Doctrinal Statement

The Old and New Testaments are God’s written revelation to man – men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:20-21; 3:14-16). Therefore all 66 books are inerrant and foundational as the final authority in matters for teaching, practice, and doctrine (2 Tim. 3:14-17). All the work of UpsideDown must accurately represent Biblical truth, whether through the representation of a specific passage, or historical events that portray Biblical themes.

Justification by Grace through Faith in the death and resurrection of Christ is the only means of salvation (Matt. 1:21; Acts 4:12). Sinners are not saved through any of their own merit or works, but good works are an evidence of salvation (Gal. 3:11-14; Eph. 2:4-10; Phil. 2:12-13; Tit. 3:4-7). Christ who knew no sin became sin so that those who believe in Him may be declared righteous by the Father (Rom. 3:21-24; 2 Cor. 5:21). Those who have been justified by grace through faith are eternally secure in Christ (Jn. 5:24; 10:28-30). We believe that, owing to universal death through sin, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again; and that no degree of transformation however great, no attainments in morality however high, no culture however just, no baptism or other ordinance however administered, can help the sinner to take even one step toward heaven; but a new nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word, is absolutely essential to salvation, and only those thus saved are sons of God.

The Church is composed of all who are united by the Holy Spirit with Christ (Acts 2:1-13; 1 Cor. 12:27-31; Eph. 2:14-22).  It is the responsibility of elders in the local church to hold believers accountable to good doctrine (Titus 1:9). UpsideDown must operate under the authority of the church. We operate primarily under the leadership of the churches that make up our board and hold us accountable to good doctrine, and secondarily to specific churches we are ministering in.

The Great Commission is the duty and responsibility of every believer to play a role in seeing the message of Jesus Christ go to the ends of the Earth. This should be of a primary importance in the life of a mature Christian and an end towards which they work, give and pray (Matt. 28:18–19; Mark 16:15; John 17:18; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:18–20; 1 Pet. 1:17; 2:11).

Spiritual Gifts  are given to every believer by the Holy Spirit and are necessary and useful to the edification of the church (1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 14-20). The arts are a gift given by God and useful to God (Exodus 37:1, Colossians 3:23, Ephesians 6:7).

The Arts as Worship – The word of Christ is to dwell in the believer richly, and then the believer may work to build up the church through a variety of creative means (Colossians 3:16).The creativity and diversity expressed by God in nature (Genesis 1) have gifted to man to bring an artistic form to build up the church (1 Corinthians 14:26), but must be used in an orderly, presentable form.