Doctrine

The Word

God has revealed Himself by his Word, that is, through the sixty-six books of the Bible and by his Son. The Scriptures were given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit and are inerrant and infallible in the original languages. The Scriptures are sufficient in matters of life and faith. The Word of God was given to us in the incarnation of Jesus as revealed in Scripture. These are the primary specific means through which we know God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:2; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Matthew 5:17-18; Psalm 19:7; John 1:14; John 14:6

God

The LORD is the one true and living God who exists personally as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is uncreated and self-existent. God is trinitarian in nature, one in essence and three in persons, each of whom is fully and equally God.

Deuteronomy 6:4; Jeremiah 10:10; Exodus 3:14; Ephesians 4:6; Titus 2:13; John 4:24; Isaiah 43:10; Matthew 28:19; Matthew 3:16-17

Father

God the Father is LORD and creator of heaven and earth. He is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. He is righteous and just, holy and glorious, sovereign and wise. He is eternal, transcendent, and immutable. He is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent.

Acts 17:24; Exodus 34:6-7; Romans 3:26; Isaiah 6:3; Acts 4:24; Romans 11:33; Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 55:8-9; Psalm 102:25-27; Psalm 147:5; Psalm 115:3; Psalm 139:7-12

Son

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, and the exact imprint of his nature. He is the Word of God, who, from the beginning, was with God and who was God. He is the image of the invisible God and all things were created through him and for him. The fullness of God dwells in him and all things will be reconciled to him.

Matthew 3:17; Hebrews 1:3; John 1:1; Colossians 1:15-20

Holy Spirit

The Spirit of God is the third person of the trinitarian Godhead. He is the Helper, our guarantee, and our intercessor in prayer. He is the author of Scripture, our guide, and the Spirit of truth. He convicts the world regarding sin and righteousness and judgment. He is a teacher and a witness to us of the things of God. He regenerates and renews us, dwelling in those who are in Christ.

John 14:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 8:26-27; John 16:8; 2 Peter 1:21; John 16:13; John 15:26; John 14:26; Hebrews 10:15; Titus 3:5; Romans 8:9-11

Creation

God created everything that has been made, and this by the power of His Word. All things were created through him and for him, and in him all things hold together. Without him was not anything made that was made. In six days the LORD made heaven and earth and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh.

Genesis 1:1-27; Psalm 33:6; Hebrews 11:3; Colossians 1:16-17; Isaiah 45:12; John 1:3; Exodus 20:11

Man

On the sixth day of creation, man was created in the image of God, male and female. Man was created upright and declared "very good" along with everything else that had been made. God gave man dominion over all other living things on the earth and told them to be fruitful and multiply, to fill the earth and subdue it.

Genesis 1:27; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Genesis 1:31; Genesis 1:28

Sin

Encouraged by the serpent, man disobeyed God and brought death to all through Adam. Since the fall, mankind has been born into sin and are by nature children of wrath and enemies of God. Man has been corrupted in heart, mind, will, and nature and has been separated from God in iniquity.

Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 5:12; Romans 3:10; Psalm 51:5; Ephesians 2:3; Romans 5:10; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 12:2; John 1:13; Galatians 5:17; Isaiah 59:2

Jesus

God became a man when He put on flesh and came into the world as Jesus Christ. Two distinct and whole natures were inseparably joined so that the person of Christ was and is both fully God and fully man. Jesus was born of a virgin, grew, and lived a life of perfect obedience to God the Father. He came to fulfill the Law and Prophets, to serve and give his life as a ransom, and to seek and save the lost. He is the Savior of the world, the judge, and our prophet, priest, and king.

Isaiah 7:14; John 1:14; Colossians 2:9; Matthew 1:23-25; Luke 2:52; Romans 5:19; Matthew 5:17; Matthew 20:28; Matthew 19:10; 1 John 4:14; John 5:22; Matthew 13:57; Hebrews 4:14; Matthew 27:11

Cross

Jesus willingly gave his life on the cross to atone for our sins by satisfying the wrath of God. His perfect life was counted a substitute, exchanging our sin for his righteousness. Jesus' death on the cross justifies those who believe in him by faith. We have peace with God by the blood of his cross.

