Boulevard Christian Church is a non-denominational church, which means that we are not affiliated with any one group of Christians or churches exclusively. We only see ourselves as a local expression of the Body of Christ located universally throughout the world.
We believe “denominationalism” has created a lot of confusion in the universal church; and therefore, we simply stand on the Bible as our rule of faith and practice, with church history as our guide. Our plea is unity, our call is truth, and our attitude is love. Our cause is to glorify God in all things and to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10), and we desire nothing more than to be obedient to Christ and His Word and to love people.
The two overriding, uncompromising essentials are: We don’t allow doctrinal division to occur over non-essentials. The two overriding, uncompromising essentials for us are 1) the basic facts of the Gospel; that is, the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and 2) the supreme authority of the Bible as the guide to our Christian faith and practice. To help you discover other important items of doctrine, we have constructed Ten Items of Doctrine. There are a lot of churches that differ over mute points of doctrine; and rather than contributing to those differences, we simply seek unity in the essentials, liberty in non-essentials, and in all things, love.
Boulevard Christian Church has a plea with a universal appeal. Jesus prayed: that “they all may be one” (John 17:21). Everywhere Christian people are seeking unity today. This unity must be New Testament centered if it is to endure.
Boulevard Christian Church offers a name all can wear. “And in Antioch the Disciples were for the first time called Christians” (Acts 11:26). This name is acceptable to all followers of Christ. Some other names are exclusive and divisive. See I Corinthians 1:11-15.
Boulevard Christian Church presents a creed all can accept. “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). The New Testament requires only a plain statement of faith in Christ as the Son of the living God (see Acts 8:37). The Apostle Paul says the same thing in the statement, “Jesus is Lord.” This is the basic truth in Christianity. It distinguishes Christianity from all other religions of the world.
Boulevard Christian Church teaches a baptism all can obey. Baptism has been controversial throughout the history of the church, but it is our belief that the New Testament teaches immersion of people old enough to believe that Christ is the Son of the Living God. Although other modes of baptism exist in the church today, all churches agree that immersion is an acceptable form of baptism based upon Acts 2:38, Romans 6:4. The meaning of baptidzo, the New Testament Greek word for baptism, is “to dip, plunge, or immerse.” Every denomination, Protestant and Catholic, will accept immersion as a valid Christian baptism.
Boulevard Christian Church observes the Lord’s Supper in a way all can share. “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19). The New Testament strongly implies that the Lord’s Supper was observed as often as Christians gathered to worship (Acts 20:7). The Lord’s Supper is the spiritual center of our worship service every week. Each person decides for himself or herself whether or not to share in its observance. It is Christ’s supper and not ours; therefore, we feel that no person has any right to exclude another individual from Christ’s table.
Boulevard Christian Church is organized under a form of government in which all can be free. It is congregational in government, just as the church at Corinth or Antioch was in the New Testament. Each congregation is the ultimate human authority under the divine authority of Jesus Christ, the head of the body. Motivated by unity, Christ’s mission and love, congregations voluntarily cooperated in many ways in various Christian endeavors.
Boulevard Christian Church is a fellowship that is inclusive.