Anchored Church Cambridge

P- (410)901-3970 | E- anchoredchurchcambridge@gmail.com

Sundays, 11am | 300 Mill Street . Cambridge . Maryland

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DOCTRINE

Anchored Church is a non-denominational church that believes in the authority of the Christian Scriptures in life and practice. We stand with believers who have gone before us in history, and we identify with those who live faithfully for Jesus in other cultures around the globe as well. We align with the Gospel in Scripture and the historic orthodox beliefs passed down by the church, such as the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the truths expressed in our Confession of Faith.

The Trinity
We believe in the Triune God whom the scriptures reveal to humanity as one God, eternally existing in three equally divine Persons —the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit — who know, love, and glorify one another. This one true and living God, who is blessed, glorious, and majestic, is infinitely perfect in His love, holiness, justice, goodness, faithfulness, wisdom, graciousness, and in all of His attributes. The omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Triune God is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and is, therefore, worthy to receive all glory and adoration. Immortal and eternal, He perfectly and exhaustively knows the end from the beginning, sustains and sovereignly rules over all things, and providentially brings about His eternal good purposes to redeem a people for Himself and restore His fallen creation to the praise of His glorious grace. (Genesis 1:26; 11:7; Deuteronomy 6:4;Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:1-2,14,18; Romans 8; Hebrews 1:8-9; 1 Peter 1:2; Revelation 1:5-6; 22:3)

The King
We believe that Jesus is The True King of The World and reigns as Lord for his church. Jesus is the eternal Son, the one who was moved by love and became human. Jesus is the Word who became flesh, truly God and truly human, one Person in two natures (John 1:1-3,14). The man Jesus, the promised King and Messiah of Israel, was conceived through the agency of the Holy Spirit, and he was born of the virgin Mary. He perfectly obeyed his heavenly Father, lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), performed wonders, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. As the True King, Jesus sovereignly and supremely rules over all creation, and he is the head of the church as the chief shepherd, who shepherds and loves the flock of God. As the True Prophet, Jesus authoritatively teaches and represents God to man and shows how to live and love through his Spirit and Word. As the True Priest, Jesus leads us and makes us right with God through his sacrificial death on the cross in order to bring atonement and reconciliation, represents us before God by mediating for us with prayers as we follow him in this world, and gives us confidence to enter the throne room of grace. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission.(Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 53:1-12; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:1)

The Spirit

We believe in The Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who is the third person of the Trinity and of the same essence of The Father and King Jesus; yet distinct from them and proceeds from them. The work of The Holy Spirit within the life of the church and the Christian is seen when he convicts people of their sin against Jesus, converts hearts to know Jesus, applies salvation and brings people in union with Jesus, glorifies Jesus, sanctifies the church to be like Jesus, equips the church to be on mission with Jesus, and promises that he will keep us with Jesus for all of life and in the age to come. (Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.)

The Creation
We believe that humanity is created in the image of God and are creatures with value and dignity who are built to seek after the longings and desires of our hearts, which is ultimately to be in communion with God. The glory of God is found in creation when humanity is fully alive in God and when humanity finds its rest in Him. Humanity, in the beginning, belonged to the created order that God himself declared to be very good, serving as God’s agents to care for, manage, and govern creation while living in holy and devoted fellowship with their Creator (Genesis 1:1-31). We believe that men and women are equally made in the image of God, can enjoy equal access to God by faith in King Jesus, and are both called to move beyond passive self-indulgence to significant private and public engagement in family, church, and civic life. We believe that humanity, which was made in the image of God, distorted that image and forfeited his original blessedness— for himself and all his progeny — by falling into sin through The Devil’s temptation. As a result, all human beings are alienated from God and are corrupted in every aspect of their being (e.g. physically, mentally, volitionally, emotionally, spiritually) and are condemned finally and irrevocably to death apart from God’s own gracious intervention. The supreme need of all human beings is to be reconciled to God. The only hope for all human beings is the undeserved love of this same God, who alone can rescue us, restore us to Himself, and bring about Redemption. (Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.)

