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Closed Handed Doctrine.

  • The Bible is God’s inspired and inerrant word, fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.

  •  There is one eternal God, who exists as Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit.

  •  God created the universe.

  •  All humans fall short of God’s glory and are separated from Him by our sin and rebellion.

  •  Jesus, born of a virgin, was fully God and fully man, and was without sin.

  •  Jesus’ sacrificial death paid the price for our sin, and defeated evil and death.

  •  Jesus physically rose from the dead, ascended to Heaven, and now reigns as Savior of the world.

  •  By God’s grace alone, humans are justified through faith in this Savior, Jesus Christ.

  •  There is no other name by which people may be saved, except that of Jesus Christ.

  •  The Holy Spirit indwells every believer as a guarantee of our eternal inheritance.

  •  Every believer is empowered by the Holy Spirit through the impartation of spiritual gifts.

  •  God establishes His people as the church, His priesthood of all believers.

  •  Each believer is called to proclaim Christ’s gospel and live out His kingdom-life on earth.

  •  Christ will personally and visibly return to fulfill God’s salvation plan.

Open Handed Doctrine.

  • Bible translation or version (with few exceptions)

  •  Days of worship (Saturday, Sunday, etc.)

  •  How often communion is taken

  •  Modes of baptism (immersion, sprinkling, pouring)

  •  Prevailing Calvinist/Reformed, Armenian views of theology

  •  End times (eschatology, millennial, pre-millennial, post-millennial, amillennial, etc.)

  •  Earth age (See Anthem Hayden Position Paper on Creation)

  •  Types or styles of music

  •  Total abstinence or permissiveness of drinking alcohol

  •  Divorce and remarriage

  •  Civil disobedience

Position Papers.

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