I. The Scriptures
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a
perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without
any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the
principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true
center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and
religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of
Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1–2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7–10; 119:1, 89, 105, 140; Isaiah
34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1–32; Matthew 5:17–18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44–46; John 5:39;
16:13–15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25–26; 2 Timothy 3:15–17; Hebrews 1:1–2;
4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19–21.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the
Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other
perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things,
past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the
highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. A. God the Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the
stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all
loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in
Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.
Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2–3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1
Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1–3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11;
23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9–11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6–13; 17:1–8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14–15; 1
Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9;
1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7.
B. God the Son
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy
Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon
Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with
mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His
substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was
raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with
them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God
where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation
between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His
redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever-present Lord.
Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 53:1–12; Matthew 1:18–23; 3:17; 8:29;
11:27; 14:33; 16:16, 27; 17:5; 27; 28:1–6, 19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John
1:1–18, 29; 10:30, 38; 11:25–27; 12:44–50; 14:7–11; 16:15–16, 28; 17:1–5, 21–22; 20:1–20, 28; Acts
1:9; 2:22–24; 7:55–56; 9:4–5, 20; Romans 1:3–4; 3:23–26; 5:6–21; 8:1–3, 34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians
1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1–8, 24–28; 2 Corinthians 5:19–21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4–5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11;
4:7–10; Philippians 2:5–11; Colossians 1:13–22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14–18; 1 Timothy 2:5–6;
3:16; Titus 2:13–14; Hebrews 1:1–3; 4:14–15; 7:14–28; 9:12–15, 24–28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21–25;
3:22; 1 John 1:7–9; 3:2; 4:14–15; 5:9; 2 John 7–9; Revelation 1:13–16; 5:9–14; 12:10–11; 13:8;
C. God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures.
Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Saviour, and effects regeneration. At the
moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian
character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His
church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the
guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and
empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1–3; Joel 2:28–32; Matthew
1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28–32; 28:19; Mark 1:10, 12; Luke 1:35; 4:1, 18–19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John
4:24; 14:16–17, 26; 15:26; 16:7–14; Acts 1:8; 2:1–4, 38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17, 39; 10:44; 13:2;
15:28; 16:6; 19:1–6; Romans 8:9–11,14–16, 26–27; 1 Corinthians 2:10–14; 3:16; 12:3–11, 13;
Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13–14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy
1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8, 14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6–7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the
crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In
the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By
his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation
of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his
posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are
capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of
God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The
sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that
Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of
respect and Christian love.
Genesis 1:26–30; 2:5, 7, 18–22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3–6; 32:1–5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5;
Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26–31; Romans 1:19–32; 3:10–18, 23; 5:6, 12,19; 6:6; 7:14–25; 8:14–18, 29;
1 Corinthians 1:21–31; 15:19, 21–22; Ephesians 2:1–22; Colossians 1:21–22; 3:9–11.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus
Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its
broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is
no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures
in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which
the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and
faith are inseparable experiences of grace.
Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and
commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour.
B. Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners
who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and
favor with God.
C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to
God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence
and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the
regenerate person’s life.
D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the
Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14–17; 6:2–8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21–26; 27:22–28:6; Luke 1:68–69;
2:28–32; John 1:11–14, 29; 3:3–21, 36; 5:24; 10:9, 28–29; 15:1–16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11;
16:30–31; 17:30–31; 20:32; Romans 1:16–18; 2:4; 3:23–25; 4:3ff.; 5:8–10; 6:1–23; 8:1–18, 29–39;
10:9–10, 13; 13:11–14; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 30; 6:19–20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17–20; Galatians
2:20; 3:13; 5:22–25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8–22; 4:11–16; Philippians 2:12–13; Colossians 1:9–22;
3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11–14; Hebrews 2:1–3; 5:8-9; 9:24–28;
11:1–12:8, 14; James 2:14–26; 1 Peter 1:2–23; 1 John 1:6–2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1–22:5.
V. God’s Purpose of Grace
Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and
glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in
connection with the end. It is the glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise,
holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility.
All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His
Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall
into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they
shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
Genesis 12:1–3; Exodus 19:5–8; 1 Samuel 8:4–7, 19–22; Isaiah 5:1–7; Jeremiah 31:31ff.; Matthew
16:18–19; 21:28–45; 24:22, 31; 25:34; Luke 1:68–79; 2:29–32; 19:41–44; 24:44–48; John 1:12–14;
3:16; 5:24; 6:44–45, 65; 10:27–29; 15:16; 17:6, 12, 17–18; Acts 20:32; Romans 5:9–10; 8:28–39;
10:12–15; 11:5–7, 26–36; 1 Corinthians 1:1–2; 15:24–28; Ephesians 1:4–23; 2:1–10; 3:1–11;
Colossians 1:12–14; 2 Thessalonians 2:13–14; 2 Timothy 1:12; 2:10, 19; Hebrews 11:39–12:2;
James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:2–5, 13; 2:4–10; 1 John 1:7–9; 2:19; 3:2.
