not written to be a doctrinal statement of a local church, they fit that purpose well because of their clarity and because they allow a local congregation to identify with the faith of a larger group of believers, testifying to the unity of the faith of Bible-believing Christians. In order to make them a comprehensive statement for our congregation, we have added to them statements pertaining to the specifics of the Sacraments or Ordinances of the Church, Sanctification in the believer, and the Return of Christ.
What follows are excerpts from those statements which together with HCC's additions form our doctrinal statement. However, we hold to everything said in each of the complete statements and encourage reading those full statements at the links above.
About the Bible
Taken from the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy
A Short Statement on Scripture
The authority of Scripture is inescapably impaired if this total divine inerrancy is in any way limited or disregarded, or made relative to a view of truth contrary to the Bible's own; and such lapses bring serious loss to both the individual and the Church.
About God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Church
Taken from the Chicago Statement on Biblical Application
The Living God
The Savior and His Work
The Holy Spirit and His Work
The Church and Its Mission
Additional Statements of Hudson Christian Church
Hudson Christian Church Statement on Baptism
Hudson Christian Church Statement on The Lord's Supper
Hudson Christian Church Statement on Sanctification
Hudson Christian Church Statement on Last Things