At the Ardsley Bible Chapel we desire to proclaim the truths of God's word, most centrally the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. We also aim to instruct the members of our local body in all their privileges and duties as his disciples. Therefore we aspire to a preaching and teaching ministry that is: 

Christ-centered, recognizing that:

  • God is the Source, Sustainer and Goal of all that ever has existed, does exist, and ever will exist, and that he is the only true object of worship (Gen. 1:1; Ps. 45:11; 95:6; 100:1-5)

  • God has related to our world in the person of Jesus Christ, and therefore calls us to himself only through Jesus (Jn. 1:1, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19,20; 1 Tim. 2:5; 3:16)

  • An approach to life and ministry that has the crucified and risen Christ at its center. This is the only approach that will lead to the fulfillment of life's deepest purposes and provide real solutions to life's deepest problems (1 Cor. 2:2; 15:3, 4; Phil. 2:10, 11)

Biblically based, recognizing that:

  • God has given the Bible to us as the only fully reliable source of truth for belief and practice (Ps. 119:11, 105; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17)

  • It is through the Bible, as illuminated by God's Spirit, that we come to know Jesus Christ and all he has done for us and how we can live according to his will (Jn. 5:39; Eph. 2:10)

  • The Bible is the only fully accurate standard for evaluating our experience (Jn. 17:17; Heb. 4:12)

  • Designed to meet real world needs, focusing on:

  • Making true disciples of Jesus Christ (Mt. 28:19, 20)

  • Equipping believers to go into the world themselves to make disciples of Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 2:2)

  • Helping individual members of our local body of believers, as well as our body as a whole, to grow toward spiritual maturity (1 Cor. 13:11; 14:20 Eph. 4:13-15)

  • Strengthening marriages and families, based on a recognition that the family is the primary unit that God has established for biblical instruction. The church has the role of supporting such instruction. To the extent possible, we also seek to take the role of the family for those who are, for any reason, not within a family structure (Deut. 6:6, 7; Eph. 5:22-6:3)

  • Helping the members of our local body to understand and live out the essence of true religion, namely to show God's love, mercy and grace to those in need and to live lives characterized by purity in this present evil age, thus demonstrating our love for and faith in God himself (Mic. 6:8; Jas. 1:26, 27)

In reaching toward these aspirations our preaching and teaching ministry will include:

  • A clear call to faith in the crucified and risen Christ, along with all of the implications that such faith has for living under the lordship of Christ

  • A courageous, forthright exposition and defense of truth coupled with a compassion for fallen humanity and a humility that recognizes our own propensity to sin (2 Tim. 4:2)

  • Purposeful bridging between biblical doctrine and right Christian practice, with the intent of reaching the whole person, both head and heart, and seeking to see the power of Christ realized in radically transformed lives (Ps. 119:11; Rom. 6:4; 12:1, 2; Tit. 2:11, 12)

  • Preaching and teaching based on sound principles of interpretation and evangelical theology whose truth has been tested and proved. This requires careful preparation on the part of each teacher directly in the Scriptures. Conclusions will be informed primarily by the Spirit of God, but also brought under the scrutiny of other faithful and godly interpreters of both the past and present (2 Tim. 4:2)
  • Interactive instruction appropriate for each age level that encourages self-study of the Bible for an understanding of its principles and results in a growing love for God and his Word (Ps. 119:9, 127-8; 1 Pet. 2:2)

  • Multiple instructional approaches including well-prepared expository sermons, inductive Bible studies, and age-appropriate Sunday School lessons and devotions

  • Utilization of gifted teachers, recognizing that God has designed certain members of his body particularly to play this role and has designed others for other functions (Eph. 4:11-14; Jas. 3:1)

  • The specific goal of expounding the whole counsel of God to his people, which necessarily involves teaching through books of the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments supplemented by topical teaching (Acts 20:27; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17)

  • A music ministry that takes advantage of music not only as an avenue for worship, but also as a teaching tool, with conscious attention to ensuring that lyrics are in keeping with sound doctrine (Eph. 5:19, 20; Col. 3:16)

In sum, our vision is that our body be one where the preaching and teaching fulfill the goal of causing each member to grow up into all the fullness of Christ, so that we have an effective outreach in our community and the world and ultimately bring greater glory to the Lord who loved us and gave himself for us.