Doctrinal Statements, or Statements of Faith, are supposed to be summary statements of what an organization or individual believes the Scriptures teach about specific subjects. In order to be effective, a doctrinal statement should address each area of theology that an organization holds specific beliefs about, and should summarize everything that the Scriptures have to say about that subject, particularly if the organization requires its members or adherents to subscribe to that doctrinal statement as a condition of fellowship. It should be noted as a practical matter, however, that very few organizations write Doctrinal Statements that accurately reflect what they actually teach. Therefore, when reading an organizationís doctrinal statement one should be careful not to accept it as actually authoritative for the organization that produced it.
We hold that there are three principles that each Believer should follow concerning their belief system:
1. Know what you believe.
2. Know why you believe it (be able to accurately cite Scripture to back up your stated beliefs).
3. Know how to teach your beliefs to others.
Writing your own personal doctrinal statement will prepare you do follow those three principles. Sample statements are provided here for comparison (you decide which of these you feel adequately tells you what the organization believes):
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