So how do we answer this question when someone asks it? Well, I was looking at a church and how they believe the other day. The way they state what they believe is almost spot on with how I think we should answer this question, if in fact your church follows these guidelines. I took the church’s name out of it so that no one would say, “I can’t be that way because they aren’t my denomination.” Here it is below…
(Church name) doctrine is not defined by a particular denomination or creed. Instead, we look to the Bible for our source of truth. We strive to be a church that majors on the core teachings of Scripture and minors on less essential points of theology and practice. Because of this commitment, our congregation has grown to include people from many different religious backgrounds and walks of life.
(Church name) embraces important evangelical values, such as the inerrancy of Scripture, salvation by faith in Christ, and the need to live a godly and upright life. We strive to be a church where the supremacy of Christ is declared and His Gospel is faithfully proclaimed. In all things, (Church Name) exists to bring glory to God as we endeavor to make our lives “All About Him.”
We teach that all people have sinned against God, and therefore all stand under His just condemnation without defense or excuse. While this judgment will ultimately result in everlasting, conscious separation from God’s blessed presence, salvation is possible because of Jesus Christ’s redemptive work on the cross. Through His substitutionary atonement, Jesus paid the divine penalty for sin so that people might have their sins forgiven and be restored to a right relationship with their Creator.
Salvation is freely given when individuals, through the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of faith, repent of their sins, and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Believers are immediately made spiritually alive and receive the gift of eternal life. They are forever adopted into God’s family, and as such, display evidence of God’s sanctifying work throughout their lives.