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So you want to teach people about God?

August 10, 2010

I have been applying to several churches so as to go into full time ministry, one church asked me to fill out the information in the questions I’m going to post at the end here.
This knowledge is the very basic understanding of what your pastor thinks and believes that you should have before even considering placing yourself under their teaching.

If you go to a church now, you must think about what your pastor believes and teaches, after all, how can you be taught spiritual truth by someone who doesn’t believe correctly?
I would never attend a church for any period of time without at least knowing and agreeing with the pastor on these basic issues.
Also I would encourage everyone to go through this and thoughtfully fill it out themselves, using scripture to back every answer.

1.      Doctrine of the Scriptures

a.     Inspiration –

b.     Inerrancy –

c.     Method of Scriptural Interpretation (hermeneutic) –

2.      Doctrine of God

a.     Nature of the Trinity –

b.     Attributes of God –

3.      Doctrine of Christ

a.     Pre-existence –

b.     Incarnation (virgin birth) –

c.     Humanity –

d.     Deity –

e.     Vicarious Death –

f.      Resurrection –

g.     Ascension –

4.      Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

a.     Personality –

b.     Deity –

c.     Work of the Spirit in Salvation

1)     Convicting –

2)     Regenerating –

3)     Indwelling –

4)     Baptizing –

5)     Sealing –

6)     Filling –

7)     Gifts –

5.      Doctrine of Angels

a.     Existence and Work of Angels –

b.     Existence and Work of Satan –

c.     Our Defense against Satan/Demons –

6.      Doctrine of Man/Sin

a.     Origin of Man –

b.     Fall of Man –

c.     Man’s Condition Apart from Christ –

d.     Man’s Resurrection and Future Destiny

1)     The Saved –

2)     The Unsaved –

7.      Doctrine of Salvation

a.     Election –

b.     Key Concepts –

1)     Substitution –

2)     Redemption –

3)     Reconciliation –

4)     Propitiation –

5)     Justification –

6)     Sanctification –

c.     The Blood of Christ as it Relates to Cleansing from Sin –

d.     Extent of the Death of Christ (Limited or Unlimited Atonement) –

e.     The Condition for Salvation –

f.      Assurance of Salvation –

g.     Eternal Security –

8.      Doctrine of the Church

a.     Distinction between Local and Universal Church –

b.     Purpose of the Local Church –

c.     Ordinances

1)     Baptism: Meaning and Mode –

2)     Lord’s Supper: Meaning and Mode –

9.      Doctrine of Future Things

a.     The Rapture of the Church (including time of rapture in relation to the Tribulation) –

b.     The Second Coming of Christ (including time of Christ’s return in relation to the Millennium) –

c.     Distinction between Israel and the Church –

d.     Describe the purpose of each of the following judgements and their timing in relation to each other:

-Judgement of Israel

-Judgement of the lost

-Judgement of the Church

10.    Specific Doctrinal Statements (simply state whether you “agree” or “disagree” with each statement)

a.     The Church has replaced Israel in God’s redemptive plan.

b.     The original manuscripts were totally and completely without error.

c.     The nature of revelation requires a single interpretation for any specific text with multiple applications.

d.     God is one essence but has always existed in three persons.

e.     The omniscience of God means He knows all things both actual and potential.

f.      By means of the virgin birth the person of the incarnate Christ included undiminished deity, perfect humanity, united in one person forever.

g.     The historical, bodily resurrection of Christ affirmed God’s satisfaction with His work on the cross.

h.     The baptism of the Holy Spirit happens once at salvation, while the filling of the Holy Spirit is repeated conditionally in the believer’s life.

i.       The spiritual gifts listed in the New Testament include certain sign gifts, which ceased after the apostolic age.

j.       Satan is a living being, active and in opposition to the saints of God.

k.     Man’s condition after the fall rendered him completely unable to merit God’s favor.

l.       Man was created by an immediate act of God.

m.    People who die apart from Christ experience the eternal judgment of God.

n.     Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone.

o.     Once a person is saved he cannot lose his eternal salvation.

p.     Assurance of salvation is based solely on the promise of God.

q.     Christ will personally return to the earth to establish a one thousand-year reign.

11.    Other issues

a.     Pastoral care issues

1)     What is your philosophy of ministry?

2)     What is your strategy for pastoral visitation?

3)     What are your personal work habits?

4)     What are your patterns for devotional life?

5)     What is your philosophy of leadership and leadership training?

6)     What do you do to nurture your family relationships?

b.     What do you believe, teach and practice about:

1)     Divine Healing –

2)     Speaking in Tongues

a)     Do you currently practice or promote the experience of speaking in tongues?

b)     What do you teach concerning speaking in tongues?

3)     Church Discipline –

4)     Divorce and Remarriage –

5)     The Lord’s Day –

6)     The Believer’s Responsibility to Civil Government –

c.     Share your Philosophy of Ministry regarding:

1)     Music and Worship –

2)     Christian Education –

3)     World Missions –

4)     Evangelism –

5)     Role of Women in Ministry –

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