It is impossible to write in any concise form a description of what we believe at Slicer Street. For one thing, there is a huge area of liberty where people are free to believe whatever they want, even though there will be others who believe differently about the same thing. No one should deny that freedom. This is partly because, as Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God.” In other words, there are many things we just don’t know, for only God knows them. Because of that, we are free to speculate or have opinions about those things without harming unity and faith. Paul even acknowledged that food had no religious significance at all, but some people think it does and they are just fine believing so for themselves.
But that verse goes on to say, “but the things revealed belong to us and our children that we may follow all the words of this law.” There are some things we have been told by God and we are responsible for believing and doing them. The key to this is revelation. God has graciously made known his will for us and we can access it in Scriptures. But even then, the Scriptures must be rightly divided or properly interpreted.
So the source of authority for what we are to believe and do is the Bible. Because we believe the Bible to be the sole source for determining what we do, we believe…
- God is the maker of all that is (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 24:1).
- Jesus is the Son of God who is the final word of God to man (Hebrews 1:1-4).
- the Church is the Body of Christ, the fullness of God in the world (Ephesians 1:22-23).
- all have a sin problem which, left unaddressed, will cost us eternal judgment (Romans 3:23 and 6:23).
- Jesus came in the flesh to both provide atonement through the cross and instruction for our lives (1 John 2:1-2; 1 John 3:16).
- Jesus died on a cross but also rose from the grave and ascended and is now interceding for us (Romans 8:34).
- the Holy Spirit dwells in the believer upon their conversion and seeks to make us like Christ (Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 6:19).
- one must believe the gospel and respond in belief, repentance, confession, and baptism to receive forgiveness of sins and the presence of the Holy Spirit (2 Thessalonians 1: 8; Acts 2:38; Romans 10:9-17).
- the church should, if at all possible, be led by elders and deacons (1 Timothy 3) and should model male spiritual leadership (1 Timothy 2).
- the worship of believers should include weekly assembly centered around the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7).
- Christians should follow the Scriptures as they live their lives in fellowship with God (2 Timothy 3:16-4:5).