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Teaching Distinctives

Teaching Distinctives

All teaching leads to changed thoughts, attitudes and actions. Because God is a missionary God, we naturally are His missionary people - not only across salt water, but also in our neighborhoods, schools, workplace - everywhere we go. The American church has typically been weak in the local mission mandate; therefore, relationships with non-believers leading to Gospel proclamation is emphasized, modeled, taught, and encouraged at TACC. We believe that every individual believer and every local church must have a missionary strategy.

1. Our spirituality must be centered in the gospel and the Word of Truth, the Scriptures. It is in the celebration and dedication of God’s people to the gospel and the Scriptures that we begin to know and understand the mind of Christ and enjoy the benefits of true spirituality, “righteousness, peace, and joy.” D.A. Carson’s comments are essential, “There will never be much sanctification apart from the Word of Truth. It is the entrance of God’s Word that brings light; it is constant meditation on God’s law that distinguishes the wise from the unwise, the just from the unjust (Ps.1).… the heavy stress in Scripture on understanding, absorbing, meditating upon, proclaiming, memorizing, reading, and hearing the Word of God is so striking that it will be ignored at our peril. That is why the best of the evangelical heritage has always emphasized what might be called ‘the spirituality of the Word.’ ” We affirm other spiritual disciplines: prayer, giving, serving, silence, fasting, fellowship, singing, etc.; however, the center must be the Word.

2. We believe that the systematic proclamation of the Bible is central to all our ministries. We affirm the necessity of teaching/preaching for the spiritual welfare of God’s people. Small group meetings, which include Bible study, prayer, fellowship, encouragement, caring ministries, and evangelistic activities, are essential to spiritual growth. Biblical proclamation and study are not the only activities we engage in, nor are they necessarily the activities that take the most time; however they are the catalyst and foundation for ministry (1 Timothy 3:14-166:202 Timothy 1:13-143:14-16).

The teaching/preaching ministry at TACC should be 1) expository, 2) passionate, and 3) applicable to the group addressed. Expository teaching can either be verse-by-verse or topical; the key element is that the ideas and principles taught come from the biblical text. We strive to understand and teach the original author’s intention. We must learn to be simultaneously faithful to the Bible and students of our culture. We teach for life change founded in the plan, character, and purposes of God.

Teachers at TACC should be consistent in Bible reading, study, memorization, meditation, and listening. We believe that there will be a stricter judgment for those who teach (James 3).

3. The Bible has one true interpretation and many applications. From time to time, we may not be fully convinced of the one true interpretation and so humility should be the rule when we are uncertain, especially when other believers hold another position. We should be convinced on the essential doctrines and sustaining doctrines, and hold loosely to the non-essentials. However, we must not back down from boldly proclaiming what the Bible teaches. G.K. Chesterton wrote, “What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition… [and] settled upon the organ of conviction, where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. We are on the road to producing a race of men too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table.”

4. The Bible’s grand theme is God and His mission. He is in the process of redeeming creation to Himself for His own glory and our joy. The Bible is primarily God’s revelation of Himself, and then because of who He is, He requires from us a joyful, obedient response (Psalm 78; Deuteronomy 6; Acts 2). 

5. The Great Commission and the Greatest Commandment summarize our mission as a church and our participation in the mission of God.

6. We are committed to the five solas of the reformation.

• 1. Sola gratia ("by grace alone")

• 2. Sola fide ("by faith alone")

• 3. Sola scriptura ("by Scripture alone")

• 4. Solus Christus ("In Christ alone")

• 5. Soli Deo gloria ("Glory to God alone")

7. We teach God’s absolute and complete knowledge and sovereignty. The Cross, Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, are the means by which God purchased every good thing. The cross is the means by which God controls evil and turns it to good – in other words, God causes all good and controls all evil. He is sovereign in salvation, creation, over kings and rulers, birds and creatures, and every circumstance in our lives.

His sovereignty is also at work in saving men; additionally, He holds every person responsible for their choice to repent and turn to Christ. Salvation is a supernatural event that occurs when a non-Christian believes and repents, turning from his sin to God, trusting in the work of Christ and Christ alone for his salvation.

When God allows bad things to happen to the believer, God always uses them for good. When bad things happen to the non-believer, God intends it as a means to turn him to repentance or for judgment. God knows the end from the beginning. We teach His complete knowledge of all events past, present and future. Open theism and limited sovereignty are not taught at TACC (Genesis 45:4-950:20; Isaiah 10; 1 Corinthians 1:3115:10Philippians 2:12,13).

8. God is self-sufficient and does not need love or fellowship; He has no emotional needs (Isaiah 40-66).

9. We understand and teach the complementarian view of roles in the marriage relationship: husbands are to love, lead and sacrifice for their wives as Christ does for the church; wives are to respect, submit to, and follow their husband’s lead as the church does for Christ (Ephesians 5:18-321 Timothy 2:12-15). We adhere to the Danvers Statement of the roles of men and women, http://cbmw.org/core-beliefs/.

10. Men should be the teachers and leaders of the body gathered. Women can do anything men can do in the church except serve as an elder, and authoritatively teach men (which includes preaching). Our philosophy of ministry is that men should be the regular teachers in the junior high, high school, and college groups when young men are present (1 Timothy 2:8-15).

11. We do not encourage or discourage the private practice of tongues speaking (1 Corinthians 14). We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a one-time event, which occurs at the moment of salvation, which places the Christian into the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). We do not hold to a "second blessing" or a "two-tiered" approach to spiritual maturity or spiritual gifts. We receive every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus at the moment of salvation (Ephesians 1:3). The Christian experience is one of continual growth in Christ which is promised in Philippians 1:6.

12. The primary ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. He does this by illuminating to the believer the truths about Jesus in the Bible and by reminding them of these truths for life and ministry. The Spirit guides the believer in subjective ways; however, we can know for certain His will found in the Bible (John 14-17; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

13. We do not adhere to what is popularly known as the self-esteem movement; however, we recognize the need to understand the love that God has for us, our position as children of God, and our position as image bearers of God (Genesis 1; Ephesians 3:14-21).

14. We encourage believers to enjoy the freedom in areas the Bible does not address. We also understand our responsibility to limit our freedom for the sake of weaker brothers (Galatians 5, Romans 14).