Doctrinal Statement

Prologue:

As Boulder Street Church leaders, our job is to make the truth of the Scripture as accessible and clear as possible. As you read this document, you will notice that after many of the statements of belief, there is an italicized portion of text that further explains the previous statement.

 

What We Believe
 

WE WANT TO LOVE GOD WITH ALL THAT WE ARE

BECAUSE…

 

WE BELIEVE that the everlasting God, who created everything and everyone, wants to have a

relationship with each of us. We believe in the Holy Trinity; in other words, there is only one God and He is eternally existent in three coequal Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our desire and main goal is to have a great relationship with Him. (Dt. 6:4-5; Is. 44:6-8; Mt. 28:19; Jn. 1:1,14; Acts 5:3-4; I Cor. 8:4,6; II Cor. 11:3; 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 2:4)

 

WE BELIEVE that God is the omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent and omnibenevolent Ruler of the universe. He is holy, His ways are just, and His work is perfect. He demonstrates an everlasting love for mankind through His creation, redemption, and restoration. We have been created for His pleasure and glory. In describing God's nature and attributes we've used theological terms that mean all-knowing (omniscient), everywhere in time and space--huge (omnipresent), all-powerful (omnipotent) and completely loving (omnibenevolent). (Isa. 6:3; Jn. 3:16; Rom. 11:36; I Tim. 1:17; I Jn. 4:8; Rev. 4:11)

 

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the Head of the Church. While all believers are adopted into God’s family, Jesus is intrinsically the eternal Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He is God revealed in human form. He is fully God and fully man. Jesus lived a sinless life, died on the cross for us, resurrected physically from the grave, and ascended to heaven to be seated at the right hand of God the Father. He will personally return to earth to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will never end. Another way of saying this is that because of our sinful nature, we are separated from God, so Jesus took care of that. Being fully God, He is in charge of the Church, and when He returns, He will be fully in charge of all things. (Mt. 16:27; Lk. 1:35; 2:40; Jn. 1:1; 3:16; 19:32-37; 20:28; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 3:25-26; I Cor. 15:1-3; Col. 1:19; I Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 2:14-18; I Pet. 3:18; Rev. 20:1-10; Dan 2:44; Is 9:7)

 

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is not just a force or influence but the third Person of the Trinity. He is active in the redemption and the restoration of humanity. He is the giver of life. He convinces individuals of their need for Jesus, imparting eternal life at the point of salvation, indwelling and spiritually baptizing each believer into the body of Christ, sealing us until Jesus returns, illuminating the written Word of God to us, and empowering us to live the Christian life in purity, power, joy, victory and fruitfulness. All these theological terms essentially mean that the Holy Spirit is very active in our daily lives. He helps us recognize our faults, gives us strength to do that which is right, helps us better understand God’s written Word, the Bible and gives us amazing power to further God’s Kingdom. (Jn. 3:5; 16:8-15; I Cor. 6:19; 12:13; Gal. 5:16, 22-23; Eph. 4:30; Titus 3:5)

 

WE BELIEVE that the Bible (both Old and New Testaments) is the infallible Word of God. It is fully inspired by God and therefore serves as our authoritative guide. We believe God loves us enough to have written a book that helps us make sense of the life He gives us. It reveals the principles that make life work best. (Ps. 19:7-11; 119:105,160; Rom. 15:4; Heb. 4:12; I Thess. 2:13; II Tim. 3:14-17; II Pet. 1:20-21)

 