John 10:17-18; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:24-26; Romans 5:9; 1 John 2:2; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 4:22-25; Romans 5:1; Colossians 1:20

Resurrection

After Jesus died on the cross and was buried, he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. Because Christ was raised from the dead, death no longer has dominion. Just as by one man came death in Adam, by one man has come also the resurrection of the dead in Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Mark 16:6; Romans 6:9; 1 Corinthians 15:21

Gospel

The good news of the gospel is that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. We are commanded to repent and believe the gospel and to go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 

Romans 5:8; Romans 1:16; Mark 1:15; Mark 16:15; John 3:16

Salvation

We are saved by grace through faith, which is not our own doing and not a result of works, but rather the gift of God. Salvation is in Jesus Christ and there is no other name by which we must be saved. In Christ, we are chosen, adopted, and justified. In him, we are being sanctified and will be glorified. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved, and God will complete the work that He began in those who have truly repented and believed in Christ for salvation. In Christ, this salvation can never be taken away from us.

Ephesians 2:8; Acts 4:12; John 14:6; Ephesians 1:4-5; Romans 8:30; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Hebrews 10:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:14; Romans 10:13; Philippians 1:6; John 10:27-29

Church

The Church is the body of Christ, and we are individually members of it. Jesus built his Church on the confession of faith that he is the Christ, the son of the living God. Jesus is the head of the church and has promised that the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

1 Corinthians 12:27; Matthew 16:16-18; Colossians 1:18

Kingdom

The kingdom is the rule and reign of God that is presently experienced, yet is still to come in its fullness. Jesus came to preach the good news of the kingdom of God and to call sinners to repentance. Those who do not repent and believe in Jesus will be eternally separated from God in hell. For those in Christ, there is no condemnation, and they will dwell with God forever.

Matthew 4:17; Matthew 4:23; Luke 4:43; Luke 5:32; Mark 9:47-48; Revelation 20:15; Romans 8:1; Revelation 21:3


Distinctives

Baptism & Communion

Baptism & communion are commands given to the Church as symbols and remembrances of the death of Christ. These ordinances are for believers in that they are external pictures of inward realities. In baptism, believers are buried with Christ into death and raised to walk in newness of life. Through the Lord's supper, believers proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

Romans 6:3; 1 Corinthians 11:24; Romans 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:26

Election & Predestination

Because we were dead in our trespasses and sins, God made us alive in Christ. He chose us in him before the foundation of the world and predestined us for adoption. We were saved not by human will or exertion, but by God, who has mercy. All that the Father gives to Jesus will come to him, and whoever comes to him will never be cast out.

Ephesians 2:1; Ephesians 2:5; Ephesians 1:4-5; Romans 9:16; John 6:37

Complementarianism

Men and women were created by God with equal value and distinct roles. For the glory of God, men and women were given complimentary roles in the home and the church, especially as it relates to authority and teaching. This picture of mutual submission is displayed in the trinitarian nature of God himself.

Genesis 1:27; 1 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 2:12; Ephesians 5:22-33

Gifts

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are supernatural works of God given for the building up of the church and the conviction of unbelievers. Individual gifts are not requirements to evidence salvation (such as tongues), as there are varieties of gifts, and the same Spirit appoints to each one individually as he wills. The gifts today are given in different measure from that of the early New Testament church.

1 Corinthians 14:12; 1 Corinthians 14:24; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Peter 4:10-11; 1 Corinthians 12:28

Church Roles

The New Testament church was made up of three functional roles. Members are those "of the body," of which the church is comprised as a whole, believers who have submitted themselves to the authority of a local body. Deacons are "servants" in the church, qualified and tested men and women, appointed by function as described in Acts 6. Elders are the Pastors, Shepherds, and Overseers of the church, men qualified and appointed to lead. Alamo Ranch Community Church is an elder-led church, as modeled after the example of the New Testament church and the commands of Scripture.

1 Corinthians 12:12; Romans 12:4-5; Acts 6:1-6; 1 Timothy 3:8-13; Hebrews 13:17; Acts 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9; 1 Peter 5:1-3