The 10 Anchors of Union Church are theological convictions and philosophies of ministry that we are tied to in order to remain faithful to our core values of Gospel, Community and Mission. These Anchors inform everything from our partnerships and budget to our church government and Sunday liturgy. We believe that a strong commitment to these Anchors will create a culture that will bring God glory and us joy.
Anchor # 2 - Authority of Scripture
We are committed to using the Bible as our highest authority. The Bible is the “supreme court” for all matters of faith and conduct. “We affirm the divine inspiration, truthfulness, and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We also affirm the power of God’s word to accomplish His purpose of salvation. The message of the Bible is addressed to all mankind. For God’s revelation in Christ and in Scripture is unchangeable. Through it, the Holy Spirit still speaks today. He illumines the minds of God’s people in every culture to perceive its truth freshly through their own eyes and thus discloses to the whole church ever more of the many-colored wisdom of God…” (The Lausanne Covenant, Article Two, 1974).
We find ourselves in a context that is experiencing significant social change. Hyper individuality, shifting cultural norms, and subjective morality dominate our post-Christian landscape. In many ways, this is the perfect recipe for creating gods in our own image - that love what we love and hate what we hate. We hold up the Scriptures as authoritative and submit to them because we recognize that God is outside of time and space and His wisdom spans far beyond what "seems right" in our eyes. If we give ourselves the freedom pick and choose only what we like out of the Bible then in reality, we do not worship and trust God, we worship and trust ourselves. We are committed to holding up Jesus as both savior and lord and a high view of the Bible keeps us from re-fashioning him in our image.