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Statement of faith

WakeupWatchman & BibleTypeShadow is a Christian, mission-centered outreach focused on preaching the gospel with sound biblical doctrine in hand. While committed to excellence in the presentation of Biblical content, it is governed by a set of theological affirmations. This is not intended to restrict use of the site but rather to promote trust in its content.

2 Timothy 3:12-17

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Doctrine of Scripture. The Bible is God’s unique direct revelation to mankind, the inspired, infallible Word of God. As such, it is the sufficient, supreme and final authority and without error in what it teaches and affirms. No other writings are vested with such divine authority.

Doctrine of God. There is only one true God. He exists eternally as three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — each fully God yet each personally distinct from the other. God is the creator of everything.

Doctrine of Sin. Everyone, regardless of race, gender, social class, or intellectual ability, is created in God’s image and for communion with God. But because of sin, that communion was broken and all of humanity was separated from God, the source of all life. Because of the fall, everyone deserves God’s judgment and are under the impending wrath of God.

Doctrine of Salvation. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and God gives salvation from the wrath of God, and eternal life to those who trust in him. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that is received by repentance and faith in Christ alone and his death on the cross and resurrection from the grave.

Doctrine of Christ. Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary — he is God in human flesh. He lived a sinless human life, yet willingly took upon himself our sins by dying in our place and on our behalf. He rose bodily, victorious over sin, death and the devil. He ascended to Heaven and is at the right hand of the Father as the believer’s advocate and mediator. On the last day, he will return to consummate history, enact judgement, justice and fulfill the eternal plan of God.

Doctrine of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, He convicts the world of sin, unbelief and gives new life to those who trust in Jesus. He indwells all believers and empowers them to lead Christ-like lives. The Spirit gives them spiritual gifts with which to serve fellow believers and reach out to a lost and needy world; the gift of discerment is paramount for these last days.

Doctrine of Judgment. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation and eternal punishment, where there will be weeping and the nashing of teeth. Believers will be received into God’s loving presence eternally, every tear will be wiped away.

Doctrine of the Church. All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender (male and female), and denominational lines. The local church is a group of believers who gather for the sacraments of instruction in doctrine (teaching), communion (the Lord's supper), worship, prayer, encouragement, mutual accountability, community with each other, and as a witness to the world through loving one another.