Wildwood is a church that cares deeply about doctrine. God asks His people to trust Him and take Him at His Word, therefore we believe His words matter and how we understand His truth is essential to our beliefs and practice.
Wildwood has two documents that govern our beliefs: ”The Essentials” and our “Statement of Faith.” ”The Essentials” are found on the back of the bulletin every Sunday (and on this page here) and represent what a person must embrace in order to become a member of Wildwood Community Church. The “Statement of Faith” (found at this link) is a longer document that must be embraced by our Pastors and Elders and reflects our teaching position as a church.
The “Essential Beliefs” are stated below:
We believe that . . .
The Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21, Matthew 5:18)
The Bible is verbally inspired as originally written and without error, and is the supreme authority for all matters in this life.
God (Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19)
There is one living and true God, Creator of heaven and earth, who exists eternally in three Persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Christ (Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:26-38, Romans 1:4, Acts 1:3)
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who, being born of a virgin, became a man to give His life as a ransom for our sins. Jesus was completely God and completely man at the same time. Having led a sinless life, He satisfied the Father’s justice concerning sin by dying for us on the cross. He then defeated sin and death by rising bodily from the dead.
Humanity (Genesis 3, Romans 3:9-19, Ephesians 2:1-3)
Mankind was created in the image of God, but because of sin, all people are separated from God and in need of salvation through Jesus Christ. All people sin in thought, word, and deed and thus fall short of God’s glorious and holy standard.
Salvation (Romans 3:24-25, Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 9:22, 1 John 2:2)
Mankind is saved only by the grace of God which was made manifest on the earth through the death of Christ on the cross for mankind’s sins. This is the only acceptable sacrifice for mankind’s sins and it must be embraced by personal faith in order to bring any person into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Salvation is by grace through faith plus nothing else.
The Holy Spirit (John 16:7-11, 1 Corinthians 12, Galatians 5:16-25)
The Holy Spirit is fully God and is at work in this world to bring conviction of sin and empowerment for righteous living and ministry. Every believer in Jesus Christ is indwelled by the Holy Spirit at the moment of conversion.
Future (Matthew 24-25, Revelation 19:11-20:6)
At His appointed time, God will bring this world to an appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally (physically and visibly) to the earth in power and great glory to judge mankind and to reign in righteousness