WE BELIEVE that humans were created in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, we deeply value the sanctity of human life. Life begins at conception. We oppose the destruction of human life through abortion on demand, infanticide or euthanasia. Life is precious and is in God's hands. We also affirm God's design for biblical marriage to be the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. We believe that heterosexual marriage is the only legitimate and acceptable biblical context for sexual relationships. Through the original sin of Adam, we fell from our creator and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. Humans became corrupt in their whole nature. We are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Jesus. There will be a final judgment for all those who reject Jesus, along with Satan and the other fallen angels, to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire. We believe that the bottom line is that God is in charge; He created all things, and He has given certain order to creation. When we are outside of His order, not only are we in a sub-natural state, but we are also subject to negative consequences. That’s why Jesus came to Earth, so that He could put things back in order and give us a chance to align our lives with God. (Ps. 139:13-16; Jer. 1:5; Lk. 1:39-44; Gen. 2:18-25; 7:6-9; Mt. 19:4-9; Gen. 1:26-27; 2:16-17; 3:6; Jer. 17:9; Mt. 25:46; Mk. 9:43-48; Jn. 3:3-7,19; 6:44; Acts 4:12; Rom. 3:10-18,23; 5:12,16-17; Eph. 2:1-3; Rev. 19:20; 20:10-15; 21:8)

 

WE BELIEVE that personal faith in Jesus Christ and His shed blood on the cross is the only condition and hope for our salvation from sin. Salvation is the free gift of God when we turn from our own ways, receive the living Jesus, and make Him Lord by believing in our heart and confessing with our mouth that His death was the payment for our sins. This is the only way to be saved. Following salvation we believe in a public profession of faith by water baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This salvation provides spiritual healing for our fallen condition and makes us the adopted children of God. Through the process of salvation God declares the believer righteous (justification), makes us holy (sanctification), and will glorify us in a literal heaven (glorification). The shortcomings of believers and of the Church are due to the still-progressing sanctification of the believers. The Christian life, although joyful and fulfilling, involves overcoming trials and warring against a spiritual enemy. We believe that our relationship with God, which is only through an authentic faith in Jesus, is the only thing that saves us from ourselves and from eternal punishment due to our sin. Our relationship with Jesus causes us to become more like Him, but this is a life-long process. So it is normal, because we are all “in-process,” for us to still be imperfect even as we strive for God’s best in our lives. (Jn. 1:12; 3:3-7, 16; Acts. 4:12; 16:31; Rom. 6:23; 8:29-30; I Cor. 15:50-57; Gal. 3:22; Titus 3:3-7; II Pet. 1:2-4)

 

WE BELIEVE the baptism in the Holy Spirit is available to all believers in Christ and empowers Christians for life and service. Speaking in tongues is the most common initial manifestation of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. We also believe there are many other spiritual gifts available to believers through the baptism in the Holy Spirit. We believe that the same spiritual gifts and miraculous powers seen in the New Testament church are available to present-day believers through the work of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is clear on this, and because God never changes, we believe He is still at work today, both in the everyday average stuff of life as well as out-of-the-ordinary and miraculous aspects of life. (Acts 1:5,8; 2:4; 2:38-39; 10:44-48; 19:1-6; I Cor. 12,14; Heb. 2:4)

 

WE BELIEVE in the resurrection of those who have died as believers. At the return of Jesus, believers who have died will rise first. Then those believers who are alive will rise with them to meet the Lord in the air, to be with Him always. We are instructed to build for future generations while eagerly anticipating His return, which is the great hope of the Church. Jesus promised that one day He would return to Earth to gather those who love Him. Part of that promise includes the idea that we will be made like Him. It makes sense that because Jesus was physically resurrected, those who love Him will be resurrected as well. (Mt. 25:14-30; I Cor. 15:12-57; I Thess. 4:16-17; Titus 2:13)

 

WE BELIEVE that Satan is a spiritual being who rebelled against God and took a great company of angels with him in his fall from heaven. However, his power cannot compare to the strength of God Almighty. Along with his demon followers, Satan uses his deceptive powers to harass, torment, and deceive humans. Our battle as believers is not against people, but against spiritual satanic forces. God has equipped His Church with spiritual weapons and armor to take authority over these demonic forces and to set people free from their power by the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that there are spiritual forces at work in our lives every day. We believe that spiritual beings, like angels, demons and Satan, are real. Satan’s ultimate goal is to distract from God receiving glory, but God is vastly more powerful. (Is. 14:12-17; Ez. 28:11-19; Acts. 26:18; II Cor. 4:3-4; 10:3-5; Eph. 6:10-20)

 

