I believe there are core essential beliefs that are fundamental to our faith and we should strive to ensure we remain faithful and consistent to those foundational biblical beliefs. There exists a range of interpretations within the Christian community and I believe we should grant one another grace in interpretations of the non-essential beliefs. We should help one another establish a biblically sound theology and to grow and mature in our Christian faith and understanding of God and His Word in a community of grace.
I believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life. When I say inspired and without error, I mean I believe this to be verbal, plenary, infallible, and inerrant throughout.
God the Father
I believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God the Son
I believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now sits as our High Priest and Advocate.
God the Holy Spirit
I believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
I believe that human beings were created in the image of God but fell into sin and are therefore lost. Only through personal faith in Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
Substitutionary Death of Christ
I believe that the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ through faith are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God.
I believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through personal faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is Head.
I believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.
I believe in the bodily return of Jesus, and the bodily resurrection of the dead—of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.
I believe that every believer should read scripture (chronologically is highly preferred – visit PDF: Blue Letter Bible Chronological Reading Plan) and have a short time of Bible study (using resources, interlinear, references from scholarly or some valued authors to give insight) for at least a few minutes of each day or on a weekly basis. As a believer, I could never understand many of what I read in scripture and need someone to guide me.
(Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:30-31, “30 Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?”).