The Scriptures

We believe that God ultimately has revealed Himself to the world through the Word Incarnate — King Jesus. He has chosen to give His church and the world the work of The Spirit through the inspired writings of the prophets and apostles. We believe that God has inspired the words preserved in the Scriptures —the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, which are both the record and means of His saving work in the world. These writings alone constitute the verbally inspired Word of God, which is utterly authoritative and infallible in the original writings, complete in its revelation of His will for salvation, sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do, and final in its authority over every domain of knowledge to which it speaks. We confess that both our finitude and our sinfulness preclude the possibility of exhaustively  knowing God’s truth, but we affirm that when enlightened by the Spirit of God, we can know God’s revealed truth truly. The Bible is to be believed as God’s instruction in all that it teaches, obeyed as God’s command in all that it requires, and trusted as God’s pledge in all that it promises. As God’s people hear, believe, and do the Word, they will be equipped as disciples of King Jesus and witnesses to the Gospel. (Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.)

The Gospel

We believe that The Gospel is the good, beautiful, and true story that Jesus is the true King of the world and he has come to rescue us. This good news is biblical (his death and resurrection are according to the Scriptures), theological and salvific (Christ died for our sins in order to reconcile us to God), historical (if the saving events did not happen, our faith is worthless; we are still in our sins, and we are to be pitied more than all others), and apostolic (the message was entrusted to and transmitted by the apostles, who were witnesses of these redemptive events). We believe that at The Cross Jesus Christ died as a propitiation for us; acting on our behalf as our substitute; bringing us expiation, reconciliation, and redemption; and declaring victory over death, the Devil, and evil as the Crucified King. At the Resurrection, Jesus Christ showed the world that he was the true King, that he reigns over all and that by his resurrection we will be justified, redeemed, glorified, and risen when he returns.(Gen 3:15;Isa 53:4-6; John1,3:16-17;Rom 1:16-17, 3:23-24;4:4-5;10:9-13; 1 Cor 15; 2 Cor 5:21,Gal 3:13-14; Eph 2:4-10;Phil 2:6-8; Col 1:19-20; 2:13-14; 1 Tim 1:15, 2:5-6,Titus 3:4-7; Heb 2:14-17; 1 Pet 2:22-25, 3:18-22; 1 John 4:9-10)

The Kingdom

We believe that those who have been saved by the grace of God through union with Christ by faith and through regeneration by the Holy Spirit enter the kingdom of God and delight in the blessings of the new covenant — the forgiveness of sins; the inward transformation that awakens a desire to glorify, trust, and obey God; and the prospect of the glory yet to be revealed. Good works constitute indispensable evidence of saving grace. Living as salt in a world that is decaying and light in a world that is dark, believers should neither withdraw into seclusion from the world, nor become indistinguishable from it (Matthew 5:13-16).Rather, believers are to do good to the city as all the glory and honor of the nations is to be offered up to the living God. Recognizing whose created order this is, and because we are citizens of God’s kingdom and recognize the One to which the created order belongs (Ephesians 2:19), we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31), doing good to all, especially to those who belong to the household of God (Galatians 6:10). The kingdom of God, which is already present but not fully realized, is the exercise of God’s sovereignty in the world toward the eventual redemption of all creation. The kingdom of God is not only an invasive power that plunders Satan’s dark kingdom, but also regenerates and renovates through the lives of individuals rescued from that kingdom through repentance and faith. It, therefore, inevitably establishes a new community of human life together under God. (Gen 1-2; Pss. 24:1; 93:1; 95:3–7; 47:1–9; 83:18; 103:19; 113:5; Isa. 26:1–15; 28:5–6; 33:5–24, 17–22; 44:5; Ezek. 11:17–21; 20:33–38; Hos. 2:16–17; Zech. 8:1–8; Matt. 2:2; 4:23; 5:14-16, 9:35; 12:28; 21:31, 27:11; Mark 15:2; Luke 16:16; 23:3; John 18:37; Rom14:17; Eph. 2:1-10, 19; Col. 1:16; Heb. 12:2; Phil. 3:20; Rev 7:15, 11:15)

