Standard - An approved example or document that serves as an official basis for comparison
Are churches which confess and uphold doctrinal standards generally more biblical in their teaching, or less? Why?
Bolt - A standard U. S. measurement of cloth which is 120 feet (36.5 meters) in length
A standard is an approved, established example or model set to serve as a basis for comparison (e.g. a foot and a meter are standard units of measurement). A standard is also a raised object that represents a certain group or country (e.g. a flag or coat of arms).
A "doctrinal standard" is an approved, established document which clearly states a church denomination's beliefs regarding biblical doctrine. It serves as a basis of comparison with other denominations and indicates both those which are in agreement and disagreement. A "doctrinal standard" also serves as an emblem which represents those who believe that its statements are accurate summarizations of scriptural teaching. It serves as a gathering point for all believers in its biblical truths.
The following examples illustrate how standards can be a means to establish trust and confidence when interacting with others.
Mr. Norton, a Canadian wholesaler, wishes to purchase a large quantity of beautiful silk fabric. The American manufacturer informs him that he will sell the material to him for a certain amount per bolt. Mr. Norton is not familiar with this measurement and is afraid to agree with the sale offer. However, when the manufacturer informs him that he is willing to sell it to him for a certain amount per metre, a standard of measurement with which Mr. Norton is familiar, he confidently agrees to the sale proposal.