Doctrinal statements like this are limited in expressing the fullness of Christian beliefs:
The entire Bible really contains our “doctrinal statement,” so creating a small, selective list of verses from the Bible to represent what a church believes is not an easy thing to do. In reality, you could have dozens of pages about specific beliefs. This short statement only represents some of the central beliefs of Epic Church.
SIMPLY “KNOWING” DOCTRINE IS NOT WHAT CHANGES OUR HEART OR ACTIONS:
Jesus criticized the religious leaders of his day for being hypocrites and legalists. They were very familiar with the Bible and knew a lot of doctrine, but they didn’t let that doctrine seep into their hearts and impact their lives. We can know doctrine intellectually, but if it doesn’t impact us on a deeper level, the knowledge is almost useless. What Jesus cares most about is whether or not our lives are being changed by the Spirit as we put saving faith in Him (Romans 10:9) and whether the doctrine we learn expands our love for God and for people (Matthew 22:36-40). That kind of transformation produces in us the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).
Living With A “Humble Theology”:
In our church, we live with the tension of holding a “humble theology.” Holding a “humble theology” means we approach the Scriptures recognizing our inadequacies as human beings to determine with 100% certainty every single thing in the Bible. Even though we live with a “humble theology,” it doesn’t mean that we cannot make certain theological conclusions. There are many Scriptural truths and doctrines that have been held throughout the 2,000-year history of the church, which we as Epic Church believe, are central to the Christian faith.