Statement of Beliefs

What We Believe

Reaching & Teaching operates within the bounds of two statements of belief, with all aspects of the ministry being in accordance with these documents—the Baptist Faith & Message (2000) and The Gospel Coalition Confessional Statement. All Reaching & Teaching missionaries, staff, trip participants, and field partners must adhere to one of these two statements of faith.

Reaching & Teaching is confessionally credo-baptist, complementarian, and affirms the Nashville Statement.

We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners. Being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, election includes all the means in connection with the end of salvation. It is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable. It entirely obliterates boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust, and an active imitation of God’s free mercy. It encourages the greatest possible exercise of human responsibility. It may be discovered by its effects in all who truly believe the gospel. Election is the foundation of Christian assurance, and confirming our election deserves the utmost diligence. -New Hampshire Confession of Faith, Article X

We believe the marks of a healthy church are expositional preaching, sound doctrine, biblical understanding of the gospel, biblical understanding of conversion, faithful evangelism, meaningful membership, church discipline, biblical discipleship, and leadership. We believe that these marks are biblical and therefore transcend geography, culture, and history. -Pulled from 9Marks of a Healthy Church, by Mark Dever

We appreciate The Southgate Fellowship statement and encourage churches to interact with the document and consider its missiological implications. We believe the Lord is free to move and multiply His kingdom as He wills, and yet we affirm that throughout the course of church history, He has normally used the ordinary means of grace to advance his kingdom. Our missionaries do not ascribe to or practice rapid and pragmatic movement methodologies because of our convictions regarding the local church.