At Red Door Church we recently approved a Statement of Faith that explains in some details where our church stands on a host of important spiritual issues. That Statement is posted in its entirety here in an easy to navigate format for your convenience. Please email our church leadership if you have any questions. Thank you for showing interest in our church!
Statement of Faith
Red Door Church 2017
Why have a statement of faith?
There are several reasons why the church has found creeds helpful throughout its history, dating back all the way to the time of the apostles. Creeds or statements of faith:
- summarize our beliefs,
- clarify and avoid confusion,
- protect our church from false teaching,
- help us adhere to the historic faith delivered “once for all”.
- help both visitors and seekers understand where we stand on various important theological and social issues.
Our Church History
Red Door Church is formally associated with the United Methodist Church (UMC) and the United Church of Christ (UCC). Our federated status (a single church with membership in multiple denominations) is the result of a merger which began in the 1920s and was officially contracted in the 1970s.
Four Concentric Circles
At Red Door Church we have four concentric circles which help us to define and understand the importance of certain beliefs we hold and their relationship to one another. The innermost circle, CORE, represents what is most important in the Christian life. It is the “sun” around which all the “planets” of the Christian worldview and life revolve. It is followed by CONFESSIONS, which are summaries of historic Christian teaching and practice. The first two circles are what we call the ESSENTIALS, that is, those beliefs that are essential for church membership and baptism. (A fuller statement of membership can be found at the end of this document.)
The Inner Circle of Beliefs – The Core
Faith in Jesus Christ is the center of Christian faith.
But what does it mean to believe in Jesus Christ?
The Second Circle of Beliefs – The Confessions
The next concentric circle is labeled “confessions.” Confessions are the basic truths of our faith that the church has embraced and proclaimed throughout the twenty centuries of Christian history. Some writers call the confessions the “ancient Christian consensus.”
The Third Circle of Beliefs – Our Convictions
These differences often divide one believer or group of believers from others. The circle marked “convictions” is designated “non-essential,” but it is more important than the circle marked “conscience.”
The Fourth Circle of Beliefs – Conscience
The final circle, the outermost one, is “conscience.” These are matters on which Christians express personal opinions on a variety of moral and social issues that the Bible does not speak directly to. Most Christians would argue that their opinions in this circle are compatible with the Bible, but the Bible does not give a clear, consistent answer on these questions.
If you would like to know more about what Red Door Church believes please contact us at ucsr (at) myfairpoint (dot) net. Thanks!