Some essentials we that meet at Wheatland chapel believe, from the Bible:
1. The Bible is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16 God-breathed), inerrant in the original documents, and the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
2. There is one God, eternally subsistent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, born of a virgin, sinlessly perfect. His sacrifice on the cross is substitutionary and sacrificial. He arose bodily from the dead and ascended to His Father’s right hand, where He now ministers as our Great High Priest. His return will be to first in the air to rapture His Church and then second, to the ground to reign on the earth.
4. Every member of the human race is fallen, sinful and lost (Romans 3:23), making the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit essential for the salvation of man. Redemption is entirely through the blood of Christ, and salvation is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph. 2:8-10) Good works follow salvation, they do not contribute to it.
5. At salvation, the Holy Spirit indwells the believer, who is sealed until the day of redemption, empowering the believer to live a godly life. (Ephesians 4:30)
6. There will be a resurrection of the saved and of the lost; of the saved unto eternal life, and of the lost unto eternal and conscious judgment. (John 11:23, Revelation 20:5-6)
7. The Church began with the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2), and is composed of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. These believers are united to Him and to one another by the indwelling Holy Spirit making the Church, as a whole, a living organism, known as the Body of Christ. The church did not replace nor supplement Israel, the church is a separate part of God's program.
8. Christ, our risen Head, is the giver of gifts, such as evangelists, shepherds and teachers, who are responsible to Him for their service. They are given, “for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of the ministry, unto the edifying of the Body of Christ.” (Eph 4:8-16)
9. There are two Christian ordinances (for lack of a better word): baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism by immersion identifies the believer with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection so that the believer should walk in newness of life. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial feast, instituted by the Lord Himself, exclusively for His own. In the observance of this Supper, believers, functioning as worshiping priests before God, remember the Lord Jesus Christ and proclaim His death until He comes.
10. Every true child of God possesses eternal life and, being justified, sanctified and sealed with the Holy Spirit, is safe and secure for all eternity. Once in Christ, in Christ forever. However, a Christian can, through sin, lose fellowship, joy, power, testimony and reward, thereby incurring the Father’s chastening. Relationship is eternal, being established by the new birth; fellowship, however, is dependent upon obedience to the Lord.
11. The personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ to translate His Church is imminent, an event that concludes this present age of grace. This will be followed by the outpouring of God’s wrath on the earth, known as the Tribulation. After this, Christ’s Millennial Kingdom will be established, and the “glory of the Lord will cover the earth as the water covers the sea.” At the conclusion of His Millennial reign, Christ will deliver the Kingdom to God the Father, that the Triune God may be all in all.
12. Marriage is designed by God as a lifelong union between one man and one woman only. Christian marriage is a picture of Christ and the church, and no other variations are viable for Christians, whether polygamy or same gender.
13. Church Meetings The primary purposes of church meetings are for worship, the apostles doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer - for the building up of the body of Christ in love. These are practices of the believers in fellowship. Guests are welcome yet they are guests. Technically the meetings are not public meetings in the sense of their purpose.
Some wbc distinctives:
1. Leadership/oversight: We practice a plurality of non salaried eldership (ie...no one man minister/pastor). We practice this because this is what we see in scripture.
2. Missions: God calls workers, assigns their sphere, the local church looses & commends them to the work as the Lord leads them. No special mission board controls the movements and ministry of the workers. CMML is a service organization that helps commended workers overseas, but they do not control the workers directly nor indirectly. The mission model is faith driven, not via solicitation of funds. God calls & provides the workers' needs. We currently support (congregationally) a Bible linguistics brother in Chad and a sister in the Houston area and a traveling brother/minister from east Texas.
3. Priesthood of all believers: All believers are to participate in the ministry of the assembly, growing in their gift and edifying the body. This is practiced in accordance with NT principles, maintaining the distinct roles of men and women in the public ministry of the assembly.
4. Doctrine: We believe in the necessity of sound doctrine and therefore we practice systematic bible teaching. We believe & affirm the following positions as being scriptural: premillennial, dispensational, eternal security, cessationist.
5. Music: We love the hymns of the faith. In them we find fulfillment of that admonition of the apostle to" teach and admonish one another in songs and hymns and spiritual songs....." We generally prefer a-capella, but do have both an organ and piano for use during the Bible Hour meeting.
6. Weekly Lord's Supper/Remembrance: Our first meeting each Sunday is the Remembrance of Christ in His person and work, during the Lord's Supper. This is the chief meeting of the assembly. Men, as led by the Spirit, lead forth, not pre-planned, but also decently and orderly.
7. Reception into Fellowship is practiced instead of Church Membership. Anyone who has been born again (ie...has life in Christ) and walks in his/her Christian life consistently with that profession and with the New Testament doctrine, can be received into fellowship of the believers that meet at the chapel.
8. Church Autonomy: We believe each local gathering/church is responsible to the Lord and His Word to meet, worship, and evangelize according to scriptural patterns, without an overseeing governing body or ecclesiastical organization having any authority whatsoever over the local churches. Therefore we answer to Christ, not a governing body or denominational group, though we may and do fellowship with other likeminded, but non denominational congregations throughout the world.
updated July 2015
Since the beliefs listed above are based on the Bible, if further clarification is needed, let us know, and we'll provide the scripture references that are pertinent.