VI. The Church
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized
believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two
ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in
them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation
operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each
member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and
deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is
limited to men as qualified by Scripture.
The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the
redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.
Matthew 16:15–19; 18:15–20; Acts 2:41–42, 47; 5:11–14; 6:3–6; 13:1–3; 14:23, 27; 15:1–30; 16:5;
20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4–5; 7:17; 9:13–14; 12; Ephesians 1:22–23; 2:19–22;
3:8–11, 21; 5:22–32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9–14; 3:1–15; 4:14; Hebrews
11:39–40; 1 Peter 5:1–4; Revelation 2–3; 21:2–3.
VII. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen
Saviour, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness
of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church
ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking
of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His
Matthew 3:13–17; 26:26–30; 28:19–20; Mark 1:9–11; 14:22–26; Luke 3:21–22; 22:19–20; John 3:23;
Acts 2:41–42; 8:35–39; 16:30–33; 20:7; Romans 6:3–5; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 21; 11:23–29;
VIII. The Lord’s Day
The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It
commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should include exercises of worship and
spiritual devotion, both public and private. Activities on the Lord’s Day should be commensurate with
the Christian’s conscience under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Exodus 20:8–11; Matthew 12:1–12; 28:1ff.; Mark 2:27–28; 16:1–7; Luke 24:1–3, 33–36; John
4:21–24; 20:1, 19–28; Acts 20:7; Romans 14:5–10; I Corinthians 16:1–2; Colossians 2:16; 3:16;
IX. The Kingdom
The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular
kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. Particularly the Kingdom is the realm of
salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. Christians ought to
pray and to labor that the Kingdom may come and God’s will be done on earth. The full
consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age.
Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 9:6–7; Jeremiah 23:5–6; Matthew 3:2; 4:8–10, 23; 12:25–28; 13:1–52; 25:31–46;
26:29; Mark 1:14–15; 9:1; Luke 4:43; 8:1; 9:2; 12:31–32; 17:20–21; 23:42; John 3:3; 18:36; Acts
1:6–7; 17:22–31; Romans 5:17; 8:19; 1 Corinthians 15:24–28; Colossians 1:13; Hebrews 11:10, 16;
12:28; 1 Peter 2:4–10; 4:13; Revelation 1:6, 9; 5:10; 11:15; 21–22.
X. Last Things
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His
promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised;
and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their
reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8–9; 19:28; 24:27, 30, 36, 44; 25:31–46; 26:64; Mark 8:38;
9:43–48; Luke 12:40, 48; 16:19–26; 17:22–37; 21:27–28; John 14:1–3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans
14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24–28, 35–58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20–21; Colossians 1:5;
3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14–18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1, 8;
Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27–28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18;
XI. Evangelism and Missions
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to
endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means
the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of
the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord
Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of
God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle,
and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.
Genesis 12:1–3; Exodus 19:5–6; Isaiah 6:1–8; Matthew 9:37–38; 10:5–15; 13:18–30, 37–43; 16:19;
22:9–10; 24:14; 28:18–20; Luke 10:1–18; 24:46–53; John 14:11–12; 15:7–8,16; 17:15; 20:21; Acts
1:8; 2; 8:26–40; 10:42–48; 13:2–3; Romans 10:13–15; Ephesians 3:1–11; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 2
Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 2:1–3; 11:39–12:2; 1 Peter 2:4–10; Revelation 22:17.
Christianity is the faith of enlightenment and intelligence. In Jesus Christ abide all the treasures of
wisdom and knowledge. All sound learning is, therefore, a part of our Christian heritage. The new
birth opens all human faculties and creates a thirst for knowledge. Moreover, the cause of education
in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence, and
should receive along with these the liberal support of the churches. An adequate system of Christian
education is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ’s people.
In Christian education there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic
responsibility. Freedom in any orderly relationship of human life is always limited and never absolute.
The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of
Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the
school exists. Deuteronomy 4:1, 5, 9, 14; 6:1–10; 31:12–13; Nehemiah 8:1–8; Job 28:28; Psalms 19:7ff.; 119:11;
Proverbs 3:13ff.; 4:1–10; 8:1–7, 11; 15:14; Ecclesiastes 7:19; Matthew 5:2; 7:24ff.; 28:19–20; Luke
2:40; 1 Corinthians 1:18–31; Ephesians 4:11–16; Philippians 4:8; Colossians 2:3, 8–9; 1 Timothy
1:3–7; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14–17; Hebrews 5:12–6:3; James 1:5; 3:17.
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him.
Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a
binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their
time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use
for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute
of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement
of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.
