BeliefsUpholding the Gospel of Jesus Christ
From Genesis to Revelation God has authored one grand story in History about who He is and what He has done for us. This story at its core is called the gospel, or 'good news.'
Although the basic gist is simple, like any good narrative there are many facets and layers that add depth and fullness of meaning to it. Errors can be found both in oversimplifying it as well as overcomplicating it. At its core, the gospel is the historical narrative of the triune God orchestrating the reconciliation and redemption of a broken creation and fallen creatures from Satan, sin and its effects to the Father and each other through the life, death, resurrection and future return of the substitutionary Son by the power of the Spirit for God’s glory and the Church’s joy.
Around here, you will hear us talk a lot about the 4 basic movements of the Gospel: Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration. This understanding and patterns affects every area of our church from our preaching to our counseling.
Our Basic Beliefs represent the core orthodox beliefs of the Church from a biblical and historical perspective. Covenant Members of The Well hold to these 10 precious truths firmly.
- The Scriptures are true, authoritative and sufficient. (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
- There is only one true God, Creator of heaven and earth, who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; Isaiah 46:9-10; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Genesis 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
- All things exist for the glory of God. (Psalm 148:1-14; Proverbs 16:4; Isaiah 61:3; Romans 11:33-36; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 5:15; Ephesians 1:3-14)
- All humanity, Christ excluded, is sinful by both birth and action. (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:8, 12-21; 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3)
- The deserved penalty for sin is physical and spiritual death. (Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:19; Romans 5:12; 6:23; James 1:14-15)
- Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin and is both fully God and fully human. (Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3)
- Jesus Christ died as the sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sin. (John 1:29; 10:1-18; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18)
- Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and will one day physically return.(Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 1:20-21:25; 1 Corinthians 15:12-34; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7)
- There will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Only those who turn from sin and to Jesus in faith and repentance will be raised to eternal reward. Those who do not turn from sin and to Jesus will be raised to eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15)
- Only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and repentance from sin can one be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy. (John 3:18, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Timothy 2:5-6)
For an expanded description of our Biblical Doctrine see the confessional statement of The Gospel Coalition, of which we are a member church.
Our 6 Theological Distinctives are a part of what makes our DNA at The Well what it is. They mark our convictions on areas that are debated even among Bible-believing, gospel-centered churches. Though agreement with these distinctives isn’t necessary for membership, we will preach, teach and counsel on the basis of them.
We hold the gospel to be the central truth and life-giving force for all of life — salvation and sanctification alike, individually and corporately, inside the church as we gather to celebrate it and outside the church as we scatter to proclaim it.
2. Divine Sovereignty
We enthusiastically embrace the total sovereignty of God, including His grace in saving sinners.
3. Spirit-Enabled Ministry
We recognize and rest upon the necessity of the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit for all of life and ministry.
4. Complementarian Equality
We are deeply committed to the fundamental spiritual and moral equality and complementarity of men and women.
5. Missional Ecclesiology
We espouse a missionary understanding of the local church and its role as the primary means by which God chooses to establish His kingdom on earth.
6. Christian Hedonism: God's Glory and Our Joy
We believe God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him, and that this intrinsic tie shapes our entire framework for life.