Statement of Faith
This short statement of faith is a reflection of my personal beliefs. It does not necessarily reflect the beliefs of the church I fellowship with nor their denomination. The starting point for these statements is grounded in traditional Baptist beliefs, which is where I came from. But over the years, as I have invested much time and prayer in my faith, my own beliefs on what the Bible teaches have sometimes changed. I do believe though that they continue to fall well within traditional Protestant orthodoxy.
I believe that the Bible is the Word of God; fully inspired and without error in all it teaches and affirms; written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
I believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection; and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
I believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. I believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of all people; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. I believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. And I believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.
I believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. I believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide.
I believe that humanity has been made in the image of God and was created to be in a relationship with God. I believe that humans have both a physical component and a spiritual component. But that these two parts are tightly integrated together into a single entity. I believe that God has a purpose for humanity that extends beyond our human lifetime.
I believe that the definition of sin is twofold. That it is anything we do that is contrary to God’s will for us. And that it is also a part of our nature that inclines us toward sinful activities. I believe that sin infects all of humanity and that it separates us from God.
I believe that salvation is the gracious gift of God to a world fallen into sin. I believe the Holy Spirit enables the sinner to receive this gift. And I believe that those who then repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. I believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. I do not believe that salvation can be lost. But I do believe salvation only comes to those who endure faithfully to the end.
I believe in the universal church; a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. I believe in the local church; consisting of a community of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. And I believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary tasks of taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. And of developing believers as committed disciples of Christ.
I believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth at the end of the age. That this event will lead to the creation of a new heaven and earth. And this new earth will be the home of the redeemed throughout the ages past and present. I believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal blessedness of the righteous, and the eternal destruction of the wicked.
The views expressed here are solely mine and do not necessarily reflect those of any other person, group, or organization. While I believe they reflect the teachings of the Bible, I am a fallible human and subject to misunderstanding. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions about this post in the comments section below. I am always interested in your feedback.
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