Our Doctrine

Learn the biblical truths that we hold dear and essential as a church

 

What we believe

What we believe as a church is commonly known as church doctrine. Our doctrine is the foundation by which we serve God. Blueprint Church’s doctrinal statement has been organized into categories to assist you in understanding what we believe and teach through our various ministries.

The Scriptures

Every word in the original writings is inspired by God and is without error. It is accurate in all matters to which it speaks: spiritual, historical, and scientific. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the foundation of the faith and practice of Blueprint Church (II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:21).

God

God exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  The three have distinct personalities and yet are of the same substance, one God. (Gen. 1:1; John 10:30; John 4:24; Deut 6:4; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14)

Man

Man is created in the image and likeness of God. In Adam, all mankind fell into sin with the result that all men are sinners. Men are justly condemned to eternal judgment and can do nothing to merit salvation. (Rom. 2:2,3,5; Eph.  2:8,9; Gen. 1:27, 9:6; Rom. 5:12; 3:23; Eph. 2:1)

Jesus Christ

The eternal Son of God became incarnate in the Lord Jesus Christ, being born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. He died physically on the cross and was bodily resurrected three days later. (John 1:1,14,18; 5:18; Heb. 1:1-9; 5:8; I John 5:20; I Tim. 2:5; I Cor. 15:1-5)

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He regenerates, indwells, baptizes, and seals all believers in Christ and empowers those yielded to God.  (Matt. 28:19; John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5; ICor. 6:19; Rom. 8:9; ICor. 2:12; 12:13; Eph. 4:30; Col. 3:14)

Salvation

Salvation is given to those men chosen by God and drawn to Christ by the Holy Spirit. The only means to their salvation is belief in Christ’s substitutionary death and resurrection. (Acts 4:12; 13:38,39; I Cor. 15:1-4; Rom. 4:4,5; 5:1; John 3:16; Eph. 2:8,9; Acts 16:31; Eph. 1:4,5; Rom. 8:29,30)

Sanctification

Every believer is promised positional, progressive, and ultimate sanctification.  (Heb. 10:10,14; John 17:15-17; Eph. 5:26-27; I Thess. 4:3,4; I John 3:2; I Cor.  6:11)

Assurance

All who are born of the Spirit through faith in Christ can have assurance of salvation and are eternally secure in Christ. (Rom. 5:1; I John 5:13; John 10:27-29; 17:12; II Tim. 1:12; Eph. 4:30; John 6:37)

The Church

The church is composed of all believers. It is the body and bride of Christ, formed by the baptism of the Holy Spirit and existing in two aspects, universal and local. The universal church is an elect company of believers, baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body. Its mission is to witness to its head, Jesus Christ, preaching the gospel among all nations. At the Rapture of the church, it will be caught up to meet the Lord, after which He will return to set up His Kingdom. The local church is a group of believers voluntarily joined together in love to worship God with praise and thanksgiving, and to glorify Jesus Christ through an aggressive effort to disciple others by the preaching of the gospel and the exercise of spiritual gifts. (Eph. 1:22,23; 5:24-30; I Cor. 12:4-13,27)

The Family

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

Marriage is the uniting of one man (“husband”) and one woman (“wife”) in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His Church and to provide for the man and the women in marriage the framework for intimate companionship. This intimate companionship is the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.  She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus qual to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

(Genesis 1:26­-28; Genesis 2:15­-25; Genesis 3:1­-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4­9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26­-28; Psalms 51:5; Psalms 78:1­8; 127; 128; 139:13-­16; Proverbs 1:8;5:15-­20; Prov. 6:20­-22; Prov. 12:4; Prov. 13:24; Prov.14:1; Prov. 17:6; Prov. 18:22; Prov. 22:6,15; Prov. 23:13-­14; Prov. 24:3; Prov. 29:15,17; Prov. 31:10­31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12Ecclesiastes 12:9; Malachi 2:14-­16; Matthew 5:31-­32; Matt. 18:2­5; Matt. 19:3­9; Mark  10:6-­12; Romans 1:18­-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1­-16; Ephesians 5:21-­33; Ephesians 6:1­4; Colossians 3:18­-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3­-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1­7.)

Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual gifts are God-given abilities for service, i.e., “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service to the building up of the body of Christ.”  (Eph. 4:1-16; I Cor. 12:7,11; I Pet. 4:10; Rom. 12:1-6)

Christian Life

Christians are called to a holy life of service and testimony in the power of the Holy Spirit. This service includes the propagation of the gospel message to the whole world. All believers are promised rewards in heaven for their faithfulness in service. (I Pet. 1:15,16; Acts 1:8; I Cor. 3:12-17; John 14:1-3)

Financial Stewardship

Tithing in the Old Testament is a picture of what proper worship, honoring and acknowledgment of our stewardship of God’s wealth concerning everything He has given us. We believe this example guides us, but is not a mandate for the New Testament church. Followers of Christ are called to give financially to their local church, not by meeting some obligatory percentage, but gladly sacrificing for the sake of the gospel because Jesus sacrificed for us, and all we have is His.

We believe, giving should be motivated by love, given willingly and generously. (2 Cor. 8:3-5; 10-11- 9:7; Gal 6:9), given out of the first fruits, (1 Cor. 16:2a), strategic, (2 Cor. 9:12-15; 1 Timothy 3:15b; 5:17, 18), regular/systematic (1 Cor. 16:2), and proportionate and sacrificial. (1. Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 8:11-12)

Ordinances

The Bible sets forth two ordinances, the Lord’s Supper and water baptism. The Lord’s Supper is to be celebrated regularly in remembrance of Christ’s death on the cross and in expectation of His return. Water baptism is an outward testimony of a person’s belief in Christ. Immersion is the ideal means set forth in Scripture. (Matt. 28:19,20; Mark 16:15,16; Acts 8:12,36-38; 9:18; 10:47; I Cor. 11:23-26)