What kind of church is Bluff Park Community Church?
You can find the introduction to this series here.
In answer to this question, I have often referred to our church using the following four adjectives: “Christian“, “Evangelical“, “Reformed” and “Missional“. In this series of posts, we seek to explain what we mean when we use these terms.
First, we are a Christian church.
In stating that we are a “Christian” church, we are stating that we embrace the basic convictions of the church throughout the ages and that are confessed both in the writings of such early church fathers as Polycarp, Ignatius, Tertullian, and Irenaeus (among others) as well as in the foundational creeds of the early church: particularly the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. For further reading, a good survey of many of these creeds and church fathers can be found here.
There are four central convictions of this traditional Christianity.
The Trinity – There is one God, who eternally exists in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The Incarnation – The Second Person of the Trinity – God the Son- became man in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is both fully God and fully human.
The Atonement – Jesus Christ died on the cross and was raised from the dead for the salvation of His people.
The Church – God is doing his work of salvation in and through a community of people assembled from every tribe, language and nation.
Next week, we turn our attention to the second of these descriptors, an Evangelical Church.