Orthodoxy: 7 Points

The term Orthodox means “straight teaching” or “straight worship,”

It is a term derived from two Greek words: orthos, “straight,” and doxa, “teaching” or “worship.”


Throughout the history of the church, false teaching and division have threatened the purity of the church. Division, in particular, over minor and secondary issues has obscured the identity and purity of the Church universal as various groups have partitioned off into distinct denominations.


So, the concept of orthodoxy came to be applied to those essential core ideas and doctrines that must be confessed in order to be rightly called Christian. Looking beyond any particular local church’s or denomination’s outward practices, it is adherence to the seven points of orthodoxy that defines a church as “straight” in its teaching, and so thusly can rightly be called, "Christian."

  • THE AUTHORITATIVE WORD

    We believe the entirety of Scritputre (66 books of the Old and New Testaments) has been given to us by God and is accurate, inerrant, and infalliable in its orignianl form, and that God has faithfully preserved His truth for all generations. The Holy Spirit inspired the authors of Scripture, and the Bible is the final authority on all matters concerning life and faith. (2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21, John 17:17)

  • The trinitarian god

    There is one sovereign, holy, righteous, just God ruling over the entire universe. God is Maker and King over all. He is slow to anger, rich in mercy, and abounding in steadfast love. God eternally exists as three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each one is equal in essence, yet a distinct person unique in both work and expression. This mystery is known as the Trinity. God exists in complete, undivided, eternal unity within Himself. (Ex. 34:6-7, Mk. 12:29, Matt. 3:16-17, Matt. 28:19, 2 Cor. 13:14)

  • jesus - God  & man

    The second person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God, took on flesh and entered into human history as a man, the incarnation, Jesus of Nazareth, so that He might pay the penalty for our sins offering to restore our relationship with God. As God, He is able to reveal the Father to mankind. He alone among men has lived a perfect life. Call upon Jesus as Lord and Savior and you will be saved. (Jn. 1:1,14, 8:58, Acts 4:12, Phil. 2:5-11, Col. 1:15-17, Heb. 1:1)

  • depravity of man

    Man was created by God, in His image, for intimate fellowship with and to worship Him. However, Adam willfully rebelled against God by sinning, causing separation from God, and all his progeny are born sinful; like their human fathers, all people fall short of God’s glorious standard by willfully acting against His person and will, and are in need of salvation. (Gen. 1:26-28, 3:1-24, Psa. 143:2, Rom. 5:12, Eph. 2:1-3)

  • christ as substitute

    To atone for something means to make reparation for a wrong or injury. All people are sinfully depraved and unable to right the wrongs they commit against the LORD. Jesus, as perfect man and as God, is able to mediate and restore the broken relationship. He did this by taking man’s penalty of death on the cross. (Mark 10:45, Luke 19:10, 1 John 2:1,2)

  • justified freely by grace

    Salvation is entirely a work of God. Men are bound by sin and rebellion and unable to merit God’s favor. Lovingly and justly, God reached down to save people graciously offering new birth to the spiritually dead. Those who receive by faith the gift of restored relationship made possible by Christ’s death on the cross will be saved and dwell with Him eternally. (Isa. 64:6, Rom. 3:23-28, Eph. 2:8-9)

  • christ's sure return

    The blessed hope of all those who believe in Jesus Christ is His promised return, when He will gather His followers throughout the ages into one flock, and cast away into eternal death all those who rejected Him in this life. Upon His return, Jesus will create a New Heavens and earth, and in the New Jerusalem shall make His dwelling with men. (Psa. 145:6, Matt. 25:31-46, Tit. 2:11-14, Rev. 22:1-21)