THEREFORE WE DEVOTE our lives to passionately worship the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. We participate in group or community and individual prayer during services and throughout our daily lives. In addition to providing a source of intimacy with God, another sometimes unseen, yet valuable byproduct of prayer is to assault the kingdom of darkness. Because God built us for relationship and community, we recognize accelerated power in corporate prayer and find individual strength from participation in the community of faith and communion with God. (Dt.6: 5; Ps. 27:4, 73:25; Song of Sol. 8:6-7; John 17:24; II Cor. 11:3; Is. 56:7; Mt. 18:19-20; 21:13; Acts 1:14; II Cor. 10:3-5; Eph. 6:18; I Pt. 4:7)

 

WE CHOOSE to daily connect with Him through spiritual disciplines. So we gladly give our time to activities like prayer, fasting, reading the Bible and meditating on it. Because people reflect the image of God, by doing good to others we are also connecting with Him. As believers, being generous to people and giving of our time, energy and finances to the mission of the church and to those less fortunate than ourselves are the types of things that should occupy or lives. We believe, similar to prayer and spiritual disciplines, that all aspects of our lives present an opportunity to honor God. (Ps. 119: 11; Mt.6:1-19; Lk. 18:1; I Cor 10:31; Col. 3:16; II Tim. 4:7b, Heb. 13:16; I John 3:17)

 

WE WANT TO GENUINELY LOVE FELLOW BELIEVERS

BECAUSE…

 

WE BELIEVE that the Church (composed of all believers throughout the world) is the spiritual organism of which Christ is the Head. The Church is of divine origin and is the Lord’s possession. The local church (an expression of the Body of Christ) is a group of believers who have committed themselves together to do the work of God’s ministry. Since Jesus is the Head of the Church, we expect Him to direct us through Scripture and the Holy Spirit’s guidance in the shaping of our unique destiny as Boulder Street Church. This produces vision, which is essential for the very life of the church. Shared vision produces unity, productivity, and the fulfilling of God’s will. The Church exists to worship God, equip and care for believers, and evangelize the unchurched. The two Church ordinances (sacraments) in which all believers

are to participate according to Jesus’ command are water baptism by immersion and communion (the Lord’s Supper). These practices are not optional, but clearly commanded by Jesus. (Prov. 29:18; Mt. 16:16-19; 26:26-29; 28:19; Mk. 16:15-16; Acts 2:38; I Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-26; 14:26; Eph. 4:11-16; I Tim.1:18; Heb. 13:15)

 

WE BELIEVE in the commandment of Jesus to love one another and to serve one another. Jesus Christ established the local church as a community for mutual support and love. He commanded us not to neglect gathering together. We gather during church services in an interactive way to encounter the Lord, celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, worship the Lord, encourage and bless each other, and receive instruction from God’s written Word, as well as from prophetic words. We also assemble in homes and other locations at times for the vital ministries of hospitality, mutual encouragement, fellowship, and training. (Jn. 13:35; 17:20-22; Acts. 2:42-47; I Cor. 16:2; Col. 3:14-15; Heb. 10:24-25; I Pt. 4:8-9; I Jn. 4:7-12

 

WE BELIEVE that God has entrusted each believer with various gifts, abilities, and opportunities for which he/she is responsible to God for their use. Our time, talent, lifestyles, and resources are to be submitted to Jesus’ Lordship. The Holy Spirit is continually working with each believer, supernaturally sharpening his/her gifts and skills, so that each believer may be an effective minister in the Kingdom of God. We also believe 5-fold ministry teams (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers) are uniquely gifted to equip the church for ministry and maturity. In other words, God created each of us with unique talents, gifts, and abilities. He also means for us to care for one another. As a result, there are plenty of opportunities for each of us to participate in the work of God’s Church. (Rom. 12:3-8; I Cor. 12:4,11; II Cor. 5:9-10; Eph. 4:11-16; I Pt. 4: 10-11)

 

THEREFORE…

 

