Deep in the Heart of Every Individual is Core Beliefs
Deep in the heart of every individual is core beliefs. It is these core beliefs – the central, guiding convictions, principles, and perspectives – that make them who they are. Your core determines whether you remain strong during times of great testing and persecution. Your core determines the outcome of your life and the quality of your fruit. What’s true of individuals is also true of churches.
The Bible is at the core of Blueprint Church. It is our instruction manual for life. It is our final authority. At Blueprint, we value and encourage one another to set aside a daily devotional time, in prayer and reading the Bible.
CORE II: COMMITMENT TO GOD AND HIS WORD
|1. Our supreme desire is to glorify God. Our love for God and devotion to Him must be our deepest passion and greatest motivation – more than possessions, human relationships and personal accomplishments, including ministry accomplishments (Matthew 22:37-38; Philippians 3:7-8).|
2. Our lives and our ministries must aspire to wholehearted devotion to God through worship, through prayer and through studying, memorizing, meditating upon, obeying and teaching His Word (Joshua 1:8; Ezra 7:10).
3. We value a faith-filled, childlike approach of simply believing and obeying the Scriptures (Matthew 18:3-4; Acts 17:11).
4. Christian maturity is a work of God by the Holy Spirit. We do not believe that simply being a Christian a long time makes a person mature. Nor is maturity accomplished in our own strength. Rather, yielding to the work fo the Holy Spirit and submitting to, following, trusting and obeying God and the Scriptures over time are the primary factors in becoming spiritually mature (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 2:20; Psalm 111:10; James 1:22).
5. The Bible is our final authority for doctrine and practice and our instruction manual for life. It is Gods revealed communication for matters of our faith, for our personal lives, for raising our families, for our behavior in the workplace and for all ministry. (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
6. We recognize that the Bible is sometimes difficult to understand and was written in different languages and to different cultures than our own and that we must work hard to correctly understand it (2 Timothy 2:15).
7. In determining truth, if there is a conflict between what we believe the Bible teaches and what we believe the sciences or social sciences teach, we will give precedence to our understanding of the Bible (Psalms 1:1-3).
8. Obedience to God’s Word is crucial to an accurate understanding of the Bible. Without such an attitude of humility, His Word becomes mere knowledge, which eventually leads to pride and possibly deception (James 1:22).
9. All of us are under the authority of Jesus Christ and the Scriptures as our ultimate and final authority. God has also given us human authorities that we are to honor and submit to within their God-ordained spheres of authority. Wives are to honor and submit to their husbands (Ephesians 5:22), children to their parents (Ephesians 6:1), church members to their elders (1 Peter 5:5), employees to their employers (Ephesians 6:5-6), and citizens to the civil government (Romans 13:1-7). In submitting to a human authority, at no time is a person to disobey God’s Word.
10. We value a dependent attitude of faith, demonstrated through a reliance on God in prayer (1 Timothy 2:1-5).
11. We value a Christian life that is focused on heaven and eternal values rather than the world and the world’s values (Colossians 3:1-4; 1 John 2:15).
12. We value obeying Christ Jesus in the face of opposition, with the understanding that those who desire to live a godly life in Christ will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12).
As we live, work, worship, serve, and grow in Fayetteville, we want to rely on the Word of God. We know God’s Word is truth and in it we are guided. A visitor at Blueprint will quickly discover that our Sunday sermons and weekly Community Groups are saturated with God’s Word. We also encourage one another to read on their own during the week. The Bible is core, central, and guiding. We invite you to join us as we prioritize and submit to the Word of God and His grace at Blueprint Church.
|Contents of this journal entry originated in the paper: THE CORE AND PRACTICES OF GREAT COMMISSION CHURCHES; Revised 2014.|