What is The Nameless Church?
The Nameless Church is a community of folks who believe in Jesus and the Bible. This community is founded upon a simple desire to follow Jesus and the Bible above and before all other conceptions of religion or Christianity. Practically speaking, we aim to be a church known for our three distinctives:
- Know God: A fervent desire to know Jesus and the God of the Bible (whether or not He corresponds with our own concept of God)
- Love God: An unyielding obedience to Jesus and the God of the Bible (whether or not it’s convenient)
- Love People: A consuming love for our fellow believers and our families, neighbors, and co-workers (whether or not they love us)
For more information on what makes us unique, check out our Nameless Confession.
What Does The Nameless Church Believe?
The Nameless Church derives its beliefs from the Bible. Our goal is to hold true to the Bible, whether or not it fits with our preconceptions, the beliefs of other churches, or the presiding social zeitgeist.
We believe The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
We believe there is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
We believe man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
We believe salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
These statements have been copied from The 2000 Baptist Faith and Message. Click here to read our complete statement of faith, which is a derivative work of The 2000 Baptist Faith and Message.
Is The Nameless Church a Denomination?
No. The Nameless Church is a collection of autonomous communities built upon a similar framework (our statement of faith and The Nameless Confession) and a shared set of training resources. We have no desire to be a denomination, nor to we oppose denominations, except in cases when a denominational belief stands in opposition to the Bible. We believe the true church is united through the leadership of Christ and spans denominations, cultures, races, and languages.
Is The Nameless Church Part of the Southern Baptist Convention?
No (although we quite like the SBC). The Nameless Church is non-denominational. However, our beliefs pair up very closely with The 2000 Baptist Faith and Message, which we used as the basis for our own statement of faith. In fact, the only change we made was the removal of the second paragraph from section five, which affirms the perseverance of the saints, or eternal security. While our goal was to codify a comprehensive statement of faith, we recognize there are some matters which are unclear even among those committed to the Bible. As we were unable to reach a consensus among our founding committee, we thought it best to leave the matter of eternal security up to the consciences of each individual church member. In all other matters we found ourselves in perfect agreement with the Baptist Faith and Message.