WE PARTICIPATE in the process of training and equipping believers (men, women, youth, and children) for the work of ministry and the building of strong families. God has given leaders to oversee the Church and to bring her to maturity in relationship and service. The Church is not a democracy, but is governed by the local church office of elder. Trans-local oversight of the church for the purpose of accountability and guidance is best provided by those in the offices of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher (5-fold ministry). The practical needs of the church family are cared for through the office of deacon/deaconess. We endeavor to provide a variety of ministry opportunities so that each believer might be able to express his/her unique giftedness in God. However, since there is a priesthood of all believers, the ultimate responsibility lies with each believer to fulfill his/her service in God’s Kingdom. (Acts 20: 28; Eph. 4:11-13; Phil.1:1; I Tim.3:1-13; Titus 1: 5-9; I Pet. 2:5, 9-10; 4:10-11)

 

WE PARTICIPATE in the ministry of nurturing and caring for one another through encouragement, prayer, and admonition in order to help every person mature in his/her relationship with Jesus. We give special attention to releasing the 5-fold ministry to sharpen, mature and equip the church for Kingdom ministry. (Acts13:1-3; Col. 1:28; Eph. 4: 11-15; I Thess. 2:7-8; Heb. 3:13; 10:24-25; Eph. 4:11-16; Jas. 5:16)

 

WE WANT TO AUTHENTICALLY LOVE THE UNCHURCHED

BECAUSE…

 

WE BELIEVE that God’s plan remains consistent throughout the ages to reveal Himself in the earth. Jesus left His Church with the Great Commission to make disciples in every nation. It is imperative that the Church reach out with God’s healing message (the Gospel) to our world both locally and globally. (Ps. 67, 96:3; Is. 11:9b; Mt. 28:18-20; Mk. 16:15; Acts 1:8)

 

WE BELIEVE that Jesus established a principle of ministry to the non-believer, which is characterized by understanding, compassion, healing, respect and love. The Church is responsible to follow this same principle. Followers of Jesus are to view all humans as important because of their eternal value to God. People are important because they last forever. (I Cor. 9:19-23; Col. 4:5-6; I Tim. 3:7; Titus 3:1-5)

 

THEREFORE…

 

WE PARTICIPATE in reaching our community and world through church-wide activities and individual relationships. We follow the pattern found in Acts 1:8, where Jesus commissioned the disciples to be His Spirit-filled witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, and to the ends of the earth. This picture of concentric circles illustrates caring for those “within reach.” We reach out to those immediately within our influence -- our friends, families, neighbors -- then we reach out to our region, nation, and beyond. We are committed to community transformation beginning in our city. We pray for God to open doors for the good news of salvation to be expressed and experienced in a realistic, relational, and responsible manner. We make it a priority to go beyond the walls of the church by sending prayer, worship, evangelism, and humanitarian teams throughout the earth. We endeavor to give of our prayers, energy, and finances to local and world missions. Because our hearts are aligned with God’s purposes, we intentionally follow the biblical pattern of seeking ways to bless the Jewish people, His chosen ones, as well as people everywhere the Lord gives us influence. Because we believe that ministry is not limited to the four walls of the church building, we seek practical ways to express the love of God to people. Because people’s needs are as unique and varied as people themselves, we try to find relevant ways to help. Sometimes that means a simple prayer, a word of encouragement, or sharing the good news; sometimes it means financial or other material support; sometimes it means providing wisdom, etc. No matter what the need, we are committed to finding ways to serve the people God has placed “within reach,” and we honor Him and one another by being intentional in this area. (Gen. 12:1-3; Isa. 11:9; Rom. 1:16; 9:3-5; 10:1; 11:25-29; Acts 13:47-49; Eph. 6:19-20; Col. 4:2-4; Rev. 22:1-2)

 

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

Matthew 24:35

 

Epilogue:

Thank you for taking the time to read through this. We have endeavored to make it as encompassing, yet as simple and understandable, as possible. Obviously that’s not always an easy task, so if you have any questions, comments or need further explanation, we’re always available. God bless you.

 

Boulder Street Church

ABOUT US

We are an interdenominational church located in beautiful downtown Colorado Springs. Our vision is to become a Spirit-filled community after God’s heart, following His leading above all.

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828 E. Boulder St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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