The Redemption

We believe that God is about the Redemption of His people and His world. We believe that from all eternity the Triune God determined in grace to save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe, language, people, and nation; to this end, He foreknew them and chose them. We believe that God regenerates, justifies, and sanctifies those who by grace have faith in Jesus, and that He will one day glorify them for all to the praise of His glorious grace. God is bringing about a holistic redemption as followers of King Jesus become disciples and bend their knee in allegiance to follow Him in all areas of life and learn the rhythms, patterns, and habits of the King as they see what life was truly created to be like in all its goodness, beauty, and truth.(Psa 111:9;Isa 53;Matt 20:28; John 3:16; Rom 3:24-26, 5:2-8; 1 Cor 1:30, 6:19-20; Gal 2:20,3:13;Eph 1; Col 1:14-22; 1 Pet 1:18-19; Rev 1:5-6, 5:9-10)

The Church

We believe that the Church is the called and collected community, family and body of King Jesus, which is made up of God’s new covenant people from all tribes, tongues, and nations, and spans across thousands of years from all eras. The Church exists to love and glorify God with everything they have, for not only have they been bought with a price, but also they have been rescued to be loved by God and for God. This universal Church is manifested in local churches of which Christ is the only Head; thus each “local church” is, in fact, the Church— the household of God (Ephesians 2:19), the assembly of the living God, and the pillar and foundation of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15). The Church is distinguished by her gospel message, her sacred ordinances, her discipline, her great mission, and, above all, by her love for God and by her members’ love for one another and for the world. Crucially, this gospel we cherish has both personal and corporate dimensions neither of which may properly be overlooked. Christ Jesus is our peace (Ephesians 2:14). He not only has brought about peace with God, but also peace between alienated peoples. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity thus making peace, reconciling both Jew and Gentile to God through the cross by which he put to death their hostility (Galatians 3:28). The Church serves as a sign of God’s future new world. The Church is the corporate dwelling place of God’s Spirit where God the Father’s plan is carried out and Jesus is The King and Chief Shepherd of his people. This Church goes out on mission to make known the gospel from here to the nations. We believe that Baptism and Communion are ordained by King Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 26:26-29). The former is connected with entrance into the new covenant community and the latter connected with ongoing covenant renewal. Together, they are simultaneously God’s pledge to us — divinely ordained means of grace, as well as our public vows of submission to the once crucified and now resurrected King with anticipation of his return and of the consummation of all things. (Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3.)

The Return of the King

We believe in the personal, glorious, and bodily return of our King and Lord, Jesus, where he will exercise his role as the rightful King of the world, bringing justice as the final Judge and consummating his kingdom. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust — the unjust to judgment and eternal conscious punishment in Hell as our Lord himself taught, and the just to eternal shalom and rest in the presence of the King as we are brought into His kingdom as the new heavens and new earth are brought forth. On that day, the Church will be presented faultless before God by the obedience, suffering and triumph of King Jesus as all evil and sin will be purged and its wretched effects forever banished. God will be all in all and His people will be enthralled by the immediacy of His indescribable love and holiness. All things will be made new and will be enjoyed by the King for His Kingdom and people forever and ever, Amen. (Ex. 33:20; Matt. 5:8; John 17:24; 1 Tim. 6:16; Isaiah 65:17–25; Matt 16:27; Mark 9:37-48; Rom 8:18-23; 1 Cor 15; 2 Cor 5:1-8;1 Thess. 4:13–18;Titus 2:13; 1 John 3:1-3; Phil. 1:21–24; Rev. 6:9–11; John 3:18; 5:24; Rom. 5:8–9; 8:1; 1 Thess. 1:10; Rev 20-22; Heb 11:9-16)