Stop dating the church
In Acts , the Bible notes that those who responded to the gospel message in faith devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching.
Though many people fear the word doctrine, it simply means teaching.
For example, a church should fight for and defend the doctrine of the deity of Christ, but it should be gracious and generous when it comes to an individual’s views concerning the timing of the return of Christ (i.e. For this reason, at High Pointe we distinguish between Core Beliefs (the essential doctrines of the Christian faith), Characteristic Beliefs (the doctrines that characterize our fellowship – i.e., believer’s baptism by immersion), and Charity Beliefs (those beliefs with which Christians within our fellowship are free to differ).
A gospel church must be driven by the gospel message, for the Bible reminds us in Romans , that we are not to be ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation.
Mark Dever has succinctly summarized four aspects of the gospel in his book, The Deliberate Church.
The Bible should actually be read in worship; the preacher should actually preach a message taken from a text of Scripture.
This is why at High Pointe we are committed to expositional preaching.The Bible should be transforming God’s people, and God’s people should desire to be transformed by God’s Word.