In addition to full Gospel Coalition Confession above, there are six (6) additional doctrinal beliefs that all Sojourn Network churches share.
Our churches are gospel-centered.
We believe the gospel has the power to transform every aspect of our lives and therefore should be the core of all of the ministries of the church. We believe the gospel is the essential message to enter the kingdom, and this good news releases the power of God to renew and revive the church. We believe the gospel is sufficient to confront the heart’s tendency to turn to moralism (legalism) or relativism (antinomianism).
Our churches are reformed.
By Reformed theology, we refer to a theology rooted in the major tenets of Protestantism -- the doctrine of Scripture, the sovereignty of God, the doctrine of salvation, and the necessity of evangelism.
Doctrine of Scripture — Reformed theology teaches that the Bible, as the Word of God, is (1) inspired, or God-breathed, and thus of divine origin; (2) authoritative, or possessing ultimate authority in all matters of faith and practice; (3) sufficient, containing everything needed for salvation and living godly lives, (4) necessary, or essential for the church’s very existence, (5) clear, or understandable for all Christians; (6) truthful in all that it affirms; and (7) powerful, being the power of God for salvation, sanctification, and transformation. The canon of Scripture consists of sixty-six books and excludes the apocryphal writings as found in the Roman Catholic canon.
Sovereignty of God — Reformed theology teaches that God, from all eternity, foreordains whatsoever will come to pass in such a way that he is not the author of evil. As good, wise, and all-powerful, God completes his will. His plans can never be thwarted and nothing takes him by surprise. This sovereignty neither removes the responsibility of the creature nor denies secondary causes.
Doctrine of Salvation — Reformed theology teaches that God in His grace and mercy has chosen to redeem a people to Himself, delivering them from sin and death through the sinless life, sacrificial death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. Salvation is ultimately the work of God—planned, completed, and guaranteed in its ultimate outcome by him—to save dead sinners. This salvation is appropriated through repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ apart from any and all human cooperation, work, merit, and effort.
Necessity of Evangelism — Reformed theology teaches that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes and, as such, must be proclaimed to sinners. Evangelism is the communication of the good news in a way that can be grasped by its hearers, and the church is under obligation to engage regularly, prayerfully, passionately, unceasingly, and globally in such [proclamation.]
Our churches are baptistic.
We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordained by the Lord Jesus himself. The former is connected with entrance into the global body of believers, the latter with ongoing covenant renewal. Together they are simultaneously God’s pledge to us, divinely ordained means of grace, our public vows of submission to the once crucified and now resurrected Christ, and anticipations of his return and of the consummation of all things.
In addition, we believe that baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's association with the Triune God; faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior; the believer's death to sin; the burial of the old life; the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus; and a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead.
Our churches are continuationist.
We believe in the continued work of the Holy Spirit in the church, distributing spiritual gifts. We believe the practice of the gifts is meant to be orderly and edifying to the Body.
Our churches hold to an orthodox view of marriage and sexuality.
We believe that God creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image of God (Gen 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of creation in the image of God.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.)
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)
Our churches are elder-led, deacon-served.
We believe that God gives pastors/elders to the church to shepherd the flock, preach and teach the word, pray, and exercise primary leadership of the body.
The New Testament recognizes two offices for leaders in the church: pastors/elders and deacons/deaconesses. Men and women are gifted for service in the church as deacons. The office of pastor/elder is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.