Introduction: Most churches publish a doctrinal statement or statement of faith in which they set out their essential and distinctive beliefs. We recognize that there are some doctrines which have been primary and universal within all the historic Church, such as what we find in the great creeds. And we accept that guideline which states all believers should take care to hold what has been believed by all believers, everywhere, in all times. However there are also a number of secondary doctrinal beliefs to which we have committed our church. On these matters there are differing convictions across the body of Christ. Complete agreement on every point is not required for the sake of membership in Scofield Church, but it should be known that we will preach, teach and propagate both the primary truths and secondary matters to which we have committed ourselves. In this we try to follow the rule of: “in essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things, charity.” If some secondary aspect of our doctrinal statement is a concern, we invite discussion with an elder or pastor.
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The Scriptures. We accept the 39 books of the OT and the 27 books of the NT as the infallible, written Word of God, inspired by God and inerrant in all they affirm, including such matters as history and chronology. This Bible functions as the church’s only inspired rule of faith and practice. (2Tim. 3:16-17. 2Pet. 1:21, Jude 3)
God. We affirm that there is one true God, the uncreated Creator of all things, revealed by the Bible, who exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, each having the same nature, attributes and perfections, being one in essence, yet distinct in personhood. (Gen. 1:1, Matt. 28:18-19, Mk. 12:29, Heb. 1:1-3)
Angels. We acknowledge the existence of an innumerable company of created, sinless, spiritual beings called angels who exist to serve and worship God. We also acknowledge that Satan is a fallen angel and took with him numerous angels in his fall and rebellion, who are now demons and exhibit warfare against God and humanity. (Matt. 26:53, 2Cor. 4:4, Eph. 6:10-12, 1Tim. 4:1, Heb. 1:14, 2Pet. 2:4, Jd. 6, Rev. 7:11-12)
Humanity. We affirm that humanity was originally created in the image and likeness of God. Having been tempted by Satan, our first parents rebelled against God and as a consequence, all of humanity is naturally dead in trespasses and sin, being sinners by nature, and thus subject to the power of the devil, alienated from the life of God and under His judgment. Only divine grace can remedy the fallen state of the sinner. (Gen. 1:26, 3:1-19, Ps. 51:5, Jer. 17:9, Rom. 3:10-19, Eph. 2:1-3)
Christ. We believe that Christ entered the world according to the prophecies of scripture to become our Redeemer. He was born of a virgin and was sinless in His humanity, retaining full and absolute deity, being fully man and fully God. In infinite love for humanity He became a divine sacrifice for sin, receiving God’s judgment for sin in Himself, in order to provide reconciliation to God. He rose from the dead to display His victory over sin, death and hell, and ascended to the Right Hand of God, from whence He shall return. (Luke 1:26-33, John 1:1-2, 29, 3:16, Acts 2:22-24, 2Cor. 5:14, Phil. 2:5-8, 20, 1Tim. 2:6, Heb. 10:11-14, 1Pet. 3:18)
Salvation. Salvation is received by those who repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, through the miracle of regeneration, passing out of death and into life, being freely declared righteous by God, each believer being fully and completely saved as God’s child forever from the moment of saving faith. Salvation is therefore by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, apart from any good works, religious deeds or rituals, or any other human efforts or merit, as the blood of Jesus is applied and new life implanted by the Holy Spirit, according to the sovereign operation of God’s grace. (John 1:12, 5:24, Acts 13:38-39, 16:30-31, Eph. 1:7, 2:8-9,Titus 3:4-7)
Sanctification. Sanctification is the progressive setting apart of the believer to God. Through the various means of spiritual growth, the believer is to grow in grace through the power of the Holy Spirit. The sinful nature is not eradicated but the believer is called to subdue the flesh and mortify sin through the Spirit. Rom. 6:12-14, 2Cor. 3:17-18, 7:1,Eph. 4:17-24, 1Thes. 5:23)
The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, the third member of the Holy Trinity, with God the Father and God the Son, comes to dwell in each believer at the moment of conversion. He becomes the believer’s source of power for sanctification and service. The Spirit seals the believer for the day of redemption and fills the believer with His presence and power. No gift of tongues or healing or any so called second work of grace is a necessary sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Each believer is gifted by the Spirit for service in the body of Christ, and wholly apart from the benefits of salvation the Lord promises to acknowledge and reward each believer for His service to the Lord at the Bema of Christ. We recognize that some of the miraculous gifts from the Apostolic era are not normative for the church today. (John 16:7-15, Rom. 8:9, 1Cor. 12:13, 13:8, 2Cor. 12:12, Eph. 2:22, Heb. 2:1-4)
The Great Commission. The Lord Jesus, before His return to heaven, commanded that His followers preach the gospel to all creatures, seeking to make disciples of all nations. (Matt. 28:18-19, Mark 16:15, Luke 22:19-20, Acts 1:8)
The Church. All believers are united to Christ and are members of the body of Christ, who is the Head of the Church. Membership in Christ’s body is to be reflected by a commitment to membership in an organized local church, under qualified leaders, in which the believer serves the Lord and others, keeping the unity of the spirit in love. Matt. 16:18, Acts 2:42-47, 14:23, 1Cor. 12:12-27, Titus 1:5)
Ordinances. We recognize two ordinances, water baptism (believer’s baptism) which testifies of individual conversion, and the Lord’s Supper, observed by the assembled body, which testifies of Christ’s saving work. (Matt. 28:19, Luke 22:19-20, Acts 10:47-48, 18:8-9, 1Cor. 11:23-26)
God’s Plan for the Ages. We see a continuity in God’s plan throughout Scripture to call out a redeemed people for Himself but also believe that God has used successive, distinct administrations in his dealings with humanity, such as the period of the Mosaic Law, the present period of grace in which the church is revealed, and the future era of the millennial kingdom. Though the privileges and responsibilities in these dispensations vary, the way of salvation has always been the same, by grace through faith. We firmly hold to the hope of the return of the Lord Jesus to judge the living and the dead (and so warn every person), with the resurrection of the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to eternal condemnation. (Col. 1:24-26, Heb. 1:1-2, 1Pet.1:10-12)
We recognize that there has never been universal agreement in the historic church relative to the end times; however, for well over 100 years Scofield Memorial Church has held to and propagated the following prophetic outline: the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy is the blessed hope of Jesus coming to receive to Himself the church, prior to the Great Tribulation, which is a time of judgment over the whole earth. The Great Tribulation will conclude with the Second Coming of Jesus in great glory to bring this age to a close and to usher in the millennial kingdom of Christ upon the earth. Following this, the Great White Throne judgment will seal the fate of the devil and all unbelievers who will be consigned to eternal punishment in hell, while the saved enjoy the presence of God forever in a new heaven and a new earth. (Dan. 9:27, Matt. 24:15-31, John 14:1-3, 1Cor. 15:51-52, 2Cor. 5:8, Phil. 3:20, 2Thes. 1:5-10, Titus 2:13, Jude 7, Rev. 20:1-15)
[This doctrinal statement may be changed only by a three-fourths vote of the congregation at a regularly convened meeting, only upon recommendation by three fourths vote of the Elders and only after notice of the proposed change has been announced and posted at least six months prior to such congregational meeting.]