Genesis 14:20; Leviticus 27:30–32; Deuteronomy 8:18; Malachi 3:8–12; Matthew 6:1–4, 19–21;
19:21; 23:23; 25:14–29; Luke 12:16–21, 42; 16:1–13; Acts 2:44–47; 5:1–11; 17:24–25; 20:35;
Romans 6:6–22; 12:1–2; 1 Corinthians 4:1–2; 6:19–20; 12; 16:1–4; 2 Corinthians 8–9; 12:15;
Philippians 4:10–19; 1 Peter 1:18–19.
Christ’s people should, as occasion requires, organize such associations and conventions as may
best secure cooperation for the great objects of the Kingdom of God. Such organizations have no
authority over one another or over the churches. They are voluntary and advisory bodies designed to
elicit, combine, and direct the energies of our people in the most effective manner. Members of New
Testament churches should cooperate with one another in carrying forward the missionary,
educational, and benevolent ministries for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom. Christian unity in the
New Testament sense is spiritual harmony and voluntary cooperation for common ends by various
groups of Christ’s people. Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian denominations,
when the end to be attained is itself justified, and when such cooperation involves no violation of
conscience or compromise of loyalty to Christ and His Word as revealed in the New Testament.
Exodus 17:12; 18:17ff.; Judges 7:21; Ezra 1:3–4; 2:68–69; 5:14–15; Nehemiah 4; 8:1–5; Matthew
10:5–15; 20:1–16; 22:1–10; 28:19–20; Mark 2:3; Luke 10:1ff.; Acts 1:13–14; 2:1ff.; 4:31–37; 13:2–3;
15:1–35; 1 Corinthians 1:10–17; 3:5–15; 12; 2 Corinthians 8–9; Galatians 1:6–10; Ephesians 4:1–16;
XV. The Christian and the Social Order
All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in
human society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of
righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the
regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. In the spirit of Christ,
Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual
immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the
orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of
the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every
Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the
principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends Christians
should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in
the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.
Exodus 20:3–17; Leviticus 6:2–5; Deuteronomy 10:12; 27:17; Psalm 101:5; Micah 6:8; Zechariah
8:16; Matthew 5:13–16, 43–48; 22:36–40; 25:35; Mark 1:29–34; 2:3ff.; 10:21; Luke 4:18–21;
10:27–37; 20:25; John 15:12; 17:15; Romans 12–14; 1Corinthians 5:9–10; 6:1–7; 7:20–24;
10:23–11:1; Galatians 3:26–28; Ephesians 6:5–9; Colossians 3:12–17; 1 Thessalonians 3:12;
Philemon; James 1:27; 2:8.
XVI. Peace and War
It is the duty of Christians to seek peace with all men on principles of righteousness. In accordance
with the spirit and teachings of Christ they should do all in their power to put an end to war.
The true remedy for the war spirit is the gospel of our Lord. The supreme need of the world is the
acceptance of His teachings in all the affairs of men and nations, and the practical application of His
law of love. Christian people throughout the world should pray for the reign of the Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 2:4; Matthew 5:9, 38–48; 6:33; 26:52; Luke 22:36, 38; Romans 12:18–19; 13:1–7; 14:19;
Hebrews 12:14; James 4:1–2.
XVII. Religious Liberty
God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of
men which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it. Church and state should be separate. The
state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing
for such freedom no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than
others. Civil government being ordained of God, it is the duty of Christians to render loyal obedience
thereto in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God. The church should not resort to the civil
power to carry on its work. The gospel of Christ contemplates spiritual means alone for the pursuit of its ends. The state has no right to impose penalties for religious opinions of any kind. The state has
no right to impose taxes for the support of any form of religion. A free church in a free state is the
Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men,
and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil
Genesis 1:27; 2:7; Matthew 6:6–7, 24; 16:26; 22:21; John 8:36; Acts 4:19–20; Romans 6:1–2;
13:1–7; Galatians 5:1, 13; Philippians 3:20; 1 Timothy 2:1–2; James 4:12; 1 Peter 2:12–17; 3:11–17;
XVIII. The Family
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of
persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s
unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the
woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression
according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The
marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as
Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his
family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the
church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband
and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his
helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to
demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual
and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to
make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
Genesis 1:26–28; 2:15–25; 3:1–20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4–9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel
1:26–28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1–8; 127; 128; 139:13–16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15–20; 6:20–22; 12:4; 13:24;
14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13–14; 24:3; 29:15, 17; 31:10–31; Ecclesiastes 4:9–12; 9:9; Malachi
2:14–16; Matthew 5:31–32; 18:2–5; 19:3–9; Mark 10:6–12; Romans 1:18–32; 1 Corinthians 7:1–16;
Ephesians 5:21–33; 6:1–4; Colossians 3:18–21; 1 Timothy 5:8, 14; 2 Timothy 1:3–5; Titus 2:3–5;
Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1–7.