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Primary Doctrines of Sojourn Church

The following beliefs represent the core of orthodox Christianity from a biblical and historical perspective. These are beliefs we hold tightly at Sojourn.

The Holy Scriptures
The Scriptures are true, authoritative, and sufficient (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

God
There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6, 46:9-10; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy).

The Trinity or Godhead
The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. The Father is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit. The Son is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son (Genesis 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7, 110:1; Matthew 3:13-17,  28:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6).

Man and Sin
I am, along with all humanity (Christ excluded), by birth and action a sinner (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23, 5:8, 5:12-21, 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3). The deserved penalty for sin is death, both physical and spiritual (Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:19; Romans 5:12; Romans 6:23; James 1:14-15).

Jesus
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin, and is both fully God and fully human (Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3).

Jesus’ Death
Jesus Christ died as my substitute to pay the penalty for my sin (John 1:29, 10:1-18; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1Peter 3:18).

Jesus’ Resurrection
Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead (Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 1:20-21:25; 1 Corinthians 15:12-34).

Jesus’ Ascension and Return
Jesus Christ physically ascended into heaven and will one day physically return (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7).

The Resurrection of the Dead
There will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Those who trust in Jesus Christ alone will be raised to eternal reward. Those who have not trusted in Jesus Christ will be raised to eternal punishment (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15).

Salvation
Only by trusting in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone can I be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy (John 3:18, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).[i]

Secondary Doctrines of Sojourn Church

There are a number of doctrines that Sojourn considers secondary, but about which the leadership of Sojourn is passionate. We will preach, teach, and counsel with these views in mind.

Baptism by Immersion for Believers
We believe that baptism is reserved for professing Christians and that immersion offers a beautiful picture of the gospel truths of death to our old way of life and new life through the resurrection power of Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:8).

The Complementarian Roles of Men and Women in the Church and the Home
Men and women are equally loved by God and equally valuable. We believe that God calls men to lead in their homes and in the church (Genesis 2:18; Ephesians 5:22-33; 1 Timothy 2:12, 3:2).

The Active Giving of Gifts to Christians by the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is still active today and that all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit described in the New Testament are still available to Christians today (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; 1 Peter 4:10-11).

The Sovereignty of God
We believe that God is sovereign over all things. God’s sovereignty in no way diminishes the responsibility of man, but the responsibility of man should in no way be allowed to downplay the absolute sovereignty of God over all things (Deuteronomy 32:39; Psalm 147:15-18; Proverbs 21:1; Isaiah 40:26, 46:8-11; Matthew 10:29-30; John 6:44; Acts 4:24; Romans 6:1-23, 10:14, 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Galatians 6:8-10; Ephesians 1:11; 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 6:10).

Perseverance of Christians
We believe that those who are truly Christians have the Holy Spirit and will continue to believe the gospel and demonstrate evidences of salvation throughout their lives (John 10:28-29; Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 3:6, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 John 2:3-4, 19).

The Autonomy of the Local Church
Sojourn Church is self-governing and is not under the authority of any outside governing board(s). While we might willingly participate with other networks and organizations, we maintain the right to govern ourselves (Matthew 18:15-17; Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5; 1 Peter 5:1-3).

Governance of the Church by a Plurality of Elders
We believe that the local church should be led by a plurality of male elders who meet the biblical qualifications of eldership as described in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 (Matthew 18:15-17; Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5; 1 Peter 5:1-3).