Purpose

Doulos Network is a straightforward concept - serve Christ by serving His churches and His people.

As I considered stepping away from full-time pastoral ministry at the local church in which I ministered for forty years, I knew I wanted to continue serving Christ in some capacity. When I signed up for Christian ministry many years ago, it was a lifetime proposition.  I am still loyal to this commitment even though the landscape of my life has changed. The only outstanding question was the method -  how should I now serve?

Eventually, Doulos Network began to take shape and was launched informally in the fall of 2014. (Doulos is a transliteration of the New Testament Greek word for “slave” or “servant”).  This ministry is based on the notion that serving Christ is best accomplished in concert with local churches and their related ministries. So, as an outgrowth of my long term connection to the local church, I wish to continue serving local churches as well as the larger family of God as He presents suitable opportunities both here in the United States and around the globe.

Thus, Doulos Network is designed to serve the Christian community at large and especially local churches by offering sundry resources designed to provide practical help and assistance through a variety of formats and services such as articles, preaching, teaching, consultations, referrals, conflict resolution services, and international partnerships.

Soli Deo Gloria

Joe Flatt

Beliefs

The following brief summary represents what we believe regarding the major doctrinal categories of the Christian faith. As such, it is not exhaustive in that it does not address all doctrinal matters or fully treat each category listed. For full doctrinal statements, we recommend statements in the Reformed tradition such as the well-known 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.

God (Theology Proper)

We believe in the one true God of the Bible Who exists in three eternal distinct persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  God is the Sovereign over the universe.

Jesus Christ (Christology)

We believe in the preexistence, the virgin birth and the deity of Jesus Christ. While incarnate He was wholly divine and wholly human. He came to the earth in order to redeem sinners through His death.

Holy Spirit (Pneumatology)

We believe in the personhood and deity of the Holy Spirit. He indwells all genuine believers and performs sundry ministries on their behalf.

Bible (Bibliology)

We believe the sixty-six books of the Bible are verbally and plenarily inspired by God and are thus  inerrant and infallible in the original writings. The Scriptures are the final authority for all matters of faith and practice.

Man (Anthropology)

We believe that the first man, Adam, was created in the image and likeness of God and possessed the ability to obey God’s commands but chose not to. Adam acted as the representative of the entire human race. All humans are “in” Adam.

Sin (Hamartiology)

We believe that in consequence of Adam’s sin, all human beings die and are sinners. Every human being possesses a sin nature at conception, performs acts of sin, and is totally unable to please God.

Salvation (Soteriology)

We believe that because all men are totally unable to believe unto salvation by the exercise of their own will, salvation is solely the product of the sovereign grace of God. Thus, in eternity past God chose some persons from among the mass of sinful humanity to be His own. This election was according to His sovereign purpose alone and was not conditioned on any foreseen faith or merit of those chosen. Christ died for the purpose of securing the salvation of those chosen. Those for whom Christ died are irresistibly regenerated by sovereign grace and are thus made willing and able to come to Christ in faith. Those genuinely saved will persevere in the Christian life until the end.

Church (Ecclesiology)

We believe the local church (believers gathered in a common locality) is the duly authorized expression of the  universal church (all believers everywhere). Christ is the Head of every true church yet local churches are governed by pastors (elders) and served by deacons. The local church gathers for worship, prayer, edification, fellowship, ministry, and observance of the ordinances (baptism and communion).

Last Things (Eschatology)

We believe Christ will one day return to the earth in sovereign rule and final judgment. The righteous will enjoy eternal life with Christ, and the wicked will endure everlasting punishment.